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    The most well-know Halloween prom dress is Carrie's pastel pink gown awash in pig's blood. In addition to recreating that classic horror moment, there are many ways to use a prom dress as a startling Halloween costume. From simple alterations to elaborate preparations, a Halloween prom dress can be transformed from an innocent adolescent rite of passage to a torturous and grisly nightmare.

    Finding a prom dress to use as a Halloween costume is easy. Thrift stores often carry a selection of outdated, inexpensive formal gowns, usually for under twenty dollars. The best choice for a Halloween prom dress is a pastel color that will easily show gory and frightening alterations, and the more elaborate the dress is the more startling the mutilations will appear.

    The dress does not need to fit well – in fact, it should be a bit loose to allow easy movement. Take care that the dress is not too long or else it may be difficult to walk in without stumbling or tripping. Note, however, that several Halloween alterations change the length of the dress, so be sure that it is not too short to begin with.

    To recreate the look of Carrie's Halloween prom dress, the victim should be wearing the gown as fake blood is poured over their head, preferably from a slight height to guarantee a bit of splashing and erratic drops. Their hair should be worn long, and a long blonde wig is the perfect accompaniment. Pastel shoes and a wilted corsage complete the ensemble.

    Other prom-goers were victims of Carrie's psychotic aftermath, and a charred prom dress is another grisly costume. The hem and edges of the dress can be carefully charred with a hand-held torch, and assorted holes should be added at different points in the gown to show the violence of the fire. Streak ashes across the bodice and on the arms, face, and legs of the victim for additional detail. For the most gruesome appearance, add simulated burns and charred flesh.

    Many types of accidents are frequent Halloween prom dress alterations. Car crash victims are popular choices, and embedded glass, tire tracks, and appropriate injuries are necessary details. Ground in dirt helps portray the image of a violent crash, and an empty bottle of beer or wine is a poignant accessory and reminder of how many teens drink excessively on prom night.

    Shootings, stabbings, and animal maulings are other violent variations that present a startling contrast to formal gowns. Always add appropriate details, such as rips, drops of blood, ground in dirt, and animal scratches for a realistic appearance.

    Not all Halloween prom dress costumes need to be violent. Many young girls happily fanaticize about the prom, and a junior dress can easily be accessorized to create a prom-like costume. Bridal shops and boutiques often carry formal gowns in youth sizes, and if they are purchased in the autumn, prices are quite reasonable. Add a small corsage, tiara, and prom queen sash for exquisite detail to make any young girl believe she is the star of the prom.

    Halloween prom dresses come in many forms, from classic horror moments to portrayals of violent crimes and attacks. For young trick-or-treaters, the fantasy of a perfect prom can make a great Halloween costume. Easy to create and startling in its simple portrayal of a fantasy gone horribly wrong, a Halloween prom dress is a classic and memorable choice for any Halloween event.

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