Five 2012 Characters Who'll Make Awesome Halloween Costumes
Posted on Sunday October 28, 2012, 16:25 by Jodie McEwan in Empire States
Halloween is fast approaching, and with it the fancy-dress gauntlet that so many of us must run. If, like me, you want to break from the standard options of witches, vampires, werewolves and ripped-shirt-and-ketchup-mouthed undead then listen up. This year’s movies offer plenty of inspirating for some alternative costumes to wow the party crowds. Here are my top five 2012 costumes for this year’s outbreak of trick ’or’ treating – plus one to avoid like a zombie plague. Read, digest and add your suggestions in the usual place.
The perfect costume for any warm-weather party, ‘Engineer Chic’ is one stride down the evolutionary scale from ‘WWE wrestler with a dry skin condition’. Big, buff and rife with anger issues, this is the perfect bump-in-the-night costume. Simply stock up on grey body paint, a swimming cap, black marker to draw on excessively colossal muscles (unless you have a ten pack already) and voila - you’re now a bald alien body-builder. Try not to destroy the human race.
Aladeen (The Dictator)
Sacha Baron Cohen has created unique characters before, but Aladeen is the hairy pinnacle of offensiveness. Focus on the beard. Stick a wig to your chin, don a pair of black shades and head to Moss Bros for a white suit. Remember to draw on Aladeen’s badges or you’ll be mistaken for a dentist.
Merida’s Scottish, red-mopped and has a twang of Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen* about her: what’s not to like? If you’re not naturally redheaded, you’ll need to procure a wig or a cannister of dye, get yourself a nice tartan dress and a bow and arrow. If you’re not naturally Scottish, there’s dialogue coaching at hand from Woohoo.com. It won't be easy. If there’s one saying I’ve learnt from my Scottish parents it’s that no-one can understand them.
Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
Firstly, perfect your Bane impression. Once you’ve got the simultaneously-growly-and-squeaky voice down you’ll need a swimming cap (see also: Engineer) to create the baldy illusion, as well as a metal mouthpiece. Fashion this by reshaping the tinfoil from an old Cylon costume over an ashtray (empty, preferably) and round it off with a big wooly coat. Easy. Oh, and remember: when you arrive at the venue try not to say: “When this party is ashes, then you have my permission to die…”. This will upset people.
Ted (er... Ted)
Have a potty mouth and a love for furry toys? Well, you’re in luck with the easiest and most insulting Halloween costume of 2012. All you need is a bear onesie and you can merrily trash talk your way through the Halloween night until the dawn of remember-remember-we’re-now-in-November-morning. One thing to keep in mind: kids may try to take you home.
One to avoid... Dallas (Magic Mike)
This is never okay.
*Another good costume option: all you need is a toy bow-and-arrow and a range of dark-coloured sportswear.