How to make a Morticia Addams costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Morticia Addams is one of the classic Halloween costumes almost everyone, everywhere recognises. She began as a part of the Addams Family cartoon series in an American magazine, evolved into the 1960s TV series, into the series of films made in the 1990s and finally into a hit musical. The vision of Morticia in her dark gown and spooky makeup has remained constant over the decades.

Begin with a long black dress as the main part of the costume. Choose a form-fitting dress that is tight at the waist and flared at the hem. The sleeves should be flared, or plan to cut out the existing sleeves to add black net sleeves in their place.

Use corset lingerie under the dress for the most authentic effect for your costume. Cut the front of the dress so that it is very low cut, if it isn't that way already. Find a dark-coloured necklace to wear with the dress.

Buy a long, straight black wig, or, if you have long straight hair, dye it black with a temporary dye.

Apply a very pale base makeup, preferably one with grey undertones. Use either a pale base colour several shades lighter than your skin colour, or choose a white creme makeup that is usually sold around Halloween.

Wear either a bright red or a dark red lipstick or even black lipstick if you wish. Use black eyeliner applied heavily on the top and bottom lids. Use a deep grey eye shadow above the eye all the way to the eyebrow. Draw in dark eyebrows if you don't have them.

Things You'll Need

  • Long black dress
  • Dark necklace
  • Black wig or hair dye
  • Pale base makeup
  • Red or black lipstick
  • Black eyeliner
  • Grey eye shadow
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