It's that time of the year again. Sometimes the biggest hurdle we face during the Halloween season is one that may surprise you but is surprisingly common. Each of us must ask ourselves-,"What do I want to be for Halloween?" It's a question that is not always so easily answered. Here are a few tips that will get the gears of ingenuity flowing making it easier to take your costume to the next level.
What character should you choose? Are you drawing a complete blank when it comes to possible costume character ideas? With literally thousands of potential costume choices out there, sometimes narrowing the choices down to one can be difficult. Sometimes even coming up with one character idea that fits your needs is a challenge. Start your list of potential costume ideas with characters that interest you. Your favorite television shows and movies are a great source of wonderful characters to dress up as for Halloween. Tabloid stars or pop culture icons are other favorite ideas for great Halloween costumes. Vintage or retro looks are extremely popular Halloween choices.
Get creative: If you have a particular character in mind but are worried that your choice feels a little blase or overdone, consider getting a little creative with your idea to make the character uniquely yours. For example, instead of a standard fare superhero or princess, you could take one of these classic looks and with a little makeup and fake blood, morph it into a zombie or vampire version of that very same character. Another smart idea is to put your character in a less than typical situation. For example, instead of just wearing that Superman shirt on its own, why not pop on a pair of thick black glasses and have that Superman getup peek out from underneath a Clark Kent-style white dress shirt? Thinking a little bit out of the box will take an ordinary costume and make it not only more unique but also will make the look uniquely yours.
Gender Swap: For a hilarious twist on a classic costume look, consider doing a complete gender swap by wearing a costume that is typically for the opposite sex. Imagine a burly man dressed up as a sweet and innocent Snow White? Dressing in a costume that is usually for the opposite sex doesn't always have to be silly, in fact, in some instances, it could even be quite empowering.
The Gang's All Here: Family or group costume themes have become more and more popular every year. If you are part of a posse, by all means, consider a group theme (and there are many) and dress up in coordinating characters. The great part about group costume ideas is that everyone can be their character while still being part of a group. When the characters coordinate and go together, this creates impact. Even babies and pets can get in on the action with costumes that go along with the chosen theme.
Details, Details, Details! One of the absolute best ways to set your costume apart from the rest is through accessories. We just can't emphasize this enough! Once you've decided on the character you want to be, put some thought into which accessories are going to be an integral part of your chosen look. Do you need a particular hairstyle that would benefit from a wig? Do you need a hat, jewelry, gloves, shoes or weapons? The right accessories, accouterments, and special pieces will add a lot of pizzazz to your chosen costume look.
Makeup: One of the most important ways to get into your character look is through costume makeup. Your face is always going to be the focal point of your look, no matter what costume you are wearing. Decide what makeup you will need and practice your makeup application before your Halloween event.
Comfort: Even the best costume ideas can be particularly disastrous if they are uncomfortable to wear to your event or while trick-or-treating. When planning your costume, consider the comfort of the elements your costume contains and how that translates to what you have planned for the evening. Six-inch stilettos may look beautiful, but if your night includes a lot of time on your feet, you may want to rethink them or bring along some alternative footwear for after the photos are taken.
Safety: Above all else, make sure your costume and all its components are safe. Make sure you can see well and that you don't have things dangling off your costume that might cause you to trip. Make sure any accessories that you have are free from sharp or pointy edges.