I love all forms of holidays and the change of a new season. Even for something as "small" as St. Patrick's Day (in my mind, it ain't a small holiday!), I will go all out and celebrate it to the extreme by overdoing it in the decorations department, finding any relatable music, and painting my nails the correspondent colour. Naturally, I am completely excited about Halloween coming up and decided to share with you guys my past few years' costumes!
In October 2009, my friends and I decided to make our costumes and dress up as the Sailor Scouts together!
(We were just missing a Sailor Mercury!)
We had gotten our skirts from a local thrift store as well as the white t-shirts and the stockings from a cheaper Halloween store (you can really get those anywhere too!). We bought our appropriate Sailor Scout colours from Fabricland to make the bows and sailor-style collars. Since I was Sailor Jupiter, my colours were green and pink. To make the bows, we got barbed wire and just formed the bow-shape by bending the wire. From there, we cut and wrapped our Sailor colours onto the barbed wire, sewed it onto our white shirts and -- tada! -- we had our signature Sailor bows!
The collars were done in the exact same way, minus the barbed wire. We were quite the hit when we ventured out for festivities that night!
In October 2010, I went out as Little Red Riding Hood (and Andrea was Peter Pan):
This time, I bought my costume from Amazing Party and Costume. I had read that if you purchased your costume in September, not only was the store empty and you had a ton of time to decide and try on your costume without huge line-ups, but anything you bought was 20% off until the first of October! I got this cute and stylish costume for only $30 when I bought it in September!
Soms and I!
In October 2011, I went back to scrounging a costume together and went as a home-made raccoon:
The grey and black clothes I'm wearing, I already had. All I had to buy were the stripped stockings and gloves, which I easily found from Ardene (they have great, reasonable accessories!) and the hat I actually got at Hot Topic at the time. For the tail (which you can't see in these pictures) I actually bought a black and white faux skunk tail from the costume store and spray-painted the white part in grey; at the time, they didn't have any raccoon tails! (now I see raccoon hats and accessories pretty much everywhere!). For the eyes, I just smeared on extra coats of black mascara, eye shadow and liner.
In October 2012, I decided to shop early in September again and was amazed at the deal I found for this beautiful mermaid costume which only cost $40 at the time!:
This is definitely one of my favourite costumes to date -- just look at how beautiful it is! The turquoise and blue colours are fantastic, the fit was perfect and it was actually comfortable to wear! It was basically just like wearing a mermaid-style dress, complete with a headband featuring a sparkly starfish. There was nothing else that needed to be added to this costume! All I did on Halloween night was crimp my hair to appear as though it was "beach-wavy":
Last year after searching the stores and finding some ideas on Pinterest, I went and ordered this comfy and cute deer costume from HalloweenCostumes.com:
Oh, how I loved this costume too! (and you can only imagine how soft the white, stomach-part felt!). As you can see, it was more or less a well-fitted dress that had an attached hood for the ears and antlers. I used dollar store black gloves for the hooves and just happened to have brown fall boots with white faux fur on the top rim that matched perfectly! The make-up idea was purely inspired by Pinterest. This would also go well for a Christmas-themed costume! -- I actually lent it to my friend Miche when she dressed up as "Mrs. Rudolph" for her work:
This year after searching the stores again and getting some ideas, I have decided to be a classic Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! I ended up ordering my costume, which just arrived yesterday. It looks like this!:
The thing I love about this particular Dorothy costume is the dress-part is a great length (not too provocative-looking) and the top part doesn't fit like a turtle-neck. In the original movie, Judy Garland's Dorothy dress looks more like this:
See how the collar goes up like a turtle neck? For me personally, turtle-necks are uncomfortable. I always overheat in them and I didn't wanna feel like I was being smothered or anything on Halloween night. So I did my best to search for a costume that had both an opening for the collar as well as a classy length, comfortable dress, and I'm relieved I found the perfect one for me! We already have a basket and plush dog I can use. All I need are maybe some blue bows or ribbons for the pig-tails and of course -- the classic, red shoes!
And that is my Throwback, Halloween post! Happy Costume-Searching! :D