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Sticky: Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Sep

Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Halloween, Masquerade, Mardi Gras, Theatrical, Santa’s,  Valentines Day, Easter Bunnies, Mascots, Stage Makeup, Masks, Disguises

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A Visit to a Costume Shop – 4 Parts

Sep
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Coming Tomorrow!
The next several days will devoted to visiting an actual, real life costume shop.  From that point on, we will go into specific areas of history, geography, literature and more areas to help you find the right costume for your Halloween event.  Short of money? We have a answer for that.  Plus size?  We have an answer for that as well.  
 
A few notes on the “Visit to a Costume Shop” follow:
Please visit us to see our four part video tour of a costume shop.
 
Caveat 1 – Each of the four parts is about 4 (or so) minutes long.
 
  Caveat 2 – The first video is more informational, as to how and where to find your local costume shop.
 
Caveat 3 – The last video may be at the top (as they were loaded sequentially, or not). so you might want to start at the third or fourth down, and work your way back up.
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Costume Shop or Halloween Shop

Sep
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Costume Shop or Halloween Shop?

The answer is spirit gum and crepe hair.  What? 

It’s time to rent or buy my Halloween costume or mask and I don’t know where to start. 

Many  ideas are swirling through my mind, but where do I go to look and try on a few to see what costumes matches my personality and interests? 

Of course, I’ve seen costumes at those large brick and mortar chain seasonal stores, and even in my local drug store or grocery store; but I want to move it up a level.

About this time of year, it seems those seasonal Halloween shops emerge to pay their annual visit, but rarely in the same place two years in a row. 

Perhaps I should go to an all year round costume store.  The permanent stores usually carry costumes for all seasons and occasions like Christmas (Santa’s and Elves), Easter (Easter Bunnies, biblical), St. Patrick’s (Leprechaun’s) and Valentine’s Day (Cupid’s).  In addition they support local, high school and college productions with costumes as well.  Did you ever wonder where the costumes from your high school version of “Music Man” or “Crucible” came from?  Or who manufactured your college mascot costume?

Costume Shop or Halloween Shop.  Where do I go?

The answer is spirit gum and crepe hair. 

Both types of shops have similar goods for sale, and the prices are comparable; but the similarities end there.

When I walk into a Halloween shop, I always ask if they carry spirit gum and crepe hair.  If it’s not the blank stare that I get, it’s a stammering that goes like this “uhhhhhh”

When I walk into a costume shop, I ask the same question and am greeted with “what color and how much do you need?” or something similar to that.

Spirit gum is a liquid adhesive used for fake mustaches, beards, hairpieces and a few other unique purposes.  Crepe (pronounced like ‘grape’) hair is a braided woolen fiber that is used to create mustaches, beards, sideburns and that occasional hairpiece or hair on the chest.

A costumer (not customer) knows what spirit gum and crepe hair are and how to use them, and perhaps thousands of other tips and ideas that a Halloween shop doesn’t know.  And why?  Because the costumer has a broader knowledge, by far, than the Halloween shops.  The costumer will also hire permanent and temporary help that too, are knowledgeable.  Perhaps theatre majors.  To me, that’s ‘value added’.

In addition the costume shop offers the possibility of renting a better quality (than the packaged costumes) costume.  You probably won’t use the costume you are buying this year ever again, anyhow.

Is ‘value added’ a good enough reason to drive a few extra miles?  

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Great Halloween Tip

Sep
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Halloween Makeup Contest

Your face will need to be white. Vampires have pale faces, so your Halloween makeup will need to be colorless. (After all, vampires never even get a glimpse of the sun, right?) You will need to acquire the palest shade of foundation you can. If your local pharmacy does not have a shade light enough, you can get it at a costume or theater shop. For a Gothic look, a very light makeup on your face will give this result. You apply this makeup on your entire face and right down to your neckline. Put the make up on any section of your upper body that is showing.Halloween Makeup

 

 

One such tradition would be to wear costumes, intended originally from frightening away the spirits of the departed, today we don costumes to be able to scare other folks. This practice makes Halloween a great time for both older people and for children to put on unusual costumes and do some pretending. While there are several web sites or party shops that might offer you a a ready made Halloween costume, if you would like to certainly be a bit unique and not look just like everyone else, you could try creating your very own original Halloween getup. Even for grown ups this can provide possibilities that are worth investigating.Halloween Makeup

You could be creative this Halloween with lots of ideas for your wigs, masks, makeup among others that you may purchase for a unique experience. Almost everyone in the home can find Costumes for halloween which fit them including grown ups, kids and pets. If you’re in a dilemma on the kinds of costumes which you’ll wear this Halloween , you need to find an appropriate theme. Even though the options are always limitless, you could choose Halloween outfit ideas that have been inspired by some of the major occurrences of 2013.

