DIY Horror Halloween Costumes for Women

Happy Scary Sunday to you all!

I’m back with my next spooky weekend post of October, and this time I’m doing some reminiscing.

My first full-time job was working for a company that got pretty into Halloween. They’d have fun office parties and even do a costume contest.

I’m very proud of the fact that I won first place for scariest costume three years in a row (the fourth year that I worked there they stopped dressing up/doing the contest, sadly).

I want to share those three costumes with you, and I’m also going to share how I created each look, so that you can do the same at home if you’re interested.

So, in chronological order, here are my favorite DIY Horror Halloween Costumes from years past (and yes, I really did wear all three of these during my commute to work and at the office all day).

Samara (2012)
This is one of my favorite costumes that I’ve ever worn, and it was pretty easy to put together.

First, you’ll need a plain white dress (here’s a good one) and some methods of dirtying it up. I believe I rubbed some charcoal briquettes all over it, followed by some black shoe polish my dad had in the basement, and then some black craft paint.

I remember being tempted to just roll it around in the mud outside, but didn’t want to deal with a gross smell while sitting in the dress all day. The household products worked great and I’d encourage you to use anything else dark and likely to stain that you have lying around.

I already have pretty long hair, so I just dried it mostly straight and then sloppily ran some hair gel through it; the gel makes your hair hard when it dries, so this helped keep my hair more straight and partially in front of my face for that signature Samara style.

For my makeup, I followed a YouTube tutorial like this one. And, clearly I am barefoot in the picture above, but I wore some plain black flats to work.

Carrie from Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a Constant Reader (aka loyal Stephen King reader and fan). Of course I had to do a King themed costume at some point; plus, Carrie is just an iconic female horror character.

This was probably the easiest of the three costumes because it basically consisted of getting glammed up and then pouring a bucket of fake blood all over myself (actually, my mom did the honors of pouring the blood since I still lived with my parents at the time).

For the costume, you’ll need a pretty pink dress, some heels, and a corsage. Do your full glam for hair and makeup; after all, you are getting ready for a prom night to remember! Then comes the fun part. Get a good amount of fake blood (I believe I purchased two 16oz bottles) and apply generously.

I had my mom pour the bottles directly over my head, and then used my hands to spread the excess around. The pour really helps it to look authentic, since in the movie Carrie is splattered with blood from above.

Regan (2014)
By my third year of dressing up for the office, I was feeling a bit more adventurous and ready to try my hand using liquid latex.

Because the makeup for this costume was complex and took a couple of hours to apply, I took a bit of a shortcut with the clothes and purchased an Exorcist nightgown. Don’t worry, I still added my own touch to it (and by touch, I mean homemade vomit).

The gashes in my face and vomit were both made using liquid latex, and I followed this amazing YouTube tutorial for both the base makeup and special effects.

For the vomit, I mixed the liquid latex with some green liquid makeup and spread that all over my chin, neck, and nightgown. To make my teeth look dark and rotted, I carried Oreo cookies around with me and chewed them up throughout the day (not joking…it worked pretty well).

My natural hair is pretty frizzy and unruly, so I didn’t spend much time on that for this costume either (of course it doesn’t look bad in the picture above, but I assure you it was wild). Although, they do sell Regan masks with hair online if you want to do it a little differently.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’re feeling inspired to get creepy this year!

Comment below to let me know which of these is your favorite, or if there are any other female horror characters you think I should dress up as!

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