Tippi Hedren Halloween Costume

The Ghost of Halloween Costumes Past

It’s Friday the 13th, just two weeks before Halloween, so what better way to mark this spookiest of dates than with some equally spooky Halloween costume ideas?

Actually, on second thoughts, maybe we’ll just skip the “spooky” part. I don’t really DO spooky when it comes to Halloween costumes. Well, other than that one time when I dressed as Samara from The Ring, obviously:

Halloween Costume Ideas: Samara from The Ring

Terry had nightmares for weeks after this one, seriously. Mostly because I used to sometimes just put on the wig and nightie and stand silently by his side of the bed until he woke up. How we laughed!

This was probably my laziest Halloween costume idea ever (Seriously, I didn’t even need to wear makeup, thanks to all of that hair in my face. I mean, I did it anyway, obviously, out of sheer force of habit, but I didn’t HAVE to, is what I’m saying…), so here’s my most elaborate one, to date:

Tippi Hedren /The Birds Halloween Costume

I’m supposed to be Tippi Hedren in The Birds. I bought the wig and birds from eBay, and Terry cunningly fashioned a headpiece for me from two wire coathangers: genius! (Er, the dress was one I already had. Because most people just happen to have a Tippi Hedren-esque green dress just hanging around in their closet, don’t they? DON’T THEY?)

Here’s another one from the, “dress I already owned” files:

Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz Halloween Costume

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, obviously. Or, at least, I hope it’s obvious: as I said, the dress was one I already owned and, well, I might have had the shoes in stock, too. I should probably be more worried than I actually am about the fact that my closet contains items of clothing that are possibly more suitable for a little girl from the 1930s. Well, this just got awkward, didn’t it?

Moving on – and sticking with the “characters from movies” theme, which is one I’ve followed faithfully for years (When given the chance to dress in something scary or something cute, I’ll always, always err on the side of “cute”. Or I’ll try to, anyway. Here’s my ‘Mrs Mia Wallace’ costume (Pulp Fiction):

Mia Wallace Halloween costume

Again, this one was super-easy, and I really only needed to – once again – buy a cheap wig (I get all of mine from eBay, and have amassed quite the collection over the years), a fake cigarette, and, well, a toy gun. Which I actually started to panic about when the police pulled us over on the way to the party, and I was terrified they’d search me and think it was real. Which they totally wouldn’t have, obviously, but even if they’d been tempted, I think they were probably too distracted by the two LEGO characters in the front seats…

Our most recent Halloween costume party was a couple of years ago, now, and this time I went as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones:

Khalessi Halloween costume

(That’s a dragon’s egg beside me, by the way. Yes, a real one…)

In retrospect, I kinda wish I’d gone as Sansa Stark, instead, which would’ve eliminated the need for the wig (although it would’ve seriously challenged my hair-braiding skills, so maybe not…), but the show wasn’t quite as popular back then, so I went with the best-known female character, just so I didn’t have to spend the entire evening explaining myself. Which I actually still DID, to be honest, but ah well!

As for this year, meanwhile, we have no Halloween parties to attend, which I’m secretly quite pleased about, because my bedtime is roughly when most parties are getting started right now, so, yeah, maybe not the best idea ever.

If you ARE dressing up, meanwhile, and none of these costumes appeal to you, Hotel Chocolat (who have some absolutely amazing Halloween treats available at the moment, by the way) have come up with some easy DIY Halloween Costume ideas for you, so take a look at the infographic below, and don’t forget to tell me what/who you’re dressing up as this year, if you’re going out!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Chocolat. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • Mairik


    Google ‘Juno Hallowe’en costume’ for a genius maternity-friendly couples costume!

    October 13, 2017
  • May


    We don’t do Halloween here (cue tears of sadness) and we rarely do costume parties in general. Being a Halloween enthusiast, however, I’ve gathered quite the list of costumes I’d like to wear one day:
    -Modern Cruella de Vil
    -Frida Kahlo
    -Mexican sugar skull
    -Get two other people and dress as the three little pigs (bonus points if I get a third person to be the wolf)
    -Get two girls and three boys and dress as Clue characters
    -Get a bunch of people, go as Sims in different attires (mood board included)
    -Black Canary
    -Anna and Elsa (sister costume)
    -Gore Little Red Riding Hood
    -Hogwarts student

    Now I only need to move to a country where Halloween is actually a thing and nobody will stop me!

    October 13, 2017
  • Justina


    That Tippi Hedron costume is awesome!! I’m impressed.

    October 13, 2017
  • Natalie


    The Tippi Hedron costume is fabulous!!!

    October 13, 2017
  • Love The Birds costume. The dress is perfect.

    October 13, 2017
  • Myra


    Love your costumes

    October 13, 2017
  • I love the Tippi Hedron costume! Thank you!

    October 14, 2017
  • D Johnson


    AMAZING costumes! And you are so funny! The line “How we laughed.” made me laugh aloud.

    October 14, 2017
  • Omg I absolutely love The Birds costume, it’s so creative!! The head piece is amazing, it made me laugh so much. Definitely going to take some inspiration for this post instead of accidentally running out of time and deciding to buy boring old cat ears the day before Halloween!x

    Georgia Megan

    October 15, 2017
  • I lovr Halloween and try to either do something controversial or topical. This year, I’m going as Wonder Woman and Mr P is dressing up as Bruce Forsyth. My heavily pregnant friend asked for some ideas for her outfit – I advised her to buy a white dress and a veil and go as a Shotgun Wedding.

    October 17, 2017