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How to Make a Vampire Costume

You’ll need more than just fake fangs and a Bela Lugosi impersonation to pull off a convincing vampire.


  • Step 1: Pick a formal black outfit Pick an elegant black dress or a formal black suit from your closet, or find one in a used clothing store.
  • Step 2: Secure fangs Buy plastic vampire fangs and a rubber bat from a costume shop. Make sure the fangs fit comfortably over your upper teeth.
  • TIP: Spring for moldable fangs and follow the instructions to make them stay securely in place all night.
  • Step 3: Whiten your face After dressing, wash your face and then apply white powder with a puff or brush.
  • Step 4: Highlight your lips Highlight your lips by making them very pale with a light dusting of face powder, or very dark with a deep red, purple, or black lipstick.
  • TIP: To make your face look even freakier, buy colored contacts—especially a disturbing color, like red, or a shade that is the opposite of your normal coloring.
  • Step 5: Do your hair Slick your hair back with pomade or gel. If it’s long, put it in a ponytail.
  • Step 6: Use fake blood Dribble a drop or two of fake blood from the corners of your lips, and dot two small drops on your neck, spaced to look like fang puncture wounds.
  • TIP: You can purchase fake blood from most costume shops, or make your own with a few drops of corn syrup, red food coloring, and soy sauce.
  • Step 7: Don your cape Don your cape with a flourish, and start practicing replacing your Ws with Vs.
  • FACT: Bram Stoker’s character Dracula was based on Prince Vlad Tepes, a 15th century Romanian known as 'The Impaler' for his love of that method of torture.

You Will Need

  • An elegant outfit
  • Vampire fangs
  • White face powder
  • Red or purple lipstick
  • Pomade or hair gel
  • Fake blood
  • A cape

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