How To Make A Sorceress Costume

The Sorceress is the sexy witch. She is a wild creature of raw power and inexplicable allure. They are often either the bad girl in the story or completely neutral as the magic they represent. No wonder they are so popular, both among men and women.

Dressing a Sorceress
Think sexy, long floating pieces of fabric connected with lace, and lots of exposed body parts. That?s the sorceress.

My suggestion is to start from a bikini. Then add some lace connecting the two bikini parts, cut a few long pieces of fabric and attach them to the from and back of the bikini, and a shawl. The key here is to reveal a lot of skin and cleavage.

Accessories
Sorceresses can be as simple as just the dress, or they can wear more jewelry than a queen. A tiara is a common item, as well as staves, gloves, magical jewelry (particularly arm bracelets), and daggers.

Sorceresses represent the sexy part of wild magic, so make sure to use some body paint and complicated patterns. Take inspiration in Celtic patterns and use them all over your body, face, and even in the costume itself.

The sorceress can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. It makes for a great Halloween costume for the woman who is confident of her body and who wants to inject some sexy into this spooky night.

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Making a Princess Costume

If you aren?t a girl you can?t possible understand the fascination with princesses. If you are you don?t need explaining. So there is no point in trying to explain why girls want to dress as princesses for Halloween. Lets just look at how you can create this look.

Making the dress
A princess? dress is like a bride?s dress. You need to make it pop. It doesn?t need to be too complicated, it doesn?t need to be simple, but since Disney came into the scene it does need to be pink and with a wide skirt.

If you don?t have experience making clothes creating a princess dress may not be the best place to start and it is highly unlikely you have one laying around (though dresses from weddings or the vows sometimes look great), so you may want to buy this part of the costume.

Crown or Tiara
What is a princess without a tiara or a crown? Maybe a dutchess, but that?s not what every girl dreams about being, so don?t make your girl one.

To make a crown or a tiara you only need some card stock. Then you can decorate it using fake jewelry and it will look great. Alternatively you can buy one already made. Unless you already have fantasy jewelry you can use to create your own maybe that is less expensive.

Accessories
A princess usually has other jewelry. Make sure it matches the tiara or crown you made for your girl (don?t put a silver bracelet with a gold tiara), but if she is going trick or treating you may not want to use real jewelry.

A popular accessory is the Disney Princess necklace which is just a black band with a diamond or other jewelry in the center. You can create your own using black fabric. Google Disney Princess and you will see what I?m talking about.

This Halloween turning your girl into a princess does not require a fairy godmother. It just requires a caring parent, some patient, and lots of creativity.

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Make a Flower Costume

Flower costumes are not very common but they look adorable in infants. If you have a little kid why not dress him or her as a flower for this Halloween? Here are a few ideas on how you can make that happen.

Flower
The flower itself is what makes the costume - a sort of crown around your face. It is really easy to make: all you need is card stock in the color you want your flower to be and an elastic band to place around your face.

Cut flower petals from the card stock and glue them to the band, then place the band around your head. It works best if you have many long petals (use several layers or they will look like a wilted flower), or large petals with a wide base (in which case one layer will suffice).

Dress
Now time for the green. Wear green clothes with a green hood. Those old whole body pijamas work great for this, you just have to paint them green. Remember to wear green shoes or create a shoe cover in that color.

Your arms can also be converted into leaves. If you are making this for an infant you can cut the leaves using card stock and just sow them to the back, on the shoulder blades. For someone with longer arms leaves won?t really be practical thou.

Accessories
The flowers are simple and don?t need accessories. If you want you can paint some flowers or leaves on your face. Another idea is to carry around a watering can, or some shears. I?ve also seen some flower costumes where instead of an all-body plant, from the waist down it is a pot. They look really good in an adult.

Flowers are not very popular costumes, but there is no reason why. You can get completely different costumes by changing the petals and using accessories, and since this isn?t a popular costume you will almost certainly be the only flower in the party. Why not give it a try?

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Make a Ghost Costume

Ghosts are a Halloween classic. The classic ghost is a floating blanket, but over the last few years there has been an explosion in the ghost ethnicity field. Here are three different ghost costume ideas for this Halloween.

The Classic Ghost
The classic ghost costume is perhaps one of the easiest to make - all you need is a blanket or some other piece of large white fabric. Cut holes for the eyes and that?s it!

But I?m sure you want to add some personality. Tore apart the blanket in some places. Wear white gloves and shoes, and paint your face white. White colored eye lenses will do a wonderful job too.

The Scary Ghost
The scary ghost comes from the death and it still looks like a person. It is sort of a cross between a zombie and a classic ghost.

For this look you will also need a large white or light gray blanket, but instead of throwing it over your head wrap it around yourself and make a large hood to cover your head. Beneath this cape and hood combo wear old torn clothes, sprinkled with flour to simulate dust.

