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:
- 2013: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
- 2014: Phryne Fisher, 1920s casual style
- 2015: Rosie the Riveter
- 2016: Mary Poppins
- 2017: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (for work) AND Atomic Blonde (for parties)
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.
A happy little 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. 😀
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! 😉
Here I am with pet squirrel “Peapod” who guest-starred on a few “The Joy of Painting” episodes:
Enjoying my paintings:
Getting a kick out of my likeness:
And last but not least… 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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