santa-costumesLiven up your holiday parties this year by making them costume parties. Christmas costumes are fun and festive and wearing them will put everyone in a holiday mood. Even that one relative who always says they hate Christmas will come around when you dress them in a costume and give them some eggnog. Costume parties aren’t just for Halloween.

There are lot of different ways that you can use costumes to have amazing holiday parties. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are very trendy and are getting more popular every year. Kid friendly holiday costume parties featuring Disney characters like the crew from Frozen are also popular. Footed PJs and holiday PJs along with Santa hats and other Christmas costume accessories turn the night before Christmas into a family event that your kids will remember all their lives.

Here are some fun new ways to use Christmas costumes to hold the best parties of the holiday season:

Sleepovers – The winter weather…

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sweatersChristmas costumes are a great way to make the holidays more fun. Ugly sweater parties are becoming very trendy and they are a fantastic option for workplace parties. Dressing up your kids in cute holiday costumes will give you adorable holiday photos to use for holiday cards or to share on social media. Santa suits are always popular for the holidays because having Santa around makes any gathering better. But there are lot of other characters associated with Christmas that are cute holiday costumes as well.

Check out these great holiday costume ideas and get busy planning your costume party or costumed photo shoot:

An Ugly Sweater Party
Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are becoming more popular every year. Find the ugliest Christmas sweaters you can find and get together with your friends and family members to show them off. You can have a costume contest to see who can find the worst holiday sweater. Make sure to get an Ugliest…

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d-aThe British hit Downton Abbey has ushered in a revival of styles ranging from Bohemian to Roaring 20s in everything from weddings to Halloween costumes. The show has the caught the imaginations of fans around the world who have embraced the show’s celebration of the culture of British nobility. The show follows the lives of the Crawley family, a British noble family as they deal with the death of heirs, war, sickness and other problems trying to keep their legacy and expensive estate intact. The series is filmed at famous Highclere Castle in England and has such a huge following that even George Clooney and his new wife are fans. What fans love most about the show is the style and the recreation of beautiful period clothing and home decorations. The demand for vintage style products has led to the creation of Downton Abbey themed furniture, clothing, jewelry, perfume and many other items. Retro inspired Halloween costume are very popular…

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gypsy-makeupGypsy Halloween costumes are fun for both adults and kids. Gypsy costumes are easy to personalize. They are also comfortable in different kinds of weather which makes them great for people who live in climates where the weather could be warm on Halloween or might be cold. There are still gypsy descendants around today, and if you have watched any of the reality TV series that showcase how the modern gypsy tribes live now you know they love bling and bright colors. No Gypsy costume is complete without lots of gold and sequins.

 

The other essential items in a Gypsy costume are:

Long Skirts

One of the must have items for a Gypsy costume is a long skirt, preferably a few of them. Petticoats are often part of a Gypsy costume. The top skirt should be very colorful and have ribbon, sequins, or some type of decoration on it. You can always add trim from the craft store or…

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day-deadDay of the Dead or Sugar Skull makeups are very popular for Halloween.

Sugar Skull makeup is perfect for Halloween because you can easily do a last minute Sugar Skull costume just by wearing black and painting your face. Day of the Dead makeup can be scary or beautiful, depending on what you want your costume to be. But, it can take some practice to get the Sugar Skull makeup just right. You should do a couple test applications of the makeup in the weeks before Halloween to perfect your technique and try out different looks.

 

Take a few selfies of each different style that you try so you can choose the one that you like the best and recreate that one. Here are some basics that you need to know before you try to create a Sugar Skull makeup for Halloween.

 


 

Perfecting the Base

The base of the Day of the Dead makeup is a totally…

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twistyThis year American Horror Story Freakshow is going to be a popular theme for Halloween parties and a popular source of Halloween costume ideas. Freakshow is the most watched season fo American Horror Story so far, and fans can’t get enough of the freaks and their leader Elsa Mars. The breakout star of the show this season is Twisty the clown, who is inspiring nightmares every week in millions of fans.

