Dressing up can always be fun — whether or not you have kids — and even if Halloween celebrations still look a bit different this year. To make things more festive, why not go beyond the easiest option like using old sheets for a gang of ghosts? If you’re looking for costume ideas for your family or little ones, enjoy re-watching the following films and animations to find inspiration from their iconic characters.
For all ages:
“The Wizard of Oz” (1949)
Ever a classic, “The Wizard of Oz” is also a go-to when it comes to costumes — if you’re going solo, with friends, or as a family of four. With Dorothy’s blue and white gingham dress, straw basket, and ruby red slippers; the scarecrow’s hay-stuffed sweatshirt; the tin man’s metallic suit; and the cowardly lion’s majestic mane, the ensemble makes for a fun and colorful option for revelers of any age. And for those who like to go all out, going green as the Wicked Witch of the West guarantees a truly memorable Halloween.
“The Flintstones” (1960)
Whether you’re two, three, or parents-to-be, the caveman duds of the Flintstone family never go out of style. You don’t have to be a natural redhead to pull off a convincing Wilma — as long as there’s a white dress and a string of pearls involved. For Fred, see if you can get a little creative with stuff you’ve got around the house to come up with a black-spotted orange tunic and turquoise tie. A green shirt for Pebbles and leopard swim trunks for Bam Bam and you’re good to go. With Barney and Betty Rubble’s clan, you can get friends or neighbors in on the fun, too.
There’s a lot to work with here, from little chap Charlie and his Grandpa Joe to the fine cast of characters touring the factory and, of course, Willy Wonka himself. Do you happen to have a red top hat on hand? Or a velvet purple tux jacket? With some construction paper, a cardigan, and a yellow ribbon for a bowtie, you just might. And don't worry, the kids are easier: a red dress and white tights for Veruca Salt, a blue shirt and blue pants for the inaptly-named Violet, khakis and a yellow shirt (white cowboy hat’s a plus!) for Mike Teavee and a pair of Lederhosen for anyone who volunteers to be Augustus Gloorp.
If you don't have Bavarian Tracht on hand, that last one gets more leeway with a red-and-white striped shirt and denim shorts if you're going by Tim Burton's 2005 remake. And props to you if you can talk one of your kids into going as an Oompa-Loompa — doubly so if you don’t mind the cleanup!
Based on the animated series from 1948, the “Popeye” movie stars Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall as the titular strong-armed sailor and his lady love Olive Oyl. If you can rustle up a maritime-looking top and cap for him and a red sweater with black skirt and brown boots for her, it’s a cute costume idea for couples — with or without kids. Although, with her white bonnet and red onesie (or whatever you have), Swee’Pea is an adorable choice for any infant or toddler.
For older kids:
“Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)
While rated PG-13 (and maybe even a soft R by today’s standards), this beloved '80s musical comedy lends itself to hilarious costume ideas inspired by its colorful characters — and your beautiful baby front and center as the flesh-eating Venus flytrap. Whether you’re more of a Rick Moranis, Steve Martin or the late, great John Candy, simple but iconic outfit ideas abound with glasses, khakis and a button-up; black apron, white turtleneck and/or black leather jacket; and a collared plaid shirt with cardigan (ideally topped off with a retro-looking pompadour). With a bobbed blonde wig and a little red or black dress, you also have yourself an Audrey.
Jim Hensen’s unforgettable musical fantasy “Labyrinth,” while somewhat scary to most small children, is a jewel for those of us who like to play dress-up. If you can score a blonde, '80s wig that pays homage to David Bowie, that's great. But can you rock eye make up, leggings and a pirate shirt? If the answer is yes, then you’re ready to assume the throne as Goblin King. Going solo wouldn’t be weird, but some solid Sarah and Toby outfits — a silver ball gown or just jeans, baggy white shirt and vest along with a red and white-striped onesie — will really tie it all together.
Directed by the legendary John Waters, this civil rights-centered, feel-good romp is another cult classic with a ton of cosplay potential. There’s Tracy Turnblad, naturally, and her mother Edna; Seaweed and his sister L’il Inez Stubbs; Corny Collins and his dance crew; and a host of other memorable characters to make your own — as long as you can put together some pieces with an early '60s flair. Think suits, skinny ties, sweater sets and poodle skirts, and make sure to have fun with big hair and loud makeup to make it a truly Waters-worthy production.
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