Here are a few suggestions to repurposing your unused H’ween costumes:
• Vampire blood is an excellent way to recreate the pink eye look from the spring runway. Alternatively can work as a lip stain.
• Zombie blood (so my roommate has just informed me) is, in fact, black. BAM! Smokey eye.
• That white sheet you repurposed for your Grecian goddess, Animal House, or ghost costume? Yep–you can still sleep on it!
• Pretty lacy masks should be saved for Lady Gaga’s next masquerade ball.
• Scary masks are good for robbing banks (though we aren’t endorsing that).
• Animal masks are ideal for Furry conventions.
• Slutty/ironic post-debate Big Bird costumes can be burned for warmth and light until the electricity comes back on. They are obviously highly flammable.
• A binder full of women can easily convert to a binder full of paper to burn for warmth and light until the electricity comes back on.
• Wear your strap-on pregnancy belly for a Labor Pains-type prank on your co-workers. Hilarity may or may not ensue.
• Clown wigs can and should be worn to scare small children at birthday parties or otherwise.
• Full-on witch costumes are now appropriate to wear in public year-round.
• Same goes for those brainwave-controlled cat ears you got for your Choupette Lagerfeld get-up.
Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, I’m unfortunately unable to summarize the above in Spanish at this time. But I hope my suggestions have helped lift your spirits (including the scary ones that generally come out on October 31) that have all but been drowned away by Sandy’s unpleasant arrival. She may have crashed our Halloween party this time around–but think of these (literally) dark days as a bonus to get even more creative with your costume next year! And if my tragic tale isn’t motivation enough… I’m not sure what is.