The Sheet Ghost – A Retro Classic
Not me, but close enough.

The Sheet Ghost – A Retro Classic

Is there any Halloween costume lazier than the sheet ghost? I don’t think so. The bed sheet with two eyeholes draped over the head in an expressionistic representation of a supernatural spirit is the easiest, least-effort requiring costume in the history of costumes, which is probably why Mom dressed me up as one for my first several Halloweens.

Not me, but close enough.

Laziness factor notwithstanding, there is something charming about the sheet ghost. There is for me, anyway. Yes, I love the rubber makes, the fake blood, and the Ben Cooper smocks, but the sheet ghost provokes some good feelings from me as well. I think that’s because it reminds me of a time when Halloween was more rustic and less Wal-Mart. If that’s not it, then it must be because the sheet ghost has become an iconic Halloween image, one represented both in Halloween specials as well as in mainstream movies. Considers these examples:

If Charlie Brown, Garfield, and E.T. don’t equal iconic, than I don’t know what does. So, yes, the sheet ghost might be a lazy costume, but it is at the same time a classic one.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. The “hobo” or “bum” was also pretty easy to pull off. Then there was the “Tor Johnson” mask which you just put on your head and wore regular street clothes.

  2. I have vague memories of trying the full head-body sheet ghost, in my alpha Halloween days, and never being able to keep the eye sockets at the right place.

    I had a plastic ghost mask that went well with a white-sheet cape thing.
    Loved it.

    But if I were to play picture-association with the words ‘Halloween costume’, a sheet ghost would be my first choice.

    And best be careful, cuz Michael Myers might be hiding under there…

  3. Dang. I knew I was missing one. Michael Myers!

  4. Some talent is required to make the eyeholes even. I did one when I was young and the eyes were lopsided.

    I’ve always thought a great group costume would be the Peanuts characters in their costumes like in the picture above.

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