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No tricks, just treats: Creative Halloween costumes

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Mia Daly

Picking out a Halloween costume doesn’t always have to be a hassle. With Halloween falling on a Tuesday, consider having multiple costumes planned. Costumes don’t have to be a difficult task to determine. Sometimes just throwing some clothes together from your closet and adding some accessories from the store can spook the night away. Whether you are planning a solo costume, a group costume or coordinating with your significant other, here are some ideas to get you ready and excited for Halloween. 

 

A blast from the past: Group costume ideas 

Halloween is the perfect occasion to relive and embrace childhood nostalgia. Dressing up as a favorite childhood movie or television character is a good way to go. Below are a few ideas that might help to “reconnect” with your inner childhood self. 

The characters of  “Shrek” provide the perfect opportunity for friends to coordinate a group costume. With Shrek, Fiona, Lord Farquad, the Gingerbread Man, Puss in Boots and more, everyone in the friend group can be included. That black wig in the back of your childhood dress-up closet is ready for action and can be paired with knee pads to create the Lord Farquad look.

If you missed the chance to visit the Land of Oz in Beech Mountain during the month of September, don’t fret. Halloween is the perfect time to recreate your very own Land of Oz. With Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, there are plenty of options for both a group costume and a solo one. It’s time to put those game day overalls – or any overalls – to work to become the perfect scarecrow. If you don’t have overalls, then it’s time to pull out your favorite flannel. If you’re feeling really festive, try stuffing your pockets with straw and using face paint to complete the look.

Dressing as someone from “Peter Pan” is another classic that could result in amazing Halloween costumes. Whether you want to represent this film by yourself or with friends, there are multiple characters to choose from, including Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy and even the Lost Boys.

“Alice in Wonderland,” another classic movie, can surely still be appreciated to this day. With so many unique characters, these costumes can be as creative as you want. Some options include but are not limited to, Alice, Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Caterpillar.

Being the iconic and funky Donna and the Dynamos is a great way to get a girl group together. Coordinate a fun dance to any of the chart topping “Mamma Mia” songs and throw on some gogo boots and a sparkly jumpsuit for an easy way to bring this group costume to life. 

 

Dynamic duo costumes 

Halloween costumes do not always have to play by the “Mean Girls” rule. Revealing costumes might not be your thing, like Regina George. Best friends seem to have good photos. A dynamic duo costume is a good way to get those photos. Popular dynamic duo characters such as Rick and Morty, Batman and Robin, Wayne and Garth, Mario and Luigi and The Blues Brothers have a fair chance at winning some costume contests. A trucker hat and some big glasses with any band shirt will turn you and your partner into the perfect Wayne’s World pair. 

If romantic costumes are what is in store for you this year, the classic prince and princess duo is hard to outshine. Flynn and Rapunzel, the Princess and the Frog and the more unconventional Han Solo and Princess Leia could be a good way to go. 

If you do not have a significant other on Halloween and just want a fun idea with a friend, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez from the “Bad Blood” music video may be a unique idea. You could transform into the best friend duo of Peyton Sawyer and Brooke Davis from the popular show “One Tree Hill” just by buying a cheer outfit. For all the redheads this season, Kim Possible and Shego, as well as Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Meringue are cute and easy costumes for you and your blonde or brunette counterpart. 

 

Solo and last minute costumes 

Solo costumes do not have to be boring this Halloween season. Pop culture icons like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Ken, and Maverick from Top Gun can be fun and easy to put together. You can take a scarier route with classic Halloween icons like Ghostface, Chucky, the Joker, Pennywise and Jennifer from “Jennifer’s Body.”

The iconic Nepo-baby trend of this year can easily be recreated with a fancy outfit and a shirt that says “Nepo-Baby.”

Last minute plans or procrastinating costumes can sometimes be stressful when Halloween is approaching. Luckily, some costumes can be easily made or thrown together at the last minute. Throwing on a pair of animal ears can also make any outfit into an easy costume, adding a pair of mouse ears and sunglasses to an outfit turns into a blind mouse in seconds. Putting together an all pink outfit with a prop can quickly transform you into a Barbie. For all the Taylor Swift fans out there, creating a look inspired by one of her ten eras is quick, simple and an excellent option for any Swiftie. 

If time is running out there are plenty of nearby and local options such as Anna Banana’s, The Happy Place and Plato’s Closet to search for costume pieces.

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