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DIY: Make Your own John Lennon Costume

The Beatles Festival takes place in Dublin this weekend and it is bound to bring plenty of fun and 60’s style nostalgia to the city. If you and some friends are attending the festival and are planning on dressing up in 60’s style clothing then this is the perfect blog post for you. Read on to find out how to transform into John Lennon for the weekend.

Young John Lennon 

To become a young John Lennon you will need a smart suit, preferably with a black pin striped suit like the one above. Complete the suit with a simple and skinny black tie. Make sure the suit and tie is well fitted and not too baggy so it will fit in with the classic 60’s fashion trends. Dressy black shoes will then complete the clothing. You will also need to be clean shaven while a proper 60’s style male brown wig will really complete the look. We have the best range of wigs in Dublin so call into Fun Place to find the perfect wig.

Older John Lennon

John Lennon became more unique and edgy with his style once the Beatles were well established and when he was a solo artist. The Imagine singer grew a beard, began to wear long and baggy clothes, grew his hair long and wore an iconic pair of glasses. To become the John Lennon from this era you will need white trousers, long white suit jacket, white polo-neck or shirt, brown belt and white shoes. To really complete this look you will need the iconic John Lennon glasses and a long brown messy wig and beard. Here at Fun Place Dublin we have the best range of accessories such as wigs and glasses so we are your number one option in the capital.

1970’s John Lennon

Lennon changed his look again in the 1970’s as he got rid of the beard and shortened his hair but he kept the iconic glasses. The singer’s style became a lot more casual as he was often spotted in denim jackets or army style jackets and jeans. To achieve this look you will need flared jeans, black/brown shoes, denim jacket with a t-shirt underneath. You will then need a 70’s style male brown short wig and the iconic John Lennon glasses which can all be purchases at Fun Place.

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Beginners Guide to using Face Paints this Halloween

Whether you are putting together a costume for yourself or for your child, face paints can bring the entire look together. Although, most people aren’t sure how to go about using face paints and wouldn’t know where to start. Don’t worry this blog post will run through some basic steps on how to create certain looks using face paints. Just take your time and follow the steps and you can become a face paint pro this Halloween.

Dracula

Dracula is a popular one in Ireland this Halloween thanks to the Bram Stoker festival in Dublin and Hotel Transylvania 2 has just hit the cinemas. The key to looking like a credible vampire is to look as pale as possible and less is more with this look.

  • Using a damp sponge, cover the whole face with a base coat of Light Grey.
  • Mix a darker grey by adding a little Black to the Light Grey and sponge on the dark patches around and above the eyes, on the side of the nose and on the cheeks and chin.
  • Add the detailing with a brush. First using White paint, then using Black paint, draw thin lines from the corner of the eyes, on the upper cheeks under the eyes and on the lower cheeks from the corner of the nose.
  • With White paint, add fangs at each corner of the mouth, and outline with Black.
  • Using Black, draw on exaggerated eyebrows on the forehead.
  • Using Red paint, draw a thin line under each eye, paint the bottom lip and add drips of blood from the fangs.

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Witch

Witches are a classic Halloween choice and kids love to become witches thanks to popular movies like Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus. It is possible to become a witch without using face paints as most young girls will want to look like Hermione Granger but if you want to go for a spooky Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the West look then you have to use plenty of green face paints.

  • Using a damp sponge, apply a layer of Dark Green paint all over the face as a base, leaving the area around the eyes.
  • Using a brush and Dark Grey paint, fill in the upper eyebrow areas, adding a line of dots over each brow.
  • Add 2 dots on each upper cheek area.
  • Draw a large dot in the centre of the right cheek, this will be the body of the spider.
  • Using Black paint, draw a thick line over each eyebrow adding long lashes rising up between the grey dots.
  • Add a line under each eye and crease lines at the outer corners.
  • On the left cheek, draw a cobweb using fine lines.
  • On the right cheek, complete the spider by outlining the grey dot and adding 3 legs on each side.
  • Paint the lips and add a dot on the end of the nose, just off-centre.

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Zombie

Zombies are becoming increasingly popular thanks to hit TV show The Walking Dead and this means that there will be plenty of zombies walking around this Halloween. The key to looking like a credible zombie is to walk very slowly, wear raggedy clothes and your face paint must make your face look like it’s decaying. It’s really a look that can only be pulled off at Halloween.

  • Sponge lime green on face leaving a balloon shape area on one side of mouth for teeth.
  • With sponge dab black on eyes blending out & dragging down on cheek area.
  • Sponge balloon shape by mouth with black , as well as the temples , under the cheekbones & under the chin.
  • At top of nostrils create teardrop shape by pressing brush on top of nostril by cheek & pull towards tip of nose to make nostril look bigger.
  • With a brush dab & drag red to create cuts & blood along forehead & down nose.
  • Add blood around the inside of the mouth balloon shape to look like red gums & with loaded brush dab red dripping out of mouth & down neck.
  • With a brush make dabs of white for teeth & paint some Xs over cuts to look like stitches.
  • Using black again on a fine brush outline white stitches & draw a line around ballooned mouth to define it.

