One of my all time favorite movies when I was young is the Wizard of Oz. The adventures of a young girl named Dorothy, who lives on a Kansas farm with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, and her little dog Toto. One day a tornado appears outside and before Dorothy can reach the storm cellar, the farmhouse is caught up in the cyclone and deposited in a grassy field in the country of the Munchkins. Her only way back to Kansas is to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz. While on the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy meets some remarkable characters: the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Man who wants a heart and the Cowardly Lion who wants courage. Thinking the Wizard of Oz can help them too, she encourages them to journey with her and Toto to the Emerald City. And who can forget the characters of Glinda, The Good Witch of the North and The Wicked Witch of the West. This is a wonderful movie for kids of all ages. The characters are also a classic every year at Halloween. Last year my daughter went trick-or-treating as Dorothy carrying her little basket with a stuffed Toto dog inside: Wizard of OZ: Toto Basket. Of course the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Ruby red slippers: Wizard of Oz: Ruby Red Slippers. The Dorothy costume is great all on it’s own, but you can also go as a group and have the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion all together. Check out all our Wizard of Oz costumes here: Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes and remember, “There’s no place like home”….
Another great idea for single or group costumes would definitely have to come from the popular movie series Austin Powers. This series started in May 1997, with the release of Austin Powers International Man of Mystery bringing with it the characters of British super spy Austin Powers and arch- villian Dr. Evil. Then in June 1999, The Spy Who Shagged Me introduced “hippy chick” Felicity Shagwell and finally in July 2002, Austin Powers in Goldmember starred the popular female character Foxxy Cleopatra. All these characters make for great Halloween costumes. The October after Goldmember was released our friends had a huge costume party with prizes going out to the best single and group costumes, best horror costume and funniest costume. My husband went as Austin Powers, I went as Felicity Shagwell, my sister went as Foxxy Cleopatra and her husband went as Dr. Evil. Everyone loved it! It was so much fun getting into character, plus we won for best costumes in the group category. Actually, I did read where Mike Myers is in the works on an Austin Powers 4 with a release date of 2008. So I have a feeling we’re not going to forget about Austin Powers and the many really cool characters from that series any time soon. So, look no further, just click on the link to see all our Austin Powers costumes: Austin Powers Halloween Costumes.