 

American Horror Story Halloween costumes have been popular ever since the beginning of the show, but the current season has spawned some fantastic costume inspirations. Each separate chapter of American Horror Story has given fans amazing, creepy and intriguing characters that are fun to dress up as but the characters from Freakshow are going to be very popular Halloween costumes this year. Here’s a quick look at the characters that you might want to dress up as this year:

 

Elsa Marsel

As the fading ingénue and owner…

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redFairy tale Halloween costumes are great for everyone in the family. Little girls love to dress up as their favorite princesses or fairies. Little boys love being the heroes in exciting tales of adventure. And adults love to indulge in a little fantasy of their own in gorgeous gowns and interesting period clothing. There are many ways to create stunning fairy tale costumes. You can start with a base costume and add to it or you can create your own costume from scratch using accessories and props. You can even choose to go the humorous route and dress your little ones in funny costumes like dressing toddlers as dwarves or elves or dressing infants up as magic beans and other props.

There are also many different mythical fairy tale creatures that you can dress up as for Halloween. Unicorns are very popular Halloween costumes. So are dragons and the fair maidens that they protect. Wolves, bears, and other animals all…

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zombie-eyesWhen you are applying Halloween makeup for costumes that require special effects you may need makeup skills that go beyond just putting on eyeliner or foundation. Using makeup, fake hair and other devices is a nice way to complete your costume if you don’t want to wear a mask or can’t wear a mask for some reason. But in order to make your costume look great the makeup job needs to look great also. Here are some tips from special effects artists to help you get a professional looking Halloween makeup job using special effects appliances and unusual makeup:

Practice first: Always practice doing the makeup and effects that you want to create. If you are planning on using an elaborate makeup or doing a special effects technique you have never done before plan at least two practice sessions well before Halloween. That will give you the chance to practice putting the makeup up, get used to wearing the makeup…

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Fans Can’t Get Enough Batman

The upcoming Batman Vs Superman film proves that audiences of all ages can’t get enough Batman. Ever since the creation of the Caped Crusader fans have embraced batman-costumeshim and clamored for more stories about him. Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne have been re-imagined and re-invented by many different writers, movie directors, and graphic novelists. Christopher Nolan’s dark new telling of the Batman myth in The Dark Knight series entranced audiences as well as made Batman a modern hero. It seems that no matter what the decade is Batman is a superhero that has no trouble being embraced by modern audiences. The figure of the superhuman fighter for justice fills a need in society that never goes away no matter decade it is. The look of the ideal superhero might change but people’s devotion to him doesn’t.

The original Batman character was created for DC Comics in 1939. Batman has been saving the world…

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ninjasNinjago is a popular animated series on the Cartoon Network that has spawned a video game and DVDs as well as books and other merchandise. The show is based on a series of Lego sets called Ninjago which make up a fantasy universe where Chinese and Japanese legends combine in a mix of fantasy, science fiction and good old-fashioned adventure. Kids and grown up kids alike love Ninjago because of the elements of adventure and fantasy. The TV show has the same characters and places that are in the Ninjago Lego sets so that kids can watch the TV show then go play with their own Lego sets and interact with the same characters they have seen on the show. Ninjago is great for adults and kids to play together because the rich storylines are interesting for adults but still easy for kids to follow.

In the original Ninjago storyline there are four weapons imbued with great power that correspond…

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zombie-costumeZombies have been lurking on the Hollywood and bookstore scene for a long time now – but people don’t seem to get enough of them. These blood-thirsted creatures are definitely among the most popular all-time horror story characters and the truth is that they have all the reasons to stay there. In some of the stories, nobody knows how they emerged. In other stories, they are the result of a bad experiment. However, in all the stories out there they are to be run from and to be murdered because their thirst for human blood is literally contagious. You get bitten by a zombie – you become a zombie. This is why most of the movies, books and TV shows featuring these dreaded creatures are usually related to an apocalyptic scenario where almost everybody is transformed into a zombie.

 

The Walking Dead is, without any trace of doubt, the most popular TV series and comic book series to be…

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adventure-timeOne of the Cartoon Network’s biggest hits is also the inspiration for some of the most popular Halloween costumes this year. Adventure Time has been popular with audiences since it debuted in 2010 and that popularity is increasing every year. The show started as a homemade entry for a contest sponsored by Cartoon Network that would allow amateur animation fans to create shows that had the potential to get picked up as series. Adventure Time or Adventure Time with Finn and Jake became a viral hit almost as soon as it hit the Web. Cartoon Network picked up the series and it quickly become one of the most popular shows on the network. Adventure Time doesn’t show any signs of slowing down because fans can’t get enough of the innovative and quirky show.

