The Sparkling World of Jewelry

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Whenever I go on Pinterest, I like to look at some of the dazzling jewelry featured. Of course, I always know I will never wear any of it since the pieces aren’t in my price range. But sometimes it helps to look at pretty things. Sure they may look like fanciful items of metal and rock as well as other materials. But these decorative ornaments are perhaps among the oldest remnants of human civilization. In fact, it’s one of the oldest types of archaeological artifacts with oldest known jewelry consisting of beads from a  Nassarius shells dating 100,000 years ago. So we’re talking about the Middle Paleolithic era. Jewelry forms may vary between cultures but are extremely long lived, possibly persisting since ancient times. Whenever I wear jewelry, it mostly consists of a pair of earrings, bracelets, pins, and necklaces. Yet, in some cultures, forms may persist like anklets or nose rings. Hell, you can pretty much find jewelry made to adorn nearly every body part from toe rings to hair pins, and even genital jewelry. So if you want to achieve a crazy punk rock look, be my guest. However, I wouldn’t recommend you to get tongue or nipple piercings though. And though adult women have mostly worn jewelry in most cultures, men and children aren’t far behind, especially if they’re rich. Nevertheless, for much of history, jewelry has most often been seen as a status symbol for its material properties, its patterns, or meaningful symbols. Most of the time, the wearers would be rulers, royalty, religious figures, soldiers, and nobility. And it mainly denoted the wearer’s role in society, social rank, or distinction. In any case, while most people perceive jewelry as consisting of precious stones and metals, this isn’t always the case. Now I can go all out in showing some of the prettiest jewels I find on Pinterest. But you’d probably think I was advertising for a large jewelry company and would be bored to tears. So instead I’ll devote my post to jewelry pieces you may not see before, may never wear, or may think they’re kind of crazy and impractical. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of odd jewelry pieces.

  1. A stiff collar necklace should always make a statement.

Not sure if I’d want to have something like that around me all the time. Seems like it could weigh you down.

2. This golden ring will always give you the time of day.

Well, they have watches you wear on your wrist. Still, probably has a very small watch battery.

3. A hairy bracelet is always chic.

Now this bracelet is a piece of mourning jewelry from the 19th century. It was most likely worn at someone’s funeral.

4. A golden shrine should have 2 gem encrusted birds.

This is a ring undoubtedly from India. Lovely, but not exactly my cup of tea.

5. You can always light it up with this ring.

Yes, it’s a lighter ring. No, I’m not sure if it actually works. And no, I don’t want to try.

6. How about some pearls in the chain mail?

Interesting configuration, but I’ll just take the pearls. Chain mail is kind of bulky stuff.

7. It’s not spring without a dandelion ring.

As to why anyone would want one, I don’t have the slightest idea. I mean most people consider dandelions as weeds.

8. A neurosurgeon should always have a pair of brainy cuff links.

Okay, these are pretty gross. Maybe they should be saved for special occasions like Halloween.

9. A crystal necklace should always take its natural form.

Well, let’s just call these diamonds in the rough. Though they aren’t actually diamonds. They’re most likely quartz. But the geologist in your life won’t mind.

10. You really have to put the screws to this ring.

Now that doesn’t look really comfortable. Perhaps it’s of the geometric variety.

11. Fish beads should always come in sections.

When you put the fish pieces together, you make a fancy bracelet. Though you might creep some people out.

12. A ring like this has a stone held within golden hands.

Okay, that’s kind of creepy. Also comes in several variations as I’ve seen on Pinterest.

13. Think of it as a tree on your knuckle.

Well, a tree coming from a rock on a ring. Pretty positive it’s not real. But looks cool.

14. This ring can use some grease, and not the elbow kind.

Yes, it’s an engine ring. Great for showing your mechanic your appreciation all those years.

15. A long lock of hair makes an ideal pendant.

Uh, that’s pretty sick if you really think about it. Seriously, hair necklace pendants? No thanks.

16. Check out this golden neighborhood swimming pool.

Yes, it’s all on a golden ring. Not sure if I’d want to wear it. But I think the design is very creative.

17. A necktie pin can be made of all kinds of things.

I guess these would be more appropriate for science teachers. Considering what they’re made from.

18. A pair of porcelain earrings will certainly inspire sweet relief.

Yes, these are toilet earrings with the seat up. And they’re made from gold. Great for the No. 1 and No. 2 in your life.

19. Disembodied arms can be chic when you wear them as earrings.

Sure you might have lovely jewelry pieces out there. Then you have stuff like this, which is incredibly creepy. Just so you know.

20. This eyeball ring is really out of sight.

I guarantee you’ll see some eye jewelry on this post. This ring also has some silver bony fingers, too. Perfect for Halloween.

21. A galaxy pendant necklace is really out of this world.

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the wonders of the universe. That is, according to Neil Degrasse Tyson.

22. A Steampunk pendant necklace can always dazzle.

There’s a lot of Steampunk jewelry out there by the way. Much of it uses antique designs as well as gears like this one.

23. If you like animals, then this mouse in a tube necklace is right for you.

On second thought, this doesn’t seem very wearable at all. Besides, it’s creepy for I think that’s a real taxidermied mouse. Eek.

24. If you like the sea, this coral necklace is for you.

By the way, climate change is a major driver in coral bleaching which kills reefs. Another reason to be mad at Trump’s climate change order.

25. With this pendant necklace, behold the beauty of a blue moon.

A blue moon is when there’s a full moon twice a month. The moon isn’t necessarily blue though this one glows as such.

26. A flower branch necklace is best made with beads.

Not really something I could wear. But it’s surely a lovely work of art. Love the flowers and butterfly.

27. Show the urgency of global warming with these polar bear on ice earrings.

This is especially after what Lord Cheetohead did to Obama’s climate policy. Seriously, environmental protections should be a bipartisan issue and climate change is real.

28. With this necklace, it’s either rock, paper, scissors in gold.

Well, that’s how I take it from the hand signs. Yet, one of the great mysteries is why paper beats rock. Because I never understood that.

29. Thought I almost saw a face on this ring.

Okay, that’s pretty creepy. Might be an old piece though I doubt it. Great for Halloween.

30. This lip ring really gives a golden bite.

Comes with golden vampire fangs, too. And comes across as tacky jewelry for Twilight fans.

31. With enough beads, you can make a landscape.

Yes, this is a bead necklace of forest stream. I know it’s very well done. Love it.

32. Check out these necklaces for the homicidal maniac in your life.

Because you’d have to be a psychokiller to think these make great gifts. Seriously, why?

33. Did she just have her throat slit?

Don’t worry, her neck is fine. That’s how the necklace is designed. She’s just trying it on for her Halloween costume.

34. This cat eye necklace really has some crazy colors.

I saw a few of these on Pinterest. This one seems like it’s from a cat on acid.

35. With this ring, you can tell time the old fashioned way.

However, you’d only be able to use this during daylight hours. Since it’s a sundial ring.

36. Anyone slimy would adore a slug ring.

As to why slug rings exist, I don’t have the slightest idea. Because slugs aren’t nice-looking creatures.

37. A goth beach bum should always have a pair of mermaid skeleton earrings.

Also, great for remembering those lost in the Exxon-Valdez and BP oil spills. Or any oil spill that claimed mermaid lives.

38. This hive ring makes any woman a real queen bee.

By the way, the bees aren’t doing well either. And they serve an essential purpose such as pollinating crops that produce the food we eat.

39. How about some ketchup for your fries and rings?

Not a practical design, but quite a clever one. Like the ketchup bottle squirting on top.

40. You’ll always know what moon you’ll see with this ring.

As you can see how this ring depicts the moon phases. Great for werewolves so they’d know their time of the month.

41. You can always wear a bejeweled falcon on your finger.

I think this might come from India. But I’m not sure. But it’s definitely worth more than the Maltese falcon.

42. Care for a pair of chocolate cake earrings?

Of course, you can’t eat them. But you have to admire the detail and sprinkles.

43. This old brooch contains a place to put a lock on dead loved one’s hair.

Another piece of mourning jewelry. Yes, they did this and it’s disturbing just the same.

44. A Steampunk key pendant should always have a flowery touch.

Another piece of Steampunk jewelry. Love the key design and rose. Very artistic.

45. Sometimes you can just put about anything on a necklace.

This one seems to be made from scraps all wielded together with a glue gun. Not necessarily in my taste.

46. This brooch has a real silver cat’s eye.

Yes, Steampunk jewelry has its own unique style. Like rhinestone chains on this though.

47. Looks like someone had an accident with a small cleaver.

Actually, that’s ring for 2 fingers. It’s supposed to look that way. Why it exists, I have no idea.

48. An antler is always great for holding up your hair.

Not sure if it’s a real antler or not. Either way, wouldn’t want it in my hair ever.

49. This jeweled bird always minds its golden nest.

Another lovely bird ring. But doesn’t seem wearable for some reason. Also might scratch something.

50. You can always stun with a pair of goldfish bowl earrings.

You’d think they’d make earrings for almost everything. By the way, goldfish don’t really like living in bowls.

51. An octopus handpiece should always have a pearl on top.

Yes, you’ll find hand jewelry pieces like this. And yes, some can be quite strange.

52. This oyster ring has a pearl in its shell for you to see.

This one has its own unique nautical charm. But I’d be careful to wear it though.

53. Any bird lover would adore these birdhead earrings.

Okay, maybe those with an interest in taxidermy also. Because these are utterly creepy beyond all imagination.

54. With pizza slice earrings, the eyes have it.

Yes, this is an interesting concept design. No, I’m sure it’s not from the world of Bizarro. Okay, it might be.

55. A blue whale pendant necklace is a dazzling sight.

And a lovely piece of artwork it surely is. Like how the blue whale looks so dazzling.

56. You can have a neighborhood street on a necklace.

Though one with a lot of traffic no doubt. Still, an interesting concept.

57. This coffin necklace contains one lovestruck skeleton.

It even has heart eyes and a heart pelvis. The coffin is also magnetic. Yes, it’s morbid. But fun.

58. With these earrings, many might see you as an ass wipe.

The toilet paper on these is made of beads so you can’t wipe with them. But they’re great for any bathroom party.

59. Always cut on the dotted line.

On second thought, don’t. Because this is a necklace designed that way. But you get where it came from.

60. A butterfly hairpiece always make everything flutter in spring.

Though I’d hate to have something like that caught in my hair. Yet, it’s surely stunning.

61. This necklace is all eyes all the time.

Kind of seems like something you’d find on A Series of Unfortunate Events. Though I don’t want to give away anything.

62. This pin of Little Red Riding Hood is almost pure fairy tale.

This is utterly disgusting. Yes, it has Little Red climbing out of the wolf. In the original version, she’s not so lucky.

63. Put your finger through a golden ring of shark jaws.

Guess they might actually have galas during Shark Week. Though this is quite an original design.

64. On a camel ring, the stone goes on the hump.

But it’s covered in jewels just the same. Nevertheless, not sure if it’s old or not.

65. You’ll only find one beat on this ring.

Well, a heartbeat ring. Didn’t imagine that. At least it’s not flat lining so you’re alive.

66. Now that is a very fancy propeller.

It’s a golden propeller ring. Wonder if it spins around. Might want to try.

67. Here’s a necklace you don’t see everywhere anymore.

Unfortunately, phone booth necklaces were replaced by the newer cell phone necklaces. This is among the only few left.

68. Hope you receive this special ring.

Yes, it’s the one you get on the phone. And your finger. Yet, I understand this model is obsolete.

69. With this hand necklace, you can fit all kinds of rings.

On one hand, it’s an interesting design concept. On the other hand, it’s morbid for the disembodied hand part.

70. This ring will always tell you what day it is.

Well, this ring is somewhat useful. As long as each month as 31 days which isn’t true. But it won’t tell you the year.

71. Want a little birdie in your hair.

Of course, it’s a caged canary. But it’s otherwise a charmer or a great conversation piece.

72. In a thimble necklace, always put in some pins.

Since pins make a necklace like this look sew right. Might want to use a little cushion though.

73. The concept of this necklace is rather elemental.

Not sure what that molecular structure is supposed to be. But it has guaranteed chemistry.

74. Always have to get an octopus among a string of pearls.

Because a plain pearl necklace doesn’t capture the nautical spirit. Lovely in its own way though.

75. A butterfly ring, should have all kinds of jewels.

And I certainly love the gems encrusted on this one. Very colorful and very appropriate for springtime.

76. A shell necklace should always have some net.

This one has the shells in the net. Could probably weigh someone down. Not what I want to wear.

77. For bearded men, it helps to bring along a mustache comb.

Luckily there’s such a pendant right here. Hope you can find a lot of use from it.

78. You’d almost think this face was somehow detached.

Guess this some avant garde modern art necklace I don’t understand. And it kind of creeps me out.

79. A lock brooch looks great on anyone’s neck.

And I don’t think this guy is available at the moment. Because his brooch has the lock in place.

80. You can have a real claw into this pendant necklace.

It has a crab claw pendant or so I think. Great for anyone into Stempunk nautical.

81. Open this ring with the right combination.

Though it would just reveal some golden coin. But sometimes the numbers and turns are hard to remember.

82. This gem encrusted owl watch will always give you the time.

It has one eye for time. And another for day. In any case, it’s a sure hoot.

83. This necklace has a lot of lips to it.

According to Pinterest, this was said to be designed by Salvador Dali. And it surely does look surreal to boot.

84. This necklace features a golden switch blade.

There’s also a set of swtichblade earrings to go with it. Though I don’t think it’s as lethal as its real life counterpart.

85. You’re always zipped with this bracelet.

Yet, ti won’t open or close anything since it’s just a bracelet. Cool though.

86. With this ring, time almost stands still.

This one apparently depicts a water drop about to make a splash. Kind of odd but it’s not like you’re used to seeing a moment like this for more than a split second.

