Skeletons and Shocktails

My 22 year old daughter's friends were discussing what costumes they were going to buy for a Halloween party and she told them she was going to paint hers.

She announced that she didn't think growing up she ever had a costume from the store.  While her friends seemed shocked by that, her tone didn't sound as if she felt the least bit deprived due to that fact.

So she bought a $12.96 black dress from H&M, the same store my awesome tea towels came from, and used a pair of black leggins she already had.

First she took white chalk and outlined her skeletal profile to sort of proportionately fit where those bones lined up on her.

After she chalked all the bones on she took regular craft paint in grey, black and white, and started filling in and shading the bones to give them a three dimensional look.

She brushed the chalk off and when it was done it looked amazing.  I was so impressed with it.

She did the front, the back and down the length of the sleeves.

She also bought a pair of black shoes from the thrift store and painted those.

She glowed nicely under the black lights with her ratted hair.

Pay no attention to that wolf disguised as a gramma in the back ground or Little Red's basket and glowing leg behind the skeleton.

The night of the party she put it on then painted her shoulders and the rest of the vertebra right up her neck onto her face.

She was awarded a 3rd place cupcake liner award ribbon but by that time she had a shocktail or two in her boney body.

I'd tell 'ya more, but we do have rules.......

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  1. That is an AMAZING costume! What mad painting skills!

  2. OH that is awesome! What a great costume...she did a wonderful job on it!

  3. She looks fabulous, what a wonderful job she did.

  4. Her costume is even anatomically correct! Really amazing artwork. And the drink table is pretty darn awesome, too!!

  5. Holy cow! That is impressive!
    xo Heidi

  6. She's so talented and clever (wonder where she gets that?). Shocktails look like my kind of libation!!! Can't wait to see more!

  7. I'm in awe. And I can see that the wolf dressed as gramma is seriously checking out your daughter's bones ...


  8. WOW. her costume is amazing! and my costumes were always home made and my mom usually makes my kids costumes now, too!

  9. That may be the coolest costume I've ever seen. And whoa...that face...


  10. Fantastic and creative!! Guess the apple didn't fall far from THAT tree!

  11. This is amazing! Such talent! SPOOKY!!! I love it! Happy Haunting! Leena

  12. That was one fantastic costume! Love the "shocktails". You are so clever girl!

  13. can i just say WOW!!! the acorn does not fall too fall from the creative tree.....

  14. Very creative and talented daughter you have. Great job in painting that costume.
    Like Mother, like daughter ... clever.
    Thanks ...
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  15. I'm blown away at her creativity! That could easily be featured in a magazine. Did she come up with that idea on her own? It's wonderful! She is quite an artist. I don't have a "drawing" bone in my body. No pun intended. LOL! Now, what I want to know is, if she won 3rd place, who or what won 1st place?! I want to see it.

  16. best costume ever! wow! third place? show us first and second! :)

  17. Wow, I'd pat her on the back but I don't want to jar her bones. Speaking of which, those foot bones look mighty familiar. The toes especially. Fabulous costume and I cannot imagine who won 1st and 2nd, but they must have slipped you some cash. Or shocktails. Loved Grandma in the background too. :)

  18. Make no bones about it, that is the coolest costume. Your daughter has proven again how talented she is with a paint brush.

    Love the shocktail station!

  19. Wow, Bliss she sure is talented and very creative. This one cool costume!!


  20. Your daughter is pretty talented! Very cool!

  21. That skeleton costume is better than any she could have possibly bought in the store. My kids almost never bought costumes from the store either... comes from having a creative mother! Love the costume and the party looks like fun too! .... Shocktails? LOL

  22. She most certainly has your talent, that skeletal details are done very well, looks way better than store bought and adding those boots, right on!! Give her a prize!!

  23. That's got to be the best skeleton costume - EVER, and the painted face is seriously A-MAZ-ING !
    And she only got third place ? Is that because she was one of the hosts !

  24. Outstanding! I can't believe she didn't win 1st place ~

    She is so talented...and very creative. I think you should make her a blue ribbon or a 1st place trophy. :)


  25. The apple clearly doesn't fall far from the tree!! She is so artistic!! Looks like a wicked party! Heh heh.

    1. Thanks. Wicked yes depending on how much potions one consumed!
      Did you know you are a no-reply blogger? If you want help fixing that, drop me a note and I will point you in the direction of an easy tutorial that will help you fix it.

  26. Wow. That is seriously impressive!! I bought my kids premade costumes from the consignment sale this year. :) (Don't tell them.)

  27. Wow! Your daughter has talent!!! Who wants a pre-made costume when you can have one like that!? (And for what it's worth, I think the wolf dressed like grandma was pretty creative, too!)
    Thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow. Hope to see you again this week!
    ~ Brooke ~


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