the pumpkins...... I love it all.
However, one thing I never get around to is a costume for myself. Since I love clothes so much that probably seems pretty odd, but then with my vintage style, I'm pretty much an everyday is Halloween kind of girl (yes just like the Ministry song). In fact last year while wearing my ordinary vintage look to work I got asked if my outfit was in fact my costume So if I'm basically wearing a costume 365 days a year it seemed a little unnecessary to go and get a special look for Halloween. However, there are pretty cute vintage Halloween looks that I've come across in my internet strolls. Its too late for me to put one of these looks together this year, but there's always next October.
1) 1920s Paper Costumes-In the 1920s, a decade big on parties of course, it became popular to make, or buy, cheap, disposable costumes from crepe paper.
The costumes were generally bright and cheerful in orange and black. Most had a sack like structure and a pointy hat and patterns of pumpkins, witches, or cats.
If you are like me and hopelessly uncrafty and you keep your eyes peeled and your pennies saved then you may come across a well preserved or dead stock 1920s paper costume. Guermantes Vintage on etsy has two gorgeous 1920s Halloween frocks for sale. The first is a gorgeous black and orange cotton dress with paper appliques
and the second is a black and orange tent dress with matching hat and paper appliques of witches, brooms and cats.
Since both of these dresses are cotton they would be sturdier then a crepe paper costume, though the appliques are clearly very delicate.
2) If your a fan of the 1950s and looking for a cheaper and sturdier costume then you might consider a poodle skirt. Its one vintage look that even I would say is somewhat hard to get away with on any day other then Halloween (though I wouldn't rule it out!). Etsy and ebay are good sources for vintage poodle skirts, and most are very reasonably priced. I particularly like this hunter green number from SwaneeGRACE
and this red skirt with three poodles on leashes from Maeberry Vintage.
If you prefer repro there are also plenty of options. The Hip Hop 50s shop sells poodle skirts in a wide range of colors and sizes.
3) If the 1940s are more your speed you might consider dressing as a land girl.
To pull of this costume all you need is a pair overalls, preferably 1940s style like those sold by NudeeDudee
Allure Original Styles
Or Freddie's of Pinewood
a blouse and a head scarf. Best of all the elements of your Halloween look can be worn all year long.
4) If land girls don't appeal but you still like the idea of appearing in a look reminiscent of the brave women of the World Wars, you might consider dressing as a nurse.
a complete WWII nurse's uniform for sale.
Nurse capes would also be an easy sewing project for a home seamstress and all that's needed to complete the look is a white dress, white shoes and stockings, and a nurse's cap.
5) If you prefer the idea of dressing as a historical figure then Amelia Earhart is a good choice. All you really need is a pair of flight goggles and a leather jacket
and with this hat and scarf from all you need is pug your dog can easily be your co-pilot.
6) If monsters are your thing then the Deadly Dames Line by Pinup Girl Clothing line might be your speed.
They have dresses and skirts in their monster print and they are available in regular and plus sizes.
7) If you just want a subtle vintage Halloween touch to your outfit then you might consider a Victorian mourning brooch. These brooches where often worn by the relatives in mourning and included photos and some times locks of the departed's hair. Since many where made there are quite a few available on Etsy and Ebay and they range widely price. The Etsy shop Victorian Sentiments
carries a few, including this pretty Amethyst one.
Now mourning brooches, particularly those with hair, are decidedly creepy, although interesting, and definitely not for everyone. Personally I've seen too many episodes of he TV show Supernatural to want to walk around with a lock of a dead Victorian's hair pinned to me. However, if your brave, and just want a small touch of vintage Halloween they might make a good choice.