Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Flamenco Dancer

Flamenco Dancer Costume

The first time I saw a flamenco dance performance, I was absolutely riveted. The strength, femininity and grace was empowering and completely won me over. Weeks later I was registered for flamenco dance classes and haven’t looked back since. Coy and captivating, a flamenco dancer is a great costume idea for women and girls alike!

Since I am a flamenco dancer myself, it makes for an easy Halloween costume! The year I dressed up as a flamenco dancer, the security guard at work teased me and said, “That’s like me dressing up as a security guard for Halloween.” But hey! If you already have the necessary parts and pieces, why not?


Costume Components: 

  • Flower in your hair
  • Dangly earrings
  • Dress or long skirt skirt and top with polka dots (As an alternative, solid colors work as well, especially red and black!). Bonus points for ruffles!
  • Optional: A shawl with tassels
  • Optional: Fan
  • High heel Mary Jane shoes

Show and Tell!

Did you dress up as a flamenco dancer or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model and Stylist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson movies have been part of my family culture for years so when the Moonrise Kingdom movie came out, the wheels started turning for how it could be incorporated into my Halloween Costumes In Your Closet series. Last weekend we hatched the plan with my quirky brothers to go as the cast as Moonrise Kingdom and it’s safe to say that we rocked it!

Joe and Felicia as Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop
Steven, Joe, and Tim as Scout Master Ward, Sam Shakusky and Cousin Ben
Steven and Kathleen as Scout Master Ward and Social Services
Tim and Sarah as Cousin Ben and Raven

Costume Components:

  • Scouts: Scout uniforms, Troop 55 badges, yellow neckerchiefs, Mounty hat, coonskin hat, and garrison cap and high socks with glasses and aviator sunglasses
  • Suzy Bishop: Pink dress, white socks, Sunday school shoes, binoculars, blue eye shadow, and picnic basket
  • Social Services: royal blue coat, blue blouse, blue pants, blue cap and shoes
  • Raven: Black beak, feather chocker and cuffs, black outfit components, fishnet stockings and dramatic makeup

Costume Inspiration 

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Easy Black Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast approaching and if you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your costume, get inspired by these three easy black Halloween costumes. Chances are you even have something in your closet that can come together for these simple costumes.

  1. Sandy from Grease. One of the best on-screen makeovers of our time, Sandy from Grease has sex appeal and spice. All you need is a blonde wig, dramatic makeup, a black top, a black belt, black leather leggings, and red shoes.
  2. Charlie Chaplain. This renown silent film star is a costume that can be worn by either men or women. To pull it together, simply pair a hat, a faux mustache, a black suit and tie, and black shoes. Easy as pie!
  3. Morticia Addams. As brilliant as she is beautiful, Morticia Addams is one of the most popular matriarchs Halloween has to offer. For this costume, simply acquire a black wig, dramatic makeup, a black dress, and heels and you’re done!

Click here for more easy Halloween costumes that you can pull from your closet!

What is your favorite go-to Halloween costume?

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Morticia Addams

Angelica Huston is one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood and ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be Morticia Addams of The Addams Family for Halloween. For a quick, easy, gamorous, and dramatic Halloween costume, Morticia Addams is the way to go. She wears predominantly black so you shouldn’t have to buy much of anything. Where you get to really live things up is with your dramatic makeup. Drama, drama, drama!

Costume Components

  • Black v-neck shirt
  • Black fishtail skirt
  • Long black wig (borrowed)
  • Black heels
  • Dramatic jewelry
  • Dramatic makeup
  • Optional: Friends/family willing to dress up as Gomez, Wednesday, and Pugsley

Costume Inspiration

To really become Morticia Addams, I naturally called Celebrity Makeup Artist DorothyInez to help with the dramatic makeup. With 25 years background in makeup in the entertainment industry, DorothyInez was instrumental in helping me get into character. She embraced the role of creative director, and served as assistant photographer, making the shoot a phenomenal success. I’m wearing her wig as well! (DorothyInez is quite the connoisseur of wigs) All the makeup she used was MAC and Motives.

If you are looking for Halloween costume help, both DorothyInez and I offer online consultations worldwide, providing helpful costume and makeup tutorials from the comfort of your living room. And if you are in Seattle, we’re available for hire to get you into character this Halloween!

