I'm attending a pirate theme murder mystery dinner for Halloween and need some frugal ideas to go as a, well, pirate. There are already those who are going all the way with Capt. Bluebeard, etc... I just want to be an ordinary (cheap) swabby.
Jax from Portland, OR
You can also pin up a black felt wide-brimmed hat to make a tri-corn hat for the pirate. Really any big short, with a big belt (or rope) and an earring and dark pants with or without stockings - and shoes with a buckle (or boots) and maybe a period military jacket thrown on can make a pirate - Once I used an Avon bottle shaped like a gun of the time -but now you can find those things in the dollar store!
If you don't have the clothing items at home that some of the previous posts suggested , check your local thrift store, Salvation Army,Good Will......that way you won't be spending a lot of money and will still have an awesome costume!
I would add to the above suggestions:
Use ordinary rope as the belt to hold up your baggy pants
If you can't find buckle shoes, make your own buckles by covering a cardboard shape with aluminum foil
As a prop, a sword would also be good -- and again, you can make your own by cutting a shape from cardboard and covering with foil
Another good prop would be a "treasure chest" filled with costume jewelry and/or those foil-covered chocolates that look like gold coins
You can make a "treasure map" for a prop by dipping a piece of paper in tea, smearing it with ashes, etc, then carefully burning the edges (use a cigarette lighter or the burners on your stove)
One year my son went trick-or-treating as a pirate, and I safety-pinned a colorful parrot-shaped stuffed animal to his shoulder -- it was a huge hit!
Another good prop is a telescope -- paint a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towel, or carry a child's kaleidoscope.
If you can't think of how you should look then go online and look up pirate costumes. Take ideas from them and write them down. Then go around looking for the items you liked. But don't spend a fortune on this because it's only for halloween! :-)
Check for costume sales after Halloween. You might find something to add to your costume on the cheap.
Im going has a pirate too this year and I used things around my house. Then whatever I was missing I tried to borrow form someone else or buy at a cheap store. Now I'm all ready for Halloween. Trick or Treat!
All the ideas above are great suggestions.
... any trousers r skirt
... ribbon or material for a belt
... same for the bandanna
...white shirt or striped top
... big belt of waistcoat
...any kind of boots
...lots of jewelery and big earing/s
AND UR FINISHED! you look gr8!! :)
These are really great ideas our class is doing Romeo and Juliet scenes in class and our groups is doing the scene where Tybalt and Mercutio are doing the fight scene....we are doing ours in different ERAS so we chose the PIRATE ERA haha thanks these really helped our grade:)
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Pirate costumes are a lot of fun and are incredibly easy to make. all you need is:
old black pants or jeans
a striped shirt or white blouse
eye patch (or use black felt and string)
big wooden beads
black and red eyeliner
take the shirt and pants and fray the edges, put the bandanna on the pirates head and the thick ribbon (preferably red) and tie it around the pirates waste as a sash, dress up with some beads and draw some scars with the eye liner. To make a sword cut a sword shape out of cardboard and wrap it in foil. for extra effect carry around a old bottle and put a stuffed bird (from any craft store) and attach it to your shoulder with wire (10/23/2006)