Are you ready for this year’s costume? I don’t even know where to begin because it’s always a tough one with our daughter.
I always have to start out her costumes with a plain dress and she gravitates towards villains, she’s very opinionated about her Halloween costumes. Other darker character costumes I’ve created for her are a dark angel costume, sad clown costume, soccer zombie, maleficent costume, sugar skull costume, and apocalypse costume.
I thought the Queen of Hearts would be the perfect costume for her but when I showed her the photos again of the Queen in the latest Alice in Wonderland movie played by Helena Bonham Carter, she almost lost it and was beside herself how ugly she is. When I showed her my red wig that I had leftover from my adult Elmo costume (see a small photo of the outfit at the bottom of this post HERE) she was starting to like the idea. I had to promise her that we’d come up with our own version of a Queen of Hearts Halloween costume.
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Additional costume supplies:
- red and yellow duct tape
- playing cards (HERE)
- a cape
- I already had the dress, crown which I originally bought in Germany but you could use this one HERE or HERE
- face paint
- adult red wig I already had as well
- you can also add a scepter but we didn’t
Like I mentioned above, our daughter had sensory issues at the time and that’s the reason I skipped dress details and costume accessories like lace, tulle, tutu, hoop skirt and petticoat. It would be way too itchy for her.
In my head I mapped out a combination of all the inspirational images I found of the Queen of Hearts and I felt like I really wanted to include the yellow and black dress detail from the cartoon and that is where the duct tape came in place. I started laying out a pattern, drew a line in the middle, and cut the line. After that, I taped red duct tape together on my kitchen countertop, measured a rectangle of the size heart I wanted on her chest, drew a heart on the duct tape within that rectangle, and lifted it all off my countertop so I could cut it. I used regular craft scissors to cut out the shape and pasted the hearts on the chest of the dress.
Here is what I ended up with and it wasn’t all that exact, to be honest but it was ok in the end:
I also used the playing cards to tape them to the collar of the cape with black duct tape which you can see in the upcoming photos. I taped them together on the back of the cards with the duct tape and then glued them with superglue to some cardboard which then was taped to the cape with duct tape again.
Queen of Hearts Makeup
For her makeup I used THIS paint again and ended up doing a simple version of the Queen’s makeup with a white face, blue eye shadow, black eyebrows and eyeliner, a black heart mole and a heart shape on her lips with red lipstick:
Over the makeup part, she had a major fit because the dress was bothering her again. I guess even a muumuu wasn’t cutting it this time. I ended up having to redo the white face paint twice because she was crying and flipping out. Ugh, I’m sure it’s so hard to imagine for parents whose kids can wear just about anything. She can’t and she is still driving me insane, especially when I put a lot of work and thought into something like this.
(Also if you like doing Halloween makeup as much as I do then also check out her forest elf costume and makeup.)
I was thrilled about how it turned out but I’m not sure about her.
I told her to smile but she said that the Queen is miserable and doesn’t smile….she’s definitely right about that.
My husband and I loved it but guess what she is doing now? Sitting in her room cutting up sweat pants so she can make her own comfortable Zombie outfit (What happened to want to be a princess?). I don’t know if I should laugh or cry about it. I’m glad she wants to be creative in her own way but also upset that she can’t just put this one on. Did you notice in the photo that I had to stick the cape on the wall because she couldn’t even handle wearing it on her shoulders? Sensory issues galore here again and my nerves are wearing really really thin.
Besides what my daughter thinks, do you like it?