Creativity on Parade in NYC at a Halloween Tradition

Creativity on Parade in NYC at a Halloween Tradition
By Lorina/

I LOVE the Village NYC Halloween Parade! I'm not talking all the usual suspects, like Batman, and other caped no! I'm talking about all the really clever, and creative costumes that you just cannot pay for, because, well, they just don't sell them!!!

This year was particularly interesting, in it's 35th year, not just because the very comfortable weather wooed more than it's fair share of revelers, but also because
it's an election year, and that means really funny political statements come out for a walk up 6th Ave. This being NYC and very democratic, anyone dressed as a republican candidate would have a twist. Take this one: Bush in a toilet "necklace".

There was also a reminder to vote, as in this "virtual voting booth" costume.

Several also dressed as Sarah Palin, yelling "Don't vote for me!"

Then there were the recycled variety. These always get my attention. Everything from Ketchup packets to Metrocards, no refuse to be....refused!

Hope to see you next year at the Village Halloween Parade!

How To Make Wings for your Halloween Costume

You can use these to make wings of all different shapes, sizes to suit your needs. I’m purposely making strangely small oddly shaped monster wings.

What you’ll need:
Wire hangers
Panty hose (any color)
Decorations: Fur, feathers, sequins, whatever you have
Felt, fur, or other thick fabric
Sewing machine (optional)

Start with your two wire hangers. Shape them into a wing each. If you want bigger wings, try shaping your own from larger pieces of wire. If you’re using hangers, straighten the hook on each and wind them together.

Take a pair of panty hose, the color may determine what kind of wings these are, I’m using black. Don’t be shy to paint or dye the panty hose to get the desired effect.

Cut off the legs and stretch a leg over each wing. Pull the opening towards the center where the wings will connect together (at the hook part of the hanger).

Measure two strips of elastic of the same length around your arms and to the middle of your chest, comfortable, but with some tension.

Take two pieces of felt or fur (I’m using 4” x 4”) and glue or sew the two pieces together with the pantyhose, ends of the elastic loops and hook part of the hanger tucked inside. If you’re using a sewing machine like me, don’t try to sew over the wire hangers. Make sure that you sew over the pantyhose and elastic though, so they stay firmly in. Even if you’re gluing the two pieces, I recommend putting a few stitches in over the elastic bands the pantyhose, even by hand, for added security.

Now time to decorate! Glue, sew, paint your wings to your heart’s desire!

Try your new wings with a fairy dress, or a white gown and halo, or with butterfly antennae. If you’re like me, maybe you have some other purpose for wings. I can’t wait to finish my monster costume to try on with my new wings.

Karen's Monsters

What are YOU doing for Halloween?

Oh so much to do in the city for Halloween! Here are some ideas if you are trying to scramble to get a Halloween costume together and hit the town.

Tonight at Etsy labs - is an Open craft night - the perfect opportunity to drop by and put the final seems on your costume. They will also have pumpkincarving tools on hand for those of you who happen to pick up an orangy goard on your way over - 325 Gold Street, Brooklyn (4-8pm)

On THURSDAY - October 30 - Threadbanger is hosting a Halloween Costume Bash at The Mercury Lounge at 8pm - complete with Janome giveway, organic treats and DIY giveaways. You can RSVP by emailing to get on the guest list by tomorrow!

If you can't make it to that and still want to strut your stuff you can go to the annual Halloween Parade on FRIDAY October 31 - down Sixth Avenue - starting at 7pm.

The Park Slope Halloween Parade is from 6.30 to 8 down 7th Avenue.

If parades are not your thing - you can train it up to St. John the Divine on 112 street for their Halloween Extravaganza which will include projection of the Phantom of the Opera with organ accompaniment with a procession of ghouls afterward which includes the spooky puppets of Ralph Lee - shows at 7 and 10 - tickets are $15.

Know of any other Halloween parades going on in your local neighborhoods?

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