Now paint your face and exposed body parts a light gray or white and your eyes dark. If you want, add accessories that tell us something about who that person was in a past life: some old jewelry, lace, white hair, and an old picture work wonders.

The Comic Ghost
A final idea for a ghost costume is the comic ghost. This is the friendly, all pranks, all jokes ghost. You just take the costume of a scary ghost or traditional ghost and add some accessories: a top hat, a walking stick, a pumpkin, accessories from a clown... Your imagination is the limit here.

Although the classic is always a classic, don?t think you have to dress as the traditional ghost this Halloween. And if you do want to go with that look, remember to add some personality to it.

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Make a Fairy Costume

Fairies are for girls like ninjas are for boys. Which girl never dreamed about dressing as a fairy for Halloween (or better yet, being a fairy). This season you can make that dream com true.

Making the Wings

What is a fairy without its wings? The wings spark little girls? imagination all around the globe and the best way to go is to buy ready made wings, which are really easy to find. It is possible to make wings using card board, or fabric, and wires, but it is either dangerous or ugly, so buying this part of the costume is really worth the investment.

However, you need to select your wings. Generally you have two options: pixie wings (which look like locust wings) and high fairy wings (butterfly wings). To make your costume pop you need to make sure you keep the theme in your dress and accessories, so select carefully.

Making the Dress

We will consider two types of fairies: the pixie and the high fairy.

The pixie is the devilish little fairy, that enjoys nothing more than a good joke and games. Think Tinkerbell. They wear simple and short dresses, which you can make yourself by cutting a simple piece of fabric. The skirt should not have a straight line - either diagonal or torn. Try to make the dress the same color as the wings. And remember to go creative with the shoes: pompoms, leaves, stars...

The high fairy is the nobility of the fairies. The dress is a simple princess dress, using white or light fabric, a long wide skirt, gloves, and delicate shoes. Dress yourself or your girl as if going to a ball.

Accessories to Consider

For the pixie, little toys and trinkets are great. Consider a simple headband, some nature shaped jewelery, flowers, pieces from old gadgets from around the house. The pixie is also the perfect fairy to use antennae, usually used in insect and alien costumes, and strong and bold face and body paint.

The high fairy is royalty, so a crown or tiara goes a long way. They are also the fairies with complicated jewelry, a wand, complicated patterns on their face with light colors and lots of sparkly sprinkles.

If your girl (or you) want to go as a fairy this Halloween don?t let the costume prices scare you. For a fraction of the price you can create a custom fairy look and have fun in the process.

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How to come up with Halloween game ideas?

Throwing parties for kids, Halloween or not, nothing is more vital than having a bunch of activities and games planned. Unlike adults, kids will not be happy with just food and small talk - you have to give them something to do.

But how do you come up with Halloween game ideas for you party?

And you need to plan a reasonable number of them, because kids are easily bored. Keeping in mind that Halloween happens in the Fall and you never know, remember to have most of them being indoor or a llight rain may ruin the party.

The first activities you want to plan for are the classics. I?m old fashioned and in my opinion no Halloween party is complete without a scary story and trick-or-treating. Watching horror movies may be a substitute for older kids, or visiting haunted places, carving jack-o?-lanterns, and, if you have the place, a bonfire. Halloween just isn?t Halloween without some, or all, of these.

Another classic is the party prank. Be careful though - adolescents will find this lame. But if you are planning a party for younger kids (not too young though) plan a prank sometime in the party to get them scared.

How about some fresh ideas? How do you come up with new games to play on Halloween?

The key for coming up with new game ideas for Halloween or other themed parties is taking the old children games and add them a twist to make them fit the theme. You can do this by changing the decoration, the pace, adding scenes from movies, adding music, or any twist you can come up with.

I will give you an example to get your imagination going.

Take an obstacle course game. In a traditional obstacle course you throw in some obstacles and have the kids run around (or over or under) them. You need a large space, and these games always work best if you arrange the obstacles as a labyrinth and play music in the background. A treasure at the end is also a good idea, for the first kid to get there to feast on, as well as some puzzles along the way for the smart but slow kid to get an opportunity.

So now let?s turn this into a Halloween game. What if the obstacles are coffins which they have to go around, witches? broomsticks to jump over, a small haunted tunnel with bats to crawl through... Take inspiration from horror movies - you can include mummies, zombies, tombs, toy knives. The music in the background should be spooky, maybe with a few screams every now and then, and a good treasure would be hidden inside a coffin at the end, filled with pumpkin treats, apples, or dark red candy.

What games can you come up with using this strategy? Think about how you can take hide-and-seek, treasure hunts, musical chairs, karaoke, or races and turn them into complete Halloween activities - you?ll even have fun in the process.

