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How to make an upright umbrella costume that opens and closes?

How can we make an umbrella costume for our 3-year-old that opens when he raises his arms and closes when he lowers them? [more inside]
posted by marlys on Oct 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Are cross-dressing costumes still acceptable?

Is it still considered OK to have cross-dressed costumes for Halloween? I mean like, Sonny and Cher, or Leia and Luke, only with the guy in the female costume and the woman in the guy costume. As a cis white guy who's trying to be more aware of my privilege, I don't want to be a jerk to the LGBTQ community.
posted by notsnot on Oct 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Costume idea involving silver velvet cloak

Last minute costume help.... I am attending a party on Saturday that I have just found out is dress-up for Halloween. I love dressing up and I have a silver full length velvet cape made for a previous costume that I would love to reuse but I need ideas on how to use that aren't just generic queen/zombie queen ideas. [more inside]
posted by Lesium on Oct 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Halloween costume for a blue-haired 8 year old

My 8 year old son cannot decide what he wants to be for Halloween. He has turquoise blue hair, which doesn't have to be part of his costume, but I mean, if you're going to have blue hair, you may as well make the most of it at Halloween, eh? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Oct 23, 2016 - 32 answers

Meet the devil at me

Help me dress up like a Crossroads (as in, Blues musician Robert Johnson selling his soul to Satan at a crossroads).... [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Oct 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Sugar Skull face mask for Halloween

We're having a Halloween costume contest at work and I wanted to paint my face like a sugar skull. I've seen some great masks online in the finished stage, but the awesome pictures leave me with some questions about the how-to part. . . [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Drag duo for Halloween

What are some well-known male character duos in pop culture? ...that would be fun to dress up as for Halloween?? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Sep 9, 2016 - 57 answers

Need ideas for homemade Halloween costumes for the very tall.

I've been invited to a friend's Halloween party again this year and am looking for some good homemade costume ideas. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Aug 28, 2016 - 13 answers

What does one wear while crawling through a ball pit?

In a couple weeks, my friends and I are participating in the R.O.C. race, and we need some kind of group costume! Something easy to put together, that we can still run around and get wet and muddy in. Any ideas? We'll be 7 or 8 people, in our 30s if it matters. Running in NYC in September, so it will still probably be a million degrees outside. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Aug 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Cos-play noob looking to build or acquire a Death Trooper costume

I have never wanted to cosplay before, nor do I particularly enjoy dressing up. That is, until I saw the new black "Death Trooper" character in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron trailer. Any advice on how to buy one or make one for myself? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Aug 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Unique Victorian Bat Wedding Dress - where to start?

I am getting married on Halloween this year and after a few months of trying to find a unique dress for the occasion and kept coming back to one that I love, both for the personal touch (I have always loved bats since my childhood), appropriate for the elaborate-ness I was wanting to go for, and perfect for the vintage Halloween theme I had in mind. Where do I start? Many questions from someone with very little experience in the seamstress / costume industry. The original image that inspires the look is here. More below the fold of what I've found online. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on May 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Avant-garde costuming. Animals preferred.

I am interested in animal costumes, but searches either come up with mascots and fursuits (which are far too literal) or things like The Lion King (which foreground the human too much). Can you point to anything less conventional? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Feb 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Donate a Halloween costume in November in DC

I accidentally purchased a child's Halloween costume instead of an adult-sized one when ordering online. I used one piece of the costume (hat), so I can't return it, but the rest has never been worn, so I'd like to donate it. Googling turns up donation drives from 1-2 months ago, but nothing in November. DC MeFites, can you think of anyone who would take this? Preferably in DC proper, does not need to be tax-deductible.
posted by capricorn on Nov 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Pink wig + glasses + something = Halloween

OK, I have done some googling, but no good finds yet -- I need help with last-minute Halloween costume ideas using a short pink wig and my own glasses... I'm average weight and pretty short.
posted by trillian on Oct 31, 2015 - 18 answers

Silver cream makeup-- how do you stay on?

I bought a tube of silver cream makeup for my halloween costume weeks ago! I thought I was so prepared, but now I'm realizing when I apply it to my face, it doesn't really seem to dry. I'm not close to any costume stores, unfortunately, but I do have a pretty well stocked drug store nearby, what should I be putting on on top of this to ensure that my face is not wet all night? Or alternatively, have I just not been waiting long enough-- how long should this stuff take to dry?
posted by twill on Oct 31, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me add a little something to my Donald Trump Halloween costume.

