Yay -- Halloween is tomorrow :) Stop back then for my stop on the Dystopian Giveaway Hop!
Every year for the past two years, I've offered up last-minute, scrounge-around-the-house plans for how to dress as a YA Character.
Tris from Divergent (Katherine Tegen)
Dressing like Tris is easy: dress all in black, and put some faux bird tattoos on your collarbone. Done.
|Photo from http://thedivergenttrilogy.com|
Just don't tell anyone how the trilogy ends!
Katniss from Catching Fire (Scholastic)
Option one: girl on fire jumpsuit. Dress in black fitted clothing and use fabric paint to make it look glowing orange and red.
Option two: wedding dress. Head to the thrift shop or borrow an old wedding gown or white prom dress from a friend. Pile on the pearls. If you're really ambitious, you can make the white gown breakaway like in the book and have a slinky black one underneath….
Did you see the dress from the movie?
My 2012 Ideas:
Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series (Razorbill)
1. Throw on khaki pants or skirt with a plain white blouse. Sydney's known for being an understated dresser.
2. Use gold face paint and a brush...
...to paint this design on your cheek:
Tattoo pattern from VA Wikia
Then carry a can of Diet Coke or a Starbucks cup around. Done! Optional but highly recommended: blond wig and a hot, dark-haired guy with green eyes to follow you around and make snarky comments.
Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Tor)
Find a long white (or light colored) dress that you don't mind splattering with red paint or fake blood
Use purple eyeliner to make "purply veins" all over your face, neck and arms. Then put on some black lipstick.
Buy fake blood to splatter the dress with or make your own here with corn syrup, food coloring, and chocolate syrup. Yum!
Don't forget those crazy eyes!
Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown BYR)
Buy a blue wig or use temporary blue hair paint. Once your hair's all blue, you can twist it up and stick a paintbrush into it. Or make a braid.
Tie a wishbone on a cord around your neck. Eat the chicken first, or make your own wishbone out of Model Magic.
Carry around a sketchpad and pencil. You can also tote around a little bag of teeth. Raid your kids' tooth fairy pillow, or get out that Model Magic!
Sexy Steampunk from the Infernal Devices series:
Dress in Victorian-inspired clothing -- think high heeled lace-up boots paired with a black skirt, plus a corset or a lacy blouse or cami. Don't sweat the outfit, because we'll dazzle them with gadgetry!
Raid your junk drawer, craft drawer, jewelry box, toolbox, and garage. (Or just hit the hardware store.) Here's what you're looking for: gears, washers, brooches and pins -- any old costume jewelry you can take apart, fake gems, metallic buttons -- any interesting little bits of shiny stuff. Think like a magpie!
Superglue all your finds into a fabulous necklace and spray the whole thing with gold or silver spray paint. You'll get something like this:
Warning: it is entirely possible that people won't "get" who you're dressed as. Just see it as a chance to talk up your favorite book.
Have fun, don't take candy from strangers and don't forget to email me a picture!