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Florida Themed Halloween Costumes

Updated on August 21, 2016
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Halloween - fun for children and adults. I was noted for my annual Halloween parties and creative costumes.

Make Your Costume Stand Out from the Crowd

Halloween or fancy dress parties are a chance for grown-ups to really relax and have fun. You'll want a costume that everyone will remember and talk about for days to come. Everyone will be snapping photos of your Florida costume to show friends.
Halloween or fancy dress parties are a chance for grown-ups to really relax and have fun. You'll want a costume that everyone will remember and talk about for days to come. Everyone will be snapping photos of your Florida costume to show friends. | Source

What Costume Will You Wear for a Florida Themed Halloween?

Start thinking about all the things Florida related and you'll come up with a lot. Someone surely will arrive in an alligator costume. Expand your thinking to all the other Florida birds and wildlife.

How about the costumes relating to the theme parks. There's Disney, SeaWorld and Universal. That gives you tons of great costume ideas.

Don't forget the space coast, hurricanes, retirees, beach vacations, and other aspects of Florida for costume inspiration. I've gathered some costumes and DIY outfits below for you to think about.


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We received an invitation to a block party for Halloween in our retirement community. How fun!

My husband just made a face as he finds it hard to think up costume ideas. Already my mind is churning with possible outfits. Some would work for me, some are more for guys and some make good couple costumes.

Wait until he sees what I've rounded up for him to choose from. I'm sure one of these will spark his imagination.

Florida Tourist Costume Ideas

His or Her Tourist Costumes - Think Tacky, Tacky, Tacky

Tacky Tourist Adult Costume
Tacky Tourist Adult Costume

You could probably assemble this from some things you have around the house. Maybe not. If your normal attire is too tasteful, you can buy this outfit to wear to the costume party. It has the rounded waistline built in for a very convincing tacky tourist.

Add your own touches like sponging on some blusher over your whole face for a sunburn. Hang your camera or several around your neck. Don't forget the sunglasses and the big sun hat.

 

Remember Tastefulness Is Not the Way to Go

The tacky tourist costume can come straight from your closet. Hot pink capri pants? Great! Orange t-shirt, lime green flip flops, flower-print overshirt... you are on the way to a great costume.

Add a colorful beach tote or a pool noodle, and extreme, glitzy sunglasses are a nice touch too. You might not have all of these on hand, so head to the local thrift shop. Remember, the more colorful, the better.

Get Inspired by the Entries in the Tacky Tourist Costume

Costume Ideas from Florida Wildlife

Become a Flamingo for the Party

SACASUSA Hot Pink Fuchsia Feather Bird Mask with Yellow beak
SACASUSA Hot Pink Fuchsia Feather Bird Mask with Yellow beak

Get out your hot pink shirt, add some yellow tights and wear this fluffy hot pink mask. Presto, instant flamingo.

If you want to go fancier, there are even flamingo feet that you can buy on Amazon. Add a fluffy pink tutu around your waist or a pink feather boa as an additional costume piece.

Check out the video below for making a costume using feather boas for the skirt (body of the flamingo).

 

Do-It-Yourself Pink Flamingo Costume

Look at the Flamingo in Real Life to Get Ideas for Your Costume

I captured these at Gatorland in Kissimmee. Yes, they really are that color. The fun part about wearing a flamingo costume to a Halloween party, is it gives you an excuse to hang out all night by the buffet eating shrimp. That's their favorite food.
I captured these at Gatorland in Kissimmee. Yes, they really are that color. The fun part about wearing a flamingo costume to a Halloween party, is it gives you an excuse to hang out all night by the buffet eating shrimp. That's their favorite food. | Source

Alligator Costume or Alligator Wrestler

Someone Has to Be the Alligator

Adult Crocodile Costume Hat
Adult Crocodile Costume Hat

Wear some khacki slacks or shorts and top that with a green t-shirt or sweatshirt. The crowning touch is this open-mouth alligator head. Awesome.

 

Here I Am Demonstrating My Alligator Taming Techniques

My brother-in-law was waiting his turn to subdue the alligator at Gatorland.
My brother-in-law was waiting his turn to subdue the alligator at Gatorland. | Source

Be an Alligator Wrestler

Keel Toys 45cm Alligator
Keel Toys 45cm Alligator

Wear your khaki shorts and shirt (sort of the Steve Austin look) and tote along this fierce looking alligator. Demonstrate your alligator taming skills by putting your head between its jaws just like the demonstrations at Gatorland.

You can check out Gatorland's videos on YouTube to see the proper handling of live alligators.

 

Here's a Gator Wrestler at Gatorland

See what the alligator wrestler is wearing? You may already have a tan work shirt in your closet and some jeans. Just add the alligator and you are ready.
See what the alligator wrestler is wearing? You may already have a tan work shirt in your closet and some jeans. Just add the alligator and you are ready. | Source

Florida Costume Ideas from Disney

Disney Characters - There Are Dozens to Choose From

Here's just one character, but think of all the ones from the various movies or ones you've seen at the theme parks. Usually there's a costume available from Amazon for any of them.
Here's just one character, but think of all the ones from the various movies or ones you've seen at the theme parks. Usually there's a costume available from Amazon for any of them. | Source

The Princess Costumes Aren't Just for Little Girls

Pretty Princess or Dark Maleficent - Which Will You Choose

Disguise Women's Disney Maleficent Christening Gown Deluxe Costume, Black, 12-14
Disguise Women's Disney Maleficent Christening Gown Deluxe Costume, Black, 12-14

Most people opt for the pretty princess costumes, so surprise everyone with this dramatic outfit.

 

Even More Disney Ideas

Here's Mickey! A Great Costume for a Florida Halloween

Warmcos Mickey Mouse Mascot Costume Cartoon Character Fancy Dress Outfit
Warmcos Mickey Mouse Mascot Costume Cartoon Character Fancy Dress Outfit

Here's the classic Mickey Mouse costume. Your spouse can get a Minnie Mouse one to make you a matched pair.

 

Watch This Video for DIY Mickey and Minnie Costumes

Don't Forget Florida's Space Coast

Wear Your Astronaut Suit for the Costume Event

Aeromax Adult Astronaut Suit with Embroidered Cap, White, Small
Aeromax Adult Astronaut Suit with Embroidered Cap, White, Small

You can buy the astronaut helmet and the special boots to go with this. Just click through to Amazon.

 

Make Your Own Helmet to Go with the Astronaut Costume - A Video Tutorial

© 2014 Virginia Allain

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    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've been dressing for Halloween for 28 years while living in Orlando and I never considered a Florida theme...except maybe when I dressed as a redneck pumpkin! :)

    • ezzly profile image

      ezzly 

      3 years ago

      Very creative, love it

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Some interesting ideas. I love the Little Bo Peep. Beautiful work.

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Florida Halloween Costumes is a great idea for those who live in Florida, or those who wish they did! Nice work Virginia!

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