One of Ben and my favorite shows is Face Off; it just seems like every season is better than the last! And with the weather cooling down and Fall decorations showing up in every store on the face of the Earth, watching the new episode each week just gets me more and more excited for Halloween.
While I have absolutely none of the awesome makeup skills of the contestants, the challenges that they’re faced with offer some amazing inspiration for ingenious, unique Halloween costumes. Plus, since tutorial sites and videos for applying Halloween makeup are never in short supply, anyone can take their costume to the next level of spooky awesomeness.
Here are four Halloween costumes ideas, inspired by my favorite Face Off episodes:
Post-Apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood (season one): While Ben and I didn’t really get hooked on the show until the second season, I love the finale episode of season one, where contestant Tate turned Little Red Riding Hood into a granny-saving, wolf-killing, kickass bitch.
To pull off this look, I’d pair a red cloak with some scratches/blood, and a basket full of weapons . . . and maybe a fake fur/wolf parts, for good measure.
Night Terrors (season two): I have to admit, the makeups from this episode aren’t exactly my favorites, but I do love the overall theme for the challenge. Instead of dressing up as a person this year, try dressing up as an abstract idea, like a phobia. Maybe you’ll overcome a fear of your own . . . or scare the crap out of someone else!
Some interesting phobias: Amychophobia (fear of scratches/being scratched), Carnophobia (fear of meat), Doraphobia (fear of animal fur/skins), Helminthophobia (fear of worm infestation), or Iatrophobia (fear of doctors).
Burtonesque workers (season two): Yes, characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas are kind of overdone, but they’re only a speck on the Burton spectrum of awesome character options. Here’s a couple of my favorite Burton movies to help make the wheels turn: Edward ScissorHands, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeny Todd, Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And don’t forget his two recent flicks, Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows.
Alice in Zombieland Characters (season three): Alice in Wonderland is by far, my favorite fairytale/fantasy story. I love the original novel, the Disney cartoon, the Burton version, the American McGee version . . . yeah. I’m a fan of pretty much everything about Alice in Wonderland.
So when Face Off did Alice meets Zombies? I almost jumped out of my wheelchair in excitement. If you’re looking for a way to make Alice dark and creepy without resorting to a cheap Malice costume, a pinafore and some zombie makeup is definitely the way to go.