Picture it: Halloween, 2015.
You’re coming home late from work, and you’re even more late to your friend’s Halloween party. You’re gearing up to head out, except you don’t have a costume. You would stop off at one of those pop-up Halloween shops, but you’re strapped for cash, and the party is in 15 minutes. What do you do?
Well, first take a look at my Halloween make-up tutorials, and then go to your closet. All you need for the right ensemble is right there at your fingertips. And the best part? You get to save money!
Okay, maybe my costume-from-your-closet idea isn’t the most original, especially for this time of year. But, hear me out. Yes, the looks I’ll be presenting can be constructed from pieces you might already own, but you can also use this as a buying guide if you wanted to take a departure from the cheaply made Halloween costumes. Also, this is a good guide to follow if you’re not into the whole “sexy costume” trend, which I’m not.
These looks I present coincide with the make-up tutorials I posted on Monday, so there is a witch costume, a werewolf costume, and a Frankenstein’s Creation costume. Feel free to customize the looks as you see fit. I’m going to generalize a lot of it anyway so that they may be more tailored for your shopping needs.
So, let’s get on with the costume parade!
Look #1: Witch
When looking for the right garments, think about textures. Combine smooth satin with rough tweed. Use patterns like lace and plaid sandwiched in between a knobby jacket and a black skater skirt (or pencil skirt). Of course, pointy shoes are a must for any witch. This can be accomplished either with pointed flats or heels. The ones in the picture are actually vintage shoes from the 1940s.
What I love about this look is that it has such a classy flair to it. Also, it’s my favorite final look picture I took. Finish it off with the Witch Make-up, and you’re all set to start casting spells!
This look was not actually inspired by a Halloweentown character, but by a video game character. One day, I tore through a Jacksepticeye play-through of a game called The Wolf Among Us. The main character of the game was a humanized Big Bad Wolf, named Bigby Wolf. I love how film noir his character was, so I wanted to add a bit of a rough and tumble look to the outfit.
Go for neutrals with texture. Add brown boots and layer. I put over-the-knee socks on with tights to break up all the brown. For a rough-around-the-edges touch, slip on a leather moto jacket. Add spikey details as accessories. Finally, apply the Werewolf Make-up to finish off your ensemble. All you have to do now is howl.
Go nuts with this look. Mix patterns, layer, and clash colors. For my outfit, I went with stark colors and thick, black boots for height. I also incorporated one of my favorite fall-time coats into the look due to its length and its shoulder pads. Also, green = Frankenstein.
The yellow scarf is one that I arm knitted. I thought this would look like a great representation of stitches. I tapered out the bulky top with burgundy skinnies, followed by heeled booties. If you can find earrings that look like safety pins, or even stitches, wear those as well.
Some patterns to consider: plaids, polka dots, argyles, herringbones, and tweeds. Combine all of these, along with my Frankenstein’s Creation Make-up to give your costume some life.
And there you have it! With costumes like these, you’re sure to fit in with your fellow Halloweentown citizens.
Now, in Monday’s post, I said I was going to live-tweet all four Halloweentown movies some time this weekend. But I unfortunately work a hectic schedule. So, I will live-tweet a movie either tomorrow or Sunday. So, be sure to follow me on Twitter for all of that goodness!
And now, I leave you with a parting gift as we say goodbye to Week 2, and prepare for Week 3. It’ll be a real fiesta!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?