It’s that time of the year again; that time when you get to be a different person—or object—and do some roleplaying as your favorite movie or cartoon character. With Halloween just a few days away, you’re either dressed up and raring to go or stressed out and desperate to find a costume. If you’re in need of a get-up fast, these DIY ideas can help get you out of a bind and inspire you to get creative with your Halloween costume this year.
“Make Up” for Lost Time
It’s amazing what you can do with a little makeup and loads of creativity. Have some fun creating a new you with the help of a makeup kit.
- The sugar skull face
A unique and artistic take on the skull face, the sugar skull face makeup technique adds a touch of elegance and transforms a scary skull into a thing of mysterious beauty.
- The walker
If you haven’t been living in a cave for the past few years, you’ll know that zombies are currently a big thing. Be the envy of your Walking Dead-watching friends by being a “walker” through some creative makeup techniques straight from the show’s Special FX Make-Up Designer Greg Nicotero and his KNB EFX Make-Up Artist Andy Schoneberg.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s 1993 American stop-motion musical fantasy film is a great inspiration for a Halloween costume due to its dark imagery and eerie characters. Be part of this beautiful nightmare by becoming Sally at your next Halloween costume party. This spooktacular film also makes for some nice holiday costumes due to its Christmas-centric undertones.
Transform the Old into Something New
Before you go shopping for a Halloween costume, look around your home and you may find something you could use. Check out old clothes and accessories that you can combine into a scary or era-specific ensemble.
- The old prom dress
Almost everyone has an old prom dress locked up somewhere. It’s a surprisingly versatile Halloween costume. Add some wings and a wand and you’re a fairy, or put on a crown and be a princess. Of course, you can always simply be the “prom queen” or Carrie.
- The “time machine” getup
Nostalgia is a powerful concept, and it’s also a stunning Halloween costume idea if the execution is just right. Choose an iconic character from a specific era and capture this character’s essence through your costume. Tom Cruise as Joel Goodsen in Risky Business is a risqué choice; you can also come as Carrie Bradshaw if you’re feeling a bit modest.
- The witch’s uniform
Dressing up like a witch seems like a copout, but it’s one of those iconic Halloween images that you can always turn to if you’re pressed for time. If you want a different take on a well-known Halloween “uniform,” you can dress up like a “biker witch.” Don some leather and top it off with a witch’s hat to let everyone know that not all witches ride brooms. If you’re looking for something simpler, you can always put on a classy Prada dress and a white wig. Show some attitude, lay it on thick, and voila! You’re Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada.
Crafting your own version of popular themes and characters ensures that every little detail of your costume meets your specifications. If you’re feeling the DIY spirit, add some personal flair to your costumes with these “crafty ideas.”
- The Wizard of Oz
From this theme alone, you can get several costume ideas. You can be Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, or any of the wicked witches. Dorothy is the easiest to pull off; simply dress in a gingham dress with checks of white and blue, place a big blue bow on your hair, and put on an innocent look. For the Tin Man costume, vinyl makes a good metal-looking fabric, without the weight. You can use old clothes for the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion costumes.
- Caped crusaders
Superhero costumes are readily available and quite easy to make, too. You can either go for the popular ones like Spiderman or Batman, or you can go for your own made-up superhero. If you choose the latter, the most essential element of your costume is the cape. Get an old unused blanket or any large-enough item of clothing and cut it up into your very own superhero garb. Masks are optional but recommended—if you want to protect your real identity.
- Furry friends
Using old clothes, animal costumes are quite simple to make. Black tights and makeup or face paint can transform you into a black cat, and a hoodie can be several animal heads, such as a bear or dinosaur. Add a felt mask, felt ear headbands, and a tail and you’re all set.
With these tips, you can wow your friends and be the star of the Halloween costume party with minimal effort. Nothing beats a well thought out DIY costume. Now you can show everyone why you never buy costumes from a specialty store.by