Belly dancing is a traditional form of Middle Eastern dance which originated in countries such as Egypt and Turkey. Belly dancing most likely migrated to the United States as the immigrants from those countries settled here. Today, belly dancing remains popular in countries all over the world. Belly dancer costumes make great Halloween costumes for both women and girls. You can make your own belly dancing costume using a costume pattern. You could also piece an affordable belly dance costume together using clothing, decorations and jewelry from your collection or from your local discount clothing or thrift store.
Belly Dancer Halloween Costumes for Women
Belly dance costumes for women can be very sexy and alluring. To make a homemade belly dancer Halloween costume, you will need a bra top or halter top with a belly dance skirt and hip scarves or harem pants. To make your belly dance costume entirely from scratch, use a costume pattern such as Simplicity 2941 or 5359. The belly dance costume can be made in almost any color you like in fabrics such as velvet, satin, Lycra, cotton or chiffon. If you like, wear a unitard or workout halter top and pants with your belly dance costume. You can also carry a large veil to twirl around your body as you dance. Decorate your belly dancing costume using coins, fringe, sequins and beads. Raid your jewelry box for a pair of large silver- or gold-toned dangling earrings, matching rings, necklaces, cuff bracelets and belts with coin charms or other Egyptian or Turkish decorations. Complete your belly dancer Halloween costume with a pair of flat sandals.
Belly Dancer Halloween Costumes for Kids
To make a kids belly dance costume for Halloween, you will need to create something more demure. Your child may also need to wear clothing such as a leotard and tights under the belly dancer costume to keep warm while she’s trick or treating on Halloween. Get a short or long-sleeved blouse, a bolero jacket, harem pants or a skirt with an overskirt or hip scarves in your child’s favorite colors. If you choose to sew your child’s belly dancer costume, use a costume sewing pattern like Simplicity 5357. As with the women’s belly dancer Halloween costume, favor fabrics such as velvet, cotton or chiffon. Attach decorations such as large round sequins, beads, fringed trim and coin charms. Add an Egyptian or Turkish style headdress, finger cymbals and coined belts. Add flat pumps or ballet slippers that match the color of your child’s belly dancer costume.
For more ideas about dance Halloween costumes, including belly dance costumes, read Ideas for Halloween Dance Costumes and Accessories and Sexy Group Halloween Costumes.
“Belly Dance History ~ An American Odessey” BellyDance.org