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Dear Disney, sometimes a little girl wants to dress up as the Evil Queen

Once upon a time my mother took my older daughter to see a play about Snow White. Like every 4 year old little girl that went to the theatre that day, she put a Snow White costume eager to see her beloved Princess on stage. After the play was over, she came home, ran up the stairs and locked herself in her room. When she came out she was wearing all black, stole a black blanket from the linen closet to wrap around herself like a cape and found some old dress up crown from a past Princess costume. I asked her what she was dressed as and she responded cackling “The Evil Queen”.

That play and the actress that played the Evil Queen, made quite the impact. Snow who? So a Halloween Costume idea was born.

I thought for sure in the land of Disney, where you can find just about any character Princess costume, that they’d have an Evil Queen costume for little girls as well. As of the Disney Store website today, there are over SIX different editions of the Cinderella costume alone. But no Evil Queen. No Maleficent. No Cruella De Vil. No Ursula. There are however Captain Hook costumes around and you can always dress as a Lion and be Scar from The Lion King. I’ll give them bonus points because they do have The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland available at times.

I heard a rumour that Disney Villain costumes for kids did exist because I found a Maleficent one on ebay. But it was in the UK and it was one costume out of the entire world wide web. I couldn’t figure why with the upcoming Maleficent movie that Disney wouldn’t want to get ready to dress up the next generation of kids. Though they didn’t have a part in Snow White and the Huntsman, the Evil Queen is iconic enough in her Disney brand that most people would recognize the costume instantly.

Is it that she had a poisonous apple? Is it because she tried to kill her step child? Is it because the costume contained too much fabric and unlike the cropped tops of Jasmine and seashell bras of Ariel, she wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the little girls on the street? I found some Evil Queen costumes this year for ‘tweens’ and adults but those costumes had less in common with the Evil Queen from Snow White than they did from the Halloween Costume explanation in Mean Girls:

“In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

Tiny Fay, you rock!

My daughter couldn’t possibly be the only little girl in the world wanting to dress up as the Evil Queen. She was Rapunzel last year. She was Princessed out and wanted something new.

So it was time to leave the ease of online Halloween costume shopping and horror of all horrors go back to the days where we made our Halloween costumes…by ourselves. This took a bit of thrift shopping and advanced planning to find the right pieces but I think we did ok.

I was heavily influenced by Annie Leibovitz‘s (brilliant doesn’t even cover the word for these) Disney portraits featuring different actors as different Disney characters.

This is the one featuring Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White. I am linking you up to that photo rather than having it on here because I don’t have copyright permission to use it and well Disney’s got a lot of money to spend on lawyers that they could sue me with considering they just bought Star Wars/Lucasfilm Ltd. for FOUR BILLION DOLLARS.

And this is how our homemade Evil Queen Costume wound up looking.

For any parents out there who are looking to make this costume, here’s what I used/did to get this done.

Dress – From Value Village. It’s a plain black velvet long girls dress. Originally from the GAP, layered with a black turtleneck under it. I really wanted a deep purple one but couldn’t find one to save my life. And I am nowhere near able to make one on a sewing machine.

If you’re looking for a good alternative every single year Walmart and other Halloween suppliers sell this dress. It’s called the Sparkle Witch Costume and it also comes in a black and purple version. You can take off the gold bow trim at the front very easily and use that as an Evil Queen dress. This is what we originally were going to use but my daughter outgrew it by the time Halloween came around (I bought it last year post Halloween on clearance) and by that point we had the velvet one.

Cape – A adult sized crushed velvet Vampire costume cape. Store bought. The lining was $2 purple fabric from Value Village that my mom sewed in (yes I just wrote my mom). Technically the Evil Queen’s cape has a red lining but because I couldn’t find a purple dress, we went with the Evil Queen purple colour instead. If you find a purple dress, just buy a pre-made Vampire cape with red lining.

Evil Queen Headpiece – A $2 fleece balaclava that I got at Dollarama and then just trimmed the front of it in the classic Evil Queen V shape on the forehead. Also great for wearing on cold Halloween nights. The crown I made out of gold sparkle craft paper and used velcro adhesive tape on the inside to tape it to the balaclava so it wouldn’t fall off.

Belt – Burgundy Cord with Tassels. Value Village find but you can buy these at any major fabric store or specialty shops.

Ruby Pin – Thrift store again. My mom found it. It was tarnished metal mixed with gold around the ruby so I took some acrylic gold paint and fixed it up. I couldn’t believe she found one in the shape of the Evil Queen pin.

