15 October 2023

Now that’s what I Call a Halloween Costume

What makes a great Halloween costume? Money? Certainly the more you spend the more likely your costume is going to be realistic and scary. Time? Perhaps – the more elaborate a costume is then the longer it will take to prepare. Energy? Perhaps, but the single most vital element that makes for a great Halloween costume is thought (and perhaps a permutation or combination of the above too). Here are some of the best Halloween costumes we found.

Something unusual that others may not have considered can do the trick nicely.  Not many people would have considered making a costume based on the front cover of Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 mashup novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  However, it works beautifully on two levels.  First and foremost, those in the know will just worship your creation.  Secondly, even if people are unaware of the novel they will still think that you have made a brilliant effort - and it is certainly a twist on the zombie hosts we see every year.

However, it has to be noted here that the more traditional zombie costumes can be just as effective for Halloween - when the time and effort are put in to them.  The touches that have gone in to the two above, from the yellow bow to the dog collar just make them all the scarier.

A budget close to zero should never get in the way of a brilliant idea, however.

If you want to be The Beast but don't happen to have the same budget as Brett Ratner, don't let that put you off.  The results can still be brilliant.

Take some childhood favorites and give them a somewhat macabre Halloween twist.  I certainly wouldn't ask this pair how to get to Sesame Street.

An idea may spring to mind that would not necessarily be associated with Halloween but might just be fantastic anyway.  Here, a Banksy graffiti art is turned in to a costume with a difference.  The only forseeable problem with this is that you might have to take a picture of the original along with you to show people what you were (very successfully) striving for.  And then there would be the interminable holding still in that pose.

Then again, there is no harm in a straightforward homage to your favorite comic book or movie villain.  Just do it well, that's all.

Star Wars has figured large in Halloween costumes since the late seventies.  Where you can, however, try to give it an edge.

When you are self employed then the correct choice of Halloween costume could make a real difference to your income.

For the vast majority of the population, sexy is something to be avoided on Halloween, especially if you don't do it very well for the other 364 days in the year.  However, if you must, a mix and match can work.  Little Red Riding Hood crossed with Marilyn Monroe?  We can live with that.

A discard hat or an attempt at art?  Who can say.  However, surely the idea behind a good Halloween costume is to frighten the bejeesus out of people.  If you are going to dress up as The Reaper then you should keep this in mind.  Find a place, stand very still, stay in character at all times and above all - say nothing.

Yeah.  It'll be all fright on the night.