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'Twilight' countdown: Look like Bella and Edward on Halloween

October 23, 2008 |  2:00 pm

Twenty-eight days to go...

Perhaps more important, there are only eight days until Halloween. So today's offering is a "Twilight" costume guide. Because, let's face it, it's not easy to dress up as "Twilight" characters (at least in ways non-fans will understand.) Bella's a pretty normal if clumsy girl with sometimes frizzy brown hair. She wears jackets most of the time in cold, overcast Forks. Edward's a vampire doing his best not to look like, well, a vampire.

So how best to celebrate in costume? Work the details:

Goldeneyes_2 A dazzling eye. Edward's eyes. One of the most trafficked "Twilight" fan sites heralds them as "his golden eyes." Vision Direct has eight pages of Halloween contacts in every shade and design imaginable. (You can go red if you're looking to be newborn Bella or wolfie black for Jacob.) Be warned: the palpatine custom lenses shown, which look pretty darn close to the ones Robert Pattinson wears in the "Twilight" posters, will set you back $115. Fire/Darth isn't so bad at $34.95.

Promdresses Bella's prom dress. On Stephenie Meyer's website, she says the dress on the far right was her inspiration in describing Bella's blue prom dress. Kind of high-end for high school, though. The movie's director, Catherine Hardwicke, went with a simpler, more realistic take (as seen on Kristen Stewart in the middle) -- as did we. The silk chiffon halter dress works just as well -- and at the right price, no?

Whitefacepaint_2 Marble-like features. Be generous with the face paint. The paler, the better. And darken those bags under the eyes. Edward hasn't slept in over 100 years. (Oh! Stuff a few ice packs in your pockets to get that cool marble effect.)

Blood Blood. You'd think that being surrounded by vampires would be Bella's biggest  romantic hazard, but usually it's her own awkwardness. She runs into things, falls off motorbikes, plunges off of cliffs -- it's a wonder Edward manages to not go insane. A little blood (maybe where James sunk his pearly whites into her hand) is definitely a Bella Swan earmark.

Fangs_2 Fangs. We only hear about them when the vamps get protective or pissed. So keep them small and subtle. Chomping down on your own cheeks or tongue could ruin the night.

Ring Bella's engagement ring. A splurge item to be sure, but the devoted Bella wannabe can sport a Stephenie Meyer-approved engagement ring if necessary. has got 'em for as little as $59 for a replica and up to $2,199 for the real, 1.6-carat deal. (I try not to judge, but please remember it's Halloween, "Twilight" fans. And Edward isn't actually giving you the ring. Use your discretion.)

Bball_3 Edward's baseball uniform. Again, how does one "dress up" as Edward, a teen vamp whose family goes to great pains to blend in as humans? After you powder up, pop in the colored contacts, and get your fangs fitted, your best bet is dress up as Edward At Play. It's "inside baseball" -- and it's cute.

***A note about this guide: I can not vouch for any of the merchants listed (not even I have not purchased any of these items from any of the sites linked myself. If anything, let this guide serve as inspiration as you make your Oct. 31 plans.

-- Denise Martin