Halloween is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about a Halloween costume for both children and adults alike. Many Halloween costumes are available for purchase but they can be very expensive. Look around the house before buying a Halloween costume at retail prices. Good places to look for items to create a homemade Halloween costume are garage sales and local thrift stores.
Avatar characters make excellent Halloween characters. Use blue face paint to cover all exposed skin. Wear a blue outfit, the tighter the better. Braid the hair or slick it to the head with a heavy gel. Add tiger stripes to the face and clothing with a blue face paint or body paint that is darker than the skin color.
Vampires and werewolves are exciting characters this year. Create a vampire costume with or without a cape. Dress in a white button down shirt and black pants for a man and a tight low-cut red or black dress for a woman. Add a necklace such as a bat or skull and bones to the women’s outfit. Shade around the eyes with black face paint or black eye shadow to create a hallow look. Use dark red lipstick on the lips and as a blood trickle down the side of the mouth. Add a white look to the hair by spraying hair spray on the hair and immediately sprinkling the hair with baby powder. Add a long black cape with red lining and you are ready to go.
Everybody loves M&M’s. Make a quick M&M costume from a large black garbage bag. Cut a head hole in the bottom of the garbage bag and an arm hole on both sides. Either paint the large M&M on the front and back of the bag or make it from masking tape. Wear a bright colored stocking cap and pants to match the garbage bag.
Create a mummy costume using gauze. Find an old pull-on long sleeve shirt and pair of sweat pants. Have the individual put on the clothing prior to the party. First wrap the gauze around the shirt sleeves and torso. Pin the gauze into place. Cover the entire surface of the sweat pants and pin into place. Carefully help the individual out of the shirt and pants. Either hand tack or sew the gauze onto the clothing. The same process can be used on an old pair of shoes or wrap the shoes right before the party. The only part of the costume that cannot be made ahead of time is the head wrap. Wrap a few strands of gauze around the head and neck and tie to secure into place.
Purchase white face paint and be a mime for Halloween. Wear a tight black shirt, tight black pants and black shoes. Pull long hair back away from the face and place it either in a bun or tight ponytail. Make a line of white paint around the outside of the face. The line will be an oval with the outside edge just below the hair line, a ½-inch in front of each ear and along the jaw line. Fill in the oval with white face paint. Center a vertical black line from just above the eye, through the pupil, to one inch below the eye. Add a pair of white gloves if handy. Add white gloves and a tam hat and you are ready to go.