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80s movie costume: Real GeniusIt’s difficult to watch an 80’s movie and stay silent. Between the plot holes, 30-something “teenage” actors, unsubtle dialogue and “creative” outfits, there’s a lot of fun opportunities to yell at your TV (or use air quotes in its general direction). I doubt anyone was listening all those times I said “someone needs to recreate that outfit”, but Found Item Clothing answered my plea anyway. They make recreations of shirts from “your favorite movies, TV shows and more”, including classics from Teen Wolf (my fave) and UHF. For a Halloweenie, this means that dressing like your favorite obscure 80’s movie character just got a lot easier. But wait, there’s more! Not only does FIC make the shirts, they offer 12 detailed tutorials on how to dress like characters from Real Genius, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, Beverly Hills Cop, and Wet Hot American Summer. Nerds, rejoice!

Wyld Stallyns 80s movie costume: Bill & Ted Thankfully, there are other online resources that save you the trouble of playing the “pause, rewind, pause, screencap” game. If you’ve ever wanted to dress as Bill and Ted for Halloween, you’re in luck. BillandTed.org provides 3 very detailed tutorials on how to make Bill and Tedd costumes from both movies, as well as a fan costume gallery. The Wyld Stallyns shirt is also finally available!

Instructables has a thorough Ghostbusters tutorial and 80s Tees also has some interesting costume ideas. Notable among them are Screech, Al Bundy, and Beavis without a mask. About a jillion general 80’s costume ideas are available at In the 80s and Mable’s. If you just don’t have the time or inclination to go DIY this year, several readymade 80s costumes are available from Buy Costumes.

As always, you’ll probably find the most unique & genuinely vintage 80’s costumes on eBay.

If you have made an 80’s movie character costume or know of a good tutorial online, please let us know in the comments.

And because 80’s Tees has so many funny designs, it would pretty much be criminal if we didn’t show a few more of them. The “costume” shirts remind me of those plastic smock costumes from the 70s/80s… in the best way. Enjoy the flashback!

Men's Black Darth Vader JumpsuitAdult Deluxe Plus Size Stormtrooper CostumeAdult Deluxe Ghostbusters CostumeInflatable Mobile PhoneDeluxe Child Michelangelo CostumeAdult Classic Spider-Man 2 CostumeBlue Base MakeupBoys Transformers 4 Optimus Prime Deluxe Costume
Karate Kid Cobra Kai Costume

Posted on October 16th, 2006 in
Halloween Costumes, Odds and Ends by Lauren

Obey ZombieLooking for more original horror t-shirts to add to your collection? Fright-Rags has a good selection of well designed horror shirts of your favorite cult classics, creature features and slasher movies. These shirts are exclusive to Fright-Rags so you can’t get them anywhere else.

Coming to Get You BarbaraBeing a huge zombie fan, I was initially drawn to the Obey (zombies make great social commentary) and Johnny shirt that says the classic line “They’re coming to get you Barbara!” Oh how right Johnny was. I also admire the simplicity of design on everyone’s cult favorite Ash (from Evil Dead), and Frankenstein.

Trick or Treat ShirtI’m also really liking the Trick or Treat design based on looks alone. I have to admit I didn’t even know what movie it was from until I looked it up. It’s from a 1986 flick entitled Trick or Treat, that is “meant to be a parody of teen-horror-devil-worship movies”. The looks of this shirt, the rock and roll star cameos, the user comments, and description of the movie all tell me I’ve got to rent this soon.

Also worth checking out: Your Zombie Cafe Press store. Tons of Shaun of the Dead designs, and other zombie related shirts.

Posted on October 15th, 2006 in
Spooky Art, Zombies by Sean

Monster Halloween wreath There’s only 2 little weeks left until Halloween, but that’s still plenty of time to transform your home into a trick-or-treater’s best nightmare. Take these DIY wreaths, for example. While the wreath is typically used around Christmas time, this makes it perfect to transform for ghastly Halloween usage. People expect traditional pine boughs and red ribbon when they think of wreaths, and you can catch them off guard with spooky adaptations that include monster fur and fake gore. It is the ability to change the mundane into the macabre that has made Halloween so popular.

Gore Halloween wreath Both of these projects are incredibly simple, and don’t require sewing. Just a quick trip to your local Halloween store or Joann’s, and about an hour of construction and you’ll have a Halloween wreath that’s far creepier than anything available at the stores. There’s also a tutorial for a Trinket Wreath at Craft Bits that’s as easy as plugging in a glue gun. For more inspiration, there are some unique Halloween wreath images on Google, as well as some creative takes on the Monster Wreath on Flickr.

