Halloween is a festive holiday marked by candy, trick-or-treating, parties and costumes. Though you can go all out with expensive, store-bought costumes, it's easy to make a cheap outfit at home by carefully selecting a base from your current wardrobe and adding inexpensive or home-crafted accessories to complete the look./
Most home-made costumes can be constructed from monochromatic basics. Black leggings or jeans and a black T-shirt can be the basis of a variety of costumes. Some common clothing items lend themselves specifically to certain costumes. A red and white shirt, for instance, can be styled into a "Where's Waldo" ensemble. High socks can be used to imitate schoolgirls, athletes and colonial figures.
Once you have gathered your palette of clothing, obtain some accessories to pull together the look. A beret can turn a stream-lined black outfit into a beatnik or a French person costume. A flowery necklace and some streamers creates a convincing hula dancer, and a collection of dangling earrings and necklaces combined with a headband can transform almost any skirt into a fortune teller costume.
Apply makeup to create classic Halloween looks. Black and white face paint or even eyeliner can be used to make you look like a zombie or a variety of animals.
The traditions of modern Halloween -- costumes, ghosts, trick-or-treat -- come from a number of ancient civilizations. According to the History website, most experts believe that this spooky holiday stems from the Celtic festival of Samhain.Full Answer >
The holiday of Halloween derives from Hallowmas, is based on Samhain and has symbols tied to Wiccans from the Middle Ages. For example, bats, black cats and spiders are all important components of Halloween, and all were associated with witchcraft.Full Answer >
Calling your local police department, watching the local news, listening to local radio, attending a city council meeting prior to Halloween and speaking with any nearby neighborhood watch members all help you determine the official time window for trick-or-treating in your community. This time frame sometimes changes due to weather conditions, so checking local weather reports the day before Halloween is also useful to get the most up-to-date information.Full Answer >
Costume Craze offers cheap mermaid tails for girls through their website packaged as full Halloween costumes. They retail between around $20 to around $50, as of 2015. Halloween Costumes also offers a mermaid tail on their website for around $40. Fin Fun Mermaid and Swimmable Mermaid Tails are also available for girls, but at a slightly higher price; these retail for around $60.Full Answer >