Halloween is a lot of fun for everyone: children and adults alike can have a great time dressing up and creating really inventive costumes. Some people want to dress up like their favorite movie characters. Popular characters like Thor and Harry Potter Costumes are easy to find. However, what if you happen to love those classic, timeless costumes that represent some of the most famous creatures and monsters? They can get a little boring — unless you figure out how to spice up all your old favorites.
1. Fun with Frankenstein's Monster
Frankenstein's monster is definitely a classic Halloween costume. Frankie is big, mean, and green, which is altogether pretty simple. The problem is that it's also kind of boring. So how can you spice up this costume while still retaining the original idea?
Well, how about Hipster Frankenstein? Give Frankie a Justin Bieber hairstyle, throw on some black framed glasses, and replace those frayed pants with skinny jeans. Bonus points for taking a date who dresses up as The Bride of Frankenstein; she can wear skinny jeans as well, and comb some of that big, wild beehive down over her face.
2. The Evolution of the Vampire
Vampires are incredibly in now, which means there are many ways to make the most of classic vampire costumes. Since these bloodsucking monsters keep showing up in books, movies, and TV shows, you can take inspiration from pop culture.
Want to go the fairy-vampire route? No, that doesn't mean you should start channeling True Blood (yet). Instead, take inspiration from Twilight and cover your skin with glitter. This costume requires a killer hairstyle as well. If your date wants to go as Bella, make sure she has no facial expression and keeps getting into trouble.
You can also attend your Halloween parties with a pack of friends. Go in a group consisting of two boys and a girl. Why? Because then you can dress up in your most stylish clothes and become a vampire-threesome, drawing inspiration from either True Blood or The Vampire Diaries.
3. The Wild World of Werewolves
Fortunately, werewolves get plenty of play these days. In fact, they're well-represented in both True Blood and Twilight. You don't have to go that route, however.
If you're going as a full moon werewolf, why not pull a Teen Wolf vibe? You can either keep it MTV-friendly by going as the newer, brooding werewolf, complete with ridiculously good looks and a perpetual sneer, or you can go full-out Michael J. Fox, varsity jacket and all.
4. The Zombie Apocalypse
With movies like Zombieland and World War Z, along with TV shows like The Walking Dead, zombies are very much in vogue. You have your choice of updated costumes here, and the grosser the better — if that's the way you want to go.
Walking Dead zombies are, of course, disgusting, but if you want comedic effect, think about taking a page out of Zombie Bill Murray's book from Zombieland. For example, you can go as yourself, pretending to dress up like a zombie.
Thanks to pop culture's current obsession with all the classic monsters, your Halloween costumes can still look fresh and unique. How would you spice up a timeless movie monster costume?
Love that cute Frankenstein’s monster
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I remember one year my youngest son was baby hulk, but it always reminded me of the classic Frankenstein for some reason
Love the zombie costumes! We are on a zombie kick around here right now 🙂
I hear ya. My son is going to be a skeleton zombie for Halloween this year 🙂
Even though it’s been ages since I’ve dressed up and gone out on the town for Halloween, I still go to costume shops to have fun looking at all the costumes.
Looking at costumes is fun! I now look for my kids which is fun too. They love it.
LOL, I could help but laugh looking at these costumes. I just love Halloween. We are Walking Dead fans – I think I might dress up this year 🙂 Thanks for the link.
I love Halloween and the Walking Dead too! I can’t wait for the new season to start 🙂
Thanks for the ideas. This year I need a costume that will allow me to bundle up underneath it! We have an annual Halloween Parade in the evening and it is always so cold that I typically just put on a big coat and watch the fun. This year I am going to participate, but I need a big costume so I can wear my coat too! Any suggestions are welcome!
I hope you stay warm this year! Our Halloween is always hit or miss. Last year it was freezing. I just hate when it’s cold and all the costumes are covered up with coats. You could maybe do some character that already wears a coat.
It is interesting watching the different ways people put their own personality into their costumes. Halloween is a big event at my company with some departments planning for a full year what their theme will be. I am really hoping not to see any Miley Cyrus tributes on a wrecking ball…. Just saying….
You definitely have my mind thinking of some ways to “spice it up” this year.
Thank you for sharing!
I think the idea of Halloween is so fun but the costume expense can really add up if your whole family does it. I usually just throw on an old standby that I have packed away.
You have some great ideas! I like seeing people dressed up as the classic and with a little flair it will refresh the look.
Thank you! Turning a classic into something new can be fun. It gets your creative juices flowing.
This is a time of year full of expectation and angst as my children determine whether or not they will participate in the Halloween festivities. You’ve got some fun takes on old favourites here. I believe my daughter will have another party and my son, he does the MTV good looking brooding werewolf thing quite well without even trying. 🙂
Sounds like you have teenagers. Am I right? I think a Halloween party would be fun to throw although parties are stressful for me.
You got it, 13 and 16…they are too cool for costumes but too cool not to dress up. 🙂
Hehe. I hope the party turns out well if you have one! My oldest is 7 and won’t dress up in a costume for anything unless it’s Halloween. Otherwise he thinks people will make fun of him.
My son’s wanting to go the zombie route this year but I don’t know what they’ll do. I’m still trying to figure out what all I need to go with the corset I’m wearing.
My oldest wants to be a skeleton zombie while I’m just going to pull something out of the closet.
I don’t get dressing up in costumes for Halloween but then I don’t get Halloween in general
I grew up going trick or treating for Halloween so I guess I’m used to it. It’s just a day to have fun with the family here.
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I LOVE Halloween! Great idea for the couples costume up top there. I may have to steal it!
I hope your Halloween is fab!