Halloween is next week and if you’re like many of us you haven’t gotten your costume yet. Fear not, we’ve got some great ideas for you. The world of fitness and health serves as creative inspiration for some of the most relevant and unique costumes. Check out some of our best ideas for “healthy” costumes this year. We fully expect you to take home the costume prize with these ideas!
Weight Loss Before and After
We’ve all seen the pictures of a former overweight person standing in their old pants, pulling out the gaps in amazement at their former size. If that’s your reality too, flaunt it this year. Show the world what you accomplished and have some fun with it. Stick some advertising bursts on your clothes stating your weight loss or even a before picture. You did the hard work, get some extra credit at your party this year. Need some inspiration to achieve your own real-life before and after? Check out our True Weight Loss Stories.
2012 saw a continual growth in marathoning, and the sport got some political notice as well. Dressing as a marathoner could be really fun when you go over the top with sweatbands, water bottles, a lap watch, and of course the big finishers medal. You could also take a poke at vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in your marathoner costume. Runners may never forgive him for saying he ran a sub-3 marathon, when in fact is was over 4 hours. Maybe throw on some Romney/Ryan campaign flare in the midst of the running garb and add a bib with Ryan’s name on it. But it seems like having a clock an hour or so off might really be the clincher.
With the Olympic torch still warm, the events and athletes of the 2012 games are great inspiration for costumes. Some fun choices might include a tribute to Michael Phelps; if you can manage a swim suit and all those medals there’s no questioning who you’re supposed to be. Usain Bolt is another unmistakable sight; put on the Jamaican colors, gold medals, and flash that signature pose and you’ll easily be recognized as the fastest human on earth. And who could forget our US women’s gymnastic team? This would make a great group costume – ladies just pull your hair back tight, add lots of clips, and don’t forget the red, white, and blue warm-ups. If you wanted to have even more fun, practice your Makayla Maroney “unimpressed” expression and you’ll be the hit of the party.
2012 has had its fair share of diet crazes. One of the hottest can also be a great costume idea. The Paleo Diet is also referred to as the “caveman diet.” Add on to a traditional caveman or woman costume by including food props. As the diet calls for eating things that can be consumed raw or hunted, maybe ditch the typical club for a fish prop. Even better, a fish with a bite taken out of it. Include raw veggie props as well and you’ll be a fantastic conversation starter as people may not get it right at first. The delayed laugh is sometimes the indicator of a really clever costume.
Our blonde leggy friend made more waves this year when “Yoga Teacher Barbie” hit the shelves. Those who spoke out against the doll’s newest role felt she wasn’t a realistic portrait of a woman who works out. Um, she’s a toy. Controversy is always a good jumping off point for a great costume. Break out your softest and perhaps pinkest yoga gear, carry around a rolled up yoga mat, get a lovely blonde wig and have a blast.
With the news and controversy of the soda ban in New York, this is the year to capitalize on the drama. Many costume shops have large drink costumes. If you added your touch with a large, red “BANNED” stamp across the front, it won’t take long before people start saying, “I get it!”
Not everyone will get this at first, but that’s OK. Maybe a little questioning will lead into a useful conversation about what’s happening to our nation’s farmlands and to the food in our markets. Genetically Modified Organism, or GMO, is a majorly hot topic this election year, as a vote to label them is on California’s ballot. Dressing up as a GMO could come in so many forms, but one fun way would be to dress as an ear of corn with an alien mask or a large syringe. The genes of many of our most common foods are being changed through this questionable process. Truthfully, however you portray a GMO, you’ll be the scariest costume on the street!
The Zumba fitness craze continued to spread like wildfire this year. A great costume would be using the Zumba clothes, but going to the next level. Part of the fun of Zumba is the outfits. They are known for the fringe and color, and bell bracelets. Nothing says superfan like too much fringe and color. Get a shirt with the Zumba logo, fringe it from every angle, throw in some over-the-top bright pants, and learn a few moves just to sell the whole ensemble.
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October 26th, 2012