This $5 Buy Is The Key To Your Kick-Ass Halloween Costume

published Sep 26, 2016
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Halloween may be the most fun you have all year, but trying to nail down an unforgettable and unusual costume in the weeks before is just so not. We’ve got something that you can easily make, AND it works with what you already have in your closet. Let your weird and wonderful holiday begin with this one inexpensive purchase!

Taking cues from the work of Dali, Magritte, and other Surrealists, we’ve cooked up some phantasmagoric costume ideas that add unexpected objects to a fascinator base. We’re talking over-the-top lobsters, towering venus flytraps and more! The results are as simple as they are show-stopping.

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What Is a Fascinator?

If you spend a lot of time at horses races, or if you’ve ever admired Kate Middleton’s hair accessories, you’re likely familiar with the fascinator—a decorative headpiece that’s worn pinned to one side of the head. Typically overflowing with ribbons and veiling, the fascinator is a dramatic accessory—making it a fitting base for a Surrealist-themed Halloween costume. If the base resembles a miniature hat, it may be called a hatinator.

In you’re into this idea, order the fascinator base from a place like Humboldt Haberdashery on Etsy for under $6, or get them in a couple of days for $11 through Amazon Prime.

Wait! But how do you attach this thing to your head??

Hot-glue a metal hair clip to the underside of the fascinator, or stitch a small hair comb in place. Judith M Millinery Supply has some insider tips we found helpful. Tuck in a few bobby pins for extra support so you can walk and dance with this headpiece firmly in place. Once your fascinator is set, clip in your butterfly hair clip. Happy Halloween!