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Halloween Costume Ideas

Here are some great Halloween costume ideas. Halloween is only a few days away -- time is limited and the budget is tight. There are several ways to get your costume ready. First, you can purchase it complete with accessories and all. Check out the links in this article and shop around. You can also put together your Halloween costumes from dollar store or party store items, and sometimes from stuff you have around the house.

First, there are various “categories” of Halloween costume ideas – scary, famous person or character, job-related/stereotype, fantasy characters, animals, objects, and couples. Obviously, many costumes can fit into more than one of these categories, but these categories will help you decide what or who you want to be.

Traditional scary Halloween costumes include witches, zombies, mummies, devils, Frankenstein monsters, and vampires. A witch costume can be a simple as a witch hat. A vampire can be as simple as a black cape and plastic teeth. Wrap yourself in gauze (or a ripped up sheet) to be a mummy, and use makeup to become a zombie. Other popular scary costumes are those with makeup effects that make it look like your body has been gouged, eyes missing, missing limbs (arms), huge cuts and bruises, and also those from cult horror movies like Jason from the Friday the 13th series and Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. To be Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street, you just need a fedora hat (beat up) and a striped sweater, really. For Jason, you really just need a hockey mask.

Famous people, dead or alive, are often the best Halloween costume ideas. People dress up as famous people all the time, from Presidents to the latest pop star. Characters from movies like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Toy Story, or any super hero like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Iron Man, are always popular. Adults still like to dress up as John Travolta’s character on Saturday Night Fever, Austin Powers, Cleopatra, Elvis, characters from the Wizard of Oz, characters from Grease, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Lucy (I Love Lucy), Lady Gaga, The Simpsons, Spongebob, Star Trek, The Flintstones, The Addams Family… The ideas are almost endless. Do a search on the character you are interested in so that you can figure out what you have already that you can adapt to be part of your costume.

Job-related/stereotype Halloween costume ideas include costumes like doctors, the Burger King (ha!), judges, policeman or woman, hippie, disco queen, flapper, cowboy or cowgirl, priest, nun, monk, chef, rock star (like KISS! or Ozzy), military, scientist, magician, various sports, pilots, Sherlock Holmes, firefighter, cheerleader, referee, nurse, maid, taxi drivers, and more. Ideas for these costumes can be found by searching on the profession. A doctor or scientist costume would just need a white coat and a couple of props like a stethoscope (doctor) or a couple of test tubes in your pockets (scientist). A hippie just needs a tie dye shirt and a bandana.

Fantasy character Halloween costume ideas include princes and princesses like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and her dwarfs, Robin Hood, Big Bad Wolf, Beauty and the Beast, Prince Charming, Medusa, Wicked Queen, Glinda the Good Witch, gothic characters, angels, genies, renaissance and

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medieval characters, ninjas, dragons, sci-fi characters, Merlin, The Hobbit characters, elves, sorcerers, leprechauns, the Chronicles of Narnia characters, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings characters, any fairy tale characters from Pinocchio to Shrek to Little Red Riding Hood, characters from The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Twilight series, clowns, Santa Claus, Alice in Wonderland, and The Last Airbender. You don’t have to be a specific fantasy character; you can choose to be a fairy or a warlock without naming exactly which fairy or warlock that in what story or film.

If you want to dress up as an animal, you really can come up with all kinds of Halloween costume ideas of any animal you want. Some of the more popular animals are horses, butterflies, bumble bees, dogs, cats, turtles, ladybugs, lions, gorillas, monkeys, turkeys, chickens, penguins, bunnies, tigers, lions, skunks, Winnie the Pooh characters, reindeer, mermaids, dragons, spiders, bats, and wolves. Some of these animals are depicted by characters. For example, dressing up as a wolf can be dressing up as the Big Bad Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood story, a cat can be Cat Woman, and a dog can be Scooby Doo.

Objects are typically Halloween costume ideas that are made. Things like ketchup and mustard (or any other condiment), salt and pepper (or any other seasoning/spice), grapes, a bag of trash, and a Christmas tree are all objects that can be costumes. Ideas are literally endless. If you want to dress up as something, either check to see if that object already exists as a costume (bananas, trees, crayons, M&Ms, hot dogs, jelly beans, and a cereal box) or decide what you want to be and get some cardboard, paint, etc. For example, to be grapes, you could dress in either green or maroon and then pin balloons all over you. Being a tree could be as simple as dressing in brown pants, green top, and pinning leaves all over. A bag of trash can be just a trash bag with leg holes cut out, pulled over your body, filled with wadded up papers and tied either around your chest or neck, depending on the size of the bag. Other ideas (that I have seen people dress up as) include a beer keg, candy, whoopee cushion, bottle of whiskey, and a pot of gold.

There are so many ideas for couple Halloween costume ideas. A couple can dress up as a male and female of pretty much anything already mentioned above. Other ideas: caveman and cavewoman, Raggedy Ann and Andy, cowboy and cowgirl, two Indians, or a cowboy and an Indian, salt and pepper shakers, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, M&M candies, Superman and Superwoman, flapper and gangster, Sonny and Cher, Peg and Al Bundy (Married With Children), Fred and Wilma Flintstone, tacky tourist couple, King and Queen, King and Queen cards, Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam, Shrek and Fiona, Marge and Homer Simpson, bacon and eggs, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads.

The Halloween costume ideas in this article should give you a lot of options to think about, and some ideas to make the costume from what you have at home or very simply with a couple of props. Regardless, have a wonderful Halloween, whoever or whatever you plan to be!

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