87. Any queen of the dead has to have a pair of these skull earrings.

Sure they’re quite morbid with the skull stuff. But they have their own unique charm to them.

88. You’ll find a real tidal wave with this pendant.

Though it sure would remind you of the ocean or the beach. Yet, not something I’d wear.

89. This little ax seems stuck in a stump.

Actually it’s a ring depicting such scene. Great gift for the lumberjack in your life.

90. This mourning brooch features its own unique basket weave.

Yes, mourning jewelry can get quite weird at times. But I guess it helped the Victorians cope with their losses back in the day.

91. This necklace brings the sea to life in encrusted jewels.

Though many might actually prefer a necklace with real shells and starfish. Though I can’t complain about this one.

92. You’ll always find something slithering on a pendant like this.

Reminds me of the kind of jewelry you might find on Game of Thrones. Yet, the snakes seem quite menacing.

93. How about some tea for once?

This necklace has tea pouring into a cup. Odd, but utterly delightful.

94. Bet you thought this pendant was full of candy.

Well, it’s of a gumball machine. But the gumballs aren’t for eating.

95. You can find many of the ocean’s wonders in a seashell.

This snail shell has pearls and jewels inside a wire frame. Very lovely and very creative.

96. Hope you enjoy a little bird in pearls.

This one seems to consist of silver and gold on a ring. Has a lot of poise and perfection. Love it.

97. Any Steampunk fan would think the living daylights out of this bracelet.

A perfect cuff for a lady adventurer. Has all the pearls and gears you’ll need.

98. Two trees can always stand as one.

But this pendant doesn’t seem to depict healthy trees. Rather both seemed to have some branches cut off from them.

99. A Steampunk brooch must include a wing once in a while.

I don’t know about you. But it’s possible that wing could be real. Goes with the bird head earrings.

100. I say you could find a necklace like this rather bubbly.

Yes, it’s a bubble necklace. And I think the bubbles are made from glass which could easily break.

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Fun with Easter Bonnets (Third Edition)

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Of course, I can’t do my Easter post without including bonnets. Though I like to wear hats outdoors, I don’t usually wear an Easter bonnet because I live out in the country. And if I show up in one of the ones I’ve shown so far at church, well, I wouldn’t hear the end of it. Nor do I know of any local Easter parade in my area. Nevertheless, many do as I’ve seen on Pinterest and in photos of Easter parades across the country, particularly New York. Some of these bonnets might be of straw and have flowers on them. Some of them can be more outlandish which is what you’ve seen in my other posts. And let’s just say you won’t believe the hats I have found on the Internet. Of course, women initially wore them but since it’s such a fun tradition to make one’s own, men and boys have their own, too. Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I give you another installment of weird and wacky Easter bonnets to enjoy.

  1. Welcome in spring with a daffodil Easter bonnet.

Well, it’s mostly made of paper with chicks on the petals. But it’s quite cute.

2. Now your Easter bonnet can be a flower patch for chicks and bunnies.

The bunnies on here are mostly made from eggs. The chicks are made from pom poms.

3. Nothing welcomes spring like a fancy hat of green.

Not sure if I like this one. However, since it’s outlandish enough, I’ll put it on the post for show.

4. You can’t have an Easter bonnet without a bow and rabbit ears.

Helps if it has some Easter eggs and flowers at the brim. So pretty.

5. Chicks always like a tower slide.

Well, it’s a cone shaped Easter bonnet with stars. Initially thought this was a lighthouse. Maybe it is.

6. When you wear an Easter bonnet in New York, you can always go all out.

This woman’s wearing an Easter bonnet consisting of a stack of pillows and decorations. Yes, it’s outrageous and I’m not sure how she keeps her head up.

7. With this Easter bonnet, you will be one with the Force.

Yes, they have Star Wars Easter bonnets. I know it’s crazy. But I’m sure little boys would wear something like this.

8. Celebrate Easter with a bonnet depicting chicks who worshipped the Norse gods.

Still, you have to like the chicks in Viking helmets. And that ship looks pretty cool.

9. Even Spider Man has to have his own pair of bunny ears.

Yes, they also have Spider Man Easter bonnets, too. Though this one has its own unique charm.

10. The Crazy Critters treehouse is always the place to be.

Funny how the brim consists of pom pom chicks and eggs. Though I’m not sure how the turtle got up the ladder.

11. Didn’t know they had colored eggs in prehistoric times.

Of course, they didn’t. But if your son is very into dinosaurs, this is the Easter bonnet for him.

12. An Easter bunny bonnet should always sparkle.

Well, this one has those sparkly stones you get from a craft store. But it’s a hopping sensation.

13. Some Easter bonnets come with a little bit of everything.

And I mean everything. Not sure how this girl can hold her head up. Then again, the decorations probably don’t weigh that much.

14. Nothing makes an Easter bonnet quite like one with the dinosaurs.

Because these Easter chicks are probably descended from them. No, I am not kidding. Hell, there were even chicken sized dinos.

15. An Easter basket should have some egg candy to spare.

This one has an Easter basket dumping the egg candy. And you have bunnies on the brim.

16. Welcome bring with an Easter bonnet of a bunny encased in a fence.

There are a few hats like this. But this one has flowers and dragon flies.

17. An cone Easter bonnet can always make you shine and sparkle.

This one contains shiny Easter eggs and pom poms of every pastel color. Yes, it’s outrageous but it’s doable.

18. This woman couldn’t leave home on Easter without her blue hydrangeas.

So she wore them on her head in a pot. Okay, the flowers are fake. But you can say she’s a real pot head.

19. Nothing captivates an Easter parade like a rubber duck in a tub.

Wouldn’t have thought you can have that as an Easter bonnet. But it certainly works like a charm.

20. Everyone always enjoys a rainbow behind a windmill.

Well, this is certainly a cute pastoral scene. But they should watch out for a crazy old man thinking the mill is a giant.

21. Here comes the Easter bunny king carried by his attendants.

Okay, that’s pretty clever. Love the bunny attendants. Also like the flowers, too.

22. Seems like this egghead aims for the sky.

Well, this plane is somewhat old fashioned. But it works to some extent.

23. Something tells me this woman is a bit cagey.

After all, she’s wearing a birdcage Easter bonnet. And I see she has to hold it up with her arm to keep it from falling.

24. Hope these chicks enjoy a picnic.

Well, this is adorable. Love the little garden on the brim. So cute.

25. I suppose this Wonka hat is perfect for an Easter parade.

Well, it certainly has the Wonka fixtures like candy and a golden ticket. However, Wonka is a pretty creepy dude.

26. Even the most sophisticated can don an Easter hat for the parade.

This one depicts a bunny with chicks and flowers. Not outlandish, but quite showy.

27. A pink castle always looks great on your head.

A castle Easter bonnet, who knew? Like how it has a butterfly on the front. So pretty.

28. A large flower should always make an impression.

This one uses the same pattern fro the bird house. Wonder if you can spin the flower around.

29. A ladybug Easter bonnet will always melt your heart.

I’m sure nobody could resist the cute eyes and smile. So adorable.

30. As we all know, you have to make the dinosaur eggs blend in.

Yes, this is another dino Easter bonnet. But, at least they used earth tone eggs and autumn leaves.

31. Looks like her flowers have grown on her hat.

This one even has butterflies fluttering, around, too. But you probably didn’t see that at first.

32. You’d almost think this Easter bonnet came straight from Jurassic Park.

Even has long leaves for a feathery impression. And a lot of green eggs for an Easter flair.

33. Noah’s ark is always the place for chicks for flood refuge.

Yes, I know there has to be animals coming in 2 by 2. But the ark certainly has an Easter touch. And it’s weird because Noah’s ark happened in Genesis.

34. An Easter bonnet of R2-D2 is always dependable.

Though this one has his dome shaped like an egg for Easter. I know it’s crazy but so is ignoring R2-D2’s contributions to the Star Wars franchise.

35. Her hat consists of nothing but twigs.

That’s because it’s made to look like a nest. And one that uses organic materials.

36. I guess she must be a real nest head for some reason.

Well, spring is a time when you’d find a lot of nests. And I’m sure wearing one isn’t too far fetched.

37. A large egg on your head never brings your Easter spirit in doubt.

Helps if it’s fancy and fits in a basket. Like the flower brim, too.

38. Tall pink Easter bonnets should always match.

Helps if the decor are different colors so you can tell them apart. But yes, these are outrageous.

39. A spring butterfly hat should always be glorious.

Now that’s a really tall fancy hat. Like the pink wings. Wonder what it looks like from the front.

40. Now this guy is a real flower head.

I mean his head is in a fro of flowers. Then again, in New York, he’s probably not the most outrageous guy in the parade.

41. These Easter pirate chicks love life on the high seas.

Yes, they have pirate ones, too. But at least the chicks look adorable with their ship.

42. No bunny can ever resist a large carrot top.

That’s really clever. Makes it look as if the bunny’s going at the carrot. Adorable.

43. How about a bunny popping out of an Easter bonnet to munch a carrot.

Sure it may not be among the fancier bonnets I showed so far. But it’s cute in its own unique way.

44. Nothing makes a great Easter bonnet like flowers and butterflies to hail spring.

You probably remember this woman from my other Easter bonnet posts. Though this one doesn’t settle on a particular color.

45. Almost thought this Easter bonnet was full of hot air.

Well, it’s a hot air balloon Easter bonnet. Even has chicks in its little basket.

46. A Rapunzel Easter bonnet is perfect for those who prefer letting their hair down.

Well, it’s more based on Tangled. But at least the hair goes nicely on the tower.

47. You’d never guess to find something hatching on this woman.

Vintage Easter bonnets can be just as crazy. Though I think the chick is quite creepy.

48. Sometimes all you need is a large feathered chick.

She certainly has the feathers nailed down. And you can see the large chick for miles.

49. For a great Easter bonnet, it helps if you can put everything springy in it.

I’m sure she’ll certainly stand out in a crowd with that hat. Wonder how she can stand without holding it.

50. This Easter bonnet was made courtesy of KFC.

On one hand, this is pretty clever. On the other hand, you know what the words KFC stands for. And why tying it in to Easter is kind of disturbing.

51. This woman prefers her Easter bonnet to be sunny side up.

Well, at least it’s clever and simple. Though at least she didn’t include any chickies.

52. A large nest Easter bonnet always has to include flowers.

She can even fit 2 other people under it. Yet, you have to admire the pink bird on top.

53. There’s no better Easter bonnet than one of purple butterflies.

Purple butterflies surely make an impression. Though I’m not sure if any exist in North America.

54. When going to the parade, it helps if your Easter bonnets match with your friends.

After all, these do. Wonder why they were able to come up with the same Easter bonnet design.

55. Remember how the bunny always belongs in the basket.

Another vintage Easter bonnet. At least the bunny is cute in this even though it looks ridiculous.

56. When all else fails, you can always try colorful Easter baskets.

Like how they’re wearing dresses to match. But yes, these are hilarious.

57. On a bright sunny day, all you need is some shade.

And you thought contemporary Easter bonnets were outrageous. This one almost takes the cake.

58. Instead of one bunny, this woman’s hat has 3.

Another outrageous vintage Easter bonnet. But at least the bunnies are cute.

59. A flowery hat should always come with a sunny dress.

Unfortunately, you’d have to hold it up with both hands so it won’t fall off. But yes, this is pretty outrageous.

60. Sometimes you just have to show up to the parade in large rabbit ears.

And their Easter bonnets certainly boast loudly, too. But at least they seem simple.

61. An Easter bonnet with a bunny and flowers is always well matched.

Helps that they have the same bunny. Also, like the flowers at the brim.

62. This kid’s hat boasts a tall tower like no other.

I guess this girl really likes castles and fairy tales. Like the chicks and ivy.

63. This flowery Easter bonnet really brings in the sun.

The red flowers and orange brim can do that. Not sure if I’d want to get in her way.

64. Sometimes whenever someone wears an Easter bonnet, so does the dog.

But at least the dog has to wear rabbit ears and be in a basket. And the hat isn’t too bad either.

65. Someone likes to tiptoe through the tulips.

Well, tulips are certainly in season around Easter, if it’s in April. If not, it’s a nice touch.

66. A birdhouse is a welcome spring sight.

Helps if it’s in light blue and pink. The birds are also a nice spring touch.

67. That hat must have a real chick face.

And it does. Guess it didn’t take long to make, assuming the hat had the other stuff to begin with. So adorable.

68. An Easter basket bonnet should spring into action.

And this basket has almost everything you’d associate with Easter and more. Quite colorful, I’ll say.

69. This bunny is quite boxy if you ask me.

Well, that’s an easy Easter bonnet idea. Just stick the bunny ears to a hollowed out box and you’re done.

70. This man comes in with a whole ferris wheel.

Well, it certainly has a charm to it. But he’s not at the parade for your amusement.

71. If you like The Wizard of Oz, then this is the Easter bonnet for you.

Unfortunately, the Emerald City resembles a green phallic metropolis. But it’s a worthy effort.

72. Sometimes Easter bonnets can be as mutant as they come.

This one features Storm from the X-Men. What she has to do with Easter, I don’t know.

73. These girls must be real eggheads.

They even have little chicks coming out of their Easter eggs. So cute.

74. Sometimes it helps if you wear the same watering cans.

Also helps if they contain flowers as well. I really like these for some reason.

75. With Easter bonnets, you can’t go wrong with a large yellow butterfly.

And that would certainly stand out in a crowd on any given day. Not sure about the yellow feathers though.

76. Sometimes you can’t have an Easter bonnet without the proper frame.

You can either go with moss or ornate fancy flowers. Can’t do both.

77. A pirate Easter bonnet should have a large share of booty.

Helps if you can include a parrot, too. This guy even dyed his beard funky colors.

