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Halloween Costume Ideas

When you start searching around for Halloween costume ideas then you start realizing how creative people can be when they design costumes. There seems to be no limit on the various types of styles and themes you may use for the Halloween festival that is celebrated on the 31st October annually.

The costumes range from regal to risqué, from scary to silly and from homemade to hired and it will take some time to decide on a costume if you stroll through the costume hire shops or scroll through all the different websites that advertise there wares.

There are ready-made costumes for babies, toddlers, kids, teens, adult females and males and for plus sizes and it is suggested that you rather hire than buy if your budget is limited.

The most popular outfits for babies are the ones where you have the wrap around effect, as a baby still needs to be wrapped up warmly. The most popular are the pea in a pod and the red chili costumes. The toddlers may be dressed in little devil, ghost, Mini or Mickey Mouse costumes or cuddly animal costumes where the favourites are rabbits, dogs and cats.

The kids and teens have similar tastes and if you intend to hire costumes then the most popular are Hannah Montana, Avatar Neytiri, Pretty Witches, Tinkerbell and Supergirl for the girls. The boys prefer to imitate their action heroes and you will find many of them wearing Superman, Spiderman or Batman outfits, but after the Avatar movie many chose Jake Sully. The animal costumes, clowns and Disney characters are still old favourites where the girls choose Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy out of Oz and Snow White and the boys prefer Peter Pan, Dr Hook, Pirates, Dwarfs and the Mad Hatter.

The homemade costumes for the kids of all ages are fairly easy if you decide to use items such as sheets for ghosts and boxes where holes have been cut out for arms legs and head and painted to represent anything from their favourite cereal to a car. Use your imagination and come up with a great design for your kids.

The range of costumes for women are staggering and some of them are really quite splendid and depending on your body shape you could choose any costume in its sexier design if you are daring enough to show some bare flesh. The regal Queen of Hearts costume is a firm favourite for the plus size and the sexy spiced up version of it for the daring women. The other popular costumes are Lady GaGa, a green m&m costume, Avatar Neytiri, Nightmare Black Widow, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and Alice in Wonderland. There are many sexy outfits to choose from in all the characters mentioned.

The men normally like to wear the scarier type of costumes and choose Frankenstein, Freddy Krueger, Count Dracula or scary masks with an axe protruding out of their skull and fake blood running down the entire outfit. The non-scary costumes chosen by men are Avatar Jack Sully, Batman, Kick Ass costume, Captain Jack Sparrow and the Joker costume.

Couples may dress up as Shrek and Fiona, Robin Hood and Maid Marion, king and queen, Romeo and Juliet, etc.

Whether you decide on a homemade costume where you may go as a banana, tree trunk, bunch of grapes or refrigerator made from a box or you decide to hire or buy a costume, be sure to consider the weather and the venue so that your are dressed appropriately.


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Good Halloween Costume Ideas

There are a lot of good Halloween costume ideas doing the rounds and if you are reading this article you must have been surfing the web to try and find something different to wear this year.

If you are invited to a theme party then you are limited to wear the costumes dictated by the theme, but nothing stops you from adding your own creative flair so that you stand out from the crown. Once you know what the theme of the Halloween party is going to be then try and study up on it by either watching the movie or reading the book or comic book so that you can choose the character you want to emulate and so that you know what is expected of that character and how to dress appropriately.

Many Halloween parties have movie or stage/musical shows as a theme because of the great music, the larger number of costumes to choose from and the fun atmosphere it creates. The movie Grease is very popular because of the 50’s look and the music from the same era; the clothes were very colourful and sexy in a natural way. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is also fantastic in view of the outrageous costumes and characters in the movie and the music throughout the movie.

If you are invited to a Halloween party that has an open theme then you could have great fun by designing your own unique costume by using everyday articles around the house. How about collecting newspapers and sticking them together with tape so that you may roll yourself into the newspaper (remember to cut holes for your arms) and then go to the party dressed as a newspaper. You can do the same with yellow felt and go as a banana just remember to paint those black/blown lines on the felt to look more authentic.

An excellent base to use for a homemade costume are big boxes as you can cut out holes for your arm, legs and neck and then design the box to represent anything you want to portray. For example an x-ray machine at an airport where you paint your skeleton on the front and back of the box so that it looks as if you have no clothes on in the area covered by the box but your normal clothes will show where the box does not cover your body. The lists are endless as you can paint a stove, refrigerator, computer, wash basket, etc and then add further decorations that are necessary with the required accessories. You may use a smaller box to cover your head to represent a TV and you could be a CNN reporter.

There are many costume hire shops and online hire or buy stores where you may obtain other professional costumes like the storybook characters: Alice in Wonderland, Goldilocks, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood or the action ladies like Cat Woman, Avatar Neytiri, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Then for the daring ladies who don’t mind showing a little bare flesh there are costumes like Lady GaGa, Playboy Bunnies, sexy French maids or the spiced up versions of the storybook characters where the dresses are shortened and made into figure hugging designs and finished off by wearing sexy fishnet stockings and either high heeled shoes or sexy boots.

The males could choose Freddie Krueger, Count Dracula, Ghosts, Batman, Spiderman, clowns, Santa Claus or the sexier costumes showing off their chest strong arms and muscled legs like a male striptease artist or the like.

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Poison Ivy Costume Ideas

The Poison Ivy costume is very popular with redheads who have lithe, athletic sexy bodies, because it is so easy to change into Poison Ivy for them.

Poison Ivy is one of the sexy female villains in the Batman movies and she has a very lethal kiss that she uses to poison her enemies. To accentuate her mouth she wears very bright red lipstick and it is recommended that you have your lipstick with you at all times while wearing this costume as you will be expected to do a lot of kissing throughout the evening.

This costume is very easy to make at home therefore you don’t have to spend a lot of money to hire or buy one. There are three items that have to be the same colour green and they are your leotard or bodysuit, your gloves and your fishnet stockings. It is suggested that you acquire all three these items in white and then place them together into a container and dye them the same green at the same time. She wears tall boots that have a two-toned green look to them and taking your old boots and spray-painting them with two different greens, one darker than the other could achieve this.

Now that you have the basics for your costume it is time to hunt for some ivy or fake leaves to decorate your body the same as Poison Ivy’s. If you are in a area where the normal non-toxic ivy grows then it is suggested that you cut long strands of ivy the day before or the same day as the Halloween party so that they are still green and flexible. Carefully cut off all the parts that may be sharp or rough because remember you will have to wear it close to your skin and you don’t want to be pricked or scratched.

Ask one of your friends to help you on the night of the party because you will create a very natural effect if someone could sew or stick the ivy on when you are already wearing your entire costume. The idea is to start at the bottom where your friend could firmly stick the ivy to the heels of your boots and then allow it to climb from the boots to the outside of your legs then around your lower hips around your waist and then up to your neckline through to your hair. If you have long wavy hair you will create the same effect as the original character. If you don’t have red hair you could wear a wig or dye your hair. The ivy must also climb along your arms and gloves therefore separate strands of ivy will need to be used for those.

It is important to have a good look at her makeup as she wears very garish makeup and long false eyelashes therefore try and find a photo of her online so that you ensure that your makeup is applied correctly.

Wear a choker necklace with ivy sewn onto it to draw attention to your neckline and complete the whole ivy effect that she achieves in the movies.

A final thought, try and encourage two of your friends to dress up in the costumes of the other two female villains, namely Cat Woman and Harley Quinn, allowing you all to attract a lot of attention at the party when you arrive.

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