DIY Halloween Costume: The Bouquet Toss Winner

Happy October, Blog Friends! It is now officially acceptable for me to get excited about Halloween and BOY OH BOY am I excited for Halloween.  Of course, we won’t be throwing a Halloween party this year. And we don’t (yet) have a house to decorate for one of my favorite holidays, but big things are happening this month. Big things.

I figured I’d kick the season off this year with a little Halloween costume love.

A few years ago, whilst I was dating the bartender, I came up with the most brilliant Halloween costume, if I do say so myself. Mom and I were sitting in her room, brainstorming ideas. My mom is a BRILLIANT costume creator, so it only seemed right to run ideas back and forth with her. I was broke, out of work, and in college, so I knew I wanted to keep it cheap. I figured I had a couple of bridesmaid dresses hanging around my closet to use, so we started thinking about ideas…

The next thing I knew, I was plotting the ultimate bouquet toss winner Halloween costume. I started with the dress, which I ripped to absolute shreds. Then I bought fake nails, which I glued into the shredded dress. I saved a few of the nails, which I left to put in my hair.

On the Saturday before Halloween that year, my mom and I got to work for all the parties I was headed to. We started with my hair, spending an hour creating one of those bridesmaid-esque updos. As soon as it was finished, I pulled and tugged and messed it up. It was important work. I then stuck fake nails into the knotted mess and even a few flower petals.

I put on the dress, so Mom and I knew what skin space we were working with. We started with bruising, using a plethora of eyeshadows to create blue-gray-green bruising all over my body, including one black eye. We moved on to scratches (with all those broken nails, scratches were a must). This was accomplished with real scratches (light ones) that Mom traced with dark red lip liner to maintain them all day long.

Bouquet toss

I needed to add a smidge of fake blood, so I put one earring in, and blood coming down the other ear. I also figured a bloody nose would look pretty convincing. I finished the look with a single high heel, crutches and an ankle brace because I’m hardcore.

My then-boyfriend picked me up for our Halloween festivities in a hoodie and camo pants with a mask in his backpack. A mask that he may have put on twice throughout the entire day.

We started at a Halloween wine-tasting event at my local liquor store, where I was competing in a costume contest to win a wine refrigerator. I walked around the place, petitioning my cause and making sure that EVERYONE voted for me. If ever I had to explain what I was, I had a whole speech prepared.

“I caught the bouquet. You should see the other girls. I mean, it’s not what catching the bouquet MEANS…it’s about taking out the competition.”

I went home with a wine refrigerator that day.

Last year, at work, I thought I would revive my favorite Halloween costume of all time. I took it to a more gruesome level, and was pretty pleased with the results.

If you're looking for a creative, unique Halloween costume with an old bridesmaid dress, consider the bouquet toss winner.

I may have looked more like a zombie than a live person, but I couldn’t stop adding gore. I especially liked the knee cut. I won a contest there, too…but never received my prize…grumble grumble grumble.

Of course, the best part about this was taking the train home in costume. I looked fucking spectacular, and it wasn’t Halloween proper, so no one else on the commute was dressed up. It was kind of magical.

If you're looking for a creative, unique Halloween costume with an old bridesmaid dress, consider the bouquet toss winner.

I still don’t know what Brian and I are going to be for Halloween this year, but it’s sure to be a scream.

Blog friends, what’s the most creative costume you’ve ever come up with? Would you rip a dress to shreds to have fun with Halloween? Are you down with the gory costumes? What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

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Comments

  1. I don’t really do Halloween, so I don’t have a very good answer to this. I did go as Han Solo once when I was a kid, so…WINNING.

  2. tiredwife says:

    I don’t dress up as often as I used to, usually my Halloween is coming home as fast as possible to dress up the kids. My favorite KIDS costumes though, was when we dressed my son like uncle Fester from the Adams family. We’re hard core, we even shaved his head. My favorite for the girl child was a little goth girl when she was about 5.

  3. October is one of my favorite months and I love Halloween too. I went as a pimp last year. Not sure what this year will bring.

  4. Speaking of Halloween. I’m going with some girlfriends to the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween and NEED to dress up. I’m thinking I can buy an apron, modify a black dress, do some big hair and totally pull off Magenta.

  5. This is my favorite of all your costumes ever. I mean, it helps knowing that you are very nearly that hardcore about bouquet tosses in real life anyway. That’s your dress from Deb’s wedding isn’t it?

  6. Jaime doesn’t look dressed up… what the heck?

  7. My favorite was road kill. One dresses all in black,including face. Then, 2 strips of yellow duct tape from
    forehead to shoes. Cut up something with fur(old stole,scarf,anything with real fur), chewed gum,leaves,
    a few pebbles. Put peices of all the above onto costume. Tada….Road KILL.

  8. I have never loved you more.

  9. I borrowed a shirt who worked at Foot Locker, thru on some black pants. Then I tucked my Steelers terrible towel in my back pocket and put on my sunglasses. Then I grabbed a white mop handle and but some red duct tape on the bottom 8 inches and went as a blind NFL referee. I won first prize.

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