Another month, another blog… But this is a special month, as it hosts the greatest festive holiday of all… HALLOWE’EN.
31st of October is, as we all know, All Hallow’s Eve, the night before All Hallows’ or All Saints’ day in the Christian calendar.
This has long been one of my favourite nights of the year, as it has proven to be one of the few annual occasions when I don’t get told to ‘tone it down, for Gawd’s sake.’
This blog will give you a few ideas of what you can wear for Hallowe’en, incorporating vintage themes and looks into your outfit, and without a slutty zombie in uniform in sight. Please note that anyone sullying a beautiful vintage garment with buckets of fake blood gets dragged back to hell at midnight with all the other demons.
One of the great Hallowe’en archetypes, there are a few you can go with here – the most iconic to me will always be the dark and deadly Wednesday Addams – dark dress, contrast collar, plaits – easy. But there are also a couple of others – those of you who survived the 90s and haven’t let go of that era (like me) can opt for The Craft as inspo (I said slutty ZOMBIE uniform, ok?) or the Shining Twins – blue lace and a willing friend who looks a lot like you, or is willing to wear a wig that matches your hair.
You have a few to pick from here, as ‘sexy goth’ is a look that will never go out of fashion, so think long, clingy, and sumptuous fabrics -velvet, lace, silk, you get the picture. As depicted by Anjelica Huston and Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams, Yvonne de Carlo as Lily Munster, and the recently departed Fenella Fielding as Valeria Watt in ‘Carry on Screaming’. Recreate her notorious ‘Mind if I smoke?’ line by asking a very dedicated friend to stand behind you, vaping furiously all evening.
Tippi Hedren in ‘The Birds’
Scour your local charity shops for a pale green (or blue) 1960’s dress suit for that cool Hitchcock Heroine vibe – add a few fake scratches (to your face, not the dress – witch, please), perch a prop crow on your shoulder (I think you can buy them on eBay as garden bird-scarers) and off you go.
The one occasion where it’s ok to ruin an outfit with fake blood. Charity shops are teeming with old nylon slips from the 70s and 80s that could pass as a simple long prom dress once you’ve poured a bucket of fake blood over yourself. If you’ve bought the blood from eBay for pence, maybe do a strand test to see if you’ll be able to get it out of your hair.
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’
I have been dying to do this one for years. Possibly one of the most twisted films I have ever seen (and a reminder that hell truly is other people) – it requires a baby doll dress (the more ott and frou-frou the better) and ringlets to carry off the monstrosity that is Bette Davis’ character – and a lot of white facepaint. Joan needs a long dress – there was a lot of Victoriana made in the 1970s – Pat Farell is a good label to look up online, as is 1970s Laura Ashley – and top the look off with a pair of eyebrows that could kill a man at 20 paces.