If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure you’re astounded that Halloween is approaching so quickly. The early arrival of Halloween goods in stores only intensifies that feeling. With busy schedules that balance work, school, and tons of activities regularly, it can be hard to sleep, much less decide what you want to be for Halloween and cobble together some semblance of a costume.
Additionally, costume stores have a limited selection for women, as typically the only choice is to be sexy (insert almost any costume here). So, with that in mind, I have decided to take on the endeavor of making my own costume this year.
I’ve chosen to try to recreate Katy Perry’s Candyland dress from her California Gurls music video, because I have always wanted to live in the Candyland game board as far back as I can remember, and I figure this is the closest I’m going to get.
Currently, I’ve purchased some of the materials for the costume…and that’s it. I’m still in the material gathering stage (and working on my tendency to procrastinate), so this will be the first of a two part blog of how I successfully (or not so successfully) assembled my costume.
With that in mind, I’ve put together some tips and hopefully useful ideas for your own costume-making adventures:
1. Be whatever you want to be.
· I realize the California Gurls video came out over a year ago, and it’s not the most recent costume idea…so what? If you like it, go for it.
2. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you want.
· When I was researching the Candyland dress, I noticed that some people sewed on beads for sprinkles while others used different colors of paint to make sprinkles, saving hours.
3. Making your own costume can be expensive, so go cheap when you can.
· Materials add up. But premade costumes are ridiculously expensive, and the labor and unique qualities you add to a homemade costume will make it much better.
4. A great way to save money is to look for sales and coupons online.
· It’s not as time consuming as Extreme Couponing, I promise. Hobby Lobby ALWAYS has a printable coupon, and every little bit helps.
5. Get inventive with materials.
· Honestly, I just wander around stores and look for materials that I think are approximately the right size and color, or could be altered to work. I found some of my stuff at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas decorations.
6. Print pictures for reference. And actually bring them with you to the stores, don’t leave them at home like I did.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part two!