78. Nothing makes an Easter bonnet quite like beer cans.

Well, I guess that might work at some point. But I’m sure if the cans go with the Easter decor.

79. Fans of Shea Stadium and the Yankees might like this one.

I guess this was made with an inflated inner tube and baseball cards. Not bad, but not my favorite.

80. I guess this guy is a New York Jets fan.

Even has Pooh with bunny ears on a jet. And that is as Easter as he gets.

Dazzling Masquerade Costumes at the Carinval of Venice

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Next week is Mardi Gras which marks an occasion of parties and parades before Christians the world over take part in their 6 week sacrifice over the course of Lent. And while most Americans think New Orleans whenever they hear about Mardi Gras, it’s actually celebrated the world over. One of the best known Mardi Gras celebrations is Carnival which can last at least a week prior to Fat Tuesday or longer. One of the most famous is the Carnival of Venice, best known for its elaborate masks and costumes. It was said that this festival in the city of singing gondolas and canals was first celebrated in 1162 for the victory of  a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven with people gathering and dancing at San Marco Square. Venice would make their Carnival official during the Renaissance and would achieve great renown and notoriety. In the 17th century, the Carnival of Venice was a way to save the city’s prestigious image while it attracted notoriety in the 18th as encouraging license and pleasure and protecting Venetians from present and future anguish. Nevertheless, the King of Austria would outlaw the festival entirely in 1797 while the use of masks was strictly forbidden. But that didn’t stop the famous carnival from gradually reappearing in the 19th century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts where it became an occasion for works of art. The Carnival would officially return in 1979 thanks to the Italian government making it a centerpiece wanting to bring back Venice’s history and culture. College students redeveloped some of the masks to sell to tourists. And since then, the Carnival of Venice attracts about 3 million visitors each year. They even have a mask beauty contest to boot that’s judged by international costume and fashion designers. At any rate, the Carnival of Venice is well known for its style of gorgeous costumes and masks. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a glimpse into the colorful world of the Venice Carnival.

  1. At the masquerade, it always pays to dress in blue.
For some reason, a lot of couples wear similar colored costumes. And they seem to come straight from the Cavalier Years.

For some reason, a lot of couples wear similar colored costumes. And they seem to come straight from the Renaissance and Cavalier Years.

2. Floral motifs can be customary for spring time.

And I see she's dressed in pink and purple with flowers to boot. She even has a matching tri corner hat.

And I see she’s dressed in pink and purple with flowers to boot. She even has a matching tri corner hat.

3. A fancy hat can sometimes make all the difference.

Well, this one is quite fancy. Love the gold embroidery and skirt.

Well, this one is quite fancy. Love the gold embroidery and skirt.

4. A lady jester should always have a matching hat and dress.

Yes, she may look like a 16th century Harley Quinn. But jesters are common in Venetian Carnival celebrations.

Yes, she may look like a 16th century Harley Quinn. But jesters are common in Venetian Carnival celebrations.

5. Yet, while some go all out, others prefer to dress in black.

Yes, that may resemble Big Bird's evil twin. But he's dressed as a plague doctor who wore a mask like that protect himself against getting sick from his patients. Unfortunately, this wasn't very effective.

Yes, that may resemble Big Bird’s evil twin. But he’s dressed as a plague doctor who wore a mask like that protect himself against getting sick from his patients. Unfortunately, this wasn’t very effective.

6. There’s nothing that brings out the chic like silver.

Yeah, you tend to find a lot of costumes consisting of one color like these two. Still, you might think their outfits would be great for a haunted house. If they weren't incredibly fancy.

Yeah, you tend to find a lot of costumes consisting of one color like these two. Still, you might think their outfits would be great for a haunted house. If they weren’t incredibly fancy.

7. A white snow queen should always make a grand entrance.

Had Frozen taken place in a place like Venice, it might've been way creepier. And there would be no doubt Lady Gaga would play Queen Elsa in the live-action remake.

Had Frozen taken place in a place like Venice, it might’ve been way creepier. And there would be no doubt Lady Gaga would play Queen Elsa in the live-action remake.

8. With these two, their heads are bursting with flowers.

Well, spring won't be long so they might as well wear hats like that. Though their outfits are quite stunning to behold.

Well, spring won’t be long so they might as well wear hats like that. Though their outfits are quite stunning to behold.

9. A dress of hot pink makes one really stand out.

Though the elaborate headdress doesn't do that outfit wonders. But I like the gold trim.

Though the elaborate headdress doesn’t do that outfit wonders. But I like the gold trim.

10. So I guess we have a couple of visitors from Candy Land.

According to their 18th century pastel attire, they seem to be. Though I think the skirts are supposed to mimic a carousel top.

According to their 18th century pastel attire, they seem to be. Though I think the skirts are supposed to mimic a carousel top.

11. A dress of lavender always makes a classy look.

Here we see her with a purple parasol and hat along with an ornate mask mirror. All in all, I think this is try gorgeous.

Here we see her with a purple parasol and hat along with an ornate mask mirror. All in all, I think this is try gorgeous.

12. An orange dress should have floral decor to match.

Apparently, the two seem t resemble very elaborate traffic cones. Though that just might be for the hoops skirts.

Apparently, the two seem t resemble very elaborate traffic cones. Though that just might be for the hoops skirts.

13. Is that a detached boat figurehead or a living statue?

Certainly looks like a golden girl to me. But not in the tradition of Betty White per se.

Certainly looks like a golden girl to me. But not in the tradition of Betty White per se. Also, What’s with the hat?

14. At times, it can be easy to go all out with feathers.

Yes, these costumes could get very elaborate. No, I'm not sure what Lady Gaga would wear to this. Though this is not a bad guess.

Yes, these costumes could get very elaborate. No, I’m not sure what Lady Gaga would wear to this. Though this is not a bad guess.

15. Neon green can always make a presence in small quantities.

Though it works better as an accent color as seen here. Not sure about the veil.

Though it works better as an accent color as seen here. Not sure about the veil.

16. If you’re a traveling minstrel, a short skirt is sometimes necessary.

Though it's just as elaborate with a headdress and lyre to match. Though the headdress contains wild feathers.

Though it’s just as elaborate with a headdress and lyre to match. Though the headdress contains wild feathers.

17. Even Egyptian royals want to get into the festivities.

I'm sure you might see these pop up quite a bit. Though they're both decked in blue and gold.

I’m sure you might see these pop up quite a bit. Though they’re both decked in blue and gold.

18. Sometimes you’ll have to dress to impress.

This woman has puffed sleeves, a hoop skirt, and a fancy headdress. How she keeps her head up, I don't know.

This woman has puffed sleeves, a hoop skirt, and a fancy headdress. How she keeps her head up, I don’t know.

19. To dress in purple is to show a certain degree of grace.

Though this is more of a later 19th century garb than anything which is quite unusual. Though just as lovely.

Though this is more of a later 19th century garb than anything which is quite unusual. Though just as lovely.

20. Golden attire can always shimmer at San Marco Square.

She even holds a rose in her golden dress. Though her headdress sports a golden veil.

She even holds a rose in her golden dress. Though her headdress sports a golden veil.

21. Even men occasionally want to shine like the sun.

Though an outfit like this makes it seem rather ridiculous. Though it all seems to match.

Though an outfit like this makes it seem rather ridiculous. Though it all seems to match.

22. For some couples, it pays to accentuate the shoulders.

Though I'd sure hate to stand behind these two. Like their outfits though.

Though I’d sure hate to stand behind these two. Like their outfits though.

23. To welcome spring, a dress in green is sometimes appreciated.

Though this isn't as bad as the lime green you'd see on PennDOT workers. However, you'd think she'd create a neon impression.

Though this isn’t as bad as the lime green you’d see on PennDOT workers. However, you’d think she’d create a neon impression.

24. A pink dress makes you a darling around the Venetian canals.

Well, she certainly resembles an 18th century beauty. Like the pink hat and flowers.

Well, she certainly resembles an 18th century beauty. Like the pink hat and flowers.

25. A noble lady may occasionally go for a conniving knave.

I can see that both are dressed in black and purple. Love the woman's hat.

I can see that both are dressed in black and purple. Love the woman’s hat.

26. A couple of jesters can enliven the festivities.

Like I said, there are a lot of jesters at the Venice Carnival. Though I think these two really stand out for me.

Like I said, there are a lot of jesters at the Venice Carnival. Though I think these two really stand out for me.

27. With these two, it’s always for the birds.

Sure their outfits might not be period accurate. But you have to admit they have some charm.

Sure their outfits might not be period accurate. But you have to admit they have some charm.

28. Sometimes the more elaborate the robe the better.

You should get the idea this is a guy. But you have to admire his golden staff.

You should get the idea this is a guy. But you have to admire his golden staff.

29. At the Carnival of Venice, there’s no such ting as too much gold embroidery.

Though you might say these two come quite close. Though at least their outfits match.

Though you might say these two come quite close. Though at least their outfits match.

30. Even a radiant beauty needs some shade now and then.

Though how she could get through doorways is the question. Nevertheless, she looks like a queen.

Though how she could get through doorways is the question. Nevertheless, she looks like a queen.

31. Any fair lady can look ravishing in red.

So simple, yet so elegant. Not showy, but just as ornate as some of the others.

So simple, yet so elegant. Not showy, but just as ornate as some of the others.

32. These two apparently have a flowery disposition.

And decked in flowers these two sure are. Like their hats.

And decked in flowers these two sure are. Like their hats.

33. There are some Venice Carnival costumes that can range from the regal to the outlandish.

She may dress fancy but she looks like a queen or fairy princess. The guy on the other hand, well, he kind of puts Lady Gaga to shame.

She may dress fancy but she looks like a queen or fairy princess. The guy on the other hand, well, he kind of puts Lady Gaga to shame.

34. Seems her dress is filled with nothing but hot air.

Okay, she's wearing a hot air balloon skirt. And a hot air balloon headdress. Don't ask.

Okay, she’s wearing a hot air balloon skirt. And a hot air balloon headdress. Don’t ask.

35. These two always go together like the sun and the moon.

Though they may not be out at the same time, they respect each other's personal space. Still, got to admire their costumes.

Though they may not be out at the same time, they respect each other’s personal space. Still, got to admire their costumes.

36. Sometimes it helps to stick to a pattern.

However, I'm not so sure about her choice. Though she does know how to make it work.

However, I’m not so sure about her choice. Though she does know how to make it work.

37. For a simple pattern, perhaps white will suit your fancy.

Not sure if those tall hats go with the outfits. But they surely know how to coordinate with each other.

Not sure if those tall hats go with the outfits. But they surely know how to coordinate with each other.

38. Seems like the clowns love playing on her hoop skirt.

Though you have to admit, the clowns are quite creepy. But this is quite an inventive costume if you think about it.

Though you have to admit, the clowns are quite creepy. But this is quite an inventive costume if you think about it.

39. Occasionally, you might come across a masked Little Red Riding Hood.

Because how else could you explain the red dress and cape? Still, I doubt Little Red would wear such a thing in the woods.

Because how else could you explain the red dress and cape? Still, I doubt Little Red would wear such a thing in the woods.

40. When your costume isn’t up to snuff, perhaps a cool cape might help.

Though I'm not so sure if it goes great with the elaborate headdress. But this guy seems to think so.

Though I’m not so sure if it goes great with the elaborate headdress. But this guy seems to think so.

41. When you’re with a group of friends, it helps if your costumes match.

Well, purple and black are good colors for these 4. Love their hats.

Well, purple and black are good colors for these 4. Love their hats.

42. Near the railings, purple will surely dazzle.

Sure you may not see much of her dress. But her headdress is truly sensational.

Sure you may not see much of her dress. But her headdress is truly sensational.

43. You can’t go to a masquerade ball without donning peacock blue.

Though they both wear wigs for good measure. The woman's coiffe is especially high.

Though they both wear wigs for good measure. The woman’s coiffe is especially high.

44. Sometimes all it takes is an elaborate headdress.

Yeah, I know he looks a bit strange. But you get costumes like this at the Carnival of Venice.

Yeah, I know he looks a bit strange. But you get costumes like this at the Carnival of Venice.

45. When in doubt, it’s best to start simple.

On the bright side, at least they won't be uncomfortable in their outfits all the time. Nice how they use lanterns as accessories.

On the bright side, at least they won’t be uncomfortable in their outfits all the time. Nice how they use lanterns as accessories.

46. A Venice Carnival costume should always be encrusted with jewels.

Doesn't hurt if it's topped with a feather headdress mask. Love it.

Doesn’t hurt if it’s topped with a feather headdress mask. Love it.

47. A pink dress should always come with frills.

And frills this dress surely has. Reminds you of a princess, doesn't she?

And frills this dress surely has. Reminds you of a princess, doesn’t she?

48. Purple Venice hats are all the rage these days.

Well, at least they match in their outfits. Love the lady's hat with all the feathers sticking out.

Well, at least they match in their outfits. Love the lady’s hat with all the feathers sticking out.

49. When in doubt, wear a very fancy hat.

Hers seems all blinged up as far as I could tell. Her dress and fan are no different.

Hers seems all blinged up as far as I could tell. Her dress and fan are no different.

50. The Venice Carnival is always a place for pagentry.

Well, these two are certainly dressed in medieval styles. And in such vibrant colors, too. Still, tights aren't pants.

Well, these two are certainly dressed in medieval styles. And in such vibrant colors, too. Still, tights aren’t pants.

51. This orange explorer is very hard to miss.

And he even has a telescope which was invented in the 1600s. How they didn't come up with it earlier, I'll never know.

And he even has a telescope which was invented in the 1600s. How they didn’t come up with it earlier, I’ll never know.

