Re: Sexy Halloween Costumes for Men

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a couple of Halloweens now. Guys, need some help putting together a Halloween costume that will attract the ladies?  Wonder no more, dudes, for I’ve got your back.

First rule of the Fight Club: don’t talk about the Fight Club. First rule of Halloween: wear the costume. Tear up your cool card now, friend, and put on the fake fur. Wearing a costume says that you’re joining in the game, that you’re fun, playful, and have a sense of humor. In study after study, women consistently cite those qualities as the top things they look for in a mate.

Suit up. Seriously, a two or three piece suit in a dark color is one of the best costume foundations you can have plus it comes in handy for dates, job interviews, and meeting the parents. For some ideas on how to dress up a suit, check out the following:

Men in Black Halloween Costume

Men in Black Halloween costume by Honus (Instructables)

The Men in Black costume above is basically a dark suit (ideally black) with a black tie and dark sunglasses set off by some excellent sidearms. You can purchase a commercial MiB costume through most Halloween costume sites or put your own together. As a compromise, I would recommend sourcing the suit from home or a thrift store and purchasing the props.

If you want to upgrade, get a tux. You can probably rent one of these bad boys if there is wedding or prom shop near you. The black-and-white tuxedo is the basis for a number of cool looks such as the classic Bela Lugosi vampire (just add fangs and a cape) or a Phantom of the Opera costume:

Phantom of the Opera Costume

A Phantom costume is nothing more than a tux with a cloak and a half-mask. If you feel the yen to sing “Music of the Night”, go right ahead.

Bad, bad, bad boys (they make us feel so good). Ladies love a dashing outlaw and there are a number of possibilities here:

Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp  as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Pirates have both a dressed up and a dressed down version. See my post here for costuming information. Commercial costumes and props are readily available. Again, I would recommend sourcing as much of the clothing from your closet or Goodwill as you can and buying the props.

Dread Pirate Roberts

The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride.

If a pirate costume and a Zorro costume had a love child, it would be the Dread Pirate Roberts. Classic black here, guys–black shirt, black head scarf, black mask, black pants, black sash, you get the idea–topped off with a rapier.

Men in uniform. It’s true, women love a man in uniform and this is a category open to a wide range of interpretations from the quick and easy to the very complex. A Viking warrior or a Roman centurion are easy to do and costumes and props are readily available. A historically accurate costume is much more difficult, but can be very striking.


Jason Isaacs as evil Colonel Tavington in The Patriot. Possibly the only film about the Revolutionary War in which the audience was rooting for the British.

Last, but not least, go for an iconic character like the American cowboy. A cowboy costume can be very simple or complex, sourced from your closet or purchased at a store, historically accurate or totally Hollywood. It doesn’t take much to make them look distinctive and the costume works well for all age groups.

Gary Cooper High Noon

Gary Cooper in High Noon. Add a string tie and a tin star to your costume and you’re the sheriff.

John Wayne True Grit

John Wayne in True Grit. Add an eye patch and you’re Rooster Cogburn. Just a kerchief and you’re a regular working cowboy.


Re: Halloween Costume Forecast 2014

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble–but enough about my lunch. Tradition beckons and once more I gaze into the bubbling cauldron to see what is going to be cooked up for costuming this Halloween.

  • Zombies show no signs of relinquishing their lead over other scary characters in this year’s costume apocalypse. Go dead or go home!
  • Media-wise, I predict costumes from Frozen (Elsa and Anna in particular), Malificent (it’s not about the quality of the film, it’s about Angelina Jolie’s iconic head dress), and Game of Thrones will be popular. In GoT’s case, Spirit Halloween has come out with an official costume line from the series which will up the quantity of Targaryen princesses and Brothers of the Night Watch at your door. “Trick or treat, smell my feet …”. “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” I am also rooting for plucky newcomer, Guardians of the Galaxy (Groot in particular) and the new and improved Sharknado 2.
  • In the politics/current events corner, I don’t see any pop culture reference that’s really catching my eye.


Re: Bookish Pursuits

Bishop's Miter

Finally, two things that I love–medieval manuscripts and historical clothing–have been brought together. The above image is from Eric Kwakkel’s Medieval Fragments blog and shows a bishop’s hat or miter with a lining made from 13th Norse love poetry. After the introduction of the printing press, the handwritten books that had proceeded them were regarded as old-fashioned and were often re-purposed. Because medieval manuscripts were written on vellum–scraped animal skin, could be calf, sheep, or goat–it wasn’t a big stretch of the imagination to re-use these pieces of illuminated leather as linings for clothes.  Re-used manuscripts also show up in the bindings of printed books as well. Check out the whole post here.

Re: Outfabbing Your Opponents

OutFab Your Opponents


Re: Radagast the Brown

Radagast Bird's Nest

Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown showing one of the neat details of his costume: the bird’s nest on his head where actual birds hang out underneath his hat.

The costuming in The Hobbit (both movies) is as wonderful as you might expect. So far, my favorite costume is the one created for Sylvester McCoy’s wizard, Radagast the Brown. It’s costume designer, Ann Maskrey’s, favorite as well. Here’s a link to an article where she talks about creating Radagast’s outfit as well as the other costumes for the movie (s).

Re: Post-Halloween Costume Roundup 2013

Patrick Stewart Lobster Halloween 2013

I don’t normally publish celebrity Halloween costume photos, but this pikker of Sir Patrick Stewart dressed as a lobster was too good to pass up. I hope that I have his energy and since of fun when I’m his age.

I know, I know. You were beginning to wonder if a Halloween Roundup for 2013 would ever be posted. Gotta tell you I was sort of wondering, too, but I finally decided just to do it. I haven’t finished sourcing some of the pictures yet, but at this point, I figured that perfection was the enemy of accomplishment. So, for your viewing pleasures, a small sampling of the cool and fun costumes from this past Halloween. Remember, folks, it is never too soon to start thinking about Halloween 2014.

Gru Costume Halloween 2013

An unidentified gentleman dressed as Gru (Despicable Me) with an inflatable minion.

Shan Fox Pinterest What Does the Fox Say

Pinterest pinner Shan Fox dressed as a fox from the Ylvis music video, “What Does the Fox Say?”

Lady Pin Cushion Dress Craftster Halloween 2013

Craftster X made this fabulous Pin Cushion Dress for her costuming class. Tres adorbs!

Lady Pin Cushion Accessories

The accessories are fabulous as well.

Spy Vs. Spy Costume Halloween 2013

Instructables poster X kitted out her son and daughter as Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. The kids had specifically requested that they wanted to go as a duo.  Simple concept, great execution.

Child's Map Costume Halloween 2013

Instructable Poster X’s son wanted to go as a map of the world for Halloween. His mother made him the above simple, but effective costume.

Re: Baba Yaga Update

Lori Russell as Baba Yaga Nov. 2013

My 82-year-old mother, Lori,  as Baba Yaga (Nov. 2013).

Lori Russell as Baba Yaga Closeup Nov. 2014

This is only her second-ever Halloween costume and her first photo shoot.  I had intended to wear the costume and have her take my picture, but she makes a better Baba Yaga than I would have.

Lori Russell as Baba Yaga III Nov. 2014

I put the costume together, but all of the facial expressions and poses are her idea. Gotta admit that it gave me a turn seeing how natural she looked hauling a skeleton through the snow. I sent this entry to the Take Back Halloween Costume Contest and, out of about 200 submissions, she wound up taking third place in the Best Overall category. Mom for the win!

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