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Day 5 - 31 Days of Halloween - 31 Days of Hand-Made Costumes, Styled Costumes and Costume Tutorials

Autumn is my favorite time of year, the weather starts to cool, the leaves begin to change and the month of October is full of Harvest Festivals, Haunted Houses and of course, HALLOWEEN!

This year, I've put together the 31 Days of Halloween, 31 hand-created or styled costumes in addition to some costume tutorials. One costume will be posted each day of October on my Instagram account and I will have a corresponding blog post here. Many of the costumes I have made, but there isn't always time to make a costume from scratch, sometimes you have to make do with a "styled" costume which is a costume you create with items on hand or with minimal purchases.

Day 5 - Belle - My daughter's favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast and I had so much fun making her Belle costume that year. I found the perfect buttery yellow satin and glitter rose fabric at JoAnn's.

Her dress got incredibly dirty at the bottom when we attended Boo at the Zoo and so I carefully washed the dress so that it would be ready for Halloween day. I was so mad to see that the glitter rose fabric (that stated it was washable!) had all washed off with only an outline of glue leftover. I ended up buying gold glitter and spent an evening re-applying the missing flowers.

All in all, this was one of my favorite costumes ever, my daughter's too, she loved this one to death glitter ribbons or no.

Previous Days' Posts:

Day 4 - Skeleton Costumes - Each fall in Manitou Springs, CO, there is an event called the Emma Crawford Coffin Races, its a great day of fun and many people dress up for the occasion. The year we went, my husband and son dressed up as skeletons. My husband's costume was themed after James Bond's costume in Spectre, unfortunately, the stick-on bones I had created were a fail and wouldn't stay in place. Next time I will use paint and it will be a dedicated skeleton jacket. His tie is hand painted. H's costume was a fun mix of items that I pulled together or repurposed for the costume. I hand painted the bandana using stencils.

Day 3 - Flesh Wounds - Years ago, I found a cool tutorial online that showed me how to make realistic looking wounds using toilet paper and Elmer's glue. Add some coloring and fake blood and you have a pretty realistic flesh wound. I think they turned out totally grotesque, don't you?

Day 2 - The Zombie Family - Learning how to make fake flesh wounds became useful when we did a zombie crawl one year, it was a lot of fun to dress up and pretend that we were part of the un-dead.

Day 1 - The Madd Hatter - Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories and I love the different adaptations that have been created over the years. The Madd Hatter is one of my favorite characters. I styled this costume several years ago for a company Halloween celebration and I actually won the costume contest that year. Most of the items were things that I had on hand, I only purchased the tights to add to the costume. The hat/fascinator had been purchased a few years before, but I did make some changes to it to better fit my "vision".

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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