Tuesday Finds – My Halloween Costume Ideas

October 28th, 2014
Halloween is just a few days away! Are any of you last minute costume buyers/makers? I know I am... It took me a while to decide on what I wanted to dress up as this year. I want to share through a list of ideas I had at the very beginning and what I decided to dress up as in the end. I didn't want to go buy anything that was too expensive so I decided to look for alternatives - I looked inside my closet. I already had a few things I could have easily dressed up as.  

Lydia of Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice! I loved it as a kid and I still it as an adult. Lydia is one of my favorite characters and I can see this as an easy costume. Not the red outfit version, but the version of her in very dark clothing with her camera. It could be pulled off if I can manage to mimic her hair and wear pale + dark make up. This was just an option though as I was watching Beetlejuice. 

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[photographs by Paper Cube]

Cosplayer Hannah Parker does a fantastic job on dressing up as Lydia! I even had to do a double-take to realize it wasn't Winona Ryder. Even carrying around the "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" book would add that perfect Beetlejuice touch.

Coraline Jones

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In 2009, I had dressed up as Coraline! It still and probably will always be one of my favorite movies. My friends use to even call me "Loraline", haha. Good times! I was thinking of dressing up as her again but in her stars outfit. As I was bargain shopping, I found a sweater that looked exactly like her stars one. I ended up buying it because I know one day I'd love to dress up as that version of her. All I really need is her button key necklace.

tuesdayfinds-hccoraline02Side note - It's a small perk that I have blue in my hair already! Maybe this can be a good option. Plus, that wig was horrendous and hard to manage!

Attack on Titan slayer

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Not too long ago, I made a post before SDCC saying how I'd cosplay as a titan slayer. I still have my outfit and have done nothing with it! To be honest, I got really discouraged about wearing my AOT outfit when I saw a million people (dramatic) dressed up as AOT characters. I should expect that since it's a great anime and it's really popular! It's just hanging in my closet and I've been going back and forth on this one... Plus, I still haven't made the weapons!

Gryffindor Student

Wayyy back in the day during my middle school + high school days, I would dress up as a Gryffindor whenever there was a new Harry Potter movie launching at midnight. As I was visiting my hometown last week, I FOUND my old Gryffindor cloak! I already had my Gryffindor tie + sweater at my apartment and all I needed was that cloak. I seriously thought it got lost in the abyss of my old rooms closet - But alas, it peaked out in the back of my closet!

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For nostalgic reasons and just missing my small obsession with all things Harry Potter, I've decided to dress up as a Hogwarts/Gryffindor student :) Not as Hermione, Luna or anyone else - Just a student. I even have a wand... 

Have you decided what to dress up as for Halloween already? Was the process as complicated as mine just trying to figure it out?! Let me know in the comments section :) Especially if you're making a costume from scratch!

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About Lori

Lori Garcia is a graphic/web designer and illustrator from Austin, TX. She loves making illustrations, playing video games & taking her digital camera around. Follow her @GirlHeroLori! If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to contact me!

  • B.

    Wow, that cosplayer is a great Lydia!

    • She looks fantastic!

  • Nice cosplay ideas! I haven’t dressed up in ages! Hmmm…^^

    • Same here. I didn’t really dress up last year besides wearing a TARDIS dress. This year looks better for dressing up

  • I need to start getting back in to dressing up :)

    • It’s been awhile for me, as well!

  • Lydia has been on my cosplay/Halloween costume short list for ages. If I’d had my sh*t together earlier this year I might actually do it.

  • Amanda Brand

    I was going to be Gaz from Invader Zim, but now I’m staying in since I have pneumonia and all.

  • Brittany Zick

    I wanted to be LSP from Adventure Time, but then I remembered that I don’t like dressing up, so I got my nails done in purple with yellow stars instead! Love the Lydia cosplay, I have old cameras!

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