80s Costume Idea: Farmer Ted from Sixteen Candles
Looking for an 80’s themed costume this year that is:
Well, look no further...imagine my surprise and delight when at my
Halloween party a few years back - the doorbell rings, I open it and
this is standing in front of me:
My friend Amanda as Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Ted (or “The Geek” as
he is credited) from the film Sixteen
I was Madonna that year and felt kind of put to shame by Amanda’s
I mean, who didn’t love/hate/have a major soft spot for that character?
So annoying, so painfully geeky, so the leader of his nerd herd.
What you will need:
- Pink 80’s button down oxford style men’s shirt
- Red windbreaker tied around your waist
- A few freckles
And of course, you need one very important prop – a pair of undies –
which, like Amanda did, you will walk around the party holding above
At your party, be prepared to stop whatever you are doing for people to
come over and ask you to do this pose repeatedly. If you want to make
some money, you could charge people a buck to come into the bathroom to
take a peek at them.
About the costume/character Amanda said:p>
“My hair was short and reddish at the time so when I was invited to
your party I thought I’d found free-costume-nirvana! I’ve always loved
the Farmer Ted character...he’s despicable and sympathetic at the same
time. He’s sort of the male version of me at that age, desperately
wanting to “be cool.” Except I never paid for undergarments to look like
I “got some.” Oh, and if I could have gotten braces...that would have
So there you go, easiest Halloween costume EVER.
If you add the braces you’ll be a genius.
And if you carry a pack of Certs in the front pocket of your jeans, in my
eyes you are a super genius.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.