Since Halloween, my favorite holiday, is rapidly approaching, I thought I should chip in my costume two cents. Dressing up can be a big deal around my house, and there have been years where I spent an entire month putting together a costume. For one Halloween, I spent days sewing little tiny plastic spiders to a tulle skirt, but it was totally worth it because that costume was amazazing. Alas, I have no pictures to share of that one because they are off in a box somewhere like you do with all pre-digital pictures, but here are a few other costumes from Halloweens past:
My teenager (mostly) doesn’t dress up anymore, but the little guy still gets into the holiday spirit. The elaborate costumes are always tons of fun to make and look awesome, BUT sometimes you aren’t told until the night before an event that one is even needed. Right? Right!?! My kids can’t be the only ones that do this…
Anyway, even if your kids give you plenty of warning, it never hurts to have a little costume trick up your sleeve 🙂
When my daughter was in middle school, she was invited to a costume bat mitzvah, and she wanted something cool but original that she was sure no one else at the event would have. There was a costume contest after all, and how will you win if you are in the same tired Hermoine Granger costume as everyone else? The main obstacle was the lack of time to get ready. We only had a couple of hours between the temple bit and the party bit for changing into an elaborate costume. We needed something SIMPLE that still had a chance of winning.
We did a little brainstorming on an idea sparked by watching Inkheart (the movie is okay-book is 100x better), and came up with the idea to make her into a book, but in an abstract, pretty way. It was super simple, and it came out FANTASTIC. It earned her second place in the contest. B)
- A plain white mask
- Black eyeliner, preferably waterproof, with a FELT TIP.
- Black and white clothes
- A story
The outfit was simple: she wore a plain white tank top, black skirt, and black flip flops. The point was to look like the pages of a book. Then, I literally just wrote the words of a Grimm’s Fairy Tales story on her skin with the eyeliner. ***My apologies for the quality of the pictures, they were taken waaaay before I even knew what blogging was and are not the best quality, but my teenager is much too busy now to let me recreate the costume just for a blog post 😉 So these are what I have to work with***
I started at her temple because we wanted the “Once upon a time” to be across her face and mask. Then I went diagonally down her cheek, around her neck, and onto her shoulder.
I started a new line on her back and looped around the other way. I traveled down her arm in a spiral and did a swirl on her hand.
Then I went to the opposite leg, starting higher on her thigh then would be visible while wearing the skirt because I wanted to give the illusion the words were wrapped around her torso and traveling down her leg. We also skipped forward in the story, to further the illusion that the story was carrying on around her middle. It’s all in the details, folks. I ended the words in a bit of a cuff around her ankle (kinda like an ankle bracelet) with a last little flourish on her foot.
It turned out pretty great (better than the pictures show), and her friends were all properly impressed which, of course, was the most important part. It only took about an hour to write everything with her reading the text off to me as I went, which I would highly recommend for speed of process.
Easy peasy. Simple supplies and only about an hour for execution-perhaps less if you can write fast.
What do you think? Would you give it your vote in a costume contest? Do you have a costume you can whip up in a pinch?
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