If you love sequins, spray tans and celebrities, a Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume is a mere Cha Cha Cha away. From wardrobe suggestions to must-have props, here are a handful of fun ideas to help you embrace your inner Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough or Kate Gosselin and shine like a Mirrorball trophy winner this Halloween.
Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume must-have #1: A glitzy, glittery costume. You can’t channel your inner Cheryl without a sequined frock, so what’s a girl to do? Don’t panic. If you were a dancer or gymnast in your younger days, chances are excellent that you already have a box of glam gowns (or bejeweled leotards) collecting dust somewhere in your mom’s attic. If you do, you’re all set, even if your outfit of choice is a little small; after all, side cut-outs are a Dancing with the Stars staple, so don’t worry if you need to snip and tuck a little to make it fit your grown-up curves. If you’re not blessed with childhood dance remnants, no worries: Check out your local thrift store or post a wanted ad on Craigslist or Freecycle. You’d be surprised by what you can get for almost nothing!
The guys have it a little easier when it comes to the outfit, since the sparkle ‘n shine aspect of dress isn’t mandatory for men. Try modeling your look after DWTS season 5 winner Helio Castroneves’ near-iconic banana yellow suit. If you can get your hands on an identical get-up, score! Have fun dancing around like the racecar driver and be the life of any party. If not, that’s okay: Just use the look for a little inspiration, and be creative with your color scheme. Guys on Dancing with the Stars can wear anything from a tux to a sequins-encrusted bike shirt, so go wild.
Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume must-have #2: Shoes. Every dancer needs a good pair of footwear. Ladies, go for a pair of strappy, thin-heeled sandals in a silver or gold. Guys, dust off the dress shoes in the back of your closet and give ’em a spit and shine.
Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume must-have #3: Make-Up. You can’t be on DWTS without make-up, and a lot of it. Start with a spray tan, or powder your face and visible limbs with a layer of foundation three to four shades darker than your natural skintone. If you think you look ridiculous, you’re on the right track. Next, apply liberal amounts of blush, sparkly eye shadow, eyeliner and bold lipstick. For added sparkle, dust yourself with shimmer powder. Guys, the well-tanned look is essential for you, too, as is a coat of eyeliner or lipstick. How else do you expect your fabulous smile to shine while you party down?
Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume must-have #4: Props. What’s a DWTS champ without her Mirrorball Trophy? Fashion your own using aluminum foil and elbow grease. Roll old newspaper into a ball insert a dowel rod, and cover with foil.
Dancing with the Stars Halloween costume must-have #5: The Persona. DWTS history is packed with characters of all ages, ability levels, attitudes, you name it. Choose your favorite to emulate, or just be your own star. Looking to act a little crazy? Be Adam Carolla. Geriatric? Cloris Leachman’s your gal. The possibilities are nearly without limit.
Have fun this Halloween Dancing with the Stars-style and samba the night away.