Style File: Brewing Creative Halloween Costumes

“Quoth the raven: Nevermore...” Fashion-savvy Addysen Trumper shows off the outfit she will be sporting this Halloween. She made this elegant raven costume entirely out of clothing and accessories she already owned.  Photo by Melissa Stihl/Foghorn
“Quoth the raven: Nevermore...” Fashion-savvy Addysen Trumper shows off the outfit she will be sporting this Halloween. She made this elegant raven costume entirely out of clothing and accessories she already owned. Photo by Melissa Stihl/Foghorn

Some very spooky things happen in our world on a daily basis. Within the last year Michael Jackson died on the same day as Farrah Fawcett, Prop 8 passed, and my computer crashed right before finals. Butthere is nothing as spooky as a Halloween night at USF with brigades of students running around as the same person. Flashback 2008: Attack of the Sarah Palins! Let me also remind you that Halloween is on Oct. 31. By this time of the year it tends to get a bit ‘nippy.’ Girls, with some of the costumes that you wear, we can tell the nip is in the air. There is no reason to be frightened his Halloween, for I have a treat (rather than a trick) for those of you still searching for costume ideas.

For those stylish at heart, use this holiday as a showcase of your talent and creativity. There is bound to be a costume idea here for you, no matter your budget, styling skills, or mood that evening. In my world, if I am going to spend good money on my Halloween attire, I use it as an excuse to buy something extra flamboyant and fabulous for my everyday wardrobe. Keep in mind, if parts of your costume idea doesn’t fit into your clothing entourage, don’t splurge. In fact, try making a deal with yourself that you will only buy from discount and grocery stores and next month your bank account won’t be haunting your house. Now let’s make some magic! With a little hocus pocus, you will find yourself with the most “wicked” costume in the monster mash.

Headline News

Balloon Boy: It is the ghastly truth that the now-infamous Balloon Boy incident took place in my home town, Fort Collins, Colorado. However, my stomping ground is no ghost town, so let’s bring this hoax alive for Halloween. Find a large brown box to put around your neck and tie a silver helium balloon to your wrist. Believe me, you will be flying high with this hard-hitting news costume.

Tornado: Carry on the spectacle of the Balloon Boy’s family in storm watching mode. Chasing these whirling disasters never fail to make the news in the summer time, so put a little “twist” to your costume by going as a tornado. Wear a grey sweatsuit and attach little toy farm animals, Hot Wheels, and even a mini Barbie to your sweatsuit on strings. When someone asks what you are, spin around to create your twister. Caution: be sure that things are attached or you will be as dangerous as the storm.

Global Warming: Try a different type of devilish heat this season. Wear a solid blue outfit and attach large green felt pieces as continents to turn your body into the center of the universe: the Earth. Wear an old fashioned ice pack on your head and stick a thermometer in your mouth. Prepare to be one hot mother earth!

Call of the Wild

Kangaroo: Let your marsupial instinct hang out. This  costume takes just a hop, skip and a jump. All you need is a brown paper sack, tape it to your front side and voila… a kangaroo, just don’t forget to “leap” in spirit!

Bird’s Nest: Are you in a chipper mood? Take flight by giving a home to the birds for the night. Dress up in brown pants (tree trunk), a green shirt (top of the tree) and create a nest on your shoulder or head. Gather a fake bird and eggs to introduce them to their new home for the night. Don’t forget to work your hair into the nesting process and get your back-comb on!

Unicorn: I have always believed that unicorns are simply an extinct species, except for that long-lost “last unicorn”. Because you could not measure up to their majestic nature, it is wise to take this species a bit more literally. It is easy, grab one ear of corn from the supermarket and tie it to your waist with some ribbon. You are a Uni-corn!

Chic Tradition

Tulle Ghost: This traditional costume can transform you into the “spirit” of the party. Make a trip to the Haight art store and buy a plethora of cheap white tulle. Wrap it loosely around your body and drape on your head as a hood. Belt the tulle at the waist with a white gauze. Apply white and silver make-up on your face. You will be eerily beautiful.

Glampire: I have become startling aware of the incredibly hot vampires that have become increasingly popular this year. With “Twilight,” “True Blood,” and the memory of Brad Pitt in “Interview with a Vampire,” we have good reason to vamp it up and join these stone-cold blood suckers. Wear a high collar, long, black dress (black lace can be very tasty in this situation so feel free to indulge), very sparkly dark eye make-up and blood-red lipstick. Oh, and don’t forget to sharpen your fangs.

Sherlock Holmes: Most of us have Gossip Girl-inspired tweed hanging in our closet that we just seem to never get around to. This is our chance to uncover all of our tweed and mix it all together for one mysterious night. Look for a bubble pipe and a Holmes hat to top off your prepster look just in time for the movie to come out this December. No fashion crime here!

Avoid looking like all the other ghouls on the block, unleash your Halloween spirit, and most importantly, stay stylish on the spookiest day of the year on campus.  Need some last minute Halloween styling help? Contact me at and we can brew some magic together… Double, double, toil and trouble!


10 thoughts on “Style File: Brewing Creative Halloween Costumes

  1. Got some great costume ideas here, and I totally agree on working within your means – budget, wardrobe, creativity – on coming up with an awesome costume for Halloween! You don’t have to splurge, all you need is some imagination! 🙂

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