It’s the middle of October which means one thing; Halloween is looming. If you usually spend the week before Halloween scrambling to find something to wear, why not consider repurposing something you already own? A lot of cheap seasonal costumes end up in landfill post-Halloween however, utilising your existing clothing is cost-effective and kinder to our environment. In this blog post, we have six Halloween ideas to transform your favourite vintage pieces into a costume guaranteed to turn heads. This will help to diffuse the stress of finding a Halloween outfit - because Halloween is scary enough! All garments listed in this blog post are available to shop from our website. The suggested props and accessories are available at many retailers at this time of year, but we suggest supporting a local business.
We can’t promise you a good Halloween, but we can promise that with a bit of imagination your outfit will be the star of the show. We decided to look at more traditional Halloween costumes that have been historically popular and still are today, leading us to the Devil. The Devil costume is a timeless classic that is sassy and bold. We have paired our Ribbon Red Palais Dress with some Red Devil Horns and a Red Pitchfork so that whether you are more Devilish or Angelic, you can be a sophisticated Devil either way. This costume is perfect for more conservative Halloween events.
Halloween doesn’t need to be all blood and gore as proven with this Fairy costume. If you want to feel feminine and romantic this Halloween, this is the outfit for you. Featuring a soft colour palette and a floral pattern that pays homage to the homeland of a Fairy, you really can’t go wrong. We have teamed our Pink Floral Tribute Dress with some White Fairy Wings and a Fairy Wand. We can assure you that you’ll feel magical in this costume, just don’t forget your Fairy Dust!
Whether you think of Count Dracula or Edward Cullen from Twilight, there couldn’t be a Halloween post without mentioning one of the biggest folklore creatures, The Vampire. The Vampire was the fifteenth most popular Halloween costume in the US last year and it is predicted to stay that way this season. For the male Vampire look, we have gone with a sharp collar, which is notorious for The Count look, using our White Spearpoint Collar Shirt paired with our Black Hugo Fishtail Back Trousers, a pair of Vampire Fangs and some Fake Blood to bring the costume together. Whilst Vampires are typically portrayed as men, there has been an increase in female Vampires in recent years so we created one of our own. We teamed our Emerald Green Ruched Velvet Dress with a Pair of Nude Tights, a pair of Vampire Fangs and some Fake Blood. These costumes could be combined to create a couple's costume or used as standalone, whatever you decide, just stay away from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Whether you go as a trio like in Hocus Pocus or decide to go alone like The Wicked Witch of the West, we guarantee you’ll look good while you’re doing it in this Witch costume. The Witch is expected to be the fourth most popular costume this year, with the Witch costume being synonymous with Halloween. To ensure you’re the best-dressed Witch this year, wear our Black Autumn Check Dress with a Hat and a Broomstick and you’ll be ready to cackle the night away! To level up the costume even further, you could add face paint.
The Time Traveller
Travel back in time to your favourite decade this Halloween with this Time Traveller costume. Whilst we might disagree on who played the best Doctor Who, I think we can all agree on this being the perfect costume for Vintage lovers. Shown here are our Brown Granville Trousers and Waistcoat with our Sand Fine Stripe Spearpoint Collar Shirt and our Brushed Gold Quartz Pocket Fob Watch and you’ll be ready to travel to wherever your heart desires. Whilst this may not be the most stereotypical Halloween costume, it’s unique which makes us love it even more. If you could travel back to any decade, which would you choose?
To make your outfit even more Spooktacular, we suggest making your own fake blood to add to your look. Here we have included a link to a recipe that can be created using only kitchen and household ingredients. Check out the YouTube video here: How to Make Fake Blood Without Food Coloring - YouTube
We hope our ideas have inspired you this Halloween season. If you wear or draw creativity from any of the outfits featured in this blog post, tell us in the comments or tag us on Instagram @revivalvintageuk for your chance to be featured on our page! We can’t wait to see all of your looks this spooky season!