It’s almost time!

Halloween is tomorrow, and I’ve already watched Hocus Pocus so I’m in full spirit. But if you STILL don’t have a costume because you’re boring, you can do what I did and reuse an old idea – but with a new vision.

I love my pumpkin costume, but I’ve already worn it twice, so this year I decided to change it up a little by attaching strobe lights to my body.

The essential for this costume is obvi my pumpkin-top head band – best thing I’ve ever made.

photo[1]Then I stocked up on light-up necklaces from CVS…

photo[6]…Got some safety pins and a friend who wasn’t afraid to pin lights to my boobs

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And voila! Epilepsy pumpkin was born:


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Sorry I’m Fly

Halloween came a little early for my ladies and me last weekend. So if you still haven’t found a costume, here’s some inspiration from Ally.

All you need is a Forever 21, a TJ Maxx, a street vendor, a vision and all of this can be yours:

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The final product:

photo photo2 photo3What exactly is she dressed as? Whatever you want her to be….

Ghetto Harry Potter

Ghetto Harry Potter

Last minute Halloween

It’s almost Halloween weekend, and I already have my costume picked out, but I thought I’d share out a couple gems of ideas that were thrown around this year and ultimately didn’t make the cut. Both are ideal for a trio, and you can get everything you need at trashy stores in the mall or probably around your house. (Also, don’t forget about the art of wear-and-return…do you really think I still own silver go-go dancer boots?)

For the woman unafraid to dress like a dude –

Uncle Jesse, Danny Tanner and Uncle Joey:

Let’s break these down one-by-one:

Uncle Jesse should be pretty simple as long as you can get the mullet just right. All you need is a leather jacket, a white t-shirt (maybe write Jesse and the Rippers on it), some old ripped faded 90s jeans and some sort of boot.

There’s quite an assortment of “leather” jackets at Forever21, but they are a little pricey. This is where the wear-and-return comes in:

Forever21

For the jeans, I would advise checking your mom’s closet or even a guy’s closet. But if that’s not an option, you can always count on Kohls! Just rip them up a little.

Kohl’s (obvi)

Accessory: Motorcycle helmet, guitar or Lori Loughlin.

Kohl’s

Danny Tanner isn’t too hard either – just pull your hair back in a bun and wear a collared shirt, baggy argyle sweater, pleated khakis and dress shoes or nasty running sneakers.

Kohl’s to the rescue again! Just make sure you get a man color and a really big size.

You can do one-stop shopping and get your khakis there too. I know this outfit will not be a wear-and-return.

Kohl’s again

Accessory: Baby Olsen twin.

Uncle Joey might be a little trickier because it may need to involve a trip to the Good Will, which is hit or miss. What you need is a nice center piece for the outfit – a hoodless 90s sweatshirt with a cartoon character on it. Something like this is good:

Probably a steal on eBay (good investment)

Or you could get a nice short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt.

The rest is jeans like uncle Jesse’s (but not ripped), ugly sneakers and a polo shirt peeking out from under the sweatshirt. This outfit also requires a mullet of course.

Accessory: a beaver hand puppet or Alanis Morissette.

For the true betch – Clueless Girls:

I’m just going to focus on Cher for this one, but the other girls are pretty similar.

The yellow outfit is classic, so I tried to fashion something similar out of items you can find at the mall:

Forever21

Charlotte Russe

American Apparel

Target

Or if you find this beauty at your local Forever 21, that could work too.

Forever21

After that you just need white knee socks and to scour your old bedroom for a tiny backpack, an old cell phone and a fluffy pen to chew on. “Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good.”

The bottom of your JanSport

Feeling Halloweenie? (part 5)

I wanted to post some childhood Halloween costume gems back in October, but due to the forces of nature I didn’t have the chance to look for photos in my cold, dark house. I did, however, have time to go through old pictures on my days off for Christmas. So seeing as we had snow on Halloween and 50 degree weather on Christmas anyway, it doesn’t seem so inappropriate to do Halloween post now.

Halloween costume awards:

Sluttiest: Go-go dancer, 5th grade.

Case in point, I recycled the same costume senior year of college.

Most ahead of the times: Cat, 2nd grade. I knew leotards were acceptable outerwear before “Destiny” even gave birth to Beyonce.

Effing weirest: (guest costume) Lamb, my sister, 1st grade. Why?

GRAND PRIZE goes to most un-PC costume: Hindu, 4th grade.

Feeling Halloweenie (part 3)

This year, my Halloween weekend has been cut short by my cousin’s wedding – I guess she figured “bride” was the best Halloween costume. Anyway she’s getting married Saturday, which only gives me Friday night to dress up, so I didn’t want to go crazy with my costume this year. I took an inventory of my wardrobe and was inspired by my green pumpkin costume tights and brown boots. Peter Pan it is.

I went to the craft store and for 10 bucks, I got everything else I needed. I’m probably just going to wear it to the wedding seeing as it’s way cute, and it’s warmer than the dress I bought – bet you thought you would dodge snow on your wedding day by getting married in October. Apparently not.

