The Queen of Halloween! As mentioned elsewhere, I endeavor to be an official Elvira impersonator. My fingers are crossed that it will happen someday! This costume has taken a lot of assembly-work. I finally found a decent wig from Karen's Wigs International, though I will eventually upgrade to a professionally styled one. I made the dress from black spandex. Each time I wear the ensemble, the center of the dress gets handstitched into the bra (which is extremely important to remember for effect in this costume--you want a U-PLUNGE bra!). I made the belt, and modified the dagger (just one of those cheap spring-effects daggers from the Halloween store) with clay, paint and gemstones. Black nails, leather studded bracelets, a ginormous oval-cut ruby ring, black nylons, and black pvc pumps. All of these things can be store-bought, easily.
The hard part is getting the make-up right, and you can see several of my attempts in the photo album. You need huge "feathered" eyelashes (not literally feathers, but a feathered style). Purple/magenta toned eyeshadow, lots of black eyeliner, white eyeliner, a hint of blue eyeshadow, dark pink blush, and deep red lip-liner and lipstick. The eye make-up takes a while to get right; if you are looking to do it, I suggest studying not one, but several pictures of Elvira. The purple/magenta and blue eye-shadow extend to the forehead area if you examine closely--this is often hidden by her bangs.
3rd place winner at Victoria Station Restaurant in Salem, MA on Halloween 2008