Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 3 – Shirt • H&M | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Winners (similar) | Purse • UO (similar) |
Outfit 4 – White T-Shirt | Jacket | Jean • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Beanie • Husbands (similar) |
Outfit 5 – T-shirt • Madewell | Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Scarf • Thrifted (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters
So Hallelujah we finished Merle’s costume on Friday which was perfect timing for a practice run. There was a Halloween kids festival across the road on Saturday and we were able to test everything out and see if we needed to buy anything new or tweak anything in the costume. I learned that I needed to add more white and yellow coloured hairspray as a base before adding the green so it would be light enough to look more Beetlejuice and less Joker green. We also added some green accents (after I took pictures) to her make up to resemble the mold Beetlejuice has on his skin in the movie.
I actually planned on doing a costume DIY blog post since I don’t do a lot of them. I used to DYI a lot but over the years have lost the drive to do many projects so when this came up I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and instead of sitting down and photographing the step by step process over a weekend it became a long draw out process of passing the baton between Tom and I in the evenings. He would take the suit to work on his less busy nights and we would send each other shitty text photos of its progress.
This is the quick and easy basic breakdown:
White suit jacket/blazer (found at Value Village)
1″ painting tape
2 black Fabric markers (thick) or fabric paint
- We first found some movie stills to get a good idea of stripe placement.
- Pick a section to start. I suggest starting with the back so you can get used to it without messing up the front.
- Lay three pieces of tape in a row touching one another, then remove the middle piece. This empty “stripe” is the piece you paint/colour.
- Lay down more tape before removing the old ones because your paint stripe will be the width of the tape.
- Repeat process until the section is complete. Let dry. Pick a new section.
- Areas like the collar and arms took a little longer to place the tape because of the different directions the stripes angled. With the arms I suggest keeping the sleeve flat and complete the stripes on one side of the sleeve, then flip over and just match up the tape to the other sides completed stripes (if that makes sense).
- Follow the same idea with the pants. Just work one leg at time, front then back.
I’m sure that totally sounds confusing but once you figure the tape placement it was easy because you just repeat the same steps over and over. It was just quite time-consuming and was often done on a flat tv tray/table while watching Netflix.
The costume was completed with a white dress shirt, black tie, and black shoes. For hair and make-up I used 3 different sprays on the hair, a white, yellow, and a lime green. That is also the order I layered them as well. Then I teased her hair and rolled up and pin the long sections in the back. Her makeup was a base of white, with dark purple around the eyes and then green smudges along the hairline, neck, ears, and mouth (added after the below picture). I’m hoping to get some better pictures on Halloween that I can add to this post.
Roo’s costume is Coraline which was actually quite simple to thrift everything (except the wig). I found her a yellow coat which technically should be a rain slicker but I found a nice yellow wool pea coat which is more weather appropriate anyway. Some leggings, rain boots, a burgundy cross body, and a blue bobbed wig were the final pieces.
I used to love dressing up for Halloween parties but haven’t for years but if I did I would want to wear something like this :)
*Updated to add some more pictures from Halloween night.
Did you dress up this year?