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Make a Gypsy Costume for Halloween– Gypsy Costume Ideas

Updated on December 9, 2016

A Gypsy Costume In My Closet!

Photo of me in the Halloween costume I wore to work.
Photo of me in the Halloween costume I wore to work. | Source

Dress as a Gypsy for Your Halloween Fantasy

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year. Take your chance to live a day as your alter ego, the person you fantasize about when you want to escape your routine and ordinary life. If you're like me, a Gypsy costume will make you think of far away places and the freedom of living on the road. Indulge your love of bright colors, sparkling jewelry and a little mystery. You may even have all the makings of a Gypsy Costume in your very own closet!


Live Your Fantasy on Halloween

Remember the days when you were a kid and you dressed up in a princess outfit or a cowboy suit complete with hat and six guns? How fun was it to pretend to be a royal princess or a knight in shining armor who rescued the princess from the tower? How about a Gypsy with swirling skirts, jangling jewelry and even a crystal ball?

For one day, on Halloween, you can do it again!

My Inner Gypsy

I’m revealing a secret here that few know: my secret name is “Gypsy Queen.” I use it when I’m feeling wanderlust and longing for those far away places. I use it when my life is too routine. For me it brings visions of full skirts, glittering jewelry, a few gold coins in my pocket and my Tarot cards wrapped in a silk kerchief.


Wear a Gypsy Costume to Work

So what could be more fun than to dress up on Halloween as my interpretation of Gypsy Queen? Just a few weeks into a new job as an office manager, my boss told me that some of the people in the office liked to wear costumes on Halloween. I was totally delighted because it would give me the chance to show my staff that I wasn’t all work and no play.



A Gypsy Costume in Your Closet

A long skirt with metallic patterns goes well with an old velvet cape.
A long skirt with metallic patterns goes well with an old velvet cape. | Source
How about that gold shirt you never wore and a silky shawl to be part of your Gypsy Costume?
How about that gold shirt you never wore and a silky shawl to be part of your Gypsy Costume? | Source
A bright blouse and embroidered vest can be part of your Gypsy Costume.
A bright blouse and embroidered vest can be part of your Gypsy Costume. | Source
Check your stash of costume jewelry or the local thrift store for gypsy costume jewelry.
Check your stash of costume jewelry or the local thrift store for gypsy costume jewelry. | Source
Hmmm....some of these items might go with my Gypsy Costume...
Hmmm....some of these items might go with my Gypsy Costume... | Source
Choose a bright scarf to wrap around your hair.
Choose a bright scarf to wrap around your hair. | Source
Tarot cards are a nice prop to go along with a Gypsy Costume.
Tarot cards are a nice prop to go along with a Gypsy Costume. | Source

How to Make a Gypsy Costume From Items in Your Closet

There's no need to buy a special outfit for your Gypsy Costume if your taste runs to bright and shiny as mine does. Look in your closet for long skirts, dangling earrings, long necklaces, shiny blouses, vests and scarves.

Halloween morning I carefully dressed in my new image. I didn’t buy a costume, because my wardrobe included enough gaudy clothes and costume jewelry to make a great outfit.




Gypsy Costume Ideas

Here are some ideas that you can borrow to put together your own gypsy costume:

  • A blouse of satin with big puffy sleeves overlain with a lacy or embroidered vest
  • A velvet vest with satin or metallic blouse.
  • A long skirt with gold metallic designs or two or three skirts layered over each other.
  • A wide belt to cinch skirt and blouse together. (Mine was a 4 inch wide elastic belt left over from the '70s, or maybe '60s)
  • Raid your jewelry box or the thrift store for large gold earrings, several long necklaces, wide bracelets and big rings
  • A bright scarf to tie around your head
  • Flat shoes with metallic trim or even a plain color works well.
  • Add a small purse on a string to hold Tarot cards wrapped in a silk scarf



Extra Makeup Completes a Gypsy Costume

If you don't want to wear a mask, apply heavy makeup instead. A heavy coat of foundation, extra mascara,eye liner and eye shadow will give you an exotic look. Add a generous dose of blusher and bright lipstick just for fun!

Cover your hair with a bright silk scarf for a finishing touch. You'd be surprised how many people won't recognize you!

Costume complete!





I Want to Wear My Gypsy Costume Every Day!

My gypsy costume was a hit. It cost me little more than the time it took to go through my old boxes of clothes and jewelry box, and was so much fun!


I have to admit that I didn’t get a lot of work done that day, as I spent a lot of time reading palms and doing Tarot card readings. (This is popularly known as MSU--making sh**t up!) Amazingly, people lined up to get their fortunes told that one day, and I did make about 85¢ when I asked people to cross my palm with silver before telling a fortune. (Yes, my coworkers were cheapskates!)

I lived in my little fantasy in a Gypsy Costume for a day, why don’t you?



Your Halloween Costume

Do you live a fantasy while you're in a Halloween costume?

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Oh, one last thing, my cards say that you're going to have a great Halloween!

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Copyright ©2012 Stephanie Henkel (aka Gypsy Queen)

Tarot Readings

For a fun side trip, read Nell Rose's hub and get a Free Tarot Card Reading. You'll be amazed at her insights!

