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Making a Witch Costume For Halloween

The witch is one of the most popular Halloween costume for females. I don?t know if it is the flexibility (spooky, sexy, old, young...) or just the fact that, in reality, Halloween is still celebrated by today?s witches. But to be honest, the reason is not important.

You don?t need to spend a lot of money to buy a witch costume. This Halloween why don?t you try to make one from scratch?

The hat
The hat is the most important piece of a witch?s costume. Although some witches can get away without one you can never be sure whether it is a witch, a sorceress, or just an ?old hag?, so don?t even think about not including one in yours.

The classic pointy black hat is really easy to make with black card stock. Cut a circle with a circle opening to put the head in and then create a cone and glue them together. If you want you can cover the card stock with fabric (in that case you should crunch the paper and make the cone not so pointy).

Remember that if you are going for an alternative look (such as a red witch) you should make the hat match the rest of the costume.

The dress
The way the witch dresses can make her a sexy, spooky, or plain ugly witch.

For an ugly spooky witch, use a long black skirt (or buy lots of black fabric and tie it around your waist with a string and make it even more rustic) and add a long sleeve black sweater. Use a pillow to serve as a hunch and black or red shoes. You can also use a black cape with a hood over your costume if you are not using a hat.

For a sexy witch, use a black mini skirt, a black top, black or red high heels or boots and lots of black lace. A sexy witch uses lots of red (gloves, jewelry, socks)... and is not afraid to show some body.

Accessories
Another key element of the witch costume is the broom. Any old broom will do, but if you are going for rustic get a stick from the local forest and some straw or dried herbs and tied them together.

Other good ideas to include with your costume are jewelry with occult symbols, red apples, a black cat plushie, white makeup, a fake nose and warts, maybe a portable cauldron. Witches are simple characters that don?t use a lot of accessories, so don?t overdo it.

Creating your very own witch costume can be easy if you use your imagination and common items from around the house. It is a simple costume that never loses its appeal and it is an excellent choice for this Halloween.

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Making Your Own Skeleton Costume

Think Halloween. Other than pumpkins, trick or treating, witches, and bats, I?ll bet you thought of skeletons, skulls, or bones. Unfortunately there isn?t a really good skeleton costume yet, but with creativity you can make your very own - one that is at least as good as those you can buy from the costume shop.

Skull - the skeleton?s head
Even if you only show up with a skull people will know you are a skeleton. If you have the money to invest in a skull mask I really recommend you do, but it is also possible to create one from scratch.

Take a long piece of black fabric, a large hood, or anything you can wrap around your face. Cut holes for the eyes, for breathing, and for the mouth (unless you don?t plan on eating or drinking). Now you just need to paint or glue a skull!

You can also use a balloon. Fill the balloon and glue several layers of paper on it. Let it dry. Now cut in half and you have the skeleton (pun intended) for two masks. Just cut the same holes, paint in black, let it dry, and then paint the skull. Use a string to hold it in place and then use a black hood to cover the rest of your head.

Costume - the skeleton per se
Take black clothes and white paint. That?s all you?ll need. That and a little knowledge of anatomy (or a fantastic new tool called Google). Just paint the skeleton over the clothes.

Accessories
The skeleton itself doesn?t need any accessories, however you can give it some personality by using a few simple items. A top hat and a walking stick will make for a stylish skeleton. A black hood, a black cape and scythe will create Death. And menacing skeletons will use a mace or axe (ideal weapons for crumbling other skeletons).

Skeletons are one of the most worn costumes for Halloween. This Halloween you can dress as one too.

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Making a Zombie Costume

Zombies are dead people that were reanimated. They were a part of many myths but the official zombies were cadavers brought from the dead by voodoo magic. And now you can turn yourself into a zombie in the comfort of your own house, no magic required.

The general idea - the dead look
The zombie is dead. So the most important thing is looking dead. A pale body paint (or gray), dark around the eyes and with white colored eye lenses will help a lot, but you need to add or you will look like just a toothless vampire.

I suggest you create some scars and putrefying wounds in your face and exposed body parts using body paint, or you can even buy them ready to use from the local costume shop. This is really a key step, and even if you only paint yourself and add a few wounds people will be able to recognize you as a zombie.

Clothes for a zombie
Despite the fact that a rotting body is all a zombie really needs, in reality your clothes have been buried with you too so you need to make them look old. Use bleach to make the fabric look weaker and then tear it apart.

If you have real old clothes even better. And a good idea is getting some clothes from the sixties or some other ?ancient? time and use this aging process in them. That way you can insert a zombie even into a Sixties themed Halloween party.

Accessories that will make you come from the dead
The ready made wounds and scars we talked about are all that you need. Zombies, after all, don?t need much else, they weren?t buried with anything else, and they don?t use weapons to kill people, preferring to eat them instead.

You can, off course, add a few accessories. Maybe some old looking jewelry. Or dried or rotten flowers that were burried with the zombie but still cling to its hair and clothes. Maybe a will. And since historically zombies were created by Voodoo, chicken legs, skulls, and fake rats can also help.

Bringing a zombie from the dead may not be an easy task, but turning the living into zombies is. This Halloween show up as a zombie.

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Making Your Own Halloween Costumes

We are not really sure if Halloween comes from the Celtic celebration of Samhain or from the Roman festival of Parentalia. Both were celebrations of the harvest and the death, and the night of Halloween was considered the time when the veil between death and life was the thinnest and where the dead walked the earth.

Jump two thousand years in time and Halloween is a celebration of everything spooky, when people disguise themselves as beasts and heroes from the other side of the veil and roam the earth demanding treats. Or else...

Costumes are one of the most popular traditions of Halloween today. This time of the year you can find them in almost every clothing, party, kid, and department store in the country. There are scary zombies, agile ninjas, beautiful faeries... However, not everyone can or wants to use these costumes. Some people would prefer to use their creativity and create costumes on a budget.

Making the costumes with your kids can be a great bonding activity. All it takes is a little creativity (don?t worry, your kid is sure full of it) and a few basic supplies. You don?t even need to buy anything - some items around your house can be transformed into great disguises, including the classic ghost costume made from a blank sheet, and with black fabric, some rags and black card stock, you can even make a witch.

For girls the classic witch may or may not be the choice. Another option is the fairy (which most girls would prefer), the princess, or, why not, the zombie or the ghost. It all depends on what your girl wants.

For a fairy a piece of cloth and some wires can make great wings. However, I advise you to buy some in a store weeks in advance for safety. Add some pink sheets of paper to make a simple flowing dress and face painting, and you have a gorgeous fairy. The same principle can be used to make her into a princess, substituting the wings for a tiara.

As for boys, there are tons of options - remember to ask your kid. Cowboys, ninjas, ghosts, zombies, mummies, wizards, superheroes... All can, however, be made at home with a small budget and big creativity.

For example, take some dark purple body paint, old clothes and one or two inexpensive gore pieces and you have a zombie. Dress him in black, and paint him white, add a few skulls and he?s become a necromancer. If you prefer a ninja use toy knives and swords instead of the skulls and a black scarf as a mask.

Now that I gave you some ideas it?s your time to come up with Halloween costumes. Think about how you can make a pirate costume. What about a mad scientist? A sorceress? As you?ve seen it doesn?t take great skill, only imagination.

Halloween may no longer be a religious feast celebrating the ancestors, but it can still be a family celebration by simply spending some time with your kids to create a costume they will be proud of.

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