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October 26, 2013

Get creative with costumes

Halloween is right around the corner. As the leaves dry to a crunch and spooky decorations spring up around the neighborhoods, many people begin to imagine what they can become for that one night.

Dressing up on Halloween is a tradition in most of America. The many late-night costume contests testify to the fact that adults often carry this tradition well past childhood.

Most sources agree, the origin of All Hallows Eve, as it was called early in the days of Western Civilization, was a merging of the Celtic tradition of scaring spirits away and the Catholic Church’s All Saints’ Day. The tradition of Halloween, as we know it, developed in the communities of Irish immigrants and was eventually Americanized.

The holiday has emerged to become an event in which people of all ages can morph into a fictitious character for an evening. Many costumes are elaborate, and some are quite expensive. However, many incredible costumes can be made from material and make-up found in most households.

Eyeliner, lipstick and a good foundation can be the beginning of a creative costume. For a skeleton, use a good base of foundation and, with a soft black eyeliner, draw circles around the eyes and the nose, a dark line under the cheeks and, with mouth closed, draw teeth across the lips. Fill in the eyes and nose circles with the eyeliner; from cheek to jawline, blend a dark hollow; and fill in the teeth across the lips. 

Pair the make-up with black leggings and an oversized black shirt, and a walking skeleton is created. Use the same makeup template to create a zombie by adding blood in the form of red lipstick or jagged pieces of falling flesh by blending the eyeliner and the lipstick. 

Vampires can be created in the same way by using a base of light colored foundation and red lipstick. Slick the hair back with gel and, using black eyeliner, draw a triangle in the center of the forehead up to the hairline. A set of vampire teeth can be added for less than $1. An oversized black shirt with the sleeves tucked inside can be used as a cape, if it is pinned to the back of a collared shirt. 

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