Let’s say you’re a kid who likes really original costumes that reflect what you are really into at that moment. Or let’s say you’re an adult and you’re going to a Halloween party and you want to go beyond the “sexy witch” costume.
Halloween is the perfect time to let your fandom SHINE!
A few weeks ago, Shannon and I were talking about all things Dragon Con, the world’s largest multi-media, pop culture convention held annually in Atlanta. If you’re not familiar with this fan convention, it brings together the most epic fans on all levels of geekdom. But the best part is the cosplay. Cosplay is a cross between costuming and role-playing where fans works to not only look like their favorite entertainment characters but also emulate them.
Now, if you’re not that dedicated, you can still be inspired by the creativity that goes into each and every costume at the convention and you can use it to your advantage to create a geek-inspired costume that everyone will be talking about.
Star Wars Inspired Costumes
A Princess Leia costume is as classic as they come. A white robe, belt, and danish hair complete this look.
Buy it: YES – Princess Leia costume
Make it: Definitely
Hip Hop Princess Leia and her Stormtrooper put their own spin on a classic to make it their own.
Make it: The chains and the ‘tude are definitely something you’d have to supply yourself.
Sexy Star Wars Slave costumes are only advised if you have the body to wear it and you potentially look good in green.
Make it: If you’re one of the other slaves, you might have to make it yourself. But it looks like you don’t need much material.
General Leia Organa costume is perfect if you’re not sexy slave ready for Halloween.
Buy it: Not really. There are a few Etsy shops selling it but look at the costume.
Make it: A khaki top and pants along with a purple vest and boots. The trick is the hair!
You’re not seeing double. That’s not just one Rey costume – it’s two! In fact, Rey has several different looks throughout The Force Awakens.
Make it: I happen to know that both of these costumes were homemade (that’s my sister on the left!) so you can DIY them. I am told, though, that the right boots are everything.
For something a little different, try a Maz Kanata costume. This “force-sensitive humanoid female” was featured in The Force Awakens.
Buy it: Nope. At least not as far I can find. But you’ll find some Pinterest idea for this costume.
Make it: There’s not a ton of work to this look but you have to get the glasses right to make it work.
Ever see a Saturday Night Stormtrooper costume? Well, you have now.
Buy it: If you don’t have a white disco suit at home, you might need to grab one.
Make it: To complete the look, you need a sequined stormtrooper helmet and for that, my friends, you are on your own. Better break out that glue gun!
Superhero Inspired Costumes
It’s not Peter Quill. It’s a Star-Lord costume, man. And he just might have an infinity stone in his hand.
Buy it: Definitely. There’s a Guardian of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord costume.
Make it: Making it would be my choice. I mean, who wouldn’t want a red leather jacket anyway?
How about an anti-hero costume like a Yondu costume? He’s good, he’s bad, he’s self-centered. But we end up liking Yondu anyway.
Buy it: Kind of. The muscle-chest Yondu costume doesn’t look too bad but…
Make it: To make it work, you need commitment to the hair and makeup like this guy.
Oh, hey. It’s my sister again. This time she’s donned a Revolutionary War Wonder Woman costume. Why? WHY NOT?
Buy it: Ha! Fat chance. This is an original but maybe it will inspire you to do a twist on a classic.
Make it: Absolutely. But I will say it took her a few months.
It’s a Flapper Wonder Woman costume along with her companion in a Gangster Batman costume.
Buy it: You probably want to start with a Justice League Wonder Woman Costume and modify. Men simply need a good suit.
Make it: You might be starting to notice that standard costumes and clothes can often be accessorized for a custom look.
Costumes Inspired by Movies
Although most of these costumes can’t be purchased, there’s no better form of flattery than to imitate characters from some of your favorite movies.
Beetlejuice costume and his unwitting and unwilling bride, Lydia.
Young Indy, Indy’s dad, and Indiana Jones – all three generations!
If you ever watched Logan’s Run, you’ll fully appreciate this costume.
Ruby Rhod costume from The Fifth Element
Kevin Bacon as Valentine in Tremors
Costumes Inspired by Television
TV is so content-rich right now that there are a million characters to choose from. Pick one that inspires you and make it your own.
Eleven from Stranger Things
Walker, Texas Ranger and one of those guys from Miami Vice
So you see, Halloween isn’t just about the sexy witch costume. It’s about flexing your creativity and showing your fan devotion. If you’re inspired, I’d love to hear what you’re planning for Halloween.
Photo credit for most photos: Tonya Goodnow (my sister). This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy anything, I promise to split my commission with my sister.