I LOVE Halloween. Each and every year I try to outdo last year’s costume. I often go for hilarious, random characters and love group costumes, as well. Last year, I created and wore my favorite Halloween costume of all time: the Homemade Chiquita Banana Girl Costume. I literally got stopped on the street asking me where I got my costume. I loved responding with, “I made it!” Part of the fun of Halloween is using your creativity and putting everything together for the final product.
I was sitting in the lobby of Rainforest Café waiting to be seated for my niece’s birthday party. I looked up and saw all the jungle animals and leaves and trees. Then, I saw a tree with giant fake fruit pieces. It clicked that I wanted to use the fruit for my costume and do something cool. I envisioned a fruit lady. The lady from the Chiquita banana label!
I went to the fabric store and picked out a bright colored, floral and fruit patterned fabric. Then I bought a bunch of fake fruit and flowers and feathers…. And LOTS of super glue!
I took a head band and super-glued a plastic bowl on top. Then I glued the fake fruits, flowers and feathers onto the bowl and made it look pretty. I put the head band with the bowl attached on my head. Then I took the fabric and I wrapped it similar to how you would start to wrap your hair after you shower. However, instead of throwing it over the top of my head, I twisted it around the bowl and safety pinned it securely.
The headpiece is clearly the best part, but there’s more! I threw on a yellow shirt that had puffy sleeves and wrapped a beach wrap around my legs as a skirt. Then, I found tall, shiny, red patent-leather heels that buckled. I gathered all the Bengals and big beaded jewelry I had had and wore them- all the necklaces, bracelets,
I wore fake eye lashes, big gold hoop earrings and even drew a fake mole on the skin above my upper lip. And I wore bright red lipstick.
Overall, it was a really fun costume to wear and I hope I can out-do it in the future!
Below I listed all materials needed:
Long, wide piece of colorful, bright fabric (a little bigger than a beach towel)
Colorful Beach wrap
Shirt with puffy sleeves
Chunky Bengal bracelets
Big beaded necklaces
It takes roughly 2 hours to put together the whole thing.