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Halloween costumes

Tis the season for ghouls, witches, and pint-size superheros. Martha's love of Halloween is reflected in the many Halloween costumes our editors have created throughout the years. Whatever your crafting prowess, you'll find a clever Halloween costume for kids, adults, and dogs here -- including more last-minute costumes than you can shake a broom at.

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Bring on the fans! This costume deserves it's own postage stamp. (Elvis Presley inspired the most popular commemorative stamp ever.) Underneath his cotton cape, lined in aqua lame, is a dress shirt shimmering with gloriously gaudy fake gemstones secured with fabric glue. The belt is a wide ribbon, also decorated with gems, safety-pinned at the back. For the pompadour, we slicked his hair back with gel and poofed it up; the sideburns are eye pencil.

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One look at Martha's captivating costume dispels any notion that practicing sorcery means looking like a wicked witch. Here, full-on glamour takes the place of dark robes and a dreary pallor. The result? A powerful enchantress who glimmers from head to toe.

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With a flutter of silk chiffon wings, a dazzling apparition emerges from the shadows to seek her place in the spotlight. Thanks to her platinum-blonde bob wig, flirty feathered lashes, and enigmatic smile, this chic lepidoteran is naturally luminous.

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Real owls have feathers radiating from the edges of their eyes, giving them their distinctive inquisitive look. These colorful rings, formed by layers of ruffled crepe paper, mimic that effect.

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The black cat is a symbol of superstition, but how could a creature as charming as this bring bad luck? Crepe-paper markings play up the feline features of the mask, and the eyes peering out are rimmed in black makeup for a shadowy effect.

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Elaborate masks worn at Venice's famed "Carnevale" inspired these avian creations. The long nose on this papier-mache mask becomes a bird's beak, surrounded by crepe-paper plumage in gray or yellow. This mask calls for two types of crepe paper: thick florist crepe paper in gold, and regular (or fine) crepe paper in the remaining colors.

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Our stark yet stylized bird costume is easily put together with just a few simple embellishments attached to an ordinary black hoodie. The hooked beak is made of stiff black felt, as are the mischievous eyes. Feathery fringe sewn on the arms creates tufted wings; feathers arranged around the eyes give the raven a tousled look.