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Unusual, Creative Halloween Costumes You Can't Find at Wal-Mart

Updated on July 23, 2018
Scare the living daylights out of your neighbors with this frightening monster costume for Halloween.
Scare the living daylights out of your neighbors with this frightening monster costume for Halloween. | Source

Scary Costumes Gave Way to Super Heroes

The earliest Halloween costumes were based on supernatural and folkloric beings, and their purpose was to frighten. Mass media, however, began to influence the costumes and by the time the "flappers" of the "roaring 20's" were fading, costumes representing characters in movies, radio and books saw a rise in popularity, because they were mainly worn by young people who wanted to mimic their favorite super-heroes. Young boys wanted to wear Batman and Superman-like costumes and little girls wanted to be their favorite fairytale princess, or even Cinderella.

By the middle of the 20th century, adults came to embrace Halloween costumes as well, wearing them to parties, work and even out with the children as they went trick-or-treating for candy.

Today, people who are not going out for any reason, but are staying home to hand out candy on Halloween, are choosing to wear costumes as well. It's fun for them, and for the trick-or-treaters who come to their door

If you are creative, you might want to try and modify or even mimic some of the costumes featured in this article. A little bit of ingenuity will go a long way.

This pirate girl is sure to get her share of the bounty of candy.  I wasn't able to track down information on this costume, but it is my all-time favorite, and it was probably made by someone's very skilled hands.
This pirate girl is sure to get her share of the bounty of candy. I wasn't able to track down information on this costume, but it is my all-time favorite, and it was probably made by someone's very skilled hands.

"It's as much fun to scare as to be scared."

— Vincent Price
These may be typical of the very early Halloween costumes that were meant to frighten people, and they certainly do just that.
These may be typical of the very early Halloween costumes that were meant to frighten people, and they certainly do just that. | Source

The Origin of the Costume-Wearing Tradition

The Halloween tradition of wearing costumes probably originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. During that festival, typically held from sunset on October 31 to sunset on Novembr 1, people would wear costumes with the hope of warding off any ghosts that might be lurking around.

Samhain, however, is also known as the "Festival of the Dead," and is celebrated in America, Canada, Europe and other places by druids, witches, wiccans and other pagans who consider it to be a sacred time and the beginning of a spiritual new year.

One of the earliest references to wearing costumes at Halloween was from Scotland in 1585, although it is believed that they may have been worn even earlier than that.

Please don't let this one come knocking in our neighborhood on Halloween.
Please don't let this one come knocking in our neighborhood on Halloween.

"Some people put more thought into their Halloween costumes than their careers."

— Unknown

'Avatar' Blue Costumes Became Popular After the 2009 Movie

The ultimate blue costumes may well be those of the giant blue aliens called the Na'vi from the movie Avatar. These costumes are only suitable for the fit, since you will need to wear only blue body paint and a loin cloth.
The ultimate blue costumes may well be those of the giant blue aliens called the Na'vi from the movie Avatar. These costumes are only suitable for the fit, since you will need to wear only blue body paint and a loin cloth. | Source

Halloween Costumes May Not Be for Everyone

And, of course, the burning question that should be on everyone's mind this Halloween is this: "What in the world will Lady Gaga's costume be?"

A rain cloud costume.  You can make it by hand in any size you want.  You could...I couldn't.
A rain cloud costume. You can make it by hand in any size you want. You could...I couldn't. | Source
This is "Mr.. Skelly Ton and the whole Ton family," decked out for Halloween in some pretty great costumes.
This is "Mr.. Skelly Ton and the whole Ton family," decked out for Halloween in some pretty great costumes.

Halloween Has Become More of a Lifestyle Than a Holiday

When you sit around during the entire summer, wishing for Halloween to hurry up, you are definitely among those who now consider the holiday to be a part of their lifestyle - a chance to really express themselves in ways not socially acceptable on any other day of the year.

Former President John F. Kennedy with his children, John Jr. and Caroline at the White House.  Everyone loves Halloween.
Former President John F. Kennedy with his children, John Jr. and Caroline at the White House. Everyone loves Halloween.

Make-up Ideas to Get the Full Effect

Sometimes, in order to get the full effect of a costume, special make-up is required so that you have the finished look of whatever character's look you are trying to achieve, so click here to access some awesome videos that will help you with the make-up for some great characters, including Wonder Woman, Belle of "Beauty and the Beast," a zombie, Frankenstein, and others.

Who wouldn't love to be Edward Scissorhands?  You can just stick your hand in the bag and stick a piece of candy on each scissored finger!
Who wouldn't love to be Edward Scissorhands? You can just stick your hand in the bag and stick a piece of candy on each scissored finger!
This guy is right in the middle of an alien abduction.
This guy is right in the middle of an alien abduction. | Source

© 2017 Mike and Dorothy McKenney

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    • Mamerto profile image

      JR Mamerto 

      14 months ago from Cabuyao

      And thanks too!

    • Casey White profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

      14 months ago from United States

      Buy him something unique and cool. Thanks for reading.

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      JR Mamerto 

      14 months ago from Cabuyao

      Come ti think of it Halloween is coming. I wonder what will I buy for my nephew?

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