I don’t mention this on the blog very often (well, I try not to) but I am a middle school English teacher. Halloween 2017 was my first year teaching in a new school. I was told that Halloween was a BIG holiday at this school–even the administration dresses up and participates.
Now I’m never one to shy away from a little school spirit and participation! But between learning the culture of a new school, lesson plans, and grading, time got away from me a bit. I needed a costume FAST.
Miss Trunchbull, the principal of Roald Dahl’s book Matilda, was a budget-friendly, last minute costume idea that conveyed my beloved pastime of reading–and paid tribute to the amazing film I grew up with.
Here are some great things about this costume:
- Many of the items I already owned: then pencil skirt, boots, and mascara
- Miscellaneous items were easily purchased at Salvation Army or Amazon: the blazer, big belt, and tube socks
- The transformation was freakin’ terrifying. I scared my husband when he woke up that morning and my students said they couldn’t look at me!
Halloween Costume/Shopping List:
- Navy Pencil Skirt
- White blouse/collared shirt
- Navy Blazer
- Blue or black tie
- Tube Socks
- Big Belt
Hair & Make Up:
Sock bun and unibrow
The beauty of Miss Trunchbull is that she is very minimalist when it comes to her makeup routine. I just brushed some mascara on my eyebrows and between my eyebrows.
The Final Touch
Miss Trunchbull was a Olympic hammer thrower with the sculpted arms and shoulders to match. Unfortunately, I am not built that way.
The substitution? Plastic grocery bags! I pinned them to the inside of my blazer to bulk me up a bit. If I had a bit more time to think about it, I could probably make my own shoulder pads with poly-fill to beef me up–but this worked last minute!
Got a last minute, budget friendly costume idea? I would love to hear it–mostly because I’m still stumped for this year.