Sunday, October 4, 2015

5 Quick Halloween Costumes (Halloween #7)

There is always that person who doesn't bother to put a Halloween costume together until the last minute.  I am not that person.  I start planning for Halloween in...January, roughly.  If you happen to be one of those last minute Halloween people, here are 5 fabulous Halloween costume ideas for you that aren't completely ridiculous.  I'm not going to mention zombies or vampires since they're an obvious easy costume.  I don't go for cutesy costumes either.  I'm a scary costume or scary-based costume sort of gal.  Princesses, Disney whatevers, movie costumes...blah.  Not my style.  I want to point out that the original purpose of a scary costume was to avoid the scary creatures and ghosts that wandered freely on Halloween.  The only way to avoid them in plain sight was to be just as scary as them.


1. Mummy
What you will need:
  • 1 pair of long johns (long shirt and pants, not a one piece) in white
  • 2 white bed sheets that you can cut up
  • 1 pack small safety pins
  • Scissors

First off, this costume is easier to put together with the help of a friend, with that said, let's start.  Start by cutting the two white bed sheets into strips that are about 1-1/2" to 2" wide.  You can find white sheets at a store, a thrift store, or you can grab about 6 yards of white muslin or gauze from the fabric store.  Thrift store is cheaper.  Put on your pants and start at the ankle.  Pin the end of one strip.  Wrap the fabric loosely around your leg, periodically pinning it in place.  If you have extra time and want to use a needle and thread to attach the fabric to the long johns, that's always an option.  When you finish the pants, you can do the same thing on the shirt.  It is okay if you have an extra strip or two.  Wrap the extra pieces around your head when you're ready to go.  If you want to add make up, you can darken your eyes and add some grey to your face and back of your hands.  The bonus to this costume is that you can easily go to the bathroom when you need to.

2. Dead Person from Time Period X


What you will need:
  • Retro Clothing
  • Prothstetic Pieces
  • Spirit Gum
  • Death Make Up

I actually really enjoy doing this.  The idea is that you are a person who is dead from the time period of your choosing.  Pick out your best retro clothes.  It could be the 1980s, the 1950s, or even Ancient Rome.  Pick the way your character died and go to the costume store real fast.  Were you shot by an arrow or a bullet?  Did you slice your wrists?  Choke on a bone?  Find what you need with either props, make up, etc.  If you are going to use prothstetic pieces, be sure to get spirit gum (glue) and spirit gum remover (to take it off).  On top of all of this, you will also need death make up.  Below is a video tutorial for corpse make up.


3.Wolf Man

What you will need:
  • Flannel shirt
  • Jeans, best if they have some holes
  • Boots
  • 4 pieces Craft Fur (from craft stores) 
  • Furry ears on a headband (Halloween store)
  • Werewolf make-up kit  Click Here to see what I mean
  • Safety pins
The idea of what you need to do is trim your shirt cuffs, your neck, your chest (if its going to be exposed), and any other parts that are going to show with the craft fur.  You may only need 2 pieces of craft fur.  Some folks like big wolf ears and some people want more of a wolf man look (see picture).  The big part of this costume is the werewolf make up.  You can make your hair a little wild and unkempt.  You can even have some wolf-like fake nails on or vampire teeth for extended canines for a more wolfish appearance.

4. Purposeful Ghost
What you will need:
  • 1 White Bed Sheet
  • Appropriate Shoes
  • Appropriate Accessories
  • Marker, scissors
  • Black cream make-up
  • Black pants/leggings

Take your sheet and place it over yourself.  Your feet will be showing.  Mark your eyes and mouth.  You will want to make holes larger than your eyes and your mouth, so keep that in mind.  Take off the sheet and cut your holes.  Make any adjustments that you need so it is comfortable.  Paint your mouth and eyes black with the cream make up.  Put on your undergarments, typically black pants and shirt.  Sometimes the shoes are black, sometimes they're not - depending on your ghost.  Put the sheet over your head and get ready to accessorize.  You will want something around your neck to help keep the costume in place.  You can use a tie or a junk jewelry necklace.  You could also use a piece of rope (maybe a noose?) or a scarf or a bow tie.  If you want to further secure your sheet, you can add a hat.  Add a little flair to your ghost.  You can be a former police detective with a tie, fedora, and a police badge.  You can be a former hung prisoner by using a rope noose, a prisoner cap, and handcuffs dangling from one hand.  You can be a former starlet by using a pearl necklace, red heels, and bracelets.


5. Scarecrow
What you will need:
  • Oversize button-up shirt
  • Oversize pants
  • Gloves - optional
  • Boots
  • Straw hat/old hat/natural fiber hat
  • Some make-up
  • Bag of raffia (craft store)
  • Safety pins
 Take some raffia strands, fold in half, and knot the bent end to form a little loop.  Do this to a handful of pieces.  Put on the oversized shirt.  Safety pin the knotted raffia strands inside the shirt, but make sure the strands are pulled outside - like your scarecrow stuffing is poking out.  You might want to do this for the pants as well.  You can pin a few strands in the hat to stick out along your hair and also pin some around your shirt and pant cuffs.  When it comes to make-up, scarecrows usually have a brown triangle nose, an extended mouth, rosey cheeks, and everything is outlined with stitches.

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