Halloween costumes for women can make use of outdated or recycled clothing from used clothing shops.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.
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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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