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Killer Piranha Halloween Costume Ideas

Killer Piranha Halloween Costume Ideas

When someone says the word "piranha" the most common image conjured in the mind is that of the rabid, killer fish with razor-sharp teeth and an insatiable appetite for blood and flesh. What better idea for a costume than the vicious piranha.

• Costume Basics

With the success of popular horror films like Piranha (1978) and its 2010 remake Piranha 3D, the freshwater fish has never had a more sinister reputation.

To start display as much of your skin as possible, so try your best to wear short shorts and either no shirt or a skintight Under Armor shirt. Remember, piranhas have an orange and silver skin tone, so body paint is going to be a major aspect of this costume. Using orange body paint, apply it to your kneecaps, rib area, abdomen, forearms, and shoulders.

• Body

Apply silver body paint generously to the other exposed areas of your body. Use glitter and sprinkle it across your body while your skin is still wet from the paint - this will create a glistening scale effect. Using foundation makeup, apply some to various parts of your body and press a fishnet cloth over it to create lines that mimic scales. Sprinkle glitter on this part as well.

Using silicon makeup, apply prosthetic to the ends of your elbows and along your back to create fins, although this 3D component is not vital in the overall grand scheme of things. Although piranhas are typically orange and silver, some may even appear to have other colors too, such as green, grey, and light blue. Of course, there are no rules when creating a terrifying costume, so do not be afraid to use some unique color patterns.

• Face

A major part of this costume is making a face scary enough to make a true piranha proud. Remember, this isn't a beauty contest, it's a spooky one! Using some black eyeliner, create 3 curved lines on your cheek, making gills to breathe from. Insert green or red contacts to instill fear in the hearts of those with whom you come in contact. Next, buy fake fangs/teeth from either Amazon or your local craft store.

• Teeth

The gnarly teeth are perhaps the most important part of the costume, as this is the body part that does the most devastating damage. Be sure to flaunt these teeth and drizzle some fake red blood on the ends of the teeth to let people know you are not afraid to attack. Given that piranhas are prone to even fighting with one another, do not be afraid to institute some "battle damage" effects, such as fake wounds and blood.

Given that transforming a human into a fish is a seemingly difficult task, if you show up to a Halloween party as a human-fish hybrid, you'll definitely earn the respect (and fear) of those attending!

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