A look at how I put together my WandaVision Halloween costumes of Scarlet Witch and Vision that you can do yourself:
I love Halloween, but I think the main reason is because I love wearing costumes. Halloween is one of those times when I can dress up as whatever I want – and of course that’s usually something related to Disney! When we attended Disney’s Boo Bash this year it’s one of the few times adults can go all out in the parks and wear a full costume, so I knew we would have to take advantage of that.
I have so many costume ideas, but one that has been in the forefront of my mind since February is doing WandaVision Halloween costumes with Jason. I absolutely loved the show when it came out, and one of my favorite things about it was how it went through the different decades of television and all of the stylistic choices and costumes. I’d already attempted to recreate Wanda’s 1950s sitcom look, so Halloween was a good chance to try something else! Jason is a good sport so luckily he was on board with my WandaVision couples costume ideas.
I thought it would be fun to do do the Halloween costumes they actually wore in the Halloween episode of WandaVision – when they don’t truly realize they’re superheroes but they end up dressing up at Scarlet Witch and Vision anyway. It’s a bit Meta in a way – we were wearing these WandaVision Halloween costumes of characters who were wearing Halloween costumes.
When it comes to costumes I like to try and create something unique that I put together myself with various pieces, but not something that I’ve completely created myself. I think it’s a lot nicer to have a costume that isn’t just a pre-made one out of a bag that looks kinda cheap. I also have limited DIY and crafting skills – there are some things I can do well, but my sewing is VERY basic. So typically for costumes I try to find the best things I can to put together the look myself! I studied the Halloween episode and stills from WandaVision to have an idea of exactly what would make a most accurate look that wouldn’t be too difficult and still be on a budget. Ultimately I think it was a success!
What did Wanda and Vision dress up as for Halloween?
If you’re only familiar with Wanda and Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and I think that’s the case for many of us), you might have been a bit thrown off by their Halloween costumes in that episode. After all, even as the “Scarlet Witch” (a title which Wanda couldn’t actually use in the MCU until Disney bought Fox) Wanda’s outfit looks very different in the Avengers films. And Vision is a very technologically advanced looking android… not really running around in yellow basketball shorts!
Of course the MCU updated most of the costumes and outfits for their superheroes in the films, but if you go back to the Marvel comics you’ll understand where these WandaVision costumes come from. So in a funny twist, Wanda and Vision dress up as their superhero personalities for Halloween, but a different version of the costumes than we’ve seen before. I thought the Halloween episode was a really cool way to give a nod to that more retro style costume!
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Wanda’s Scarlet Witch costume
As the comic book version of the Scarlet Witch, Wanda is rocking a red bodysuit. I thought it would be easier to find a plain red leotard or bodysuit, but a lot of them are… let’s say overly sexy. I didn’t feel like I really needed my butt hanging out (even with tights) especially since we would be at Disney World. I looked at a number of different options to try to find one that looked good but also matched the appearance of it in WandaVision. Ultimately I actually went with a bathing suit and I think it worked well! Wanda’s costume in the TV show has a bit of ruching in the bust area and this suit I found on Amazon had a similar style. Plus I can now use it as a bathing suit in the future!
I am a big believer that everything is about accessories – you can have a basic look down, but it’s the little details that will really make it recognizable and stand out as something special. Luckily most of her accessories aren’t too complicated, but it came down to finding the right things.
Pink tights, pantyhose, leggings… whatever you want to use and whatever you call it, finding this should be easy enough, right? For some reason I struggled to find ones that I liked that seemed like the correct color. I went into actual, physical stores (!) to look at the colors but they didn’t have it exactly right. I feel like Wanda’s pink tights are kind of an in between shade – they’re not a hot pink but they’re also not a pale pink. Most pink tights I found were “ballerina pink.” But I found a pair of footless tights on Amazon that I think got pretty close! Since I was wearing boots anyway it didn’t matter if they were footless.
I have created a lot of various costumes throughout the years and I also did community theater for almost 2 decades, so I’ve accumulated a lot of random accessories. I really thought red gloves was something I already had, but apparently not! Now I’ve added them to the collection. Initially I was a little picky because her gloves are a unique length in the show. They don’t go up to the elbow but they also go further than the wrist. Ultimately I decided it didn’t matter and got something I have a feeling I will use again someday!
A basic red superhero cape is not all that difficult to find, especially around Halloween. Even though in the TV show she wears one that’s pretty long (almost to the ground) I got one a bit shorter because Disney’s costume rules state that capes shouldn’t go below the waist. I don’t think they would enforce it unless the cape was dragging on the ground or getting in the way, but this still worked and was comfortable. It actually came as a set with a number of different colors so I was able to use the red one and the yellow one for these WandaVision couples costumes!
