Five super easy and comfortable last-minute Halloween costumes for women

Halloween is a little over a week away! Can you believe it came so fast? I certainly cannot. October flies like a witch on a broom if you asked me. It’s one of my favorite months (May, September, and December also making the list), but there’s so much to do and see and watch and read and WEAR.

As we’re now in crunch time, I thought I’d offer up a few new — and super easy — last-minute Halloween costume ideas that you can whip together lickety split (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase!) For your next costume party, trick-or-treating adventure, Disney World trip, or, you know, everyday cosplay. (Note: this post has some affiliate links, which means any purchases you make may earn me a few pennies of commission with no added cost to you).

Grab and go skater dresses

You know I love me some skater dresses. They make Halloween and con cosplay immeasurably easier for me. Here are a couple of my recent favorites that TV Store Online sent me to play with (in exchange for my honest review).

Chewbacca costume

I already reviewed this Chewbacca dress in my Galaxy’s Edge style post, but I will add that this puppy (pun intended) got a lot of compliments. Add a Chewbacca mask to complete the ensemble.

Kelly Kapowski costume

My latest dress from TV Store Online is this amazing Bayside High cheer uniform. I’m literally obsessed.

For this look, I did a mashup of Kelly Kapowski if she decided to make her look a little edgier. But, you know, still complete with cheerleader vibes.

I love this dress. Love. Love. Love. I’m wear a 2X, and it’s super stretchy and quite honestly much longer than I expected it to be, considering it’s a juniors size dress.

The top of the dress is maroon dyed fabric, and the skirt of the dress is white fabric brushed with a layer of color (if you stretch it too much, you can see the white come through) for the bottom rings of the skirt.

Maybe that shadow is Zack Morris. You don’t know.

What would really make this costume, though would be a set of maroon and white 90s style pom-pons and white Keds.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume

And, while I didn’t get this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles skater dress from TV Store Online, you can find it — and Raf’s three turtle brothers available in a variety of sizes for a fun and easy group costume. Katana, bo, sai, and nunchucks not included.

You still have time to order these super cool skater dresses — and other kickin’ costumes online, and if you’re really in pinch, you can pay extra for expedited shipping, which will get them to your day in a couple short days.

Thrift-store and closet costumes

If you didn’t know, I am a master of thrifting and a recovering shopaholic. So I have a lot of clothes. I also have a Fabletics addiction, and occassionally supplement looks with pieces from Amazon that I know will get a lot of use (I am genuinely trying to keep new clothing purchases to a minimum for the sake of our world, but in full disclosure I want you to know that I am still not 100% there). These costumes use what you already have in your closet, can be found by thrifting or by purchasing items that complement your existing wardrobe.

Boo from Monster’s Inc

I wore this to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it was the perfect comfy costume for the evening!

A flowy coral/pink shirt dress, a park of lilac leggings, pigtails, and a teddy bear are all you need to complete this easy costume. The leggings are Fabletics, and the shirt was this Amazon find.

Sid from Toy Story costume

If you look closely, that skull is made entirely of cats.

Got a skeleton in your closet? Or at least a black tee shirt with a skull on it? That, a pair of jeans, and black chucks are all you need for this character costume. Bonus points if you have a toy you can rip the head off.

So there you have it. A few random and awesome Halloween costumes so you don’t show up to your next Halloween party as the only one without a costume.

Do you already have a costume or are you winging it? What’s the best costume you’ve ever created?

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What to wear to Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Well, this week has been quite the whirlwind! Tom and I managed to snag tickets to the Walt Disney World annual passholder preview for Galaxy’s Edge, and I have a full trip report coming next week, so make sure you’re subscribed for email updates.

Today, I’m talking about Star Wars style at Disney. Because when you head to Batuu, you’ll definitely want to get into the jedi spirit. I don’t say this solely because I like playing with fashion and style, but because it is 100% part of the experience. The cast member interaction is incredible, and the right outfit can actually enhance the interaction to the point where cast members will start talking to you about the resistance and the first order.

Now, because this is a part of Disney World, you still have to follow Disney’s rules regarding what is and isn’t allowed. Costumes are only allowed for guests ages 14 and under, with the notable exception of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a separate ticketed event in the Magic Kingdom. And while you can buy some pretty amazing-looking cloaks, robes, and fighter pilot costumes in Batuu, you can’t actually wear them in the parks.

