I got it into my head that I wanted to use some sort of fake hair for my Halloween costume, so I ended up deciding on a bearded lady costume. Once I settled on that idea, I figured I needed to fully commit to being a carny. For me, this meant layers.
The beard and handlebar mustache were pretty easy to find, though, not being used to facial hair, I had some trouble drinking and eating.
For the outfit, I decided I wanted to use my corset, but added a slip and crinoline for a little modesty. While I want to be cute on Halloween, I prefer to avoid trampy. From there I added a pair of red tights, with black fishnets on top, and cowboy boots. I used an old leather belt, some scarves, and bangles to finish off the look. Conveniently, the belt also gave me a place to hang my purse so I didn't have to keep track of it.
I also got a good reaction to the fake tattoo of a ship I put on my shoulder.
The best part of the evening was people's reactions. No one really expects a woman with a beard. The toll booth operator we had on the way to our party tried unsuccessfully to contain his giggles. Overall, I was quite pleased with the result.
I have this fascination with Circus Side Shows, so I decided to go as a Three-legged Side Show performer. I made the skirt from cute polka dot material, wore a vintage bustier, some mis-matched tights, painted my face white with pink cheeks, and topped it all off with a glittery little top hat.
I made the third leg by stuffing a stocking and attaching it to my waist. Since I was bartending that night, the extra limb didn't stay on for too long - every time I turned it swung out and hit something! It was fun though, I got a lot of compliments for my Three-Legged Circus Freak Costume.
Nightgown ($2 from thrift store) Beard ($4 from costume store)
This year our theme was “Circus.” My sister was our bearded lady. This Homemade Bearded Lady Costume is the easiest costume in the world to put together. We found a cheesy nightgown from a thrift store and she wore a beard that matched her hair. Perfection!