The Evil Queen collar – this was the only major DIY of the entire costume. I wanted the cape to be washable after Halloween for re-use for other costumes and playtime so I decided to make a removable collar. Because it had to stand up, I needed to use a stiff paper. In which case I took bristol board paper and cut out a collar template that fit the measurements of the cape. Then I traced and cut out two pieces of white foam sheets just a bit bigger than the bristol board template and glued them both together over the bristol board template.

That made for a stiff collar that could stand up but also be flexible enough to bend around the curve of a cape and not have the paper rip.

I then took velcro adhesive tape, stuck it on the bottom of the collar and the top part of the cape and them stuck them together. The adhesive on the back of the velcro strips is strong enough that it will stick on for the night to fabric but can easily be removed at the end so I could wash the cape afterwards. I also used the velcro tape on the front to extend the front closure of the cape to allow it to sit on the shoulders more vs a traditional vampire cape that goes right around the neck.

Striped rain boots not included. We got walloped by rain that night.

Her little sister went as Snow White of course. Nothing says I love my sibling like wanting to feed them a poisonous apple.

Can we stop taking photos yet Mom? I want to go get candy. That facial expression is completely genetic. *whistles*

Ok out of my way Snow White. I have neighbourhoods to conquer for Kit Kats and Smarties.

If you want to see the most amazing home made Evil Queen costumes here are two that are my favourite. Both are on their respective Flickr accounts.

This one is by Angela Sews and she made her daughter one that Disney should really be asking how to replicate and sell in their stores.

And this is by far the best Adult Evil Queen Costume I have ever seen by a Jamie H. from Southern California.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Until next year. A little birdie told me that someone wants to be someone from the yellow brick road.

51 Comments

  • Reply
    Joan
    November 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love her Evil Queen costume –particularly the removable collar. Love it! Those were some pretty great thrift finds, and just in time for Halloween! Fabulous.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Kate
    November 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I absolutely love it – she rocks! And your attention to detail and commitment in making this show-stopper is quite alarming; lower the bar for us mere mortals, puh-lease! it did make me chuckle that the only evil costumes you can find are in the UK; we’ve definitely cornered the dark market over this side of the pond 😉
    I’m also determined to channel the maxi-dress-rain-boots look this winter; I can’t believe I’ve never thought of it before.
    Fabulous post!
    x

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

      HAHAHA! My old boss is living with his family back in London and I can totally tell you that I would fit in fabulously with the macabre yet super sexy decor and lifestyle of his pocket of town. It’s very true! Even his house here could have probably been filmed out of a movie.

      Get the rain boots! I have had Hunter’s on my wish list for so long and I just cannot bring myself to spend the money on them. I am so cheap.

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    Victoria Elizabeth
    November 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Evil Queen? More like Evil Genius.
    You know me of all people appreciate a good costume—and this is the best!!! Especially since it’s unexpected. And especially since she drafted herself a Snow White! (Who is adorable, and looks way too happy to be on her way to dwarf-land.) You get extra mom-credit for designing something stylish AND warm. There is nothing worse than having your Halloween costume ruined by a jacket!

    p.s.- Those Flikr photos are great… I always feel validated seeing other adults who think it’s normal to be that excited about Halloween!!

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

      You’ll appreciate this then. I saw a mom walking around on Halloween night with her 2 daughters. All of them were dressed like they walked out of Gone With The Wind. It was a crappy rainy night and it was fabulous to watch them walking around really enjoying the whole experience. One of her daughters commented on my daughter’s costume so I really think people who enjoy that aspect of Halloween get why it’s so “important” to make a costume work. It’s the whole experience.

      You probably have had this experience too. Wearing a good parka on Halloween night as a child. I remember one Halloween it snowed and I think my mom made me wear my snowpants.

      That adult evil queen costume is mind blowingly good!

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    Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons
    November 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    She looks amazing!! I can’t believe they don’t sell any villain costumes for little girls?? Who knew!? Although your homemade costume is far better than any store bought costume would have been. Love that the little one was Snow White. Precious and perfect.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

      I totally thought they would sell the villain line. Especially for Halloween when everyone likes to dress up as creatures of the night and ghosts and other spooky things. What’s more spooky than rejected fairies with horns on their heads and puppy stealing chain smoking creatures?

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    Deb Weyrich-Cody
    November 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Great job Alex – and I don’t mean just the Hallowe’en costumes either!!
    The very fact that your daughter has the chutzpah to outgrow and move beyond the Disney Princess mode that seems SO prevalent these days. Mind you, the sibling relationship thing going on here is just hilarious (and brings back all kinds of older sister-type memories; ) Plus your porch decor is also tres fantastique!
    *sigh* (I SO miss having little kids to dress up for Hallowe’en):

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Believe me no one was more surprised than me that she went with this. She is a such a girly girl. By the time she could talk she would walk up to women in the mall and tell them she liked their shoes. By age 4 she started styling her dolls and making shirts out of scarves for herself. Her room is like an Interior Decorators studio by 7 am. She is the anti-thesis of a tomboy.

