Stand out from the crowd at a Halloween party (or any other occasion that calls for a costume) by dressing up as everybody’s favorite fruit, the avocado. This is a versatile costume that is easy to make, and you can adapt it depending on how much time you have and the materials on hand.
Of course, seeing this avocado costume is bound to make everyone hungry, so be sure to bring along your favorite avocado snack to the party. Guacamole and chips are always a hit, so stock up on plenty of avocados beforehand. Not sure how to tell when an avocado is ripe? A little squeeze will tell you what you need to know. If it’s not quite ripe, you can speed up the process by keeping your avocados in a paper bag with a banana for a couple of days.
To make the costume, the first step is to find a piece of cardboard and cut out an avocado-shaped form. Depending on the size of your cardboard, you’ll need to decide whether to make the costume to fit around your face or to wear over your body. Make sure you have enough paint to cover the entire cardboard. You’ll paint dark green or black around the edge, then paint the rest green, mixing with some yellow paint to get a lighter tone toward the center.
If you’re making your avocado to fit around your head, your face will serve as the seed, so cut a hole in the center that’s the right size for your face to stick through. If you’re making a body-size avocado, you’ll need straps to attach it to your body. Find a piece of black or dark green cloth and drape it over the back and tape it or use a glue gun to stick it to the cardboard on front. If you have time, you can use some metal hangers and duct tape to make a wire frame to give the back of the costume a rounded shape.
For the seed, paint a brown circle in the center of the cardboard, or find a plastic mixing bowl that’s the right size for your needs, paint the outside brown and use a glue gun to fix it to the center of your avocado form. A fun option for pregnant moms is to cut a hole in the middle of the cardboard that your baby bump can stick through, serving as the avocado seed.