When it comes to Halloween costumes in 2012, it appears popular movies are leading the way as the choice for many costume ideas. Several sites are already reporting on the popularity of the various outfits based on major films that hit this past year.
When it comes to popular costumes for women, men, or kids, right now superheros appear to be ruling the land. One website reports that “Avengers,” “Batman” and “Spiderman” have all spawned high rankings in terms of popularity. Those were three of the biggest movies of the Summer 2012 film season, with Marvel and DC raking in the box office bucks. Thanks to popular characters such as the Dark Knight, Bane, Catwoman, Black Widow and Iron Man, it seems they’ll be rake in the bucks for officially licensed costumes.
With Halloween a bit over two months away, the website PRWeb.com reported on Tuesday that Pure Costumes has recently increased their licensed Halloween costumes “due to growing consumer demand.” Costumes based on movie hits are always in big demand, but it appears the site is seeing reason to make sure they have plenty of supply this season. Among the other classic movie costumes they talk about are ones based on “Grease,” “Harry Potter,” and classic Disney films. They believe increased supplies of these costumes will all lead to big business in 2012.
So basically, Hollywood and Halloween seem to go hand-in-hand, year after year. This isn’t the first time superhero costumes have been popular, and won’t be the last, as more heroes should be coming between now and 2015. Marvel has sequels for “Avengers,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Iron Man” all on the way. DC has at least one “Superman” film and rumors of a “Justice League” project in the works. That’s not to mention all the cartoon movies that come out for the family and younger crowd, year after year.
Will you or any of your family members be dressing up as a movie character for this Halloween?
Enjoy these children’s picture books about the best of friends.
“I Don’t Want to Be a Pea!” By Ann Bonwill; January 2012; 32 Pages.
Bella and Hugo are the best of friends who do everything together. They are even going to dress up together for the annual costume party! While Hugo the hippo wants to be a princess and Bella the bird plans to be a pea, Bella wants to be Cinderella and have Hugo be her pumpkin coach. As they discuss costume ideas, each of them come up with ideas that’s great for one, but not so great for the other and they start arguing. Hugo and Bella need to learn to compromise before the costume party becomes the end of their friendship!
“Hugs from Pearl” By Paul Schmid; November 2011; 40 Pages.
Everyone in the class loves Pearl the porcupine because she is such a great friend to have. She shares her toys at recess and her treats at lunch and she always plays fair. There’s only one problem. Pearl loves to give hugs. And hugs from Pearl HURT! In this story, Pearl tries to figure out how to give hugs without hurting her friends before she doesn’t have any friends left to hug.
“Soloman Crocodile” By Catherine Rayner; December 2011; 32 Pages.
Soloman Crocodile is bored and wants to play. He loves snapping at storks, bugging the dragonflies and making the frogs jump. Everyone in the swamp thinks he is a pest and they refuse to join him in his tricks. That is, until one day, another rowdy crocodile comes along. Now the swamp needs to watch out because Soloman and his new friend call themselves Double Trouble!
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We know you’ve been waiting on it, and we won’t taunt you any longer: Yes, ladies, we are going to instruct you on how to create your very own Halloween look based on the “Breaking Dawn” wedding, so that you, too, can spend an evening sauntering around, dressed all in ethereal white, and pretending that you’re about to become Mrs. Edward Cullen.
…You know, for a change.
Even though the movie won’t be out until well after Halloween, Bridal Bella is bound to be one of this year’s most recognizable looks—and if you dress up as her this year, you’re already covered for costume ideas next Halloween when (obviously!) you’ll want to dress up as Vampire Bella from “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”
Fortunately, Bella’s wedding style is easy to recreate—all you need is a bridal-looking dress (check the selection at your local Goodwill or thrift-store flea market), some sparkly accessories (we recommend this replica engagement and wedding ring set and hair clip from Hot Topic, both for $28), and a beautiful, floaty veil (or even a $10 chiffon scarf like this one from Sears). The sparkly, undead groom is optional.
Of course, some “Twilight” fans may already have these items readily available—since, let’s be real, there’s no better way to spend a lonely weeknight than to dress up as Bella the Bride, set up an audience of red-eyed dolls dressed in formal wear and reenact the whole “Breaking Dawn” wedding scene from beginning to end using our dog as a stand-in for Edward Cullen.
NOT THAT WE HAVE EVER DONE THAT.
Do you think Bella’s bridal look makes a perfect Halloween ensemble? Will you be dressing as the bride for the day? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!
Tuesday, October 25th 2011, 4:00 AM
The “Super Bass” rapper, who is known for her colorful wigs and wacky over-the-top outfits, is near the top of the list of most-searched Halloween costumes on Google. Only “Playboy Bunny,” “Black Swan” and “Angry Birds” were searched more than the in-your-face rapper.
There aren’t many actual Nicki Minaj costumes – but plenty of websites and online video tutorials on how to be the rapper have been popping up.
Minaj, who hails from Queens’ Jamaica section and graduated from prestigious LaGuardia High School, beat out popular costume ideas like “Charlie Sheen,” “Pan Am” and “Captain America” in Web searches.
In a tutorial with 300,000 views, a YouTube poster shares tips on applying vibrant makeup, picking the perfect pink-infused outfit (down to the animal-print shoes) and finding the right wig.
