Halloween is a mystical magical night for children and adults alike. Spooky ghosts, scary goblins and wicked witches rule the skies. Halloween is your chance to become your alter ego. Become your inner pirate for a few hours, a fairy princess or bring out the Gypsy fortune teller in you. Putting together a costume is easy. You may even have most of what you need at home. Before buying anything, go through your closets to see what you have.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Dark long curly wig
- White blouse
- Wide belt
- Full skirt
- Plastic ball
- Holiday lights
Start at the top. Long dark curly hair is nearly mandatory for a Gypsy woman. Don a wig, or curl your own dark hair. Gypsies have darker skins, so apply a dark foundation to your face and neck. Use lots of dark eye shadow and mascara. False eyelashes are an added plus.
Tie a brightly coloured scarf as a headband, and let one end trail down the side of your face. Fasten a flower where the knot of the head band is on the side. Add a gold or jewelled necklace as a band across your forehead and clipped into your hair on each side.
Pick out jewellery, lots of jewellery. Hoop earrings are a must as are jangle bracelets. Load up on each arm. Choose a variety of beaded necklaces. Wrap some around your neck two or three times, and leave others long. Intersperse the beads with chains in gold and silver.
Layer a white long puffy-sleeved blouse under a form-fitted vest or corset. An off-the-shoulder blouse is perfect. A low-cut blouse even better. Wear a shawl with fringe if the weather is cold.
Choose a long full skirt of different fabrics and colours. Or wear more than one skirt, and pin up the outer skirts to reveal the different coloured underskirts. Wrap a big wide belt around your waist.
Carry a crystal ball. Cut a small hole in a plain white hard plastic ball 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Stuff the ball with a string of battery operated tiny white holiday lights on a white string. Leave the on-off switch outside the ball.
Tips and warnings
- Long fingernails painted blood red are a nice touch, since they'll show up against your crystal ball.
- Wear ballet slippers or flats. Gypsies often go barefooted, but that's not possible because most areas of the country are too cold during late October.
- Carry a deck of Taro cards, if you don't want to carry the crystal ball.
- If your hair is blond and long, be careful about using rinses or hairsprays to darken it. They are difficult to remove.
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