Dress to Impress
Two days from today
Trick or Treat will be heard around so it’s about time to get ready for the All Hallows' Eve.
There are numerous terrific costumes out there but still, who would like to spend dozens of pounds (or sometimes even hundreds) for a piece of clothing which you will wear just once if ever…
In the following list we won’t tell you how to dress up like a Facebook emoji or Snapchat or Instagram filter because we believe that you can do so much more than that and to really make a statement and to celebrate with style.
That’s why we’ve picked for you some ECC (Easy, Clever & Cheap) DIY costumes, which depict recognizable characters with a solid background in order to fully emerge with the personage you’ve decided to portray.
Still, we’ve saved for you some original last minute ideas as well but even though they’re a lot more time-saving, none of them is less creative.
Now let’s dive into the spirit of Halloween and offer you the chance for a complete makeover because it can be rather fun to be someone else at least for a little while.
Embody the Evil
It’s wholly simple to perfect your personification of blackness - not to mention delightfully pleasant and spectacularly swanky, as well.
What would the night of Halloween be without a decent depiction of a terrifying serial killer?!
For better or worse their fictional and even quite literal personages have gone on a killing spree in the pop culture and the world of cinema for more than a century.
In case you wonder, the first ever horror film on record is the French movie
Le Manoir du Diable.
The Devil's Castle or simply
The House of the Devil, if you’ve watched it in the USA, instead of the UK, was created by one of the film's earliest visionaries, Georges Méliès, in the outlying 1896.
Although the film has a running time of only a little over three minutes, this supernatural story still manages to pack in all famous genre’s paradigms: bats, ghosts, cauldrons, witches, devils, and even trolls - all appearing and disappearing in the mandatory puffs of smoke.
Actually it was so long ago that the term
horror wasn't even invented. The first use of this word in order to describe a terrifying film genre was in the 1930s.
So all these early horror films were referred to at the time as
In the old days, movie monsters and villains were supernatural creatures like bloodthirsty werewolves and vampires, hostile aliens, giant bugs or zombies, craving for fresh brains. There weren’t evil beings in the form of troubled young people going on a killing spree because of their traumatic twisted past who slashed and stabbed their way into our nightmares.
Nowadays by hearing
horror we imagine slightly different picture and since tomorrow we are about to celebrate the night of all the spooky, restless souls out there, let’s do it properly:
Follow the instructions in our
murderous list below to recreate the most iconic slashers who have ever appeared on the big screen.
Michael Myers -
In order to recreate the fictional character from the
Halloweenseries of slasher films, whose movie career started back in 1978 - all you need is a decent mask and chef's knife.
If you don’t want to spend money on a mask - DIY one.
Just head to the nearest party shop and buy nothing but a plain white plastic mask.
Then resize the eye and mouth holes with a scissors until they look just about right and don’t forget about the eyebrows - you can either draw them or glue some mossy textile or fabric - even a small piece of velour will do.
This one step is a bit trickier - if you want to add a bit extra touch use old yellow (or beige) crumpled (wrapping) paper. Have in mind that old newspaper is not an option since the text and the pictures on the pages won’t do the trick.
Then tear some pieces and glue them onto the plastic mask. Now put some varnish on it or whatever kind of polish may lay around your place - even your hairspray will do or a huge amount of nail polish…
Whatever you choose, just fixate it right because you might spend the whole night with it.
To complete your look fully - dress in at least one size larger blue coveralls, put on a pair of old work gloves and step in a pair of old work boots - you can even take a muddy walk in order to look even more authentic.
That’s it, enjoy your night as a mass murderer (just don’t take this literally and have a night to remember)!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacrefranchise
If you’re not good at sewing it will be for the best to simply buy a decent Leatherface mask.
But in case you’re eager to completely DIY this significant look - what you need is old scrap of fake leather - the grumpier the better.
Since the Leatherface masks are (at least slightly) different in each of the films, pick one and try to make it look as humanized as possible... but not in the beautiful way though. Simply try using a piece of old leather which is in the closet colour to the natural human’s skin and then just improvise.
