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Duct Tape Your Halloween

Hilarious costume and party inspirations, courtesy of the Duct Tape Guys

By Emily Hare
Published: October 19, 2011
Photo by Workman Publishing
Are you tired of wearing the same boring Halloween costume year after year? Looking to save a little money by making your costume? Maybe you just want to make people scratch their heads in wonder. Then you need to read The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book, by Jim and Tim, the Duct Tape Guys (Workman Publishing, $8.95, paperback, 128 pages,

This full-color, tongue-in-cheek gem delivers clever ideas as well as pure ridiculousness. Using all varieties of duct tape, Jim and Tim fashion more than 101 Halloween costumes.

Some are feasible: Attach white duct tape to your black clothing to look like a skeleton, or cover yourself head-to-toe in silver duct tape to become the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.

Others are downright wacky, like covering yourself in duct tape (sticky side out) and rolling around on a barbershop floor to achieve a “Wolfman” look.

One of our favorites is the “Campfire” – brown duct tape over your legs for logs; red, orange and yellow duct tape on your torso and head for flames; and a marshmallow on a stick to hold in your hand.

For procrastinators, there are even a handful of 30-second costume ideas that you can whip up in a flash (tape many pairs of scissors to your hands and you are – you guessed it – Edward Scissorhands). There are also riotous pranks, decorating tips for your Halloween party (“Scare Tactics”) and creative solutions for a trick-or-treat bag.

Even if you read the book just for the laughs, Halloween is bound to look different through your new duct-tape lenses.

The Duct Tape Guys (Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg) started a duct tape craze in 1994 with the publication of The Duct Tape Book. Not ones to be taken too seriously, Jim and Tim’s books feature healthy doses of “breathtakingly stupid” commentary. The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book even includes a disclaimer and warnings about the pain and hair loss caused by removing duct tape from bare skin.

THERE'S MORE! We all know that no cabin is complete without a supply of duct tape. Check out our Duct Tape Roundup in the March 2012 issue of Cabin Life magazine, featuring more wacky ideas from the Duct Tape Guys, creative DIY projects you can make with duct tape, fun facts, and more!

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