The brothers Grimm wrote many fairy tales, and most are depicted by costumes of their country of origin (Germany) at the time they penned their works. Usually, these costumes are peasant costumes of the period.
There are some fairy tale costumes that don’t necessarily fit a period or geographical location, though; such as ‘Red Riding Hood’. Of course, a wolf as in the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is common to many countries and many periods in history.
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But not all geographical costumes need to be from fairy tales. Some can be taken from movies or a Broadway show, like “Sayonara” or “Sound of Music”.
Some don’t have to be associated with anything at all. Just pick a country, any country, and adapt a costume. If you are Scottish, then a kilt, shirt and sporran might be just the costume you want to wear to your Halloween costume party. Some clothing costumes are indigenous to countries and locales such as a Muumuu costume from Africa, or a hula skirt from Hawaii.
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Again, geography, history, movies and theatre and literature can be intermixed. The possibilities are endless.
Under the guise of a mask, makeup or a costume, you can be your own alter ego.
Are you the quiet, shy, retiring type? Are you happy to be in the background; but yet yearning to be the life of the Halloween party? Perhaps a hot, peppery Spanish dancer with a hint of cleavage, and a rose between your teeth. Or Lorelei, the siren of the seas, luring sailors with her hypnotic voice? Perhaps a Saloon Girl from the bawdy West or Mae West, a bawdy lady from the movies? And not to forget Scarlett O’Hara.
No real reason for this photo…it’s just colorful.
Are you an outgoing, Type A personality who always draws attention, no matter the venue? Wearing a costume that is opposite your personality is an option. Going as Sister Mary, or as a virginal ‘Marian the Librarian’ (from ‘The Music Man’). Comedy, ala a pairing with your significant other, as in a pair of jailbirds; or Rag Dolls like ‘Raggedy Ann and Andy’. Or opposites as in Satan and a beautiful angel? Laurel and Hardy make a great cinematic and party team.
As you enter the door to yourlocal costume shop, it might seem like you are entering the ‘Twilight Zone’, but much less scary. You will be exposed to another world, maybe another dimension.
There are costumes, props, hats, wigs, Halloween makeup, clown noses, ugly teeth, elf ears, and undoubtedly chopped off hands, eyeballs…..and yes….even blood!!!!!
Costumes of shimmery and glittery sequins, lames and satins.
Funny costumes, historical costumes, sexy costumes coming in all sizes, colors and shapes.
Wigs galore, many in styles of famous personalities, like Elvis, Cher, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Vampira and Rod Stewart are also available. Long hair, short hair, curls, in blacks, browns, blondes and redheads. Bald wigs for those Michael Jordan wannabe’s.
Some props might be available like witches brooms or cauldrons, or a life size rat, or a oversized bat. Certainly no shop would not have spider webs, tombstones and fog machines and strobe lights to help create an atmosphere.
Some shops might even have a real coffin or two to rent, although there are some cardboard coffins available to purchase.
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So I have a beauty guru channel on youtube and I really want to do a Halloween makeup tutorial but the problem is, I have no idea what to do a tutorial on! I mean I know it will be a halloween one, but I don’t know whether to do a witch or a fairy or a vampire or a mermaid or just any halloween costume will work!!!!! Please I need ideas and try to be creative. I’m not looking for a cat or a banana I want something really cool like an evil queen or enchantrace anything will help
Makeup does not hold the magical power that a Halloween mask can. They have the ability that will transform you into another place and time whether you want to be a superhero or heroine. By starting with a Halloween costume idea you can be anybody or anything that you desire for one night of the year. From the beginning of time humans wore masks either to worship gods or spirits of the earth. Another regular item for this type a mask would be using bird feathers and creating a beak that would create a haunting bird mask.
In fact, the popularity of Halloween is evident every year as many restaurants and bars, schools, offices and other organization have costumes parties. A week before Halloween day, a lot of establishment put up classic and modern Halloween decorations, prepare special Halloween menu and offer crazy discounts to entice people to join in the fun. Come to think of it! The number of parties going around during Halloween is the reason why costume maker and retailer make a large profit while professional makeup artist earned a lot on this day as Halloween makeup complete the attire.
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Visit to a Costume Shop
Coming Verrrry Soon!
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 an answer for that. Plus size? We have an answer for that as well. Visit to a Costume Shop coming up
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.
On our last post, we discussed the differences between a full-time costume shop and a seasonal Halloween store. Tomorrow we begin a four-day video visit to a real costume shop, entitled: A Visit to a Costume Shop
Hope it gives you a few ideas for this coming Halloween and an idea of what to look for when you visit a real costume shop.