Are you still looking for that perfect-yet-easy Halloween costume? Whether you’re reading this post right after it went up and still have a couple weeks, or if you found this during your time of need the night before Halloween, I hope that I can help you to figure out a costume that is easy, affordable, and fun. In the past year or so, I have discovered the secret to easy Halloween costumes, and I’m here to share it with you today in this month’s installment in our High Five series. Read on for my list of 5 easy Halloween costumes that you can probably make from your own closet.
The answer to all of your problems is Closet Cosplay. For those of you who don’t know what this is, you can check out our post on it here, but I’ll give you the description in a nutshell. Closet Cosplay (also known as Disneybound or Everyday Cosplay) is all about dressing in outfits inspired by your favourite characters using clothes that you already own. You’ll see some examples below that will help you out. Basically you often end up looking like modern-day, fashionable versions of your character, which is a fun twist!
My favourite part about this is finding outfits that fit in with my personal style (I like to call mine Hipster Folk Princess). Each of the members of the My Fangirl Life team makes pretty distinct fashion choices all the time and this carries over into our everyday cosplay habits – for example, Kris usually ends up looking like a grungy hipster in every outfit she does, but she still always looks like the character. I imagine that if we each tried to do a Closet Cosplay for the same character, they would end up being very different.
For Halloween purposes, I recommend that you choose extremely recognizable characters and maybe go a little overboard with the details. Sometimes in everyday life I try to tone down how obvious my inspiration is, or pick a character that isn’t that well-known, but for Halloween you want everyone to get your costume.
So here we go, 5 costume ideas that you can probably already make from your own closet, or at the very least through a cheap trip to the mall.
1 – Modern Disney Princesses
There are so many possibilities for this one. Even if you’re not one to wear stereotypical “princess” colours, I can almost guarantee you that you will be able to find an outfit from one of the princesses that you can channel. Merida wears green. Belle is always sporting either blue or yellow. It doesn’t have to be pink or purple. I mean, none of them really wear much black but other than that I’m sure you can make it work! Focus on details that bring across your character.
In the Rapunzel photo below you can see that the colours I wore were so Rapunzel, but I added lots of flowers in my hair and a frying pan necklace.
We’ve done so many other Disney princesses too. Here’s a list with links in case you want to see any of them: Snow White, Merida, Elsa (Blue Dress, Coronation, and Blue Dress again), Anna, Ariel, and if you want to mix it up a bit with femme Princes, Eric and Hans.
2 – Link or Peter Pan
If you’ve got a lot of green in your wardrobe, you might be able to pull off either Peter Pan or Link from Legend of Zelda. Which one will depend on what types of clothes you have available to you, but Kris has broken down all the differences in her recent post Closet Cosplay: Link vs Peter Pan. Check it out for some handy tips on this one!
3 – Wonderland Characters
The fun part about Wonderland is that there are so many characters with lots of different colours, so I think almost anyone should be able to find one that works with their wardrobe. Of course, the most recognizable of all is Alice, which I wore below.
Our blog team wore a selection of Closet Cosplay outfits when we were in Disney World in February, and this one was one of my personal favourites. You can also check out our post We’re Disney Bound in Disneybound: Wonderland Edition for ideas for the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
4 – Hogwarts Students
For this one, we’re not talking wizard robes or anything like that. In the photo below, Justine is dressed in a distinctly Hufflepuff-coloured outfit that looks fit to be a school uniform. Her wand is a nice little accessory (it’s Cedric Diggory’s) which you may need for this option, but there are tons of DIY tutorials online on making wands, or you can purchase one at most nerd stores. What self-respecting geek doesn’t want to own a wand anyway?
So pick your favourite Hogwarts house (or wizard school) and get started, Deathly Hallows necklace optional. If you want to see ideas for being a Slytherin student or a Beauxbatons student (I don’t belong to a Hogwarts House), check out our post Off to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Disneybound Style. There are some other ideas in the post too, including a Death Eater, Hedwig, and Yule Ball Hermione!
5 – Post-Apocalyptic Survivors
This one is a little less Closet Cosplay and a little closer to actual cosplay. That being said, these clothes actually did come out of Kris’s closet. Though her outfit wasn’t inspired by any specific character, it was inspired by a situation: life as an Apocalypse Survivor. There is so much you can do with this idea with a bit of creativity! At the bare minimum all you need are some ripped or distressed clothes, perhaps some leather, a cool weapon like a bow or crowbar, and a badass expression on your face that conveys your zombie-killing expertise.
For more ideas on this theme, check out the gallery from the shoot that Kris attended in her post My Fangirl Life Cosplay: Post-Apocalyptic Photo Shoot.
The possibilities with Closet Cosplay really are endless. We’ve also put together a bunch of outfits before that don’t really fit in anywhere, so I thought I would link them here in case one of them sparks your interest: Pinkie Pie, Aristocats, The Avengers (Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Loki), Nancy Drew, Clara Oswin Oswald, Members of One Direction, and Disney Villains (Jafar, Cruella, and Ursula). You can also click the banner at the bottom of this page to see a list of posts on everything we’ve done, or just pick a character and come up with your own!
I hope that you find this month’s High Five – AKA list of five random things that we want to talk about – helpful with your Halloween planning. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @Fangirls_Online if you do any cool Closet Cosplay costumes! We’d love to see what you come up with.