The show has won a slew of awards for both the content and the production. In an era when most animated shows compete to have the most…

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vamire-costumes Few TV shows out there have ever managed to be just as popular as True Blood is. Featuring vampires, fairies, werewolves, shape-shifters and a series of other magical creatures, True Blood is probably one of the most realistic shows of the kind. Of course, all the characters are very fantasy-like, but the truth is that this show has somehow managed to create a storyline that is actually plausible – that, of course, if any of these creatures really existed.

As a matter of fact, the basis of the show is consisted out of the “coming out of the coffin” of the vampires out there. After millennia of lurking in the dark and being considered to be just fictional creatures, vampires decide that it is high time that they went mainstream and let the world know of their existence. Of course, this does not come with ease for anyone out there (not vampires and not humans), but in the end,…

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xmenposterComic books have been out there for a very, very long time and ever since the moment the first comic books (as we know them today) came out, people grew smitten on the greatness they can offer. Although many times dismissed as childish and pointless, comic books and their heroes go way beyond that though.

For instance, did you know that Captain America was created as a character that had the power to fight the Nazi expansion in Europe? This character was created right during the Second World War and, accidentally or not, his “fathers” were Jewish.

X-Men makes no exception from this rule and the characters in this comic books are bound to make a statement about equality, about discrimination and about being the “other”. In real-life, this happens with African Americans, with Asian Americans, with Jewish people and with all the other people who are not like the majority (and thus, they are discriminated upon).

X-Men is one…

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twerkTwerking costumes expected to be popular again in this year.

2013 has been a full year from a lot of points of view. Movies such as “Frozen” and “Maleficent”, as well as the much expected sequel to the “X-Men” series have all contributed a lot to this year from a cultural and media-related point of view. Yet, some of the moments were so memorable that even now, almost one year later, everybody seems to remember them as fresh as they were 2 days after they happened. Pharell’s hat is one of them.

The other one is Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV VMA. Miley used to star in a TV series for kids and her entire attitude was that of a nice girl in general. She was none other than Hannah Montana. Her long, curly hair, her nice smile and her big eyes made parents from all over the world trust her with their kids. And kids from all over the world became her fans. And yet, something inside Miley changed drastically because the MTV appearance she made completely shocked a lot of people (and not only among those who had been her fans before that).

Miley Cyrus appeared in a very short, very tight and very much skin-revealing costume. OK, that may not have been that much – after all, many of the other stars out there wear skimpy outfits. Of course, she used to be perceived as a nice girl and the costume may have shocked her fans – but not to the extent to which her attitude did.

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flapperThe Roaring 20s are back in a big way this year. Thanks to period dramas on TV like Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge and smash hit movies like The Great Gatsby gangster and flapper costumes are one of the hottest trends for Halloween costumes. Lavish flapper dresses dripping with fringe and beadwork and 20s inspired wigs and jewelry are going to be in high demand this Halloween. You can create your own costume from vintage pieces and 20s inspired items or you can buy costumes that are already put together. Whether you want to DIY your costume or buy one here are some fashion trends from the 20s to keep in mind, and tips for achieving the same look for your costume:

Women’s Fashion in the 20s

The 1920s were the start of a huge change in female fashion. Industrialization brought innovations like cars that made the heavy, long elaborate dresses of earlier decades hazardous and cumbersome. The popular female…

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return-ozWizard of Oz costumes are sure to be popular this season as new films are embraced by fans.

The Wizard of Oz is an all time classic film based on the book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, by Lyman Frank Baum. Briefly, to explain the series’ timeless existence, the book was published in the year 1900. This book sparked a worldwide phenomenon, as certain elements were ahead of their time. This is a book of pure fantasy and creativity that has been adapted in many countries throughout the world.

 

Moving along the time line, the first film adaption of the book was released in 1910. Then, in 1939, the most popular film adaptation was released, becoming a staple in American cinema.

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eighties-costumesThe 80s are back again in a big way. 80s looks have been seen on fashion runways recently and some 80s trends like leggings and long shirts have become fashionable again. But 80s Halloween costumes have always been a huge hit. There is no better way to remember the kitschy glory of the neon decade than by dressing up in some of the wildest and wackiest 80s clothes for Halloween. The 80s encompassed a lot of different looks so you have a lot of different styles of 80s costumes to choose from when you are putting together a great 80s costume. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular trends in the 80s that you can use to draw from. The only rule when it comes to 80s costumes is that the more over the top the costume is the better it is.

