Now, there are a few solutions we can go with:
1.) Wearing an older costume
2.) Buying a new costume
3.) Making my own from scratch
There is no shame in picking 1 or 2 ever. It’s a fun holiday and it should be treated as such. Now, if you want to make your own, where are some tips for you to look at. This isn’t a full on list of everything and by no means is it the only things. Just some stuff to get the creative juices flowing.
1.) Think, Think, Think
Before you can make a costume, you need an idea. Whether it’s a tornado, bag of garbage, or your favorite movie/book character. All you need is an idea, and with that, you’ve got a great start.
2.) Poppin’ Some Tags
Thrift stores are excellent places to get cheap costume pieces. As a cosplayer, I have learned this lesson well. You can get an outfit for a character that will last quite a while and for cheaper than retail stores. You might even find a better idea there. Take the time to look around and explore your options
3.) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Is there something from last year’s costume you can use? Or from previous years? Shoes, capes, clothing, anything can be reused. It’ll save you money and you’ll get more use out of the item.
4.) Stick ‘im Up!
Glue guns are your best friend when you can’t sew as well as fabric glue. They can also adhere pieces to your costume that might be too delicate for hand stitching. When using a glue gun though, please be careful. Hot glue doesn’t exactly feel the best when it hits bare skin.
5.) Glitz and Glam
Accessories complete any outfit and can be found anywhere. I recommend keeping your eyes open when you are out shopping to see if you find something that catches your fancy. If your costume doesn’t need any, then you don’t need to worry about this ( but feel free to treat yourself if you want! )
6.) All Dolled Up
Those little kits of makeup they sell this time of year are actually pretty decent for Halloween. Just be careful and read the application instructions carefully. If your kit uses liquid latex, test it on a bare patch of skin before application and DON’T GET IT IN YOUR HAIR. You’ll thank yourself when removing it.
7.) Make It Up as You Go
Doing a bit of improv. while working on your costume is totally fine. Example: Don’t have a wand for your Harry Potter costume? Go outside and grab a stick. Can’t carry a gun around as Rick Grimes? NERF guns are just as good! This doesn’t apply just to props, but anything! Get creative!
8.) Have Fun!
This is the most important tip there is. All in all, this holiday is about having fun. Candy too, but mostly fun. If you can’t do that, then there’s not much point in dressing up.
I hope these little tips point you all in the right direction and remember: As long as you’re havin a good time and not hurting anyone else, you’re doing Halloween right. That doesn’t mean don’t prank anyone though. Just…be kind about it.
Now. Get out there and get costuming! If you have any questions, leave it in the comments below and I’ll answer as best I can!