HALLOQUEEN: Three Costumes You Probably Already Own

Happy Halloween witches! Fall is in full swing and Halloween is here and if you’re like me most years, you still have no idea what to wear. Well, no fear today I’m serving up  three easy, fun and inexpensive costumes you probably already own!

But first, in honor of #ThrowbackThursday let’s take a lot a look at some of my ghosts from Halloweens past.

My personal favorite? The year my grandma handmade me, my very own, baby drag queen costume. HA! Okay, in all actuality I was supposed to be Tweety Bird and it was seriously precious if you could see the rest of the pictures, but let’s be real I look like Ru Paul here. At least there were a few good years in there too!

Okay, okay enough of that hocus pocus let’s get back to the point, today I’m giving you three of my favorite cheap, easy, DIY Halloween costumes!

Now I’ve always been a princess or cheerleader kind of girl when it comes to Halloween, but I have to admit this mysterious and spooky, Wednesday Addams costume was pretty fun and surprisingly simple to put together! All you need for the basis of the costume is a white button down. a black dress, black tights and black shoes. If you don’t have a black dress you can always use a black skirt and a pullover sweater, you just want something that will show the white collar. After you get your essentials on it’s time for the fun stuff! When it comes to Wednesday, the jet black hair and middle part braids are what make the costume recognizable. The easiest way to accomplish this look is to first get dressed, braid your hair, wrap yourself in a towel- to protect your clothes- and then spray away.  I got a black hair spray from Target in the Halloween section for $2.00 and it worked perfectly, although I will say it can get really messy so make sure you give it ample time to dry and wash your clothes right away to avoid stains. It is easiest to do it if your hair already in braids because not only do you have less surface area to spray since a lot of your hair will be hidden inside the braid, but you also won’t have to try and braid it once it has already been sprayed, thus eliminating some mess. As far as makeup goes I wanted to do something a little more fun, so I started with a dark burgundy lipstick from MAC and then lined my lips with black eyeliner and blended it to give it a tad bit of an ombré effect rather than just flat and goth, black. For the eyes, my lovely friend Maddie Eccleston used a yellowy gold shadow and blended it with a black into a smokey eye. Overall the look took about 45 minutes to put together head to toe.

 

The second costume is one of my favorites- it is so so easy, but original and also very recognizable. It is Rosie The Riveter! All you need for this look is a chambray or jean shirt, a red polka dot ribbon, red lipstick and a little bit of elbow grease. From this point the costume pretty much puts itself together. Throw on your jean shirt with a white tank underneath, slap on some red lips, toss your hair up or leave it down, tie the ribbon in it and you are almost ready to go. For bottoms, you can make it a little girlier with a black skirt and some heels, or keep it simple with a pair of cuffed jeans with combat boots or converse work just fine. All you have left is to master the flex and Rosie’s “We Can Do It” attitude and you are sure to be having gentleman fight for you in no time. See what I did there? 😉

 

Now, last, but certainly not least we cannot forget the fellas. This one is for not only those of you who like dressing up for Halloween, but also those who rather be doing anything than else. This costume is one that just about any guy either already has in his closet or can beg, steal and borrow from someone elses. I give you the lumberjack aka the simplest yet seemingly thought out costume ever invented. Gentleman, here is what you need: a flannel, suspenders, jeans, boots, a beanie, a beard and an axe if you would like. . . no, no, no, not a real one, a paper one. Start off by cuffing your jeans, buttoning up your flannel and putting on the suspenders. Then lace up your boots, throw on a beanie and either grow a beard- you may want to start this ahead of time depending on where you beard currently is- or draw one on. Last grab some scrap cardboard and cut one long skinny piece like the handle of an axe and a second piece like the head. Then wrap the head in duct tape and secure it to the handle and viola, you have got an axe. . . and a costume, congrats! Like I said too if you are really into Halloween just tell people you are Paul Bunyon and they are guaranteed to think you are a ten times more creative (and probably a little more hipster too, but hey it could be worse).

 

Now, be safe, be fun and be something you’ve always wanted to be. Happy Halloween you crazies and the best of luck to you who still attempt trick or treating, I commend you. Special thanks to Teller Bard, Natalie Lockard and Maddie Eccleston!

stay golden and be beautiful,

Daryn