Re: Halloween Round-up 2010

It’s become a tradition of this blog to highlight some of the most inspiring Halloween costumes to appear on the Internet. My definition of “inspiring” is very simple: the designs should be eye-catching, well-executed, and easily understandable. Obviously sexual and offensive costumes are out.

This blog gets a lot of hits pre-Halloween from (I surmise) folks looking for costume inspiration. I would suggest that these folks check out the Halloween threads at both the Craftster and Instructables site. As always, I was blown away by the creativity people exhibited.

As I predicted, the Na’avi were out in force this Halloween. Sheila Wolf (on the left) and unnamed friend at the Silverwings Horrorlab in Berlin, Germany, October 2010. I like their sparkly skins. The makeup appears to be professionally done.

From the Seattle 2010 March to Keep Fear Alive, submitted by Nate Gowdy to the Huffington Post. Burka Woman strikes fear into the hearts of conservatives of all kinds. I hadn’t expected as many political costumes this year, but I underestimated both the many hotly contested mid-term elections and the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive demonstrations that brought out a lot of creative costumes.

Gothic Dorothy with Skelly Toto from Craftster. October 2010. I think that “Oz Goes Goth” would make for a great group costume as well.

Pokiespout’s Great Pumpkin costume is sheer brilliance. From Instructables, Halloween 2010. Check out Pokiespout’s post for further details. He made or thrifted most of his costume. All that’s missing is a bag of treats for the good little children. This would be a great costume to get dressed up in and then go around the neighborhood doing a little reverse trick-or-treating, giving out candy or scary books (as author Neil Gaiman suggested recently). This could also be transformed into a harvest god or goddess costume, too.

I really admire costumers who are working around some, shall we say, physical challenges. Craftster user Leeska was 8 1/2 months pregnant at Halloween this year so she devised this clever Later Years Elvis costume. Uh-huh, uh-huh, yeah, yeah, uh-huh.

Lady Robin Hood by Lady J,  Craftster, October 2010. I very much admire this smart feminine variation on the Outlaw of Sherwood.

Slinky Dog from Toy Story, Instructables, October 2010. I have a special place in my heart for the costumer who thinks outside the box. This paper mache Slinky Dog was made by thomp5km .  Click here to learn more about this project.

Genie on a Flying Carpet, Instructables, October 2010. A clever variation on the old person-in-a-cage costume that one sees around. In this case, a walker is used to support the weight of the carpet. Click here to see further details. Made by ModMischief. Click here to see  the awesome dinosaur rider costume on her blog.

Simple Lion costume, Craftster, October 2010. This is a great example of how a couple of accessories can be used to create a simple, but effective costume. I particularly like the fact that this costume would work very well in cold climates like mine where kids often go around with the costumes over their snowsuits. Although Loveandasandwich made her lion hat from scratch, I think that you could also take a commercially made hat with ear flaps and construct the lion headdress over the top.

Head in a Jar Costume by Lava, Craftster, October 2010. Let’s close with a great spooky costume that Craftster member Lava made for her son. That’s his real head in the jar, by the way, not a picture. The torso is built up above his actual head and shoulders.