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 New Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Movies
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror movie characters naturally fit into the scary Halloween tradition. Ongoing series included new installments this year, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2018, reviving interest in popular characters from recent years. So those old Harry Potter spectacles, vampire fangs, and Freddy Krueger masks and gloves still haven’t outlived their usefulness.
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 2018, 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 as they jump forward to 2018. 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.
Costume Ideas From New Comedies
Although not especially scary, except for their idiocy, two characters emerged from Dinner for Schmucks that translate easily into costumes, as long as plenty of personality goes with the outfit. Add some buck teeth, a bad toupee, glasses, and a windbreaker to create Steve Carell’s “Barry,” or don a purple cape, bushy beard, and a seriously self-righteous attitude for Zach Galifianakis’s mind-controlling fool “Therman.”
The Saturday Night Live-inspired comedy MacGruber provides great costumes for singles or couples who want to relive the 1980s. Try a mullet wig (or the real thing), plaid shirt, down vest, sunglasses, and tight blue jeans. To replicate Vicki St. Elmo from the movie, wear a matching outfit or try a one-piece jumpsuit with platform shoes.
For the truly fearless: There’s the hideous title character from Nanny McPhee Returns in which the lovely Emma Thompson transforms herself into someone who’s cosmetically challenged, to say the least. For the guys, try taking on the look of over-the-top rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from Get Him to the Greek with shiny spandex pants, animal print shirts, bold accessories, and a surplus of body, head, and facial hair.
Costume Ideas From New Dramas
For those who can pull it off, try imitating one of Angelina Jolie’s cool looks from Salt, either as a dangerous gun-toting blonde or black-haired beauty in a trench coat.
For the Emo Halloweener: Try Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by adding some nose rings and multiple ear piercings, plus lots of black leather, spiky short black hair, and a large dragon tattoo down the shoulders and back.
2018 Movie Costume Ideas at a Glance
- Harry Potter and friends
- Twilight vampires and werewolves
- Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Alice in Wonderland characters
- Kick-Ass characters
- The Green Hornet and Kato
- Green Lantern
- Dinner for Schmucks characters
- MacGruber and Vicki St. Elmo (MacGruber)
- Nanny McPhee
- Aldous Snow (Get Him to the Greek)
- Evelyn Salt (Salt)
- Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)