Theme Post: Halloween Costume (Part 1)

Hey All,

Wow, it’s been awhile. I apologize but have been putting together a lot more content to be able to share with you on a more regular basis.

What better way to start than with a theme post? Since it’s upon us, here is a costume tutorial to be used all together or by taking a couple of components and creating your own. There are several options for last minute costumes here!

So how do we get from this:

before supplies (minus the cat….)

To this?:


I started by putting together a few basic details.

The eyeliner impalings:

silver eyeliner impale blue eyeliner impale

These are super easy. All you need is memory wire, pliers, eyeliner, scotch tape, and a glue gun. To do the two I have pictured, you’ll need different sizes of memory wire. The eyeliner I used you can get at Sally’s beauty for 99 cents apiece and what I love about them is they are small. This means you don’t have to cut the middle out to create the illusion that it’s going all the way through. You only have to cut them in half. I recommend a serrated blade but if you have something that works better, let me know!


Before you bust out the glue gun, cut your memory wire so you have at least a loop. Then use the pliers to create a loop at either end. This is to keep you from getting scratched but also provides a place for your tape. A little bit of scotch tape on the end, make it so the square will be flush to your skin. When this is done, you’re ready to hot glue. Start with one end of the liner and glue the sawed part to the tape. When dry, test the wire on your arm. take note of where the other half should be, this is where you’ll want to do the other piece of tape and the other half of the liner.




p.s. Don’t worry about the tape and wire. It will be covered and the blood actually makes it so that when it does peek out, it looks like skin coming away from the wound. Gross, right? Happy Halloween.

The best part about this part of the costume, is that you can use just about anything sharp lying around to adjust it for other last minute costumes. Got a pencil? You can be the teacher who’s students attacked. Drum sticks? You’re the lead singer who couldn’t remember the lyrics to “Free Bird” Chopsticks? You lost a heated argument about which historical documentary is better: Abraham Lincoln VS the Vampires or Abraham Lincoln VS the Zombies (truly our most amazing president).

The noose:


Honestly not much to create a tutorial with. I just grabbed some lace from a consignment store (it’s actually trimmings for curtains) and knotted. I do believe something longer would’ve worked better but I didn’t want to choke myself for real so it stayed short and I relied on makeup bruises to sell it.

This picture had the best view of the bruising makeup.

This picture had the best view of the bruising makeup.

For the neck makeup I used a variety of pinks and purples, going with the darker colors as I got closer to the collar bone, blending as I went. The creepy eyes are a little Vaseline for shine with a tiny bit of dark purple and black. Concealer on the lips for the look that the blood has run out.

The make up is easy for any quick last minute costumes involving daredevils. The noose works for urban legend type stuff, especially if you can get someone to set it up for you by telling the story before you come in 😉

Part two will be coming this evening and will include the recipe for super-realistic fake blood as well as the stiletto heel in the back and the iron on transfer injury featured on the left leg (can’t see it? that’s ok, pictures will be included).

I hope this gets your brain going for last minute costumes or post Halloween party costumes. Let me know what you think! See you in part 2.

Lots of Love,

Sarah Joy McKenzie

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  1. Marilina Says :

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Love the Halloween theme posts. Awesome stuff.

    • admin Says :

      Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks! Trying to get together more theme posts. We have so much fun with them!

  2. Jacqueline

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! Some great tips thank you so much! btw….Love the cat 🙂

    • admin Says :

      Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Haha thanks! She wanted to ‘help’ a lot. Had a pink spot on her face for a bit….

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