Perhaps, I like Halloween vampire costumes so much, because some of my books are about vampires. Honestly, I would love to dress up as Aurélie, the main vampire character in my debut novel Aurélie Survival. It would be such a cool idea to have a Halloween party themed with your favorite horror or fantasy book characters.
So, since Halloween is approaching, let’s look at some great costumes you could use to dress up as your favorite book characters. Besides browsing through them, you can also add your personal touches, of course. Wouldn’t it be great to re-create this slightly mad face of Bellatrix Lestrange (from the Harry Potter books) – I loved the actress by the way. Although Helena Bonham Carter played an evil character, she did it so well that I enjoyed watching her. She was quite a convincing Bellatrix, don’t you think?
Or imagine dressing up as Snape, Maxi the troll from the Timewalker series, Willie Wonka from the Chocolate Factory (I thought he was creepy …), but back to vampires now.
Any of the vampires that dwelt in Armand’s coven in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire looked terrifying to me, especially the one that was sliced in half in the movie … Remember that scene?
Or Ysidro from Those who Hunt the Night is also pretty scary. He is an unapologetic killer, yet he still manages to charm the reader … that’s a dangerous combination.
Of course, our beloved (or feared) Count Dracula from Bram Stoker can’t miss the party. This famous Gothic novel truly captured the fear this ancient creature inspired, remaining with the reader long after he/she puts the book down.
To look like him, you can get the typical vampire cape, of course, but instead I would use a long, red cloak for a more dramatic effect, and base my persona on Gary Oldman’s Dracula. He was such a wonderful combination of a bloodcurdling monster and a tragic, doomed lover.
I am also going to add Penelope, a character I created in the Aurélie books and who plays an important part in Lucan’s tale of immortality. Penelope picks her victims injudiciously; she does not care who she drinks blood from, young, old, evil or good.
Since she is the fount of the vampires, she is ancient, and it shows in her appearance; most of her veins are visible through her thin, parchment, and ghastly white skin; the irises of her eyes have merged with the whites over the millennia, turning her eyes into two white orbs. Although this makes her appear blind, she possesses sharp, excellent vision. She can render you powerless with the sheer strength of her mind.
Some readers have commented that Penelope is scary, which was what I aimed to achieve. She is represented on the cover of Lucan part 2 (see the book image below).
Making a costume to look like her should be easy enough. You need a long, white dress, and throw some dust, ashes, and grayish spiderwebs on it to make it look old. Then you apply white make up on your face, chest, arms, and hands, and for better effect trace some veins with a red lip liner or a blue eyeliner, or something else that does the job.
Throw some ashes on your hair to make it look as if you just stepped out from a tomb (Penelope lives in old city catacombs). And there you have it, a frightening vampire stares back at you from the mirror.
Don’t forget the fake fangs 😉
No, I don’t mean, drinking someone’s blood, then offering him or her your own blood to turn them into a new vampire 😉 , but how about picking a character from a book (or movie) and dressing up as them in vampire attire?
You could be a vampire cheerleader; a bloodsucking headmaster; a real estate salesman with terrifying fangs who lures his victims into a house showing; a vampire Miss Romania, or Miss Transylvania 1922 for example 😉 . You can get really creative here.
Sometimes, the same vampire outfits get boring. So, spruce it up a little with some creativity.
I hope that these tips are helpful! And if you’re not going to a Halloween party, you can still curl up on the couch with a scary vampire book and spend a chilling night.
If you have any other suggestions for Halloween, please let me know in the comments. The more ideas we can share, the better 🙂
Thank you for reading!
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