Here is another list of deaf culture costumes this year for you and your family to choose from! If you haven’t come up with a costume already our list might have an idea for you. Some of them may require some creativity and some artistic skill but are sure to be a hit!
1. Dress up as a typical deaf-hearing household item, the light signaler! Make a giant light bulb costume and carry a flashlight! Extra points if you can emulate Convo’s colorful lights! For more ideas check out our list of #throwbacks of US Deaf Culture.
2. Support a University that has historically served deaf students! Choose your favorite college mascot; the Gallaudet Bison, CSUN Matador or RIT tiger! Extra points if your parents are alumni of the school you chose!
3. Celebrate the accomplishments of successful Codas! For instance, grab a robe and gavel and dress up as Judge Homer Thornberry! This Texas-native was appointed by President Johnson!
4. How about dressing up as your favorite ASL Idiom? Our pick? SWALLOW-FISH! Create a cardboard fish and attach it to your collar. Spend the evening convincing your friends that you are totally gullible. Need ideas? Check out our list of k/coda talk phrases!
5. Think about #deafhistory! In honor of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of America., dress up as your favorite Girl Scout Cookie box!
6. Be a VRS operator! All you need is a contrasting solid color shirt and a headset. Don’t forget to don a name-tag with your interpreter number.
7. Channel your best Lon Chaney! This coda actor was known as the man with 1,000 faces. His work included roles as Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera, and so many more. In honor of him, try to have your own “thousand faces” by continuously changing your masks all evening!
8. You’re a masterpiece! Get colorful and dress-up as your favorite Chuck Baird painting! For inspiration check out this site.
9. Grab your football gear and support these current deaf community NFL stars; coda, Marqise Lee, or deaf athlete, Derrick Coleman. Find their jerseys online!
10. Take a cue from ASL Literature and put together your best Jabberwocky costume! Get creative using old clothing, paint, cardboard, and other items. Use your imagination and show us what this mythical creature looks like to you!
For even more ideas, take a look at last year’s list 10 costume ideas for the Deaf community! If you use one of these ideas above, let us know how it turned out! We’d love to share- send us your pictures!