Last minute Halloween costumes 2011: 'Pan Am' over 'Jersey Shore'

Saturday, 29 October 2011 06:52
panam102811_optBY BOB HOLT

If you or any member of your immediate family still needs a Halloween costume, there’s still time to get one. But time is growing short.

Lilburn Patch has a few suggestions for the last minute. They said putting together a hat and beard for your children will make them into a little garden gnome. A bag of jelly beans is created by using a trash bag and balloons, and a red and white checkered tablecloth along with Styrofoam balls and paint will turn someone into spaghetti and meatballs.

Also, a baby octopus can be created from extensive use of leftover socks on your child.


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For the more traditional costumes, the Los Angeles Times reports that Google’s list of top Halloween costume searches for 2011 include Angry Birds at No. 1, Black Swan, Singer Nicki Minaj, Monster High, Pan Am, and Charlie Sheen. And Playboy Bunny costumes are lasting longer than the NBC series did.

Avatar, Iron Man, and Glee Cheerios dropped off the Google list this year, and are costumes to avoid. The Rebel Yell also advises staying away from vampires, police officers, nurses, and "Jersey Shore."

And according to Mail Online, Ricky’s, a costume store in New York, specializes in disgraced public figures. The store’s president mentions Sheen, Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and calls them “our three musketeers.”

Elsewhere, for those who prefer their Halloween a tad more extreme, a man named Tom Nardone has decided that the art of pumpkin carving has become too trivial. Nardone “took back the ritual,” although in a somewhat deranged manner, in his site

Pumpkin carving winners for 2011 shown on the site include the “Stabbed Hillbilly” pumpkin, the “Gene Simmons” pumpkin, the “Hellraiser”, and the “Hello Kitty”(described as truly frightening). Nardone is based in Michigan, but there is even a New Jersey reference with the “Stolen Kidney” pumpkin.