Tank Girl breakdown: shirt – mine, target painted on w/acrylics; shorts – mine, vintage; vest – thrifted, and I added patches and doodads; socks – hub’s and thrifted rainbow toe socks (one cut off as an arm warmer); goggles – dollar store; belt & holsters – my husband’s; weapons – dollar stores (I painted the bright orange gun); boots – mine; bat – thrifted kid’s plastic bat that I covered in contact paper and athletic tape. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to add wounds and bruises, but I did add some bandages. 🙂

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I made the Major Toht costume in a single afternoon. I woke up that morning thinking I was going to skip Halloween (too much work in my day job as a comic artist) but all of my friends flipped out and pressured me into it. I managed to scrape all of the props together by chance. The melty face is a Captain America movie Red Skull mask with flesh-coloured paint dribbled over it.
According to historical accounts, Cleopatra Queen of the Nile pretty much invented sex appeal. So, we think it makes a lot of sense that we’re still dressing like her more than 2000 years later! We have a huge selection of Cleopatra costumes, and we’ve got plenty of Pharaoh costumes to get guys in on the fun, too. With alluring designs that show just the right amount of skin, we’re sure an Egyptian theme this Halloween is going to be sizzling hot!
If you were a factory worker in the 1880s, you were probably toiling away at your job for an average of 60 hours a week, and it wasn't unheard of for textile laborers in New York to make only 75 cents a day, which was a paltry sum, even for the time. To bring attention to these unfair working conditions, labor organizers coordinated the first Labor Day parade on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
If you were a factory worker in the 1880s, you were probably toiling away at your job for an average of 60 hours a week, and it wasn't unheard of for textile laborers in New York to make only 75 cents a day, which was a paltry sum, even for the time. To bring attention to these unfair working conditions, labor organizers coordinated the first Labor Day parade on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
Despite the common perception of middle children being resentful of their siblings and never getting enough attention from their parents, Katrin Schumann, co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children, has done extensive research on the subject that found the plight of middle children may actually be a positive thing later in life. One such trait is their ability to negotiate.
Choosing a costume is one of the best parts about Halloween (it's only second to eating bags of candy and chocolate, of course). When you're trying to find the perfect family, group, or couple costume, it's scary how easy it is to spend a lot of money on store-bought costumes. Plus, you never know who else might show up in the exact same costume at a house down the block! That's why these homemade Halloween costumes are the way to go, whether you're looking for creative ideas for babies, toddlers, kids, or adults. Whether you're aiming to be scary, funny, or a combination of the two, these Insta-worthy DIY Halloween costumes can easily be made with everyday items you already have on hand and a few last-minute Amazon Prime finds that will arrive just in the nick of time. Either way, these family-friendly costumes, which cover everything from pop culture to puns, are way cheaper and more creative than anything else you'll find at the store. Sorry, we just had to say it. Even if you don't consider yourself particularly crafty, these ideas are easy enough that the most glue gun-challenged among us can find something that works.
Here at Spirit Halloween, we know that Halloween should be fun for everyone, and that’s why we carry costumes in every shape and size! Our selection of extended size costumes includes some of your favorite Halloween themes and everything in between! Curvy ladies will love the sexy plus size Halloween costumes we have to offer, so you can strut your stuff all Halloween long. Our plus size Halloween costumes for 2019 will allow you to show off your authentic style, no matter which style you decide to rock. So if you’re looking for a costume that’s perfect for your body size, then you’ll find the perfect adult plus size Halloween costume right here at Spirit! Our adult plus size costumes are available in both men’s and women’s styles, so everyone will be able to achieve the look they want this Halloween!

Your baby’s first Halloween is one of the cutest! Sure, they probably won’t remember it, but you’ll treasure those family photos forever, whether you dress up in matching costumes or let your child stand out. Spirit has an excellent selection of affordable baby Halloween costume ideas that will look totally adorable and make the entire neighborhood say “aw.” Our wide variety of baby costumes range in size from zero to 24 months, with plenty of options from classics like pirates and animals to your favorite on-screen characters like Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and Robin. You can teach your child about all the fun that comes with Halloween when they put on a costume, even if they’re too young to eat candy. Savor the chance to select your baby’s Halloween outfit with one of our high-quality costumes while they’re still young enough to let you make their decision!


For more than 125 years, Americans have celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday of every September, but the origins of this holiday have been somewhat lost to time. Now it's seen as the unofficial end of summer (and hot dog season), the dreaded return to school for kids across the country, and a time to score a great deal on a mattress. But with more than a century of history to sift through, you'd be forgiven for not knowing about the holiday's roots. So from the true story of its beginnings, to the final word on whether or not you can wear white afterward, here are eight facts about Labor Day.
Upcycle that black umbrella into a seriously impressive bat costume. Just cut it in half and then use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie. Use black electrical tape to fasten the hinges of the metal umbrella pieces as needed to help them properly fold. Create ears with foam core and feathers for a little extra texture.
“Middles are used to not getting their own way, and so they become savvy, skillful manipulators,” Schumann told Psychology Today. “They can see all sides of a question and are empathetic and judge reactions well. They are more willing to compromise, and so they can argue successfully. Since they often have to wait around as kids, they’re more patient.”
Our extensive selection of costumes for adults includes a wide range of themes, styles and sizes for all body types, including plus-size costumes. We carry adult costumes from your favorite TV shows, movies and video games, as well as classic – and easy – Halloween costumes for adults of all shapes and sizes. More about humor than horror? Be sure to check out our collection of funny adult Halloween costumes so you can be the talk of the party!
Though the conventional numbers have established that most U.S. presidents are firstborns, Schumann contends that half of our Commanders-in-Chief are actually middle children. In an interview with NPR, she revealed that the connection between the presidency and middle children was obscured for years because of one strange quirk: firstborn girls weren’t traditionally counted as older siblings. Instead, firstborns were only taken into consideration when it came to males.
You and your partner are the coolest/funniest/most photogenic pair. You know it's true, and the Instagram likes just about prove it! When Halloween hits, however, you both struggle to think of a clever couples Halloween costume that is just as awesome as you are. Or even if you come up with a few fun ideas, by year three or four of dressing up together, you're probably in desperate need of some inspiration. Rather than settling for another boring look (Mickey and Minnie, for example), switch things up with one of these creative — dare we say, genius — couples' Halloween costume ideas.
Packed with unique and rarely seen selections, you are bound to find something that will make your costume stand out and become more exciting and memorable. Mix and match costumes with different masks, and create a never-before-seen character that no one will see coming. Clearance costumes are also a great way to accumulate a family costume closet for dress-up with the kids. Save some stress on your wallet and flex your creativity with this often overlooked option.

Ben Carpenter is a cosplayer who uses a wheelchair. For this year’s Tampa Bay Comic Con, he and his group became the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. Ben was Max in the scene where he was strapped to the front of a vehicle in order to supply blood to the driver. He used his wheelchair in the upright position for the vehicle, driven by a friend and accompanied by other characters from the movie. They won the award for Best Group Cosplay. Of course they did.
You and your partner are the coolest/funniest/most photogenic pair. You know it's true, and the Instagram likes just about prove it! When Halloween hits, however, you both struggle to think of a clever couples Halloween costume that is just as awesome as you are. Or even if you come up with a few fun ideas, by year three or four of dressing up together, you're probably in desperate need of some inspiration. Rather than settling for another boring look (Mickey and Minnie, for example), switch things up with one of these creative — dare we say, genius — couples' Halloween costume ideas.

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