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DIY Halloween Costumes

Looking in my closet half the time I’m shocked by how much clothing I have, and the other half the time I swear I have nothing to wear…

However when I started thinking about Halloween costumes this year I happened to be in that first mindset and couldn’t bring myself to order a costume when I already have a closet filled to the brim with clothing. Clothing that could, quite easily, be turned into a perfectly serviceable costume for my favorite holiday of the year.

So with that rare rational thought in mind I decided to put together a DIY Halloween Costumes list to share with you all – Enjoy!

Hippie/Flower Child:


What To Do: Keep this costume simple and pair either a maxi dress or a maxi skirt & crop top with hippie chic accessories. The extras are the fun part here so don’t forget to add a floral wreath, peace signs, and all the embellishments you can find.

Must Haves: Facepaint, floral wreath, flower headband, flowing maxi, and lace, eyeletfeathered anything



What To Do: The animal costumes are the easiest – Wear all black or white and add some face paint, ears, and perhaps a tail. Then you can concentrate on what really matters. Candy!

Must Haves: Cat ear headband, facepaint, black leggings, black turtleneck (or crop top) & flats

Twiggy/Mod Doll:


What To Do: The key to capturing the mod style is all in the eyes. Find a fun, flattering dress & add knee-socks or platforms boots, but whatever you do, don’t step outside without giant faux eyelashes and oversized jewelry.

Must Haves: Shift or drop waist dress, oversized enamel jewelry, fake lashes, eyeliner, knee socks & flats

Skeleton/Dio de los Muertos:


What To Do: This is the perfect costume for the creative type who isn’t in the mood to go all out this year. You get to exercise your artistic abilities with the face makeup, but can wear simple black or stripes for the main look.

Must Haves: Black leotard or bodysuit, facepaint, fun nail art, skull & crossbones accessories or kerchief & black ballet flats

Need more ideas? Head over to my festive Halloween Pinterest Board or check out Storybook Apothecary’s 13 Halloween Makeup Ideas, Refinery 29’s 10 Pop Culture-Inspired Costumes To Whip Up This Halloween & Trend Survivor’s 8 Ideas for the Little Black Halloween Costume Dress.

So tell me – What are YOU going to be for Halloween this year?

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As I’m sure you’ve already picked up, I’m a big fan of Fall in general and Halloween in particular {Fall Fabulousness, All Hallow’s Eve & October Round-Up}. This year I was lucky enough to attend two fabulous Halloween parties in Sacramento as well as act as American River CrossFit’s team photograph for CrossFit West Sac’s charity Breast Cancer competition.

This year I was excited to dress up twice, the first time as Wendy from Peter Pan in a vintage yellow nightgown and the second time as The Black Dahlia in a fabulous little black dress that my friend made.

But don’t worry, I’m not the only one who dressed up for Halloween this year. Bones dressed up as a CHICKEN! Again. Clearly it’s his favorite costume, doesn’t he look enthusiastic?

{Mammograms In Action – Barbells For Boobs}

And the day before Halloween I watched the exciting Barbells For Boobs charity CrossFit competition which included every shade of pink known to man and even Jessica Rabbit in a stunning red gown.

How was your Halloween? What did you dress up as? What was the best costume that you saw?

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All Hallow’s Eve

As October progresses the  reminders that it’s  holiday season are everywhere – Store decorations, TV commercials, sale annoucements, magazine advertisements… Luckily for me the holiday season begins with my favorite holiday, because as much as I adore candy canes and the scent of evergreen, I’m a Halloween girl.

You get to be a kid for a day – Candy, costumes, pranks, parties, and a general feeling of nostalgia and excitement – What’s not to love?

When it comes to costumes I’ll always choose innovative & novel over skin-baring. In recent years I’ve been Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Cleopatra, a Venetian Carnival reveller, and Twiggy. I’ve seen so many creative costumes over the years that I’m at a loss for why you’d want to pick a cookie-cutter one when you could put a little effort in and end up with something one-of-a-kind that you absolutely love.

So with that in mind here are some fun links to get your creative juices flowing for this year’s costume!

The Man Repeller’s For Halloween – Her fun suggestions include: Steve Jobs, Rupaul, Frida Kahlo, Margot Tenenbaum, Larry David & Richard Harrow.

If you’re in the mood for a fashion-forward costume check out Fashionologie’s Fashion in Costume: A Look Back at Halloweens Past for great inspiration from models, fashion designers, and couture collections.


Are you a movie lover? Check out Refinery 29’s 5 Big-Screen Halloween Costumes That Are Total Oscar Winners! I love these kinds of costumes since they’re always a little open to interpretation and this post includes gems like Liv Tyler’s character in Empire Records, Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra, Daisy from The Great Gatsby – The original or the upcoming remake – The Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland, and Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s The Birds.

If you’re not interested in spending a fortune on your costume, want to find something wholly unique, or even if want a costume made up of pieces that you can wear again, heading to a vintage shop is a great option. Fun ideas from Refinery 29’s How To Thirft 6 Super-Easy Halloween Costumes include Martha Stewart, fisherman from The Deadliest Catch, and The Rockettes.

Doing your makeup for Halloween can be one of the most fun parts of getting ready. Whether you’re recreating Cleopatra’s famous exotic kohl-lined eyes, adding oozing sores & blood for a Walking Dead-inspired get up, or whiting your face out so you can be a Vampire or mime. The Glamourai put together fabulous tutorials to help you perfect the makeup for your costumes – Everything from the wide-eyed look of the 60’s to the glamorous white-faced Geishas to Bogie-inspired detectives – { DIY } Halloween Beauty Ideas, { Behind The Scenes } Spooktacular Beauty & { Ghoul’s Night Out }.

As for my costume this year I wanted to be the Mad Hatter… But the costume I ordered didn’t fit. Either of them. 🙁

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But with a last-minute party scheduled for this evening in Sacramento and no costume planned yet I’ll be giving you hints and sneak peeks of my shopping & planning all day today… So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram for updates!

Have you picked your Halloween costume yet? What’s the most creative costume that you’ve ever worn?

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