Halloween Home-Improvement Costumes
From a plumber with wardrobe malfunctions to a washer/dryer getup, we have a slew of costumes that will help you poke a little fun at your home improvement lifestyle
Halloween affords the chance to poke a little fun at yourself—or aspire to be someone else. This Old House reader Jen Stratton wrote to tell us about a conversation she and her husband had had with their three-year-old son Nolan, a die-hard TOH fan, about what he wanted to be for Halloween. "Do you want to be a police officer like grandpa or a firefighter?" her husband asked.
"No, I be Kevin O'Connor," Nolan declared in his toddler syntax. "I be a carpenter and wear a blue shirt like on the show."
Kevin, we're sure, would be flattered. But even if you don't want to be a TOH crew member, there are plenty of costumes that'll satisfy your home-improvement jones this Halloween.
It's hard to say which is worse: having to call a plumber at 2 a.m. for an overflowing toilet or witnessing the all-too-common wardrobe malfunctions of said plumber while he is leaning over the loo. Now, that is a gruesome sight! This visual gag might just remind plumbing pros to wear a tighter belt next time. About $69.99,
Brands on Sale, Inc.
This year your washer and dryer somehow decided to go to laundry heaven as a pair, which, while romantic, ended up leaving you thousand of dollars poorer. Have no fear; you can immortalize your now-kaput appliances by going to that Halloween bash as a laundry set. After all, the couple that washes together stays together. Each about $39.95,
Wee ones look up to their DIY-ready moms and dads. Help junior hammer out the perfect Halloween with this Bob the Builder costume. Then, when your kid is old enough, you'll have a ready assistant for all those projects you're starting now that probably won't be finished until his or her junior year of college. About $41.99, BuyCostumes.com
Life is ruff for your best friend. He's often ignored, or worse, kenneled, during endless remodeling projects for your own home. And his own house usually consists of a couple of boards of plywood nailed together. Show your furry companion some respect this Halloween with this sharp-as-can-be construction pro's costume. After all, he's certainly more cuddly than your average contractor. The costume is available in Petco's stores only.
After spending countless dollars and hours working on the place, what better inspiration for a costume than your own house? Commodores jokes aside, this sample is ideal for someone with a Richardsonian Romanesque or a cute brick bungalow, but you could also get more creative and construct something yourself that's a little more specific to your own abode. About $59.99, Brands on Sale
The toilet just gets no respect. Make sure this elemental fixture feels like it's number one this Halloween. All potty humor aside, this costume is great for plumbers or those who often have to rely upon them because they bought a beautiful old house with a decidedly ugly plumbing system. About $59.95, Fantasy Toyland
Nothing is sexier to your significant other than when you're checking off items on that ever-growing honey-do list. But if you're too lazy to actually be a household fixer-upper, you can still look like one. This costume is sure to get you a second glance while you're pretending to apply that top coat. About $38.95, Lingerie.com
If your loved one has been spending way more time interacting with your general contractor than with you this year, this outfit is certain to get you some attention. No matter what they say, the surest way to your partner's heart is through the tool belt. About $59.95, Costume Craze
If your sense of humor hasn't changed much since you were 12 years old, and you have a slew of gullible (but heart-healthy) friends, this prop is perfect. Just don't try it with a real screwdriver. About $10.95, Haunt Your Home.com
After tooling around with that broken-down boiler for months (why haven't you bought an energy-efficient model anyway?), you've probably had more than a few nightmare scenarios like this one run through your head. One thing's for sure: we can think of no better argument for having both a flathead and a Philips screwdriver on hand at all times. About $9.99, Fright Catalog.com