Happy (almost) Halloween!! This year is going to be pretty dull for me, but I plan on dressing up anyway and giving out candy to the little trick-or-treaters that manage to come by (if I don’t manage to eat it all first). Is this what it means to be an adult? Dressing up to sit on your couch and eat candy meant for children?
Anyway…while I was in graduate school in Scotland a few years ago I also dressed up as Maleficent, and it was really simple and cheap. Since I’m keeping it pretty low-key this year, I decided to do it again! After ordering a cape from Amazon, all I really needed were the horns.
DIY Maleficent Horns
Thankfully they are SUPER easy to make – all you need is black paint (not pictured), a few cardboard paper towel (or TP) tubes, scissors, a sturdy headband, and tape. Lots and lots of tape! First step is to cut your cardboard tubes like so.
Next, grab a half and fold/roll it into a cone shape and tape. Repeat for the other tube. This will form the base of your horns.
Next, grab another half, roll into a loose tube and tape. This doesn’t have to be perfect – it just needs to fit over your cone from before, and it going to get mushed up in a bit! Once taped, repeat with other tube half then attach one to each of your cones with more tape.
Next, twist the tubes around until you get them into a general Maleficent horn shape (like in the gif below). Once shaped, start wrapping (and wrapping and wrapping) with even more tape, until you get a tapered effect from end to end. Repeat on other horn.
Now you have to actually attach them to your headband. I like to cut little “tabs” out so I can anchor them down first before I go crazy with tape. After I tape one on the horns down using the tabs, I wrap a piece of tape around the headband, then around the horn, forming an X where it comes back around and down to attach back to the horn. (A little confusing with words I know – see the images below!).
Once all taped down and sturdy, go around with another layer of tape to even things out and fill any gaps/holes. Then it’s time to spray paint them! Be sure to get all those nooks and crannies! After drying, you’re good to go!
Now to put it all together! I found a purple-lined cape on Amazon, made my own glow-y staff with a broomstick, mini glow sticks, shrink-wrap and tape, and went crazy with my makeup. Thankfully I managed to find an all-black outfit to wear under the cape, and BAM! Awesome costume!
10 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas
Thankfully we live in a time where Pinterest exists, because HOLY COW can you find some awesome costume ideas. What a time to be alive! But if you’re looking for some super last-minute ideas (Halloween is in a few days people!) that are cute and affordable (aka cheap) then check these out!
1) Mean Girls “She Doesn’t Even Go Here”
Hoodie + sunglasses + random sign with SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE written on it and BAM. You’ve got yourself a Halloween costume.
Tape a bag of Smarties candy to your pants and your get the punniest costume ever!
3) Life Gives You Lemons
Simply pick up a cheap plain white t-shirt and write LIFE on it, grab a bag of lemons, and go about your evening handing out lemons to poor unsuspecting souls.
4) “I’m A Mouse…DUH”
Another Mean Girls reference (sorry not sorry), but you can always go that route of just wearing whatever the heck you want (sexy or no), wearing some animal ears and calling yourself that animal. Easy peasy.
Again, dress in all black, then grab some cheap face paint and go crazy. Well, maybe not crazy, but like this:
Also fairly simple. Rather than go the several-weeks-dead kind of zombie, go with the freshly-dead kind. Dress in whatever you want, then rather than put on makeup to hide those dark circles, make them more pronounced. Darken around your eyes. Get some white face paint and make yourself look paler than usual (unless you’re like me and basically look dead anyway!)
7) Wednesday Addams
This is always my fall-back Halloween costume. Simply dress in all black, braid your hair in pigtails, and rock your resting bitch face.
8) Wind-up Doll
Simply dress up in a cute dress, then attach a wind-up key made from cardboard. If you’re anything like me, you have several cardboard boxes laying around the house (pizza, amazon, you name it!) – put them to good use! Cut out the wind-up key shape, then attach using some string/yarn/twine.
9) Stick Figure
Pick up some glow sticks, wear all black, and tape them to yourself to make a stick figure!
10) Old Person
Head to your closest Goodwill or thrift shop and pick up some granny/grandpa clothes. Put some baby powder or flour in your hair, draw on wrinkles with makeup and there you go!
Are you dressing up for Halloween? Any fun plans?
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