This year Halloween was sooooo much fun! I officially walked in the Village Halloween Parade for the first time (most years I would just go to it and be a drunk viewer ha ha). I also had a very scary costume I'm going to tell you about. For my Halloween costume this year, I was a Kuchisake-onna.
"Kuchisake-onna (口裂け女?, "Slit-Mouthed Woman") is a figure appearing in Japanese urban legends. She is a woman who was mutilated by her husband, and returns as a malicious spirit."
This costume idea came about when I have having a conversation with my sister in law Kaori about a kimono I purchased at a thrift store. One thing led to another and she recommended I be a Kuchisake-onna for Halloween. I liked the idea being that I love Japanese culture and horror movies. I couldn't wait to put it all together. This is another great tag team by Kaori and myself, she made my AMAZING Ghost Rider wig for my New York Comic Con cosplay. Below I'll tell you about what she made for this Kuchisake-onna look. If you're ever looking for someone to possibly make cool costumes, molding wigs, or even amazing hair styles for a grand event, hit her up at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and hopefully she'll be available. I only recommend amazing people and she's crazy talented and crafty.
First Kaori made a Japanese Kanzashi hair piece out of 2 metal chopsticks I gave her that I had lying around. She used a belly dancing belt and ripped of some of the coins and beads to create a flower. Looks so legit! I would wear this hair accessory on any given regular day, it's very pretty.
The Kimono I had was kind of small. So we thought it would be best that I wore it over another one, preferably a white one. The only problem is I didn't have a white kimono! Kaori said she would do her best to make one (even though she never had before) and asked me for a twin size sheet set. I found a sheet set that was off white and dropped it off at her place. Before you know it, this happened! She made this photo so you can see which pieces from the bed set were used. I love how she used the pillow case embroidery for the collar. It looks even better in person.
Myself and Kaori both worked on the makeup. I covered myself in white face paint which you can easily find at Walgreens or Duane Reade. A good way to get this makeup to look bold faster and not so oily is to start with a primer and a layer of your own skin tone foundation. This serves as a first layer. After that, you can start applying the white face paint and it goes on smoother and better pigmented. When you're satisfied, take away any shine you don't like with a nice setting powder. I used 2 different tones of red blush for my eyes (because I didn't have red eye shadow with me) and Kaori did the crazy looking slit mouth. We both went crazy with the fake blood all over my outfit and my face and everywhere ha ha it looked so scary and it was fun to do. I used red contacts to give the look an extra demon-ish effect.
My sister-in-law did a messy Nihongami hair style. I'm pretty sure she told me she did this once in beauty school in Japan where she obtained her license. She made it look a bit messy on purpose and pulled out some stray hairs because hello! I was a malicious spirit after all. She did a great job on the look and added some accessories to my hair she made from fabric as well as the Kanzashi.
After I got my hair and makeup done and got dressed, TA-DAH! This was it! The Final look.
(The flip flops also got wrapped in fabric so it looked more realistic. Plastic would have cheapened the costume)
It was soooooo scary! I'm so happy with how it came out and I'm so grateful that my sister-in-law Kaori helped me put it together. It wouldn't have looked so good and authentic without all her skills.
As I mentioned prior, this was my first time actually walking the parade. I went with my friend Mary who did a very cute DIY snow white costume, my sister-in-law Kaori who did a DIY mummy girl and my brother Dean who was a very classic/old school ghost made with a bed sheet (he was also rocking a black bow-tie.) I had so much fun walking around with my friends and seeing other amazing costumes.
Snow White (Mary) and me.
Kuchisake-onna posing with Mummy Girl Kaori's little mummy friends.
Kuchisake-onna and Zombie Princess Leia. Dope makeup job.
This beautiful couple right here. Kaori and my brother Dean the ghost.
Mummy girl with Sylvester and Tweety.
Chillen with the homies.
Snow White x 2.
Loved these playing cards.
Cyclops and The Punisher.
Kim Kardashian broke the Halloween Parade too!
Just a nice group of nuns.
Ran into these pretty ladies for a bit. Paige and Pam looking great.
Subway rides, what a drag.
After the parade we went to eat Thai food at a spot in Queens called Playground. The food was delicious, I would recommend it to a friend.
If you go, you must try the hot bread with thai custard dessert. It's so tasty and great to share with friends.
Good times, with good people. That's already winning right?
What did you dress up as this year? I hope you all had a great Halloween!
Xo Nubia Xo