10 Halloween Costume Ideas Based on Recent Movies

We Need to Talk About Katniss from The Hunger Games

One for the girls. Obviously there is going to be plenty of Katniss costumes out and about this year, but you can better them with a touch of satire. One of the biggest, most apparent commonalities in 2012 movies is archery — including The Avengers and The Brave — but the only other one besides The Hunger Games in which bow and arrow are used to kill kids is We Need to Talk About Kevin. Of course, in the former it’s for Katniss’s survival in a death-sport of the future, and in the latter the title character shoots up his high school with arrows intead of bullets. I recommend you mainly just braid your hair like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and then wear a high-fiving ketchup and mustard t-shirt and jeans. Don’t forget the bow and arrow, obviously. Why is this strictly a female costume? To keep it Katniss, and Kevin‘s Ezra Miller is kinda feminine looking anyway.


Loop Closer from Looper

I don’t want to mention too much about this film, so as to avoid spoilers, but this costume is very simple. Just wear whatever, but strap a bunch of gold bricks (probably best to make them not real ones, for the weight and the danger of being mugged) to your back.


Killer Unicorn from The Cabin in the Woods

There are so many monsters, villains and creatures to choose from in this movie. The merman is probably difficult, though, and slow moving. The Sugarplum Fairy might also be hard to pull-off, at least for the mask or makeup or however you want to do it. And a lot of others aren’t so distinct to this film alone. With this idea, you just need a basic unicorn costume and some fake blood for the horn. It’s good for furries who don’t want to change but want to add a bit of horror flair.


This is Not a Costume from This is Not a Film

The most obscure film on the list will probably get you the most points with hardcore cinephiles, especially if they’re in tune with documentary and Iranian cinema. Here you’re dressing up as filmmaker Jafar Panahi, whose government has banned him from making movies and put him under house arrest. You need a black v-neck t-shirt — for explicit detail you might want to specifically order a “this is not a costume” shirts (they already exist!) — and some jeans and flip flops. Maybe some reading glasses. For the last touch, put an iguana — real or fake — on your shoulder. Just watch out for any Iranian officials who mistake you for the real deal and try to lock you up.

Jack Jansen from The Paperboy

Also fairly obscure, since Lee Daniels’s new film just opened Friday and only in limited release, if you pay attention to movie sites and reviews you’ve probably heard about the movie and the relevance of this easy costume even if you haven’t yet seen it (I hear you don’t want to do that anyway). Like Zac Efron’s character throughout, you want to just wear some whitey-tighty briefs. To make sure nobody mistakes you for a guitar-less singing cowboy, however, you should also slap a jellyfish on somewhere — maybe your shoulder, since shoulder accessories are big this year, says I. If you’re lucky, by the end of the night a woman will pee on you.

[thanks to Daniel Walber for the hat tip on this one.]

Sexy “Engineer” from Prometheus

Another one for the ladies. To be honest, it was hard to find good, clever female costume ideas this year. But, of course, you can always take a male costume idea and turn it “sexy.” That is what Halloween is all about, right? There are even sexy Gizmo costumes! Actually, though, I think this one is important, because where were all the female engineers, sexy or not? Such an advanced race of humanoid creatures and their scientific/military missions are men-only? Well, maybe this will be a jump on Prometheus 2, which like Aliens could potentially introduce us to their “queen.”


Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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