Don’t forget to check out more Halloween Costumes In Your Closet!

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Effie Trinket Tutorial

I can still remember the day that The Hunger Games hit theaters. I was downtown Seattle for a chiropractic appointment and on the square, there were two women dressed up as characters from The Hunger Games, promoting the film, and I knew immediately that Effie Trinket would be my Halloween costume this year. With her flawless commitment to appearance and perfect comedic timing, she was the highlight of the movie for me. Well, her and Caesar Flickerman.

While there are some pretty impressive custom costumes out there for Effie Trinket, I wasn’t interested in spending a ton of money or time on mine. Once I realized I had teal colored clothes that were similar to her costume in one of the scenes, the costume came together easily from there. I just had to buy a few flowers and a wig.

Costume Components

  • Teal turtleneck
  • Teal skirt
  • Teal tights
  • Teal flower pin – bought at Michael’s and converted to a clip
  • Black rose – bought at Michael’s
  • Gaudy turquoise jewelry
  • Blonde wig – bought on Amazon
  • White makeup (be sure to check out this step-by-step Effie Trinket makeup tutorial)
  • Yellow, blue, green eyeshadow
  • Pink blush and lipstick
  • Teal nail polish

Costume Inspiration

Photo: Hayworth1981 on Flickr

To really become Effie Trinket, I enlisted the help of Celebrity Makeup Artist DorothyInez. With 25 years background in makeup in the entertainment, DorothyInez was instrumental in helping me get into character. She embraced the role of creative director, and served as assistant photographer, making the shoot a phenomenal success.  You can watch for a separate blog with a makeup tutorial for Effie Trinket.

If you are looking for Halloween costume help, both DorothyInez and I do online consultations worldwide, providing helpful costume and makeup tutorials from the comfort of your living room. And if you are in Seattle, we’re available for hire to get you into character this Halloween! In the meantime, check out this step-by-step Effie Trinket Makeup Tutorial!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Linking up to Monday Mingle and Watch What I’m Wearing.

Guest Post: Artisan Maskers Halloween Masquerade Mask Edition

Today’s Guest Post comes to us from Aristan Maskers, specializing in paper machier masquerade masks. With Halloween on the horizon, Amanda of Artisan Maskers will share some great Halloween costume ideas that that include a masquerade mask. As if we needed any extra excuse to own one.

  1. Take a pretty, feminine mask, in pale colors (white, especially) and you can easily adapt it to dress up any of the following costume ideas:  a fairy, a bride, a snowflake, a spirt (or ghost, if it’s got some flowing ribbons or fabric to it), a tight-rope walker or ballerina, a princess,  or Christine (from Phantom of the Opera)

    White Masquerade Mask
  2. A skull mask can be the obvious skeleton, or you could adapt it to become Death himself, the Phantom of the Opera, or something quirky, like Skeletor (yes, from He-Man ;D).  The nice thing about this mask is that it is very masculine, but it can still be dressed up for even the classiest event.
    Skull Masquerade Mask

    Skull Masquerade Mask
  3. If you want something more flamboyant, a striking mask with flashy feathers would make a great addition to a flapper costume or a showgirl-type costume, or even add an air of mystery to a vampire ensemble.  It’s also easy to adapt the colors to whatever you are wearing, since ostrich plumes can be found in nearly every color!

    Bad Romance Masquerade Mask
  4. Foxes are HUGE right now, but wearing a fox mask doesn’t limit you to only being a fox.  Consider possible famous foxes, especially if you are going out with a partner:  Foxy Loxy (and Chicken Little), the Incredible Mr. Fox (and his wife, obviously, or one of his other animal buddies), Honest John (and his kitty sidekick, Gideon–from Pinocchio), and the list goes on and on!  Also, animal masks, like foxes, lend themselves very well to Steampunk stylings, even if they don’t have any specific Steampunk elements!

    Fox Masquerade Mask
  5. Our final mask idea is just the basic black.  With a sleek black mask, you can become a superhero, a bandit, a black widow spider, or a spy.  Add some glitz (in this case, rhinestones and spikes) and suddenly you can also be a rock star, a biker, or a really, really hot Catwoman.  ;D

    Catwoman / Rock Star Masquerade Mask

Happy costume-hunting!

