So we’re getting close to Halloween now aren’t we? Have you decided on your costume yet? I’ve got mine pretty much sorted though it does rely on my so far non-tested face painting skills… This could either go very right or very wrong! Topher on the other hand has only decided yesterday what he’s going to dress as. And our costume party is in T-minus 2 days! Talk about last minute.
Topher gave me the inspiration for this post so here’s a few tips on how to pull together a last minute Halloween costume.
Look in your wardrobe
Now, go with me here. I’ll be the first to admit that when hunting for a Halloween costume, your wardrobe is a bit of weird choice but you would be surprised on how useful it can be. By itself an item of clothing is ordinary but with the right accessories it can be anything you want to be. A simple black dress could be a witch, a bat, a vampire, a viking, a skeleton, even Wednesday Adams if you can find yourself a white collar. I can think of at least three of my past costumes (plus my costume this year) that began from a LBD. And it doesn’t need to be black. Any colour dress or top can be the basis for so many costumes.
Look in that box you have of stuff you were planning on giving to charity/car boot/ebay
We’ve all got that box somewhere in the house! That t-shirt you don’t wear anymore could be customised. Cut a couple of holes for your bra to show through and go as Regina from Mean Girls. Or anyone from Mean Girls who copied her. Extra points for army pants and flip flops. I took an old dress I didn’t wear anymore one year and painted the features of a house on it. With stripy tights, sparkly shoes and a makeshift roof hat, I was the wicked witch that the house fell on from the Wizard of Oz. Thinking outside the box there!
Go all out with accessories/make-up
So you’ve got your dress/t-shirt/bin bag – now how can you make it into something. If you have time to nip to a costume shop, great! Just go mad in the accessory aisles. The plainer your clothing is, the more flexible you can be. If you don’t have time to get out of the house, just concentrate on what’s available to you. If you have a lot of makeup at your disposal, you can centre your costume around your face (that’s what I’m doing this year!). Or if you have a lot of cardboard and recyclables you can make yourself some accessories. A unicorn horn is super easy or get an empty box of cereal and stick it to the back of your shirt with plastic sporks stuck in it. Cereal killer! In short, Sellotape is your friend.
Take inspiration from your favourite TV shows, films, games etc.
If you’re still at the beginning, stuck for an idea and Pinterest is giving you costume idea overload, go back to basics. What was your favourite TV show as a kid? What’s your favourite TV show now? Topher finally picked his costume by doing this. He went with a character from his favourite playstation game. I think it’s awesome when you dress as something you really love. How the hell I haven’t dressed as anyone from Harry Potter is beyond me!
So hopefully that helped and if not, back to Pinterest with you!
What are your plans for Halloween?