Turn a Prom Dress into a Halloween Costume
Prom Dresses Make Great Halloween or Fancy Dress Costumes
Don't let that prom dress, bridesmaid dress or cocktail dress languish in the back of the closet. Pull it out and use it as the base for a fabulous, unique Halloween costume.
Depending on the style of the dress, you have a variety of costumes you can create. I'll get your imagination started with some prom dress Halloween costume ideas here.
All you need are a few props and the prom dress or bridesmaid dress and you are off to the Halloween party or the fancy dress ball. Have a great time.
(Photo shows me in a bridesmaid dress turned into Little Bo Peep and a friend in a wedding gown turned into Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz)
First Step - Take a Look at the Style of Your Prom Dress or Bridesmaid Dress
Is it more traditional or more modern?
Check the categories below for ideas to work with each style of dress. You can even get out the wedding dress for some costumes (if you don't think it would be disrespectful). If you are divorced, then you may no longer have sentimental attachments to the expensive dress going to waste in storage.
Graphic Credit: from Zazzle, Fashion / Seamstress Card
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How to Makeup Like a Beauty Queen
Make a Sash for Your Beauty Queen Costume
Buy extra-wide white ribbon at a discount store. Add press-on letters (look in the scrapbooking supply section of Wal-Mart) to make the sash say whatever you want. Why not be Miss Universe or Miss America? You can camp it up and put your local town name on it or a humorous one like "Peach Harvest Queen."
You can put together an armload of silk roses for Miss America to carry or buy a bouquet like this. Hold it draped in her arm, not held in front like a bride.
Humorous Scarlett O'Hara Costume
Scarlett O'Hara Costume from a Prom Dress or Bridesmaid Dress
You can go campy like this (Scarlett made a ball gown after the war from some green velvet curtains) or more traditional southern belle. Usually the skirt would be quite full, rather than form-fitting like this sketch.
Curtains-Poster from Zazzle by 3coolechix
Arrange Your Hair Like Scarlett O'Hara - Video Tutorial
Make a Zombie Bride Costume from a Wedding Gown or Prom Dress
Check for an inexpensive or shabby wedding gown at Goodwill to repurpose for this costume, as you probably won't want to distress your own wedding gown for it. Get some make-up and gory looking accessories.
Check out the videos which give some tips for a great corpse bride look. Don't forget the dead flowers for a bridal bouquet. You could get some plastic flowers at the dollar store and spray paint them black.
Odd Colored Contact Lenses for the Corpse Bride Costume
Wouldn't purple or pink or green eyes really give you a great zombie look!
Video Tutorials for a Corpse Bride or a Zombie Bride
Tips from the videos: use a sheer curtain or a lace curtain for the veil. You can probably find some lace curtains fairly cheaply at Goodwill.
Strange contact lenses can help give the properly dead look to the wearer. Be sure not to wear these for too long each time. You don't want to hurt your eyes just for a costume.
Watch the movie, Bride of Frankenstein, so you'll know the moves to go with the wig shown above and the make-up demonstrated in the video tutorial.
Transform Yourself with Makeup into the Monster's Bride (tutorial)
Chose a Character to Go with a Full-Skirted Prom Dress or Bridesmaid Dress - Angel, Fairy, Butterfly, or Bride of Frankenstein
The suggestions below work well with a white or pastel dress or one that has ruffles.
To carry through on the fairy theme, make a wand with a painted dowel and attach a dollar store butterfly and some ribbons.
Add Wings to Become a Fairy
For a fairy, you'll need fairy wings and a fairy wand. This look works well with the sweet bridesmaid dress that you have.
Look in Children's Storybooks or Online for Pictures of Fairies
Here's the crown for the Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Talk your fellow into going as the Scarecrow or the TinMan.
Go for the Bond Girl Look - If Your Dress Is Modern
Remember all the glamorous women in the James Bond movies? Get your fellow to dress up as James Bond to complete your look.
You can get a temporary tattoo (click through to Amazon on one of these photos). How about an Asian dragon tattoo? Perhaps a mysterious tattoo will tip James Bond off to your affiliation with the bad guy. Maybe the tattoo is really a map to the secret headquarters for CRUSH.
A Temporary Dragon Tattoo for a Bond Girl Costume
Don't worry, it's not permanent. What an exotic look this gives you.
Get fancy with make-up and nails. The Bond women are drop dead glamorous.
Bond Girls over the Years - Choose One for Your Costume
Check out Holly Golightly's Style in This Opening Scene from the Movie
The Holly Golightly Look (Audrey Hepburn) - for a long, black prom dress
Check out the ways to get this look on the Audrey Hepburn Costume site. You'll want the long, black cigarette holder (you don't actually have to smoke it.)
You'll want the right hair style to finish the look. I've found a great video, featured below, to help you with this.
Don't forget the tiara. Check out the lovely gloves I'm featuring here for your costume. While you are at Amazon, take a look at the wigs, tiara and cigarette holder.
Any sleek black dress can serve as the base for this look.
Video Tutorial for Audrey Hepburn's French Twist Hair Style
Add a Venetian Mask to a Prom Dress for a Sophisticated Look
With a fancy mask like this, you transform yourself into a lady of the court in Renaissance times or another era.
You'll see in the video below that the more elaborate, the better. Get your hands on some lace curtains (check at Goodwill), strings of pearls,etc.
Examples of Venetian Costumes (Video)
Don't Have a Prom Dress? Find a Bargain One on eBay
You can also check the local thrift shop or Goodwill store. If you are ripping it up for a zombie look or doing some alterations to the dress, look for damaged ones that you can get dirt cheap.
There are more costume ideas to be added, so check back to see what I come up with...