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Posted: October 17, 2013

5 Maine-centric Halloween costumes (for under $15)

Written by: Shannon Bryan - mainetoday.com editor - sbryan@mainetoday.com

Be the The Portland Observatory

She’s a survivor, that Portland Observatory. While other maritime signal towers have receded into maritime signal history, our stoic and warmly painted observatory stands her ground. A note of clarification: She’s not a lighthouse. The Portland Observatory communicated to incoming ships with flags, which is why flags are essential to this costume. A white hat makes an excellent cupola and a mauve-colored dress (or something close to it) make up the rest of the ensemble. Costume tip: Dip sponges in black fabric paint to create the windows. It’s faster and will ensure consistently sized windows.

The costume components

1. White knit hat: $5.38 (included gloves) at Goodwill 2. Flags: We borrowed an American flag and printed the Maine state flag on printer paper, using a wooden skewer as the flagpole. 3. Mauve-colored dress: $7.99 at Goodwill

Be the North Pond Hermit

Christopher Knight spent nearly 30 years living alone in the central Maine wilderness. He thrived in his remote camp thanks to his creative use of tarps and a natural talent for burglary. Dubbed the North Pond Hermit, Knight made headlines earlier this year when he was captured, arrested and charged with burglary and theft. This Halloween nod to hermit life is easily put together with a brown tarp, a pair of eyeglasses, and some essential hermit tools like water jugs, flashlights, a map of North Pond and a screwdriver (great for breaking into other people’s camps). You may already have most of these items lying around the house. Or you can break into your neighbor’s house and simply steal them. Better yet, just ask if you can borrow them. Costume tip: Don’t steal stuff. Just don’t.

The costume components

1. Brown tarp: $8.49 at True Value 2. Black trash bag: Look under your sink. Or your friend’s sink. 3. Eyeglasses: $2.68 at Goodwill 4. Map of North Pond: I created a quick map on the computer and printed it at home. 5. Water jug, flashlight, screwdriver: Use whatever you already have around the house.

This Halloween, you can dress as “Twerk Teddy,” wearing the same crack-eyed teddy bear leotard that Miley Cyrus wore during her VMA performance. Or you can use this trick-or-treat, smell-my-feet holiday to revel in Maine pride (even better, do it on the cheap). We’ve come up with five Maine-based Halloween costume ideas that are easy to put together with a few items from Goodwill, some fabric paint, and a head-mounted LED worklight. Take one of these ideas and run with it, all the way to the fancy neighborhood that gives out full-sized candy bars. Or let these ideas inspire your own made-in-Maine creative genius.


Take your costume to the Ghoulwill Ball

Goodwill’s annual Ghoulwill Ball is on Saturday. There will be dancing, a cash bar, and a photo booth. And there will be costumes. Lots of them. To celebrate all the creative costuming, the night includes a few costume contests for categories like Best Group Theme, People’s Choice, and Most Creative Use of Goodwill Finds. Winners get $150 gift cards from VISA or Goodwill NNE. And the Grand Prize winner gets a $250 Goodwill NNE gift card. Either way, the event is the ideal time to show off your genius Halloween skills. And if you’re, say, not all that creative, take a look at some of the great costume’s from Ghoulball’s past. Steal an idea, or use them as a launchpad to come up with your own amazing idea. Like Zombie Popeye! Or Clockwork Orange Ninjas!
Tickets are $15 or $25 for two: www.eventbrite.com/event/7905231761
FMI: www.goodwillnne.org

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