Artisan Maskers also wrote this terrific tutorial on how to make your own masquerade mask, though if you’re looking to save time, definitely check out the Artisan Maskers Etsy shop for more whimsical masquerade masks!

12 Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes on a Shoestring Budget

Here’s a Halloween costume post I wrote for My Colleges and Careers.

Even if you aren’t going trick or treating this Halloween you can still dress up to celebrate! One of the best holidays of the year, Halloween really lets you flex your creative muscles as you assume someone else’s identity for an evening. Here are 12 quick and easy Halloween costumes, ideal for college students on a shoestring budget.

Marty McFly. Who doesn’t love a little Back to the Future? Chances you’ll already own most of what this costume requires: collared shirt, jean jacket, puffy vest (preferably red), blue jeans, white sneakers, watch, headphones. Bonus: video camera and skateboard. (We’ve seen some great female Marty McFlys as well!)

The Birds victim. In honor of Hitchcock’s classic film, The Birds, dress up in a 50s style outfit, and tape fake black birds to your costume, as though they are attacking you, and apply fake blood as desired.

Steve Jobs. Pay homage to the man who brought us Apple and don a black turtleneck, blue jeans, sneakers, and your favorite apple product. Kudos to this guy who integrated his newborn baby into his costume as an iPod.

Amy Winehouse. This is a super easy costume, especially if you already have black hair. Draw on exaggerated wingtip eyeliner, apply a beauty mark with your eyeliner, and then style your hair in a beehive. Tattoos are a bonus.

Forrest Gump. Get your hands on a plaid suit and carry around a box of chocolates. Or even easier, put on a T-shirt, shorts, running shoes, baseball hat and a long wig and fake beard.

Doctor. If you work in the medical field, this is a no-brainer. That’s definitely not a pre-requisite for Halloween! You’ll need some scrubs, a white lab coat — you can borrow some for a friend. Don’t forget the pager! If the party is lame, it will give you an excuse to leave.

Justin Bieber. Do as Ryan Seacrest did last year and dress up as teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. All you need is long bangs and a hoodie or hat.

Rock, Paper, Scissors. For a fun group costume, create cardboard cutouts of paper and scissors and tape it to your clothes. For rock, fill a garbage bag with balloons and cut holes for legs.

Roll of Toilet Paper. Go as the one product we can’t live without! Using a couple hula hoops, posterboard, and a bedsheet, you’ll be put together in no time!

Pixelated Photo. Using makeup or face paint, draw square blocks of color on your face. For extra credit, create a bib necklace from small squares of fabric.

Old Spice Guy. All you need is a towel, a 6-pack (ideally!), a bottle of old spice body wash and a lot of swagger! Optional: a sweater tied around your shoulders for warmth.

Sushi. The ultimate in quick and easy Halloween costumes, wear white, find a pink pillow and belt or sash and tie/belt it to your back. For extra credit, use chopsticks in your hair with pink and green flowers for your ginger and wasabi. Here’s a fantastic male sushi interpretation!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Halloween Archives: Wicked Witch of the West

In preparation for Halloween, I’m going back in the Halloween archives and pulling out costumes from Halloweens past for costume inspiration!

A few years back when Wicked was rising to prominence, I was inspired and dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West. It just so happened that at the same Halloween party was this cute-as-a-button Dorothy with Toto. If you need a last-minute costume, the Wicked Witch is ridiculously simple.

In order to create your Wicked Witch of the West costume for Halloween, you will need the following:

  • Green face paint
  • Black eyeliner to line eyes and darken eyebrows
  • Witch’s hat
  • Black dress (or turtleneck and long skirt separates)
  • Black cape (optional)
  • Black boots
  • Striped socks
  • Broom (optional)
  • For extra credit, collaborate with friends dressed as Dorothy or Flying Monkeys

At the end of the day, you can wear whatever black pieces you have and then put on green face paint and a witch hat and cackle –everyone will know exactly what you are. To remove the green face paint at the end of the day, use warm water and a wash cloth.

This was the year my husband dressed up as Waldo — a very easy costume for men!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Halloween Costume Ideas from Date Night for 2’s Masquerade Ball

Last Halloween, we attended Date Night for 2‘s annual Masquerade Ball and beheld some terrific costumes! If you’re looking for Halloween costume ideas, here are photos from the event. I hope you’ll be inspired!

