October 24, 2010

Trick or Treat?

Halloween is just a week away, so if you have not decided what to be you are probably starting to panic. But you shouldn't be because there are still tons of options that are quick and easy to put together. If you don't feel like creating one yourself you can always buy one at a Halloween store or many other stores (Target, Walmart,  etc.)
Here are some tips that have helped me:

  1. Some great places you can get costume pieces at are your local Goodwill or thrift stores. Example: If you want to be an 80's aerobics teacher you can look for a sweatshirt, leggings, and leg warmers that fit the period.
  2. You can also make up a costume with things from your own closet. Example: If you have a long skirt, colorful scarves, and long necklaces you could be a gypsy.
  3. Reuse and recycle. If you have a left over costume from last year or even the year before you can always wear it again or alter it with accessories. Also, if you have friend that has an old costume or costume pieces that work with your concept you can ask to borrow them.
  4. Be creative. You can always go to the craft store and get supplies to make a mask or other fun costume pieces.
  5. Make it a party. Invite your friends over or whoever you are going trick-or-treating and combine all of the other tips. You can all go to Goodwill and help each other create costumes. You can have them bring over garments from their closets and swap and share them to make costumes. You can have them bring over their old costumes too. If they don't fit them anymore they might fit someone else and they most likely have only been worn a few times. You can get a whole bunch of art supplies and make masks and other accessories together.
Some DIY costume ideas are:
  1. Ninja- Wear all black and a ski mask if you have one.
  2. You can wear your sports uniform if you have one.
  3. Geek- Wear a button down shirt tucked into high-water pants. Carry a backpack and wear glasses with tape in the middle.
  4. Big baby- Wear footie pajamas and have a pacifier and baby bottle with you.
  5. Snowboarder/skier- Wear your snowsuit or winter clothes.
  6. Make up your own!
What I did:
I am being a devil this year and I made my costume completely by my own design. 
Here is what I did to create it:
  1. I went to the fabric store and got a pattern for making a tutu and the required amount of tulle/netting.
  2. To make the tutu all I did was cut out the pattern and fabric and tied the pieces around an elastic the size of my waist. You can always make your own pattern too. Here is a website that shows you how to make one yourself: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/no_sew_tutu_2.
  3. I had an old black long sleeve t-shirt and cut out the back and neck to add something extra. I followed the directions at http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/cut-up-the-back-of-your-t-shirt-sexy-v-and-weave to create a cool weave. I am still debating whether I should cut the sleeves off or not. 
  4. I took an old pair of my leggings and cut holes in them.
  5. And of course I bought a pair of devil horns from the costume store.
  6. If you put it all together you get:

Devil Costume Front

Devil Costume Back
Back Weave

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