I just finished a trial run of my Donald Trump Halloween face makeup (like this) and I'm pretty happy with the results. However, given my personal opinion of the man, I don't want my costume to be some sort of homage, so I'd like to add a funny or ironic twist. Puns are acceptable. [more inside]
posted by janerica on Oct 30, 2015 - 23 answers

Wacky vest advice needed!

I found a ridiculously cool vest at the thrift for $1.99. Help me turn it into a Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by sucre on Oct 28, 2015 - 23 answers

SFX Contacts in San Francisco?

I'm trying to find a place to purchase some special effects contact lenses like the type here. Due to the proximity to Halloween I'd ideally like to purchase them locally in San Francisco. I tried calling Kryolan and asking for leads, but they had none. Neither did my optometrist's office. I'd also happily look at an online retailer that offers expedited shipping.
posted by matt_od on Oct 26, 2015 - 2 answers

the bear accessories

My Halloween costume is this awesome bear hood, which I would like to make more awesome with a little customization. Suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 24, 2015 - 8 answers

A realistic gun at a kids halloween party?

Should I include a very realistic looking gun as part of my halloween costume when I go to a party that will be primarily for children? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 24, 2015 - 55 answers

How can I make this sword?

I'm going to be Pearl from Steven Universe for Halloween, and I have all my costume parts accounted for except for her sword. How can I recreate the sword cheaply and quickly? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Glasses and scary aren't mutually exclusive, right?

Most Halloween costume ideas I've seen suggested for glasses-wearers seem to be either (a) silly/jokey one-note gags ("hipster [character]") or (b) specific, non-scary characters I have no interest in being. What am I not thinking of here? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Oct 21, 2015 - 18 answers

Easy, super fast way to make a positive face cast for a kid?

I want to make some foam superhero masks for my kids, that follow the face pretty closely, but don't have to be super accurate. I don't want to go too complicated, so most special effects tutorials are out, besides they (8 and 4 years old) aren't inclined to sitting still while I tinker. [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Oct 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Black Eye for Halloween

I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a black eye for halloween. Any ideas for movie/book/tv characters with black eyes for a costume?
posted by poorchanticleer on Oct 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Give me some beta!

There's a Halloween-themed bouldering/costume competition coming up, and I need MeFi's costume ideas. [more inside]
posted by hollyholly on Oct 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Dress my muffled ears

I'm looking for ideas for fancy dress costumes that incorporate a set of ear defender earmuffs, which I need to wear in order to deal with amplified music and crowded environments. The earmuffs look like very large headphones. I'd like gender neutral/masculine costumes if possible, but really all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Oct 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Blues Brothers Hat: the real deal

I'd like to dress up as Elwood but am having trouble finding the actual hat. I find lots of fedoras, but none have the right proportions: smaller brim, wide fabric band, and the short crown. I'm not interested in chintzy costume hats that look like crap. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Painting a Paper Mache Costume in Bad Weather

I've created a paper mache Darth Vader helmet for my son, and it needs only painting...but the weather's supposed to be rainy for the next few days, and he needs it for Friday. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Enormous on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Props that suggest Laura Ingalls Wilder?

Going to a cosplay wedding as a character mashup, part of which is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Help me think of things I can carry to represent her! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Sep 23, 2015 - 27 answers

High-Class Horror Costume

I suck at costumes. I've been invited to a Halloween party from a person with whom I really want to be a closer friend, and she loooooves Halloween. I need help with a costume/makeup. [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Sep 18, 2015 - 20 answers

Bonnie & Clyde Costume and Boston props

Help me determine the design elements in these outfits for a few famous Bonnie and Clyde photographs for a costume. Also, ideas on how to find a gun prop for rent or cheap purchase in Boston. More beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Sep 8, 2015 - 5 answers

I'd like to cosplay Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill (played by Sonny Chiba)

Here's one photo. Leather black sandals, loose cotton khaki pants, simple cotton apron, white tank top undershirt. All these are straightforward. I need help with... [more inside]
posted by artlung on Aug 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Where can I buy Sirius Black's coat?

I am obsessed with Sirius Black's housecoat. I love the peak lapels, warm dark color, and widely spaced stripes. I'm also a university professor where I could wear something like this on a regular basis. I've scoured thrift stores for years, with little luck. Where can I find this garment or similar? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Aug 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I make a renaissance faire costume piece from these shams?

