Everybody loves dressing up from time to time. Whether it’s on traditional occasions such as Halloween or simply to indulge in our love for play-acting, wearing costumes can be a fun way to encourage creativity and individual expression for all family members. Fortunately, there are lots of costumes to choose from, and you can even make your own so you’ll never feel restricted by your options. With that in mind, here are just a few perennial costume ideas to help get you started:
1. Pirate Costumes
As the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have shown us, being a pirate is still seen as being a lot of fun. You get to wear crazy hats, fake beards, eye patches and even the occasional hook on your hands. Pirate costumes are also quite fitting for all genders and ages, making them a great choice for when you want to let your hair down and have some fun.
2. Horror Movie Characters
From classic movie monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein to more modern variants such as Jason and Freddy Krueger, there are some horror movie characters that have entered the mainstream throughout the years. And while some may not exactly be appropriate for families with young children, there are PG-friendly ways to customize a scary costume so that it becomes less scary. Such costumes are particularly appropriate for Halloween, when virtually everybody indulges in their dark side for a short while.
3. Fantasy-inspired Costumes
Encompassing everything from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones to World of Warcraft, fantasy has become an ever-present part of fictional life. By now its tropes and characters, be they orcs or wizards or elves, are instantly identifiable by anyone who follows pop culture, making them excellent choices for costume fans. Feel free to go for specific characters (for example, opt for Legolas instead of a generic elf) and don’t be afraid switch things up a bit to create your own persona.
4. Comic-book Characters
With so many blockbuster pictures and TV shows, we are living in the golden age of comic-book movies. Whereas once upon a time superheroes like Batman and Superman used to lie comfortably outside the mainstream, nowadays even relatively minor characters such as Ant-Man and Black Panther have dedicated followings. This has led to a thriving costume industry that allows every man, woman, and child to dress up as their favorite superhero, so be sure to get in on the fun while it lasts.
5. Costumes Inspired by Real-Life
This one appeals mostly to adults, but kids too can get in on the fun. Merely pick a real-life character and try to emulate their distinctive characteristics. For instance, Elvis Presley and his sequin suits are a popular choice, as is Alfred Einstein’s frizzy hair or the Simpsons’ yellow skin. Dressing up as an actual person can be a lot of fun, but only if you take the time to make your costume look like the real deal.
Wearing costumes is an enjoyable family activity that reconnects us with our inner child and allows us to play dress-up. I heartily recommend it even on non-holiday dates, simply as a way of encouraging creativity and having some good old-fashioned fun in the process.