Although it is difficult to imagine the advantages of being a Hobo, but on Halloween, there are numerous. The costume (homemade) is cheap, as you can use clothing already in your home or can buy in a thrift store. Also, you can easily adjust the outfit according to the weather for you to be more comfortable.
The fun and best thing about being a Hobo, is that the costume is genderless. With some creativity, people will not know for sure if you are a boy or a girl. The below ideas are excellent for a hobo, vagabond or vagrant. Even more, just add a sign and you can easily call yourself a beggar. Remember to act as your character, meaning act miserable and also to drag your feet when you walk.
Old clothes you find at home are excellent as they are already faded and worn. A long-sleeved flannel shirt with some faded jeans is a great start. For a genuine hobo look, add some patches, dirt and tears to your outfit.
If you want to add stuffing for a heavier look, you’ll need clothing that is roomy. You could use a pillowcase for the stuffing and attach it to the inside of your costume with safety pins. For kids, the small pillows used for camping are ideal, as they are already stuffed.
Shoes and Hat
Basically, you can use any type of shoes, work boots, military boots, and old pair of sneakers or shoddy shoes, will all work with your Hobo costume. For a hat, an old straw hat, or a baseball/bill cap worn backwards is just great. Do your best to make it look tattered.
Attach a bandanna with stuffing and string at the end on a long stick. Carry it over your shoulder as they are the belongings you have. If you want to look as a beggar, have a sign asking for money. You might use a poster board and write on it with a permanent marker.
For a treat bag you can use an old pillowcase or a reinforced brown paper sack.
Apply some makeup to modify your appearance. With an eyebrow pencil make your eyebrows bushy and you can also draw beard and mustache, if that is what you want. Add some fake wrinkles and blemishes with a lipstick liner. Keep in mind that typical hobos look older than they really are because of their harsh lifestyle and deficient nutrition.
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