“All Hallow's Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok!” – Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus (1993)

Try to convince me there’s a better Halloween movie out there than Hocus Pocus. I dare you. Nevertheless, I would take Winifred to task on this point: Halloween is a night of frolic where children and adults run amok. The dark of night, the warm glow of candlelight, the crispness in the air and the promise that for just a little while, you get to be whatever you want to me seems to me something everyone should get to participate in.

I’d even take it a step further and say that adults might even get to have more fun on October 31st. How so, you ask? The answer is the same as always: wine.

Sure, you have plenty of chances to drink wine during your Hallow’s Eve festivities, but there’s something even more tempting for the true wine lover, and that’s the possibility of a decked out wine-themed costume.

This Halloween, pick your costume right off the vine with these clever DIY ideas.

Be a Bottle

Materials needed:

·      large (11x17 or larger) sheet of colored or beige construction paper

·      printer capable of enlargement (or local printshop)

·      lightweight foam-core board

·      glue

·      craft knife

·      ribbon

·      stapler

·      elastic string (from a party hat)

How to:

1.     Create a bottle neck or cork by rolling the construction paper into a tube (long-ways). Staple the tube at the top and bottom, and use glue (or tape) to seal other areas as needed.

2.     Puncture a small hole in both sides of one end of the tube.

3.     Thread enough elastic string to comfortably fit around your head through the holes, and knot to prevent string from coming out.

4.     Grab a picture from the internet of your favorite wine label, and print it large enough to cover the poster board. A print shop may be helpful here.Daring souls can try to recreate it with paint or markers!

5.     Paste the image onto the foam-core board, or have the print shop print it on foam-core for you.

6.     Using the craft knife, slice two slits on opposite ends of the top of the board.

7.     Thread enough ribbon through to fit around your neck and allow the board to rest comfortably across your chest and abdomen.

Viola! You’re a bottle of wine that even the Sanderson sisters could love.

Get Grapey

If a popping balloon really frightens you or those you’re with, we don’t recommend this costume. But if you want to be something true to your love of wine, you can’t go wrong!

Materials needed

·      One package of at least 20 durable balloons in purple, violet, green, or cream.

·      20 safety pins

·      Fake grape leave foliage

·      Solid black/white pants and t-shirt

·      A helping hand

How to:

1.     Blow up your balloons. Select about 4 different sizes and try to make about 5 balloons of each size. These will be your grapes, so consider how those at the bottom of a stem can be somewhat smaller.

2.     Put on your solid outfit.

3.     Have your assistant pin the balloons around your body to the clothes, decreasing in size as you get farther down.

4.     Arrange the foliage either in a “crown” or affix sporadically to your hair.

Tip: Go as a trio of Red, White and Rosé, with one friend in purple, one in green, and one with a mix of the two.

Divine Wine

 

For those of you who want something a little more saucy and sophisticated, put a spin on the traditional god/goddess costume with some added accessories to go from basic to bacchant (that’s is, a follower of the Roman god of wine, Bacchus!).

Materials

·      one flat white bedsheet

·      gold rope

·      fake olive leaves

·      a stem of fake (or real, if you like to snack) grapes

·      a plastic wine glass (go for one of the golden chalices from the medieval section of the Halloween store)

·      sandals

·      safety pins

·      bobby pins

How to:

1.     Fashion a toga out of the bedsheet, using safety pins to secure.

2.     Cinch your waist with the gold rope.

3.     Pin some leaves (fashionably) to your toga.

4.     Affix some leaves using bobby pins to your hair.

5.     The grapes and wine glass are your props for the night, but that glass just might come in handy.

6.     Party like it’s 77 BCE.

For those of you who want something a little more saucy and sophisticated, put a spin on the traditional god/goddess costume with some added accessories to go from basic to bacchant (that’s is, a follower of the Roman god of wine, Bacchus!).

 

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