Halloween is my favorite adult holiday of the year (let’s be real, we have all the fun)! With that said, I’m not a big fan of the “bagged lunch” costumes. Instead, I use it as an opportunity to put my creative juices to the test to see what I can make from pieces I can actually repurpose later on.

Here are a few ideas on ways to make some of your favorite childhood characters come to life with items straight from Tanger (hmm I mean your closet)! 🙂



Pinocchio, a puppet created by a wood-carver in a small Italian village, might have been prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons but he sure did have a sense of fashion. He has been reimagined through the minds of creative kids since the 1800s, but his classic sense of style has remained the same.

Recreate this look with a pair of high-waisted shorts or trousers, a button down blouse with Pinocchio’s notable bowed collar and a pair of leather or plush loafers or mary janes. If you’re going for the full effect, toss on a pair of suspenders and a trendy fedora. You’re sure to come to life in this look!

Snow White


Once upon a time there lived a lovely princess with fair skin and blue eyes. She was so fair that she was named Snow White. She was sweet, nurturing and had the kindest of hearts.

Take a more literal approach to Snow White’s style with a beautiful white dress and a candy apple clutch. You’re sure to catch the attention of prince charming!

Puss in Boots


Was it his trickery and deceit that gained him power, wealth and the hand of a princess or was it his impeccable taste? Puss in Boots was referred to as “The Booted Cat” in the original Italian tale which makes his beautiful (what I would assume were Italian leather) boots that much more admirable.

Gain the confidence of this little man with show-stopping boots of your own (riding or heeled), a tamed faux fur vest and the sassiest of fedoras that you can find.



What little girl doesn’t dream of her own Cinderella story? Life can be rough at times, but all is made well with a beautiful ball gown and glass slippers.

Recreate an every-day Cinderella look with a pair of powder blue ankle pants, a sophisticated and feminine white blouse and a magical metallic slipper, I mean pump! And don’t worry, this look can carry you long past midnight.

Little Red Riding Hood


The name of this beloved tale says it all – It was all about the fashionable cape! The plush red cape kept the little girl warm as she walked through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother. Not only did she rock it in style, the tricky wolf did too – It’s that versatile and flattering to all.

Pair your beautiful red cape or poncho with comfortable jeans and brown booties for your own trek through the weekend.

Are you inspired to create your own DIY Halloween look? Take a little trip to your childhood and pick up a few pieces that bring back the magic from your beloved fairytale.

If you have to head out to pick up a few details to top off your look, be sure to download your PINK card first for an additional 25% OFF savings. Shop ‘til you drop and use your coupon once per day per (participating) store until October 31st.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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