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5 Dark Halloween Costume Ideas
Zombie Apocalypse - By Mike Zombie
Maybe you've just crawled out of a puddle of radioactive waste after an atomic apocalypse, or maybe you just need a fresh cup of iced coffee. Regardless of the reason, looking like a zombie is usually never a good thing - except on Halloween, of course.
This is the only night of the year where what's outside is more important than the inside. As such, you'll need to make sure your makeup is on-point to match with the rest of your zombie Halloween costume.
A generous supply of black eyeshadow should circle the area around your eyes to give it a sunk-in look (think raccoon, but bigger). Afterward, the rest of your face should be coated with a pale foundation or powder to achieve a skeleton-like appearance. You can also apply some of the eyeshadow to your cheeks, nose and forehead to make your face look even more scary.
If your a zombie there's a good chance that your brain will be exposed. For this effect, you'll need an baseball cap. Start by cutting off the brim of the cap and painting it a dark red. Next, you'll need a caulking tube - caulk zig-zags all across the cap to look like the surface of the brain.
At this stage, you can get as creative as you'd like - you can caulk on an entire brain, just a piece, a hemisphere, or whatever you think looks the most terrifying. It will take the caulk about two hours to fully dry. Once dried, paint the caulk a dark red to resemble blood on the surface of the brain, and you now have an exposed brain cap.
No zombie shops at Forever 21! You have a bit of creative freedom here, as zombies can come from nearly any time period. As an idea, you can tear up some old, grey clothes and throw on a dusty pirate hat; or you look like you just crawled out from a deep-sea shipwreck. With your zombie costume complete, you can stager over to your next Halloween party with all the confidence of a long-dead creature.
The Dark Witch - By Joyce Miller
The dark witch costume is a favorite among teens. It allows them to appear evil, magical and attractive all at the same time. The main thing to remember about this costume is that all clothing and accessories should be black.
To get things going start with the hat. Dark witches are known for their long cone-shaped pointy black hats with a full brim. The very top of the hat needs to sag down a bit too. You can probably find one of these hats in a novelty store.
For clothing, the main pieces you will need are a long skirt, long-sleeve button shirt, cape, and scarf. Again, all these pieces need to be colored black. The shoes will also be black, but make sure they are high heel shoes because even witches have some style to them. At this point, you have the basic dark witch costume set up. But, you don't want to stop there because you can have a lot of fun with the makeup and accessories.
For your face use black lipstick, eyeshadow, and nail polish. For the accessories a popular choice is the broomstick with black fibers on the end. To make a one, take a regular broomstick and spray paint the fibers with black paint. You may also find a premade one in the novelty store along with the hat.
Lastly, try wearing some black jewelry. It doesn't need to be all black, though. You could wear a couple of moon rings with black gemstones and a necklace with a black diamond hanging down. Obviously, you can use fashion jewelry for this as no one expects you to purchase anything authentic.
An American Werewolf - By Jack Wolf
After the movie release of "An American Werewolf in London," werewolves have been all the craze for decades to follow. So why not transform into a werewolf this Halloween? Here's how to put such a hairy costume together:
Werewolf Halloween costumes can be found in different designs and styles. If your crafty enough you can try to create your own costume. For this costume you will need fake fur (a lot of fake fur), torn up pants, a shirt (ripped/torn) and makeup.
You should focus on placing fake fur on the exposed body parts and ripping the clothes carefully. The makeup should consist of grey around the face and don't forget your eyelashes and eyebrows too. If you have long hair you can make it look messy or you can also wear a wig.
Men should stop shaving for at least one week before Halloween. Fake teeth are also a good idea. Keep in mind that there are many werewolf costumes that can be bought in costume stores or on the Internet. If you don't have much time you can just purchase a werewolf mask.
Whatever option you choose, remember that it is all in the details. So, you can experiment by adding some fake blood on your shirt or even around your mouth.
