We are fast approaching one of my favourite days of the year, Halloween! Some boring people might still whinge that halloween is an “American” thing and that we should not celebrate it (they are wrong, by the way, Halloween is originally a Celtic tradition) But Australians are slowly starting to embrace this wonderful, creepy day more and more every year, yay!
Whilst I love a good horror flick and of course a slice of history, it is the dressing up in costume that I live for! Whether it be Halloween or any other occasion, being able to take on a new persona for the evening always seems to make an event more exciting and I am extremely blessed to have found myself a man who shares the same enthusiasm, in fact sometimes I think he enjoys it even more than I do and as far as we are both concerned, any excuse will do.
Costume hire can be so expensive, which is why we prefer to make our own wherever possible and it is a lot easier than you think! You don’t need to be a whiz on a sewing machine or spend hours on end making a costume, you just have to think outside the box… and have a good op shop!
Here is some “Inspo” from some of our previous dress up occasions.
Our first Halloween together (which resulted in me getting emotional/angry drunk and getting the shits with Dave and leaving him in the city.. ) This was a very last minute and unexpected night out as I was actually supposed to be in America but came home early after the sudden passing of my grandmother (now please understand angry drunk story) So we had to haul ass and pull together these costumes last minute.
Poison Ivy was created with a basic green skirt and singlet from the sale rack at Valley Girl and a vine of ivy from Spotlight which I twisted and sewed to the skirt and top with a quick few stitches ( you could use safety pins if you cbfd with needle and thread. I then used remaining Ivy to pin into my hair and a couple of bits stuck above my eyebrows using false eyelash glue. EASY
Zipper head cop was a random mix of a shop hired cop outfit (because who doesn’t love a hot cop) and some of Daves scary face painting creativity. To be fair this one wasn’t exactly cheap but it was a lot of fun to create. We bought a skin coloured Zipper from spotlight which in hindsight was a rookie error as it was hard to see, so perhaps use a regular silver zipper.. A variety of products, purchased from a costume store, were used to create the look, skin adhesive to glue the zipper on, latex to create a blobby flesh effect and some Coagulated blood gel, which is a thick fake blood so it doesn’t run everywhere. He also went to the trouble of using a red contact lens to complete the look!
90’s themed Party! Party time – excellent!
Wayne’s world – Wayne & Garth, such an easy costume to put together! These outfits were comprised of a black t shirt and flanno from Kmart and jeans, sneakers and a white t shirt we already had. The garth wig was a regular blonde wig from the $2 shop, we just cut some shorter bits through the top, teased it up and hairsprayed. The “Wayne’s world” hat I was lucky enough to find for $20 at an embroidery store at the shopping centre but you can order off eBay or even make yourself with a plain black cap and some white fabric pens. Most comfortable “costume” I’ve ever worn and we had a total blast acting like goofballs all night.
Halloween 2015, celebrated with good friends at the Luwow, what a great night this was!
Jigsaw doll – Suit, courtesy of savers! Gloves from a cheap shop (pretty sure they were elbow length but whatever works) Bow tie was hard to find so we ended up purchasing last minute from costume store, though eBay have them super cheap, the wig was actually a Snow White wig from the $2 shop! We bought a palette of black red and white face paint from the costume store and I got the honour of doing the face painting whilst looking closely at pic from google, so easy!
Killer clown – was inspired by a pic of some cool facepaint I saw on Pinterest, my re creation wasn’t as good as the pic but I still thought it looked awesome. Dress and hat from St Vincent De Paul.
And this, my friends, is my future husband in all his glory! Dave’s attention to detail never ceases to amaze me! Both of these costumes were created for footy functions.
Christ the redeemer – Believe it or not, this costume almost entirely came from savers.. Dave sourced all of the pieces (for both costumes) himself. Christ the redeemer was created using a long white pleated skirt, dressing gown and scarf. We found a wig at our usual $2 shop and covered it – and him in white body paint purchased from the costume store (we could almost buy shares in costume paint with the amount we have in our dress up box!
Baba Desi (the Tecoma wizard) – Made from Harem pants, a tunic, scarf, a gazillion necklaces and bracelets and a satchel all from savers. an eye patch from the costume section of savers and his stick was an outdoor bamboo citronella stick we had in the shed complete with a skull ornament from savers (savers has an amazing halloween section of decorations and costumes every year) My favourite part of this ensemble is the authentic turban, which Dave taught himself to make on youtube, seriously this guy kills me! It was a hit as you can imagine.
So as you can see costumes do not have to be over the top, extravagant or expensive to make a statement. The most important thing is making sure you feel comfortable and confident with what you are wearing, be silly and have fun!
Happy Halloween, Jas.