When it comes to holidays, I like to fully embrace the spirit of the season – and Halloween is no exception. Come Friday, you’ll find me with a stack of horror movies, plenty of hideous-looking orange and green snacks and my Halloween playlist.
I also love an opportunity for fancy dress, which is almost certainly why I get so excited when 31 October rolls around (well, that and the sweets) but – confession – I can be a bit lazy when it comes to dressing up. I don’t want to part with much time or money. I’m a busy gal.
So, if you need costume inspiration but you’re low on resources and feeling a bit lazy, you’ll most definitely like these:
Alice in Wonderland
You can see the full outfit on my Instagram.
Confession: everything you see in this outfit is part of my everyday wardrobe. In fact, I basically wore this entire outfit to Fashion Week last February (see for yourself). Doesn’t this Vintage Style Me dress make a pretty perfect Alice dress? Or a Dorothy in Oz dress, if you have a pair of sparkly red shoes lying around!
The only thing I added was this lovely blonde wig, which I found for about a tenner in an online fancy dress shop. I think the scariest thing about this costume is seeing me as a blonde. It’s not a look I’ll be trying for real!
Geddit, geddit? A cat burglar?
This is another costume that’s really easy to craft from your everyday wardrobe. It’s just the make-up that’s teeny bit different. Speaking of which, black lipstick was harder than I thought to source! I eventually found some at the Miss Sporty counter in Boots (not somewhere I’d visited since the early 2000s). But at least it was only £2.59! I’ll keep it in case I go through a latent Goth phase.
I’m a fan of any costume that involves a pun, but in case no one gets your unique and brilliant sense of humour, you could always say you’re Cat Woman.
Well, I’m off to cause mayhem in my bedazzled cat mask, see you later!
If you thought I looked a bit scary in the blonde wig, you’re in for a treat.
Miss Wednesday Addams! She’s certainly one of my favourite characters (and my, isn’t she quotable), so I was looking forward to emulating that contemptuous stare. As you can see, it needs a lot of work.
But the costume itself is another incredibly easy one. I think most girls have a peter-pan collar lurking in their wardrobe somewhere, so if you fancy being Wednesday, dig it out, powder your face white, add some dark shadow around your eyes and plait your hair. That’s it! I also used a kohl eyeliner to create her distinctive hairline, but unless you want to spend the rest of the evening scrubbing at your scalp with a make-up wipe, you may want to give that step a miss…
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Another confession: I still watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch (it really comes into its own once you reach adulthood). So, naturally, I couldn’t resist dressing up as my favourite spell caster for Halloween! Especially not when I have the perfect Salem awaiting his blogging debut – thanks Pepper cat.
This is a pretty vague costume (especially when you look nothing like Melissa Joan Hart), so I’d recommend only pulling this one out of the cauldron if you’re attending a 90’s or throwback themed party. But you could sub the sparks and feline pal for a stake and go as Buffy, or add plenty of pink and morph into Barbie. I even toyed with the idea of adding fake blood, ghoulish make up and leather leggings and becoming Zombie Lindsay Lohan. Ah, this blonde wig can be anything!
Sally from Nightmare before Christmas
And to end on a classic costume, here’s Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas – a great film, although I’m never sure whether I should be watching it in October or December. Just to be on the safe side, I watch it all year round.
My little sister actually helped me with this one – no special face paints here, just eyeliner, blue eyeshadow and a big ole’ powder brush. All of these looks are super easy to replicate, so if you’ve been caught off-guard with a last minute party invitation, you can definitely rustle up a costume in no time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my five easy costumes. I’ll be business-as-usual this weekend, so no more black lipstick or blonde wigs for me!
Which was your favourite costume? Let me know in the comments! x