The good news is that you don’t have to be precise - this will contribute to the genuineness of your look. All you have to do is to somehow put it together in one piece which won’t fall apart while you dance the night away.
To complete your DIY slasher costume: put on short sleeve shirt, formal black pants, a classic necktie, leather belt, decent boots, and blood-soaked apron, and don’t forget your noisy Chainsaw or your heavy hammer at a pinch.
Jason Voorhees -
Friday the 13thmovies
Jason Voorhees first appeared in
Friday the 13thway back in 1980 as the young son of camp cook-turned-killer Mrs. Voorhees.
You may not know but the sapling was originally intended to carry the series as the main antagonist, whether by stalking and killing the other characters, or acting as a psychological threat to the protagonist…
Since his first portrayal by Ari Lehman (who will forever be remembered by the movie’s fans as the original Boy In The Lake), the character has been represented by numerous actors and stuntmen, sometimes by more than one at a time - so basically no one knows who should receive credit for the portrayal.
So why not you?!
The serial killer from Crystal Lake can be extremely easy to be DIY recreated at home… if you choose the right moment of his evolution of faces during the franchise.
If you aim to represent Jason at any moment after 1982, all you need is his significant trademark - the hockey goalie mask, which first appears in Friday the 13th Part III.
So find one, grab it, chop it a little, then combine it all together with the most rugged, tattered and shabby pieces of clothing, you’ve found at the Thrift Shop and don’t forget the essential bloody machete and eventually a pair of worn-out, brown gloves - you’re decomposing, after all - don’t forget that.
The Masked Killer -
Blood and Black Lace
Okay, the chances are you haven’t heard of this one but this horror movie, directed by Mario Bava is among the most emblematic Giallo films ever made.
Giallo is a 20th-century Italian genre of literature and film, referring to psychological thriller-horror that has a mystery or detective elements that usually blends the atmosphere and suspense of fiction and eroticism, and quite often involves a mysterious killer whose identity is not revealed until the final act of the film.
The term derives from a series of cheap paperback mystery novels with yellow covers (
giallois the Italian word for
yellow) that were popular in post-fascist Italy.
The genre has been considered to be a predecessor to, and significant influence on, the later American slasher film genre.
So if you want to represent the original and not yet another copycat version, head on straight to the nearest drug store and purchase a Conforming, Sterile & Latex-Free, Cohesive, Stretch, Gauze Bandage Roll.
This will stay on your face presumably for hours so don’t make compromises with the quality of the material whatever the price (we don’t meant this literally but the actual difference shouldn’t be more than a single pound at max so don’t risk an unpleasant allergy because of that).
Once your mask is done, it’s time to get
Back in Black- put on a black raincoat, black, leather gloves and a stylish british 100% felt, black, bowler hat.
That’s it, go and kill them… with charm and kindness.
The bonus here is that if you decide to change your costume right before heading to the nearest whiskey bar, you can always become a mummy… well, in case you’ve bought at least five 4inch x 4.1yards rolls.
Patrick Bateman -
We simply can’t miss brilliant Christian Bale especially when thinking about his perfectly toned trained body. But leaving his devilish charm aside, Bateman is still a psycho from the most dangerous and delusional type so to be in his shoes for the night won’t be so easy.
You can always simply put a nice suit and all but to make it really interesting - find an axe and put on it a thin bloody slicker while your general look remains classy and unchanged.
Clever Last-Minute DIY Costumes
If you just got invited to the best party ever but haven’t got a clue what to put on in the last minute, we come to the rescue with this ECC DIY Halloween Costumes that you can totally tackle in no time.
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Okay, you definitely won’t have the time for a last-minute Print T-Shirt order but any one-coloured pullover, hoodie, turtle or V-neck piece of clothing will do the trick. All you need is a textile or fabric paint or marker.
You don’t have the time to get even one of those!?
Don’t worry a permanent, highlighter pen or marker, oil paint - literally, anything designed to work and colour paper only (eventually without water paint) can save the day.
Just have in mind that your masterpiece won’t last but it will be terribly hard to wash it at home if that’s possible at all...
Still, we think that this is a well-deserved risk plus you don’t need dozens of black or white T-shirts, which are already fading, don’t you?
