Read on for a breakdown of how to make witch and wizard Halloween costumes, and where to buy accessories like the black contact lenses.
I said I wasn’t going to make new costumes this year.
However, a week before the big Halloween party… I changed my mind.
Here’s the how-to for our Witch and Wizard couple Halloween costumes.
The homemade wizard costume
Jon’s costume was mostly from a previous year. My son had worn the robe and yarn beard last year, so I needed to let out the hemming I’d done for him.
I also had to sew the hood back on.
The only thing I added to his costume was the purple band of fabric on the wizard hat so that we would match.
the Glamourous Witch Dress
My outfit was entirely new this year. I had a huge mash-up of ideas on Pinterest, and this was the result.
The skirt top is made out of old pants, with interfacing and an invisible zipper.
I also added a pocket for my iPhone. (I need to keep it close to take pictures! Why doesn’t women’s clothing have pockets???)
I sewed ‘cuffs’ for the shirt so I could use the silver trim to match the wizard outfit. They’re just scraps of fabric, using velco to close them.
I found the shirt (in the Juniors section at Walmart!) so I didn’t have to sew that.
My previous hat was really floppy and always fell over my eyes, so I wanted to have a different style this year.
I also didn’t have time to make a new one.
I used my daughter’s old hat, ripped off some star decorations I’d glued on for her, and then added lace and a purple band to it to hide the places I’d torn off the stars.
I didn’t even hem the hat band. I didn’t sew on the lace either – the stretchy purple hat band held it in place. (It was all about time, look, and functionality at this point.)
the Fabulous, Glittering Witch Shoes
I had previously made witch shoes using paper-mâché, as I saw on Pinterest.
However, those shoes were NOT made to be walked in. Paper mâché doesn’t have any give, so the shoes just broke.
They got trashed right away and looked terrible.
This year, I wanted to figure out what material to use so that the shoes would stretch a little bit as they are worn, as shoes naturally do.
I started by using electrical tape and cardstock to build the toes.
Silver glitter HTV went around the heels.
It was very difficult to get the HTV to stick on the shoe. Even the EasyPress Mini didn’t work well because the heels are so round.
I tried to put HTV on the sides to cover the toes, but it didn’t work very well.
I used Cricut purple glitter vinyl on the tops and curls of the shoes. It was just peel-and-stick vinyl, not HTV. (It lasted for the whole party, but later tore when I caught the shoe under a gate.)
At this point, we got in the pickup to drive the six hours to our friend’s house (and an epic Halloween party.)
The pickup console made a PERFECT crafting table!!
I spread my gear and started gluing faux glitter leather to the shoes. I just had one piece of the material, so had to be careful to get it to cover both shoes.
I snipped it in many places so it would curve where the shoe curved.
I added rhinestone ribbons too.
Now, all of the white edges from the faux leather backing were bothering me. (Later, I realized I could have just covered the enter shoe with small leather pieces, like patchwork, and it would have looked cool.)
I used a Sharpie to color in the white backing of the faux leather; it’s an easy hack that I learned from my friend Amy Romeu.
I could have kept adding more and more embellishments, but it was time to stop.
A purple glitter spider finished them off!
My curly-toes witch shoes lasted all night. I’d designed my skirt so that they’d be noticed and it worked! I heard lots of compliments on them.
I’ve figured out a way to make them much easier next time.
(Leave a comment below if you’d like a detailed tutorial next year!)
The Magical Glowing Staff
The staff was an attention-grabber.
Then, I’d wave it close to them and bring it close to my face… instructing them to look into my eyes.
Tip: Don’t bother to do other eye makeup. I spent 45 minutes on eyeshadow and eyeliner… but my eyes were just covered by the feather eyelashes.
When we followed the kids trick-or-treating, other parents were constantly complimenting our glowing staffs. They looked amazing in the dark!
I found a snow globe for 98¢ and filled it with Saran Wrap and fairy lights. The cord and light box were wrapped with twine.
I wrapped the snow globe base with purple cloth. My friend had the black glitter vine and spider and they added the perfect finish to the glowing staff.
Here’s the full tutorial – it shows you a few different ways to make a glowing staff.
What did I leave out?
Ask me anything in the comments below.