Elegant Halloween Costume Ideas

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Elegant Halloween Costume Ideas
A white dress can work for a golden goddess costume. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

An elegant Halloween costume can steal the show at your next Halloween party. Rather than sticking with the traditional witch's hat and nose combination, come up with an elegant idea for dressing up. With some creativity and the right materials, you can create an elegant Halloween costume yourself.

Chinese Empress

A Chinese empress is a royal figure, and the traditional attire that empresses wore were ornate and elegant. Long dresses, known as empress coats, were worn wrapped around the body. The dresses were tight except for the long, loose sleeves. Dresses were fashioned in silk from bold colours of reds, pinks and yellows, and embellished with gold designs and trims. The accessory that really dresses up this costume is the gold headdress that sits tall and wide atop the head, sometimes with tassels and gems dangling down. If you are looking for a particular time period to reference, consider dressing as Empress Wu Zetian, from the Tang Dynasty (625-705 AD).

Golden Goddess

You can become a golden goddess with the right accessories and paint. Add gold hair dye to your hair and attach a vine of gold leaves to the top of your head. You can wear an elegant white dress and fancy it up with golden accessories, such as belts and long necklaces, or you can get a gold dress. Do your make-up with gold hues for eye shadow and blush, keeping your lips neutral. An open-toe sandal is appropriate footwear for this elegant Halloween costume.


Make your vampire costume more elegant by becoming a glam-pire. Find a black dress, black cape, black lace gloves and the right black wig. Then do your make-up glamour-style, starting with a pale foundation and adding dark eyeshadow and red lips. Accessorise with elegant necklaces, earrings and large rings that you wear over your gloves.

Princess Costume

A princess costume can be unique when you find the right ballroom dress. To make your costume stand out, substitute the typical bubblegum pink princess colours with deep reds and violets and velvet materials to add more elegance. You can pair your outfit with an elaborate crown atop your head, or wear a wig that stands tall with curls. Wear a lot of big jewellery pieces to add more "wealth" to the costume.

Hollywood Star

Hollywood stars make magical impressions on the red carpet, and you can too by dressing up as a famous celebrity in an elegant evening gown. Carry around a fake Oscar award and drown yourself in faux-diamonds and fur to give you that glamorous appeal.

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