Possibly some of the most daring and creative of all Halloween revelers are teen boys. Just emerging from child to adult, they feel new empowerment to choose their own movies, television, music, sports and other aspects of their ever more exciting lives.
This year we can expect them to come up with great costumes based on current and recently past big screen and TV movies. Naturally, most of the movies are created to spawn other products, such as toyscomic books and video games.
Avatar (2009) offers many teen costumes for Halloween, based on creatures who live on another world some 150 years into our future. Best models are the Na’veof the planet Pandora, who look like something between a human and a blue lizard. Costumes can be purchased at retail stores this year or put together at home. You’ll need plenty of blue make-up for faces, bodies and prehensile tails.
Transformers 2009 is a sequel to a very popular 2007 Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure. Uunless you have a metal shop at home or can make your costume out of painted cardboard, variations of the monstrous machines and robots are available in costume stores and online. Check out some of the actors’ costumes, such as Megatron, Optimus, Mikaela and Sam.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) is the third in what will probably be a long series of sequels to this character who got his start in comic books. The costume is instantly recognizable, and although available in stores, can be made from scratch. All you need is a tight-fitting stretch body suit, red from the waist up, blue pants and red boots.
The red mask, complete with slanted eye holes and spider-web design that branches down the entire costume, needs to be made of material that allows breathing. In this sequel, a space figure who can transform himself into a totally black-clad imitation of Spider-Man. Of course, they become deadly enemies. That means two teens can roam the Halloween night in almost idential spiderish costumes.
Zombieland (2009) is another story of the undead, a Hollywood staple of horror films since the early 1900s. The new film became a surprisingly big hit, and now holds the historical record of the highest-grossing zombi film of all time. The familiar story is of few still-normal surivors of the big blast driving across the country after almost everyone else has been turned into zombies.
Costumes can be made from old clothes from the family attic or nearby charity shop. All you need to do is rip and tear the clothing and add lots of blood and dirt. Make-up can be an artistic challenge to create the grey and green faces, red-rimmed eyes and other effects to add to the horror. When the teen zombies go out, they should walk with the jerky shuffle we’ve seen in so many movies of the deadly undead.Â
Meet the Spartans (2008) is a teen parody about heroic days before the Christian era. It’s a hilarious knock-off of the serious 2007 film named “300” about heroic Greeks. The costumes of Greek royalty, warriors, maidens, talking penguin and chastity belts.
References to and fake appearances by current movie stars abound, so costumes don’t have to be authentic. Applying creativity, they could look like a Las Vegas stage version of Greek soldiers, oracles, kings, queens, maidens and slaves. Nicole Parker imitates real-life Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres and Paula Abdul.
Therefore, you have to know that any kind of goofy Ancient Greek costume for teen boys for this Halloween will do, even if they choose to dress like girls.