“Be bold. Be out-of-the-box,” Amber Trujillo always tells her drama club students at Dundee Elementary School when it comes to their on-stage personalities.
The same advice applies to Halloween — the most theatrical holiday of the year. Here, Trujillo shares ideas for making your trick-or-treater the most memorable character in the neighborhood.
Your magic tool: Soap-based face paint sticks for drawing lines, circles and squiggles. (It’s that easy!) Stumped on a character? Let your child’s imagination be your guide.
“Part of theater is improvisation,” Trujillo said. “Look around your house. What do you have that can be a prop or a costume for a character? Build from there.”
Deb Beck, the drama club’s co-adviser, echoes her daughter’s advice.
“I had a student who was ‘Confused.’ He was layered with so many props and costume pieces, even he was confused about his identity. It was brilliant.”
The penny-pinching duo loves Halloween and shops thrift stores for transforming elements. “You can build a costume for less than $3 if you scavenge,” Beck said.
What you'll need:
- Soap-based face paint sticks (featured: black, white, brown, pink, red, purple, green)
- Black eyebrow pencil
- Small paint brushes
- Cotton swabs
- Makeup sponges
- Baby powder
- Temporary spray-on hair color
- Baby wipes
This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Momaha Magazine.