Wishing my American readers a safe and fun Halloween! My thoughts are with anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photos of the damage and rescue efforts are just heartbreaking. Though we were right in the path of the storm, we kept power and are safe and dry.
If you are celebrating and need a last minute costume, I'm here to help! I always made my own Halloween costumes when I was growing up. That way, you don't show up at a party as Slutty Witch Number Three.
Here's how to make four quick, easy and cheap YA book character costumes. Most of the stuff you need is probably sitting around your house right now!
Costume One: Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
What you'll need -- cost: free to $20
1. 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!
2. Metallic spray paint and superglue
3. Now for the fun part. 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!