Martha loves Halloween. And that sentiment is reflected in the many costumes our editors have created throughout the years. From ghoulish to sweet, here are some of our favorites.
Become a haunting young ghost with a veil made of white face paint, a bouquet of silk flowers, wedding dress made from lengths of tulle.
Surround yourself in a shawl of spiders. Weave your web with a roll of white or ivory cheesecloth. Unroll the cheesecloth and spread it out, pulling apart and snipping the ends to achieve the desired distressed appearance. Secure plastic spiders, by applying a small dab of hot glue to each, and pressing onto cheesecloth.
Swamp creatures have never looked so sophisticated. Start with a simple dress, jacket, and tie -- nothing you'll want to wear again in its original form. Have fun with the wide selection of silk and plastic leaves and flowers that are available; you need not follow our choices.
Invite a creepy bird to make its nest on your head and lay a few mysterious eggs. To create the nest, use a hot-glue gun to affix Spanish moss, found in crafts stores, to a cotton skullcap. Next, arrange feathers in the moss, using hot glue to secure them as necessary. Then glue on some miniature plastic quail eggs. To attach the bird, first place the hat on your head, and balance the bird on top (you may need to remove its legs for proper fit). When you're happy with the arrangement, carefully remove the hat and secure.
These not-nice mice are simply rubber rodents transformed into barrettes. Impale the underside of each mouse with the flat side of a bobby pin, and then affix the pin to your hair. Arrange the mice on your head so they appear to be crawling in different directions. Use skin-safe adhesive to attach critters. Beforehand, clean the skin's surface, which will help keep insects from falling off. For the same reason, don't moisturize before attaching the pests, if possible.
Turn your head into a rodent's nest. Choose a soft, easy-to-cut rubber mouse, and slice it in half crosswise with scissors. Mold a piece of swimmer's earplug wax (available at drugstores) to each half of the mouse; then shape the wax so it will fit inside your ears, keeping the rodent halves snugly in place.
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