I'm not sure how I came up with the idea for this dead mermaid costume, it just sort of happened. The net and the fake grass/seaweed was bought from a craft store. I used fishing line to tie all the junk (chunks of the grass, cans, old bobbers, and seashells that had a hole drilled through them) to the net.
I also tied some grass and shells to some hair clips to make it look like it was stuck in my hair. I used some cheap Halloween makeup to make me look dead and put a bruised and bloody line around my neck where the net had "choked me". The net was just safety pinned together around my neck. It was a little last minute so I just went out and bought a mermaid costume for the tail effect, but just used a bathing suit top I already had.
Someone at the Halloween party was dressed as a creepy fisherman, so it made for a great contrast!
Mermaid Princess, not Ariel. My daughter had the desire to be Ariel for Halloween last year when she was 6 yrs. old but I just couldn't bring myself to buy her the huge red wigs little girls wear to pull off being Ariel. Also so many of the mermaid costumes are slightly immodest for children. So with a little smooth talking and promises of a little candy she agreed that we could make her a beautiful Mermaid Princess costume.
I took her shopping with me for the fabric and let her pick out colors she favored. Then I let her participate each step of the way during the construction process until completion.
She was so happy when it was finished and it turned out wonderful and completely modest for the young 6 year old she was. She loved that it fit her so perfectly and it made her feel so special.
Also,I was extremely happy that I pulled off not having to buy the wig!
This costume was used for Halloween and for Savannah Rose's 9th birthday party which was themed UNDER THE SEA.
The Mermaid tail is a special home made tail from Merfolks of FoxMoon Productions. They specialize in making Realistic (swimming) mermaid tails and fins according to your measurements.
The shell and pearl in the picture was made by me. The shell back was a piece of board cut and painted to look like a shell. I than attached it to the top of a painted snow toboggan to match. I painted a small gazing ball for a pearl.
Since the tail is a swimming tail and not walking tail, for Halloween trick or treating, I bolted the Shell to a base of a wagon, that was painted and decorated to look under the sea. We used a sand pail as a treat bag. She was a hit at the costume parade and at the pool!