Whether for Halloween parties or trick or treating, these fun costumes keep up with the current (and upcoming) movie trends.
Finding and Making Halloween Costumes
Some retail stores, party stores, and Halloween outlets offer a wide selection of costumes and props to mix or match for creating a great-looking outfit. For an original one-of-a-kind flare that also saves money, try homemade costumes that use as many on-hand resources as possible.
To create a superhero costume, go to dance stores and sporting goods stores for unitards, tights, leggings, and all things Spandex. For less expensive versions, try athletic clothing departments in discount retailers such as Walmart, K Mart, and Target. Sleep masks (usually sold for less than $4.00 U.S. in linen stores, retail stores, and online) can be converted easily into superhero masks. For additional costume accessories, visit consignment shops, thrift stores, flea markets, dollar stores, fabric shops, and garage sales.
Finding pictures of movie characters in order to perfect the ensemble is easy. Try Google Images, Internet Movie Database, official movie sites, and, of course, watch the film, if possible. Another suggestion: Visit a local library and flip through recent copies of entertainment magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter for more character costume ideas.
Costume Ideas From Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Movies
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror movie characters naturally fit into the scary Halloween tradition.
Although people were dressing as The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, and Alice last Halloween (several months before Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland hit the big screen), the movie actually came out in early 2010, making the inhabitants of Wonderland fair game for this year’s costumes.
Don’t forget the new batch of superheroes: The violent comedy Kick-Ass introduced audiences to Kick-Ass, Red Mist, Hit Girl, and Big Daddy. Those looking ahead for costume ideas may want to stock up on green fabric. There’s The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen in the title role and Tony Jaa as Kato, and Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, both films scheduled for big-screen debuts next year.