It’s no secret, I love dressing up in costumes almost any time of year, so naturally Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Even though this year’s Halloween has come and gone I wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween costumes over the years and a few tips on how to achieve them.
This past weekend, Halloween 2015, I recruited a friend to join me in a couples costume as The Grady Twins, AKA The Shining Twins. Have you seen the movie? Probably one of the scariest films I’ve seen. There’s not a ton of gore or gimmicky horror, but it’s a slow-paced psychological thriller.
Here’s what you need:.
– A friend!
– Matching blue dresses – I found this one cheap with a simple google search online
– Lace collars – We made our own and sewed them on.
– White (or light pink) ribbon to tie around waist – Find at fabric store
– White Knee Socks
– Black slip on shoes
– Matching wigs (unless you and your friend have matching hair this is key!)
– Hair parted to the side with ribbon / barrette
– White Face make up with dark circles around the eyes. (For ultimate creep effect)
In 2013 my husband coupled up as Suzy and Sam from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. I already a full blog post dedicated fully to this costume, so please check it out here.
In 2014 I dressed as Amy Winehouse. We are both jewish with similar features so I really only needed some accessories to make this costume work.
Here’s how I achieved the look.
– Rehab – Amy Winehouse wig
– Red bandana in the hair
– Gold chain necklaces (I already owned these, but you can pick them up at any costume shop)
– Gold hoop earrings
– Top: anything low-cut and busty
– Short black shorts, or anything tight that shows a lot of skin
– Extreme Cat Eye make up (I searched for “cat eye tutorials” and “Amy Winehouse Make Up” on youtube)
– Bright red lipstick
In 2011 I went as the beauty queen on the cover of the HOLE album Live Through This. I particularly loved this costume because it was specific yet somewhat obscure. People who got it LOVED it. Many people, even if they didn’t get it right away, once I showed them the cover art (I carried it around with me for reference) were familiar with the image.
Here’s how I achieved the look.
– Blond Wig
– Fake Flower Bouquet – I bought these at a local fabric store and taped them together.
– Runny mascara make up and blue eyeshadow
– Long White prom dress (found at a thrift shop)
– Live Through This CD cover for reference
In 2009 I was a flower. I am proud of this look because I engineered and sewed the flower headdress all myself.
I wish I had documented the process, but I did not, so here’s my written instructions:
Materials: Pink Felt, Sharpie, Scissors, Wire, Wire Cutter, Sewing Machine (or hand-sew if you’re feeling ambitious)
– draw out template for petal shape (about 12″ long)
– use template to cut out at least 16 petal shapes from pink felt
– Pin two petal shapes together back to back (do this for 8 petals)
– Sew them together, leaving the bottom open and reverse them so the seams are on the inside (like making a pillow)
– Create “U” shape with the metal wire that is longer than the petal
– Insert the wire “U” into the inside of the petal “pillows” so the bottom of the “U” is at the tip of the petal and the two legs of the “U” hang out 1-2″ through the base of the petal
– Cut a 2-3″ long band of pink felt, enough to wrap around your head and tie.
– Line up each of the 8 petals along the headband
– Sewed each petal to the headband, over the ends of the metal wire
– Bend each flower petal at a right angle at the base so it holds they stand up and hold their shape.
For the rest of my costume I just dressed in green clothing and tried to stay warm.
Halloween in Chicago can be cold sometimes!