50 Shades of Grey
The love story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey may be over, leaving a fair amount of desires depicted by the big screen, but this clever costume idea deserves a bit more time under the spotlights.
All you need are a few grey paint swatches glued over your black T-Shirt and you’ll get the creativity points plus some telephone numbers eventually because of all the women out there, who want to see how a very special private Red Room would look like or will at least ask you for your favourite moment or scene from E.L. James book series - so be prepared to answer that one.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a decent Guacamole and were as well caught up by the Avocado Trend which is still spreading with the speed of light but why not be ironic for a second and innocently laugh at the green mania by pulling off this clever last-minute Halloween costume?!
All you need is a green T-Shirt, a few Avocado stickers and an angel halo. We’re pretty sure that you can find all of those at the local supermarket or you can make your very own aureole with the help of thin white boa, just a bit of thin and thick wire, a headband and glue gun (or any glue or even scotch tape).
The idea is far too simple - just bend the wire, swing it around the headband & glue the boa you can improvise with cotton, as well)
Now take a look in the mirror and smile and be sure to enjoy something avocado-flavoured before the night ends.
Party like Joel Goodson
The character portrayed by Tom Cruise in Risky Business is anything but tedious. This cult classic look is an emblematic icon for the pop culture so you simply can’t go wrong by pulling it off.
So if you don’t mind going pantless in public, you can easily recreate this remarkable and memorable scene (even if you totally improvise the dance moves). Just try to find a pink shirt, white socks and the right type of shades and you will surely be the one who will steal the party this night of Halloween.
Become the most eligible date out there by putting on your fanciest suit and walking around with a single red rose.
You can skip all the crying though but we hope that the night will be generous with passionately gentle kisses instead.
And who knows, maybe you will indeed find The One exactly when it seems least expected.
Nudist on Strike
This one is rather creative and far too easy as well. All you need is a handmade sign which is stating
Nudist on Strikeand that’s it - you can wear whatever you want and feel comfortable all night without breaking the rule not to go out
as ordinary. On top of that, you can really make some sort of your very own personal statement.
When it comes to funny & brainy pick up lines, only the sky's the limit.
Become a Stick Figure by simply putting on clothes in one colour (preferably white or black) and use some Silver or Black Duck Tape to
drawthe lines by sticking them directly onto your outfit. That’s it, you're good to go and have fun, living the easy life of a simple drawing.
And in case you want (and have the time) to lighten things up here is how to take things with this DIY costume to the whole new level.
Why don’t you try to Sing in the Rain?
No, you don’t have to perfect the Gene Kelly’s iconic choreography by making the exact Don Lockwood’s performance. It is more than enough to put on a nice costume (preferably a vintage, grey one or whatever just don’t go for smoking and avoid black and the too tighten fashion - basically try to look as much as the ‘50s as possible), the nice top hat and the umbrella are mandatory of course.
Now put on a goofy, happy, silly smile because you’ve just fallen in love with a woman who loves you as well (or at least your character is but a smile would never hurt anyone so go for it).
And remember, whatever you do, don’t leave your umbrella out of sight. Not only because you might lose it after a certain amount of shots but because your whole disguise will disappear and the rain will be on your parade.
The bonus which comes with this clever costume is that
Whatever the weather, you'll be happy againbecause
When the sun shines, we shine together… you can stand under my umbrellaor i.e. you will be always stylishly prepared even if it’s raining cats and dogs out there.
The Halloween Songs You Need to Play at Your Costume Party
It is about time to get the party started so we’ve made this exclusive
Trick or Treat Playlist to add some spooky sound to your very special All Hallows' Eve.
Have in mind that we add a bit more than just music so beware - you might get scared.
We’d love to tell you more about all the mystic Halloween traditions and its origins besides candy and trick-or-treating so the night before All Saints' Eve we will tell you more about the black cats, ghosts, demons, witches, vampires, werewolves and all the other creatures of the dark, which you may come across on the magical night of the dead.
All you have to know for now is that tonight at the Witching hour the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits is really thin and all the lost souls starts to wander, cursed at Midnight hour.
You’ve been Warned!
Now Go and Have some Fun.