Halloween might be over, but it’s general spirit lives on in the form of costume parties, Christmas parties and end of year dress up functions. With talented and creative party people out there your next costume party is never too far away, and whether you are gearing up for the party season or getting your next costume ready for All Hallows Eve, here are some of the best costumes and characters you can dress up as, and though many of these are more relatable to the females amongst us, the beauty of costumes is that opposite genders can result in some hilarious fun – if you’re willing and able!
1. Daenerys Targaryen
To be honest, any Game of Thrones character you dress up as is likely to be rad so feel free to channel your Jon Snow in black feathers, your Hound in full knight armour or prepare to get booed as the most hated Joffrey Baratheon. However, if you are after something elegant and beautiful – not to mention easy to make – you want to go as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. Go through your wardrobe to find, or hire from a costume store, a short sleeved blue dress becoming of one of the nicest characters in the Game of Thrones universe. Get yourself a long blonde wig and twist some large, thick strands into braids to tie behind your head. Easy, and sure to wow the crowd!
Angelina Jolie created a beautiful and graceful creature crossing between the paths of light and dark with her 2014 film of the same name, so its no wonder that Maleficient has become a crowd favourite for the 2014 Halloween rotation. While her costume is intricate and may seem hard to create, you really only have to doll yourself up in a long black dress that will either be in your wardrobe already, or easy to find at a costume store. The horns are even super easy – simply follow this amazing DIY tutorial from Youtube Nation about how to create the ultimate Maleficient look, right down to the make up!
3. Effie Trinket
Yes, everyone out there wants to Katniss Everdeen, and her look would definitely be easy to create (army boots, a long braid and a mockingjay pin) but if you want to go a little more elaborate, and guarantee no one else will be sporting the same braid as you, go as Katniss’ mentor Effie Trinket. Check out this amazing tutorial about all the different, and extravagant, elements you need to channel your inner Effie and to be honest, the majority of these fabulous items are likely to already be in your wardrobe. Simply put them all together, make sure they match in colour, add a heap of colourful make up and top it off with a giant curly wig and matching eye make up. Done!
4. Risky Business
This is probably the easiest costume for the males out there. Grab a white shirt (the baggier the better) and some pulled up matching white socks. Put on a pair of dark shades and get ready to hit the town… or be left outside on the sidewalk for indecent exposure.
Photo from Flickr by Tony Aceves
5. Pin Up Roy Lichtenstein Girl
This one is also pretty easy, and while you do need to break out the face paint you don’t need the background of a face painter for children’s birthday parties to be able to accomplish it. This costume has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, and takes it homage from the 1940’s and 1950’s pop art era. My favourite artist is Roy Lichtenstein, who created femme fatales and other female forms in comic strip situations, using bold colours and a lot of coloured dots. To channel your inner Lichtenstein, get yourself dolled up in a cute dress (a 1950’s inspired ensemble is sure to please) and simply paint your face like it was painted itself with big full lips, perfect eyeliner and a heck of a lot of large colourful dots. Simple, and super cute!
So there you have it, 5 easy costumes that you can put together with the help of a little DIY, some clothes from your cupboard (or someone else’s) and a little bit of make up. If you decide to channel any of these awesome costumes (and I think I might try the Pop Art girl for next Halloween!) let me know. Email me your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them in the description below – I would love to see them!
Until then, enjoy hiding behind your masks!