How to Look Like Rose from "Vampire Academy" for Halloween

by Lane Cummings, Demand Media

    "Vampire Academy" refers to a series of urban fantasy books for young adults written by Richelle Mead. The series focuses upon the adventures of a main character, Rose Hathaway, a young woman who is a Dhampir, half human and half vampire, and who is training to be a protector of her friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. If you're a fan of the series and enjoy reading about the Rose, dressing as this character for a Halloween party will convey a sense of fantasy and danger, and also be a lot of fun.

    Step 1

    Dye your hair dark brown, almost black, with permanent or semi-permanent dye. Alternatively, you can purchase a wig this color, which is a smart idea if your hair is short. Rose Hathaway has long, wavy hair.

    Step 2

    Give yourself a spray tan. The Vampire Academy novels specifically state that Rose has dark skin.

    Step 3

    Purchase temporary tattoos in the shape of the Guardian tattoos that Rose has in the books, sold at stores that carry Vampire Academy merchandise. Rose has the Molnija Marks, which look like two crossed lightning bolts, the Promise Mark, which looks like a curved S-shape, and a Zvezda mark, which looks like a star. Or you can download pictures of these marks from various fan sites like or (see Resources) and trace them onto your body with a washable, non-toxic black marker. If you're talented at drawing you can draw them on yourself--they're fairly basic designs.

    Step 4

    Dress in Rose's standard training or protection gear, as the Guardians typically dress. For example, black track pants with a white tank top and a black jacket is a simple but accurate outfit.

    Step 5

    Go to your Halloween party and wow your fellow fans.

    About the Author

    Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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