      I thought the Snow White / Evil Queen thing was pretty funny too. I told her though she better get used to sharing the “best” costume if they go with themes for subsequent years. I can see a war over who gets to be Dorothy next year (if that sticks).

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    Gilit
    November 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    The DIY costume is wonderful, but what I really love is that she wanted to be the evil queen in the first place. LOVE it! (And they both look completely adorable in their costumes)

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Totally! How are YOU?? Any updates on the baby? Are you sick of being asked that yet? I know I was. So I’ll shut up.

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        Gilit
        November 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        I WISH there was an update! This time it’s less like “get it out of me!” and more like “just tell me when so I can prepare”
        Thanks for asking 🙂 (definitely better than the “wow, you look ready to pop!”)

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    Chris
    November 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Great stuff. Evil queen. Awesome.

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Thank you!

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    edwina
    November 6, 2012 at 5:33 am

    looks like you wrangled the sewing machine into submission – with great results. you must be proud of your evil queen…showing such a great independent spirit.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Oh no I am not that good Edwina. LOL. I got my mom to sew in the purple lining. The greater irony of that is though she can sew, she did it by hand. I am like ok come on now…

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    Organized Living Essentials
    November 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I love it! This is such a brilliant costume and your daughter looks so delightful in it. Good for you supporting her with this unique choice for a costume. i hope she wears it lots of times in her creative dress-up play times. Take Care, Thea

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Thank you! Apparently there were a couple of Snow Whites in her SK classes combined and she told me after school that she had to be nice to them b/c it was only a pretend costume. I died laughing.

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    Danielle
    November 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

    1. That costume is A-MA-ZING!! Seriously woman! Princess Leia was 100% store purchased and your evil queen looks professionally made.

    2. Thank you for sharing the Annie Leibovitz link. I LOVE her work! I saw the Ursula one before, but not the others. I had no idea she did this campaign, but I should’ve known.

    3. Tessa’s school is going to do the play Cinderella this year and I keep telling her, she’ll have so much fun if she tries out for an Evil Step-sister. Hope she follows your daughter’s lead.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Oh woman please! I love your daughter’s costume! Most of this was thrift store goodness. If you want good sewing, go to Make It Love It. She did a Little Red Riding Hood theme for her kids that blew my mind.

      http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/10/the-whole-red-riding-hood-crew.html

      YES!!! Get Tessa to go for the crazy part. No one ever wins an Oscar playing the sane characters. Hint hint!

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    Deb Weyrich-Cody
    November 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Now you’ve mentioned that dramatic elegance is her thing, I can definitely see the attraction to the evil Queen Malificent…
    But you did a truly magnificent job ’cause, as they say, the devil’s in the details; ) and that royal purple lining’s just kickin’!!

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    now at home mom
    November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Love what you did! 🙂 she looks amazing in that costume! when I was reading your post, I realized it’s true we don’t see these costumes anywhere. BTW they both look adorable 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      November 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you! I’m going to bet that once Maleficent hits movie theatres, there’s going to be a surprising infiltration of merchandise that matches it.

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    Deb Weyrich-Cody
    November 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m guessing she wasn’t showing off or trying to make you feel bad; just REALLY loves her grandchildren…

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    diaryofamadcrafter
    November 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

    hahahaha love it…and LOVE the Mean Girls reference!! lol

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      That’s one of the best explanations of Halloween I have ever heard.

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    Monica
    April 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Bless you! I, too, have a girl who always wants to be the villain. Last year, I had to buy and adult Maleficent costume and alter it down to child size. This year, she has her heart set on Evil Queen so this post is a godsend. As a side note, last year, little sister was Sleeping Beauty and this year she’s been drafted as Snow White. Guess it’s just what little sisters do.

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      Alex
      September 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      HAHAHAH! Seems to be a consistent theme among sisters. This year her little sister went on strike and refuses to play along with the matching costume thing.

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    Christine
    September 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I hear you about having a hard time finding a costume. This year my oldest wants to be Alice in Wonderland (which is not that easy to find and not spend a fortune)…luckily I found a really good quality one used. My youngest who is totally into princesses has been convinced by her big sister to be the Queen of Hearts…also difficult to find something appropriate for a little 4 year old girl. All to say, I’m in the process of modifying a little girls christmas dress with black velvet into a Queen of Hearts costume….

    What us mom’s will do to make our little Chiquitas happy! Amazing costume by the way! I just love it!