52. The Carnival of Venice brings endless fun to the whole family.

After all, these 3 are dressed in similar garb. And are wearing similar masks. Love how they're decked in purple.

After all, these 3 are dressed in similar garb. And are wearing similar masks. Love how they’re decked in purple.

53. Here we have an 18th century Vegas like showgirl.

Okay, maybe not. But she's in a rather skimpy outfit with feathers.

Okay, maybe not. But she’s in a rather skimpy outfit with feathers.

54. With these two it’s nothing but butterflies.

They even wear wings to show for it. Even on their masks as you can see.

They even wear wings to show for it. Even on their masks as you can see.

55. With these two women, spring has certainly sprung.

Doesn't hurt if they're dressed in springly attire. And sport flowery headdresses.

Doesn’t hurt if they’re dressed in springly attire. And sport flowery headdresses.

56. Apparently, this couple came straight from the sea.

Well, Venice is a seaside town of canals. So it's only fair. Though I do like the staff with the oyster.

Well, Venice is a seaside town of canals. So it’s only fair. Though I do like the staff with the oyster.

57. With this family, it’s always silver and blue.

The woman's costume is especially stunning. The boy's outfit is very similar to his dads like he's a miniature version of his old man.

The woman’s costume is especially stunning. The boy’s outfit is very similar to his dads like he’s a miniature version of his old man.

58. Sometimes the right costume is as simple as black and white.

Well, this is a lovey dress. Like the hat that goes with it. Seems like she has a fancy feather accessory.

Well, this is a lovey dress. Like the hat that goes with it. Seems like she has a fancy feather accessory.

59. A yellow dress brings out a sunny disposition.

And she certainly stands out in her fantastically large hat and fan. Not want to wear that outfit.

And she certainly stands out in her fantastically large hat and fan. Not want to wear that outfit.

60. Speaking of black and white, these 4 make a haunting scene.

Though to be fair, they all match. Their hats are really something else as well.

Though to be fair, they all match. Their hats are really something else as well.

61. These guys really like to strut like peacocks.

And they have tall feather headdresses to show it. Yet, I'm not sure about the lime green robes.

And they have tall feather headdresses to show it. Yet, I’m not sure about the lime green robes.

62. Orange and black is where it’s at.

Sure they might seem like they're going to a Halloween party. But this is for the Venice Carnival which is in February or March.

Sure they might seem like they’re going to a Halloween party. But this is for the Venice Carnival which is in February or March.

63. A gentleman would like to kiss a lady’s hand.

Though I don't think their brown is a great color. But it's a sweet scene I had to include.

Though I don’t think their brown is a great color. But it’s a sweet scene I had to include.

64. A lady should never forget her fan before leaving her house.

Wouldn't want to wear a dress like this. Because 18th century dresses might be pretty. But they were also pretty uncomfortable.

Wouldn’t want to wear a dress like this. Because 18th century dresses might be pretty. But they were also pretty uncomfortable.

65. Now here we come across a real snow queen.

Even her fan has some semblance of winter. Lovely dress and mask.

Even her fan has some semblance of winter. Lovely dress and mask.

66. Nothing beats a stroll at San Marco Square than being dressed in green.

They can also wear these outfits for Saint Patrick's Day if they wanted to. But it's not a big holiday in Italy.

They can also wear these outfits for Saint Patrick’s Day if they wanted to. But it’s not a big holiday in Italy.

67. Here we come to a woman holding a golden cornucopia.

Though the costumes at the Carnival of Venice are comparable Capitol fashions. I mean both can become quite outlandish at times.

Though the costumes at the Carnival of Venice are comparable Capitol fashions. I mean both can become quite outlandish at times.

68. You can almost call these two a winter king and queen.

Yet, you can guess that they'll leave a trail of feathers in their midst. And those headdresses certainly didn't come cheap.

Yet, you can guess that they’ll leave a trail of feathers in their midst. And those headdresses certainly didn’t come cheap.

69. Say what you want, but these guys are about as different as night and day.

After all, they're dressed to reflect that. And they each have the sun and the moon on their heads.

After all, they’re dressed to reflect that. And they each have the sun and the moon on their heads.

70. A lady always prepares for a fancy dress ball this time of year.

Well, she does seem like she could be from the 18th century. Love the beautiful headdress and flowers.

Well, she does seem like she could be from the 18th century. Love the beautiful headdress and flowers.

71. Gold and red always glisten in the sunset.

She has a lovely hat and a fan of lace and gold roses. Quite mysterious as her mask gives a haunting impression.

She has a lovely hat and a fan of lace and gold roses. Quite mysterious as her mask gives a haunting impression.

72. You an be quite regal wearing a jester hat.

Helps if you have a veil of red and gold. Love the dress, by the way.

Helps if you have a veil of red and gold. Love the dress, by the way.

73. A jester in a tutu knows how to frolic.

Well, female jesters anyway. Still, she looks quite sad for a clown in this picture.

Well, female jesters anyway. Still, she looks quite sad for a clown in this picture.

74. A black cape always goes well with an orange suit.

However, you might want to reconsider if you don't want to stand out. Though it does give a creepy vibe with the mask.

However, you might want to reconsider if you don’t want to stand out. Though it does give a creepy vibe with the mask.

75. A silver dress can be very chic.

Now that's very classy. Makes me think of a painting. Love the cross on her skirt.

Now that’s very classy. Makes me think of a painting. Love the cross on her skirt.

76. Could he be a jester or an evil sorcerer?

Either way is a mystery. But yes, some do wear partial masks at the Venice Carnival. And some not at all.

Either way is a mystery. But yes, some do wear partial masks at the Venice Carnival. And some not at all.

77. Even the crazy cat lady dresses for the festivities.

Okay, she may not be that crazy since she only has a couple. But her outfit is obviously cat themed.

Okay, she may not be that crazy since she only has a couple. But her outfit is obviously cat themed.

78. These two women are two halves of the same sun.

Yes, they do group costumes, too as you see here. I know it's crazy but they do make a pretty picture.

Yes, they do group costumes, too as you see here. I know it’s crazy but they do make a pretty picture.

79. In black and gold, these two make a lovely pair.

Sure they may not be Steelers or Saints fans. But their costumes are resplendent to behold. Love the hats.

Sure they may not be Steelers or Saints fans. But their costumes are resplendent to behold. Love the hats.

80. Sometimes a headdress can almost take your breath away.

Yes, you might wonder how these women keep such large headdresses on their heads. But you have to love how they go with their resplendent costumes.

Yes, you might wonder how these women keep such large headdresses on their heads. But you have to love how they go with their resplendent costumes.

81. These two can enter a room like a real king and queen.

They even have some back flames behind them for further enhancement. Love their golden outfits.

They even have some back flames behind them for further enhancement. Love their golden outfits.

82. This woman always has to admire her own reflection.

Yet, she surely shimmers in her creamy white dress. Her headdress isn't that bad either.

Yet, she surely shimmers in her creamy white dress. Her headdress isn’t that bad either.

83. A sorceress has to don the finest gown and cape for the festivities.

She also has to have an elaborate headdress to boot. Because anyone with magical powers has to at least conform to a style akin to Lady Gaga.

She also has to have an elaborate headdress to boot. Because anyone with magical powers has to at least conform to a style akin to Lady Gaga.

84. Queen or knave? You decide.

Either way, her costume is truly an ornate sight to see. Love the mask and dress.

Either way, her costume is truly an ornate sight to see. Love the mask and dress.

85. Nothing makes you stand out in front of the gondolas like a bright red dress.

Since Venice is a canal city, gondolas are a major form of transport. Nevertheless, she looks pretty.

Since Venice is a canal city, gondolas are a major form of transport. Nevertheless, she looks pretty.

86. The Venice Carnival is always an occasion to sparkle.

This woman wears a costume with a jewel encrusted headdress. Is surely a sight from a fairy tale.

This woman wears a costume with a jewel encrusted headdress. Is surely a sight from a fairy tale.

87. Here I present to you the Queen of Hearts.

Well, I call her the Queen of Hearts because of her costume. Hope she doesn't call me for my heading for this.

Well, I call her the Queen of Hearts because of her costume. Hope she doesn’t call me for my heading for this.

88. These clowns always know how to hang out.

Though they might freak out you and your kids in some instances. Like the parasols.

Though they might freak out you and your kids in some instances. Like the parasols.

89. A Venetian Carnival dress should radiate in orange splendor.

That one dress reminds me of what Katniss Everdeen wore in the Hunger Games. Seriously, they don't call her the "Girl on Fire" for nothing.

That one dress reminds me of what Katniss Everdeen wore in the Hunger Games. Seriously, they don’t call her the “Girl on Fire” for nothing.

90. Sometimes it helps to take a mask to spare.

You will find that many of these outfits come with more than one mask. Though only one is used for the face.

You will find that many of these outfits come with more than one mask. Though only one is used for the face.

91. Good friends always wear matching dresses.

And these two are no exception. But their masks are as different as can be.

And these two are no exception. But their masks are as different as can be.

92. Sometimes a headdress must come with a long white veil.

Well, this is quite stunning. Love the peacock blue dress. But the headdress really makes the costume.

Well, this is quite stunning. Love the peacock blue dress. But the headdress really makes the costume.

93. Nothing like parading at San Marco Square decked in a peacock dress.

And of these sure look rather resplendent. Each has a fleur de lis purse.

And of these sure look rather resplendent. Each has a fleur de lis purse and peacock feather fan.

94. These two women are certifiable snow beauties.

Well, you have to like them in their blue dresses and fur trimmed muffs and hats. Lovely.

Well, you have to like them in their blue dresses and fur trimmed muffs and hats. Lovely.

95. Occasionally you might come across a jester wearing a crown.

Well, who says a king needs to look regal? Still, he has a nice black ruff on his neck.

Well, who says a king needs to look regal? Still, he has a nice black ruff on his neck.

96. These 3 beauties would like to do a dance in blue.

Well, this makes for a rather haunting trio. If their costumes weren't so festive and colorful.

Well, this makes for a rather haunting trio. If their costumes weren’t so festive and colorful.

97. There’s a certain kind of elegance having a king and queen in green.

Though you might not see them in this outfit on St. Patrick's Day. Still, like how they match.

Though you might not see them in this outfit on St. Patrick’s Day. Still, like how they match.

98. A feathered mask must always be worn with a purple dress.

Well, you don't see much of the dress. But it sure looks sensational. Beautiful.

Well, you don’t see much of the dress. But it sure looks sensational. Beautiful.

99. A dress like this will make you a belle at a masquerade ball.

Well, the creamy white really goes with the black. Love the feather headdress.

Well, the creamy white really goes with the black. Love the feather headdress.

100. With a dress like this, you can radiate with the sun.

Yes, her headdress is huge. But without it, she can't shine like a queen. And I'm sure she'll cause a sensation.

Yes, her headdress is huge. But without it, she can’t shine like a queen. And I’m sure she’ll cause a sensation.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree at the Ugly Sweater Party (Third Edition)

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As we all know, I couldn’t do some Christmas posts without including another edition for ugly holiday sweaters. Unlike some of the other ones, I deliberately delayed this one since inserting a photo of myself in a sweater at this point required my house to be decorated for the Christmas season. And since I did most of the later edition ones just after Thanksgiving, I had to move it at a later date. Now that we’re in the middle of December, so it’s all fine and dandy. Anyway, though the sweater I wear above isn’t necessarily ugly or Christmas specific, it’s in a similar style that you’d associate with ugly Christmas sweaters this time of year. And yes, they’ve exploded in popularity over the years due to their sheer tackiness. So much so that I’ve found ugly Christmas sweaters for many of my themed posts this year as well. Hell, there are holiday sweaters pertaining to stuff I couldn’t even think of. Nevertheless, since I’m aware of the ugly Christmas sweater’s significance, I know that another post isn’t optional in this case. So for your reading pleasure, I give you yet another assortment of more ugly holiday sweaters for the season.

  1. Fans of A Christmas Story will be tickled pink with this Christmas sweater.
This one contains the leg lamp and Ralphie in the infamous pink bunny outfit. And the lampshades are pink.

This one contains the leg lamp and Ralphie in the infamous pink bunny outfit. And the lampshades are pink.

2. Of course, someone has to be the fruitcake this Christmas.

For the record, to be known as a fruitcake isn't a compliment. Those called this are either known to be so disliked they're passed around, have to be enjoyed with tons of alcohol, or gay. Okay, my apologies to the LGBT community on the last one.

For the record, to be known as a fruitcake isn’t a compliment. Those called this are either known to be so disliked they’re passed around, have to be enjoyed with tons of alcohol, or gay. Okay, my apologies to the LGBT community on the last one.

3. Tis the season for rutting reindeer apparently.

To be fair, this is great way to show people why we have certain times a year when we shoot them. Best to wear in front of those with relatives in Mt. Lebanon.

To be fair, this is great way to show people why we have certain times a year when we shoot them. Best to wear in front of those with relatives in Mt. Lebanon.

4. It’s always different on Christmas if you are the Christmas tree.

This guy has rainbow tinsel and pom pom ornaments. And he stands out tacky and proud.

This guy has rainbow tinsel and pom pom ornaments. And he stands out tacky and proud.

5. Stand out in the yuletide festivities with this Christmas tree hat.

Think of it as one of those aluminum Christmas trees on your head. Now don't you think it looks completely ridiculous?

Think of it as one of those aluminum Christmas trees on your head. Now don’t you think it looks completely ridiculous?

6. Fans of tasty Christmas treats have to love this gingerbread house sweater.

Still, you have to love how it's made. The pom poms are used as gum drops. The lace is icing.

Still, you have to love how it’s made. The pom poms are used as gum drops. The lace is icing.

7. With this Christmas sweater, you can shine and jingle all the way.

Well, this one is decorated in tinsel and ornaments. Sure to make you stand out like a sore thumb.

