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Halloween costumes

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Golden Goddess Costume

  • For the costume:3 yards white silk organiza (at least 50 inches wide)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler
  • Gold floral spray
  • Gold floral spray
  • Pressed oak leaves
  • Floral pips
  • 6-inch branch
  • 28-gauge gold-colored copper wire
  • 1 1/2-inch pin backing
  • Bobby pins
  • Makeup:Mousse
  • Hair dryer
  • Round brush
  • Curling iron
  • Bobby pins
  • Metal clips
  • Ivory foundation
  • White liquid makeup
  • White loose powder
  • Small makeup brush
  • Gold shimmer eye shadow
  • Tweezers
  • Individual false eyelashes and eyelash glue
  • Bronze eyeliner pencil
  • Gold liquid liner
  • Angled blush brush
  • Pinkish-brown powder
  • Blush highlighter
  • Blush gold shimmer powder

Chicken Costume

A first costume should be as cute and cuddly as the wearer, and one made of feathers, wool, even scales, when sewn in quilted felt, will be just that. 
  • Comb and Ear templates
  • 2 white long-sleeved leotards
  • One bag of loose wool batting
  • 2 heavyweight white feather boas
  • Safety pins
  • Two 8-by-10-inch pieces of red wool felt
  • White pilot's cap
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Yellow rubber gloves
  • Sneakers with a heel tab

Martha's Spellbinding Sorceress Costume

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.
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or fabric shears)
  • 12 yards 108-inch-wide gold tulle (or 24 yards 42-inch-wide tulle from a specialty fabric store)
  • Yardstick or ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • About 75 gold star Christmas ornaments
  • Gold metallic embroidery floss
  • Assorted plastic crystal beads
  • 4- to 5-foot-tall branch
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Black and charcoal eye shadow
  • Makeup brushes (small and large)
  • Eyelash glue
  • False eyelashes for upper and lower lids
  • Crystals
  • Small star sequins or confetti
  • Sheer primer or tinted moisturizer 
  • Powder bronzer
  • Light-colored lipstick (peach or pink)

Motha Costume

Other Ideas:
Halloween, Halloween makeup
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.
  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Matte gold eyeshadow
  • Rust-colored eye shadow
  • Smoky-brown eye shadow
  • Black contact lenses
  • Neutral lipstick
  • Eyelash glue
  • Flase eyelashes
  • Motha wing clip art
  • White heavyweight white matte paper
  • Pheasant feathers
  • Small scissors
  • 1 1/2 yards 36-inch-wide faux-fur fabric
  • Collar template
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Button or ribbon
  • 8 yards 44-inch-wide silk chiffon
  • Cape template
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Scallop stencil
  • Waterproof map paper
  • Fabric spray paint
  • Pins
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons

Owl Mask

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.
  • Owl Mask template
  • Papier-mache mask,
  • Foam brush
  • Brown acrylic paint,
  • Yellow, brown, gray, green, and black crepe paper, and
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)

Black Cat Mask


Bird Mask

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.
  • Papier-mache mask,
  • Foam brush
  • Acrylic paint in a base color (gray or yellow) that matches the feathers to be added,
  • Gold florist crepe paper, black crepe paper, and gray crepe paper, and
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
  • Bird Mask template

Collage Halloween Masks

These unique Halloween masks are perfect for adding a one-of-a-kind twist to any costume.
  • Cantaloupe template
  • Pail template
  • Toast template
  • Blue hubbard template
  • Pumpkin template
  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage 
  • Craft glue
  • Paint stirrer stick

No-Sew Costume: Raven Bird Costume

A bib, a bustle, a beak, and thou: Wearing this plumed raven costume, you'll be poised to swoop all night.
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue
  • Grosgain ribbon
  • Coq feathers
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Heavy black tulle
  • Stapler
  • Safety pin
  • Velour paper
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Black eyelets (optional)
  • Black shoestring elastic
  • Feather and felt raven costume template

Raven Costume

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.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Stiff black felt
  • Yellow felt
  • White felt
  • Feathered fringe
  • Fabric glue
  • Plain black hooded sweatshirt
  • Dark pants and shoes
  • Beak Template