Marion Pellicano Ambrose
Last year it was Sarah Palin, Harry Potter, the Mad Hatter, Iron Man and the Queen of Hearts that dominated the Halloween costume scene. Now, for Halloween 2011, the themes for costumes will be inspired by movies such as the newest Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows (part 1 and 2). Children too, are choosing to be dementors, Hogwarts students and wizards. Another popular movie based costume will be Captain America and the Green Hornet for men and Alice in Wonderland and the Red Queen from the Johnny Depp movie.
A theme that has become popular over the past 3 years is that of zombies. Costumes come is many ranges of styles. You can be a bloody, gory zombie or even a sexy one (still with rotting flesh of course!). Zombies have become a social craze with many cities holding “Zombie Walks”. ( http://delayedreactionlounge.blogspot.com/2011/05/zombie-mania.html ) There is even a new ATV series based on Zombies!
Another popular costume will be Charlie Sheen. He’s been in the news so much that his drug abuse and wild lifestyle has become the subject of jokes, especially for TV comedians like Jay Leno and Conan O’Brian.
Another timeless costume theme is Pirates. Pirates have always been popular, but with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, they have reached an all-time high. Hmmm, another Johnny Depp inspired theme!
My vote for the best costume theme of 2011 is Angry Birds! So many people are hooked on the game and the costumes are easy to make or if you choose to purchase, they are fairly inexpensive. Throw one on and carry a pig stuffed animal and you’ll be the hit of the party!
As usual, the costume stores are packed with “sexy nurse”, “sexy Alice”, “sexy maid” ……. In other words, it’s hard to find a decent costume for women that isn’t cut down to your belly button and up to your… well, you know! I know that I don’t have the shape for these costumes, but I really don’t think I’d want to wear one if I did! They have to be uncomfortable and as far as I’m concerned that they take away from the spirit of Halloween. It’s not a time to be a femme fatale; it’s a time to be scary, funny, cute or gross! One of my favorite things is answering the door to little trick or treaters in my costume. They love it when I’m a witch or a fairy tale character! I doubt they would appreciate a half-naked sexy Snow White! Just saying!
This year the costume industry will have over 1 Billion dollars in sales. Much of that income will come from adult costumes since more grownups are dressing up and joining in the fun!
What will you and your kids be dressing up as this year? Let us know and send us a picture! Oh, and Happy Halloween!