Disco: Disco didn’t die until the early 80s so if you loved the disco era…

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Two of the most popular Halloween costumes every year are angels and devils. It’s not surprising that these two costumes would be popular considering that Halloween angel-devilis considered to be a night when devils and demons roam the Earth. Even though the two costumes are opposites they often go together. Devil and Angel costumes are popular couples costumes, where one person dresses as a devil and one dresses as an angel. Angel costumes are also very popular for kids. Little girls love to dress as angels with flowing white dresses and gauzy wings. Because there are so many different ways to interpret the concepts of angels and devils there are dozens of different ways to put together angel and devil costumes. Here are a few angel and devil inspirations you can use to find the right costume for you this Halloween:
Classic: You can’t beat the classic angel in a long white dress, with white wings and a halo. It’s…

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fox-sayWhat does a fox say ….?

Animal costumes are a fun choice for Halloween because you can really let your imagination run wild. Have you ever wanted to be the Big Bad Wolf? Or maybe you have always wondered what it was like to be a peacock, or a dragon? Halloween gives you the chance to be anything you want, including fun animals. Animal costumes are great for colder climates too because you can layer clothes underneath the costume for Trick or Treating if it’s cold and the furry costume gives you an extra layer of warmth. Costumes of animals and animal accessories can also be worn year after year if you take care of them. Costumes of animals can be of real animals like bears or chickens or make believe animals like werewolves or dragons. They can be adorable or scary. And they are always popular.

Many parents like to dress their young children as animals for Halloween because…

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nurseDoctor and nurse Halloween costumes are popular every year. There are a lot of different styles of doctor and nurse costumes available so no matter what type of costume you’re looking for it won’t be hard to find. Medical costumes are perfect to wear to Halloween parties or out to clubs and bars on Halloween. Creating doctor costumes is easy with a lab coat and some scrubs. You can buy scrubs as part of a costume or buy them from a company that makes them for hospital staff. They aren’t expensive and they are available in lots of colors and prints. Add a doctor’s set with a stethoscope, a clipboard and some latex gloves and you have a great doctor costume that you can wear anywhere. Men and women can both wear scrubs and a lab coat to create a doctor costume. Doctor costumes can also consist of wearing a button down shirt and tie under a lab coat. When…

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rhorrorThe 80s are back in a big way and that means 80s trends like acid washed jeans, neon everything, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are all popular again. The Rocky Horror Picture Show never really stopped being popular. It is one of the most successful films in history. It is still being shown weekly on thousands of screens all over the world. Many theaters show The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a special event on weekend nights and charge higher ticket prices than normal. Even with the higher ticket prices the show sells out consistently. What is it about the film that makes it so popular after nearly forty years?

Part of the appeal is that the audience is expected to participate in the show. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a campy classic movie with a cult following of rabid fans. At every showing fans will dress in costume as the main characters of the film, get out…

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twinkies-costumesA popular Halloween costume this year celebrates the return of a popular icon. Twinkies are back and many people are planning on dressing up as their favorite snack cake to show their support for Twinkies. Twinkies have been a part of childhood since around 1930. They have undergone some changes over the years but essentially have stayed the same. The golden cake with the vanilla cream filling that is supposed to last long enough to feed survivors of apocalypse is something that nearly everyone loves. Adults love the rush of nostalgia that they get from eating the golden cakes and kids love the taste of the tasty cake.

Fans of the cake almost lost their treat for good. Hostess, the company that has been making Twinkies for decades, filed for bankruptcy in the fall of 2012. They announced abruptly that Twinkies were no longer going to be made along with other popular snack cakes like Zingers. People were devastated. Many…

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CleatusIf you want a fantastic Halloween costume that will really impress your friends this year dress up as the Fox Robot Cleatus for Halloween. Cleatus is a wildly popular on Fox Sports who has gone from a lowly graphic element to his own bona fide character. Originally Cleatus would dance and perform other tricks to entertain. He had a sleek machine look but he wasn’t menacing. He almost looked like one of the original Cylons. But after Cleatus became extremely popular with fans his look changed. Now Cleatus looks like a Transformer. He is huge and dark and very angry looking. His yellow eyes glow menacingly and he doesn’t dance and twirl around much anymore. Although he does still do the Electric Slide from time to time.

