I’ve worn great costumes and not so great costumes… My Halloween experiences have led me to come up with a few “RULES” to Halloween by.
One, do not wear any costume that is uncomfortable.
I learned this one the hard way — and I relearned it a few more times. This “rule” means I don’t wear masks. I can handle a cute half mask (for a little while) but I can’t wear a full mask at all. Those rubber or plastic full-face masks are very uncomfortable and that’s a great recipe for a dreadful evening. Uncomfortable shoes are also a Halloween-fun-killer!
Two, it’s best to start with your own clothes.
Not only does this save money and time, it saves you from weird once-worn purchases that linger in the closet, like ghosts, for years. I tried to convince myself that buying two pairs of cheap glittery pumps (one gold & one silver) would turn out to be an investment in future costumes — it wasn’t. One Halloween I wore one of each but… they were cheap shoes, not free. I eventually gave both pairs away.
Three, pretty is in the equation.
I’d rather feel pretty, sexy, cute or fun — including scary fun, than feel unattractive. Many years ago, for a futuristic, science fiction style Halloween party I made what was supposed to be a futuristic, science fiction fashion statement. It included a long silver jacket, a silver top and silver trousers. When a guy I liked said it made me look like old TV show “Maude” I felt horrible. I wanted to go home immediately and put on something pretty.
Four, costumes are for moving around.
When I was a kid going out trick or treating, I learned to take into account the possibility — the probability — that October nights were cold. Many of my best costumes were “ruined” by having to wear a jacket on top of them. My parents weren’t going to let me out without a coat. Now that I usually go to Halloween parties that include Tango, I have to consider the “dance-ability” of the costume.
For one Tango Halloween, I was a black widow spider. To get eight legs, I made the extra limbs out of black, silky, full length evening gloves stuffed with newspaper and attached them to my back. It almost worked. Dancing with those extra arm/legs made a Tango embrace a bit dicey. While another Tango Halloween when I wore a black & white skirt, black tights, red top and made a belt and other accessories from a deck of cards and said I WAS a deck of cards, dancing was easy. Even when I lost a few cards, I was just “a few shy of a full deck” (LOL) — and that’s fine for Halloween!