Hello my darlings! I have missed you. Real life always takes a priority, and we have been doing a lot of living lately. Now it is already the last week of October. How did that even happen? As I work on final details for my Halloween costume this year, I thought it would be fun to look back on my costumes from previous years.
It has actually been a few years since I have been to an actual costume party. However, I tend to invent excuses to dress up on regular days, so obviously, I must embrace the opportunity to dress up on Halloween!
A dear friend recently reminded me that we grew up in the days of plastic costumes. Remember those? Basically a plastic pinafore with an image on it. Every costume included a plastic mask whether it was necessary or not.
These days, I tend to root through my closets and see what I can put together to create a costume. I am spoiled with tons of second hand clothes (not to mention a ton of my own clothes!), so it is fun to see what I can create without going to the store.
I have rambled enough. Here we go!
This Mime costume was super last minute. This was the year that I learned that cheap costume make-up is harder to apply than it looks. That was the only thing I purchased that year.
This dress was my Mom's when she was young. My 3rd Aunt designed it! I am totally in love with the dress. I need to find more excuses to wear it.
This was one of my favorite costumes! I won the plain back hat as a prize at a party. For Halloween, I decorated it Mad Hatter style. The jacket and vest used to be my Mom's. The pants used to be my Dad's. The bow tie was made out of felt. I used safety pins to add lace to the jacket. A few more details found while rummaging through my closets and my costume was complete!
I found a Pinterest photo of a girl with braided cat ears
and knew I had to try it. It was actually quite simple with just a bit of floral wire and bobby pins. As an ode to my new home state of New Jersey and a silly conversation I had with a friend, this costume was born. The vest was a wedding gift. The necklace is one that I made years ago.
Another favorite! I reinvented the plain back hat I had used for my Mad Hatter costume. A house, a tornado, a yellow brick road, and I became the Wicked Witch of the East. Apparently, I didn't look wicked enough. I was having too much fun! I took a fun long skirt I had and pinned it randomly to make it more witchy.
Did you dress up for Halloween this year? What has been a favorite costume of yours? I love that Facebook gives me the opportunity to see so many great costumes throughout the month of October. Have a safe and fun week!