Need a costume, but don’t know where to start?
There’s no excuse not to have an epic Halloween costume this year, especially if you plan ahead. Unless you’re cool with doing something last minute like this, here are three guidelines for Operation Awesome (a.k.a. coming up with a costume this year).
- Be prepared!
- Take your time!
Yes, research. Whether you have an idea of what you want or you’re still looking for ideas, do a quick Google image search and see what other folks have done. Save images you like onto a Pinterest Board, and take a moment in the descriptions to write about what it is that resonates with you when it comes to each image. You can even make your Board private if you don’t want to share your ideas and thoughts with the world. Alternatively, you can clip images to Evernote, or simply save them in a file on your computer.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit, too. Who says you can’t be a Pirate Wonder Woman? Who says Darth Vader can’t be a princess too? Your only limit should be your imagination.
Once you’ve got an idea of where you want to go, research materials and resources too.
When it comes to creating an epic costume, the more prepared you are the better. Take a few minutes and jot down as many questions as you can think of and then figure out the answers.
Here are some examples of things you should know:
- What’s your budget?
- How much time do you have?
- Will you need help?
- Is your costume part of a larger group costume or theme?
- Where are you getting your materials (thrift store, online, craft store, etc)
- What about accessories like shoes, hats, and props? What do you need and how are you getting them?
- How durable does your costume need to be?
Take Your Time . . .
Coming up with an idea is only half the battle. Give yourself enough time to turn your dream costume into a reality.
With those three things in mind, go forth and conquer!
10 Spectacular Halloween Costume Ideas To Get You Started
1980s Rocker Girl
How easy is this? Leggings, neon colored skirt, and side ponytail. You can find a lot of these things in the thrift stores (if you don’t already have them in your closet!) Just watch the cartoon Jem for more inspiration.
Wonder Woman Pin Up
It wouldn’t take much to put something like this together. No, really. You’ll need a blue pencil skirt that you can stencil stars onto with a little paint (acrylic or fabric paint). Find a red bustier-style top, yellow belt, make yourself some cuffs, and top it all off with some cute red shoes. Add a sweet little Wonder Woman Hair Bow and you’ll be spectacular.
There’s only room for one sheriff in this town, and it should be you. Rustle up some cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, and put on your favorite pair of jeans. You can find a vest or blazer at a thrift store. Add a belt, toy gun, and a sheriff badge and your’e good to go!
Bombshell Poison Ivy
This one’s a little more involved, but not impossible (even for the craft impaired). Shop around local thrift stores for a green sheath style dress, the more sparkly the better. Can’t find one? A pencil skirt and blouse could work too. Add the skirt’s train using plenty of green tulle and some leafy ivy foliage from your local craft store. You can even glue on the ivy with a hot glue gun. Hand stitch or glue the decorated tulle to the waistline of the dress (or skirt). Add some rockin’ green shoes and a fiery wig and you’re ready to wow people.
The secret to a great sugar skull costume is going to be the makeup. If you (or someone you know) can paint your face up with cool Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull motifs, then the rest is pretty simple. You can go the route of the picture, or you can keep it simpler. A dark pair of jeans and a t-shirt with some kind of skeleton on it (I’ve got one with a ribcage and another with a spine on the back that would work great) can make the foundation for a great sugar skull costume. Be creative.
If a sugar skull isn’t your thing, how about being a flapper? I found the dress above listed online. It’s pricey, but gorgeous, and the site has a whole line of 1920s dresses for curvy girls. If you’re not looking to spend a bajillion dollars on a dress, however, try finding a basic sheath dress and judiciously attaching some fringe trim. You won’t need a lot: try some fringe around the neckline and/or hemline. You can jazz up your jazz era costume with some flapper chic accessories, like a beaded headband with feathers, a long pearl necklace, and even some elbow length gloves. You can get a lot of mileage out of some well chosen accessories.
Remember when I said, “Don’t be afraid of mixing things up”? Here’s a great example. Why not gender bend one of your favorite characters? This female version of Jack Skellington is spectacular. But what about updating it to a pinstripe suit, some great makeup, and a few really good accessories?
Princess Fiona has some great costumes in the Shrek movie. And a lot of the pieces can be up-cycled from thrift store finds. Go ahead and skip some of the body makeup by using tights or leggings, and even a long sleeve shirt and gloves.
Pirate costumes can be some of the easiest to put together: shredded skirt or pants, full blouse, vest, sash, even a corset if you want. You can go all Jack Sparrow, or Captain Hook, or somewhere in between. Just have fun with it.
If you haven’t seen the remake, finish reading this blog post and then go to the movies immediately following. It’s delightfully funny. And the Ghostbuster costume isn’t one that’s difficult to replicate. You need a khaki jumpsuit, or khaki pants and a khaki shirt with yellow stenciling will do in a pinch. You can make your own proton gun with a black back pack and old computer/electronics parts. Or forgo the proton gun and carry around a ghost, or a picture of Chris Hemsworth. Why not?
But Wait . . . !
And, if you’re curious about that first photograph with Harley Quinn and War Machine, you should check out the following folks:
Amanda Lynn Chainmaille Creations – the creators behind the Harley Quinn costume, particularly the chainmaille top, tutu, and matching pouch.
Iron Brothers of Topeka, KS: the amazing creators behind the War Machine costume.
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