You might think it would be difficult to build a Fox Robot Cleatus costume but it doesn’t have to be. A lot of Cleatus’ armor is easy to assemble out of paper mache…

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hunger-gamesThe Hunger Games movie and the highly anticipated sequels are sure to inspire a lot of Halloween costumes this year. The memorable characters from the books and films make great costumes for all ages. Katniss and Primrose Everdeen are very popular choices. Young girls and grown women alike want to dress up as Katniss. So is the flashy Effie Trinket, whose large fascinator hair accessories are a great way to have some fun with your costume. Ceasar Flickerman, Rue and Clove are also popular costume choices. Whether you want to create a minimal costume or an elaborate one there are lots of choices to draw from when you are creating a Katniss costume. Here are some of the accessories you will need to create your own memorable Katniss Everdeen costume for Trick or Treating or partying:

To create an authentic Katniss costume you first need to choice what time frame you want to use as a reference. During the Reaping…

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cosplay1Cosplay has become an international phenomenon. It used to be that Cosplayers would attend fan events like Comic-Con in small numbers hoping to connect with other superfans who liked to dress up as their favorite characters. Now thousands of Cosplayers pour into conventions and other events every year and thousands more fans come to see them. Some of the Cosplay genres even have their own specific conventions throughout the year. Every year around the time of Comic-Con, which is the biggest con in the nation, major news outlets start to run photos of the elaborate costumes and scenes staged by Cosplayers.  Along with other events like panels and meet and greet sessions many cons now feature Cosplay contests where fans can win money and prestige for having the best costume.

Cosplay would never have reached the level of mainstream acceptance that is has now without social media and the Internet. People were making costumes based on their favorite superheroes…

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not-justEveryone associates Halloween with costumes, but dressing up in costumes for other holidays is just as much fun. There are many times throughout the year when dressing up in costumes adds a lot of excitement and fun to the celebration. Dressing up in costumes can even be a fun hobby. Cosplay, a hobby focused on dressing up as comic book characters, movie characters, and book characters is quickly becoming a huge trend in the US. It’s already been a popular in other countries, especially Japan, for many years.

Costumes are very much a part of traditional holiday celebrations in different areas of the country. In New Orleans no Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without masks and elaborate costumes as well as Mardi Gras beads. Many people spend months working on their costumes for Mardi Gras each year the same way they work on their Halloween costumes. Wigs, masks, and very fancy suits and gowns are the core of any…

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plug-inCouples costumes can be a lot of fun. Whether it’s your first Halloween together or  your 50th Halloween together there are couples costumes that will fit your relationship and your personalities. Couples costumes give couples the chance to really express their personalities. Inspirations for costumes couples can come from books, movies, pop culture icons, history, or even games. Because there are so many different types of couples costumes that you can choose from here are some tips to help you choose the perfect costume this Halloween:

Pick a Costume that is Comfortable for Both of You – Maybe you don’t mind wearing a mask all night or heavy clothing but your partner might. When you are picking out a couples costume it’s important to talk to your partner to find out what their costume likes and dislikes are. In order for the costume to work you will both need to wear your costumes all night. The effect of…

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Mardi Gras costumes can run the gamut from spectacular ball gowns and tuxedos to outfits resembling those worn bymg1 Vegas showgirls. Part of the fun of Mardi Gras is that you can dress up as anything that you want to be. Mardi Gras is a time of excess and people who celebrate are encouraged to go to over the top when it comes to costumes. If you have ever wanted to dress up as a fantasy character or indulge a secret desire to be a stage performer Mardi Gras is the time to do it.

 

Mardi Gras parties are all about enjoying the things in life that are usually supposed to be enjoyed only in moderation. Mardi Gras parties usually last all night and feature decadent food and plenty of alcohol. If you are outside enjoying the Mardi Gras parades and other festivities you can count on finding plenty of people to party with throughout the night. Having a…

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fairies2Fairy costumes are one of the most popular Halloween costumes, especially for little girls. Fairy costumes come in many colors but are always iridescent and change color with the color. Fairy costumes also have to have lots of twinkling glitter fairy dust for the fairy to blow about. Shiny translucent wings are also a must have for a great fairy costume. Little girls love fairy costumes because they are pretty, delicate and dainty. Women love them for the same reason, although women prefer to wear costumes that represent darker evil fairies instead of the good fairies commonly thought of when people think about fairies.

There are lots of different kinds of fairies because there are so many different legends about fairies. The image that everyone thinks of when they picture a fairy is part Disney and part Victorian legend. During the Victorian era the image of fairies as small human like creatures with pale hair, white skin and glittery wings…

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