Well, this one is decorated in tinsel and ornaments. Sure to make you stand out like a sore thumb.

8. For cuteness this holiday season, how about this Christmas dress with a kitten?

This one is edged with tinsel. Wonder if this is Hello Kitty since it sure looks like it.

This one is edged with tinsel. Wonder if this is Hello Kitty since it sure looks like it.

9. High heels must always be trimmed with tinsel.

So I guess tinsel is tacky. Still, like how they used ornaments on these shoes, too.

So I guess tinsel is tacky. Still, like how they used ornaments on these shoes, too.

10. The Grinch will climb the chimney to snatch your Christmas up.

Of course, you really can't hate the Grinch in any respect. Still, he should be wearing a Santa suit.

Of course, you really can’t hate the Grinch in any respect. Still, he should be wearing a Santa suit.

11. On Christmas we’re going to party like it’s Jesus’s birthday.

Though we're not really sure if it is. But setting it on December 25 has more to do with the Jewish idea that prophets died on the day they were conceived.

Though we’re not really sure if it is. But setting it on December 25 has more to do with the Jewish idea that prophets died on the day they were conceived.

12. Show off your leg lamp at your Christmas window this holiday season.

And the leg lamp has become an iconic Christmas decoration ever since. Obviously a take off of A Christmas Story.

And the leg lamp has become an iconic Christmas decoration ever since. Obviously a take off of A Christmas Story.

13. This octopus wishes you Merry Christmas from under the sea.

Yes, apparently there is a such thing as a Christmas octopus. Don't ask me why.

Yes, apparently there is a such thing as a Christmas octopus. Don’t ask me why.

14. Guess she’s all dolled up for the holidays as a Christmas tree.

Yes, Christmas trees are lovely things to look at. Dressing up like one, not so much.

Yes, Christmas trees are lovely things to look at. Dressing up like one, not so much.

15. Even the elves seem to have Santa beards.

Well, they kind of resemble garden gnomes. Still, this sweater has plenty of tacky trimmings to set your season right.

Well, they kind of resemble garden gnomes. Still, this sweater has plenty of tacky trimmings to set your season right.

16. This Abominable Snowman Christmas sweater is surrounded by lights.

And the lights are all different colors. Still, this is a pretty good resemblance to the one in the cartoon.

And the lights are all different colors. Still, this is a pretty good resemblance to the one in the cartoon.

17. A Christmas dress always has to have snowmen and gift bows.

Well, it's not like you're going to use the gift bows on a present, anyway. Also, trimmed with tinsel.

Well, it’s not like you’re going to use the gift bows on a present, anyway. Also, trimmed with tinsel.

18. Every time Santa thinks of you, he touches his elf.

Of course, we should all know what this is playing off of. Any children on here, go ask your parents.

Of course, we should all know what this is playing off of. Any children on here, go ask your parents.

19. This Christmas, ring in the holidays with a “Ho, Ho, Ho.”

Well, we all know the word "ho" can have more inappropriate connotations. But you can't help but like the feathers.

Well, we all know the word “ho” can have more inappropriate connotations. But you can’t help but like the feathers.

20. A fleece Christmas onesie can keep you safe and warm over the holidays.

Yes, they have these, too, and for adults. And they come with hoods.

Yes, they have these, too, and for adults. And they come with hoods.

21. Seems like this guy knows what he wants for Christmas.

Not sure what that would mean if you want beer for Christmas. Might mean you have a problem.

Not sure what that would mean if you want beer for Christmas. Might mean you have a problem.

22. A tutu skirt should always have lights.

Well, these lights aren't real. But they're shiny and colorful enough to do just as fine.

Well, these lights aren’t real. But they’re shiny and colorful enough to do just as fine.

23. Uh-oh, Rudolph seems to have gotten caught in the Christmas lights.

Yeah, I don't think Rudolph would appreciate having lights on him. Might be a hindrance to his job.

Yeah, I don’t think Rudolph would appreciate having lights on him. Might be a hindrance to his job.

24. Forget the sleigh, this year Santa will come on a unicorn from space.

I think I saw a comedian wear one like this on TV once. Still, it's pretty ridiculous.

I think I saw a comedian wear one like this on TV once. Still, it’s pretty ridiculous.

25. Any sweater with gingerbread figures has to have lights.

Not sure about having the plush gingerbread men hanging. But they enhance the sweater's ridiculousness.

Not sure about having the plush gingerbread men hanging. But they enhance the sweater’s ridiculousness.

26. This penguin wears chains on his ice.

Unfortunately,his gangsta appeal didn't stop him from becoming a casualty of climate changes. Though this is cute.

Unfortunately,his gangsta appeal didn’t stop him from becoming a casualty of climate changes. Though this is cute.

27. A great Christmas always needs the right kind of chemistry.

Breaking Bad fans, I hope this Christmas sweater can suit your fancy. Still, not in front of the kids.

Breaking Bad fans, I hope this Christmas sweater can suit your fancy. Still, not in front of the kids.

28. Seems like the cookies aren’t looking forward to Santa’s visit.

Hey, I didn't say that Christmas is merry for everyone. Look what this remaining cookie has to deal with.

Hey, I didn’t say that Christmas is merry for everyone. Look what this remaining cookie has to deal with.

29. A tinsel Christmas sweater stocking should always have some poinsettias.

Though the poinsettias are clearly plastic. And everything all this is in sheer tackiness.

Though the poinsettias are clearly plastic. And everything all this is in sheer tackiness.

30. Business cat can always give you a Christmas bonus.

Unfortunately it isn't the good kind of deposit that put in your bank account. It's the one that you have to clean up.

Unfortunately it isn’t the good kind of deposit that put in your bank account. It’s the one that you have to clean up.

31. Merry Christmas from out of this world.

And here we see an alien going down the chimney. Hate to find out what happened to Santa Claus.

And here we see an alien going down the chimney. Hate to find out what happened to Santa Claus.

32. At the Griswolds’, it’s always a fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.

And it's probably one that you'd rather skip out on. Mostly because the Clark Griswold isn't the brightest bulb in the patch. And might even be a bit nuts.

And it’s probably one that you’d rather skip out on. Mostly because the Clark Griswold isn’t the brightest bulb in the patch. And might even be a bit nuts.

33. I’ve heard that shiny tinsel jackets are all the rage during the holiday season.

Yet, they always seem to be tacky as hell. Not to mention the fake lights and the plastic poinsettia.

Yet, they always seem to be tacky as hell. Not to mention the fake lights and the plastic poinsettia.

34. Your Christmas tree sweater should have all the shiny ornaments.

And it seems like this woman has way overdone herself on the shiny stuff. Then again, tackiness is kind of a thing with these.

And it seems like this woman has way overdone herself on the shiny stuff. Then again, tackiness is kind of a thing with these.

35. For gay apparel, you can never have enough gift bows.

Yes, those things seem to appear in the wrapping supplies but you don't know what to do with them. Still, at least these two put theirs to good use.

Yes, those things seem to appear in the wrapping supplies but you don’t know what to do with them. Still, at least these two put theirs to good use.

36. Nothing says Christmas like a cat at the middle of a wreath.

And it's a wreath of tinsel and poinsettias. Kind of makes it look more ridiculous.

And it’s a wreath of tinsel and poinsettias. Kind of makes it look more ridiculous.

37. A sweater with tinsel is great in any winter wonderland.

This one seems to have a retro look about it. Maybe it has to do with the pastel colors.

This one seems to have a retro look about it. Maybe it has to do with the pastel colors.

38. Of course, there’s a sweater of the two crooks from Home Alone.

You know the two crooks who Kevin tortures through 2 movies. Still, neither seem to learn but you kind of feel bad for them.

You know the two crooks who Kevin tortures through 2 movies. Still, neither seem to learn but you kind of feel bad for them.

39. On Christmas you gotta have green Christmas tree hair.

I know you might think it's straight from the Grinch but it's not. Still, it's incredibly ridiculous.

I know you might think it’s straight from the Grinch but it’s not. Still, it’s incredibly ridiculous.

40. On Christmas, you don’t want to celebrate with the Griswolds.

And they say it's only half as good as it looks. I think Clark overestimated on that one.

And they say it’s only half as good as it looks. I think Clark overestimated on that one.

41. Seems like Santa is going for a high score.

Funny how the walls are made from candy canes. So how will he get those presents?

Funny how the walls are made from candy canes. So how will he get those presents?

42. Looks like the shark got entangled in lights.

And you thought it was just humans who had light problems. Then again, if a shark were tangled in lights like that, it would've been electrocuted.

And you thought it was just humans who had light problems. Then again, if a shark were tangled in lights like that, it would’ve been electrocuted.

43. A holiday sweater must be topped with a big red bow.

Well, that looks easy enough. Tacky, but certainly not requiring much effort.

Well, that looks easy enough. Tacky, but certainly not requiring much effort.

44. Hey, Griswold, where would you want your Christmas tree?

Yeah, Clark isn't known for his tact. And yes, this is from Christmas Vacation.

Yeah, Clark isn’t known for his tact. And yes, this is from Christmas Vacation.

45. Be good for Christmas or else the Krampus may get you.

He's known to kidnap bad children and beat them. Still, not as creepy as Elf on the Shelf.

He’s known to kidnap bad children and beat them. Still, not as creepy as Elf on the Shelf.

46. Seems like there’s a little knot in these lights.

And you can see why my family doesn't do Christmas lights. Another one from Christmas Vacation.

And you can see why my family doesn’t do Christmas lights. Another one from Christmas Vacation.

47. Seems like Santa Claus has been naughty this year.

Looks like he might've gotten in a fight from his black eye. Bad, bad, Santa.

Looks like he might’ve gotten in a fight from his black eye. Bad, bad, Santa.

48. What the hell is that alien doing to Santa?

Oh, no, don't tell me they're doing an anal probe on him! Jesus, this is sick.

Oh, no, don’t tell me they’re doing an anal probe on him! Jesus, this is sick.

49. This is a Christmas sweater worn by a true American patriot.

So much that he has a red, white, and blue eagle with a Santa hat on his back. Please don't be a Trump supporter.

So much that he has a red, white, and blue eagle with a Santa hat on his back. Please don’t be a Trump supporter.

50. Instead of Christmas, make it Festivus for the rest of us.

Yes, they have these, too. Great to wear when you're challenged to the Feats of Strength.

Yes, they have these, too. Great to wear when you’re challenged to the Feats of Strength.

51. Merry Christmas and by the way, shitter’s full.

We should note that having Christmas with Cousin Eddie is a bad idea. Because you never know what the hell is in his sewage.

We should note that having Christmas with Cousin Eddie is a bad idea. Because you never know what the hell is in his sewage.

52. A tacky poncho must have M&Ms.

This one has Christmas M&Ms and no sleeves. Like the red edged collar.

This one has Christmas M&Ms and no sleeves. Like the red edged collar.

53. This holiday season, the Dude abides.

Apparently, they have a Christmas sweater for The Big Lebowski. In some respect, I kind of think it's out of their element.

Apparently, they have a Christmas sweater for The Big Lebowski. In some respect, I kind of think it’s out of their element.

54. Must not disturb the Clauses doing their business.

One sweater has Santa on the toilet. The other has Mrs. Claus in the tub. Not sure which is tackier.

One sweater has Santa on the toilet. The other has Mrs. Claus in the tub. Not sure which is tackier.

55. Nothing’s in the spirit of Christmas like a sequin bauble blazer.

I know what you're thinking. Sorry, but I guarantee you it's probably not from the 1970s. But yes, I wouldn't want to be caught dead in it.

I know what you’re thinking. Sorry, but I guarantee you it’s probably not from the 1970s. But yes, I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in it.

56. Speaking of sequins, check out the one raining gingerbread men.

This one looks even worse. Surely worn by a guy who' should probably cut it on the eggnog.

This one looks even worse. Surely worn by a guy who’ should probably cut it on the eggnog.

57. Wish everyone a merry Christmas with some stockings hung on your rack.

For some reason, the stockings were hung at a very convenient place. Not that it matters to me.

For some reason, the stockings were hung at a very convenient place. Not that it matters to me.

58. With Christmas sweaters, you can never overdo the tassels.

On second thought, yes, you can. You certainly can. You can also add lights, too.

On second thought, yes, you can. You certainly can. You can also add lights, too.

59. Light yourself up in this sequin blazer this holiday season.

Yes, it's another sequin jacket. But this one contains lights. And yes, it looks ridiculous.

Yes, it’s another sequin jacket. But this one contains lights. And yes, it looks ridiculous.

60. Finally, nothing makes a better Christmas in Florida like this sweater.

Because this Christmas sweater screams Florida as far as I can tell. Then again, I doubt that Floridians even wear Christmas sweaters at all.

Because this Christmas sweater screams Florida as far as I can tell. Then again, I doubt that Floridians even wear Christmas sweaters at all.

SantaCon Costumes Are Coming to Town (Second Edition)

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Last year, I did a SantaCon post after the event kicked off since I had to be in Virginia for my sister’s graduation. This year, I vow not to make the same mistake again since I have plenty of costumes left over from that time. As you know, SantaCon is an American tradition in which people from all over the country (as well as the world) gather each year dressed as Christmas characters where they parade and go on a pub crawl. Since its origins in San Francisco, this annual event has become known as a reviled bar crawl with a reputation of  drunken brawling, vandalism, and disorder in New York City and elsewhere. And as a result, there’s been fierce community resistance about the whole thing, especially from parents who really don’t want to explain why Santa has been arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. Still, thanks to Pinterest, I can have a little fun with this while the events are on. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another treasure trove of SantaCon costumes.

  1. You can’t be a sexy Frosty unless you come in a big puffy skirt.
Well, this isn't as bad as the girly snowman outfits from last year. Yet, she'll probably be shivering in it in some places.