I tell ya, Dorothy never looked so good! This Wizard of Oz themed couple’s costumes won the Best Halloween Costume contest at the party.

Date Night for 2 founder Susan Glenn and her husband came adorned in day of the dead costumes.

Shoes to Lose’s SherRon and her husband Matt went as Amelia Earhart and Charlie Chaplain respectively.

I dressed up as a Na’vi from Avatar and Tim dressed up as Aladdin. All in blue, I got mistaken as his genie. It works.

This couple came as an Edward Scissorhands duo.

Ryan Tuttle and his wife came as bacon and eggs.

Anastasia’s Attic Tara Starling and her date came in their best dressed with vampire teeth.

Sheri, Lorraine and their husbands came in their army combat gear.

Here’s all the gals from The GatherRing in their costumes.

What did you dress up as last Halloween?

12 Last Minute Halloween Costumes for College Students

Here’s a Halloween costume post I wrote for My Colleges and Careers. The costume ideas can work for virtually everyone!

As you’ve been getting invitations to Halloween parties, are you panicking to find a Halloween costume to wear that is quick, easy, and cheap? Don’t sit this one out because you don’t have anything in your closet. Here are some last minute Halloween costumes that are perfect for college students so you can have a spook-tacular Halloween night!

Dwight Shrute. Part your hair down the middle, get wire-rimmed glasses, and a brown suit with a yellow dress shirt and brown tie. Don’t forget not to smile because smiling is a sign of weakness! Party conversation? Beets, bears, Battlestar Galactica.

Lady Gaga. Blow up a few dozen clear balloons and tape them to skin-colored clothing. False eyelashes and a blonde wig with blunt bangs will perfect your look.

James Bond. Don a suit, white shirt, and bow tie (Can’t tie it? Doesn’t matter. Leave it undone for effect), an impressive looking watch, then get your hands on a fake gun and summon your most confident, cocky self. That’s it. It’s that easy.

Wicked Witch of the West. All you need is a witch’s hat, green facepaint, and a black top and long skirt to be transform yourself into the Wicked Witch. If you have a black sheet, tie it around your neck as a cape.

Scarecrow. Pick up a large flannel shirt, faded blue jeans, and a hat from the thrift store. Get some rope to use as a belt and to tie on your wrists and ankles, then stuff your clothes with paper or plastic bags, letting some straw hang out for extra effect. A little face paint and you’re ready to go!

Photo: davedemerjian

Domino. If you have ten minutes to get out the door, throw on some black clothes and cut out white dots to be domino pieces. Three hole-punch Jim would be along the same lines.

Runaway bride. Head to your local Salvation Army and get the cheapest wedding dress you can find. Strap on your Nikes and you’re an instant runaway bride. Wearing a large watch or clock necklace will perfect the look.

Mummy. Raid your bathroom for toilet paper, wrap yourself up as a mummy, and walk with stiff arms and legs. Just as long as it isn’t raining, the toilet paper thing will be great!

Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon. Grab your best friend of the opposite sex and dress up as this hilarious couple from 30Rock. The guy will need a suit and tie, while the girl will be comfortable in jeans and a hoodie and dark rimmed glasses. For a more dressy look, the girl can wear a blazer and jeans instead.

Miss America. If you have access to an old prom dress, all you have to do it find a tiara, some gaudy jewelry, and a bouquet, then pile on the stage make-up. The last final piece of the puzzle will be to make yourself a sash from wide white ribbon, with Miss America written in glitter glue.

Cowboy. A collared shirt tucked into jeans with a large belt buckle, cowboy hat and boots will have you looking like a cattle hand in no time at all. Get a paisley bandana and tie it around your neck for added effect. On the heels of the release of Cowboys and Aliens this summer, being a cowboy may be a trend this season!

Mime. If you’d rather be antisocial, a mime is the perfect costume for you. Wear black clothes (a black and white striped shirt will do the trick), suspenders, and a beret, then apply some white face paint with dark diamond-shaped eye make-up.

If you love making costumes and Halloween is your favorite time of year, maybe a career as a costume designer or costume attendant would be right up your alley!