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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Posts Tagged “Halloween”

Halloween: How to make a bird costume

I was a bird for my Halloween potluck, and the costume was surprisingly easy and inexpensive. You need:

  • a bag of feathers
  • some fabric
  • hair pins
  • sewing materials
  • duct tape
  • tulle
  • ribbon/belt
  • brown leggings
  • brightly-colored shirt, long sleeves
  • brightly-colored skirt

I made a feather fascinator for my hair by sewing feathers onto a piece of plain white fabric. Then I pinned it into my hair. I’m most proud of this aspect of my costume, since an Etsy search for “feather fascinator” revealed some beautiful but scarily intricate creations. (See a crazy one here, also one here.)

Feather fascinator

Fascinator, front view, rotated oddly and the photo software not cooperating

Fascinator back view

I made the tail with some tulle which I bunched together, the longer pieces on the bottom. After sewing it fast at the top, I sewed the entire tail to a fabric belt I have and used that to tie it around my waist over brown-legging-bird-legs and skirt.

Tail attached to belt

Tail/belt close-up

The wings began as two strips of fabric sewn into rectangles. I duct taped feathers all along the length of the fabric, then sewed the wings duct-tape-side-down along the sleeves of the shirt.

A wing, flipped up

Duct tape/wing underside close-up

Wing sewed onto shirt sleeve and flipped down

For make-up I used:

  • False eyelashes, with two small feathers from my feather bag glued on the outsides of the lashes
  • colorful shadow and a precise make-up brush

You can sort of see the bird make-up in this picture...


And voila! You are a bird!

Halloween Costumes

Every year, I try to think of a clever Halloween costume. For some reason, this is usually extremely difficult. I cobble something together at the last minute. (see last year). When I see what my friends have invented, I’m always impressed.

Though Oct 31 is this Monday, I went to a Halloween potluck last night. Some of the awesome costumes I saw:

  • Two crayons — complete with conical party hats for the tips
  • The Incredibles
  • Juno
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • A steampunk villain — which I completely called as I tried to explain how a top hat and spray-painted Nerf gun comprised a steampunk aesthetic
  • Lady Godiva and a chocolate box
  • The girl with a dragon tattoo
  • Where is Waldo?
  • two Cat in the Hats

This year, I had no ideas. When my boyfriend found a pirate hat and decided pirate it was, I decided to go as a parrot. I bought a huge bag of feathers, waited until the last minute to construct my costume… then sewed feathers for two hours before the potluck. It worked better than I thought it would.

The difference between high school and college? I usually didn’t do too much to mark the occasion in high school, so dressing up wasn’t that big a deal. Now I still don’t like to go overboard, but I love events like this costume potluck since college students tend to go all out with Halloween costumes. I felt like I had to put a little effort into my costume to hold my own.

What are some other creative Halloween costumes you’ve seen?

Halloween, sort of: alternatives to drinking

Demetri Martin has a thing about adding “sort of” after certain phrases. The case of “Halloween” does not actually fit in with the joke, but we did have Halloween sort of, so I thought… Actually, never mind.

Halloween was this past Sunday, as I’m sure you know, but everyone seemed to celebrate on Saturday–except Butler University. Last year on Halloween, I went to Lambda Chi Alpha‘s fairly terrifying haunted house. Afterwards, my this-year-roommate and I went to Atherton Union to watch the scary movies and eat the free candy. Well, we mostly just pretended to watch the movie for a bit and smuggled Reese’s Pieces out in her babushka costume head scarf.

This year? Nada. Sure, there are parties, but I don’t drink, and as nice as it is to see everyone and admire all the creative costumes, I’m not going to hang around once people start up with all that. So we minced off to Atherton, hoping to fulfill our “we have to do something–it’s Halloween!” expectations. And there was nothing.

I’m not sure whether turnout last year was poor, or if all University-sponsored programs were earlier in the day (but it was before midnight), or if there were no programs because it was not actually Halloween on Saturday, but I was disappointed there were no late-night, non-alcoholic programs. Maybe I just missed it?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel pressured to drink. There are plenty–plenty–of things to do that don’t involve alcohol. Butler generally does a good job of programming these sorts of events: In fact, some think we are over-programmed. But still. It was Halloween sort of.

However, we still had cute costumes:

I went as Y Ball Eiffel Tower, of Laban Movement Choir fame. Very low key. Mildly witty, if you are in on the joke (as all dance majors are). Perfect.

Nancy Drew and the Case of the Missing Emeralds by Star Fountain.

Afterwards, I hung out with a friend. There might have been apple cider involved.