We’re getting rid of your excuse to be lazy this Halloween and bequeathing unto you some costume ideas that will make your friends cringe — whether it’s out of good old-fashioned horror or due to the sheer magnitude of your costume’s disregard for good taste (we apologize in advance if we inadvertently offend anyone). So hit the jump for five original twists on movie-themed costumes to spice up your Halloween.
Unless you’re a tween, it’s really not acceptable to play it straight and dress up as Harry Potter for Halloween… no matter how much you love the boy wizard (believe us, we do too). Our solution? If you have seven friends who bear a striking (or passing… or even zero) resemblance to Daniel Radcliffe, go all-out and dress up as the seven Potters (one real Potter and six of his pals who use Polyjuice potion to act as doppelganger decoys) from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” Bonus points if you go as the Potter in bra and panties.
It seems like every possible “Twilight” costume incarnation has been completely exhausted, but the best I’ve ever seen was a friend of mine who dressed up as Bella mid-vampire C-section (appropriately “Breaking Dawn” themed!). Yes, she had on a black wig and a shirt with a giant bloody slash in it with a baby doll hanging out of it, and it was amazing. Gross… but amazing.
You could go as plain old Iron Man from “Iron Man 2,” but we’re pretty sure there will be no shortage of the red-and-yellow superheroes out and about on Halloween. Class up the costume by channeling one of the film’s recurring themes and going as hungover Tony Stark/Iron Man. We’re thinking along the lines of taking off the Iron Man helmet, putting some fake puke on the thorax portion of the suit, donning some shades and carrying around a box of Randy’s Donuts.
Tons of Yanks fans in a pinch for a last-minute costume will likely grab their Derek Jeter jersey from their dresser and go as New York’s favorite shortstop. A nice twist would be to go as “The Other Guys” version of Jeets. Just dab some fake blood on the old pinstripes in the shape of a bullet hole and say Mark Wahlberg actually shot you after you came at him with a bat in Yankee Stadium.
“127 Hours” hasn’t hit theaters yet, but you’ve probably already heard the amazing real-life story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s survival after being trapped in a canyon beneath a boulder for five days. Yeah, dude cut of his own arm to escape. Of course, the PC thing to do would be to toss on some mountain-climbing gear and say you’re Ralston pre-accident, but why not go all-out and shred the right sleeve of a long-sleeve shirt, cover it with fake blood and go as the more heroic post-accident Ralston? We’re sure James Franco would approve.
What are your Halloween costume plans? Tell us in the comments!