By GalTime.com Sr Editor Jessica Ashley
Top Political Costumes During election season, it's sometimes hard to separate the charades from the real issues. Why not set aside debates on foreign policy, health care and the economy for one eve and instead spotlight the quips, comments and silliness surrounding the presidential debates, candidates and social network response? Here's how to bring the (political) party to the (Halloween) party in 2012 without the candidate masks of elections past.
Blue Cup, Red Cup
RED CUP, BLUE CUP, CONVENIENCE STORE COFFEE CUP
Could bad coffee wake up a nation of voters on November 6th? Convenience store 7-11 says the coffee cups emblazoned with the candidate names have accurately predicted the winner in the past. Before the results are (ahem) spilled next week, vote your choice on Halloween by dressing in a cheap cup costume.
Big Bird is pulling in big bucks. The "Sesame Street" character who will turn 43 years old in a few days seems to have spread his political wings. After a comment made by Mitt Romney about how he'll make cuts in government spending that targeted the kid-friendly (and apparently, parent-rallying) bird, costumes sales and prices skyrocketed.
Formerly tagged at about $40, adult-sized Big Bird costumes have soared nearer to the $90-mark. You'll have to scramble to find one on the shelves or for rush-delivery at this point. But you can also expect to see lots of homemade versions of the costume (finally! a use for that neon yellow boa in the dress-up box), including the Facebook folly of"Sexy Big Bird", hitting the streets well beyond the character's nest.
BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN
When Romney responded to an undecided voter's question about how he'd address inequalities in the workplace, he set the Internet immediately on fire with a story about "binders full of women" to consider for a position on staff. The only thing that seems to have been saved from that blaze is the image of notebooks packed full of live females. An immediate Tumblr, Twitter account and Pinterest board only added to it. And now, we will all surely spend Halloween being bumped around by people dressed up in DIY "Trap-Her Keep-Hers" of all sorts. No need to make a big purchase for this one. Simply put the cardboard in your recycling bin to work for you. Here's a great tutorial on how to become your own walking retort to Romney's remark.
CLINT EASTWOOD'S EMPTY CHAIR
There was just no way an old actor could yell at an empty chair and not make it to a top costume list a few months later. The Washington Post suggests attaching a lightweight chair to your body. Another option is to go as Clint Eastwood, carrying your own chair along with you. This costume could come up the cheapest, especially if you have a chair you can jerry-rig.
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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
Once weighed down by his own controversy, some pundits said the former POTUS secured his spot as the patriarch of the Democrats at their national convention. Whether you choose to mock the one-time Lewinsky lover or pay homage to the man at the podium, Clinton is certainly back in the spotlight this Halloween season. Prepare to dole out$35 for a mask and more for a pre-made costume, or suit up with white hair spray for your own DIY-ed style.Horses and Bayonets
HORSES & BAYONETS
President Obama quipped, "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed" in the final presidential debate and like cannons of snark, social networks exploded. Could this be the couples costume of the year? Or are you up for the challenge of combining a horse WITH a bayonet for a solo venture? Regardless, think Revolutionary-inspired and scour eBay or dollar stores for the components (fake gun + fake pointy sword) into a bayonet.
Of the 6.5 million tweets blasted during the third presidential debate, how many landed on President Obama's reference to the game Battleship? While we're counting, create your own costume with this construction tutorial or strap a game you have sitting around your mom's basement on to your uniformed self.
While the back-and-forth at the podium, in the town hall, and in front of cameras has kept the presidential candidates busy, others have been strangely centered on whether Romney or Obama is sporting the bigger flag pin. Take the lapel-obsession to a grander scale by wearing your own ridiculously oversized flag brooch or poke fun at the judgment of patriotism by wearing way too many (20? 40? one for every state in the union?) on your own suitjacket. Just don't forget the red (or blue...or both) tie.
Party at the party: What political costume will you be wearing on Halloween?
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Research assistance provided by Kara Quillard.