 

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Halloween Costumes Ideas For Halloween Party

Sep
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Halloween Costumes Ideas For Halloween Partys

If you want to enjoy Halloween as children do, why not go as a baby girl and a baby boy? All you need would be baby blue and baby pink rompers plus matching pacifiers as accessories and you are all set. There are hundreds of Halloween costumes for couples that you can consider. You may even choose to be celebrity couples and go as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or you can go as Barack and Michelle Obama even. These couples Halloween costumes are always very fun and when you go for these costumes , there are more chances for you to get your creative juices flowing.

Historical themes have been popular for ever so long. You can dress up as Adam and Eve – a theme that is popular even today. Of course Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra are still a favorite with everyone. You can dress up as a couple from the 50’s. 60’s, 70’s or the 80’s and make everyone relate to that period. Gods and Goddesses of the Greek and the Roman period can also be represented. You can also wear the costume to represent Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or any other political or Hollywood celebrity couple

If you start your shopping early and have a theme idea, you will be amazed at the assortment of Halloween costumes out there made for couples There are costumes that are inexpensively priced and there are some that are more expensive, depending on your idea and if you plan to reuse the costume for all the parties this year. True, you get what you pay for, but with a Halloween costume that is not as important. This is something you may only wear this year, and maybe even only one time, so feel free to browse the clearance and sales items with no guilt.

Costumes have become the ultimate attire for celebrations during Halloween or other theme parties. The online world is full of fancy dress stores where people can either buy or rent out halloween costumes for adults, kids & couples Famous couples costume ideas are great for married couples attending a halloween or a masquerade ball party. Couples halloween costumes made up with a combination of little humor & thrill are always appreciated in halloween There are numerous famous couple ideas for halloween , & choosing the perfect match for a couple can really be a challenge.

Halloween Costume Ideas for couples is something that may take away a lot of your time.What usually happens is that the man may or may not want one character that the woman may want or vice versa.Making a choice on Halloween costumes is not tough, if you are willing to put in some time.For starters, simple things like taking dresses out of TV characters like Lady and the Tramp, and others, could work well for you.If you wish to be the talk of the party, all you have to do is apply some mind.By using accessories you can spice up your costume on any budget.

 

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

Sep
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 Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

When thinking of Halloween costume ideas for couples, you will find that they are available in a wide array of things. Some of the different choices you may find could be a popular celebrity couple or something more unique like various food items that go together. There are hundreds of different Halloween costume ideas for couples that will lean more towards the unusual, odd, comical or just plain different types of Halloween costume ideas for couples. Some of these Halloween costumes ideas for couples are pretty simple to put together, while others may be a bit more difficult to put together. Halloween costumes designed for grownups can often mean complimentary costumes for young couples One quite easy pair of Halloween costumes for a couple is also economical and rapid to put together.It’s based on a play on words * “sick and tired” * where both partners dress in pajamas.One partner carries a pillow and a blanket (worn out), the other features a bottle of medication and a box of tissues, (not well).Various other Halloween couple costumes for halloween could be the “frog and princess” or “Jekyll and Hyde” or “Romeo and Juliet”.Obviously you need to go jointly for the full effect, but you’re only restricted by your creative imagination. Groups of buddies who will attend the functions, naturally can go because the Justice League. The Justice League’s members are well-rounded and are sufficient to accommodate a group of five or six. They can make their grand entrance in these events carrying extravagant and eye-catching costumes of various colours. Group members can also come because the village men and women. The character costume , of course, would vary from each and every member in the group. Wearing costumes as groups, would permit individuals to be associated with their group rather than being observed as an individual entity. Halloween costume ideas for couples , is also becoming popular. Many people like to dress up as famous couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or may be Russell Brand and Katy Perry. A more conventional approach would be to dress as President and First Lady, or Adam and Eve (with carefully placed fig leaves). Another approach to the costumes for couples to go as a pair of classic cartoons such as Aladdin and Jasmine “Beauty and the Beast” The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, or Homer and Marge Simpson. There are over thousands of Halloween outfits to choose from but what makes it unique is totally up to you. You can look online to see one of a kind Halloween costumes you can use for a Halloween event or you can always make one out of everything you can find in your house. Take for example your dirty clothes, you can always improvise it by smudging ketchup, mustard and paint to give you that murky and foul look. Let someone else do the make-up for you then you are on your way to becoming a zombie from Walking Dead.

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Couples and Halloween Costumes

Sep
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      Couples and Halloween Costumes

Costumes have become the ultimate attire for celebrations during Halloween or other theme parties. The online world is full of fancy dress stores where people can either buy or rent out halloween costumes for adults, kids & couples Famous couples costume ideas are great for married couples attending a halloween or a masquerade ball party. Couples halloween costumes made up with a combination of little humor & thrill are always appreciated in halloween There are numerous famous couple ideas for halloween and choosing the perfect match for a couple can really be a challenge.

