Halloween How-To: Inspired by True Blood

By Lavender October 17, 2013

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True Blood is the world where it’s sexy to be a vampire AND it’s sexy to be a werewolf.  You can wear anything that you can imagine beautiful fantasy creatures slinking off into the night in.  This can be a costume idea for an individual or for a group.

As opposed to our genre friends, the zombies, vampires and werewolves are pristine and lovely on the eye.  This is a great costume idea for anyone wanting to look more appealing than appalling.  You may want a wig to up the fun factor or to portray a specific character on the show.  Otherwise, you just decide whether or not you’re the one doing the biting or if you’ve been bitten.  Ve vant to suck your blood!

Photography: Mike Hnida
Models: Black Hearts Burlesque and Twin Cities Leather – Left to right: Paul Bigot and Kyle Truss as werewolves; Karri Plowman as Alcide; Dahlia Dulce as Sookie; Mistress Victoria Deville as Lafayette; Lucy Furr as Bill; Dominique D’mure as Ginger; Skip St. Skip as Eric; Josephine Belle as Tara; Elektra Cute as Pam; Fiona Flameteaser as Jessica; Buck Wilde as Jason; and Luke Wallrich as Sam.
Location: Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis
Makeup/Hair: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios

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What to Get:

Costumes: Models sourced their own clothing from their closets and thrift stores. For the wereworlves and shifters, the leather pants, shirts, and harnesses are available at Twin Cities Leather for $130 to $250 with free tailoring with purchase; Pup Hood is $275, also available from Twin Cities Leather.

Realistic and custom fit for you, Scarecrow Vampire Fang kits are available at Norcostco, $15.00.

Available from Halloween Express in Maplewood: Thor’s Wig on Ginger, $16.99; Sexy Super Model Wig on Pam, $16.99; Rasta Wig on Tara, $12.99.

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All About Blood How-To

Light Cuts: Use Ben Nye Thick Blood to create light wounds. Simply drag Thick Blood across the skin with a palette knife to create light cuts.  The product dries enough to stay on for the night.  Remember, no surface on the body is flat–it’s a 3-D form–so that means no cut is straight, it should have a bit of a curve to it to look realistic.

Blood Splatters:  Use an old toothbrush or stiff bristle brush to create soft blood splatters around wounds.  Just dip into liquid blood, point it toward the area, then pull your thumb in toward you to make the blood flick out of the brush.

Dripped Blood:  Take a lip brush (or on a budget/at home, use a popsicle stick or straw) and dip it into the liquid blood without scraping excess off.  Then hold it against the area that you want to have blood drip out of.  Do it repeatedly until you have the amount of desired blood.

Bloody Clothes and Dirt:  You can stomp your costume into the dirt outside ahead of time, and then change into it.  If you’re going to go all out with liquid blood for your clothing, we suggest doing those finishing touches outdoors just before you leave, or once you arrive at your destination. Plan to use towels or a sheet to sit on in your car if you’re traveling to your Halloween party AFTER you do blood and dirt.  Be cognizant of bloody footprints if you plan to be indoors.

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How-To Install Your Own Vampire Fangs

Get some high quality fangs that you mold to your teeth for a customized fit and repeated use. We used Scarecrow Vampire Fang kits and everything you need is included in the box.

See photo steps below:  

Halloween_Fangs_True-Blood-11. Mix up one capsule of powder and 4 drops of liquid into the container with one end of the stirring stick.  Once it begins to set up like thick toothpaste, then scrape half of it into the open space on the false vampire fang.

Halloween_Fangs_True-Blood-22. You must curl your lip up out of place and suck a breath or two in so that the saliva dries off of your teeth.  Carefully place the fang over your tooth and push into place.  It’s ok if any excess amounts of the dental molding material ooze out.

Halloween_Fangs_True-Blood-3-43. & 4. Be sure not to move the fang once it’s in place or you will create space in the mold and it may not set correctly.  Let it set for approximately 15 minutes.  After it has set, you can push the fangs forward until you hear a click and then you can simply remove them.  The fangs are now molded to your teeth and can be taken off and on with ease.  There are two sizes of fangs – large and small.   The small are easier to wear for a prolonged amount of time.

 

Halloween How-To Credits:

Inspired by True Blood

Photography: Mike Hnida

Models: Black Hearts Burlesque and Twin Cities Leather – Left to right: Paul Bigot and Kyle Truss as werewolves; Karri Plowman as Alcide; Dahlia Dulce as Sookie; Mistress Victoria Deville as Lafayette; Lucy Furr as Bill; Dominique D’mure as Ginger; Skip St. Skip as Eric; Josephine Belle as Tara; Elektra Cute as Pam; Fiona Flameteaser as Jessica; Buck Wilde as Jason; and Luke Wallrich as Sam.

Black Hearts Burlesque presents We’re All Going To Hell: A Black Hearts’ Halloween and you can find out more about the Black Hearts on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackheartsburlesque

Twin Cities Leather is a community cafe and leather/kink retailer based in Minneapolis.  TCL takes pride in being a business run by kinky people–for kinky people. Find out more at www.twincitiesleather.com.

Makeup/Hair/Wigs/Special Effects by Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios – Brett Dorrian, Sarah Fisher, Meghan Wick, and Kristine Loehrer. Promotion:  In studio or on-site makeup and hairstyling available for parties and black tie events.

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