There are many sources of inspiration for Halloween costumes. How elaborate you want them to be depends on your budget, and whether you decide to make, rent or buy the costumes. Also, how do I impress everyone with my originality?
Generally, Halloween costumes can be classified into two categories. There are the traditional, historic and pop culture ones. The traditional include clown, princess, pirate, ghost, cowboy, soldier, sailor, doctor, nurse, jailbird and many others that have been worn by kids and grown-ups on Halloween for generations.
For many people those are sufficient to wear for trick or treating and Halloween social events, then put away for the year. The cheap, store-bought and homemade ones are often tossed in the trash.
The historic costumes depict real heroes from history books. Some of the most inspiring are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone and Robin Hood. Because of their distinctive looks, they’ve become models for Halloween costumes and masks. Other, not so heroic presidents, such as Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, have also served as models for Halloween costumes.
For the pop culture choices, inspiration plays a big part in selecting them. The most popular each year are costumes based on political, sports and show business celebrities of the day.
As new celebrities come on the scene, those of other years fade away. When you venture out this Halloween, how many Shirley Temple, Buster Keaton, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin or Betty Boop costumes will you see?
Celebrity-inspired costumes you’ll see this year will include some older ones who still hold on to their popularity: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and John Wayne. Among the currently popular will be Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan (prison uniform costumes for both?). If you’re a bit heavier for this Halloween’s celebrations, why not dress up as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Susan Boyle or Rosie O’Donnell?
You can find lots of inspiration for your Halloween costumes by reading history books and watching the latest movies and programs on MTV