You’ve got your tickets ordered and hotel room booked. It’s really happening…you’re going to Escape: Psycho Circus!
Remember, at a spook-tacular festival like this, you get to participate in the haunted happenings! You’re just as much a part of the event as the artists and performers! Now is the time to add mystical themes and spine-tingling elements to your festival outfits. After all, it IS Halloween…you don’t need trick or treating as an excuse to dress up in costume anymore!
Have fun and be creative! Here are some costume creating tips that will make festival fashion easier than ever this season!
- Decide if you want to do a solo outfit or if you want to do themed costumes with your group of friends. Going solo can be great for standout costumes like well-known super heroes or iconic characters. Superman, Batgirl, a mummy, or a pumpkin can make recognizable and easily created costumes. If you decide to go as a group, think up of characters or themes that you love. Your squad can recreate The Power Rangers, The Justice League, a deck of cards, a box of crayons, Disney princesses, Pac Man and Ghosts, or Minions, for example.
- Try creating outfits that match the Wonderland-esque theme that the Escape festival series tend to follow. Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit, and The Mad Hatter can be fun characters to play for the festival!
- Outfits that match the circus theme will work great too! A clown, ring leader, steam punk outfits, jester, trapeze artist, bearded woman, scaly man, mime, sideshow freak, burlesque dancer, zombie, lion, zombie, or monkey might be right up your alley!
- Pay attention to the weather and temperature fluctuations. Unlike EDC where the temperature is guaranteed to be an average of 100 degrees each night, Escape’s temperatures tend to start out warm, and then get colder as the night progresses. It is autumn, after all! Layer your outfits so that you can remove and add articles of clothing as needed. Bring a little backpack or fanny pack that you can stash a thin sweater, cardigan, or tights to pile on as the night gets colder.
- Make sure your outfit makes you feel good! You want to feel confident with whatever you’re wearing. That means that you should take note of what you like to do at festivals as well. Do you love walking around, running to festival attractions, and shuffling the night away? You just might need to make sure that your outfit allows you to move freely and comfortably. You’ll most likely be sweating or at least dancing in the middle of a hot crowd…that being said, try to make your outfit as breathable as possible. Lightweight fabrics and looser layers can make the whole event more comfortable.
- Don’t forget your feet! Your whole outfit will be creepy, glam, and awesome…so don’t worry too much about wearing fancy heels or boots. Simple black sneakers, mocassins, or minimal sturdy footwear like Toms or Sanuk can work with any outfit and will allow you to enjoy the whole festival with comfort.
- When in doubt, keep it simple. You don’t need to go all out or spend a lot of money to partake in costume fun. Aim for Halloween colors that you may already have in your closet like black, orange, lime green, and bright purple. Add classic creepy patterns like spider webs, black and white stripes, or black or red checkers. Start with a simple outfit of all black and then add fishnet leggings or a sparkly masquerade mask. You can find fairy wings, a simple costume headband, or stockings in fun colors at a dollar store and add that possible character ideas as well!
- Are you a talented sketch artist or painter? Do you love doodling? Try getting your hands on some sparkly eye shadow and eye liner pencils in different colors. Painting a spider web across your face or ghoulish make up on your skin can be fun and an easy way to incorporate Halloween character themes for festival weekend. Those artistic skills can be used on your nails too! Paint your nails like candy corn or ghosts, for example and you’ll have costume fun that lasts past the event.
Don’t be too frightened just yet…you’ve got plenty of time to create your mysterious masterpiece! Jot down ideas or inspiration as you gather them and see what you can use that’s already in your closet. You just may be surprised at how ready you already are!
If you want more general info on festival outfitting, check out this article: http://edmidentity.com/2015/08/31/christines-festival-fashion-tips-edm-identity/
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