Probably the best part about Halloween is dressing up. People seem to lose their inhibitions (and shame) when it comes to choosing a costume. Whether you plan on purchasing or making your costume this year, over-the-top is always best. The possiblilites are endless...from hot movie blockbusters to classic monsters. If you are having or attending a themed party, of course your costume should reflect that. To help you out, here are a few lists of ideas to get your noggin going....and for pete's sake, enough with the sexy /witch/nurse/cop/referee/teacher costumes. I did the French Maid costume one year, and spent the whole night trying to keep things from falling out or riding up. That's one personal request we'll be skipping.
Political Figures - Always at the top of the list during an election year. They are the easiest because they only involve a mask and a suit for both men and women.
Summer Blockbusters - Indiana Jones, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Wall-E, The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian, Star Wars - The Clone Wars,
Couple Ideas - Adam and Eve, Superman and Wonder Woman, Bonnie and Clyde, Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles, Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, Batman and Cat Woman, Christmas Tree and Present, Hot Cowboy and Sexy Indian, Danny and Sandy from Grease, Hans Solo and Princess Leia, Regis and Kelly
Group Ideas - Last year we saw the greatest group costume. Dad was a train conductor and the rest of the family were train cars made from large cardboard boxes and painted. Mom was the locomotive and the 2 kids were boxcars and the littlest was a caboose. He was in a wagon being pulled by another child. Another set we saw was a family of pirates. Obviously, Pirates of the Caribbean was hot last year, but they really went all out. Other great ideas: characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Beverly Hillbillies, Charlie's Angels, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Deal or No Deal, Lord of the Rings. Check out Parents.com for a great slideshow on making group costumes
And speaking of making your own....I can't sew. I've learned that from the Wolf-Costume-Fiasco of 2007 that my husband still messes with me about. So I know nothing about making my own costumes. However, Our Lady of All Things Handmade knows a thing or two. Check out Week 1 Costumes from her Halloween Workshop 2008; eight weeks of step-by-step countdown to Halloween. I wait with bated breath.