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The World of Pirate Halloween Costumes

Posted by admin On June - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

The World of Pirate Halloween Costumes


It is hard to believe one type of holiday disguise could have its own niche, but pirate Halloween costumes have managed to do just that. While this has always been a popular holiday personal décor choice, the recent love of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has certainly upped the desire. It can be a fun choice for those who like to go as a character a little bit ruthless, but not in the realm of spooky creatures like devils, ghosts or vampires. So while you may not look like Johnny Depp no matter how great the costume and makeup are, it can still be fun to try.


Pirate Halloween Costumes for Men


Aside from pasting the Jolly Roger flag of skull and cross bones across your “ship,” in other words car, you’ll be glad to know there are varieties of pirate looks. Of course, the most popular pirate Halloween costume for men right now is the Captain Jack Sparrow. This comes with everything you would envision Johnny Depp’s character wearing and can include optional accessories. If you don’t feel like investing in boots, no worries matey, there are pieces that slip over regular boots to create the same look. The thinly beaded dread wig isn’t optional, though. What would Captain Jack Sparrow be without his lovely locks?


There are other styles of men’s pirate costumes, such as the “cutthroat.” This look usually includes the red and black striped leggings, an eye patch and the curved sword symbolic of this style of pirate. There is the Captain Black Heart look, which comes with the ornate red, velvet ¾ length jacket and matching hat. An optional bottle of booze can be explained to others as simply part of the costume.


Of course for most of these looks an earring, hat, eye patch sword and parrot do so much to complete the look. You will be glad to know there is even a peg leg option. This piece attaches to your pants and hangs down over your camouflaged leg for the appearance of a peg leg.


Pirate Halloween Costumes for Women


These tend to be much more revealing and appealing, as well as low cut in the top and high slit in the skirt. There is no reason why women can’t also look like they are ready to do some looting and acquire some booty, even if there weren’t typically female pirates sending others off to walk the plank. Same optional accessories apply, though a popular one for just the gals is the thigh-riding garter belt complete with faux saber.


There’s the classy pirate look that comes with a velveteen ¾ coat, and not much underneath. High heel pirate boots and of course a more feminine hat are the finishing touches on this style of pirate. Another look for female pirates is more of the lower class, but still as lovely, working class pirate. Not quite a swabbie, or deck member to mop the deck, but not far above either. So for this, picture a corset top over a tight fitting pirate blouse paired with an jagged cut skirt and there’s the look. Well, that and sexy boots and a sword, of course. Fishnets don’t hurt the look either.


Don’t Forget the Children and Pets


That’s right, the pirate Halloween costumes aren’t just for adults. Plenty of children planning to make their rounds trick-or-treating or to Halloween parties think “it’s the pirate look for me,” although maybe not the life in this case. The same general ideas apply, as it’s all about the ability to not look like a land lubber. Plenty of striped leggings, ornate hats, fake swords and of course, the skull and cross bones symbols. There are even costumes for babies and toddlers. No person is too small or too young to be a Jack Sparrow in his younger days.


To Buy or DIY


The thing is, the price of some of these costumes can really add up. When possible, rent the look and save some cash or borrow from a friend who already hit the Halloween parties. Find anything you have at home to dress it up, such as a scarf, excessive jewelry or large, ornate belt buckle. If possible, too, make items by hand especially for children and pets.


Of course, it is required to learn some cheesy pirate terminology to overdo it in front of your friends. While some costumes don’t really invoke much character to come with it, this is one that requires some proper hamming it up. When opting for pirate Halloween costumes for the holiday, bring some of your personal flair with it.



Vintage Halloween

Posted by admin On June - 19 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Vintage Halloween


Vintage Halloween can mean different things to different people. Mainly, it is about however you choose to incorporate this theme into your haunting holiday. It might be your costume, your home décor or your choice of movies to get in the spirit of the holiday. There are plenty of ways to acquire items to make part or all of your Halloween vintage inspired.


Vintage Halloween Costumes


Usually, this means a costume with a vintage theme. A popular idea for this is the classic, retro pinup girl. Of course anything from the ‘50s era is a great way to bring vintage or retro to your Halloween. Think poodle skirts and James Dean type rockabilly boyfriends, and you have some costume ideas.


Of course the ‘50s aren’t the only era that can be considered when thinking of a vintage theme. Because vintage is generally described, at least in clothing or furnishings, as anything more than 20 years back, that means the ‘90s are now vintage. Pick something from the era that is classic, and you have a vintage costume. For the ‘60s and ‘70s, it could be boho or hippies, or more glam disco divas. For the ‘80s think of anything new wave or pop. For the ‘90s, it would probably be grunge.


Now, on the other hand, if you are looking for vintage that means finding an actual vintage costume, you may be limited to selection based on what you can find. If you are looking for a vintage police uniform costume as opposed to just a vintage costume, you may have a more difficult time in your hunt. Your best bets would be eBay, online vintage clothing retailers, Etsy or your local costume rental place for some unique choices.


Halloween Decorating with a Vintage Flair


Surprisingly, you can still find ‘vintage’ Halloween decorations. These are most likely going to be available through eBay, Etsy or, if you are really lucky, your nearest thrift store. There are plenty of selections, whether you want a paper black cat with moveable limbs or an actual plastic skeleton. If you are willing to accept some with a little “pre-love,” or wear and tear, you are sure to find something that fits your retro Halloween look.


One item that is fairly easy to track down that makes great looking vintage Halloween decorations is the vintage Halloween postcard. Also, old holiday greeting cards work too. They offer a spooky or classic feel to holiday décor, even when mixed in with more current decorating.


Vintage Movies for Halloween


Again, this would now include anything that was created more than 20 years ago. So, flicks such as the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Rosemary’s Baby are indeed vintage horror movies. Grab a few from the same era and make it a Halloween by decade movie watching extravaganza. There are plenty of horror movies dating back to when movies first began, and many of even the oldest are considered some of the scariest Halloween movies ever. The 1932 flick, Freaks, is an example of an oldie but a true cult classic when it comes to vintage horror movie choices.


Host a Vintage Halloween Party


Put it all together and you have got yourself a vintage Halloween party. Take this idea and run with it down to every last detail. You can actually still find vintage Halloween party invitations online, as well as holiday themed placeholders to let your guests know where to sit a the table.


Next, you will need some vintage décor to set the mood of the room and the party. Aside from buying things that are simply vintage items, look through old books or magazines for Halloween decorating ideas. You may find some things that were trendy to do for holiday decorating during the ‘60s that you could recreate with modern items.


The same thing goes for foods. You can find vintage books or magazines online to buy that may have Halloween recipes, or at least recipes from certain decades. Recreate the feel of the past by recreating the flavors of the past. Retro Housewife has recipes even for holiday punches from different eras. If nothing else, your local library is bound to have an outdated recipe book or two.


The last thing, make sure everyone dresses in vintage costumes or with that theme. Add some old holiday tunes or movies for background noise and party like it’s 1959. Make everything old, new and hip again. Halloween itself is a holiday old and rich with historic tradition, so make your vintage Halloween celebrate this idea.