Monday, October 31, 2011

Characters as Costumes

Happy Halloween!

It’s that day of the year when everybody is allowed to dress up and be somebody else for a day. As the weekend has progressed, I couldn’t help but notice how heavily film and television inspired Halloween costumes; everything from gory and disturbing to sweet and childish.

Every year, new television series and films come out that really catch the eyes of the population, causing them to dress up like their favorite characters for this fun holiday. Here are some of the iconic costumes that always seem to be around:


This is a very popular costume for little boys and males in general. What’s great about superheroes is that there are so many to choose from. There’s the original comic book heroes like Batman, Superman, Spiderman to ones like real-life heroes like firefighters and cops. The possibilities are ever-growing.

Princesses and Queens

When in doubt, a girl can always resort to classic Disney tales for inspiration for their costumes. It’s very popular among girls of all ages because most of us have grown up relating to at least one princess—or desiring to be like her. On the other hand, it’s also fun to go a little dark and instead of being Snow White or Jasmine, dress up like the Queen of Hearts or Cruella De Vil.

Classic Characters

Some very popular options are characters from classic movies—ones that most people will recognize. Among those are characters like Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and Holly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” It’s always good to have a good twist though, and dressing up like your favorite antagonists is always fun—this weekend I saw people dressed up as Alex from “A Clockwork Orange” and the classic killers, Freddy and Jason.

Taken from the Television

Perhaps the characters from television are the most obscure. This weekend I saw an evil version of a person—a reference straight out of “Community” (Abed and Troy become Evil Abed and Evil Troy.) Last year, Dexter was a very common costume, which was very creative and simple. In the past I have also seen groups dress up as the Mystery Gang and impersonate all of the characters from “Scooby Doo.”

I hope all of you had a fantastic Halloween! What were some of your favorite costumes inspired by television and films? Feel free to share!

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