How to Create a Unique Costume

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Forget the passé ghosts and goblins this year. Instead, crank up your imagination and create a costume that will be the talk of the town. You can either modify a costume you bought or create something really bizarre from scratch. Whatever you chose, go all out.

Things You'll Need

  • Spider Webbing
  • Fabric Paints
  • Wigs
  • Gags
  • Voicemaster Changers
  • Hobby Paintbrushes
  • Halloween Makeup Kits
  • Bedsheets
  • Sewing Supplies
  • White Gloves
  • Toss out any clichés immediately. Forget anything related to traditional Halloween costumes, such as witches, werewolves and monsters.

  • Play off common words, titles or phrases in unexpected ways. For example, a doctor's outfit with chili peppers pinned to it is 'Dr. Pepper.' A surfer costume covered with fake spider webbing is a 'Web surfer.'

  • Make a list of themes that are unique to you. Play off your name, a nickname, a personal legend or an unusual physical attribute.

  • Shop at thrift stores. These treasure troves are home to some of the most unusual and utilitarian clothes and accessories.

  • Use common household items to transform your look. Burn a piece of cork and rub it on your face for a 5 o'clock shadow, or use eyelash glue to attach fake fur to your face for a beard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider dyeing old clothes or accessories to fit your costume. You'll save money and cut down on shopping time.
  • Surf the Web, watch cartoons or check out your local bookstore for ideas to help spark creativity.

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