And we’ll never be roooooyalllls….oh! Hello! Welcome back to another edition of my wearable costume series. I hope some of you found my ideas for Mickey and Minnie Mouse helpful. In case you’re just tuning in, it’s my mission to make your Halloween costumes not only affordable, but comfortable! (Side bar: I sound like an infomercial ad. Think I have a future on TV? Don’t answer that…)
Next up is my take on Rapunzel, Cinderella and Prince Eric.
Babies and Toddlers
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Disney apparel can be found everywhere. This Cinderella costume is essentially a baby girl onesie with a tutu on it. I found it at Target for less than ten dollars. If you don’t have a matching headband, you can always do what my parents did: Tape a bow to her head. They would take a small bow, attach it to a piece of scotch tape, and place it on my head…thanks parents. My mom claims it would just fall off at the end of the day without any pulling or pain. On second thought, just look for a headband.
There are so many different ways to dress like a Prince. Amongst all these interpretations, a crown and sword seem to be common props. If your little one has a shirt and tie, see if you can convince him to put it on. Hint: Offering a fruit snack or piece of candy may just do the trick. Now, I don’t condone fast food but if you have a burger king, stop by and grab one of their crowns. It would be a really cheap way to get your hands on one. For the sash, head to a craft store and see if they have ribbon 3-4 inches wide. Cut it to size, drape it across his shoulder to his hip and safety pin the ends together. Slick his hair in a nice side part and hand him a sword. Extra points if you find a cape to complete the costume. Voila, your debonair guy will be fighting dragons and meeting his one true love in no time!
Princess dresses are so incredibly popular. I should know…I had about 20 growing up. If you’re not picky about it being Disney brand, you can find some really affordable Princess costumes at the store. If your little Princess must have a Disney dress, consider those Disney princess nightgowns for a cheaper alternative. They tend to be very well made with capped sleeves and a tulle overlay. Plus, it’s multipurpose! She can wear it around all day and go to bed wearing it! I’m a huge fan of “use what you have” so another option is to put her in her in an old holiday dress. Top the ensemble off with a crown and perhaps some glitter and she’ll be the prettiest girl at the ball.
Grown Ups: Men
As far as Prince costumes go, I found Prince Eric to be the most simple to pull off. Guys, put on a white button up shirt and blue or black pants. From there, roll up your sleeves and undo the top two buttons. Tie a solid color (preferably red) scarf around your waist to serve as Eric’s sash and roll up the pants. Advisory: Better not eat seafood in this costume. Ariel would NOT be pleased.
Grown Ups: Women
Per a reader request (Thanks Alissa N!), I dressed up like Rapunzel. I know she’s known for her long hair, but I found I could still get the point across without having to deal with a heavy wig or ball of yellow yarn. At one point in the movie, Rapunzel had a side braid with flowers in it. I recreated the braid and put fake pink and purple flowers from the Dollar Store in my hair. I already had my friend Paschal (don’t ask) and grabbed a pan from the kitchen. Any purple or pink dress will do. Remember, use what you have!
For my Rapunzel make up, I took inspiration from her dress and golden hair. See below for a quick tutorial…otherwise, skip to the end.
Rapunzel Make-up Tutorial
1. Apply light pink eye shadow to the eye lid.
2. In the crease, apply a purple eye shadow. Use a small amount to begin. You can always add more!
3. Take a cream color and blend just underneath the brow bone. This will not only add a highlight but will defuse the purple color.
4. On the lower lash line, apply the purple shadow and blend to soften the color.
5. Add a light golden yellow in the inner corners of your eye.
6. Add black eye liner to the top lash line and finish with mascara. Don’t you look beautiful!
Other Costume Tips
If you have a brown eye liner, add some freckles to finish off your Rapunzel look. I gently pushed it onto the skin and tapped my finger over the area to soften.
If you have a luminary, that would not only be a great prop for Rapunzel, but would serve as a light while trick or treating Halloween night.
Seriously, a dollar store is the best tool when creating costumes on a budget. If you have one near you, consider trying there first before going somewhere else.
How about it? What Disney characters have you recreated? What costumes would you like to see me do next? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!