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How to make your own Halloween costume (no sewing required) and other random Halloween facts
Halloween is just a few days away and if you are interested in dressing up, I hope you’ve found a costume by now. But if you’re not sure yet or you just don’t want to spend like $50 on something you wear once a year and never wear again, these are some ideas on how you could design a unique costume without much cutting or sewing (although that is awesome if you could)
Get Inspired: Whether you are interested in a certain historical time period or a particular movie, find pictures of people or characters you would like to dress as. I guess this part is a no-brainer, but get creative with this one. In high school I had a classmate dress up as a giant CheezIt box which he made by going to Kinkos.
Goodwill: Once you kind of have an idea of what you would like to be, I recommend going to a used clothing store to buy pieces that will make your outfit. During high school, one year I saw a manga picture of a Jamaican lady which inspired me to buy a shirt and three to four dresses and skirts which I layered on top of each other, creating a multi-colored costume that may have looked as if the wearer wanted to appear as someone from the Caribbean (or as some people thought I looked like a gypsy ;D
Recycle your old costume: Let’s say you were a Greek goddess one year, for the next time, instead of buying a whole new costume, you could use the same dress, make accessories out of poster paper and perhaps dress up as Cleopatra. (that might need more than paper, but you get the point)
Buy Accessories: Even if you buy just a funky colored wig or one scary mask and dressed up in some outfit you normally don’t wear, that already feels like a costume.
I hope this was helpful, what do you think? Anyway, last but not least:
RANDOM HALLOWEEN FACTS (because it’s fun and originally this was the angle I wanted to take for this article)
-According to mainstreet.com, some of the most popular costume ideas for 2011 are: zombies, Mad Men, superheroes, Monster High. The New York Daily News reports that Nicki Minaj, Angry Birds, Black Swan and Playboy Bunny are the most popular Halloween costumes searched on Google.
-Halloween is believed to have evolved from the Celtic festival Samhain which celebrated the end of the harvest season around late October to early November. During this time of year, people believed that the spirits of the deceased roamed around in the earthly world once again and so they held bonfires to scare spirits and gave offerings of ‘soul cakes’ to the dead spirits.
-On All Hallows Eve, people carved out scary-looking faces into turnips and put candles inside them to use as a lantern to ward off evil spirits walking around at night (this tradition evolved into carving out jack-o-lanterns)
- Apple bobbing (that game where there is a bucket of water with some apples floating in it and the purpose is to catch the apples with only your mouth) is a traditional Halloween game.
-Halloween is actually the second most popular day for candy sales (only behind Christmas)
-According to zillow.com, the top ten cities to go trick-or-treating are: Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, OR, San Jose, CA, Denver, Sacramento, CA, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas and Washington DC.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :D
How to make your own Halloween costume (no sewing required) and other random Halloween facts by StellaSee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.