Old prom dresses are commonly found in resale shops along with bridesmaid’s dresses. These formal gowns are often worn only once and then discarded, but you can recycle an old prom dress and give it new life as a Halloween costume. If you are using your own prom dress and would like to keep it for sentimental reasons, avoid cutting the dress or wearing heavy makeup, as you may not be able to repair a stained or damaged dress after Halloween.
Create a pageant sash with a length of three-inch-wide ribbon. Drape the ribbon over one shoulder and cut it so that the ends meet at your waist on the opposite side of your body. Paint Miss America or the title of your choice on the ribbon with fabric paints. Sew the ends of the ribbon together to form the sash and drape it over the prom dress for a pageant-winning costume. Add a sparkly tiara to complete the effect.
Undead Prom Queen
If you don’t mind destroying the prom dress, consider dressing as an undead prom queen. Rip the dress at the bottom and along the sleeves to give it a tattered appearance without fear of exposing yourself during the night. Apply white or pale makeup to your face and any other visible skin. Blue eyeliner applied to your lips with give you a cold, dead appearance, and black eyeliner smeared underneath your eyes will give your face a sunken look. Add fake blood to the dress and at the corners of your mouth and eyes. Wear a tiara or concoct a story about being involved in a car accident on your way to the prom.
Purchase a masquerade mask to match your prom dress or design your own, using basic mask forms available at craft stores. These masks are constructed of paper or plastic and are usually white, although you may be able to find colored or metallic masks. Decorate the masks with paint, sequins, feathers and beads. Most masks will already have an elastic band attached so that you can easily wear the mask hands-free; if not, you can glue the mask to a decorated wooden dowel and hold it in front of your face. Keep in mind that if you choose to create a mask on a stick you will need to carry it throughout the night, which may become tiresome after several hours.