Halloween Meets Art History


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Let’s visit Halloween of the past. Why? Because Halloween has so many creative opportunities.

Now, as an art teacher I was always billed the creative person in the house. But, turns out, my husband’s creative side was just laying dormant until we had kids and until Halloween. It had to do with a deficit in his childhood. His costumes, apparently, where last minute improvisations despite his secret longings for an elaborate show stopper creation. So, when our first child was old enough to utter “Pocahontas” he dug out my five dollar yard sale sewing machine and dusted off his middle school sewing skills. He bought a pattern and went to work. I contributed a little stenciling and our Native American was thrilled. Next year it was a witch, fabricating the hat from scratch. Then Princess Amidala. The old five dollar sewing machine was retired in favor of a brand new Cadillac of sewing machines. By then, child two was born and in no time she was uttering, “Purple Kitty” for her Halloween request and it was as good as sewn. There were whole Octobers I didn’t see my husband except for bent over the sewing machine.

I confess I never, as a high school teacher dressed up in my classroom. It was usually discouraged in most of my schools. But I marveled over the creativity of my virtual colleagues. What an opportunity  for art history to come alive! With permission, I share with you some costumes from around art rooms everywhere for your inspiration.

From top to bottom and left to right:

Jenn Postma as Yayoi Kusama
Jennifer Parriigan as the Mona Lisa
Kaitlyn Kennedy as Andy Warhol
Marysa Marderosian as Bob Ross (apparently she took it to new levels by adding hair chest using spirit gum and some wig trimmings. She reports it as rather itchy though)
Mia McNaughton as Banksy’s retitled Love is in the Bin ( In the resource section I am linking a good You Tube Video that details the story and here is a good conversation starter for your classroom).
Presley Sutton as Pop Art
Ashley Pierce Love feminine twist on René Magritte’s The Son of Man
Inspired by Day of the Dead (dia de los Muertos) is Catherine Hamrick.
Abbie Pavlov-Bailey went as spilled paint.




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