If your fellow Halloween party goers or trick or treaters spend the evening singing lines from your song-title costume, you've accomplished your theme objective. So that your costume will bring to mind the song title on which it was based, choose a piece of music that is iconic and timeless and has been successful enough to have generated a great deal of airplay. Illustrate the title's lyrics with visual elements to create a walking piece of musical pop culture.
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I Heard It Through the Grapevine
This iconic Marvin Gaye song held the number-one position on Billboard charts for seven weeks in 1968, making it one that most people recognize. Create a grapevine costume and replace some of the fruit with ears to embody this timeless classic. Dress in brown to mimic the stem of the grape vine. Add small bunches of grapes: draw and cut out grapes, or purchase toy plastic grapes meant for artificial fruit bowls or children's play sets, and tape them to your clothing. In between the bunches, add ears made of paper to represent the word "heard."
Devil With a Blue Dress On
This Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels variation on the standard devil costume requires no changes other than the addition of a blue dress. Keep all accessories in red to maintain the devil theme. Add devil ears made from red fabric or paper to a red head band. Create a red tail using felt or fabric sewn or glued around a length of wire or straightened coat hanger for support -- or, if you prefer, simply let the tail dangle. Build a pitchfork out of cardboard, wood or sturdy wire, and cover it with red paint, paper or fabric. Accessorize with red glitter, dramatic make up and red nail polish.
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Written by Irwin Levine and Larry Brown, this song was released by Tony Orlando & Dawn and in the '70s spent 26 weeks on the charts. Dress in brown to mimic the trunk of an oak tree, including brown sleeves and a brown hat. Look at a photograph (or venture outside if you have an oak tree nearby) to familiarize yourself with the distinct shape of the oak leaf. Using green construction paper, cut out leaves and tape them to your sleeves, shoulders, back, chest and hat. Tie a yellow ribbon around your waist in place of a belt to complete the costume.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Released in 1967, this Lennon and McCartney-penned Beatles classic has a title that brings to mind the complimentary colors red and green. For the green grass of your field, choose either green fabric in the form of a sweater, sweatshirt or t-shirt, or alternatively use a cardboard box painted green with holes cut for your arms. Along the bottom of your fabric or box, create a fence using brown felt, paper or paint. Next, cover the main expanse of your field with strawberries, either applied with paint or cut from paper or fabric. Emphasize the strawberry theme even further with red nail polish and a red toque for your head with green paper or fabric leaves pinned to the top. Using cardboard or felt, create a figure-8 "infinity" symbol to represent the "forever" aspect of this hit song. Pin the infinity symbol to your shirt.