With that in mind, there are still a few different types of looks you can choose if you want to get into the spirit of Galaxy’s Edge (and ideally secure some of those fun cast member interactions).

Graphic tees and Star Wars symbols

Obviously, a Star Wars graphic tee will always fit in and absolutely has its place in Galaxy’s Edge. You can also wear other Star Wars branded clothing, like skater dresses and skirts with one of the many symbols of the various alliances in the Star Wars ‘verse.

Chrissy wearing a Star Wars Dress in Magic Kingdom

You can probably see the R2D2 and C3P0, but can you spot all the rebel alliance symbols?

What about the armies of R2 units disguised as flowers?I thought about wearing this low-key HerUniverse skater dress (I did see other ladies wearing it in the park), but two in-park outfit changes was already stretching my 4-hour time budget, and I was really excited about the other two looks.

Costume-y skater dresses

One of my favorite ways around the no-costume rule is to wear a skater dress inspired by a character. You can find all sorts of fun cosplay-light looks that won’t break the bank or the Disney rules. My first outfit in Batuu was this AMAZING Chewbacca skater dress. I received this dress from my friends over at TV Store Online (who like to send me quirky things to wear to random events like Jury Duty and other epic places) in order to provide an honest opinion of it, and I absolutely love it! I considered getting the non-furry Chewbacca version of the skater dress, but then I remembered how extra I am, and if I was going to Batuu, I was going big.

Wearing a Chewbacca dress in Disney World Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

The cast member guarding this part of Batuu told me there was a top-secret resistance mission coming in December, and they could use someone like me to join their cause. I fully believe my Chewbacca dress was the reason she initiated the conversation.

So there I was, wearing a fur dress in August in Florida. Granted, it was after 4 PM, so the midday sun was fading, but it was still a toast position to be in. In fact another cast member walked up to me and told me, “Batuu has three moons…and three suns.” And then she looked at me like I was insane.

Chrissy in a Chewbacca dress in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Batuu Disney World

Taking in all three suns

To be perfectly honest, gang, I had every intention of putting the dress on (which I did in the middle of Batuu over the neon green tank top and shorts I was wearing under my Buzz Lightyear Disneybound) and taking it off immediately after a few solid photo opps. But something surprising happened. I never overheated. I didn’t even feel that warm. There were fans blowing in the land, creating a nice breeze. The interior shops and spaces had A/C blowing, and I was keeping myself SUPER hydrated. I also refrained from drinking alcohol (a must for me when it’s as hot as Florida is in the summer).

Wearing a Chewbacca dress waiting to ride the Millenium Falcon

I felt right at home in the Millenium Falcon.

And so I spent two+ hours in the dress. We rode the Millenium Falcon, took lots of photos, had dinner, and wandered the shops. It was comfortable, looked AWESOME, and provided countless opportunities to engage with cast members. I also got a lot of compliments, which is always a confidence booster. I would have worn it the entire time if I wasn’t carrying around a backpack full of clothes, including a skirt I was super stoked about.A couple things to note about the dress: it is furry, so it does shed a little. It is also a little snug in the arms, so I recommend sizing up if you are able.

Disneybounding

The last look you can use, and my all-time favorite way to dress up in the parks and at home, is to Disneybound a character from the movies.I found the most perfect skirt while thrifting a few months back, and I knew it would be a perfect way to check out Batuu. I only had to find a character that would work. After much Googling, I came across the scene of Padme Amidala packing for Naboo. And I knew what I needed to find: a sparkly tank to wear under a black vest I already owned.

Senator Padme Amidala packing for Naboo dress in Attack of the Clones

I was super excited to put together my thrifted outfit once I found the perfect black and silver sequin top just days before leaving for Batuu.

It was comfortable, breezy and looked fun in Disney Photopass shots, but it didn’t get as much uninitiated interaction from cast members.

Are you excited for Galaxy’s Edge in Florida (or even California)? What would you wear to Batuu? Let me know in the comments below!

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Does it count as sexual harassment if I was a t-rex?