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      Alex
      September 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      This is too comical b/c this year my older daughter is going as the Queen of Hearts only she wanted the short gothic look for it and then she wanted her little sister to be Alice in Wonderland. Well her little sister is having none of it and refuses to go as Alice and has already picked her Minnie Mouse costume. I love the idea of a Christmas dress turned Queen of Hearts costume. That is exactly what I would have done had I not bought the costume at the store. The only thing I am making is a cape even though she doesn’t wear a cape, in Canada the Queen of Hearts would wear a cape b/c it’s crazy cold here on Halloween night. So her “mom” says she needs a cape.

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    KatieGonzo
    September 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for posting this. The queen from Snow White is exactly what my 3 y.o. daughter wants to be. In good news, I prefer the costumes where one gets to be creative. Thanks for saving me loads of trouble this year.

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      Alex
      September 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      You are most welcome! I hope Disney gets wind of this post and starts offering these costumes for little girls as it’s apparent from the comments and emails I get from moms how in demand they would be.

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    Erin
    October 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks so much for this blogpost. I have a little girl who loves the Disney Villains, and as you point out they don’t sell any of those costumes ready made. Last year she was Ursula and I was able to find lots of tips online while making that costume. This year she wanted to be the Evil Queen and luckily I found your post. Your daughter’s costume turned out so great! Thanks for posting all your tips here!

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    Mash-up Life Design
    September 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for posting. My daughter likes to play evil on halloween and all I could find was the queen of hearts, which she was last year. Thank you.

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    Ouctivia
    September 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hi I just wanted to share my3 year old toddler asked to be the evil queen as soon as I googled the topic this popped up as you said there’s is no kids size for this costume. I am truly impressed the detail in your work was simply amazing.it was clear how dedicated you was to making this for your daughter. Thank you, your step by step guide is so helpful to the not so creative mom such as myself. I hope once I am done I am half as successful with my creation. Truly appreciate the share.

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      Alex
      September 29, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thank you SO much for your kind words. Really. I hope your daughter’s costume turns out just how you hope! 🙂

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    David Polidano
    October 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    hi, this is amazing. im making one for me now! you wouldnt have the measurements of the collar would you?

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      Alex
      October 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Hi David! Can you believe I still have that collar. I just found it buried in the kids closet. The base of it is 13″ W and the sides are 8.5″ H. The top straight across is 19″ W and then it has the slight curve. Hope that helps!

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    Alicia
    June 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I love you for this lol I haven’t been able to find anything! (and were already 2015! SMH)

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    Pamela C
    September 9, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I googled evil queen because my 3 year old wants to be the evil queen this year. Do you still have the costume? Would you be interested in selling it? I’d totally buy it off you!! I don’t have an inkling crafty skills in me.

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      Alex
      September 13, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      I do have the costume but it’s not in the condition that it was in when we put it together. That is, the collar is missing in action somewhere in this house and the cape has been reused many times over for play time. I still think you can make this as remember, most of it is store bought and just put together. I hate sewing and you’d be amazed at how helpful hemming tape and a glue gun are for a one day event. Sorry I can’t be of further help! Good luck and tell your 3 year old they’re pretty awesome for choosing that as a costume.

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    Kristen Fett
    September 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Oh my gosh… Just found your website after searching in VAIN for “evil queen child’s costume.” There is NOTHING out there! My 4 1/2 year old daughter has every princess dress under the sun but wants to be an EVIL QUEEN for Halloween (“Just that one day though, okay mom?”. I think you should sell this one to me 🙂 It is ah-maze-ing.

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      Alex
      September 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much! It’s funny because this post is 4 years old now and nothing has changed over in the Disney kids costume dept. I think it’s a matter of demand . I.E. 9 girls want to be the Princesses, the 1 does not. Well mass manufacturing an outfit for that one, wouldn’t sell as well. Which I don’t like because they had a huge success with Maleficent and they made the costume for that. I mean just going online and seeing the girls make their own shows that there are more than they expect.

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        Ouctivia
        September 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

        The post really did help I made my daughters 2 years ago and this was my step by step guide wish I could post a picture. Thanks to all the awesome moms sharing

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          Alex
          September 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

          I *LOVE* reading stories like this. It’s why I started blogging. To just be creative and share stuff that we do, be it for our home or with the kids. When it helps someone else, that’s amazing. This totally made my day! Thank you!

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    Franciely
    September 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    She’s beautiful, my daughter loves Disney villains, I agree with you, it’s hard to find costumes of the villains, one time my little girl wanted to dress up as Maleficent and it was hard to find a costume 😞 By the way The Evil Queen is awesome!

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