Halloween came a little bit early on the blog this year. Normally I would be posting this tomorrow, but tomorrow will be my monthly Fab 40’s post. This actually worked well for my schedule, as I wanted to do a trial run before Monday to work out the kinks and see if I wanted to make any edits to my costume.
Obviously, I finally decided to go with Queen of Hearts this year. I wanted to select something that would work seamlessly with my bright, red hair and also offer some fabulous dramatic flair. Evidently I really like Alice in Wonderland costumes! Check out my Mad Hatter look from a couple of years ago, if you haven’t already. Since I prefer DIY costumes to purchasing ready made ones, I also took into consideration what I already owned.
So here are the basics of how I put together my Halloween costume for this year. A few years ago I made a black tulle skirt using this technique for a witch costume (I’ve used it for a couple of other costumes since), so I pulled it out again, and using the same technique, I added red and white tulle. Tulle is super inexpensive and the additions cost around $15. I also added some glittery red hearts sporadically on the white tulle, but after seeing these photos, will be adding a few more. For extra oomph I added my black tulle skirt that is part of my regular wardrobe underneath. I love how full the end result is! Since it is usually a bit chilly while handing our candy, for the top I went with a simple red sweater. I gathered more tulle with elastic for this fabulous collar. After I couldn’t find gold glitter foam sheets, I got creative and cut my crown out of a gold Dollar Tree gift bag and threaded it through a thin headband. Red Mary Janes, black nails with a heart glitter overcoat, and a heart scepter completed the look. Oh, and some dramatic makeup. I’m looking at some alternatives for Monday with this aspect, as my eyes are really sensitive and quickly became irritated.
So there you have it – this year’s costume. I happen to love how it all came together! I am really looking forward to wearing this to the office Monday – There will be plenty of “Off with her heads!” to be said. Our neighborhood is always packed, so I will go straight home to start handing out candy. This year I am certain none of the really little kids will be scared like a few were of my Old Hollywood Grayscale costume last year. I have a little tulle left over, so Mina may get some matching accessories, as she always sits out with me all evening. If so, I will take a pic to share on Instagram.
What are dressing up as this year? I can’t wait to hear.