Halloween Costume How-To Resources and Credits


Produced by Andy Lien, Morgan Ross, & Brett Dorrian
Written by Brett Dorrian

Halloween is just around the corner. For one night, you can be whoever you want to be, and everything is fair game. For some, it’s a night to see and be seen. For others, it’s simply having a good time while you step out of your comfort zone of wardrobe and mannerisms, to take a leap into a character’s shoes (figuratively and literally). Some people plan for Halloween for months beforehand as a meticulously anticipated event (cue the creepy organ and brain Jello molds). But, some people jump on the bandwagon of participation last minute (cue the ‘what’s in my closet…’ costume). No matter what your style is, the sky is the limit as to what you could go as.

My time training for Character and Special Effects Design in L.A. taught me about how every character needs a back story. One of the most imaginative things you can do to enhance your character when dressing up is to figure out their walk of life. It’s not just a black eye–she was injured in a car crash after her heart was broken and she drove away crying in a blizzard.

Heavy? Of course. Interesting? Definitely.

Then I got to see the evolution of the grand madness of Halloween enthusiasm during my 2.5 years as the Haunted Basement’s Special Effects Makeup Designer. People were hungry to learn easy makeup techniques for their Halloween ideas. Between that and the rise of October events in the Twin Cities over the past few years, Halloween designs have become both exciting and daunting. People came to my studio asking, “Well what should I be and how do I do that?”

Thus, we present you with this Halloween How-To resource guide. Inspired by popular shows and characters, we have put together accessible ideas for your makeup and costume options this season. Whether you are on a budget, don’t have a lot of time, want something easy, or want to go all out, there’s something for everyone. You can be ghoulishly sexy, terrifyingly gorey, smartly dressed, or fantastically funny. Your world awaits.

Happy Haunting!


Click on any link below to view Lavender’s Halloween Issue:

The Walking Dead
Snow White & Prince Charming
Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Watson

Mad Men
The Real Housewives of Hennepin County
The Avengers
True Blood


Halloween How-To Credits:



Brett Dorrian – Owner and Lead Artist
Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios
Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios is an award-winning and published media makeup and photography studio in St. Paul, offering services for weddings, portraits, events, spray tanning, editorial, character/FX, theater, film, and classes.

Weddings | Portraits | Events | Private Lessons | Editorial | Character/SFX | Theater | Film
1595 Selby Ave, Ste 111
St. Paul, MN  55104



Norcostco is a supplier of costumes, mascots, theatrical makeup, wigs, props, manufacturer of stage drops and draperies, rigging systems, fog machines and atmospheric effects, intercoms, paint and painting supplies, platforms, special effects, stage lighting, lamps, dimming systems, automated lighting, and stage hardware. In a day where good service seems like a rare find, Norcostco prides itself in providing customers with highest quality customer service. Norcostco been serving customers since 1884 and its reputation has been based on quality products, fast response, and customer care.

825 Rhode Island Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426


Halloween Express in Maplewood

Halloween Express in Maplewood is the year-round, one-stop costume shop that gets new product in daily. The inventory is impressive: 800 wigs in stock; over 600 different hats; over 100 different pairs of eyeglasses; over 150 Masquerade/Venetian style masks; over 500 different styles of hosiery (includes adults, plus size adults, and children); over 100 styles of shoes and boots in stock (and they carry special sizing in some styles up to size 14); over a thousand different  adult costumes (including hundreds of plus size costumes); over 500 different costumes for kids; over 400 overhead masks; and thousands of costume accessories as well as props, decorations, and costumes for pets.

2839 White Bear Ave N
Maplewood, MN 55109

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