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Top 5 Costume Party Themes

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by Tara Sing (subscribe)
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Published March 8th 2012
Ever been the only person dressed up at a costume party? Struggled to think of a costume for a theme? Sometimes the topic can be a little tricky, but here are five simple party themes that will have your guests decked out from head to toe.

Two girls decked out for a pirate party


Pirate Party
Have guests go all out with baggy pants, swords, puffy shirts, feathered hats and a wooden leg. Parrots are more than welcome. For those amongst us short on time or motivation a striped t-shirt and a bandanna/tea towel around the head will save them from walking the plank.

Monster & Scary Creatures Party
There are a range of monsters available to imitate such as Frankenstein, Sully from Monsters Inc, or the assortment of monster neighbours on Sesame Street. It doesn't take a lot of work though to dress up as a zombie – everyone can rip up a shirt and smear make-up down their face for an effective ghastly look.

Pajama Party
What better excuse to be comfortable and wear your pyjamas outside? Simple as wearing a baggy old shirt and boxers or as dramatic as purchasing a onesie. Be warned: people will ask repeatedly "But what if I sleep naked?"

Amigos bearing sombreros ponchos and mustaches


Mexican Party
String up some bunting, prepare a piñata and bring out the corn chips. All it takes is a poncho, a sombrero and a pair of thickly drawn handlebars across the lip to turn any friend into an amigo.

Colour Party
Ask guests to dress up in a particular colour. Everyone has a red shirt lying around or a pair of blue jeans so there really aren't any excuses for conforming for the night. A common twist is to designate a colour for each social group – i.e. work friends come in purple and school friends in green.

Offering prizes and awards for the best dressed is another great way to motivate people to throw on a pirate patch or their best sombrero. With simple themes like these you definitely won't be short of zombies or sleepyheads at your next big bash.
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Why? Embrace your inner pirate, or zombie, or amigo
When: There is a party
Where: Any party anywhere
Cost: As much as you're willing to spend
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great article, really will think about a costume party the next time the occasion arises for a social gathering. Thanks for the great advice. Might even have people come as their favourite animal.
by diannec (score: 1|15) 1947 days ago
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