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  1. Default Where is a great cheaper place for costumes? 
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    I'm hunting for a place that has higher quality higher detailed costumes that won't break the budget. Specifically I ratty old swamp witch type costume. Any hidden gems out there for costumes that I am missing? Thanks all!!!
     

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    Your best bet its to make your own. Go to a good thrift store...GoodWill or Salvation army. By a cheap cotton dress. Distress it really well then add bits and pieces of fabric to it with hot glue. Die some cheese cloth black and brown and add it as a layer over the dress as well. Use watered down acrylic craft paints to add stains. You will be amazed what you can do in a couple of hours. I think one of the major keys to such a costume is layers of different fabrics. For some reason layers are scary.

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    Jeff over at Frighteners Entertainment has some decent looking costumes you may want to check out. http://thefrighteners.com/DeluxeLineCostumes1.htm

    I would e-mail him to assure availability, but I have bought quite a few items from him over the years and he's never done me wrong!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurker View Post
    Your best bet its to make your own. Go to a good thrift store...GoodWill or Salvation army. By a cheap cotton dress. Distress it really well then add bits and pieces of fabric to it with hot glue. Die some cheese cloth black and brown and add it as a layer over the dress as well. Use watered down acrylic craft paints to add stains. You will be amazed what you can do in a couple of hours. I think one of the major keys to such a costume is layers of different fabrics. For some reason layers are scary.
    I agree just don't forget your belt sander to put on some good distressing. You can also do what we do burry some clothes for like 4 to 8 months in a really wet area that really does wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradenton Haunted Trail View Post
    I agree just don't forget your belt sander to put on some good distressing. You can also do what we do burry some clothes for like 4 to 8 months in a really wet area that really does wonders.

    Shawn
    Great ideas! And I would have the added bonus of smelling like I was rotting away, even better!!! Thanks all!!!
     

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    Lurker, I love to layer different fabrics together. I think it looks amazing! That is what I was going for precisely!!!!
     

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    At my trail (which I own) its all bout the costumes- I spend between $200 and $400 per actor. That seems like alot but thats what I focus on.
    If I were doing a swamp/voodoo witch I would start with this dress.
    http://www.moresca.com/product_info.php?products_id=69
    And as others wisely said add layers. I would dye cheese cloth in brown and then another batch in gray. Id make really tattered shawls out of themand add them over the dress.
    Id also make a belt with a ton of pouches (the same kind of detail you put into your voodoo shelves). While someone is wearing it Id also blast the heck out of it with a thermo plastic webbing gun.
    Dont forget jewlery Rings and necklaces. cool rings like this
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/55612787...nk-gothic-evil you can make your own just order the eyes from van dykes taxidermy.
    and rings like this
    http://product.madeinchina.com/whole...12380505.shtml just an idea but I think one or two of those would make a witch super creepy
    And necklaces like this
    http://www.thisnext.com/item/ACD20D9...-Turquoise-and Several different kinds one ond strand so they dont clump together to much
    and at least one necklace like this
    http://www.curiousgood.com/?page_id=297 make your own Im sure you are capable based on what else you have done. Costume greatness is achieved through detail and texture which is achieved through layering. approach it the same way you do set work.
    Allen H
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H View Post
    At my trail (which I own) its all bout the costumes- I spend between $200 and $400 per actor. That seems like alot but thats what I focus on.
    If I were doing a swamp/voodoo witch I would start with this dress.
    http://www.moresca.com/product_info.php?products_id=69
    And as others wisely said add layers. I would dye cheese cloth in brown and then another batch in gray. Id make really tattered shawls out of themand add them over the dress.
    Id also make a belt with a ton of pouches (the same kind of detail you put into your voodoo shelves). While someone is wearing it Id also blast the heck out of it with a thermo plastic webbing gun.
    Dont forget jewlery Rings and necklaces. cool rings like this
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/55612787...nk-gothic-evil you can make your own just order the eyes from van dykes taxidermy.
    and rings like this
    http://product.madeinchina.com/whole...12380505.shtml just an idea but I think one or two of those would make a witch super creepy
    And necklaces like this
    http://www.thisnext.com/item/ACD20D9...-Turquoise-and Several different kinds one ond strand so they dont clump together to much
    and at least one necklace like this
    http://www.curiousgood.com/?page_id=297 make your own Im sure you are capable based on what else you have done. Costume greatness is achieved through detail and texture which is achieved through layering. approach it the same way you do set work.
    Allen H
    Now THESE are the tips I live for!! Amazing amazing amazing layering techniques Allen!!
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    Oh my golly Allen, THANK you for the links! Your taste is EXACTLY what I am looking for myself! So making some of those rings myself and I saw that raven skull on etsy a few days ago and sooo wanted to make my own. Thank you a ZILLION times over!!!!
     

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    If you want to take a reg commercial costume and fix it up... I am moving to Denver and I don't want to haul my Halloween Stores.. So I am going to clear them on ebay in about 2 weeks (one box at a time) at as close as I can guess at cost. I am sitting on about $300K in costumes. I will post a link on my site.
     

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