March Monster Madness Costume Supplies
To start March Monster Madness off this year, we’re talking costume supplies. Whether you’re already planning for Halloween or want a mid-winter monster mash, these are our recommendations for making realistic and scary villains and horror costumes:
No trace blood
For gory guts and special effects, you need the best of the best. No trace blood is a non-staining, non-toxic fake blood that’s used by the professionals in fast-paced movies and TV shows. Dabbing this onto fake wounds or using it for a vampire theme will really add a gruesome style to your character.
Fabric dye is the easiest way to transform old clothes into a killer costume. At wardrobesupplies.com, they have all the information you need to find the right dyes for every type of fabric. Some fabric dyes are even suitable for hair, so you can save money by buying just one product. For the best results, check out their post for which dyes to use for silk or satin capes and Lycra, cotton, or spandex costumes.
If you really want to go all-in for the perfect horror costume, use color-altering contacts. Whether you choose red contacts, cat-eye effect, or even pentagram lenses, you can make your outfit that little bit more unnerving. Costume contact lenses can be applied in the same way as prescription lenses, so if you’re struggling, make sure to ask for help.
Store-bought masks will make your costume look less realistic; instead, try to do your own makeup and make scars and wounds from scratch. Combining simple glue with food coloring or ink can create a quick-dry substance that can be put just about anywhere. Add red for the inside of a wound or cover the glue in concealer to create realistic-looking scars.
Don’t rely on props
Although props can really add something extra to your costume, don’t rely on them to identify you. If you need a prop to make your costume recognizable, when you put the prop down or lose it, which chances are will happen, how will people know who you are? Props should only enhance your costume.
If your costume should be tatty or ragged, use real rips and rags. Cleanly cutting the material or finishing off the costume with a zig zag cut will look too clean cut and precise. This is often the problem with store bought costumes: you’ll notice zombie costumes will always come with perfectly cut ‘ripped’ pants. Even if you start off with store bought, try to add your own imperfections to make it more realistic.
These are just a few ways to give your costume some real edge. Using high-quality products and DIY tutorials will offer a more realistic and effective look, no matter what character or costume you’re choosing. Don’t be afraid to experiment before your event to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing so you’re not rushing at the last minute.