Not everyone was born a creative genius- or a seamstress, for that matter. Your lack of costume-crafting know-how needn’t hamstring you come Halloween, though. You can turn a perfectly ordinary off the rack Halloween costume into a unique, customized version of the character with minimal effort or expense.
So how do you turn your off the rack Halloween costume into an object of envy rather than pity? Customize that Halloween costume using one simple rule. Add a single enhancement that epitomizes a trait for which the character is known, capitalizes upon a specific incident involving the character, or depicts an association with that character. How does this Halloween costume customization idea work in practice?
Customizing an Edward Cullen from Twilight Halloween Costume
Edward Cullen, the vampire from the blockbuster movie Twilight is sure to be a popular Halloween costume choice this year. Every vampire on the streets Halloween night is likely to be an Edward Cullen or his girlfriend Bella. How can you make your Edward Cullen costume stand out from the crowd?
A vampire, Edward Cullen is known for his fang teeth. Why not wrap a rag around your Edward Cullen’s head holding an ice pack to his jaw to represent Edward Cullen with a vampire sized toothache?
Customizing a Cinderella Halloween Costume
Everyone is familiar with Cinderella who wears a pretty ball gown and glass slippers. Instead of dressing like every Cinderella on the block this Halloween, be Cinderella the day after the ball, wearing one glass slipper and using crutches to depict the aftermath of hobbling home the night before in a single shoe.
Customizing an Animal Costume
Animal costumes are relatively common. How could you customize a simple animal costume to make a statement?
To customize an off the rack cow costume, rely on the association between cows and mad cow disease; make your cow the “mad” cow.
An off the rack pig costume for Halloween could easily be customized to symbolize the swine flu pandemic. Just add a thermometer or cold compress.
Customizing a Harry Potter Halloween Costume
Harry Potter, the boy wizard, is known for making magic happen. Try a different twist on the magic theme by dressing as Harry Potter the house cleaner who makes magic with household cleaning products. Wield a Magic Mop and carry a bucket of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Citrus Magic, Countertop Magic, or any other products containing the word “magic” in their name.
Customizing an off the rack Halloween costume can be easy and inexpensive as long as you keep the concept simple.