For a lot of couples , Romeo and Juliet gives them the chance to be romantic but take into account that these two die.  Another couple that you may wish to emulate would be Jack and Kate from Titanic, but just be sure that you find a balcony where you can pose with your ladylove and declare that you are the king of the world.If your Halloween party happens to be on a boat then this costume is perfect but you may want to keep an eye out for any icebergs just in case.You can fashion your own out of cardboard or you can just buy them online.

Finding the perfect costume is hard to do but there are many Halloween costume ideas out there that are ideal for couples including the Romeo and Juliet costumes With Romeo and Juliet costume Halloween – Costume -Ideas-for- Couples , you would have found a superb alternative to wear a costume , which is best suited for Halloween If there is something you want to remember, it is that this play happened in the 14th Century in Verona, Italy. As Romeo and Juliet dresses are raking up a lot of popularity, they seem to be one of the best Halloween Costume Ideas for couples around.

One such tradition would be to wear costumes , intended originally from frightening away the spirits of the departed, today we don costumes to be able to scare other folks.This practice makes Halloween a great time for both older people and for children to put on unusual costumes and do some pretending.While there are several web sites or party shops that might offer you a a ready made Halloween costume , if you would like to certainly be a bit unique and not look just like everyone else, you could try creating your very own original Halloween getup.

CostumesCostumesCostumes.net website has everything that you’ll require when looking for your Halloween outfit. Including a number of different costumes which are presently in fashion with this year.  A number of them include clothes from films for example Pirates from the Caribbean, Thor, Harry Potter, and also the Eco-friendly Lantern.Another trending costume for women during the last couple of years is Peacock Costumes It only appears to become attaining recognition and new costumes are now being manufactured every year.

 

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Pregnant? What About Halloween Costumes?

Sep
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Pregnant?  What About Halloween Costumes?

I know they enjoyed helping and the day after Halloween they were still lifting up my shirt to see where the pumpkin had gone. They were a little mad that I had washed off my womens costume. My husband and group of friends go out every Halloween (usually as a group). I was 8 months pregnant and wanted a womens costume to show that. I started with a cardboard box and spray painted it white. I found some knobs from an old oven and sprayed painted them silver around the bottom for the knobs. For the “burners”, I cut out round cardboard and used pipe cleaners to create the look. I cut the “door” and used saran wrap for the window. Finally as an after thought I added the “backsplash” and wrote “BAKE WITH CARE” on one side and “TIMER: 7 WEEKS LEFT” on the other side. I was 8 months pregnant and came up with a great way to use my big belly!

I took over with the face while they went and put their costumes on. As we were trick or treating I didn’t think anyone was paying much attention to my belly. I had a few people looking but it wasn’t till we went to my brother-in-law’s house that I realized people couldn’t tell whether it was my belly or a t-shirt.

I bought some felt from the craft store and cut and pinned together a big diaper and I also cut and taped fake nipples on to simulate being naked:) It was a great, fun womens costume that got a lot of laughs. Very easy to make. The most expensive part were the Pajama pants. We had a blast and I know our little guy (born November 26th) will see this photo of my costume and have fond memories of his stay.

For my husband (who was a great sport) I bought a plain white apron and chef hat. I used felt to cut out the “THE BUN MAKER” and put silver glitter around it to make it stand out. Needless to say we were the hit of the night. Everyone loved it and it was fun to show off my belly! This was a real womens costume! I already had a cream colored shirt so I began searching for something to wear on the bottom. A pair of Pajama pants did the trick. Click any item to see more details.

 

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Costumes

Sep
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Homemade Halloween Costumes

We bought flannel shirts, a toy rifle and old jeans from a Good Will store so the only thing we paid anything for was the wigs. I got this womens costume idea from seeing a fat man draw on his stomach and making it whistle. I was 7 months pregnant the first time I did this costume and figured if a fat man can do it then so can a pregnant woman. I had heavy shoulder pads in the jacket but to make shoulders you can also use 2 small balloons and tie them around your hips. Staple or attach gloves to the end of the sleeves for hands.

 

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Halloween Costumes for Preggies

Sep
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Halloween Costumes Ideas for Preggies

(but not the ones directly below)

I had bought some inflatable beach ball frogs from Oriental Trading for a child’s party. I had two of the round little cuties left over and… INSPIRATION! at 8 1/2 months pregnant, my belly, only somewhat larger than the beach balls… well maybe half again as large as the beach balls (sigh and chuckle) appeared to be perfect Mama Frog size! So by the time I sat the two little frog balls in my lap with my decorated belly, I had an entire frog pond in my lap (and incidentally, it felt like I was carrying an entire body of water for the whole last month of pregnancy – ha ha ha)!

I was sitting around thinking I wanted to do something special this year with my boys before our new baby arrives. I thought what better way to make it special than to go trick or treating with them (I usually let dad take them out) so therefore wanted a womens costume. I drew the outline of the pumpkin on my belly with the help of a mirror then let the boys (6 and almost4) fill it in. I know this was a special way to connect with my boys. A big Sumo Wrestler was just the costume!


 

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