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Replicating some sturdy roots for your autumn tree can seem tricky, but really as long as you doll up some reliable footwear with bark and fake dirt, you've got it covered. It's a good idea not to use regular shoes for this, just in case the bark or dirt get them cruddy.
An older pair of reliable shoes or the pair you use for mowing the lawn are great for this sort of thing, since you don't have to worry too much about them getting dirty.
As long as they're comfortable and take the accessories attached to them without a problem, they should hold together long enough to get the job done.
Halloween falls roughly in the middle of autumn, and depending on where you live the trees will look beautiful. Why not celebrate that beauty with a unique, nature focused costume that not only showcases your crafting talent, but also how much you appreciate an often overlooked season? The fall season deserves it's time to shine as well, so feel free to enjoy Halloween and autumn as much as possible.
Don't Bug Me - By Jill Ant
Squish! Do you ever feel like the world is stepping all over you and there's nothing you can do to stop it? Well, you can finally look the part with an awesome bug Halloween costume. Here's how to put it together:
Nobody likes cockroaches, with their feathery little legs that crawl over the food that you leave out, and their long antennas feeling you up at night while you sleep. Pay respect to these hardy creatures while giving your friends the willies with a cockroach costume.
First, get a headband with some long, wispy antennas. You can usually find this online. Next, find a black bodysuit and get some black or dark brown fabric. Cut the fabric into the shape of wings and sew it onto the bodysuit. There you have a simple cockroach.
Flies are also gross to most people, but lack the creepiness of cockroaches. For a fly costume, you can follow a similar pattern to the cockroach costume, but swap a pair of transparent pre-made wings instead of black or brown ones. You can also don a fly mask, similar to the one in the original horror movie The Fly. Alternatively, you can just wear compound eye glasses.
For this Cosutme you will need a primarily green outfit. Wear a long sleeve green shirt and tight-fitting green sweatpants. Also wear green shoes. I recommend Crocs for their bright green color and comfortability.
Using thick, light green tape purchased from a local hardware store, place for strips horizontally across your stomach and chest.
This will create the thorax of the grasshopper.
Next, using light green construction or cardboard paper, cut out the legs of the grasshopper. I recommend tracing the desired shape into the paper and then cutting it out. Using a small band of elastic, create a "loop" for your hands to fit in.
Additionally, you should use the green construction paper to create a hat which will function as the round head of the grasshopper. Grasshoppers are known for their large eyes - you can either cut out large yellow circles of construction paper or wear some bright yellow contacts.
If you want something a bit more feminine and pleasant, why not a ladybug? Get a headband with short, cute antennas. You can buy a pre-made ladybug costume, or you can make one yourself out of spotted fabric. Even wearing a red coat that has black spots might work if you don't want to get fancy with it.
This one is rather simple - wear an outfit that is entirely the color of the ant you'd like to portray (either red or black). I recommend a puffy winter jacket with a hood and large sweatpants.
Make sure your shoes also match the color you want. Using poly-fil from a local craft store, stuff the butt of the sweatpants. This will create that large abdomen and thorax look that most ants have.
To finish up this costume, cut antennas out of either construction paper or plastic and adhere them to the top of the hood. Again, make sure the clothing is either black or red, depending on which species of ant you want to portray,
Start with a black, long-sleeved hoodie and black gloves. Also wear black sweatpants or leggings. You can get creative and stuff some poly-fil underneath the hoodie to create the rotund spider look, although this is not crucial. Next, you will need four more legs! I recommend painting two pool noodles black, cutting them in half, and gluing them to the hoodie.
This one is rather delicate in nature. To start, wear a tight-fitting blue (sparkly if possible) body-con dress. Otherwise, you can wear a bluish green skirt with black stockings underneath. Next, you want to purchase a very light, translucent blue fabric (I recommend checking out the curtain or fabric section of Home Depot.
Cut out a large portion of the fabric in the shape of a wing and adhere it to the triceps of the outfit. Whenever you raise your arms, people will see the majestic wings of the dragonfly. If you show up to your next gathering dressed as a spooky bug, you will most certainly give your friends the creeps!
Sexy Warlock Costume
The Magic Man - By Joe Wizard
For those curious on the difference between a warlock and a wizard, it depends on the gaming system and entomology. Generally, warlocks use items to cast spells, like wands and staffs. Wizards usually use books. With that being said here's how to put such a costume together:
Warlocks and wizards have something else in common besides magic, and that is a beard. You don't need a beard as long as Gandalf's, but it definitely adds to the rugged look one expects of the rugged sort of spellcaster warlocks tend towards.
If you don't feel like growing a beard, or can't, there's no reason not go with a fake one. Clip-on beards have long been touted in the magical community for easy removal in case of a grease fire. What you do with your hair and color of said beard isn't really important here, because you're going for the style of the look rather than narrow motif. Warlocks come from all walks of life, after all, so no reason to narrow your choices.
When it comes to the clothes, they do make the man. Unless you're not wearing them, and the rugged look of a shirtless warlock is certainly an option. There's nothing wrong with wearing the right clothes though, but make sure to set yourself apart from other casters. Still, black is a classic look, and it goes with the dark vibe warlocks tend to gather. Besides, black is easy and cheap to find and play with to get the right look.
While they might get by with a staff and a grimoire, you, a master of magical item attunement, have a much more varied arsenal. A staff still works really well, because it never hurts to have a walking stick handy, especially if you need to bonk some sense into an insane king.
Other good odds and ends are some potions, which also make for a great way to bring a drink with you. Wands are another standby, and if you want to go really crazy, you can make a bandolier of them to show off how truly powerful you are as a warlock.
Color coordination is less important with this outfit, since the black clothes are tricky to mesh with, and it's neutral enough that you don't need to worry too much about such issues. Besides, warlocks are much less concerned with their fashion sense.
Of course, you're trying to go for sexy here, but power is pretty sexually appealing. So as long as you got the confidence that comes with wielding magical power, and the tools to use it, you're on the right track for a great costume.
Joker Cosutme (Suicide Squad)
The Joker Is Wild - By Ace Johnson
For this costume, buying a pre-made Joker outfit might be the most efficient choice. The Joker wears several different outfits in this movie, but the most striking ones would be a bit difficult to come by. You probably don't have a purple-tinted alligator-skin trench coat lying around.
You can also opt for one of his more scantily-clad moments by walking around shirtless with some black pants, for instance, but this would also mean that you'd have to wear a lot of fake tattoos. Get that sharpie ready.
Easily enough, Suicide Squad Joker has green hair like most Joker versions. Get some temporary hair dye and make your head neon green for the night. Keeping with the trend of grittier, more realistic villains, this Joker doesn't have that much makeup actually.
Be sure to make your face pale, the space around your eyes dark, and your lips red. Some silver grills on your teeth will complete the look. If you're craving a trendy costume that still reflects your maniacal side, be the Suicide Squad Joker this Halloween!