Looking for simple Halloween costume ideas

(this was a Question over in "Answers," but Frollard brilliantly suggested that it would be better as a discussion here)

There's a Halloween party next month for residents of my housing complex, which is for elderly and disabled people (I have disabling health problems (although not life-threatening or anything, in case you were going to worry)), and we've all been asked to dress up somehow. My problem is that I don't really fit in all that well here, and so neither do my costume ideas.

Most of the residents are very normal, ordinary sort of people, except for those whose disabilities affect their cognitive or emotional functions; and those who were normal and ordinary back in Korea or Ukraine, but are still struggling with US language and culture.

Most of my costume ideas (a Fruity Oaty Bar? ....Lady MacBeth? ...Marvin, the Paranoid Android? ...a Brownie from British folk mythology, to tie in with chocolate brownies from the oven to bring for the treats table?) are based on one semi-obscure cultural reference or another. I try hard (if not always successfully :) not to come off to my neighbors as some self-styled superior know-it-all, and I don't want to torpedo myself by showing up to the party dressed as The Solar System, complete with Halley's Comet in a holster on my Kuiper Belt.*
(*although if I could figure out how to pull it off (for some other party), wouldn't that be just absolutely cooler than cool??? :)

So I need an ordinary, normal, as-generic-as-possible costume idea. Cheap, easy, not so cumbersome as being a ghost with an old white sheet with eye-holes cut out, and not so close to unpleasant realities as The Grim Reaper (any number of our 80- & 90-year-olds already might as well avoid buying green bananas.)

Right now I'm thinking about a bat with wings made from an old black umbrella, or else a scarecrow-cum-gardener (since lots of people know me through my working in our Community Garden).

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Kiteman8 years ago
I heard of a brilliant one - a girl dressed as normal as possible made up some flyers advertising her very reasonable baby-sitting rates, then went door-door on hallowe'en, handing them out.

As she turned away from each door, though, the householders would see that she carried, behind her back, the severed head of a child*.

*Made from one of those plastic heads for girls to play with make-up.
 That's terrible, and yet somehow, awesome.
Goodhart8 years ago
Well, the first things that came to mind were things like: From where the Wild Things Are, or maybe even a much simpler & sweeter idea, we have oldie and recent returns like Iron man, or one could go the route of a somewhat generic costume and mask.
I just finished my feet for Carol from WTWTA.
You are going for the whole body suit then?
Yep. :)
Well how about something to fit what you've already thought of. The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. If they've seen the movie or not they will know a scarcrow, and since you don't want them to think your a know it all, your looking for your brain.
Kiteman8 years ago
Pin-stripe suit, trilby, rolled-up umbrella and a CD player with Singing In the Rain on loop.
Kiteman8 years ago
Smart shirt and trousers, tie askew, carrying a baseball bat and a stressed expression - you're the guy from Falling Down.