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Halloween Classic Games

The true origin of Halloween is unknown. Some people say it comes from the Roman feast to the death, Parentalia, others that it derives from the Celtic festival Samhain, a harvest festival. The only thing we know for sure, is that the name comes from All Hallows Evening and that it?s most important symbol, the pumpkin, was really a turnip at the beginning.

Halloween?s rich history is reflected in many of the games and activities we now consider classics. These are things every Halloween party must have, so you better plan for them.

Trick-or-Treating. Outside of the English-speaking countries this is what Halloween is know for. It is a game kids love, just remember to assign an adult to take them trick-or-treating because kids, candy, and dark and busy roads are not a good combination.

Jack-o?-Lanterns. Whether you are carving these for decoration days ahead or as an activity on the day of the party, jack-o?-lanterns are the classic symbol of Halloween. And if you are curious about that turnip thing, it turns out that jack-o?-lanterns were turnips carved to remember the souls in purgatory which became pumpkins in America where the orange fruit is native from and turnips were rarer.

Costume parties. Remember that these are not just for kids! Although in theory you can impose a sub theme such as witches or zombies, this is the only time of the year adults are allowed to live their fantasies, so most parties don?t have a theme. You have to pick your poison when throwing yours.

Apple bobbing. I also think this is not just for children, even if Wikipedia disagrees. Plus, bobbing for apples is much healthier than trick-or-treating, although I guess the latter could count as exercise.

Loving the scary. The imagery of Halloween revolves around death, evil, and the occult, and horror combines all these. The classic is scary stories, but a modern alternative would be watching horror movies, and visiting haunted attractions or horror theme parks.

The Prank. The prank is the high point of any Halloween. Some people plan pranks for their co-workers, their family, and their friends, others just get them together on a party and plan a huge prank. Halloween is like an improved April?s Day where you can go all out. Take advantage of that.

Bonfire. Back in the old days, bonfires were all the rage in Europe. They were used for purification rituals (by jumping over the fire you were burning negativity), fertility (by removing impurities you were open for procreation), death (you are jumping over a barrier, crossing the line to the other side), and whatnot. Whether or not they still have all those powers, they undoubtedly have the power of being hilarious, so if you have a yard where you can light a bonfire don?t think twice.

The Fun. OK, this may be obvious, but don?t forget to have fun. I know a lot of stress bees who never rest, not even on Halloween or Christmas. Come on - life is not just about being serious and working, it is also about fun and enjoyment. I?m sure you can stop even for a few minutes to relax and do a prank or two!

Safety. This is the last on my list, but only because people tend to jump to the end. Security should be your first priority - fireworks, kids high on candy, adults high on god knows what, pranks, bonfires... They can all be a disaster waiting to happen if you are not careful. So don?t ruin Halloween - make safety your number one priority.

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Childrens Dog Costumes For Halloween

If you have several children how much fun would it be to dress one of them in a kids cat costume and the other in a kids dog costume? They already fight like dogs and cats so why not dress them in a similar theme for Halloween?

Kids Dog Costume

This is certainly one cute kids Halloween costume.

This limited edition Dalmatian costume is absolutely adorable. Your son already wants to be like his dad so why not dress the father in a hot firefighter costume and have your son dress as his trusted sidekick? Talk about creating lasting, lifelong memories!

This tail wagging kids dog costume comes complete with a white and black spotted jumpsuit that has a full front zipper that makes removal extremely easy. This unique outfit is designed to be on the large size which helps keep your little man warm while out trick or treating.

This super cute costume also includes a padded head, padded feet, and a precious little tail. Your child will certainly 'dig' this costume!

Precious Puppy Costume

This precious puppy outfit comes complete with an ultra-soft, zippered jumpsuit that is accented with plush fur-like patches that are designed to look almost like a homemade Halloween costume. The snap closures are located discretely on the inner leg which keeps them hidden from view but easily accessible when it is time to change their diapers.

A cute puppy dog tail, adorable puppy face hood, and skid resistant booties that look like paws round out this super fun kids costume.

This outfit is extremely well made and will be extremely comfortable and will keep your child nice and warm if you happen to live in a cooler geographic location. Pair these puppy clothes with any other animal costume and create your own zoo this year!

Blues Clue Costume

Many kids TV programs simply offer no educational value at all. Others, such as Sesame Street and Blues Clue are worth their weight in gold, in my opinion.

This year, why not dress your toddler like Blue and allow him or her to follow the clues in order to find their candy!

This officially licensed Blues Clue costume comes complete with an ultra-soft, plush baby blue bodysuit that features dark blue paw prints and attached paw covers. A fun character headpiece is also included in this incredibly cute outfit.

