Halloween costume ideas, 2012 edition: Crafty costumes
Earlier this week, we explored a few costume ideas for the less proactive/enthusiastic folks out there. Now, we've got the tricks and treats for those who love the holiday, but still haven't gotten their getup together just yet. From group costume ideas to solo-costume inspirations, here are some pointers.
The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was the end of an era. However, that doesn't mean you've got to stop dressing up like the heroes and villains from the movie. With Scarecrow, the Joker, Harvey Dent, Bane -- not to mention Alfred or Mr. Fox -- there are so many characters to draw from. We'll focus on a few from The Dark Knight Rises, but remember that this could make an awesome group costume with Nolan-inspired Batman characters from throughout the series.
|Hermit Bruce Wayne, Batman|
Where to go: Target or Ragstock for all-black attire and mask-making supplies.
Where to go: The army surplus store.
|Catwoman, Selena Kyle|
Tip: Like most Batman characters, you'll need a mask. You can easily make one that goes on and off quickly by taking black lace (wide-lace ribbon works well), and hot-gluing it to a generic mask. For a more permanent mask, you can fit the lace ribbon over your eyes, extending it to your temples. Cut eye holes and shape the lace with scissors so it fits your face. Next, apply eyelash glue to the outer edges of the mask, put it on, and you're in disguise.
Where to go: American Apparel for spandex bodysuits, Michael's for lace and masks.
|Commissioner Gordon, John Blake|
Where to go: Savers or Ragstock for the modern disheveled, disgruntled detective look.
|Some of the Avengers: Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Thor|
Group costume! Was there ever a better way to get a ton of your friends together in disguise? Sure, the Batman brigade is cool, but the Avengers are fun. Here's a mathematical rundown of each major character's trademarks that you can riff on and make your own for Halloween.
Red cape + gray or black shirt + pants + hammer + blonde wig = Thor!
Let's try out the Tony Stark side of this billionaire-playboy-hero-genius.
Suit + goatee + electromagnetic core/chest = Tony Stark
Blue shirt with a white star on the chest + blue pants + blue ski a mask (- bottom jawline) + red gloves + circular shield = Captain America
Black bodysuit + belt with the Black Widow symbol + red bob = Black Widow
Green body paint + ripped shorts = Hulk post-monster phase
T-shirt - sleeves or very short-sleeved tee or vest + spiky hair + bow x 1000 arrows = Hawkeye
Okay, so he's part of S.H.I.E.L.D., but we wanted to include him for good measure.
Eye patch + long, black trench coat x Samuel L. Jackson attitude = Nick Fury
|Sam and Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom|
Looking to win for Halloween's best quirky-cute-indie-hipster couples costume contest? Look no further than Wes Anderson's adolescent heart-warmer Moonrise Kingdom. (By the by, this is yet another group costume waiting to happen.)
Considering how much Sam hates being a Khaki Scout, he sure does rock the look. Here are the things you'll need to get your Shakusky badge of honor: coonskin cap; a khaki, button-down, short-sleeved shirt (don't get traditional navy blue, there's a reason it's called Khaki Scouts); khaki shorts; green, knee-high socks; brown shoes; a bright-yellow bandana; lots and lots and lots of scout patches (you can even make your own!); map; backpack; and, finally, a cork pop-gun (or not, depending on where you go for your festivities).
Where to go: Get your Khaki Scout needs at Ragstock and Savers, make your own patches from felt from Michaels.
Hailed for her incredible fashion sense, Suzy Bishop is the epitome of the retro-girl-next-door in her Peter Pan-collared dress, knee-high socks, and saddle shoes. Show off Suzy's rebellious side with her trademark bold streak of blue eyeshadow on your top lid. Pull your hair back into a half-ponytail, or don a raspberry-colored beret, and you're ready to go on some adventures.
Where to go: Vintage stores like Up Six, Tatters, or Blacklist Vintage are perfect for the wardrobe; hit Target for bright-blue eyeshadow; try out Goodwill for any vintage portable record players, suitcases, or for Suzy's signature binoculars.
|Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit|
If you're already thinking about being a character from The Hobbit, chances are that you dressed up like one of the Fellowship a few years ago anyways. Pull that stuff out of your closet (we know you know exactly where it is), and put it on, Bilbo!
If you weren't nerdy or Tolkeinspired enough to delve into Middle Earth the last time this franchise made the rounds in theaters, then here are a few steps in the right direction towards Hobbitdom: A light-colored blouse or button-down, vest, breeches (feel free to cut a pair of old trousers a little shorter. Say, mid-calf), and the ever-necessary pipe or flagon. Feminine Hobbits can switch out the breeches for a mid-length circle skirt and a crown of roses atop a head of curls.
And don't forget the most important part of being a Hobbit: hairy feet. If you're daring, then you can try making your own (so you don't have to go barefoot all night). Take a pair of sandals and a patch of faux fur (readily available at craft stores!), secure them together, and you've got yourself a precious pair of Hobbit feet.
|Walter White and Jesse Pinkman|
Who doesn't want to be badass Walter White and lovable miscreant Jesse Pinkman? This is a good dude-duo costume that's not super difficult to put together. But it still in the "people who get into it" category because you're going to be stuck in a yellow jumpsuit and gas mask all night.
Where to go: Ax Man, Halloween Supply
Note: So you like Breaking Bad, but you don't want to commit to it all the way? Good news, unlike Walt, you've got more options.
Walt wannabes will need a pair of khakis, a dress shirt, and a khaki-colored jacket. Slap a bald cap on, get some readers, and grow (or buy) a goatee. If you want to go deluxe, get a black pork pie hat, and plant it firmly on your head.
Jesse hopefuls can raid the XXL section at the nearest cheap clothing mart. Items needed include a t-shirt, pants (preferably with lots of pockets for storing the goods), and an even larger hoodie. A beanie can complete the Jesse look. If you want to go a step further, get a black-eye kit and go to town on your face. Dropping Jesse's trademark "bitch" at the end of your sentences brings up the realism of the costume -- as well as your likelihood of being misunderstood.