This year’s most popular trick or treat night costumes for girls of all ages, from two to 82, will be replicas of Lady Gaga and the showy ladies of the hit TV Jersey Shore show.
One advantage for girls dressing as Lady Gaga is that the costumes are simple to imitate. They can be whatever vintage adult clothing you find in the attic or at a flea market. You probably won’t find any at church bazaar sales. All you need to do is cut and tear to make them tacky. For Lady Gaga, add a big blond wig, some feathers, cheap jewelry, half a mask and ridiculously high-heeled shoes to complete the lady’s outfit.
For Jersey Shore fashionable duds, just use lots of glossy bright make-up, exaggerated hair-do frizzes and streetwalker cheap-looking dresses with hems up to here. And don’t forget the bimbo attitude!
On the other hand, you may prefer costumes from way back in time before Lady Gaga and even before Madonna, when Disney movies offered more sedate choices for girls to imitate. For Halloween, you can buy, rent or make dress-ups for Goldilocks, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White or Cinderella.
You have several sources to imitate familiar characters from various Alice in Wonderland movies, including the original Disney to the more recent Tim Burton production. In addition to Alice, there are the White Rabbit, Red Queen, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee, Tweedledum and other fun characters.
If more frightful costumes are required to fit in with spooky themes, horror movie characters may fill the requirement. For example, Carrie’s blood-soaked hair, face and prom dress is always a popular Halloween costume.
When a Frankenstein movie sequel featured the monster’s bride, her streaked hair, staring eyes and fangs make a great costume. There are also horror movie characters who weren’t stars, but just stalked and threatened in crowd scenes in such movies as Night of the Living Dead.
For Halloween, girls who just want to be part of the horror gang can choose to dress as zombies and freshly murdered teenagers. Dress them up in some dreadfully seedy clothing, green make-up, lots of blood and wigs with hatchets or knives sticking out of them. And don’t forget the zombie arms-out shuffle, groans and moans.
Hollywood and TV provide an ever-growing list of sweet, spicy or horrible Halloween costumes for girls of all ages. Depending on your tastes, there are plenty to imitate.