I actually think this ended up being one of the highlights of the costume. I debated for awhile if I should just get a pretty cheap pair of red boots, even if they didn’t look exactly right. After all, did I want to spend more than $20 on shoes when I might not wear them again? I ordered a cheap pair and hated them so I sent them back. I also didn’t want anything with a big heel because I’m all about comfort. So I met in the middle and bought a pair that was about $35 but the style I wanted. I actually really like them and I’m hoping to wear them this fall with some outfits. And they were pretty comfortable too!
I dragged my feet on this one because I knew I basically had two options: buy a cheap looking costume piece or make something myself. (I could have splurged on a fancier costume headpiece but I didn’t want to spend the money on it – plus I’d procrastinated so trying to get something from Etsy probably wouldn’t arrive in time). Some of the online tutorials I saw looked great but felt a little overwhelming, so I figured I’d try something myself and hope that it looked good enough for photos.
I made a template and I could have just traced and cut it out myself, but I have a Cricut so why not let that do the work for me? I used red felt and I thought it looked pretty good but maybe a bit too flimsy on its own. So I glued it onto a piece of foam and that worked well enough. I had some elastic to hold it around my head which I just glued on with a hot glue gun. I ended up needing to reinforce it with tape a bit so I’d probably attach it in a different way next time, but it made it through the whole night!
Hair and makeup
I didn’t do anything too crazy here. While I don’t have red hair like Wanda, I still went with my natural color and not bothering with a wig. (Side note, I don’t really know what color I would call my hair! I’ve never dyed it but it seems to look different depending on the lighting too. I do think it has reddish tints to it so that was good enough for this look!). I wish my hair was a bit longer so I could have curled it more, but it is what it is. I tried to style my hair more like hers early on but the Florida humidity just made it go “poof” anyway.
Make up was easy – just gotta go bold and red! The red lipstick is the most distinctive part of Wanda’s look so as long as you do that I think the rest doesn’t really matter.
I lucked into the t-shirt part of Vision’s costume because I’d been browsing one of ShopDisney’s sales over the summer and came across the shirt on a discount. I had thought about maybe doing these costumes at this point so once I saw it that was a no-brainer – the t-shirt is an easy place to start. From there it was just completing the look.
Pants and shorts
Vision’s comic book costume is kind of funny because it really just looks like he threw on some yellow basketball shorts over green tights – so that’s about what we did! I bought yellow shorts on Amazon that were pretty cheap. I actually had a pair of green stretchy leggings that Jason was willing to wear. They weren’t the perfect shade of green but instead of spending money on something he wouldn’t wear again this made a lot more sense!
Gloves and cape
These parts of the costume were basically the same as what I had used for my Scarlet Witch costume – same gloves but in yellow, and the cape was actually from a set with a few different colored capes.
I can tell you that I 100% didn’t even think about the infinity stone in Vision’s forehead when putting together our costumes and packing. I was focused on the clothing! I had thought about the red face but I knew red face paint would be pretty miserable in the heat so we decided to skip it. But about an hour before we leave for Boo Bash Jason says to me “what can I use for an infinity stone?”
We searched through my makeup but not surprisingly I didn’t have anything bright yellow that we could use. Creativity to the rescue! The set of capes we had gotten had also come with face masks made out of felt that we weren’t planning on using. Before we left I had thrown the yellow set at Jason still in the plastic wrap and he just packed it all, so he had the mask. He ended up cutting a diamond out of the felt mask. We then attached it to his forehead with KT tape I brought for my foot. If you’re not familiar, this is athletic tape I use for running, so it’s made for the skin and to hopefully be sweat proof. It actually worked quite well cause it stayed on all night!
Tips for the perfect WandaVision Halloween costumes
- Try to use what you have – I think instead of spending money on something that you’ll never use again, you’re better off with an item that might be a slightly different shade or not an identical match.
- It’s all about the details, which is why the above bullet point won’t matter. The headpiece of the Scarlet Witch costume is much more recognizable than anything else so you want that to look right. Things like capes and gloves are easy to get and really add a lot to your look.
- Take a look at photos from the WandaVision Halloween episode or stills online. It helps to see things in different lighting and at different angles.
- If you’re going somewhere that you’re going to take a lot of photos, have some good poses in mind! Otherwise you might feel a bit awkward like I usually tend to do.
- I made a collage/mood board with the colors and different photos of their WandaVision Halloween costumes below, so feel free to use that as inspiration!
Other Disney couples Halloween costumes
- Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope
- Joy and Fear from Inside Out
- Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
- Sulley and Mike Wazowski
- Mr. and Mrs. Incredible
What do you think of our WandaVision Halloween costumes? What other fun costume ideas should we try next year?