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Decorating Your Halloween Party on a Budget

Halloween is about being scared. But what makes something scary? Gore is not the answer, mystery and hinting are.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat, said Edgar Allan Poe, and in this article I will give you some ideas to decorate your Halloween house as mysterious as the proverbial witch?s cat.

Now, I?m not saying there isn?t a place for over decorating with pumpkins, broomsticks, witch hats, skeletons and skulls, coffins, tombstones, blood, black cats, ghosts, knives and power-tools, and whatnot. There is, and houses decorated like that can look amazing.

But what if your budget doesn?t allow you to go all out? It is possible to create a great Halloween party decor with very little money by using mystery.

The secret is choosing a sub-theme, picking one or two centerpieces for your decoration and then use little hints spread all over the house. Lets go through each step.

First, choosing a sub-theme. A sub-theme is a theme within a theme. The theme of Halloween is horror and ghost stories. Within that theme there are many sub-themes, here are some to give you ideas: witches, zombies, ghosts, wacky Halloween, magical Halloween (think Harry Potter), beasts and monsters, mummies, haunted mansion, bat cave, mad scientist, movie classics...

The reason you should pick a sub-theme when you are on a budget is that there are only two looks that work: a mixed Halloween theme with lots of decoration, or focusing on a particular sub-theme and using little decoration. If you choose more than one sub-theme and then only have three or four decoration pieces it will look like crap, pardon the honesty.

Now that you have a smaller theme, you also have fewer decorations to pick from. Choose one or two major decoration centerpieces. For example, if you picked a witches? theme, good pieces would be a witch, a big broomstick, or a cauldron; for the magical Halloween theme a glowing crystal ball, rotating disco or star lights, or a large quartz would be excellent.

Center pieces should be big and three dimensional (no posters please), or, alternatively, create an ambiance, like in the example of lights.

Now its time to spend the remaining budget on small details that fit the theme. The key here is sticking to your sub-theme - although eye-ball treats look great for the wacky Halloween or mad scientist themes they will clash with the magical Halloween or ghosts themes. You will be able to find details to suit any theme, from spoons shaped like fingers to cauldrons to use as salad or dip bowls.

Another inexpensive tip that really adds a punch is a soundtrack. Get some music that suits your theme (it may not be spooky!) and play it on the background. The key here is not to set it too loud, so people can talk normally.

Remember that you don?t need a big budget to create a great Halloween party. All you need is your imagination and, as Edgar Allan Poe puts it, the mystery of a cat.

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Michael Jackson Halloween Costume Theme Ideas For Halloween 2012

After dying in 2009, Michael Jackson’s fans are still increasing. Famous for his innovative dance moves and unique outfits, there’s no better character and star than Michael Jackson this Halloween! Here’s a quick guide to the different themes available for Michael Jackson costumes.

The Thriller Look

As one of the most famous music videos of all time, Thriller is a theme that suits Halloween perfectly. Full of zombies and werewolves, there’s plenty of inspiration for anyone who needs to come up with a Halloween theme.

The first option is to dress as Michael himself does in the music video, wearing the classic red leather jacket and pants combination. You’ll need to buy these separately for adults, or you can choose the newly released Thriller jacket for kids. Then get your friends to dress up as zombies and have a huge group dance!

Be A Smooth Criminal

New for 2010 is the Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson costume. Everyone remembers the classic video, where Michael wears the distinguished white suit and performs some dance moves that most of us will only ever dream of being able to do!

The Smooth Criminal Adult Costume complete kit is officially licensed and comes with the 1930s gangster jacket and pants, the tie, arm band and spats. You’ll need to buy the shirt and hat separately, which are also available as officially licensed merchandise. The hat is a distinctive white color with a black band.

The Iconic Military Jacket

Nobody can forget Michael Jackson’s iconic military jacket ensemble, paired with ankle swinging pants and sparkling socks to show off his impressive dance moves. You can be sure everyone will recognize who you’re supposed to be in this ensemble!

The Michael Jackson costume kit, officially licensed, comes with the detailed military jacket and gold embellishments. You can pair this with other accessories that are sold separately, including the socks, wig, hat and glove. You can buy the military jacket in either red or black, for adults and children.

Other Classic Michael Jackson Costume Looks

There really is no limit to which costumes you can choose when you’re dressing as Michael Jackson this Halloween. What about his all-black Bad look, or the classic black sequin jacket as seen in Billie Jean?! The choice really is yours!

The Michael Jackson Wig and Accessories

Whatever costume you choose, you’re going to need to get the hair right. Michael’s hair is a best remembered as distinctive curly black cut, and the Michael Jackson Adult Curly Wig will help you get the look right. You could also opt for the newly released Michael Jackson Performance Kit that includes the wig, distinctive glove, hat and sunglasses. And don’t forget the sparkle socks! Available as official merchandise in child size.

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