Monday, October 15, 2012

Homemade Halloween Costumes 5 TV Moms

Here are 5 unique Halloween costumes to use whether you're trick-or-treating with the kids, handing out candy or going to a party. Fast Halloween costumes because you can shop your closet. Use what you have and will wear again.

These famous TV moms are known for playing mothers on television shows, being moms on reality shows and/or just for being moms in real life.

We have a cartoon mom, science fiction costume, western costume, 1970s sitcom and an Iron Chef. Can you guess??

1) One of the iconic outfits worn by Dr. Maureen Robinson, played by June Lockhart, in Lost in Space was a purple uniform. A purple top and pants will do.

Do you have a purple running suit or yoga or jogging suit? Just accessorize your Purple Woman's Tracksuit.
The Lost in Space Doctor Maureen Robinson action figure is part of a collectible series that brings back a lot of memories.

A belt and purple boots or sneakers round out the classic sci fi outfit. The UGG Women's Classic Short Boot comes in so many colors.

Will you carry a science fiction gun or other prop? Fans refer to her hair color as anything from honey blonde to redhead. Do you want to wear a wig?

The Lost in Space cast is legendary. June Lockhart was the wife of John Robinson (Mark Goddard) and mom to Judy (Marta Kristen), Penny (Angela Cartwright) and Will (Billy Mumy). The show ran 1965-1968. Just before Lost in Space, you may remember Lockhart as Timmy's mom on Lassie.

Buy Lost in Space DVDs - Seasons 1 - 3.

2) Maude, played by Bea Arthur. The show ran 1972 to 1978. As Maude Findlay, Beatrice Arthur was Edith Bunker's cousin, first appearing on All in the Family. We may think of the character in slacks, a blouse and a long vest, maybe a scarf. A grey wig can add to the look.

Don't forget her attitude and catch phrases such as, "God'll get you for that!"

She is married to Walter, mom to Carol (Adrienne Barbeau) and grandmother to Phillip who lived with the Findlays.

The Long Country Suede Vest is maybe a modern version of what Maude would wear, and something you'd wear again, too. Check your closet. Nothing is better than free Halloween costumes! Get Maude: The Complete First Season on DVD.

Rue McClanahan played next door neighbor and friend, Vivian. McClanahan and Bea Arthur would go on to star with Betty White and Estelle Getty in The Golden Girls. A group of you can wear costumes from your closet and be Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Rose. Think about hairstyles, mannerisms, famous sayings and accessories?

Characters like Maude also make for good plus size Halloween costumes. You can choose whatever size and style work for your body type, and getting something in your price range that you can wear later to work or out to dinner is very budget-friendly. Beatrice Arthur 20X24 Color Photo (above)

3) On The Big Valley, Victoria Barkley is played by Barbara Stanwyck. Too bad she never met Ben Cartwright over on The Ponderosa.

She was a great character and actually had a pretty wide ranging wardrobe. She wore everything from long, feminine dresses, suits with skirts to belted slacks with shirts -- better to wear while riding a horse.

On at least one Big Valley episode, she even wore a cool waist-length black leather jacket. You can get by with a dark maxi skirt, western button-down shirt and a scarf or bandana around your neck. Maybe cowboy boots if you have them. Add some suede gloves, a grey/blonde wig.

The Port Authority Women's Long Sleeve Easy Care Shirt comes in lots of colors and sizes. 
Victoria had a women's gamblers-type black hat. You can get a soft, waterproof, crushable, felt Gambler hat which comes in two colors and has received 4 1/2 stars from customers.

Victoria Barkley, the widow of Thomas Barkley, was head of a wealthy family in 19th century California. They owned and ran The Barkley Ranch. She was a no-nonsense woman who took care of business and protected her children Jarrod (Richard Long), Nick (Peter Breck), Audra (Linda Evans) including Heath, played by Lee Majors, who was her late husband's illegitimate son.

The show ran 1965-1969. The Big Valley 16X20 Color Photo (above). Watch Big Valley on DVD Season 1 and Season 2 are available to see without commercials or network watermarks.

4) There is only one female Iron Chef at this time, Catherine "Cat" Cora. She was born on New Year's Day in 1968. From Iron Chef America, Cat Cora's chef outfit would make a fun costume, an ideal last minute Halloween costume! Her grandfather and father were both restaurateurs and she is a Greek American chef. Update 2013: There are now two female Iron Chefs! Alexandra "Alex" Guarnaschelli became an Iron Chef in 2012 after winning the Next Iron Chef television competition.

Wear a white, blue or black chef jacket. Carry a whisk, a ladle, a wooden spoon??  For fun, you could carry your clothes iron or something made of cast iron!
Put your hair in a ponytail -- you mean to battle! There are black and white chef's pants if you want to be real with it. :-)

The mens/womens sewn collar chef coat comes in black or white and several sizes.

Need a fun couples costume? Pair her with your guy and he's Bobby Flay or Mario Batali?

She was also the co-host,with Curtis Stone, of the first season of Around the World in 80 Plates. Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends is one of her popular cookbooks.

Chef Cat Cora has four sons to cook for. Do the kids want to dress as chefs, too? Let them dress in professional costumes this year.

She appeared on The Talk on Halloween, October 31st, making spooktacular Halloween treats!

"So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach,
I say unto you in the words of my uncle: 'Allez cuisine!'"

5) Jane Williamson Read works at home as a tax accountant. Her husband's name is David. He runs a catering business from home and might like to exchange recipes with Cat Cora. They have three kids, a boy and two girls.

Did you know who this was without any pictures? If you have young children or grandchildren you just might have. Jane, her husband and children are aardvarks. Her daughters are D.W. and Kate and her son's name is Arthur.

The PBS television series is based on the Arthur book series, written and illustrated by Marc Brown. The 16th season of Arthur begins this week on PBS Kids!

She has short brown hair. Jane is very busy being a working mother. She's fond of sweaters and pants. On the show she often wears a pink sweater with a white shirt and blue jeans. In the books, you'll see her a wider variety of clothes. Favorites seem to be her pink, blue and green sweaters. Cartoon Halloween costumes are fun.

Kiss Hello, Kiss Good-Bye (Marc Brown's Arthur Mini Play Books)

Just like with Lily Munster, you determine how far you want to take things like the make-up in a costume like this. You can buy or make a mask, create make-up, buy or make some ears! I've found that mouse ears, bear ears and monkey ears look the most like Arthur the Aardvark ears. What a fun mother and son Halloween costume.

The Ringspun Cotton Crew Sweater comes in a lot of colors, has high ratings from customers and has a new low price. Hooray for cheap Halloween costumes. Mrs. Read would love this comfy sweater. Keep her comfortable but active in Not Your Daughter's Jeans Tummy Tuck Women's 5 Pocket Bootcut Jean.

You can take a plain plastic headband, some construction paper and some glue or tape and create your own ears for a one-time event. Make a mask using markers or crayons, the back of a paper plate and some string. It's an opportunity to do a craft project with your kids. Show them how to create DIY halloween costumes. Download a Mother Aardvark mask. Carry a baby Arthur aardvark doll.

Watch an Arthur DVD or give a set as a gift.

Iron Chef Parody Sticker
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aardvark t shirts
aardvark t shirts by griffinpassant
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Image of Maude cast from Amazon 

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