I love Halloween and I love making costumes. Homemade costumes are more unique and attractive, more fun, and they usually fit better. Every year I am visited by the ghosts of costumes past, which pressure me to continue.
2010: Toucan. I bought a styrofoam Christmas tree at a craft store and cut it into the shape of a toucan beak. Then I painted it with spray paint. I hot glued black feathers all over a black skirt and tank top, added orange tights, and oila – a toucan.
2011: My first couples costume: An Incan empress and Spanish conquistador. At that time I wasn’t real confident in my sewing skills, so the clothing and Spanish flag were actually hot glued together (good enough for one night!). Purchased the sword on eBay.
2012: Inspired by Miss Venezuela, I created this dragon costume. I was incredibly proud of it, but it was quite hard to maneuver the wings through crowded bars and parties. This costume was very time-intensive.
2013: Forest animal theme: I was a porcupine (super easy to make) and Hector was a bear (a bit harder). For the porcupine I took a hoodie, shorts, and knee socks and hot glued pipe cleaners all over them. I sewed the bear costume from scratch, by hand since the fur was too thick to fit under the sewing machine.
2014: I wanted to be something semi-frightening, yet glamorous. I settled on a wildfire. The costume included battery-powered Christmas lights so I glowed. I used about a gallon of glitter and orange spraypaint.
And my 2015 costume is about to be unveiled…