Elvira Mistress of the Dark costumes create a fun and sexy look for Halloween. Ever since her first appearance in the 1980s Cassandra Petersen’s vampy character ‘Elvira Mistress of the Dark’ has grown a cult following. As a campy vampire mistress who speaks like a Valley girl, Elvira’s role has achieved a perfect mix of horror and comedy.
You may admire her for her late night show and movies but she is arguably best known for her abundant cleavage and figure-hugging dress.
To achieve Elvira’s sexy ‘hostess with the mostess’ look you’re going to need a costume, accessories and the right hair and make-up.
Sexy Elvira Mistress of the Dark Costumes
Standard Size Elvira Costume
The standard Elvira Mistress of the Dark costume includes her trademark dress with plunging neckline and thigh high slit. The sleeves and skirt are tattered along their edges and the belt has a sheath for her dagger. This three piece costume (dress, belt, dagger) is available in a range of sizes from extra-small through medium. This costume does not include the wig, jewelry or shoes.
Plus Size Elvira ‘Dark Mistress’ Costume
The Elvira dress is also available in Plus size for women sizes 14 – 16. For long term care the dress should be hand washed and hung to dry.
‘Wet Look’ Elvira Mistress of the Dark Dress
Another sexy option is the Elvira Mistress of the Darque costume that includes a nylon-spandex blend pullover dress with a ‘wet look’. The shiny fabric is tattered along the sleeves and hem. The costume includes the belt and a plastic dagger with a curved blade. Wig, jewelry and shoes not included. Also available in Plus Size.
Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Elvira Costume
The dresses shown above will certainly help you achieve Elvira’s sexy look but they will also require some embellishments. The Elvira costume dresses with their low-plunging neckline are designed to show off a curvy figure but they won’t create her famous cleavage. For that you will need a padded push-up bra and, if necessary, some gel inserts. Because the dress is designed to be form fitting you may also want to consider a pair of contour shaping tights to help you achieve your best silhouette.
Once you have your dress sorted out you need the right Elvira costume accessories to complete your costume. You’ll want a pair of chunky earrings, preferably something spooky like spiderwebs or snakes. Elvira is also usually seen with black bracelets and a chunky ruby ring. A pair of stiletto heels is also a must.
If you’ve decided to make your own costume instead of buying one of the ready made ones then don’t forget about her belt and dagger.
Becoming Elvira ‘Mistress of the Dark’: Hair and Make-up Tutorials
Elvira’s signature look has several key features:
- Midnight black nail polish
- Glossy ruby red lips
- A beauty mark under her eye
- Long, jet black big hair.
Check out this make-up tutorial to help you become Elvira:
For the hair, you can either buy an Elvira Mistress of the Dark wig or style your own hair.
If you’re going to style your own hair then start by dyeing your hair black and straightening it if necessary. Then style your hair into a beehive to create a ‘big hair’ look. The following tutorial is an Amy Winehouse beehive tutorial but it achieves a similar look to Elvira.
Featured Image: Elvira Mistress of the Dark Poster from Amazon.
Updated: August 16, 2015