Hey, it's almost Halloween and you still haven't got your costume. If you’re fed up of the procrastination and need a dab of inspiration then what about a prisoner costume. This article will give you a few ideas so that you have a fun and original costume for Halloween.
Prisoner costumes can fit both of the two aims of a good Halloween party. You can have a good laugh and giggle dressed as a prisoner – I call this the slapstick prison costume. Or you can scare the heck out of other party goers with a creepy prison or penitentiary costume.
The slapstick costume is the old stereotype black and white striped outfit. It reminds me of the kind of attire they used to wear in the old silent comedy movies like the keystone cops or such like. You know the one's where the convicts are being chased by the mad cap cops and all sorts of painful looking collisions and catastrophes occur. Its kind of funny for a few minutes but they used to lap this kind of comedy up in the 1920′s.
Anyhow, dressed in a top, pants and a good old prison cap (all black and white of course) you'll look like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd. Get a few custard pies ready for a food fight and the classic custard pie in the face routine. Well you don't have to actually do that, but get into the spirit of the costume and you'll have a good time.
The scary version of the prisoner costume is the modern looking outfit – the penitentiary jumpsuit. You’ve probably seen it on TV on the news when celebrity felons like OJ Simpson or Robert Downey Jr. (although he's been keeping his nose squeaky clean these days) are lead to and from court. Invariably it is a drab orange color.
If you add a restraining mask to the jumpsuit look you can be the incarcerated serial killer or such like. Not the most pleasant thought but if you are out to scare people for Halloween then this is an option. The classic look is Hannibal Lecter of course. And bone up on his catchphrases before the big night so that you can either have the crowd in gaggles of laughter or slightly creeped out. Anyone for faver beans and a nice Chianti ?
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