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Spider: A tuxedo, leotard, or dyed long johns make up your costume. You'll need an extra leotard or long johns bottom for the crutches-legs. Hot glue some strips of yellow fabric on the top to make the body, maybe even stuff it. Cut the legs off one pair of long johns and slide them over the crutches, secure them with hot glue or needle and thread, and stuff them with batting, rags, clothes, anything to make them round and leg-like. This gives the illusion of four legs. If four aren't enough, make up more stuffed legs and sew them to your outfit.

Octopus: Make the head with papier mache. Blow up a big, thick balloon. Then either mix up flour and water to make a paste or use wallpaper paste. Cut strips of newspaper and dip in the paste, then layer onto the balloon. This process will take several days to dry between layers and harden. You'll want it to be covered with several layers. Let the head dry and paint it, then puncture the balloon and cut the end off the form, make eye holes and you've got a great head. For the rest of the outfit, use green leotards or dye long johns green. You'll need one top and two bottoms. Cut the legs off one set of bottoms and slide them over the crutches to the hand level, securing with hot glue, velcro or needle and thread. Stuff them to get a round shape. Glue or sew on plastic or rubber suction cups to finish the legs. Again you'll have four legs rather than eight, but four more can be made, stuffed and attached to your outfit.

Ant Hill: Take a large brown blanket or brown clothing. Get a bag of plastic ants (usually about 50 in a package for a couple of dollars) at a joke or department store. Using a glue gun or other type of glue, randomly place them on the brown outfit. For your head make a cone shape with a few ants disappearing inside. You're now an ant hill! If someone is going with you, they can construct an aardvark (ant eater) head out of construction paper to have a complimentary outfit.

Mummy: The Mummy is a natural with crutches. Gauze will look the most realistic but if that's too much trouble you can rip up some old sheets. Run the pieces through the washer and dryer a couple of times using lots of bleach, then soak in some diluted tea to stain slightly. Let dry, then rub them in some dirt to finish the effect. Wear white clothes underneath. Put on light-colored make-up wherever your skin will show through, then make it look rotting by smudging some dark make-up around your eyes, mouth, along your fingers, under your nails, etc. You can add some scars and a little blood. Powder everything heavily with baby powder to give a dried, dead look. Wrap each body part separately, securing ends with white or clear medical tape. Wr as is an injured soldier, or gross beastie using one of the latex monster masks, some "bloody" bandages or a conventional monster outfit.

Injured Soldier: Borrow an old uniform or find one at a thrift store. Dab some red paint on bandages made from old sheets and wrap your head with them. You can go the classy route and be a war hero, totally recovered and highly decorated with tin or cardboard medals.

Beggar: Be as creative as you want. Take a gray wig and add some plastic spiders, a couple snakes, put on old clothes and carry a tin cup for contributions. Or be a beggar in sackcloth. Both canes and crutches adapt naturally to this costume.

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Grandma Addams: An outfit of old clothes, a shawl, a gray wig, and mystical mumbling required.

Charlie Chaplin: To emulate Charlie, all you need is a black suit or tux, a derby (hat), and a shoe polish or fake mustache.

Beggar: Be as creative as you want. Take a gray wig and add some plastic spiders, a couple snakes, put on old clothes and carry a tin cup for contributions. Or be a beggar in sackcloth. Both canes and crutches adapt naturally to this costume.

Princess/Godmother: Decorate the cane as a magic wand. Wrap the cane with shiny gold tape and attach a cardboard star or glittery streamers to the top. Dress in a puffy shouldered blouse or dress and glitter your shoes.

Swords: You can make a cardboard form in the shape of a sword, paint it silver or cover it with foil, and slide it over the cane, leaving the handle and tip free for your use. You could then wrap the handle with silver tape, and could even put a fake sword handle at the top of the sword.

Soldiers: Borrow an old uniform or find one at a thrift store, dab some red paint on bandages, wrap your head with them. Or you can go the classy route and be a war hero, totally recovered and highly decorated with tin or cardboard medals. Both canes and crutches adapt naturally to this costume.

Candy Cane: Turn the cane into a candy cane. Wrap the cane with red and white tape. This can be used with the 'Where's Waldo' and 'Santa/Mrs Claus' costumes below.

Where's Waldo: The 'candy cane' above becomes part of the Where's Waldo costume, with a red & white striped shirt, jeans, glasses & cap.

Santa/Mrs. Claus: The 'candy cane' above becomes part of the Santa/Mrs. Claus costume. Someone you know probably has an outfit you can borrow, or you can rent or make one. Stuffed big red long johns and some cotton or fake fur, a shiny black belt, grandma silver wig or Santa hat and you're ready to go.

Magician: Wear a tux or exotic outfit and a top hat. Wrap the cane with shiny black tape and a silver tip so it becomes a wand. Black capes are easy to find or make out of an old sheet dyed black. Hot glue or paste (depending on the material, hot glue may melt it), cut-out silver stars, slivers of moon and glue to the cape.

Little Devil: Dye some long johns red, add a tail on the back, make a head dress with horns and turn the cane into a pitchfork. You can do this by cutting out a pitchfork shape, painting it red, and attaching it to the top of the cane below the bend.

Farmer: Make a cardboard pitchfork form and secure it to the top of your cane, find some old coveralls at a thrift store, and get a straw hat. Pull one of the straws out and chew on it throughout the evening. Have fun ya'll!

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