Happy Halloween!

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      ElleBee 4 years ago

      Very cute costome! I was a gypsy as a kid one year and it was one of my favorite costumers. I even carried around a giant metal pot all night to collect my candy.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I love Halloween and am always happy to know when others do too! Putting your own costume together is the best...there's always something you can 'dig' up! I did have to buy a dress this year though as long dresses are no longer in vogue and Mother Goose really needs one!

      Loved this hub and voted it up, useful, and awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Daisy, I can imagine that in Loss Angeles people might really get into the spirit of dressing up for Halloween. You must have made a very believable Lucy! One thing I love about the holiday is that even adults can play act for the day and get into their new persona with such enthusiasm. Thanks so much for sharing your memories here!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Jaye, This made me laugh because one year when I wore my costume to work, people would "drop by" all day, shut my door and ask me to read their fortunes. I even had a few from other offices! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment! I'm sure you made a very fun gypsy!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This takes me back to my late thirties when I went to a Halloween party dressed as a gypsy. I began the evening by telling fortunes of others at the party based on their costumes--using lots of "play on words" technique and funny one-liners. Only...I outsmarted myself by doing this. Everyone liked it so much I had to keep doing it all through the party. It felt as though I were working, and stopped being fun after about an hour. When the "well ran dry" of quips, I made my escape. No more gypsy queen costumes for me.

      Be forewarned, Steph....If you start telling fortunes, you may not be allowed to stop and enjoy the party!

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stephanie,

      What a fun Hub! I really enjoyed reading it.

      A few years ago, I worked in an office that was located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, on the Walk of Fame part of the street. Halloween was a big deal in my office. Many people wore costumes to work.

      I dressed in my costume after I arrived in the office, but I traveled home wearing it...on a subway (underground train), a regular railroad type of train, and then a city bus.

      I purchased a Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" costume...a bright red wig and a replica of one of her dresses and aprons. I wore red lipstick and used lots of black mascara.

      So many people in Los Angeles County were dressed in costumes, I wasn't very conspicuous. On the train ride to Orange County, my fellow passengers kept calling me "Luuu-cyyy."

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      TToombs08 - Thanks, Terrye! I do enjoy my Halloween Gypsy costumes!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Stephanie, this is a great idea! Voted up and shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kashmir56 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub and the pictures. Putting together a gypsy outfit is almost as much fun as wearing one! Thanks for your comment and votes!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hub, i loved reading this hub and all the beautiful photos to. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Denise Handlon - Hahaha, Denise, I like what your cards say! Dressing up for Halloween at the office was a lot of fun. Working, as I did, in a small department at the university getting into the spirit of the holiday was a nice break from serious work--but I can see where it might be a problem in a hospital! Thanks for stopping in to read my cards!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Gypsy Queen-my tarot cards say you are a person with a cheerful disposition, a thirst for knowledge and adventure, and a curiosity as vast as the galaxy.

      Great hub here. Gypsy lore is always a topic of great interest for me and dear to my heart. What a fun work day! (I can only imagine wearing a costume to the hospital where I work, hahaha). Rated Up and all across/sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jamie Brock - Go for it, Jamie! It's really fun to put together a great gypsy costume from things that you find in your closet. I didn't realize how much my taste ran to flashy and gaudy until I looked for my gypsy clothes! I never saw My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding...sounds like fun! Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh this is so fun... this is one of the reasons I love Halloween so much! You can be whatever you want to be for a day :) You have inspired me, I will have to look in my closet and see what's in there! I have always had a fascination with gypsies.. and here a while back got hooked on that show on TLC called My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.. talk about OVER THE TOP! Thank you for the fun gypsy ideas :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nell Rose - A witch's costume could be lots of fun, too-- I can just imagine you as a scary witch! Halloween can be so much fun if we let ourselves go a little, can't it? Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Love the Gypsy look! what a great idea! the only time I ever dressed up properly for Halloween was when I was in my thirties. I dressed as a real witch and scared half the pub to death! haha!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Billybuc - Arriving at the office as a Gypsy fortune teller was definitely a big hit. My boss was somewhat taken aback when I told him that the cards said he'd get what he deserved. Hmm...wonder if he thought that was a good thing or bad thing? Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Janine Huldie - Going to the office as a Gypsy was definitely one of the most fun things I've done on Halloween, and my new coworkers were pretty surprised to see me in my alternate persona! Thanks so much for your comments and for the shares, of course!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sunshine - Yep! My secret is out! Perhaps you had a secret wish to ride the rails for free? :) I think you'd be a great sunshine with that bright smile! Go for it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So that's how you got the Gypsy name, thank you for sharing that secret with us...well, it's no longer a secret. My favorite costume as a kid was a hobo, maybe I had a secret wish to be a bum? Nah! :) I'm still working on this years costume. Not sure yet. Maybe I could create some rays and be sunshine! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Stpehanie, I loved reading this and think you must have made an awesome Gypsy for Halloween. Thanks for sharing here how you did it though!! Have of course voted and shared all over :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great costume, Steph, and it's nice to see a picture of you other than your profile picture. I love that you get excited about Halloween, and I love where you said you didn't get much done because you were busy reading palms all day. Too funny!