Spooky Aesthetics: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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By The Collectress

Happy Spooktober, everyone! As has become my tradition over the past few years, I’m going to share some tips and tricks for a quick and easy DIY Halloween costume to make your friends and neighbors jealous!

This year, it’s Buffy, the most kickass of all the kickasses to ever grace our television screens. Now, Buffy had seven seasons and a lot of looks, but I chose to focus on the episode “Bargaining: Part II” also known as “Buffy digs her way out of a grave and still kicks ass.” 

The Look

Buffy’s outfit is pretty simple: black dress, black pumps, and a simple cross necklace. Now, her dress has a high neckline and falls mid-calf, but any black and flowy dress that hits around the length and has a cinched waist will work. I found mine at the local thrift store for a whopping $5.I borrowed the necklace, but this one on Amazon is under $10.


I paired the dress with a pair of black ankle boots and voila! I was ready to kick vampy ass. Almost.

Hair & Makeup


If you are already blessed with long Buffy-blonde locks, congratulations. If not, here are a few suggestions for wigs that will help pull together that Buffy-look:

Or, rock the outfit with your natural hair, because there’s no wrong way to cosplay. 🙂

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  • Keep it natural. Remember, Buffy just crawled out of the grave, so no crazy eyeliner or lipstick. Go for darkening your brows, mascara, and a neutral lip.
  • Smudge some dirt. Or, in my case, I used dark brown eyeshadow and a blush brush. I buffed it onto my forehead, cheekbones, chin, and chest area. If you’re really devoted, put some on your hands and under your fingernails.
  • Fake blood. I happened to have some of Mehron’s Stage Blood, but really, any fake blood will work. You can even make your own at home with this recipe. Now, I put dabs of it on my knuckles and forehead because, again, Buffy crawled out of a grave. The best costumes have the little details that pull it all together.

Kick Ass and Take Names

My only accessory for this costume is a wooden stake that was gifted to me by a friend, since she has a saw and other tools and I do not. If you have such equipment (or a good friend that does), I’ve been told that they’re not difficult to make, but given that it’s Halloween, you could probably find one at your local costume shop and that could be the one thing you buy at Spirit Halloween. (A battle axe wouldn’t go amiss either).

Whatever you decide to do, remember to kick ass and make those vamps run away in fear because you’re their worst nightmare.

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