There's no excuse for a poor fancy dress effort when everything you need for a decent Halloween costume is in the shops from September onwards or you can raid your wardrobe and adapt old clothes. Guys' easy to make Halloween fancy dress costumes are not the stuff of nightmares; you can knock up an impressive ghost, zombie or vampire or with no sewing skills or previous experience.
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A basic ghost costume is the ultimate no-sew spooky Halloween outfit and all you need is a flat white double bed sheet and a pair of scissors. Fold the sheet in half, then half again to find the centre and put it over your head with the centre point on the top of your head. On the outside of the fabric, mark two circles for your eyes, remove the sheet and snip out the holes. Put the sheet back on and keep the costume in place with a couple of rubber bands on your wrists if necessary.
A zombie outfit is a super easy Halloween costume that guys can have fun putting together. Pick out some old clothes that you have no intention of ever wearing again. Rip random holes in the clothes so that you look like you've battled a zombie before being turned yourself. For jeans and tough fabrics, start the tear with a knife or scissors. Cover your hands in fake blood and splatter authentic zombie hand prints and dragged finger marks all over your costume. When the blood is completely dry, put on your costume and finish off the look with fresh fake blood splatters on your face.
Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without Dracula and his creepy cohorts. Fake fangs are essential for a vamp; team those up with a white shirt and black trousers and you've got the basics in place. Make a classy Count's cape from a black sheet. Gather the top edge with a running stitch and glue or sew a ribbon at either end. If your sewing skills aren't up to scratch, plastic sheeting is an adequate replacement. Fold the top edge down approximately 3cm and fix in place with clear sticky tape to form a channel. Thread a piece of string through the channel and gather the top edge to finish off the cape. Buy a vampire face paint kit and follow the instructions or dab red lipstick under your eyes and blend in for an alternative undead look.
If you don't want to go all the way with a Halloween costume, a few strategically placed seasonal accessories will suffice if you're in a hurry. Devil horns, bat wings and a huge selection of latex masks are readily available around Halloween so you can throw together a last minute partial fancy dress outfit. Go for some spooky sophistication and team together classic gothic man makeup with a smart formal suit.
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