Hot Halloween Idea – Mormon Missionary
Apparently the Mormon missionary look is in this year for Halloween, making Time’s top ten topical costume list. Anyone planning on dressing up? I’m out; too many bad memories.
If we were smart, we’d start selling customized name tags here at MSP to make a profit off the interest in Mormonism.
Interestingly, the articles about this haven’t suggested anyone is going to dress up as sister missionaries. Why isn’t that a hot costume?
Time’s description of the Mormon missionary costume lists the requirements:
- short-sleeved white button-up shirt
- necktie (preferably black, no more than moderately fashionable)
- name tag
- Book of Mormon
- slacks and dress shoes
- bike helmet and suspenders (optional)
But what about a list of requirements to dress up as a sister missionary? Anyone want to contribute a list of required materials? Preferablyformer sister missionaries?
All you need is a name tag and a six pack. The name tag lets people know what you are, and the six pack insures that they’ll let you in instead of telling you to go to hell.
Do it! Or just sell sets that read Elder or Sister Nielsen.
I had a friend who had a friend whose last name was Rambo, so the guy had all these extra nametags made and gave them to his friends, who loved to go out as Elder Rambo.
We went to a Halloween party last night, and I can confirm that this is a very popular costume this year. There were three sets of Elders (and this is here in So Cal), and only one of the people had any connection to Mormonism.
My Missionary sisters always turn up in dress skirt (pants aren’t allowed). Seems the skirt has to go down below their knees. I suspect their shirt/dress has to have sleeves, too… And dress shoes rather than athletic ones (don’t know how they manage to spend much of the days walking in those without ruining their feet!). They always wear their name tag, of course, and carry this huge combined BoM/Bible with them (one even has a hefty one that also has the other 2 in it, too). Only one earring allowed per ear, apparently (guess that’s a churchwide thing)… One has rather cool psychedelic nail painting on sometimes, tho. Dunno if that’s allowed, but I like it.
I think a good costume for a female would be to dress up as a male missionary (and then go knock on Mormon doors).
LDS wards ban on cross-gender costumes draws boos:
@7 — very interesting article! Especially this part:
OK, so cross-dressing for Halloween isn’t officially against church policy (though some might think it is), but what about for LDS theatrical productions? I’ve read various posts/comments around the Internet suggesting that cross-dressing for a road show or talent night would be against the rules — does anyone have a copy of the CHI to confirm that? (If so, that might explain why people might mistakenly think the rule applies to all costumes.)
I don’t see anything in the 2010 Handbook about cross-dressing. But some tidbits I did come across:
Masks are allowed in theatrical productions. You’re not allowed to portray Heavenly Father or the Holy Ghost, and if Jesus is portrayed, the actor cannot sing or dance, and must only use quotes from scripture. Nothing is said about Heavenly Mother, so I think someone should write a play about Her.
Dbutante parties aren’t allowed, nor are activities where kings and queens are selected (such as a homecoming dance). Guide dogs aren’t allowed in temples, which is a terrible policy, if you ask me. “Here, I’ll be your eyes, brother.” “Uh, no. I want my #@!% dog.”
Wow, what a boring play that would be. Singing and dancing (while interpreting scripture) is the secret to a good portrayal of Jesus. I think you’re right that Heavenly Mother sounds like your best bet if you’d like to include a divine character in your LDS road-show. 🙂
And this costume (like all other Halloween costumes) can naturally be done in sexy version.
Damn, I think Manny Wyves and Polly Gamus just won our costume contest. And here’s a fun fact: I just checked my family tree and we’re related. 😉 Small world.
lol! Too bad they fell for the whole “black tie” thing…