Halloween in My Closet : Ms. Beetlejuice

by jennine on October 30, 2009

ms. beetlejuice

How can you have Halloween without a scary costumes? Yesterday, we had a cutesy wholesome costume, but every now and then I’ll do a cooky ‘scary’ costume, like the Bride of Frankenstein, or a witch.  For the second installation of my Halloween in My Closet Series this costume idea has been in my closet for a while, and I just had to get it out to you! So even though no one this year asked for Beetlejuice, I’m going to go with it….

Ms. Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice was a great movie, but where I fell in love with this story was in it’s cartoon series. Every afternoon when I came home from school…I was already in High School, and either I’m a late bloomer, or this has a bit more ‘sophisticated’ appeal. I totally related to the creepy anti-culture that poked fun at everything that I was raised to look up to. I loved it. Plus it was loaded with campy humor:

q: Why don’t ghosts like like the rain?
a: Because it dampens their spirits!

For this costume, I simply pulled out everything that had vertical stripes, a black and white striped blouse, striped trousers pushed up like knickerbockers, green and black striped tights, even my shoes. I pulled a belt from a dress to make my tie, and black gloves, well for no particular reason than to make it more costumey. Beetlejuice has gloves, so I do too!

For the makeup, I didn’t have any white face paint on hand, so I used black and white eyeshadow to whiten my face and blacken my eyes, and I used black eyeliner on my eyes and for lipstick don’t forget to sharpen your eyeliner A LOT between using eyes and mouth. My hair is too long to just have down and shaggy, so I wore a pony on the very top of my head and pulled the pony over my face. You can see my tutorial on how to do that here.

This costume isn’t exactly Beetlejuice, but I just pulled elements, and a lot of Tim Burton references, specifically Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands to make it my own. But that’s the fun of Halloween!


Costume: Blouse and trousers, thrifted • Shoes, Vintage from Belle Epoque, San Francisco • Gloves gift from mother in law • Tie is a belt from another dress.

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Tami October 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

Wow! What a great costume! I agree…the Beetlejuice cartoon was a hoot.
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georgienyc October 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

ha, love it. the socks are awesome. some other fun looks here…who’s bad!

hanako66 October 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

wow, it turned out AMAZING!!!
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diana October 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

wow for the facial expressions :D
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Poochie October 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

Loved the cartoon too.

So fun!!!

Sheena October 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

Beetlejuice! I love this costume idea! So true to the spirit of the movie/cartoon. Then again, Beetlejuice holds a special place in my heart.
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Jeanne October 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

I loved the Beetlejuice cartoon! So much so that when asked to draw a self-portrait of myself for school, I drew myself in a dress covered in bats.
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Le Petite Cecile October 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!

Any character of Tim Burton is always an amazing choice!
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Katarina (bjooti, splodgy...crazy bloglady) October 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

Freakin’ hell love, you look stunning. I LOVE it! LOVE!
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IdStyle October 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

LOVE the beetlejuice inspired outfit! So on point and looks great.
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Ashe Mischief October 30, 2009 at 11:53 am

Pretty sure I just fell in love with you, J.

jennine October 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

thank you so much my loves! i’m so happy you like this post!
❤ sheena…you and me both!
❤ jeanne…i bet the was the cutest drawing ever!
❤ ashe…aww! love you too! xx

Retro Chick October 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Ah you look fantastic! (as ever!)

Love, love, love Beetlejuice, and Tim Burton, but you know that as you linked to my post on him! :o )
.-= Retro Chick´s last blog ..Halloween – What are YOUR Plans? =-.

Jaka Merriman October 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

When I was a little kid, the ONLY reason we had cable was because I wanted to watch cartoons. And Beetlejuice was my absolutely favourite. My mom thought it was going to ruin me in the head (and maybe she’s right). You’ve pulled off the look amazingly well! (And thanks for the show link!)

eyeliah October 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Yes! I watched the cartoon too, great job - especially on the makeup! :)
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hannahlizabeth October 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

this is absolutely fantastic - now i want to change my entire costume!

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mahret October 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

You look fantastic! What a great idea!!!

jeannie October 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm

wow - you did a great job - the makeup, hair, and outfit!
loves it.

Clare October 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

BeetlejuicebeetlejuiceBEETLEJUICE! Love this, Jennine!
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jennine October 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm

❤retro, thanks! i love, love love his work!
❤jaka, haha, your parents are so nice! my parents got cable only because they wanted to watch more tv. ;)
❤eyeliah, thanks, makeup is so much fun!
❤clare, be careful, i just might appear!

...love Maegan October 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Jennine, I love love love love LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!
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Nickie Frye October 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm

This is fabulous! If I had to take my pick, I’d pick this Beetlejuice one over the Schoolgirl one from yesterday. Both awesome, but this one really takes the cake. Adorable.
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WendyB October 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

If I say your name three times, will you appear in my apartment?
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Sher October 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

This is the best one!
.-= Sher´s last blog ..Count Down to Halloween =-.

Alicia October 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Your take on it totally works.

And I loved that cartoon too!!!
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Marta October 31, 2009 at 5:41 am

haha Great post. I used to love Beetlejuice cartoons when I was a kid!

Miss Sofia October 31, 2009 at 6:43 am

Incredible costume, I love Beetlejuice! And I really liked the way you incorporated other Tim Burton-ish elements into your outfit.

violetville October 31, 2009 at 8:34 am

haha, i second Wendy’s comment/question!!
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Fashiongrail October 31, 2009 at 10:32 am

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Poppy November 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Love this !

Market Publique November 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Wow! That makeup is AWESOME! Way to go Jennine!
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missdtm November 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

love this!!!

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