I may be a bit late in the Halloween costume posting game, but better late than never, right? Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend! I went through a phase in my life, between the ages of 21-26 whereby I didn’t get excited about Halloween any more. It seemed like so much effort and a waste of time to piece together a costume, and if I was going to do make a Halloween costume, then I wanted it to be done right and not thrown together at the last moment. This year and last year I found an inner creative force that propelled me to want to make some fun, intricate and unique Halloween costumes.
Flashback to 2013
Last year I was a lamb. My Halloween costume consisted of gluing 1200 white cotton balls onto an old black hooded vest that I had. There were some black leather scraps lying around, so I added those to put the finishing touch for the ears. That costume took me a solid 6 hours to complete, and I had some burnt patches of skin on my hands. Well worth the pain for a pretty awesome Halloween costume!
Fast Forward to 2014
This year, my Halloween costume was a loofah. I know it has been done before, but everyone always puts their own unique spin on it. Imagine 30 metres of tulle fabric, large amounts of elastic and lots of fluffing. I had originally started off with about 20 metres of tulle fabric, but once I had put the costume together, it was still not poofy enough. Word to the wise, do not go to Fabricland the night before Halloween because that store was a zoo. I made that deadly mistake and had to bear the crowds for an additional 10 metres of tulle. In the end I am glad I did because I was very happy with the end product. Thanks to JD for suggesting the rubber duckie head band to put the finalizing touch on the Halloween costume. Surprisingly, I searched high and low looking for a traditional rubber duckie but I could not find one. I had to settle for a little yellow duck sitting in a jackolantern. Suiting for the holdiay, but why is it so hard to find a traditional rubber duckie?
My friends and I all put a lot of work and creativity into our Halloween costumes. We had the Unicorn with the light up horn that stopped working and bright pink hair. Then there was the 80s Vampire who had fangs and was dripping blood. Lastly we had the Dead Mac. That annoying spinny ball that just spins and spins while you wait for your application to open or save when working on your Apple computer or laptop.
Another side to Halloween costumes, is that it allows us to step out of our skin and take on a new persona for a night. Perhaps someone who is normally an introvert will feel much more confident doing and saying things in a different skin – literally. I know for myself, I feel more daring and am able to let my hair down. As one of my friends put it, Halloween is the one night where everyone gets a free pass for dressing scandalous and not have any judgement applied to them.
Let the wheels and ideas start turning for next year….