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Easy Halloween ideas... Tropical Style!

Posted Julie Ann Davis Crafts & home Fashion Halloween Tiki

It's Halloween---oops I mean October! Some of us get pretty excited about this time of year... I'm here to get you inspired for a Halloween costume using what you may already have in your wardrobe! I've written about it before with a Little Black Dress Halloween Costumes, our striped Houdini DressHalloween with Vintage ClothingHalloween with Retro Classics.

A staple wardrobe piece in any vintage lover's closet is the tropical button down shirt. What ever you call it ~ a Hawaiian shirt, aloha shirt, tiki shirt, hang ten, or island shirt ~ it's a classic and can be found in any size in so many fabrics and prints there's one for everybody's style! So take that loud floral shirt out of the closet and make a unique Halloween costume!


Surf these ideas!

Magnum P.I. An 1980s classic! Add some tight faded jeans, white sneakers or shoes, a 'stache, and chest hair is optional. Great for solving cases!




Weird Al Yankovic. I admit I liked 1980s Weird Al with short bushy hair better. Add the bushy hair, 'stache, wire glasses, and accordion is optional. You'll get SO much Halloween candy with this you'll want to "just eat it, eat it, eat it..."




Elvis in Blue Hawaii. Everyone always looks for Elvis's red shirt from Blue Hawaii, but there were other great ones in the movie too. Here's one from our Vintage Collection that looks similar to Elvis'. Add some white pants, a pomp, and a uke. You're good to go on an island adventure!



Speaking of Elvis and Hawaii...

I have to mention. It's the Flying Elvises Shirt we have a Cats Like Us. The print is green souvenir style with islands, and logos of the Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Halekulani Hotel Waikiki, Maui and stamps, but the best part is the embroidered back! It reads "The Flying Elvises, with a picture of Elvis, Songtan Chapter". The 25th Fighter Squadron (25 FS) is part of the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base, South Korea. It operates the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft conducting close air support missions. The Squadron is unofficially known as the "Flying Elvis's" and have unlimited knowledge on everything regarding the King. Grab this shirt add a pomp, goggles, and flying ace neck scarf and soar!



Maybe you're more of a Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas fan? Hunter S. Thompson knew how to style a Hawaiian shirt! Add a bucket hat, yellow lens wire shades, and a cigarette filter holder. For inspo he's pictured below in a Hawaiian shirt and as portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie.




Looking for a less specific costume to use with your Hawaiian shirt? How about... Tourist. Grab a lei, straw hat, camera around your neck, a little sunscreen on your nose, and shorts and it's an easy fun look!



Hula Girl. Not feeling like wearing an uncomfortable coconut bra? Take a Hawaiian shirt and tie it at the waist and roll the sleeves, add a grass skirt, bottoms, and a lei and you're ready to hula the night away!



Matchy Matchy Tropical Look. We have separates on sale in S-XL for $36 if you want to be matchy matchy in your tropical outfit, heck make it a group costume! (Tropical Tiki Shirt & Skirt)

Tropical Tiki Shirt & Skirt


Throw it over an old costume. No seriously! Andrew didn't want to just replay his old Spiderman costume so he updated it! Spidey on vacation. I've seen people throw it over gorilla costumes, etc. Use what you have!



Hey Mrs. Roper peeps! We haven't forgotten about you! Learn the History of the Muu Muu and shop our Tiki Collection for some great finds to wear for Halloween and the rest of the year! Afterall, tiki spans all the seasons!

p.s. If you like tiki culture please check out Ohana Luau at the Lake in Lake George, NY. We've been sponsors of the event for a very long time, had a wonderful time attending, and even helped with a room crawl! They just announced the June dates for next year, see you at the lake!

 ~ Julie Ann

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