You can also use makeup and some piece of metal on some part of the body like you have been hit by a bullet, but it did not work because the bullet was not silver. It's fun to know wearing a werewolf costume is always excellent because these creatures are popular. Twilight is just one example of a popular movie that features these creatures.
Although werewolves are usually portrayed as males, girls and women don't have to worry because there are female werewolf Halloween costumes too.
Werewolf costumes never go out of fashion and you can definitely shine this Halloween night by wearing one. Take the time to work on the makeup and the costume plus watch a few movies, so you can get the moves down pat.
I Love My Mummy - By Susan Weaver
If your looking to put together a costume that you can write to your mummy about this season? Well, why not take a cue from the ancient Egyptians and go to your next Halloween party as an undead king or even the queen of the Nile.
Mummy costumes are the easiest to create, even if your funds are limited. If you're really hurting for cash, you can try wrapping yourself in paper, but obviously this would come apart much too easily. Instead, look for some old white or off-white T-shirts, something ratty that you don't mind tearing up. From there you can slowly link the pieces and have a friend wrap them along your limbs and torso.
Just be careful not to do it too tightly! Make sure that you're able to walk around and wave your arms more or less freely. You're going to need to be able to ladle some juice from the punch bowl, after all. When it comes to your head, you're going to want to wrap it up extra loosely and leave openings between layers for your eyes and mouth.
Alternatively, you can use nicer fabric from the fabric store, or you can buy actual gauze bandages (though this can become costly very quickly). Regardless, you can wrap yourself just as you would when using the cheap approach. Another idea is to buy a commercial mummy costume for Halloween.
Once you're all wrapped up, add some finishing touches - a little bit of blood, some loosely hanging bandages, and an ankh or two should do the trick.
Grime Ripper Costume
The Grim Reaper - By David Grimm
What is creepier and darker than death itself? A truly scary Halloween costume should not only disturb people visually, but it should ideally touch a part of their deeper fears and leave them feeling unsettled.
This is a Grim Reaper that is draped in the classic cloak and hovers around with the stereotypical scythe. The key to this style of reaper is his lack of obvious identity; this is what really creeps people out.
He appears to have no face, doesn't speak, and is hardly expressive with his body movements, instead gliding around the world of the living, looking for his next victim.
For this costume, you can find a jet black robe that will cover your whole body and feet.
You can find these kinds of costumes at party stores, but the material is often kind of cheap, so you may want to hit up a thrift store and see if they have anything gloomy and black that you can make into your reaper robes. Heck, even your old graduation outfit might work if the color is dark enough. Add a scythe (that is fake or unsharpened) and you're ready to stalk the mortals.
This is probably the simplest kind of reaper costume, and actually is a very simple and easy Halloween costume in general. Think of it as a step above wearing a white sheet and calling yourself a ghost. If you're looking for something that will make a bit more of an impression, you might want to try one of the more elaborate reaper styles below.
This is when things get scarier. We don't really know for sure what the reaper's face looks like, but usually the image in most of our minds is of a skeletal figure. Like the classic style reaper without a face, you can achieve this look fairly easily by throwing on a robe that covers your whole body and includes a hood.
Instead of leaving things up to the imagination, however, you'll wear a skull mask so that when trick-or-treaters peer into your ghostly face, they will see something eerie staring back at them.
Alternatively, you can also paint your face in a skull pattern or use latex prosthetics, but a mask that covers your whole head and hides your humanity completely is probably your best bet.
If you want to get even more elaborate, you can try to imitate a specific depiction of the reaper from any number of dark movies. This can get more expensive, though, but if you really want to make an impression and freak people out, there's nothing like taking a cue from Hollywood.
Some choice movie reapers may be hard to achieve, like the Angel of Death from the Hellboy series, for example, but you might be able to go with some classics like Death in The Seventh Seal. If you want to be clever you can just dress as the main character from Meet Joe Black, but that only counts as a Grim Reaper costume on a technicality.