Coolest Winifred Sanderson – Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus is hands down my all time favourite halloween movie. I have loved it since I was a kid and still watch it every year around this time! Obviously I knew I had to do Winnifred at some point, so I found two friends who wanted to do Sarah and Mary and we got started.
I started looking for pieces for this costume in August. I ended up buying a renaissance fair type dress/costume that I cut appart, decorated, and added the collar and front ties for the overcoat part of the dress. The overcoat took a long while to do, first I added gold glitter glue designs down both sides in random shapes, then I re-enforced the gold corset string in the front. Next I created a collar that would stand up by covering an old cereal box with green fabric, we then sewed it to the overcoat of the dress.
The dress underneath was a purple prom dress from a thrift store. I cut the bottom of it in long slits and added red mesh fabric in the slits. I had green and black striped tights I bought from the halloween store, and purple mesh fingerless gloves from the dollar store. My friend, pictured above as Sarah did the sewing, she also sewed each of us a hooded cape in matching colours to our costumes to wear outside.
My hair was a child’s Merida wig that I styled to look like Winnie’s, it took a while to get it just how I wanted it, and I luckily have a small head because it was tight! The makeup took the longest for this costume, if you are an avid Hocus Pocus fan you’ll know Winnie doesn’t have any eyebrows! I used spirit gum to cover my own eyebrows followed by cover up the same colour as my skin, I practiced this once before the actual evening so I would know what I was doing! It was pretty hilarious to look and see no eyebrows! After that the lip was important, but very easy!
I made the book out of a ceral box that I painted, and used clay to make the snakes. It was pretty cool and added a lot to the costume. Finally we made our brooms out of three sticks and a bunch of bull rush type things from the side of the road, they looked really authentic. This costume took A LOT of work but was so so so worth it in the end, however sadly our third member, Mary decided to bail on us at the last minute – so be careful who you do your group with!
Everyone loved it and knew who we were, it was a great party!