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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Homemade Halloween

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about next year's costume!

Forget synthetic fabrics and store-bought costumes for Halloween. The best costumes aren’t the ones that you purchase at the party store the night before, nor the ones that match every other kid trick-or-treating. The best ones are original but iconic, and going the homemade route can really give it that authentic feel.

If you can sew, then think of your dream Halloween costume. Awesome. You can probably make it. Find some amazing patterns at Jo-Ann’s to make your look.
If you don’t have a knack for sewing, never fear, that's why I'm here! I bet with just the items in your closet alone, you can dress up as nearly any human character. Try these ideas to start.

Go for the decades looks!
Throw on a black leather jacket, blue jeans, and white tee to look like the slickest kid straight out of the 50s. Wear any patterned shirt and pants and you’ll achieve that strange mod look that defined the 70s. Or, throw on your tie dye and hold your fingers in a permanent peace sign to become a hippie.

Do a funny group costume!
Think Wayne’s World, Napoleon Dynamite, Carl and Russel from UP, or Scooby Doo characters.

Be an iconic movie character!
Get a red cap and a white shirt and become Forrest Gump. Run, Forrest, Run! Or, go running as Rocky Balboa in his iconic jog through Philadelphia: just wear several layers of gray cotton sweats and you’ve got it down!

If you’re looking for a specific item, say an orange jacket, that you don’t have laying around, just take a peek inside a thrift store and I bet you will find the perfect thing.

Channel your childhood!
How fun would it be to dress up as Dora the Explorer? A pink shirt, orange shorts, and purple backpack seals the deal. Or, you could be a “big kid” by wearing some footsie pajamas, a pacifier, and carrying a teddy bear.

Throw it back to 90’s flicks!
Wednesday Addams might be a common costume, but a pretty awesome and easy one at that. Black braids, black clothes, and a permanent frown are all you need. On the other end of the spectrum, you can be one of the girls from Clueless.

Be a strong, independent woman.
It just takes an aviator hat and leather jacket to become Amelia Earhart, or a denim shirt and red bandana to be Rosie the Riveter. Show off your feminism with pride.

I would love to hear how you dress up for Halloween, one of my favorite nights of the year! 

Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant

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