Tired of the constant struggle to look sexy on Halloween? Empower yourself by being a Missouri women from the past:
10. Josephine Baker: If you insist on making it a scantilly-clad halloween keep your self esteem intact and make yourself a banana skirt like Josephine Baker’s. All you need is some rope, a few fake bananas and some panties. Shirt optional. Difference between Josephine Baker’s banana skirt and dressing as a sexy banana? Baker had talent, and when she danced she embodied freedom and grace.
9. Tina Turner: The coolest part of your Tina Turner costume has to be the wig, which may require a slight investment. If you have a man in your life, though, this is the costume for you – dress up as Tina and Ike ca. 1958 when they met in St. Louis.
8. Kewpie: Grab your flesh colored unitard, some hair gel and blush and you’ve got your kewpie doll costume. Kewpies were invented by Missourian Rose O’Neill in the early 1900s.
7. Ella Ewing: Who doesn’t long for an excuse to wear stilts on halloween? All you need is a really really long dress, stilts and some friends to help you navigate. Ella grew to between 7-8 feet tall (her actual height at the end of her life was disputed). She was born in 1872 and lived her whole life in north Missouri.
6. Pearl Curran/Patience Worth: A 1920s dress and ouija board are all you need to be the medium Pearl Curran, who channelled Patience Worth from the 1910s – 1930s. The fun part is, you can go around channeling the words of Patience Worth all evening, so blame her for insulting the sexy crayon, sexy hot dog and sexy chewbacca at the party.
5. Belle Starr: Cowboy hat, pistols and a petticoat are pretty much all you need to be the infamous outlaw Belle Starr, from Carthage.
4. Bonnie Parker: Bonnie and Clyde hid out in Joplin for quite some time before being caught by police in a shootout in the garage of their apartment. A 1930s dress, a pistol and some blood splatters would make for a believable costume.
3. Kate Brewington Bennett: Use some white make-up to impersonate Kate Bennett, who was one of the most well known beauties in St. Louis because of her pearly white skin. She achieved the pale skin by ingesting small doses of arsenic. In 1867 she died from the cumulative affects of the arsenic and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
2. Carrie Nation: Trade in your push-up bra for an axe this halloween and pay homage to Missouri’s famous vandalizing prohibitionist. You need an 1890s dress, a Bible and a hatchet. To be historically accurate you really can’t drink, so this costume is more for you pregnant women and designated drivers.
1. Celia: Since the main character from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not from Missouri, lets settle for Celia, who may be even more hardcore. Bloodstained old-timey clothes, an axe and assorted racist owner body parts are all you need!