If you’ve never made a costume, but want to, Halloween is the perfect time to get started! You have a little under one month to get everything together — but where should you start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! This guide has all the resources you need for wigs, contacts, and costume tutorials.
Wigs can be a crucial part of really getting into the character you are channeling. Unless your character has the same color hair that you do, I recommend trying a wig. If you wear a quality wig, they look like real hair and aren’t itchy or uncomfortable. Wigs can totally transform your identity — you may find them addicting! Here’s my favorite guide to wearing wigs. Don’t forget your wig cap!
- Arda Wigs – My go-to for thick, beautiful, high-quality wigs.
- Epic Cosplay – I’ve heard great things about the wigs from here!
- Gothic Lolita Wigs – A favorite for lolita or celebrity wigs.
- Lockshop – I just ordered my first wig from them, so excited! They are based somewhere in Europe so the shipping is a little pricey.
- Ebay – These tend to be cheaper, but buyer beware! Sometimes the wigs are terrible. Be sure to research sellers! They also tend to ship from China, so if you use this option, get it quick or it’ll come in too late.
If you’re planning on creepy special effects lenses or just want to change your eye color for the night, colored contact lenses are a great option. I have not personally used any of the sites below yet, but they all come highly recommended by friends or cosplayers I know. Always look for reviews before you buy contacts and absolutely be safe with them! My guide on circle lenses has more information on how to wear and store contact lenses.
Costuming Tutorials & Resources
- Getting started – how to collect references, decide if you should make, buy or modify, and so on.
- If you’re buying pieces, Amazon is great for finding specific items, like my favorite Fionna socks. If you’re making something last-minute and you’re a Prime user, you can get it to your door in 2 days!
- How to make foam armor. Craft foam is a costumer’s best friend!
- Cosplay cleavage tutorial for that va-va-voom look!
- Arm socks instead of body paint — great for any character that isn’t human-colored.
- Mango Siren did a wonderful video on how to get started with cosplay or costuming.
- Minecraft cosplay tips!
- If you don’t want to make your costume, Spirit Halloween is probably the best Halloween store.
- Learning how to sew? Burda Style has lots of great tutorials, including this one on modifying a pattern.