Well, this isn’t as bad as the girly snowman outfits from last year. Yet, she’ll probably be shivering in it in some places.

2. You can always shimmer and shine in a silver Santa dress.

Kind of reminds you of something Mariah Carey would wear in a music video. Also seems to contain a lot of sequins.

Kind of reminds you of something Mariah Carey would wear in a music video. Also seems to contain a lot of sequins.

3. I call this one the stripper Santa girl outfit.

Then again, I really shouldn't make fun of strippers. They have horrible lives. Also, this isn't suitable for cold increment weather.

Then again, I really shouldn’t make fun of strippers. They have horrible lives. Also, this isn’t suitable for cold increment weather.

4. This Mrs. Claus costume endears with Christmas elegance.

Love the fancy golden embroidery on it, too. And you thought lady Santa outfits were scantily looking.

Love the fancy golden embroidery on it, too. And you thought lady Santa outfits were scantily looking.

5. Have a toast to SantaCon with these Santa pimp cups.

Well, at least they all have cups that are in celebration with the season. Though one seems to be a bit south of the border.

Well, at least they all have cups that are in celebration with the season. Though one seems to be a bit south of the border.

6. To lead your sleigh, SantaCon can’t do without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Now this is a cute costume. However, at these events, it's said that Rudolph's red nose makes him the designated driver.

Now this is a cute costume. However, at these events, it’s said that Rudolph’s red nose makes him the designated driver.

7. Of course, a doe must always look her best.

Well, with reindeer both sexes have antlers. However, I don't think she's actually dressed as one though. Then again, reindeer often aren't accurately depicted in Christmas media anyway.

Well, with reindeer both sexes have antlers. However, I don’t think she’s actually dressed as one though. Then again, reindeer often aren’t accurately depicted in Christmas media anyway.

8. For a traditional Santa costume, look no further.

Funny I didn't put a traditional Santa in my SantaCon post from last year. Still, hope this makes up for it.

Funny I didn’t put a traditional Santa in my SantaCon post from last year. Still, hope this makes up for it.

9. Any woman wants to stand out in a Santa outfit this Christmas might want to go with a greener option.

Yes, they have those Santa dresses in green as well. Still, like how it goes with green fur trimmed boots.

Yes, they have those Santa dresses in green as well. Still, like how it goes with green fur trimmed boots.

10. For a naugthy Santa’s little helper, this scanty costume might be to your fancy.

I'm not sure if this is lingerie or not but it sure looks like it. Yet, since it comes with boots, you really can't say.

I’m not sure if this is lingerie or not but it sure looks like it. Yet, since it comes with boots, you really can’t say.

11. At SantaCon, it always helps to be present.

Well, she's dressed as a present anyway. Like how she used tinsel and wrapping paper for her costume. Hope it doesn't rain or snow.

Well, she’s dressed as a present anyway. Like how she used tinsel and wrapping paper for her costume. Hope it doesn’t rain or snow.

12. Sometimes a toy soldier would rather stand with a Christmas tree.

Not sure what to think about the Christmas tree costume in this. Yet, at least he made an effort you should appreciate.

Not sure what to think about the Christmas tree costume in this. Yet, at least he made an effort you should appreciate.

13. A lady elf costume should always come with striped tights.

I showed the male counterpart of this costume last year. I know it looks pretty dumb but it's Christmas related. So it goes on the post.

I showed the male counterpart of this costume last year. I know it looks pretty dumb but it’s Christmas related. So it goes on the post.

14. Guess these two gingerbread girls have just ran a race.

I'm not sure if these costumes are from SantaCon. Maybe some Christmas related race. But they're Christmas related so who cares.

I’m not sure if these costumes are from SantaCon. Maybe some Christmas related race. But they’re Christmas related so who cares.

15. In this pink Santa getup, you’ll be sure St. Nick will come down the chimney tonight.

I think I might've gone a bit overboard with this one. Still, it does seem like something mommy would wear, uh never mind.

I think I might’ve gone a bit overboard with this one. Still, it does seem like something mommy would wear, uh never mind.

16. A snowman outfit like this might give you the frosty reception you’re looking for.

But it might not be the kind you think. Because it might lead you to freeze your ass off.

But it might not be the kind you think. Because it might lead you to freeze your ass off.

17. Gingy and his girl come to SantaCon for some good times and sweet fun.

Well, these are quite cute. But please don't touch the buttons. Not the gum drop buttons.

Well, these are quite cute. But please don’t touch the buttons. Not the gum drop buttons.

18. You always know that Santa will need his little helpers at SantaCon.

Or if you work at Santaland at the mall. Nevertheless, there's nothing wrong dressing like these elves.

Or if you work at Santaland at the mall. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong dressing like these elves.

19. Even the Mrs. Claus must have some fun now and then.

Of course, this is a traditional Mrs. Claus outfit. Yes, it looks homey but what the hell.

Of course, this is a traditional Mrs. Claus outfit. Yes, it looks homey but what the hell.

20. Even Buddy the Elf would take part in the SantaCon festivities.

Actually Buddy the Elf would really not have any idea about SantaCon. And he wouldn't really understand a wasted Santa. Please don't try to explain.

Actually Buddy the Elf would really not have any idea about SantaCon. And he wouldn’t really understand a wasted Santa. Please don’t try to explain.

21. Apparently, Santa Claus is a Cleveland Browns fan.

Unfortunately, the Browns aren't doing too well this year. Then again, they don't seem to do well period.

Unfortunately, the Browns aren’t doing too well this year. Then again, they don’t seem to do well period.

22. This toy soldier gives the right salute.

Well, I have to admit, this is a rather clever costume. Like the hat.

Well, I have to admit, this is a rather clever costume. Like the hat.

23. For SantaCon, this woman decided to go as a reindeer snowman.

Guess she couldn't really decide. At least she's covered from head to toe for the most part.

Guess she couldn’t really decide. At least she’s covered from head to toe for the most part.

24. A candy cane reindeer at SantaCon is anything but sweet.

Yes, I know her costume is quite skimpy for some people's taste. But you have to admire her creativity with this one.

Yes, I know her costume is quite skimpy for some people’s taste. But you have to admire her creativity with this one.

25. Fans of Christmas Story might want to go with this leg lamp costume.

I showed a DIY leg lamp costume from last year's post. Yet, this one comes up further from the waist.

I showed a DIY leg lamp costume from last year’s post. Yet, this one comes up further from the waist.

26. It’s always lonely to be an Elf on the Shelf.

Though to be fair, the Elf on the Shelf thing is as creepy as hell. Maybe that explains why he does so many naughty things when parents and children aren't looking.

Though to be fair, the Elf on the Shelf thing is as creepy as hell. Maybe that explains why he does so many naughty things when parents and children aren’t looking.

27. This angel should always go on top of the Christmas tree.

Okay, she's probably in a short skirt that many people don't perceive to be holy. Yet, it's surely in the spirit of the season.

Okay, she’s probably in a short skirt that many people don’t perceive to be holy. Yet, it’s surely in the spirit of the season.

28. At SantaCon, you won’t always know what Santas you’ll see.

From what I can tell, I see a pirate Santa, a reggae Santa, and a disheveled Santa. I know it's hard to explain but what do you know?

From what I can tell, I see a pirate Santa, a reggae Santa, and a disheveled Santa. I know it’s hard to explain but what do you know?

29. Mr. Candy Cane is always at your service.

He even has his own candy cane hat and red bowtie. His candy cane vest is also in white and red stripes.

He even has his own candy cane hat and red bowtie. His candy cane vest is also in white and red stripes.

30. The star always goes on top of the Christmas tree.

She's even decked in tinsel and ornaments. Also have to admire the striped tights.

She’s even decked in tinsel and ornaments. Also have to admire the striped tights.

31. This Mrs. Claus outfit will make you a sweet darling at SantaCon.

Actually, I'm not sure if it's even a Mrs. Claus outfit. But it includes an apron and it's unique. So it goes on this post.

Actually, I’m not sure if it’s even a Mrs. Claus outfit. But it includes an apron and it’s unique. So it goes on this post.

32. You can always have your SantaCon outfit trimmed with fur.

Yes, this is a sexy Mrs. Claus costume according to Pinterest. But at least it comes with a jacket.

Yes, this is a sexy Mrs. Claus costume according to Pinterest. But at least it comes with a jacket.

33. For those who aren’t too into Christmas at SantaCon, this Grinch costume will suit your fancy.

After all, SantaCon isn't a kind of event that makes Christmas look good. So a Grinch costume is perfect.

After all, SantaCon isn’t a kind of event that makes Christmas look good. So a Grinch costume is perfect.

34. Now you’d certainly call her a genuine candy striper.

That's because she's dressed like a candy cane. You know the red and white stripes scheme.

That’s because she’s dressed like a candy cane. You know the red and white stripes scheme.

35. Hope this soldier girl has her musket at the ready.

To be fair, the gun is only a prop. But I'm sure she wouldn't be allowed at some establishments during the bar crawl with that.

To be fair, the gun is only a prop. But I’m sure she wouldn’t be allowed at some establishments during the bar crawl with that.

36. How about a present in green and red?

Well, it's green wrapped with a red ribbon. At any rate, don't open till Christmas.

Well, it’s green wrapped with a red ribbon. At any rate, don’t open till Christmas.

37. Here we find the Grinch with Cindy Lou Who.

These two seem to wear the costumes from the movie. Like the Christmas sweater one.

These two seem to wear the costumes from the movie. Like the Christmas sweater one.

38. These women vow to shine bright as different colored lights.

Well, these seem to be simple costumes. But when one goes out, they all go.

Well, these seem to be simple costumes. But when one goes out, they all go.

39. Clark Griswold knows his way around with lights.

Actually he doesn't. But I like how this guy has his Christmas lights in a ball. That's hilarious.

Actually he doesn’t. But I like how this guy has his Christmas lights in a ball. That’s hilarious.

40. These advent calendar girls are counting down the days till Christmas.

Well, they just have advent calendars over their outfits. And they both seem to be Christmas trees.

Well, they just have advent calendars over their outfits. And they both seem to be Christmas trees.

41. Sometimes it helps for a soldier to take a knee.

Well, at least he doesn't have a toy gun with him. But I'm not sure if his green coat goes with his read pants.

Well, at least he doesn’t have a toy gun with him. But I’m not sure if his green coat goes with his read pants.

42. Seems like Ralphie’s been a very bad boy.

Yes, these events are known for a lot of drunk and disorderly conduct. But the Ralphie bunny suit costume is priceless.

Yes, these events are known for a lot of drunk and disorderly conduct. But the Ralphie bunny suit costume is priceless.

43. These elves are ready to make their season merry and bright.

Well, they surely look ready for something like SantaCon. Then again, they just might be Santa elves on a break.

Well, they surely look ready for something like SantaCon. Then again, they just might be Santa elves on a break.

44. “Shitter’s full.”

That's Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation. Still, this costume isn't hard to make at all.

That’s Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation. Still, this costume isn’t hard to make at all.

45. A candy cane costume like this will make you look just as sweet and minty fresh.

Well, it's probably not realistic and it's holiday wear you'd expect from Effie Trinket. But it's Christmas related so it goes on this post.

Well, it’s probably not realistic and it’s holiday wear you’d expect from Effie Trinket. But it’s Christmas related so it goes on this post.

46. You can expect plenty of presents under this Christmas tree.

Okay, she might be dressed as the kind of Christmas tree you put on a table. Because it doesn't seem to cover much of her.

Okay, she might be dressed as the kind of Christmas tree you put on a table. Because it doesn’t seem to cover much of her.

47. Seems like Hanukkah Harry got in a fight with a Santa Bot.

"Santabot naughty detection. Santabot destroy with coal fired laser."

“Santabot naughty detection. Santabot destroy with coal fired laser.”

48. Cindy Lou Who always tries to look her best.

Sure it's of a child character. But it's an adult costume as Etsy lists.

Sure it’s of a child character. But it’s an adult costume as Etsy lists.

49. So is she supposed to be queen of the sugar plum fairies or something?

This is supposed to be a Christmas costume and surely looks like it. But the leopard print trim doesn't do it for me.

This is supposed to be a Christmas costume and surely looks like it. But the leopard print trim doesn’t do it for me.

50. Even Santa has to have a day at the beach now and then.

And here he is in an old fashioned swimsuit about to go surfing. Not sure if he'll succeed riding the waves.

And here he is in an old fashioned swimsuit about to go surfing. Not sure if he’ll succeed riding the waves.

51. This Santa seems to have an interesting hat.

Kind of reminds me a bit like Dr. Seuss. Then again, not sure about the candy cane hat.

Kind of reminds me a bit like Dr. Seuss. Then again, not sure about the candy cane hat.

52. Jovie and Buddy always know how to celebrate the season.

Yes, they the pink Jovie costume from the Elf movie, too. And yes, it does look quite cute.

Yes, they the pink Jovie costume from the Elf movie, too. And yes, it does look quite cute.

53. Mistletoe Marilyn will add extra spark in your holiday season.

Well, she does look like Marilyn Monroe. But she doesn't seem to have mistletoe on her though.

Well, she does look like Marilyn Monroe. But she doesn’t seem to have mistletoe on her though.

54. This Mrs. Claus dress comes with a holly apron.

Sure she's wearing a short skirt. But I think it's rather tasteful at the same time.

Sure she’s wearing a short skirt. But I think it’s rather tasteful at the same time.

55. With Santa, it’s always hip times ahead.

Yes, this Santa has a fro. Not sure if it means he's from the 1970s. Or that he doesn't get a haircut at the North Pole.

Yes, this Santa has a fro. Not sure if it means he’s from the 1970s. Or that he doesn’t get a haircut at the North Pole.