“It wouldn’t be complete without the wig,” says the YouTube poster, holding a blond, pink and purple wig.
In another tutorial, a Minaj costume expert even shares how to achieve the rapper’s signature plump derriere.
“What’s the secret? Diapers. Just stuff ‘em in there and use like five. You can make it as big or as small as you want. … I think that’s going to be my favorite part … just having a big ass for Halloween,” the YouTube poster declares in her nearly 15-minute video.
She even demonstrates how to pull off Minaj’s animated voices and gestures.
Both tutorials use lots of bright makeup and clothing from the posters’ own closets, making their homemade costumes very inexpensive.
NickiMinajHalloweenCostume.com and NickiMinajCostume.com have more tips on transforming yourself into the rapper.
A representative for Nicki Minaj did not respond to a request for comment.
Ricky’s NYC, a popular city Halloween store, doesn’t carry any Nicki Minaj costumes.
“Only Nicki Minaj has the Nicki Minaj costume,” a worker told the Daily News.
The Nevada County Historical Society will present a costumed dance party 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Nevada County Horsemen Inc., 10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley.
The historical society asks those attending to dress in the heritage of Nevada County’s first 50 years (1849-1900), with costume ideas such as miners, loggers, doctors, barbers, undertakers, cowboys, peddlers, ferriers, stage coach driver and more.
The event includes live period music from the Buffalo Gals Friends, along with finger foods, hot and cold drinks and a no-host bar.
Order tickets by mail by sending $20 per person or $35 per couple to Nevada County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1300, Nevada City, CA 95959.
HUDSON, Ohio, Oct 03, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty
retailer in America, is ready for a spellbinding Halloween season.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 41 million* children
ages 5 to 14 participated in trick-or-treat activities last year.
Similar predictions for this year indicate that millions of moms will be
conjuring up costume, party favor and craft ideas for their little
ghouls and goblins.
“Wearing a handmade costume is fun for kids and adults,” said Christy
Shamp, inspiration manager for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Moms can
make one-of-a-kind costumes that require hardly any sewing. Whether it’s
adding embellishments to an existing costume or creating a no-sew
costume, Jo-Ann has so many great ideas for customers who want to
personalize their Halloween ensembles.”
From ladybugs to lions, Jo-Ann has plenty of no-sew fleece costume ideas
for kids. For moms, Jo-Ann has crafted trendy T-shirts with spooktacular
designs made from fabric paint and crystals. Customers can log onto
Joann.com/projects to search for these free Halloween ideas.
A fresh new look for Halloween fashionistas is a trendy apron costume.
By adding a few details to a ready-made or hand-sewn apron, customers
can easily slip into and out of character this Halloween. Jo-Ann has
designed flapper and cowgirl apron styles, but customers can use their
creativity to design the apron costume that best suits their personality.
In addition to apron costumes, customers can craft cute and creepy
finishing touches for their homes. Glowing ghosts, a haunted mirror and
a monster doll with interchangeable costumes are Jo-Ann exclusive
crafting ideas new for this year. Go to the Press Room at Joann.com and
click on the Fall
2011 Press Kit microsite for details and project directions.
To get kids excited for Halloween, parents can bring them to Jo-Ann on
Saturday, October 15 from 11am to 1pm for a free Make It-Take It. Kids
will create Halloween puppets using basic craft supplies. This event is
scheduled at all Jo-Ann stores with a classroom. Go to the Store Locator
at Joann.com to find participating Jo-Ann store locations.
About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft
retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single
retail store. Today, more than 750 Jo-Ann stores across the country
provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information,
*U.S. Census Bureau News, Facts for Features, August 31, 2011
SOURCE: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Margaret Skinner, Director, Corporate Communications, 330-463-6705 email@example.com
Copyright Business Wire 2011
Many individuals are already snatching up Halloween costumes for 2011. Among the popular choices this year seems to be the Lady Gaga Jo Calderone costume which popped up at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Other costumes will be based on movie or television characters, or the good old fashioned original costume ideas.
The Jo Calderone Halloween costume is a simple one as it consists of white T-shirt and loose black suit over the top. There’s also the “greaser” wig that Gaga wore and the fake cigarette to go with it. However, the wig could become the difficult part for customers to find as some shops may start selling out due to the concept’s popularity.
There’s one other accessory which some Halloween participants might consider, although it seems like a stretch of an add-on for the outfit. According to RTT News, the singer also was wearing a prostethic penis during her full night of playing the Jo Calderone character. This was a little known fact revealed after the event, so don’t feel obligated to replicate the Gaga Halloween costume idea to perfection.
There’s a variety of other Lady Gaga Halloween costumes based on her numerous controversial performances or events. Many individuals will likely choose other Halloween costumes for 2011. Popular ideas may include “The Smurfs,” “Jersey Shore” characters, as well as superheroes. Females in particular continue to have options as there are many female versions of popular male characters from movies including Green Lantern, Edward Scissorhands, and Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Will you be dressing up for Halloween 2011? What are you planning to be for October 31st?
Im going to a Christmas party and need a controversial costume. The more controversial the better! It has to have some link to either christmas, winter, movies or music from this time of year etc etc…
Best I can think of is James Brown, Deceased, or a Romanian Orphan, with a Shoebox (Charity) present!!
Any ideas would be great!
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