What you need –

Outfit:

  • Green T-shirt
  • Brown shorts
  • Green tights
  • Brown boots
  • Brown Belt
  • Brown suede cord
  • Scissors
  • 20 minutes and a semi-steady hand

Hat:

  • Green Felt
  • Red feather
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • The artistic ability of a kindergartner 

This whole thing probably took me a half hour to make, if that. It’s the easiest Halloween costume I’ve ever made, and I love it. I want to wear it to work everyday. All you have to do is cut the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves into points. Then cut a deep V into the neckline and weave the suede cord in criss-crosses across the V.

The hat is also really simple to make, but instead of explaining it I’ll let this annoying British lady show you how to do it. The only difference between mine and hers is that I used felt instead of paper, and I glued down all the folds with a glue gun. I also used a real craft feather instead of cutting one out of paper – a bag of feathers is like $2, why would you ever create one yourself?


In related news, Fairfield county was voted the best place for trick-or-treating in the country. Yeah we are!

Feeling Halloweenie (part 2)

As you may recall from “How to <3 College (Part 1),” Halloween is a very important part of college. And the group costume is a very important part of Halloween in college.

Nowadays, the Spice Girls may not seem like such an original theme for a group costume. Ever since their comeback reunion tour (which I attended, of course. But we’ll get to that later), they have come back onto people’s radars. By Halloween of my sophomore year, though, the Spice Girls were still safely tucked away in 90s pop-culture obscurity.

Being blond, I was assigned the role of Baby Spice, which is not a very impressive costume save for these shoes:

The others were also easy to assign and execute. But then there’s Geri, Ginger Spice – the odd one. How many groups of friends actually include a ginger? Probably not many. After assigning all the parts, Lady K was left with no identity and forced to take on the dreaded Ginger Spice costume. Anyone else might have complained, but Lady K owned the part and even volunteered to wear a nasty red wig. That’s taking one for the team. So, because of this, and because the costume ended up being a masterpiece, I am going to feature it instead of mine.

On a lovely fall afternoon, instead of watching TV, doing laundry or day drinking, Lady K and I embarked on the most intense arts and crafts session I had ever been involved in (until the aforementioned Spice Girls reunion concert). We spent hours on end holed up in a dorm room pouring our blood, sweat and tears into an ugly blue dress purchased at Rave.

I give you Ginger Spice:

What you need –

  • Blue dress (may need to be cut and hemmed in order to be slutty enough)
  • Red Wig
  • Red stripper shoes
  • Red and white electrical tape
  • An iron

If you haven’t figured it out from the picture, you are going to be creating the Union Jack out of electrical tape. Study a picture of the British flag and recreate it on the dress. As you put down each piece of tape, cover it with a piece of fabric and iron it down – basically melting it into the dress, but don’t forget to put something inside the dress so it doesn’t stick to itself. Rinse and repeat until complete – probs. about 5 or 6 hours.

After successfully completing this feat, Lady K and I fancied ourselves experts in the field of creating Union Jack clothing, so we volunteered to create sequined t-shirts for the Spice Girls reunion concert. I’m not going to say it was the worst, but I will say that was the first and last time I will ever glue individual blue sequins onto 4 separate shirts. Here’s the end result:

So if you are in need of an awesome group Halloween costume, try out the Spice Girls. Just know that I will personally judge you if you half-ass it. Have fun with that electrical tape!

Feeling Halloweenie (part 1)

- WHY didn't I buy this (wtfcostumes.com) -

I pride myself on two things when it comes to Halloween: my sweet homemade costumes and the fact that I got the “it’s okay to be slutty on Halloween” memo when I was 7-years-old. No spooky costumes for me – it’s been she-devils and go-go dancers since the second grade. I did it tastefully of course, rocking the turtleneck under the hot witch costume (thanks, mom).

Anyway, if you take Halloween seriously, you’ve been planning your costume for months already. If you don’t take Halloween seriously and/or you have a life, you may still be in need of inspiration. So, I’ve decided to share some of my top costumes of Halloweens past – and don’t worry, I’ll throw in some of my best un-PC childhood costumes. I think 5th grade’s Hindu ensemble may take the cake in that category.

I’ll start with one of my all-time favorites: the pumpkin. I’ve chosen this one first because it’s the most involved so you’ll need more time if you want to make it. And by “you” I mean that one rando girl who subscribes to my blog and all of you hundreds of people who find my page by searching “Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese;” I don’t understand why that’s such a popular search (is it you, Alyssa?)

I wore this costume on two different Halloweens (I know, faux pas) because A.) I didn’t feel like making one last year and B.) it’s super cute, and I totes could have passed the head piece off as a fascinator at the Royal Wedding.

What you need –

Outfit:

  • Green Tights
  • Black Shorts
  • Orange top (no I didn’t have an orange mesh top left over from last week’s rave; I chose it because the holes kept me from getting sweaty and nasty – think about it.)
  • Black heels or boots
  • Black Felt

Head Piece:

  • Head band
  • Orange felt
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • A hidden talent for arts and crafts

Here’s the part where I’m just going to assume that anyone actually contemplating ripping off my idea is smart enough to figure it out by looking at the pictures because I don’t feel like going through all the steps. BUT I’ll give you one hint for the head piece: cut out two identical pumpkin top shapes out of the orange felt. Put some pipe cleaner in between them so that it’s moldable and glue around the edges. Other than that – just cut and paste things onto the appropriate places and voila!