Creative Ways to Accessorize Your Halloween Costume!

Halloween is one of Blue Door Beads’ favorite holidays! Not only does it mean getting the chance to transform yourself into whatever, goblin, ghost, or other ghoulie you like, but you also have the opportunity to get super glam instead — or at least come up with a costume idea that you can embellish with fun accessories!

It’s definitely not too early to start working on your Halloween costume. Although it may be tricky to dress up your look if you plan to be a mummy or Frakenstein, we did think up a few costumes that could benefit from having a few items of jewelry added to them! Check ’em out:

Costume: Carmen Miranda, a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. Famous for colorfully over-the-top costumes, including bright & bold jewelry that often incorporated fruit.
Fun accessory: Fruitastic necklace, bracelet, or earrings — or all three!

Photo courtesy of classicflix.com.

Photo courtesy of classicflix.com.

Carmen Miranda jewelry set available through DevilishDollDesigns on Etsy.

Carmen Miranda jewelry set available through DevilishDollDesigns on Etsy.

 

Costume: 80’s girl, like Alyssa Milano from “Who’s The Boss?” The epitome of 80’s teenage girl chic, Alyssa knew how to rock the crazy sweaters, leg warmers, and neon-colored jewelry!
Fun accessory: Hot pink earrings.

Photo courtesy of AveryBethDesigns.

Photo courtesy of AveryBethDesigns.

To make these fun earrings, we took a silver earrings component, then applied Vintaj Patina Paint in Ruby. Super easy!

To make these fun earrings, we took silver-colored earrings components, then applied Vintaj Patina Paint in Ruby. Super easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costume: Gypsy or fortune teller. Both costumes lend themselves well to piling on lots of vintage-looking rings and bangle bracelets, but you can also get more exotic with your jewelry choices and try out some unique items!
Fun accessories: Chain headpieces (embellish with as many layers of chains as you like) or ring-bracelet combos.

Photo found on Pinterest via flickr.com

Photo found on Pinterest via flickr.com

We created this headpiece using nickel-free brass chain and a large filigree component, all from Vintaj.

We created this headpiece using nickel-free brass chain and a large filigree component, all from Vintaj.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-bracelet combo courtesy of CameronCouture on Etsy.

Ring-bracelet combo courtesy of CameronCouture on Etsy.

The Blue Door Beads version!

We decided to make our own version that laid a little flatter on the hand, and wasn’t as likely to get snagged on the tools we work with!

 

Costume: Flower child/Hippie. Go all-out with patchwork or tie-dyed clothes, braids in your hair, John Lennon sunglasses, and lots of nature-inspired jewelry.
Fun accessories: feather jewelry and braided headbands with fun embellishments, like charms & tassels.

Hippie costume available through costumecraze.com

Hippie costume available through costumecraze.com

Braided headband photo found on Vogue & Vodka on  Tumblr.

Braided headband photo found on Vogue & Vodka on Tumblr.

Peacock necklace available through Cloud9Jewels on Etsy.

Peacock necklace available through Cloud9Jewels on Etsy.

 

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Boo-tiful Jewelry for Halloween!

Blue Door Beads owner Sara (wearing bee earrings!) and her baby bee, Ainsley.

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Blue Door Beads. Sure, it doesn’t feature a food-coma-inducing meal like other holidays (I’m lookin’ at you, Turkey Day!), but we like the fact that Halloween inspires folks to get creative in so many ways. People pull out all the stops when it comes to carving pumpkins, hosting haunted houses, and — of course — dressing up in fabulous costumes!

Blue Door Beads manager Lydia (right) and her best friend, Erin, on Halloween, 1993.

We believe that, as adults, it is just as important to enjoy the whimsy of the holiday now as it was when we were kids. We here at Blue Door Beads have been busy getting festive, and we wanted to show you some terrific Halloween jewelry to get you inspired to make your own ghoulish pieces! Whether you are heading to a Halloween party, dressing up for a costume contest at work, or just handing out candy to the kiddos at your front door, wearing some spooky accessories will definitely get you in the Halloween spirit.

Click any of the photos below to be taken to the artist’s inspiring Etsy store.

Happy Halloween!

Little Pumpkins by AFineDistraction on Etsy.

Skull necklace by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Spider Necklace by MegaloDesigns on Etsy.

Black Cat Necklace by iceblues on Etsy.

Halloween Bracelet by LaidBackHippie on Etsy.