DIY Halloween costume | Bob Ross

Happy Halloween! This is my sixth (!) year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Six years of no-cost costumes! And yes, I wear my costumes to work, so although we took photos this past weekend, this is what I am wearing today to the library. 😀

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween costume memory lane:

A bit about Bob Ross:

This year, I dressed up as Bob Ross (1942-1995), the host of the long-running PBS series “The Joy of Painting” from 1983-1994. I have extremely fond memories of Bob Ross’s soft-spoken, calming demeanor and “happy little” phrases. In today’s extremely stressful and increasingly divisive and violent world, a bit of joy and calm feels in order.

"The Joy of Painting" title cartoon

“The Joy of Painting” title cartoon

You can watch more “The Joy of Painting” episodes on the Bob Ross YouTube channel, and you read more about Bob Ross’s very interesting life (he was an Air Force sergeant for 20 years!) here.

A happy little costume:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

My Bob Ross no-cost costume:

My Bob Ross-inspired ensemble was super simple to put together, and it consisted of:

  • a curly wig we had purchased years ago for another costume
  • one of my husband’s button-front shirts (one with pearl snap buttons!)
  • my own corduroy flared jeans
  • my husband’s tan-and-brown rope belt
  • brown sneakers
  • Bob Ross “happy clouds” novelty socks! (For Christmas last year, I bought Bob Ross-themed socks for both me and my husband. You can check out Sam’s “happy tree” socks here in this SIA round-up post.)

I filled in my brows so they were a little darker as well as more straight across and a bit thicker. I also noticed that Bob Ross tended to smile with only his upper teeth showing, so that’s what I did, too, during our photo shoot.

I never worry about exact recreations, so I didn’t bother about adding a fake beard or mustache, and of course, I wear glasses although Bob Ross did not. The wig is darker than Bob Ross’s own hair, but I think the overall effect is pretty good. I will also add a “Bob Ross” name tag when I’m at work. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross socks

My props:

This past summer during our outing to the Sumner Rhubarb Fest, I couldn’t resist picking up a Bob Ross bobbblehead at a local bookstore — so this costume was meant to be! The “Bob”blehead also came with a little booklet of paintings by the man himself.

I then added these additional props:

  • a stuffed squirrel to stand in for Bob Ross’s squirrel named “Peapod” (it’s actually a cat toy that I borrowed!)
  • a few paintbrushes in different sizes
  • a palette I made from scrap material that I then added acrylic paint on top of
  • a metal stool/table we use as a base whenever we’re painting/staining — I thought its paint stains added authenticity to our photo session! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Here I am with pet squirrel “Peapod” who guest-starred on a few “The Joy of Painting” episodes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Enjoying my paintings:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

Getting a kick out of my likeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

And last but not least… outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume outtakes

Do you fondly remember Bob Ross and his “The Joy of Painting” show? What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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2 thoughts on “DIY Halloween costume | Bob Ross

  1. Brenda N

    Hi Jen, love this costume & it made me smile immediately (or as I thought to myself, “smile out loud”)! I enjoyed watching Bob Ross in my teens & twenties & how he made art seem so do-able for everyone. Those socks are just perfect & the addition of the little squirrel is fantastic! I’ve been off the radar for a bit, glad I checked in today. 🙂

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