Apparently, I have a bit of a Halloween tradition going on. For the last few years, I have dressed up as a 90s cartoon character for Halloween.
I watched an exorbitant amount of television growing up. I was kind of a chubby kid, and between rounds of Pokemon Yellow, I would binge-watch episodes of "Hey Arnold!" or "CatDog" or "Clarissa Explains It All." So, I suppose that might have had a bit of an influence on my costume choices (and why I still remember those theme songs, word for word).
Last year, I went as Daria (even though everyone thought I was Velma from "Scooby Doo") and the year before as Quail Man from "Doug." I've never really been into Halloween all that much, and my costumes always come last minute — meaning they must be accessible with thrift store materials and minimal assembly required.
The shopping part is actually my favorite portion of Halloween, period. There's something really fun about trying to find the closest possible match to your character's outfit from the thrift store racks. And I get super picky about it – I don't like to settle on it looking "close enough."
So this year, the 90s cartoon character costume is Ms. Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire from "The Magic School Bus" fame. After a few lucky visits to Savers thrift store and a quick trip to Michael's craft store, Ms. Frizzle was born again (and not in the baptized sense).
- Blue or purple long-sleeved collared dress
- Adhesive foam space stickers (found mine at Michael's)
- Chameleon stuffed animal
- Safety pins
- Orange hair spray (optional)
Go to your local thrift store and get your search on! Find the perfect dress that screams Ms. Frizzle and find your chameleon companion (hint: his name is Jackson).
Once you get home (and wash that dress), take a safety pin and run it through the inside of the left shoulder of the dress. Once the safety pin is sticking out the other side, impale the chameleon's stomach, run the safety pin through, and back through to the inside of the dress, where you can fasten it.
Take your adhesive foam stickers and carefully place the stars, aliens and planets all over the front of the dress. I avoided putting the stickers on the arms, as I knew I'd be moving more there and they'd just fall off. You may also want to avoid putting them on your butt area, too, unless the host of your designated Halloween party doesn't mind you accidentally decorating.
Once you're ready to go out, put your hair up and curl it like a mad scientist. If your hair isn't red, spray it with the orange hair spray.
Text © Katie Currid, photos © Katie Currid & Tyler Jackson