by Finley Paige Gelsimino
October has to be one of my favorite times of the year. First of all, I'm not alone in enjoying the cooler temperatures after a brutal summer of heat. But what really excites me is Halloween! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For the past few years, I have attended comic-cons and conventions, designing my own costumes each time I go. This tradition carries on during Halloween, for which I also make my own costume. Dressing up for the holiday is fun no matter what, but there is something rewarding about using your own creativity to make your own costume.
Last Friday, I began teaching a Costuming and Makeup Workshop in the children's area. I brought in some old fabrics to use as well as tools such as my sewing machine. In addition, I will also be helping with Makeup tutorials. For anyone, of any age, who needs help with their costume, I'd be happy to help. Stop by the library on the Fridays leading up to Halloween, from 3 to 5 p.m. for all costume-related help. Until then, I wanted to write here and share some tips online for those who can't make it.
Even though blood, wound, and zombie makeup is a lot of fun, make sure to stay safe! A lot of that makeup isn't meant to be put near the eyes. Make sure to read the directions or buy makeup specifically for around the eyes. Sometimes face paint, fake blood, or latex may cause skin irritation, even when they are not close to your eyes. Always test out your makeup before the big day! Come on down to the library to learn more!
Trying to put your Halloween costume together but you don't know how to sew? A hot glue gun or super glue will be your best friend! You can also use Heat and Bond to put symbols or designs on your costume, no sewing required! The only thing you'll need is an iron. If you want to give sewing a try or don't have a hot glue gun, no worries! The library has both available, including a sewing machine!
I hope that this post was of use to you during preparations for your costume. Feel free to drop by anytime during either the workshop or library hours for other tips.
Until next time!