56. These reindeer have what it takes to get to the skies.

Like how these guys are dressed as race car drivers. Not that I'm a fan of NASCAR (I'm not).

Like how these guys are dressed as race car drivers. Not that I’m a fan of NASCAR (I’m not).

57. A Santa dress must be held with a black belt.

Yes, it's another female Santa dress. And yes, I've put up a few of them. But this is more standard.

Yes, it’s another female Santa dress. And yes, I’ve put up a few of them. But this is more standard.

58. At SantaCon, being Santa’s little helper means wearing a pom pom skirt.

Whether you're going to SantaCon or work for Santa at the mall, you might find this quite lovely. Like the striped socks.

Whether you’re going to SantaCon or work for Santa at the mall, you might find this quite lovely. Like the striped socks.

59. A green dress can always stand out as a Christmas tree.

Helps if you add tinsel and ornaments. Yet, make sure you have star on your headband.

Helps if you add tinsel and ornaments. Yet, make sure you have star on your headband.

60. Perhaps, Mrs. Claus can use a more festive pattern.

Yes, this is Mrs. Claus as you've never seen her before. Also, the patterned pieces have Christmas motives.

Yes, this is Mrs. Claus as you’ve never seen her before. Also, the patterned pieces have Christmas motives.

61. Mrs. Claus stands with one of Santa’s helpers.

Mrs. Claus seems a bit young in this. Yet, the elf seems to have a rather short skirt.

Mrs. Claus seems a bit young in this. Yet, the elf seems to have a rather short skirt.

62. Sometimes you might find a few elves with facial hair.

By the way, the beard's fake. But this costume does seem to induce cheer.

By the way, the beard’s fake. But this costume does seem to induce cheer.

63. Uh, you may not want to do that.

This woman is dressed up as Flick from A Christmas Story. You know the kid who stuck his tongue on the flag pole.

This woman is dressed up as Flick from A Christmas Story. You know the kid who stuck his tongue on the flag pole.

64. If you’re into Dickens, you might want to go to SantaCon as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Since SantaCon is known for drinking and feasting, this is up his alley. I mean he's a jolly guy who enjoys partying.

Since SantaCon is known for drinking and feasting, this is up his alley. I mean he’s a jolly guy who enjoys partying.

65. Speaking of the 19th century, check out these caroler costumes.

Unfortunately, ladies, 19th century fashion wasn't known for practicality. So if you wear one of these dresses, expect to be uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, ladies, 19th century fashion wasn’t known for practicality. So if you wear one of these dresses, expect to be uncomfortable.

66. If you’re Russian, you might want to go to SantaCon as Grandfather Frost or the Snow Maiden.

As if we need more Soviet Union inspired characters during the holiday season. Yet, these two are still around in Russia after the Soviet Union fell.

As if we need more Soviet Union inspired characters during the holiday season. Yet, these two are still around in Russia after the Soviet Union fell.

67. Mrs. Claus has a heart on her apron.

Well, this is kind of cute. Helps if the apron has holly around it and a bow on the belt.

Well, this is kind of cute. Helps if the apron has holly around it and a bow on the belt.

68. Not much here, just a couple of joggers.

It's the Griswold neighbors in their athletic suits from Christmas Vacation. Sure they're stuck up but you really have to feel bad for them.

It’s the Griswold neighbors in their athletic suits from Christmas Vacation. Sure they’re stuck up but you really have to feel bad for them.

69. At SantaCon, don’t let these two in your house.

These are the two criminals on Home Alone. You know the two hapless crooks who get tortured from some budding child psychopath.

These are the two criminals on Home Alone. You know the two hapless crooks who get tortured from some budding child psychopath.

70. You never know what you can do with a lot of gift bows.

Well, a red present dress is one idea. Still, wonder if she'll freeze in it since it doesn't seem to accommodate cold weather.

Well, a red present dress is one idea. Still, wonder if she’ll freeze in it since it doesn’t seem to accommodate cold weather.

71. A garland around yourself makes just as good a Christmas tree as anything.

You can even decorate it any way you please. But please, make sure you take your Santa hat with you.

You can even decorate it any way you please. But please, make sure you take your Santa hat with you.

72. This Christmas tree has a foot in each present.

Still, at least he feels secure dressed as one. Think it's kind of funny, actually.

Still, at least he feels secure dressed as one. Think it’s kind of funny, actually.

73. In this elf costume, you can just prance in your suspenders.

Yes, I know not many people wear suspenders these days. But this guy seems jolly.

Yes, I know not many people wear suspenders these days. But this guy seems jolly.

74. I think their pajamas might need fixed.

Okay, the bare butts are in as a joke and aren't real. Either way, you shouldn't touch them.

Okay, the bare butts are in as a joke and aren’t real. Either way, you shouldn’t touch them.

75. For SantaCon, this guy came prepared.

Since he dressed up as milk and cookies. Then again, he may not have enough to go around.

Since he dressed up as milk and cookies. Then again, he may not have enough to go around.

76. You’ve heard about making a gingerbread house. How about dressing like one?

Yes, they may be a bit boxy at times. But you have to like how they're decorated with candy.

Yes, they may be a bit boxy at times. But you have to like how they’re decorated with candy.

77. These elves come with extra eye protection.

Guess they're test drivers for Santa's sleigh at the North Pole. That might explain a lot.

Guess they’re test drivers for Santa’s sleigh at the North Pole. That might explain a lot.

78. Given his workload on Christmas Eve, it’s no wonder Santa doesn’t look forward to Christmas sometimes.

This costume has "Bah! Humbug!" on the hat. As if Santa didn't have more to worry about.

This costume has “Bah! Humbug!” on the hat. As if Santa didn’t have more to worry about.

79. Now that’s a strange Christmas tree.

Because it doesn't seem to resemble one. More like a badly decorated shrub.

Because it doesn’t seem to resemble one. More like a badly decorated shrub.

80. Look who just came in from Whoville.

Yes, the Whos seem to have some interesting styles, especially on Chrsitmas. But I couldn't leave these two out.

Yes, the Whos seem to have some interesting styles, especially on Christmas. But I couldn’t leave these two out.

Calaca Inspired Dia de los Muertos Costumes

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Disclaimer: I am aware that the Dia de los Muertos is not just a holiday just confined to Mexico or celebrated by Latinos who aren’t just of Mexican heritage. But I have to remind viewers that this isn’t a post to give you ideas to do a Halloween costume (unless Dia de los Muertos is part of your culture and you want to save money). Dia de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween and unless your culture celebrates the holiday, then you shouldn’t wear these costumes whether on Halloween or on any occasion. Dia de los Muertos is a time for Mexicans and people from some parts of Latin America to remember their ancestors. I understand that cultural appropriation is an American tradition and not a very good one. If your culture doesn’t celebrate Dia de los Muertos, then walking around in a Day of the Dead inspired costume for Halloween because you thought the art was cute is offensive, ignorant, disrespectful, and complicit in erasing a rich culture and identity. Painting your face with sugar skull decoration is not being cultural, it’s stupid. There’s a meaning behind sugar skulls and just because you do it doesn’t mean you understand the significance of this symbol. So please, don’t do it.

Special Disclaimer: I understand that some of these costumes may be culturally appropriated which is offensive. But since Pinterest unintentionally encourages this and I know they tend to be promoted as Halloween costumes, cultural appropriation might not be avoidable. Yet since I’m aware that blond and redheaded Hispanics do exist and that they can be of any race, distinguishing between which costumes are culturally appropriate and which are not is difficult. And you can’t always tell with a photograph. Yet, I will try my best not to be disrespectful to viewers who celebrate this holiday that they view so central to their cultural identity. And I intend not to promote them as Halloween costumes for this post. Nor do I encourage people do dress in these costumes despite having no connection to the holiday whatsoever. Just because I may show a costume post on Dia de los Muertos doesn’t mean I think these are perfectly fine for just anyone.

Aside from setting altars and visit cemeteries to honor and celebrate their dead ancestors and loved ones, it’s not unusual for those who observe Dia de los Muertos also don costumes as well as parade and dance in the streets. Yet, this tradition may not always be practiced in some places in Mexico or Latin America. But there are some areas that do. Many tend to don the calavera makeup and dress in fancy clothes in order to mock death or celebrate their deceased loved ones. For most Mexicans and other Latin Americans who celebrate the holiday, there is nothing scary about dressing up as the elegant “La Catrina” and other figures of death the holiday celebrates. Some may even wear skull shaped masks to scare the dead away. After all, death in Mexico is just part of the natural cycle of life, not something to be feared. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of richly elaborate Dia de los Muertos costumes for you to enjoy. And if your culture doesn’t celebrate the Day of the Dead, these are just for your eyes only.

  1. The makeup scheme must always match the flowers.
Well, she has a pink skull face with beautiful flowers in her hair. The clothes aren't too shabby either.

Well, she has a pink skull face with beautiful flowers in her hair. The clothes aren’t too shabby either.

2. This woman honors her dead great-grandmother by wearing her clothes.

Yes, I know she looks what you might see in a horror movie. But she's not meant to be scary. Just honoring her deceased loved ones.

Yes, I know she looks what you might see in a horror movie. But she’s not meant to be scary. Just honoring her deceased loved ones.

3. Thought you’d never see a dead lady in red before.

If it wasn't for the face paint, I would've sworn she seemed like one of those Mexican women from the Old West movies. Love the dress.

If it wasn’t for the face paint, I would’ve sworn she seemed like one of those Mexican women from the Old West movies. Love the dress.

4. These men celebrate Dia de los Muertos in their fancy hats.

Now this is a great way to mock death along with the Mexican elite who used to starve 90% of the country's population in the early 20th century. The hats and suits are spot on.

Now this is a great way to mock death along with the Mexican elite who used to starve 90% of the country’s population in the early 20th century. The hats and suits are spot on. Then again, maybe that’s another case of cultural appropriation on multiple levels.

5. Don’t forget to don the skulls and feathers.

You might see that a lot of Dia de los Muertos costumes do contain feathers and skulls on them. Then again, it's to be expected.

You might see that a lot of Dia de los Muertos costumes do contain feathers and skulls on them. Then again, it’s to be expected.

6. Sometimes a small touch up is all you need.

Seems like she has a pink shawl to match the flowers. Surely looks stunning.

Seems like she has a pink shawl to match the flowers. Surely looks stunning.

7. This skull face woman is draped with curls.

She's even wearing a white embroidered dress. Love the intricate makeup job.

She’s even wearing a white embroidered dress. Love the intricate makeup job.

8. To look at her is to see a window into your own mortality.

I understand that skeletons aren't supposed to be scary on Dia de los Muertos. But this costume is so good that it doesn't help matters.

I understand that skeletons aren’t supposed to be scary on Dia de los Muertos. But this costume is so good that it doesn’t help matters.

9. White hair is always chic on a dead woman.

I'm sure the white hair is a wig in this. But kind of reminds us that you grow old and then you die.

I’m sure the white hair is a wig in this. But kind of reminds us that you grow old and then you die.

10. A spiderweb on your forehead goes great with flowers.

Notice how she has dark circles under her eyes. Oh, wait, that's makeup, not sleep deprivation.

Notice how she has dark circles under her eyes. Oh, wait, that’s makeup, not sleep deprivation.

11. No Day of the Dead costume could be complete without an embroidered flower skirt.

Well, if it's DIY, then she must've spent a long time doing this costume. Love the rich flowery detail.

Well, if it’s DIY, then she must’ve spent a long time doing this costume. Love the rich flowery detail.

12. Hoop earrings and roses create a neat traditional look.

This woman has roses in her hair as well as an intricate skull makeup scheme. Absolutely stunning.

This woman has roses in her hair as well as an intricate skull makeup scheme. Absolutely stunning.

13. Sometimes it’s best to stick with the basics.

Well, she didn't really do too much as far as makeup goes. Yet, the lipstick provides a nice contrast.

Well, she didn’t really do too much as far as makeup goes. Yet, the lipstick provides a nice contrast.

14. It helps if you top off your look with a colorful sombrero.

Like how she used shiny face paint for her mask as we.. Love the rose design.

Like how she used shiny face paint for her mask as we.. Love the rose design.

15. On Dia de los Muertos, a bride always has her diamond rosary.

Well, she has a nice white dress with her skull makeup as well as matching flowers in her hair. Love it.

Well, she has a nice white dress with her skull makeup as well as matching flowers in her hair. Love it.

16. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that’s been celebrated for generations.

Here we have 3 generations of a family in their skull face makeup and flowers. Two of them carry parasols in hand.

Here we have 3 generations of a family in their skull face makeup and flowers. Two of them carry parasols in hand.

17. This dead looking girl is all dressed up with no place to go.

She's also wearing a black lace veil with a white lace dress. Nevertheless, really like the flowers.

She’s also wearing a black lace veil with a white lace dress. Nevertheless, really like the flowers.

18. This man seems to have the look of death upon him.

You can even see all his teeth. Yet, this guy seems to have a rather scary touch up.

You can even see all his teeth. Yet, this guy seems to have a rather scary touch up.

19. This little girl dances in her flowery dress.

Helps she's wearing a ribbon to match her dress. Love the flowers on it, too.

Helps she’s wearing a ribbon to match her dress. Love the flowers on it, too.

20. Sometimes death can bring a dour look upon you.

Well, she has a rather rich costume with fancy black lace and all. The rose on her face seems like it's losing petals though.

Well, she has a rather rich costume with fancy black lace and all. The rose on her face seems like it’s losing petals though.

21. Perhaps a red veil can go best with the flowers.

Helps she has a string of pearls to complete the outfit. Love the makeup, too.

Helps she has a string of pearls to complete the outfit. Love the makeup, too.

22. Even a skeleton needs a fine pair of gloves at times.

Well, I said they dress up to mock death and the old Mexican elite. Love the flowery black veil.

