10 Tips for Creating a Wicked Halloween Costume at HWA

This week I’m taking a little break from poetry to send you over to my guest post for the Horror Writers Association blog series Halloween Haunts: “10 Tips for Creating a Wicked Halloween Costume.” I’ve already changed my costume plan from when I wrote that post (I am a fickle beast), but the tips still stand.  And you can see a picture of my costume from last year, when I was The Man in Black, aka The Dread Pirate Roberts, which was really fun. 🙂

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Whether your goals are spooky, cute, sexy, or silly, I hope you enjoy my tips for making a great costume. Good luck!

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  • Peggy

    Awesome! Love your costume:)

    • Thanks! Last year’s turned out to be one of my favorites. 🙂

  • A. B. Davis

    I completely agree with the make not buy recommendation. That is a large part of what Halloween is about for me. And though I dont see myself dressing up this year, I can’t wait to dress my girls up for their first Halloween. 🙂

    • Me too! I know it’s not for everyone, but I’d be so sad to buy a pre-made costume; coming up with my own is half the fun. I’m so excited to see pictures of your girls in costumes! 😀

    • Peggy

      Me too! Even the smallest of tykes with the uncraftiest moms can wear batman p.j.s or sweats with masks & felt additions such as: beaks, ears, etc. And even the stuffiest of adults can wear a fabulous/crazy hat to join the spirit of things:)

      • So true! A big silly hat can be magic, even if you just pair it with a simple black dress or a matching outfit. And I think kids participating in the costume creativity is so important! Let them get in there and cut cow spots out of felt. Why not?

        • Peggy

          Oh yeah:)

      • A. B. Davis

        Totally. 🙂

  • Sorry I couldn’t comment there, it said the comments were closed. I really enjoyed the post and laughed at “Inanimate Object Land or Conceptual Brilliance Country” – so funny! In your pirate costume, you managed to look like a guy – but with the sexiest legs I’ve ever seen! LOL

    • Lmao! Oh, Lexa. Thanks for the smile. 🙂 (I enjoyed having a mustache for a night!) Yeah, the comments are closed there for some reason; they’re looking into it. Thanks so much!

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    I continue to love your enthusiasm for Halloween — and loved your costume tips. It must mean my husband and I are officially old now… we’re doing a Halloween/poker party at a friend’s, and there has been nary a word about costumes! 😉

    • Aw, you’re never too old for costumes! But hey, at least you’re having some sort of celebration. Maybe you could all wear silly hats. 🙂 Thanks, Melissa — glad you liked it!

  • Love the tips, especially number 5! Halloween in New England means watching people shiver in their skimpy costumes.

    Also, I started reading Bird Box at lunch today. Nothing too scary yet, but I can see how it might get terrifying later on. Looking forward to putting on some creepy music and settling down to scare-read this weekend!

    • Thank you, Lura! Yeah, I can remember several Halloweens as a kid when we all had to cover our costumes with big coats. But in Texas the weather is so unpredictable in October; there were other years when long sleeves would make you sweat.

      I’m so excited to hear what you think about Bird Box! Have fun!

  • Peggy

    Here’s proof that even the laziest of moms can come up with some semblance of a costume without wasting money on something they’ll never wear again 🙂