Wednesday 1 October 2014


How To Make a Unique Halloween Costume

It’s that time of year when we’re all out looking for great Halloween costumes on sale and dreaming up what we’re going to be this year. Many of the best idea have already been done, often year after year after year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to make them your own and come up with a truly stunning, unique costume that people will notice.

A big part of making a unique costume is assembling it yourself. True, you’re going to want to see if you can find costumes on sale, but maybe grab two or three and combine them – or take one and add elements of your own. Here’s our complete guide to making a unique costume without spending a lot of money.

Fashion First

One thing that’s crucial to a unique and memorable costume is that it looks good on you. Just because you’re going to be a flesh-eating zombie doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish doing it. Fashion influences costumes several ways:

  • Face paint or carnival style masks look better than full face masks
  • Hats, veils, wigs and styled hair can all be part of the costume
  • Choose glitzy club wear to make any costume sexy, like a red cocktail dress for a devil

Sure-Fire Hits

1. Group Theme

One great way to make a splash with your costume is to have a group theme shared with your friends. The theme can be very broad, like Rock Stars, or very specific, like Disney Characters. One very fun idea is to go with something a little abstract—for instance, choose a favorite band and everyone dresses as a different song by that band. This leaves a lot of room for creative interpretation and also creates excitement as people try to guess which song you are.

Group themes are fun because you get to work together on the idea with friends. Plus, it will make your group the life of any party—when people find out you all share a theme they will want to meet each member of the group and see all the costumes. Plus, group photos!

2. Mashup

Another way to get a one of a kind costume is to take two different ideas that have something in common and put them together. For example, instead of going as Frankenstein’s Monster or Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, you could combine the two ideas and go as Frankenstein’s Cookie Monster. This allows a lot of room for creativity in what would otherwise be a very typical costume. Mashup costumes get extra points for cleverness—people will love trying to guess what your costume is.

3. A New Take

A third great way to make a one of a kind costume is to simply take a classic costume idea and put a new twist on it. We’ve all seen plenty of Draculas, zombies, Frankensteins, mummies, pirates and ninja—but does your Dracula have to look the same as everyone else’s? You could go as a Hipster Dracula, a Pop Star Zombie, or a Zombie Lawyer. This also opens the door to a sexy new take on a classic costume, as well as funny or ironic costumes.

Now Make It Your Own

This guide will help steer you right as you go out costume shopping, but the final result will be entirely your own creation. What are you going to be this year?

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