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Australian Fancy Dress Costumes for Halloween
Great Australian Ideas for your next Fancy Dress or Halloween Party
I guess as a born and bred Australian I could turn up at an Australian themed party dressed anyway I pleased and claim that I was in 'costume'.
However that's not really entering in to the spirit of the occasion and is somewhat limited advice to the 7 billion other people on earth that don't have my good fortune of having been born in Australia.
So what costumes best constitute an Australian theme and will make you stand out at your next fancy dress or Halloween party?
Here a list of great suggestions that will make you the token 'Australian in the room' at your next party.
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What better way to dress Australian than as a kangaroo, our unique marsupial that raises its young in a pouch on the front of its body. The 'roo is one half of the Australian coat of arms, there with the emu because they are both only found in Australia and neither can take a step backwards.
What better representatives of a nation?
Oh and did I mention that Australians eat both of them. What other nation can claim to dine out on their coat of arms!
Quite possibly the most famous Australian in the world at one time, Crocodile Dundee, played by Aussie comedian Paul Hogan, summed up the Australian laid back attitude to life, even in the face of unfamiliar surrounds and constant danger.
Who will ever forget the 'You call that a knife? This is a knife' scene. Long before starring as the iconic Dundee, Paul Hogan made a living painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge.He later went on to marry his Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski in real life.
Also famous for uttering the very incorrect, but unbelievably famous 'Throw another shrimp on the barbie' catchphrase.
Crocodile Dundee Costumes
Australia's most famous bushranger, Edward 'Ned' Kelly was the son of a transported Irish convict who ended up in Australia as a result of stealing 2 pigs in his native Ireland. Always in trouble with the law throughout his short life, many Australians see Ned as a noble figure who rebelled against an unjust colonial authority.
Others see him as a cold blooded murderer of 3 policemen. Finally caught, after a murderous gun fight where he was protected by his home made suit of armour, and hung in 1880, his fame and notoriety are still the stuff of legends in the Australian psyche.
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A Great Ned Kelly Costume
Lighter and more stylish than the original all steel version. Strewth!
Steve Irwin - Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin, beloved across the world until his untimely and tragic death and internationally known as the Crocodile Hunter, embodied the happy go lucky Aussie, especially when dealing with and occasionally tormenting, the deadly fauna across the continent.
Struck down in the prime of life by a stingrays spine, his memory lives on through his Australian Wildlife Park and his two children who are following in his footsteps.
As Steve would say, 'Crikey!'
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Crocodile Hunter Costumes
And of course crocodile accessories!
Strewth, you'll have to practice your best fake Aussie accent to successfully pass yourself off as this Australian icon
Dame Edna Everage
Released on to an unsuspecting public in 1956, Dame Edna Everage the original housewife from Moonee Ponds has grown into Australia's own self proclaimed gigastar. Dame Edna is the creation of Australian comedian Barry Humphries who continues that great Aussie tradition of dressing up as a woman and taking the 'mickey' out of everyone he meets.
What better ambassador for the nation than a smart mouthed, royal titled transvestite?
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Dame Edna Costumes
Every man wants to dress as a woman? Doesn't he?
Known universally as the Koala Bear, yet not even closely related to any species of bear. The nearest relative to the koala is actually another Australian native, the wombat. The modern confusion probably derives from its scientific name which is Phascolarctos which is derived from the Greek phaskolos "pouch" and arktos "bear", a name given by the early English explorers who mistook the animal for a bear.
Known for its dozy cuddliness, the koala was once notoriously described by the Australian politician John Brown as "flea-ridden, piddling, stinking, scratching, rotten little things". A great advert for one of our cutest natives!
Photo Credit: Koala - Wikimedia CC 2.5 Author Cody Pope
Great White Shark
Many people who have never visited Australia have a picture in their mind that the waters surrounding the country are teeming with great white sharks and the land within is a frenzy of snakes and spiders.
I shall dispel this myth with the statement that I have seen 0 sharks in my life (and I grew up in a beach-side suburb) and the number of poisonous spiders and snakes I have seen could be counted on one hand.
However the shark myth continues with our most famous golfer, Greg Norman, being referred to as The Great White Shark. Here's a little fact to put the shark myth into perspective. The number of Australians killed by sharks in the last 200 years stands at 194.
24,000 people are killed by lightening worldwide every year.
Yet the Great White Shark remains associated firmly with Australian coastlines.
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The Humble Wombat
By special request, the chubby hole digger of Australia, the wombat, has made it into our costume collection. Known for its slow movement, strong claws and a backwards facing pouch that makes sure that its young don't get covered in dirt when they are burrowing. Known to attack the occasional human when startled, you wouldn't have to be Usain Bolt to outrun one.
My advice? Climb the nearest tree. Chubbs the wombat just ain't got that much enthusiasm.
What could be better than to dress your kids up as 'killer wombats' for their next fancy dress party!
The Singing Budgie - Kylie Minogue
Put on something slinky, pop on those killer heels, grab a Kylie mask and you will be the bell of the party. Beloved by every Australian and lusted after by every Aussie man. Could make for a very interesting get up for a guy to try. Size 13 heels thanks!
Isn't she just adorable!
Kylies younger, less talented sister. More famous for the men she has married and dated than any contribution to the world of music. Though she did 'enhance' her talents in one way that I'll leave to your imagination.