Halloween is just two weeks away! Do you have your costume yet? No? The horror! Here are some costume ideas that are perfect for Halloween in Birmingham.
Endless candy. Trick or treating. Costumes. All of these things, plus so much more make Halloween a thrilling experience for kids. What costume will your child want this year? Here are some costumes that are always a hit:
Superheroes. No Halloween would be complete without seeing at least a dozen Supermans, Batmans and Avengers running around. Hey, I even see them at the grocery store on a typical Tuesday from time to time!
If your kiddo loves superheroes, you can find their favorites all over town at stores like Spirit Halloween, Party City, Target and more.
Along with superheroes, you can expect a lot of Disney Princesses in town this Halloween. Luckily, princess costumes are one of the easiest to find, which takes some stress off all you parents out there. Chances are, your little princess already has a zillion costumes in their mountain of dress-up clothes. Score!
Kids DIY Costume
Looking for a DIY children’s costume? Pete the Cat is the ultimate choice—and it’s perfect for boys and girls.
There are all sorts of different options when creating a Pete the Cat costume. My favorite version of Pete is from the book My Groovy Buttons.
- Yellow T-shirt
- Large round buttons
- Hot Glue
- Blue Felt
- Plastic Headband
- Black costume makeup
- Navy blue pants
1. The Ears
- Cut two medium-sized diamond shapes out of dark blue felt.
- Use hot glue to attach the felt to the headband.
2. The Shirt
Glue four round buttons (evenly spaced) down the center of a yellow T-shirt.
3. The Face
Using black costume paint, draw a nose and whiskers on your child’s face.
4. Complete The Look
Wear a pair of dark blue pants (and a blue tutu if you wanna cutesie it up) and Converse (Pete is a hardcore fan of Chucks!) and the costume is complete. Ta-dah!
Some may think Halloween is just for kids, but over all, adults love it just as much. An excuse to dress up and eat candy—what’s not to love?
Whether you’re taking your kids trick or treating or attending the many awesome Halloween parties happening in Birmingham this month, it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up and get a sugar rush! Okay, maybe it will just make those of us who are over 30 want to take a nap—but still! Halloween is fun for all!
Check out these costumes that are perfect for your inner child who can’t wait to bust out this Halloween.
1. Storm Trooper and Darth Vader
2. Deer, Starbucks Coffee And Day Of The Dead
Adult DIY Costumes
Are you a fan of Harley Quinn? Then this is the perfect DIY for you! And it’s so fitting with all those clown costumes from the film “It” that you’re bound to see everywhere this year.
There are only five products needed to achieve this look—and you can get them all for under $20. Major score! (Plus, if you have great costume makeup, you don’t require an actual costume, which can cost a lot!)
- Black eyeliner. Shown: (Covergirl, Perfect Blend Eyeliner, Basic Black, $3.84)
- Black eye shadow. (Shown: Wet n Wild, Color Icon Eyeshadow Single, Panther, $ .75)
- Black cream costume makeup. (Shown: Rubies Cream Makeup, Water Washable, $1.89)
- False eye lashes: (Shown: e.l.f. Cosmetics Natural Lash Kit, $2)
- Red lip pencil. (Shown: Wet n Wild, Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner, Red the Scene
- Makeup remover. Shown: Beauty 360, Refreshing Cleansing Towelettes, $4.99)
Total cost: $16.46.
(All products can be replaced with other brands, even colors. Use what works best for you.)
1. Prep Face
Prep your face however you choose. Use your usual base and concealer or opt for nothing. It’s totally up to you!
Darken eyebrows with black eyeliner pencil and lower eyelid with black eyeliner. Don’t be shy, you want it to stand out.
3. Add Mystery With Shadow
Apply black eye shadow across entire eyelids. The darker the better so swipe it on thick!
4. Triangle Time
Use eyeliner to draw a triangle above each eyebrow. The base of each triangle should be touching the top of each brow. (Don’t fill them in. You are simply creating an outline.)
Then draw a triangle below each eyebrow. The base of each triangle should be touching the bottom of each lower eyelid. (Don’t fill them in. You are simply creating an outline.)
Using eyeliner, draw a straight line from the point of each triangle below your eyes down each cheek, stopping about level with the bottom of your nose.
6. Fill ‘Em In
(For this step, I suggest using a very small arts and crafts paintbrush, but a makeup brush will work too.) Dab a very small amount of costume makeup onto your paint brush, then fill in the triangles you drew in steps 4 and 5.
