Halloween With Harry Potter
It's only September, but our local mall has installed their themed Halloween store already: the Halloween Boo-tique. It's been filled since the first with people searching for the perfect costume to wear on the 31st. They have everything from witches to wigs and from stockings to sexy bumblebees. We are a half military, half college town with under 55,000 people, but we know how to have fun at Halloween. Restaurants celebrate by having waitresses dress up. Buildings go all out with the decorations. There's discounts everywhere on Halloween items. We even have a Halloween faire in the middle of the business district. We are that festive when it comes to this wonderous holiday.
The only thing I can't seem to find in this town is a Harry Potter costume. Maybe because half the girls here would rather be a sexy nurse than something creative, I don't know, but we fail to have a single wizard costume that hails from the Wizarding World we all know and love. The closest we've got is some lingerie from Spencer's that promotes the Gryffindor house on what little fabric covers your body. So for those of you in similar situations, I present to you: Halloween, Harry Potter-style.
You can purchase Harry Potter costumes on a number of websites. There are some people, however, who create their own. While their genius inspires me to come up with my own evil Bellatrix outfit, I will be eight and a half months pregnant when Halloween rolls around and will be sporting a belly that can't quite be covered up by robes. But for those of you who are looking for a place to purchase costumes, here's a few sites I've found that have the best products.
- Buy Harry Potter Costumes - Not 100% realistic with the masks, but they have some nice wands if you're looking for accessories!
- Costume Craze - Albeit a little more expensive than most, right now they're having a sale. Get your ties and scarves before they remember Halloween is right around the corner!
- Official Harry Potter Costumes - Strangely enough, they carry a Moaning Myrtle costume. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with the ability to be transparent.
To the right you'll see that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a good costume. This woman, seen at the Deathly Hallows, part two premiere, made her own costume from things she already had. I wouldn't actually mind dressing up as Trelawney for Halloween. It doesn't take much more than a hippie-looking outfit paired with bangles and a few chunky necklaces. Tease your hair a little and get some glasses that make your eyes look bigger and you've got a winning look that any Harry Potter fan will be able to identify.
Another good, easy homemade costume is Luna Lovegood. You can remake her fancy Gryffindor lion hat she wore to the game or even the glasses she wore as depicted in this scene. You just need to get some colorful paper, maybe some glitter, and think Luna. Buy a blonde wig and you're good to go!
May your Halloween be filled with more candy than troll bogies.