Halloween costumes for women can make use of outdated or recycled clothing from used clothing shops. You can sew old curtains or bed sheets with a few lines of machine stitching for the side seams and an elastic waistband to make a full skirt as a base for the theme costume. Accessories that enhance the costume's theme can include costume jewellery, homemade crowns, wreaths and decorated hats.
Story time heroines such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Rapunzel can inspire many costumes. Instead of the ball gown for Cinderella, a ragged costume and simple kerchief around the head paired with stylish shiny shoes can show this Cinderella before the prince comes looking for her. An Alice-in-Wonderland costume can include a sky-blue dress topped with a white pinafore or large apron and Mary-Jane-style shoes or ballet flats.
For Rapunzel, the imprisoned damsel with unusually long, golden hair, a homemade wig of yellow or light-coloured braided yarn attached to a headband or a wreath worn on the head can dangle low to create the illusion of long hair. Mother Goose can join the party in a full-skirted dress, accessorised with a tall hat, shawl and reading glasses.
A Queen of Hearts costume can feature a large red-and-white playing card cut from stiff pieces of cardboard for the front and back. The costume should hang like a sandwich board with shoulder straps. Another option can include a large heart cut out of red fabric and a homemade crown of cardboard and foil wrap.
A Mother Nature costume can consist of a dress decorated with leaves cut from fabric or felt. A large sun bonnet can feature artificial small birds, flowers or pine cones.
For a more serious nature theme, Mother Nature can wear a bedraggled costume. Small notes or newspaper clippings attached to a wreath for her head can list the year's man-made disasters that impacted the natural environment. Mother Nature could still remain optimistic as she carries a small basket of little live plants to symbolise the hope of renewal.
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