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Venice Inspired Halloween Costumes

Venice Inspired Halloween Costumes

Photo courtesy Lauren Duda

Photo courtesy Lauren Duda

If you're still undecided on a Halloween costume, you don't have to look far for inspiration. Last year, local artist Lauren Duda did a perfect interpretation of Borofsky's Ballerina Clown, and it got us thinking about other familiar characters who might be fun to bump into at one of these Venice Halloween parties.

Treeman

Much like Ballerina Clown, Treeman is a lovable, nightmarish Venice creature with whom everyone wants to take their picture. You know you're at the best party in town when he stilts onto the dance floor and reaches down for high fives. For this getup all you'd need is camouflage clothing and fresh foliage. As for his height, no one should try to masquerade as the original, but how cute would it be to see a baby Treeman?

Ronda Rousey mural by local artist Jonas Never at Lincoln Blvd. and Sunset Ave. (Photo by Impermanent Art.)

Ronda Rousey mural by local artist Jonas Never at Lincoln Blvd. and Sunset Ave. (Photo by Impermanent Art.)

Ronda Rousey

For a kick ass costume, how about UFC Bantamweight Champion and hometown hero Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey who has not one but two new Venice murals painted in her honor? Wear a UFC tee, long blonde wig and fierce attitude.

Jeff "The Dude" Dowd visiting us at our holiday shop last year.

Jeff "The Dude" Dowd visiting us at our holiday shop last year.

The Dude

The iconic character in The Big Lebowski was inspired by Venice local Jeff Dowd. All you need to pull this off is a comfy bathrobe, a white Russian in hand, and a rug that really ties the room together. 

"Abbot Hipster" mural by Flavio Campagna Kampah.

"Abbot Hipster" mural by Flavio Campagna Kampah.

Abbot Kinney

A wildly imaginative developer with a beard and bowtie doesn't seem far off from some of the characters roaming the neighborhood today. For the ultimate ode to Venice, go as its founder Mr. Abbot Kinney.

Photo by Diana Garcia/ cargocollective

Photo by Diana Garcia/ cargocollective

Unicheetahwolf

A mythical character—part unicorn, part cheetah, part wolf—manifested by Venice artist Diana Garcia first appeared on the outside wall of Gjelina but has also been spotted in more obscure parts of town including the pottery studio Temple Of Mediclaytion. You could easily pull this one together with spotted leggings or bodysuit, furry hoodie and unicorn horn.

Photo by Venice painter Jules Muck

Photo by Venice painter Jules Muck

Jules Muck Group Mural

You might already have one of these costumes from a past Halloween. Chances are your friends do too, so one option would be to upcycle all of them with a coat of green paint and go together as a Muck-ified mural.

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Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach

Strut your stuff as a couple of champs from Muscle Beach. You don't need much else except a neon swimsuit, spray tan, body glitter, celebratory sashes and perhaps a commemorative tote from Gold's Gym.

The Venice Sign

Light up the night with a group of six friends, each of you wearing one of the letters to spell out the iconic V-E-N-I-C-E sign. 

The list could go on and on—Jim Morrison, zombie gondolier, lost member of the Venice drum circle. If you do decide to infuse some local inspiration into your Halloween costume, please share it with us. Happy haunting.


Tom Freund Show Friday Night @ Del Monte Speakeasy

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