No matter if you’re hosting the party or going to one, you’ll need a costume. Going to a Halloween party without making the effort to dress for it is lazy at best and rude at worst. Even if it’s a very simple costume or just doing your makeup differently, do make the effort.
Firstly, we’ll step through the themes we discussed when doing the first step of the party planning. After that, we’ll go through a few different ideas.
The Murder Mystery theme is really easy to dress for. Usually, the Cluedo characters are based on colours and you can create new combinations to suit the number of guests and the genders of the participants. If you’re the host, pick an era to set it in so that people look like they’re all in the same decade. I’d recommend using Agatha Christie as an inspiration, so Murder on the Orient Express might be a good place to start, Miss Marple another. Cluedo itself is set in the 1920’s, I believe. So for this setting I’d go for 1920’s or 1930’s costumes. The colours used for the pieces in the game are red, purple, blue, green, yellow, and white. You can of course expand on that selection.
Dinner for Ghosts/Zombies
This is a bit different, but again it does make sense to pick a specific era for the original dinner to take place in. As a quick reminder, the idea behind this theme is that a group of individuals were murdered at a dinner party and are now stuck as ghosts or zombies unable to leave. The idea is to solve the crime if you wish to turn it into a game. If you are already into vintage or pinup wear, you probably already have everything you need for this costume. The one difference is that you’ll do your makeup differently. Of course, you will want to think twice about what items to wear and if you are or aren’t willing to destroy them for makeup purposes.
Mad Hatter Tea Party
You can of course dress up as one of the characters from the book, but there’s a chance you’ll run out of characters and end up with two Mad Hatters, especially if you’re not assigning characters to people. This is a chance to invent the kind of characters that you might find in Wonderland, meaning you can get away with almost anything. I once went to an Alice in Wonderland themed party dressed as the Drink Me Bottle.
This allows you to be as creative or as traditional as you like. Want to dress up as the gingerbread house from Hansel & Gretel? Want to go as a generic witch? Both are equally valid options. There’s also the option of adding a bit of a twist to it. Know how fairies are really common in fairy tales? How about dressing up as the Green Fairy, aka the personification of Absinthe? If you’re running short on fairy tale ideas, look to various myths for inspiration, they have tons of interesting monsters.
Clowns are some of the scariest things in the world. I’d check out American Horror Story: Freakshow for some costume inspiration. You can always dress up as one of the animals you’d find at a circus back then, an overly excited audience member, a popcorn machine, fairly floss, or a more typical circus/carnival act. Bearded Lady costumes are really easy to make, all you’ll need is a fake beard or to paint a beard on your face.
Again, you should be able to use a lot of your own clothing in this. Just exaggerate hair, accessories, and makeup.