Growing up, I never celebrated Halloween. Nobody in Pakistan did. I knew about it watching disney movies and american television. However there was always that underlining of ‘muslims dont celebrate Halloween’. It continued even when I imigrated to US and as a teenager I always made excuses at school to never really be part of it. It always fascinated me though and I loved the creativity that I saw around me. People dressing up as their favorite famous characters, and even funny memes were turned into costumes. I saw people morph into a new personality as they put on the wigs and face paint to complete their Halloween costumes.
I have to give the credit to my sister for making me love Halloween and enjoy being a part of it. It is mostly because she has been throwing her annual halloween party for years now and does a phenomenal job decorating her house and getting into the spirit of things as soon as October arrives. My 3 little nephew and nieces have also been dressing up and that is my biggest reason to wait for Halloween every single year.
Unfortunately Halloween 2020 was cancelled as everyone was struggling to get accustomed to our new life amid the global Covid19 Pandemic. All the parties around the globe were halted, and for good reason as the vaccine weren’t available then and it would have been truly irresponsible to throw a party. We are all in a much better world now with majority of the people fully vaccinated and life can be resumed to some degree. After much contemplation, my sister decided to resume her yearly festivities and invited selected friends to come join her in dressing up for Halloween.
I cant even remember when the idea popped in my head to be a pirate. Ive never seen Pirates of the Caribbean or any pirate related movie in ages, but somehow my heart was set on this. So I started researching costumes and the cheap polyester ones were horrible at the regular party stores. The more theatre level ones available at speciality shops or Etsy were super expensive. In the end I decided to create my own. The only thing I figured I would have to buy would be the eye-patch, the weaponry and possibly a corset.
Browngirlstyles as Ms.Pirate
I got this blouse with the statement sleeves a couple of years ago from Zara and have worn it multiple times. I thought it would make a great base. Then I added a red shirt with an unfinished hem on top of it to give it some color. The corset belt was ordered from Amazon. Here is the link for it. For the accesories, I was lucky that I got everything from the kids costume section at the Dollar Tree! Each of the toy-sword and toygun was available at Dollar Tree. The eye patch was available at Dollar Tree as well.
I wish I had taken a full video in detail of my costume, but we were in a hurry and the party was getting started with people coming in, so a few shots were all we got.
The Hostess with the Mostest: Sana aka Mommy.inlove on IG
Sana’s costume as Cruella de Vil was a massive success! from the black & white wig to the makeup to the costume, she absolutely nailed it.
The Halloween Decor
We transformed the living room in the spooky central, but also that is something functional to display the amazing array of food that everyone brought. The black & ombre Pink ballon garland was designed by Sana to compliment the lighter themed Halloween this year with hints of pinks & pastel with the spooky black.