A Halloween costume is only as good as the people who understand it. Take it from the guy whose go-to ensembles are obscure “Twin Peaks” characters and professional wrestlers from the 1990s.
If you want to be the talk of a party and maybe take home a best-dressed trophy or two, consider these homemade costume ideas that will get you in both the Halloween and East Tennessee spirit.
This one is about as easy as it gets. Just put on a black suit with a white shirt and skinny black tie to become the Knoxville native in his “Reservoir Dogs” role as Mr. Brown. Lose the tie and add some glasses to become his Richard Gecko character in “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
The latter movie has plenty of creepy characters you might consider for Halloween if you want the Tarantino theme without dressing up as the man himself. My top picks for Tarantino costumes? The Bride from “Kill Bill,” Mia Wallace from “Pulp Fiction” and Cliff Booth from “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood” (a Hawaiian shirt should do the trick).
The year 2020 was odd for many reasons. Overshadowed by COVID-19 was the elusive Knoxville tiger that allegedly roamed the city after an off-duty Knox County Sherriff’s Office deputy spotted a large cat in the Forks of the River Industrial Park.
The tiger never was found, but you can give this hysterical tale the attention it still deserves by embracing the stripes for Halloween. All it should take is some theatrical makeup, a matching shirt and maybe these tiger ears and tail from Amazon.
Just when you thought Knoxville’s animal stories could not get any crazier, you learn about “Cocaine Bear.”
The wild story of a parachuting smuggler and overdosed bear was set to become the subject of a 2023 movie starring Ray Liotta, who died earlier this year, and Keri Russell.
While we haven’t heard an update on the film, you can dress up ahead of the release by buying this bear onesie from Amazon and a bag of flour from the grocery store. You know what to do with that.
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I did say this list had some kid-friendly options, right? You and your little one might both be interested in dressing up as the “EST” of WWE, which currently sells all the gear you need to portray a champion.
Start with the University of Tennessee graduate’s signature ponytail, which the wrestling company sells as a hair clip. Then, all you need is this toy RAW Women’s Championship belt and a Bianca Belair T-shirt to bring the costume to life.
If you want to fully embrace Belair, you could always make your own gear too.
I guarantee some of you reading this have everything it takes in your closet to transform into Kenny Chesney: cutoff shirt, straw cowboy hat, shell necklace, blue jeans and cowboy boots.
It wouldn’t be an adult Halloween party in East Tennessee without boos and booze − in moonshine form, of course. Popcorn Sutton wasn’t just a moonshining legend. He also had an iconic look.
Much like for Kenny Chesney, East Tennesseans might already have what it takes to look the part: a plaid shirt, overalls and a bottle of moonshine for dressing up and slurping down. You might also have the hat but, if not, something like this from Amazon should do the trick.
And don’t forget to purchase a scraggly beard (the wig is a bonus).
It’s hard to dress up as a “Jackass” character when cast members tend to dress completely down. But Johnny Knoxville has a few memorable costumes that might be worth experimenting with this Halloween.
The most notable is the Evel Knievel inspired outfit he wore atop the “big red rocket” in a stunt that could have killed the Knoxville native and others on set. You can buy something similar on Amazon, but you’ll need to cover the initials on the belt (or just change the “E” to a “J”).
You also can buy this six-piece costume to become “Bad Grandpa,” or just cover your body in fake bruises while dressed in your underwear to become Knoxville in his natural state.
OK, you had to know this one was coming. The Smoky Mountain Songbird is, perhaps, the ultimate Halloween costume for East Tennesseans. The problem is, people tend to dress up as the Sevier County native quite a lot. So, how do you stand out?
I suggest picking a Dolly era − maybe even an iconic outfit − to incorporate into your costume. But no matter what era you choose, you’ll need the correct wig and pleasantly Southern accent to make it all work.
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