Well, I said they dress up to mock death and the old Mexican elite. Love the flowery black veil.

23. Don’t forget to set up an altar for your loved ones on the Day of the Dead.

Well, at least there's not a lot of cultural appropriation going on here. At least the picture gets the tradition right and has some inscriptions in Spanish.

Well, at least there’s not a lot of cultural appropriation going on here. At least the picture gets the tradition right and has some inscriptions in Spanish.

24. You may see some revelers in Mexico during the Day of the Dead.

Here we have a La Catrina and a mariachi. Both seem a bit dead on the outside but are actually quite lively.

Here we have a La Catrina and a mariachi. Both seem a bit dead on the outside but are actually quite lively.

25. Skeleton makeup isn’t always confined to the face.

She even has a cross on her skull makeup. Love the roses in her hair.

She even has a cross on her skull makeup. Love the roses in her hair.

26. This little senorita is all dressed to kill.

She even has a cute little fur stole and necklaces. I think this is so adorable.

She even has a cute little fur stole and necklaces. I think this is so adorable.

27. Sometimes the skull eyes could be lined with jewels.

Of course, I'm not sure her skin is that white, given how they add photo effects. But this is stunning.

Of course, I’m not sure her skin is that white, given how they add photo effects. But this is stunning.

28. Man, does she really have her heart on display.

Funny how it's not encased in her skeleton which is normally the case. Love the flowers though.

Funny how it’s not encased in her skeleton which is normally the case. Love the flowers though.

29. This man celebrates Dia de los Muertos like he’s on of the Three Amigos.

I'm sure this guy is white and is wearing the makeup. But even I have to admire the intricate costume details.

I’m sure this guy is white and is wearing the makeup. But even I have to admire the intricate costume details.

30. This couple are dressed like they’re together in death.

Well, they're surely dressed nice. And I do like the flowers. But I sure hope they're not wearing these outfits for a Halloween party.

Well, they’re surely dressed nice. And I do like the flowers. But I sure hope they’re not wearing these outfits for a Halloween party.

31. This woman’s Dia de los Muertos costume is truly revolutionary.

Since she's dressed up as a Mexican revolutionary that got fed up with the elite back in the early 20th century. Hope those bullets aren't real.

Since she’s dressed up as a Mexican revolutionary that got fed up with the elite back in the early 20th century. Hope those bullets aren’t real.

32. Sometimes a simple white veil is all you need.

Well, she does have an intricate makeup scheme on her face despite how it makes her look like the Joker. Okay, that might be pretty insulting. Sorry about that.

Well, she does have an intricate makeup scheme on her face despite how it makes her look like the Joker. Okay, that might be pretty insulting. Sorry about that.

33. It helps if you top your costume with a fancy hat.

It's especially true if the hat has marigolds in it since they're a critical flower for Day of the Dead. Also, calla lilies also symbolize death.

It’s especially true if the hat has marigolds in it since they’re a critical flower for Day of the Dead. Also, calla lilies also symbolize death.

34. Flowers can go almost anywhere on your costume.

She seems to have roses around her dress and in her hair. By the way, this was taken by a Hispanic photographer.

She seems to have roses around her dress and in her hair. By the way, this was taken by a Hispanic photographer.

35. Who said a La Catrina can’t have purple hair?

Well, she does have a Joker like face makeup. But you have to love the flowers and the large rings.

Well, she does have a Joker like face makeup. But you have to love the flowers and the large rings.

36. At Dia de los Muertos weddings, it’s till death do they part.

Too bad they only had the bride, groom, and a bridesmaid in this photo. Would've loved to see the rest of the party.

Too bad they only had the bride, groom, and a bridesmaid in this photo. Would’ve loved to see the rest of the party.

37. Sometimes a plain, simple dress will always do fine.

This woman just wears a traditional Mexican outfit. Just a white top and green skirt.

This woman just wears a traditional Mexican outfit. Just a white top and green skirt.

38. Always have a skull mask and rose bouquet in hand.

She certainly has her outfit match her face and hair. Love the flowers.

She certainly has her outfit match her face and hair. Love the flowers.

39. Sometimes a dress in bright colors is all you need.

Yes, you might think she looks like Frida Kahlo from the costume. But that doesn't mean she's supposed to be dressed as her.

Yes, you might think she looks like Frida Kahlo from the costume. But that doesn’t mean she’s supposed to be dressed as her.

40. May you allow this gentleman to tip his hat?

At least this guy chose to wear a mask. At any rate, I do like his hat with a skull decoration.

At least this guy chose to wear a mask. At any rate, I do like his hat with a skull decoration.

41. “Well, that certainly didn’t seem dead funny to me.”

She has a nice made up face with blue around the eyes and a spiderweb. Love the rose in her hair.

She has a nice made up face with blue around the eyes and a spiderweb. Love the roses in her hair.

42. The skull face can occasionally really show up in the dark.

This one has black skull eyes and roses in her hair. But you can see her almost blend into the background.

This one has black skull eyes and roses in her hair. But you can see her almost blend into the background.

43. Here comes a skeleton bride with her veil over a crown of thorns.

Well, I have to admit how stunning this in in black and white. Love the keyhole heart on her chest as well.

Well, I have to admit how stunning this in in black and white. Love the keyhole heart on her chest as well.

44. This woman stands proud in her skull makeup and flowers.

The flowers in her hair seem to match the makeup on her face. Though her lips are in a zipper fashion.

The flowers in her hair seem to match the makeup on her face. Though her lips are in a zipper fashion.

45. This skeletal woman has absolutely nothing to hide.

Well, she's dressed in a skeletal outfit. But she has the skull face, flowers, and veil for Dia de los Muertos.

Well, she’s dressed in a skeletal outfit. But she has the skull face, flowers, and veil for Dia de los Muertos.

46. Couples always dress their finest in their skull and flower finery.

Well, I think this might be from a Dia de los Muertos in California. Yet, both wear the same kinds of flowers and other decoration.

Well, I think this might be from a Dia de los Muertos in California. Yet, both wear the same kinds of flowers and other decoration.

47. This photo surely shows that love is stronger than death.

While he has a tux, she has a rose bouquet and a longhorn necklace. Any guess they might be from the Southwest?

While he has a tux, she has a rose bouquet and a longhorn necklace. Any guess they might be from the Southwest?

48. She knows where it’s at with red and black.

She even has the bony fingers to show it. Yet, she wears roses to go with her red corset.

She even has the bony fingers to show it. Yet, she wears roses to go with her red corset.

49. Sometimes it helps if you have a showy flower headdress.

It also helps if you wear a dress of black lace since it gives a distinctive look. Still, she does seem stunning.

It also helps if you wear a dress of black lace since it gives a distinctive look. Still, she does seem stunning.

50. It’s not just hombres who don the sombreros.

This woman wears a sombrero that matches her outfit and makeup. And she has it buttoned to show some of her ribs.

This woman wears a sombrero that matches her outfit and makeup. And she has it buttoned to show some of her ribs.

51. With light colors come light flowers.

Though she wears a dress without sleeves, she seems to have a poofier skirt. Yet, the flowers match perfectly.

Though she wears a dress without sleeves, she seems to have a poofier skirt. Yet, the flowers match perfectly.

52. This little girl is dressed like she just woke from her grave.

For the record, there are Dia de los Muertos celebrations devoted to children and adult souls on separate days. Still love the flowers and lace.

For the record, there are Dia de los Muertos celebrations devoted to children and adult souls on separate days. Still love the flowers and lace.

53. This little girl comes all dressed in black.

She even has a bouquet of black flowers in her hands. Yet, the flowers she wears on her head are colorful.

She even has a bouquet of black flowers in her hands. Yet, the flowers she wears on her head are colorful.

54. Hope her sombrero isn’t too wide for your taste.

Well, it's a nice touch to her costume. Let's hope she's not wearing it for a Halloween party. Because that would be bad.

Well, it’s a nice touch to her costume. Let’s hope she’s not wearing it for a Halloween party. Because that would be bad.

55. If looks could kill, then this man has racked a high body count.

Yes, he surely seems like a debonair skeleton who might actually be a supervillan. Yet, I can't really tell from here.

Yes, he surely seems like a debonair skeleton who might actually be a supervillan. Yet, I can’t really tell from here.

56. When in doubt, you might want to decorate your face with sequins.

Well, that's a little flashy for my taste. Not sure what I think about that. Might be from a Dia de los Muertos in Vegas.

Well, that’s a little flashy for my taste. Not sure what I think about that. Might be from a Dia de los Muertos in Vegas.

57. Sometimes a mujer has to have dress to show off her top vertabrae.

This one at least has a marigold print trim on black. She even has a necklace to resemble marigolds.

This one at least has a marigold print trim on black. She even has a necklace to resemble marigolds.

58. Dia de los Muertos is a time to visit the dead where they lay.

Well, at least she's in a cemetery, perhaps to honor her dead relatives. Yet, I do like her multicolored serape.

Well, at least she’s in a cemetery, perhaps to honor her dead relatives. Yet, I do like her multicolored serape.

59. Here comes a skeletal bride with a large skirt.

She even has a white parasol to go with it. Might want to clear a path for her.

She even has a white parasol to go with it. Might want to clear a path for her.

60. Let’s hope the love never dies for these two.

This bride is surprisingly tame compared to the previous one. But she's still dressed in white lace.

This bride is surprisingly tame compared to the previous one. But she’s still dressed in white lace.

61. Best to have flowers in your hair of all different colors.

And she's sure lined her face wit quite a few of them. Still, I really like this one.

And she’s sure lined her face wit quite a few of them. Still, I really like this one.

62. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead come up to party.

Don't look now. But the guy almost seems to be close to a "stinkin' badges" stereotype. Well, as far as I'm concerned.

Don’t look now. But the guy almost seems to be close to a “stinkin’ badges” stereotype. Well, as far as I’m concerned.

63. This la Catrina is expecting you.

This is fairly close to a traditional Catrina which was a figure of Mexican satire on the upper class. And yes, she dressed like the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

This is fairly close to a traditional Catrina which was a figure of Mexican satire on the upper class. And yes, she dressed like the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

64. This man seems to have his heart turned to stone.

So does this mean he's not a guy you should associate with? Because his expression doesn't reveal that he's that kind of guy at all.

So does this mean he’s not a guy you should associate with? Because his expression doesn’t reveal that he’s that kind of guy at all.

65. Hey, look, a little mariachi boy.

He even has his own little guitar as a prop. So adorable.

He even has his own little guitar as a prop. So adorable.

66. This woman in black now takes the mic.

This one has a black dress with a rose in her hair. The mic is just a vintage touch akin to Walk the Line.

This one has a black dress with a rose in her hair. The mic is just a vintage touch akin to Walk the Line.

67. What’s bright about her costume are the marigolds in her hair.

Seems like she's wearing a shawl over her head. By the Mexican marigold was used as a medicinal plant and incense by the Aztecs.

Seems like she’s wearing a shawl over her head. By the Mexican marigold was used as a medicinal plant and incense by the Aztecs.

68. With your Day of the Dead costume, use all the flowers you want.

This woman has hers on her hair, neck, and dress. And she's all dressed in leather.

This woman has hers on her hair, neck, and dress. And she’s all dressed in leather.

69. This couple seems all flowered up.

Guy seems dressed with a powder blue tuxedo top and a string of flowers across. Woman only took to black and roses.

Guy seems dressed with a powder blue tuxedo top and a string of flowers across. Woman only took to black and roses.

70. As far a I can tell, she has the look of a goddess.

Well, an Aztec goddess if you get my drift. Of course, some might find worth sacrificing for.

Well, an Aztec goddess if you get my drift. Of course, some might find worth sacrificing for.

71. Someone seems unusually pale these days.

Yet, she decked with so many beautiful flowers that add color to her outfit. Quite stunning if you ask me.

Yet, she decked with so many beautiful flowers that add color to her outfit. Quite stunning if you ask me.

72. A lady must always have a taste in elegance.

My, does she have a huge hat. But at least it can give her plenty of shade.

My, does she have a huge hat. But at least it can give her plenty of shade.

73. This Catrina has so many flowers in all her finery.

She has flowers all over her outfit as well as inside her large black hat. And she even fans herself, too.

She has flowers all over her outfit as well as inside her large black hat. And she even fans herself, too.

74. This La Catrina has just woke up from the wrong side of the grave.

I have to admit, I really like that purple dress. Also, how this actually resembles a skeleton.

I have to admit, I really like that purple dress. Also, how this actually resembles a skeleton.

75. Anyone can look stunning in a lighter shade of red.

Sure she may wear a corset with flowers. But you have to concede that she does strike a pose.

Sure she may wear a corset with flowers. But you have to concede that she does strike a pose.

76. Of course, you could always wear a mask.

She's even dressed in traditional Victorian attire, too. Love the purple on this.

She’s even dressed in traditional Victorian attire, too. Love the purple on this.

77. My, does she have flowery eyes.

Well, her eyes are laced with gold petals. Yet, she has red flowers in her hair and an embroidered dress.

Well, her eyes are laced with gold petals. Yet, she has red flowers in her hair and an embroidered dress.

78. This little girl only has two roses in hand.

Yet, she wears some in her head to brighten up her black outfit. So adorable.

Yet, she wears some in her head to brighten up her black outfit. So adorable.

79. Seems she’s a little red around the eyes.

However, that's just the magic of makeup. Yet, I do love the roses in her hair.

However, that’s just the magic of makeup. Yet, I do love the roses in her hair.

80. Sometimes death can come out behind you when you’re not looking.

She's even wearing a colorful shirt to go with the flowers on her hair. Love the eye makeup on this.

She’s even wearing a colorful shirt to go with the flowers on her hair. Love the eye makeup on this.

81. How about 3 red roses in your hair?