Tips for cre­at­ing your own Halloween cos­tume

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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