Why use costume makeup for this step instead of eyeliner? Costume makeup is much darker and smoother than eyeliner, and can be applied and removed much easier.
(Tip: To make costume makeup stay on longer without risking a lot of smearing, dab black eye shadow on top. This will create a seal so your look will last much longer.)
7. Let’s Put A Smile On That Face
To complete your look, you must have that creepy clown grin. Using a red lip pencil, outline your lips. Then fill in completely.
Finally, starting from the corner of your mouth, draw a slightly curved line that moves toward your ear. Make it as big or small as you’d like—as long as you look like you are “smiling”.
Repeat on other side.
(Tip: To make your lips more prominent and full, trace along the outside of your lip line.)
8. Add lashes
Apply false lashes to top lash line. (Swipe them with black mascara if you’d like!)
(Tip:Save your false lashes. They can be reused several times! Like next Halloween, for instance!)
When the night’s over and it’s time to remove your look, be sure to use makeup remover. Any kind will do. But trust me—you will save yourself a lot of scrubbing and damaged skin!
Whether you’re in a committed relationship or just want to dress up alongside your best bud, couple costumes are a great choice—and there are so many options!
Check these out:
1. Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
2. Blue and Steve—Blues Clues
3. Dumb and Dumber
Do you have a group of friends that dig Halloween just as much as you do? Then grab your crew and opt for a group costume. The only problem may be finding an idea that everyone will agree on. Need some ideas? Here are two that are sure to be popular this year, and definitely lots of fun!
The Cast Of Stranger Things
What fits into the Halloween spirit more than this sci-fi drama Stranger Things? As fans of the series await season three, you can be sure that you and your crew will be the hit of any party in Birmingham.
While the show has a lot of characters, here are a select few who may be most worth your while:
- Chief Hopper
Get The Look
Are you the lucky one in your group who gets to be the mysterious and powerful Eleven? Then it’s all about that pale pink dress she is known for in season one. Luckily, it’s really easy to find around town. Purchase the Adult Replica Eleven Costume from stores like Spirit Halloween or Party City. (It’s also available in kid sizes.)
Throw on a blonde wig (unless you already have blonde hair), some tube socks and some Converse and you are all set to rock Birmingham as Eleven.
Remember how Joyce was a general store manager before all the Will mayhem hit? You can find the shirt—plus name tag—at Spirit Halloween and Party City. You can also easily find a similar shirt at one one of the many thrift stores or consignment shops around, or hey, maybe even in your own closet!
Be sure to wrap a few strands of Christmas lights around yourself—you know why!—and carry around a plastic ax or corded phone and your transformation to Joyce is all set!
Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas and Jonathan
You can also create the Stranger Things look by simply wearing a Stranger Things T-Shirt. Pair it with some jeans and a hoodie/jacket and you are pretty close to the usual attire of characters like Lucas, Dustin, Mike and Will. (The unpossessed Will anyway!)
Dustin: Trucker hat
Eleven: Box of waffles
Jonathon: Old-school camera
Lucas: Camouflage bandana
The Cast Of Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are… sorry, but that song is just so catchy! When it comes to group costumes, there’s no tighter gang than the cast of Scooby-Doo. Haven’t you always wanted to be them?
Where can you get the look? A great place to shop for costumes like these is at Zoe’s in Forest Park. From clothes and accessories to silly and spooky costumes, there’s a good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for—plus more!
There’s no denying pets are cute. But put them in a Halloween costume and they instantly go from cute to adorable (and hilarious!).
A huge theme for pet costumes this year is food. We do love to eat in Birmingham! But it also takes the expression “you’re so cute I could eat you up” to the next level. Do we really want to go there?
Here are two options that provide the adorable and hilarious features every pet costume needs.
Thrills & Chills Halloween Taco Pet Costume
Soft sell or hard shell? It doesn’t matter wen the taco is this cute!
This decorative suit has soft material and also light so your dog won’t be weighed down wearing it. Plus, it is super easy to put on and take off, which makes dressing your pup easy.
Find it atPetSmart.
Halloween Pineapple Cat/Dog Costume
If cats could talk, this lovable feline would proclaim “I am Pineapple King!”
The material on this costume is super soft and cozy, and the head piece has ear holes that hold it in place.
Find it at Target.
What will you be this year? We want to know!