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Sixty Four – Play On The Silent Treatment In A Mime Halloween Costume

By William Joshua

Mime Halloween costumes can set the stage for an evening of silent antics by any aspiring charade artist. They are relatively easy to create and comfortable to wear, and do not require anything elaborate. Even the most detailed costume is easy, consisting mostly of mime makeup and some traditional style clothing. Mime Halloween costumes may not be for everyone.

Mime makeup is generally a must. Unlike clown make up, a basic style is easy to achieve. If you are not terribly handy with paints, especially on your own face, a simple white covering with a few black accents work well. You can paint your eyebrows in black and call it complete. Get more detailed by lining your lips or eyes as well. Some will also add little touches of personality, such as a painted on tear or a few shapes around the eyes.

Clothing is simple and limited to very few pieces. The simplest mime Halloween costume could be made with black slacks and a black long sleeved tee. Add the facial make-up and gloves and begin your gestures. The traditional mime costume consists of slim black pants and a long sleeved knit shirt with horizontal black and white stripes. A red kerchief is often worn around the neck and a black French beret sits at angle on the head. In recent years some mime costumes have used a red and white shirt with horizontal stripes and that is also an accepted version.

If you prefer to throw traditional out of the window, wear whatever clothing you like. The face paint alone will indicate what you are supposed to be. Well that, and the complete lack of vocal communication you are using for the evening.–Mime-Costumes-title0-p-1-c-356.html

If you have sensitive skin or allergies you might opt to wear a mime mask rather than face paint. The problem with masks for this depiction is that facial expressions are so much a part of being a mime. Behind a mask you can grimace or smile all you like – and never be understood! Masks also limit your visibility and can become a safety issue.

Scary mimes are not unheard of, although the mime seems to have obtained less of the “terrifying factor” that clowns have. Perhaps it is the calming silence they use in their trade, or the toned down color schemes. Whatever it is, this silent charade artist generally lacks the scary connotations. Although if you wish to take your costume in that direction, by all means do so. You could be the first noose wearing or axe wielding mime!

Go all the way and really learn the part! Mimes are performers, so add dimension to your costume by learning a little about the trade. Otherwise, you are just a boring clown. A quick search on Google can produce a number of resources for information on miming skills. It looks easy enough, and certain aspects are quite simple. However, honing your skills and appearing like a professional is not easy and takes much practice. Smooth movements and perfect execution do not come to beginner mimes.

I’m not suggesting you spend hours learning to be a mime or days practicing your routines. Who want to make a career out of their Halloween character? Just a quick view of how mimes move and a few minutes of practice here and there are all you need to be convincing.

For fun, comfort and ease of construction, mime Halloween costumes fill the bill. Whether traditional in black and white stripes or a bit more modern with red on white stripes, you always must have the wrist length white gloves and face paint (or a mask) to play the part. We should also point out that mimes are almost always quite slender. For a humorous twist a person of large girth dressed as a traditional mime could be great for laughs. Obviously, this would need to be someone not self conscious about his size or weight. Can you picture an overweight mime trying to reach past his stomach to open the imaginary door? Now that would be a funny clown Halloween costume. Edited by Hetsil Protage

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