Each year, people scramble to come up with an ingenious Halloween
costume rather than buy another ninja, witch, or monster get-up. To
some, ideas come naturally. For others, thinking up a costume is a
process that must start months in advance. This article will explain
how I come up with a Halloween costume every year.
Things You Will Need
Knowledge of current events
Think about popular fads or events that define the current year.
Examples for 2009 include Twitter, the iPhone 3GS, the recession, the
election in Iran, or how every top 40 rapper has suddenly learned what
the word "swagger" means and feels compelled to use it in a song.
Brainstorm how a Halloween costume could be made to represent or
capitalize on these events. The key here is creativity, not cost. In
2008, I saw a person wearing a large piece of cardboard colored white
and blue to look like a Facebook profile with his head poking through a
hole in the top as the profile picture. This is the kind of creativity
that makes for an excellent Halloween costume. The most rudimentary
costumes are often the best.
Decide whether the costume construction is feasible or not. Once
you've decided on an idea for what you'd like to be for Halloween,
think hard about the time and effort required to make such a costume in
detail. Is it worth it? Are the materials you need easy to find?
Will putting this costume together require a civil engineering degree?
If the build process for a costume is too complicated, it is easy to
become discouraged enough to give up.
Decide if wearing the costume is feasible. When you're sure that the
actual construction of the Halloween costume is doable, think about
where and for how long you plan on wearing the costume. A lot of
costumes are too cumbersome or uncomfortable to be worn for an extended
period of time, and many inhibit certain movements altogether. If you
plan on wearing the costume to a sit-down party for example, make sure
your costume enables you to actually sit down comfortably. If you're
making a costume to go clubbing on Halloween night, the ability to sit
down may not be as important as being able to get a drink to your face
or bust some killer dance moves.
Build it! Now that you've carefully considered the construction and
execution of your costume, gather all of the materials and tools you
will need before you actually start building. This forces you to think
the entire process through and prevents you from having to run to the
store during the middle of the process. Creating a Halloween costume
from scratch is one of the most fun aspects of Halloween, so take your
time and enjoy the build.
Tips & Warnings