Day of the Dead Couples Costume
Steve and I decided to go all out for Halloween this year with a Day of the Dead couples costume. There’s a whole boring backstory, but the gist of it is that it wasn’t supposed to be so elaborate, but it snowballed and became a whole thing. Which is what we do. Every time.
My costume is made up of a vintage embroidered dress that belonged to my mom in the ’70s or early ’80s, a paper flower necklace, a paper crown made from used sticky notes from work and a floaty piece of black fabric as a veil, and a bone belt that I made. I made a template (you can download the SVG file here) and cut it from cardstock using my Cricut Explore. I then placed the cardstock over white vinyl and pounced on some black fabric paint. I cut it out and attached it to some wide turquoise elastic, using stiff black felt behind it to help keep it’s shape.
Steve’s jacket was from a thrift store, and we painted bones and flames on it several years ago when we did a different Dias de los Muertos costume. This year he added a sombrero and bandolier loaded with Pez and Dum-Dums. The bandolier is made from faux leather with a strip of elastic over it that is stitched every inch or so. I should have made the spacing a bit tighter because the Pez kept slipping out (that’s why several of them are double-packed in this picture).
We got so many compliments on our costumes, and it was really fun to go all out! I think we will continue to add to these over the years, too!