Halloween costumes for a "Masquerade Macabre"
October 3, 2011 2:48 PM   Subscribe

Halloween costume filter: My wife and I (couple in our early/mid 30s) are thinking about going to this Halloween party (currently second item down), titled "Masquerade Macabre." The organizers' suggested themes for costumes are below the fold. More inclined toward renting, but DIY is possible, too. Prefer an idea that works for a couple, but any suggestions appreciated!

Inspiration: macabre carnival, aberrations of nature, cabinet of curiosities, dark Victoriana, evil funhouse, steampunk, Jan Svankmaier & Brothers Quay films, Freaks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Think dark & creepy. Or dark & funny.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Jack the Ripper and his partially eviscerated victim? A circus freak and his / her carnival barker? A Victorian seance performer and a ghost?

Anyway it sounds like a fun party.
posted by BlueJae at 3:10 PM on October 3, 2011

Wilhelmina Murray and whichever member of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen you look most like? I guess a Mina Murray costume wouldn't be much more than a period dress and a gruesome scar on her neck, not sure how elaborate a costume you're thinking of.
posted by Lorin at 3:15 PM on October 3, 2011

Response by poster: Any ideas from minimalist to elaborate are welcome. We're not yet certain ourselves how hardcore we want to go!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:25 PM on October 3, 2011

For a fairly simple approach, what about a tuxedo and ballgown with matching/ complementary masks? I'm thinking maybe the tragedy/ comedy duo or classic venetian, commedia dell'arte or carnivale masks.
posted by platinum at 3:46 PM on October 3, 2011

Response by poster: Masks are tricky for me because I wear glasses and have never been able to handle contacts. My wife has contacts, though.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 4:01 PM on October 3, 2011

A corpse bride and her equally dead bridegroom might be fun! Fancy clothes, a little gruesome makeup and you're good to go!

Bonus points if your wife goes as Miss Havisham!
posted by chatongriffes at 4:43 PM on October 3, 2011

If you do want to do a mask, I highly recommend one on a stick so that you can hold it in front of your glasses. Works for me.

If you want to be really elaborate, go for period clothes and sew gears all over them.
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:28 PM on October 3, 2011

Response by poster: My wife and I wore costumes inspired by the Day of the Dead. Several other people at the party we went to were similarly attired, which made for some cool group photos with random strangers.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:33 PM on November 5, 2011

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