Halloween is just around the corner, so to prepare for the festivities I took this time to reflect on the halloween costumes we’ve homemade over the years. These memories really brought a smile to my face, because there’s nothing to compare to the fun effort and look of the homemade pieces. We’ve picked costumes as a couple a few of the times, but other times we just went with something we already kind of resembled. We’ve worked with our body frames to make the costumes more believable. Although the picture quality isn’t the best, it reflects the days of our past, where we’ve come and grown from. These were the days when I was student and the different stages of my life with Miguel. This is what we have grown through. Nothing beats the fun we’ve had, so today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite halloween memories.
The first year we were dating (feels like eons ago) we went as Joan Holloway (Joan Harris) and Donald Draper from Mad Men. I remember that the most time consuming portion of preparation for this costume was styling the wig to resemble Joan’s hair.
The second year we were a couple but went as individuals. Miguel went as Wolverine and I was Ariel from the Little Mermaid once she was turned into a human. We made the costumes with everyday items we had at home. The Wolverine claws were made of cardboard and wrapped in aluminum foil, the rest of the costume is clothes Miguel owned: leather jacket, jeans, white shirt and dog tags he bought for the occasion. Ariel’s dress is a bed sheet and the rope belt is a curtain tie. The wig was actually a children’s wig and Sebastien of course was a needed accessory to complete the illusion.
The following year we did my all time favorite couples costume (to date). Since fall (or any weather and season for that matter) in Chicago are unpredictable, I planned for colder weather opting for a costume with a white blazer jacket to keep me warm just in case. We went as Alice and Wonderland characters- the white rabbit and a card painting the roses red. The card was a giant poster paper with paint, paint brush and marker. The white rabbit ears were made of pipe cleaners and a very wide lace ribbon that I used to cover the pipe cleaners. I super glued the pieces and used ribbon to cover the wires on a headband. The tail was a furry pom pom I pinned to my pants. The clock was paper, marker and pipe cleaners. It’s amazing what a little bit of crafting and paper can create. Making the pieces was just as fun as wearing them and I love that you can create such illusions out of simple materials.
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