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If you have mastered all of these face paints and are feeling like a pro, why not challenge yourself to try out this Skeleton Face Paint tutorial.

Top 5 Lazy but Clever Halloween Costumes

Are you one of those people that dreads having to shop for a Halloween costume every October and would rather make the least amount of effort needed to make a costume so that you could still attend the coolest Halloween parties? If yes to all of that, then this blog post is just for you!

5- Error 404

You know that annoying Error 404 notice you get sometimes while browsing online, well why not become that annoyance for Halloween. It’s possibly one of the easiest costumes you could ever plan on making as all you need is a black sharpie and a white t-shirt. Write “Error 404” on the middle of the shirt and write underneath it “Costume Not Found”.

Take a Sharpie to a plain white tee and you get a 404 Error.

4 – The Ladybug

This costume is a suitable last minute effort for both adults and kids. All you need is some red clothing such as a dress, skirt, top or whatever you prefer and then attach (sew or glue) some circles of black material on to the red clothing. You can then finish off the costume with a pair of antenna.

Stick black dots on a red outfit and you, my friend, are now a ladybug.

3 – Ceiling Fan

No, you don’t have to put together an elaborate costume and hang off the ceiling at every party. You just have to get a white t-shirt and either use a sharpie to draw on the words “Go Ceiling” or even get “Go Ceiling” printed on a t-shirt if you have the time. Your words of support and encouragement for every ceiling at every party you attend is bound to make you a legit ‘Ceiling Fan’.

Another great play on words: ceiling fan.

2 – The Tourist 

Want to look like your new to this part of the world this Halloween and just want to check out the best of everything it has to offer. Well that’s simple, all you need is a t-shirt, sunglasses, a camera and the weirdest looking fannypack you can find. Also looking enthusiastic about everything really adds to the costume.

Add a fanny pack to literally any outfit you already have and you're instantly a tourist.

1 – Bouncers

This costume is perfect for a group of lads who couldn’t really be bothered putting too much effort into a costume. All you need is some black clothing such as black shoes, pants and tshirts. Some sunglasses, mock ear-pieces and stand at some rope at the entrance of every party and you have made the costume complete.

All it takes to be bouncers are black suits, sunglasses, and a rope running between you.

DIY: Make Your Own Social Media Inspired Costumes

Halloween is only a month away and you may not have time to shop for a full costume or you may be struggling to come up with some ideas for what to become on October 31st. If your problem is the latter and you are also a massive fan of using social media then this blog post will be a big help to you. We have found a few ways to become your favourite social media sites this Halloween. These costumes are unique, cost-effective and will definitely be a great conversation topic at a party. 

Facebook

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Instructions:

  • You need a huge amount of cardboard so that you can fit all of the data you need on the front.
  • Cut out a square hole near the top left hand corner. it has to be big enough so you can frame your head in it.
  • Design the rest as you please (either with marker or print outs) with the Facebook logo, About You section, Photos, Status Updates and leave a section blank where people can “write something”.
  • Stick your head in the profile picture hole and carry the cardboard around.

Tip: If you don’t want to carry a piece of cardboard around all night then why not get a big white tshirt and print your Facebook page out on to it. Get people to sign the tshirt at the party on the night and it would make a great keepsake.

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Snapchat

The idea of dressing up as a ghost for Halloween is one of the easiest and oldest fancy dress costumes known to man but why not take the traditional ghost costume and upgrade it to fit into the modern world by becomming the Snapchat ghost.

What you need:

  • White solid cardboard and two pieces of yellow card.
  • White Sheet
  • White T-shirt
  • White Pants
  • String/Rope
  • Scissors
  • Double sided Cellotape

Instructions:

  • Use the double sides tape to help stick the two pieces of yellow card to the white solid cardboard.
  • Pierce a hole near each corner so that you have a place to put the string/rope through.
  • Put the string/rope through the holes. Have enough string/rope so that you can place the cardboard on your back like a school bag.
  • Put the white sheet on and the put the yellow background on like a backpack and then you have become the Snapchat ghost!

Instagram

To make an Instagram costume, you can follow the same instructions as the Facebook costume and you should come up with something like this:

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There’s also another alternative where you can become the Instagram logo with a bit of fashion creativity and arts & crafts.

What You Need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Beige Shirt
  • Materials (cotton or felt) in black, brown, tan, green, blue, red & yellow.
  • Scissors
  • Alphabet Stickers

Instructions:

  • Using the pieces of material re-create the Instagram logo by cutting out pieces of the coloured materials and sticking them on to the beige shirt. Cut them all out before sticking anything on so that you have an idea what it will look like.
  • Stick on the alphabet stickers to say “Instagram” or “#NoFilter” or “Happy Halloween”.

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