Tips for creating your own Halloween costume
FROM CHERIE WHITE, MACNAS COSTUME DESIGNER
Think outside the box. Let your imagination run riot, recycle, reinvent things around you.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money; the best investment in a costume is time and creativity.
It doesn’t always have to be a ghoul or monster.
Scary comes in many forms. But if you’re gonna be a monster... don’t hold back — really go for it.
If it’s a character or theme that is personal to you, you’ll want to make the extra effort to find a way to express that:
from clothing to hats and wigs to make-up. And most importantly: attitude.
The most important things of all are:
and laugh! Something surprising wins, every time. have fun, enjoy making, get messy
Wmous with Halloween. The original Celtic festival of Samhain, after all, wasn’t just about ghost stories and scary vampires, as fun as those may be. It was also a way of marking — and celebrating — the passage of seasons, the turning of time’s wheel, how all things are changed, inexorably.
“We try to reclaim the proper meaning of Samhain,” Noeline says. “It’s not just horror, it’s transformation. We’ve been waltzing with that shadow and light for five years, and the parade really fits now: Macnas at Halloween, it’s become iconic.
“It’s fun. It pokes and it stokes, and the themes are fundamental to who we are: love, hurt, fear, transformation. Everybody needs to have these cathartic moments.
“It all reminds me us of who we are, as a 21st century community, and Macnas creates those rituals and rites of passage.” macnas.com; bramstokerfestival.com