Have you made a Halloween wreath or found a good tutorial online? Please share the details using the comment form below.

Posted on October 14th, 2006 in
Halloween Decor by Lauren

Patch Master StencilIf you haven’t already, it’s time to start carving pumpkins. If you’ve already carved one up, it’s time to get a new one because it’s probably not as good as a Zombie Pumpkin. Each stencil is hand drawn and stylized by Ryan, the one man show, to work perfectly with traditional cut-out carving techniques. You don’t need to be a master carver for these stencils to come out looking good. But I’ll stop gushing over how awesome they are and let you get to choosing. The site’s been recently updated for the 2006 season with a new design and new stencils. Some of the newest are Stubbs the Zombie (personal fav), Head Cheerleader, Gizmo (from the 80’s flick Gremlins), and in honor of Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees.

Don’t forget that the stencils can be used for other things besides pumpkin carving. We used the Pumpkin King stencil to decorate our pumpkin cake, and there are stencils made just for watermelons.

Fleshfeast StencilFleshfeast Hot SauceOne of Zombie Pumpkins’ freebie stencils (and one of the coolest ones, IMO) was created from imagery on a bottle of Haunted Hot Sauce. They cleverly combine flesh-eating zombies with spicy food products to create a zombie themed hot sauce. It is also worth mentioning that HHS has a great website that doesn’t just sell zombie hot sauce in little cedar coffins. They’ve got some great tips and tricks for decor and props. Our top picks are the 13 Top Tips for creating a Halloween atmosphere, and how to “board up” your windows (we’d love to see more pictures of this one).

Happy Friday the 13th!

Posted on October 13th, 2006 in
Halloween Decor, Spooky Art by Sean

Crazy Cat Lady costumesCostumes with “crazy” in their name are perfect for Halloween. The outfit is often an eye-catching hodgepodge of items, and you have a perfect excuse to act ig’nant all night long. The Crazy Cat Lady is no exception. The outfit is totally open to interpretation so you can wear any wonky old clothing of your choosing. Layers, anything extremely retro, brightly colored, mismatched, or a bit tattered and/or stained is perfect. Accessories like big hats, big purses (for toting more cats), long scarves, garish and smeared makeup, and hair curlers will show everyone that you are indeed more concerned with herding all your pretty kitties than with looking in a mirror or knowing what month it is. Because of the anything-goes nature of this outfit, it’s fast and easy to create, and makes a creative last minute costume idea.

Crazy Cat Lady from The SimpsonsThe Crazy Cat Lady costume offers some extra flexibility, too. Maybe you don’t exactly want to focus on the crazy part, and want to instead just show your greater-than-average love of cats. Here’s a garden variety Crazy Cat Lady that’s just crazy for cats, not loco crazy. Just find any item of clothing with a cat print or a picture of a cat on it and build from there. No matter which version you opt for, be sure to attach several stuffed cats to your outfit, in your hair, and in your purse. If you’ve got kids or are a Crazy Cat Lady in real life, you should have these lying around.

Did you find this Halloween tutorial useful? If you’ve made your own version of this costume, we would love to see pictures! If your pics are already online, post a link in the comments below, or send us an e-mail so others can be inspired as well.

Posted on October 11th, 2006 in
Halloween Costumes by Lauren

Find a local Pumpkin PatchWhile visiting a Pumpkin Patch is usually available throughout Autumn, it makes a particularly fun event during the month of October to help get you into the spirit. Patches vary from region to region, but many of them offer events like costume contests, hay rides, face painting, small haunted houses, corn mazes, and more Fall fun. It’s also a nice opportunity to support local farmers and see a variety of pumpkins that you might not see at your local grocery store. Best of all, visiting pumpkin patches is free! At PumpkinPatchesandMore.org you can find listings for pumpkin patches (and related events) for all of the USA, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Local Harvest also offers a search that locates small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources where pumpkins can be purchased. And you thought you’d be chilling at home this weekend.

Sean and I were lucky enough to find a local patch that had a great atmosphere and lots of activities, which we have been patronizing for 7 years now (Johnson Brothers at Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach, CA- check them out!). We don’t even have kids, but we find ourselves here every year among the families, fighting the leaf-filled punching bags, petting the farm animals, and perusing the pumpkins. I think it’s a good indicator that anyone can have fun at a pumpkin patch. Not to sound too sappy, but it’s also nice sometimes to find activities with a slower pace that just allow you to smell the crisp October air and hang out. And as any Halloweenie will tell you, it’s a lot funner than just picking up your Jack-o-Lantern to-be at the grocery store.

Posted on October 10th, 2006 in
Halloween Events, Halloween Fun by Lauren
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