The other day, I went bowling in my t-rex costume (as one does, right?). It was a birthday party with a suits theme. So I wore my dino suit over my bathing suit (it sure does get hot in there, guys!), and trekked to a local bowling establishment.

View from inside: A selfie from the mouth of the t-rex suit.

View from inside: A selfie from the mouth of the t-rex suit.

And while I was standing in the bowling alley (they are not designed for t-rexes, you guys), I realized that I was taking up more than my fair share of space. In fact, I found myself regularly apologizing for my tail whacking someone or my head knocking on the people in the next lane over from us. It was rough being the biggest girl in the place.

But when I moved out of the way for a group of young “gentlemen” entering the alley and passing our lane, I was shocked and dismayed to discover that a stranger slapped my t-rex ass!

Now, I know that this is actually a serious topic. I have my own stories of harassment and violation, but I had to laugh at the ridiculousness that happened. You can’t see the person inside the costume, so the guy had no idea whether it was a woman or man inside the suit…and I’d really like to have seen that dude’s — a guy in his early to mid-twenties — reaction when a buxom lady in her cough thirties jumped out of the suit to kick his ass. But meh. It was more humorous than anything else.

T-rex costume reaches for a ball at the bowling alley

Anyways, I went and made a video of my adventures, so I’d love to share it with you. Enjoy!

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Steampunk Sunday: Change it up with a Steampunk Halloween

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Do you know what Steampunk is? Thanks to my partnership with SteampunkGoggles.com, you’re going to be treated to a series of delicious posts this month about Steampunk. And if I have my way…a guest post from my boyfriend. (No promises, there, kiddos. I don’t always get my way. This isn’t Burger King.)

So I’ll ask again. Do you know what Steampunk is?

I didn’t. Well…until I met my boyfriend.

Steampunk Renaissance FaireSo, I’ve always had an obsession with the Victorian era. And apparently, so has Brian. What made the two of us slightly different was that while I was reading Jane Austen and dreaming of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Brian was rocking with cool Steampunk goggles, gear and dreaming of vintage sci-fi magic. Brian was down with Steampunk. And so I learned a bit about it. And we see it in some of our annual adventures. Steampunk costumes show up during cosplay at Gen Con and Comic Cons. We even went to Steampunk Day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire! As you can see, I’ve taken it to heart.

The short form of Steampunk is this: Victorian science fiction. Or technology as imagined during the Victorian age. But the beauty of Steampunk is that unlike most genres, there isn’t a set “This. Is. Steampunk.” You’ll find thousands of variations and twists and spins. You can look to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells for inspiration, as they were front-runners in Turn of the Century science fiction.

So you’ve probably noticed that this is something of a geeky nerd culture. But it’s totally geek chic. Obviously. If I’m involved.

Kaylee Frye CostumeThe thing I love about Steampunk is the DIY/anything can be Steampunk aspect. Take my Kaylee Frye Halloween costume (Check out that Teddy Bear patch that I MADE BY. MYSELF. I’ll write about how easy that was on another day.) While Firefly isn’t truly in the realm of Steampunk, it definitely falls into the unique category (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically Space Cowboys. Old West Meets Sci Fi.) I could quite easily make this costume unique by adding a few accessories and accents.

  • I’d start by adding some boots with buckles and other embellishments, tucking my pants into the tops of the boots to show them off. KayLee Frye and Malcolm Reynolds Costumes
  • Then, I’d need a necklace. As Kaylee is a Firefly mechanic, adding gears and other doodads wouldn’t be completely out of the question. I might even make a gear patch to add to the patches on her coveralls (which I found relatively cheap on eBay).
  • Kaylee’s a real sweetheart, so I don’t think I’d want to give her a gun, but her costume counterpart in our universe is Malcolm Reynolds, and I’d DEFINITELY give him a gun. He’s already got a sweet holster. You can find lots of DIY Steampunk guns on Pinterest.
  • Steampunk goggles would be a perfect add on for this costume, to really pull the Steampunk genre into the mix and complete the ensemble.

Steampunk-GOGGLES-STUDDED

Original art by the very talented John Garret of hypertransitory.com

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Blog Friends, are you into Steampunk? Is this all news to you? What do you think of it? Are you down with a bit of Steampunk Sunday every now and then?

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