Hallowed be thy outfit to SCARE
Whether you are bringing the kids trick or treating, heading in to a local horror-a-thon, or going to a halloween party, this time of year is all about having some fun and getting out of your comfort zone.
Sophia Vergaras dressed up as an angry bird last year. Heidi Klum always goes all out for her annual Halloween parties, last year she went ‘skinless’. Kate Beckinsale and husband Len Wiseman have dressed up as The Munsters. Everyone is at it!
Costumes don’t have to be expensive – home made costumes are often so much better than shop bought ones (and less flammable)! So dig out the PVA glue, stapler and washing up liquid bottles, and get creative.
Have fun this year. You don’t need to follow the ‘Mean Girls’ theory (“In girl world, halloween is the one night a year a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it”) to have a good time.
Our favourite for any expectant or new mothers. Grab a stapler and find some old white/cream/pastel clothes for starters. Wrap lengths of toilet roll around yourself stapling (to the fabric, not your skin) as you go. If it’s raining that day use strips of fabric. A torn up sheet should do the trick. Remember the older and more worn the costume looks the better, so feel free to dye the fabric with coffee or tea bags. Apply black eye shadow liberally around the eyes to hide any potential bags/puffiness.
Katy Perry/Nicky Minaj
Also known as the ‘wear all your brightest clothes at once’. The only difference between the two is how much fake tan you apply. Pick up a synthetic neon wig from Dunnes or Pennys for about €6. Thigh high socks, super high heels and a tutu are a good start (try Claire’s accessories). If you really want to go for it, varnish some iced pastries and fasten them to a bikini top. *Caution: may not withstand much dance floor action.
This one is particularly good for the traditional Halloween night freezing weather, or if you don’t want to be recognised. You get to bundle up in black coats and scarves, and it still counts as ‘joining in’. Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne dressed up as ninjas to bring their kids trick or treating incognito last year, then tweeted about it.
Possibly the easiest costume of the bunch. Find a chocolate gold coin in your local newsagents, and a ribbon, shorts and a white tank top. You can even use the boxing gloves you bought in August when you became inspired to take your training seriously but have since been gathering dust under the stairs.
With the premier of season 3 of The Walking Dead upon us, we have zombies on our mind, and the best part is it allows you to take a regular outfit and make it scary.
Tip #1: Recently married? Get the whole wedding party to zombify their outfits from the day (you’ll never wear the dress again anyway, trust us).
Tip #2: Make use of your old work uniforms from your days packing shelves or waiting tables while in college. Zombie charity collectors (bring your clipboard), zombie dressing room attendant (add coat hangers in hair), zombie fast-food cashier (wear the lettuce like hair extensions) – the list goes on. For added authenticity, wear your original name tag.
Throw make up at the problem
Use up that eye shadow set you got for Christmas years ago off your well-meaning Great Aunt with enough blinding colour to scare LMFAO. Sharpen your black eye liner, add some glitter and you have a mexican sugar skull. Follow Miley Cyrus’s example, google a few pictures and be as creative as you like. Bonus points if you draw bones on your chest to match. On the plus side, you can wear whatever clothes you like too. Minimum effort – maximum result.
My Grandmother’s favourite homemade blood recipe
You can never have enough homemade fake blood at this time of year. Mix golden syrup, water and cornflower in a saucepan. Bring it to the boil, then let it cool and add red food colouring (and 1 drop of green for authenticity). Boiling it makes it no longer sticky, so you can use it without worrying about sticking to everything!
Top 10 favourite costumes for 2012
Breaking bad (especially on small children)
Jimmy Savile (possibly not a good idea if you’re the one going trick or treating)
Botched Jesus fresco
South Korean rapper psy
Clint Eastwood plus chair
Hipster Disney princesses
Sh*t Girls Say
50 Shades of Grey