I picked up a pair of pillow shams (photo1, photo2) at a yard sale thinking that I could use repurpose them as a base for a renaissance faire costume for my 4yo son, but don't have much experience sewing or a complete plan on how to pull it off. More details below. [more inside]
posted by Mikey51 on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Costumers? Buying/Dyeing a tux? Help me get this right.

To start, I have a budget of about $250USD +/-. I need a hunter green tuxedo with tails, jacket and pants, matching. I cannot find one online at any price. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Jul 13, 2015 - 8 answers

80s Gay Men's Fashion?

I need to buy a costume to fit a character who is a young gay man living in the early 80s. Looking for ideas or reference images. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I create a Maya Angelou costume?

My 10 year old (Caucasian) daughter wants to participate in an end-of-school-year social studies project where she has to dress up as Maya Angelou. This is part of a class presentation on famous North Carolinians (we love to claim Dr. Angelou even though she wasn't born here), and my daughter will also give a short speech. [more inside]
posted by little mouth on May 31, 2015 - 17 answers

Where can I find discount kids' khaki jumpsuits or white coveralls?

My 4-, 6-, and 8-year old daughters loooove the Ghostbusters movie, and are already planning to be Ghostbusters for Halloween. I'm about to give up hope of finding affordable kids' jumpsuits, please help. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Feb 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Gimme the boots!

Help me find a perfect pair of (costume/fashion) men's riding boots, men's size 10, emphasis on "comfy" and ideally black. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jan 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Blank uniform templates for branding

I'm looking for high-quality, blank uniform templates for this identity I am designing. If there are images from several angles, it would be awesome. I'm primarily interested in t-shirts but I am open to everything else as well. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Dec 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me with a creative Santa costume/outfit!

I am attending a social event in a few weeks where everyone is attending dressed as a version of Santa Claus. I have no problem with dressing as a normal Santa -- but that is too easy! Any ideas for a (more) creative Santa costume/outfit? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Nov 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Costumefilter, difficulty level: Conceptual and Beanplated.

How do I design a costume that represents the Fear of Heights? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Nov 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Where to find a non-sexy, non-phallic squid costume?

My girlfriend has been searching without luck for a squid costume, one that meets her requirements. How to find one? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Nov 1, 2014 - 1 answer

How do I "sexify" my bug costume?

How do I make my cockroach costume "sexy" in a really obnoxious way. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Oct 30, 2014 - 45 answers

Halloween costume for a female with very short blonde hair

I am a female with short dark blonde hair. It suddenly occurs to me that I need a Halloween costume, but I hate wearing wigs and I'm not going to color my hair. What can I dress up as that makes use of this hairstyle? We've already got Claire Underwood, Switch from The Matrix, Twiggy, and Patricia from the movie Breathless on the list--so we don't need those. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Oct 30, 2014 - 23 answers

How to achieve Calvin's hair with much longer hair

For Halloween this year, my 11 year old son is being Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes. We've sorted out his costume, but I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with his hair. My son's hair, (seen here) is much longer than Calvin's. How can we style his hair, which he has no desire to cut, into a style that still evokes Calvin?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Oct 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Evil Circus Roustabout Costume Help

We are going to a Halloween party where the theme is "sinister circus." My husband wants to go as a wicked roustabout. He's all set with a belt full of rope and carabiners, old-fashioned, tattered clothes and oil smudges on his face. He even made up a batch of blue rock candy (which if you're a Breaking Bad fan you'll get.) Problem is... [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Oct 24, 2014 - 12 answers

"What has Luis Suarez done now?!"

I want to be Vampire Luis Suarez for Halloween. I have the soccer kit, I have the fangs, I have the soccer ball. I just need some good fake blood to put around my mouth - blood that won't stain a polyester soccer shirt. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Oct 21, 2014 - 9 answers

One of these days I'm gonna get costumizized

I'd really like to pull off a Travis Bickle costume for Halloween, but I'd really really like to do it without having to shave my head. Help me find the perfect mohawk wig/prosthetic/something! [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Oct 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Help With Zombie Makeup, But Not Really Gross Zombie Makeup

So, my kid wants to be a zombie for Halloween. Fine. But stuff that is too scary gives him nightmares. I do not think he can deal with most of the zombie masks you can find in costume stores. And also I don't want to scare the little kids that will be at the places we are going. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 6, 2014 - 16 answers

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