Dressing in costume is one of the most common and recognizable traditions that dates back thousands of years to celebrate one of the oldest holidays, Halloween. It was the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, that were believed to wear the first "costumes" consisting of animal heads and skins, during the bonfire celebration of Samhain.  Even though adult costumes have come a long way from the "animal heads and skins" that the Celts wore, the desire for people to dress up in costume and celebrate a special occasion is still in our blood. 

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A few years ago, redditor CampingIsInTents posted a picture of her Tippi Hedren costume and got a rousing response. The idea references a popular movie, but you won't see other people wearing it at the same party. She bought the birds, but had to alter the wings to make them just right. The idea has been used by creative costume-makers a couple of times before, even on TV.
As an etsy seller, I personally don’t think it’s unethical to list an item in any blog post (even a DIY one,) as long as the link takes you back to the item listing, and/or the creator is given credit. This one just happens to have been deactivated, maybe because the seller did it, or it’s possible etsy did. Either way, even if the item was copyrighted, someone crafty could make something similar for personal use (but, from what I’ve seen, not of the same quality unless they’re experienced with printing on fabrics!) Most sellers are up on their SEO and google stats, and it appears this one’s sales haven’t been hurt by their item being posted all over the web. 😉
Depending on who you ask, The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel about passion and the great American Dream, or it's a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Whichever version you prefer, there's no denying that the 1920s makes for a great party theme. All it takes is a little bit of jazz music, our flapper dresses, and some dashing suits to make your party feel like the speakeasy throwback you've been yearning for. And since prohibition no longer exists, you don't have to worry about the cops coming to bust up your Gatsby costume party.
But researchers from the New Jersey Historical Society suggest the true founder may have been someone else with a very similar name: Matthew Maguire, a machinist from New Jersey who led several strikes in the 1870s, and by 1882 had become the secretary for the New York Central Labor Union. In an 1894 editorial about the holiday, which President Grover Cleveland had just signed into law, a New Jersey newspaper said the honor should go to Maguire, the “undisputed author of Labor Day as a holiday.”

So, got your Halloween costume idea picked out? Great! Now, it’s time to plan the party! Of course, we’ve got a ton of adult costumes for Halloween, but we’re also happy to let you know that we’ve got all the party décor and accessories you’ll need to have the perfect costume soiree, too. And, since we try to go the extra mile to make sure you get the most out of your experience, we’ve even got one more thing for you: Halloween costume awards to hand out at your party!

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I made my ear “fins” from floral wire and tulle, and meticulously hand sewed sequins. I wore a nude tank top and pinned my hand sewn shells on. Then I sewed a fin, using a skirt as a pattern, and added tulle fins (again, meticulously hand sequined.) I was covered in glitter and blue and green makeup, and found that delightfully tacky wig at Goodwill. Don’t worry – it was new and unused!
Another iconic flick you grew up with as a kid is undoubtedly The Princess Bride. Well, now you’re finally old enough to do a proper Westley and Princess Buttercup! We’re proud to be the home of the officially licensed Princess Bride costumes, and we’ve got ‘em all, even Fezzik if you’re feeling Andre the Giant sized! Pick out any of these fun costumes as an individual theme or for a group theme, and you’re assured to have a great time.

Ben Carpenter is a cosplayer who uses a wheelchair. For this year’s Tampa Bay Comic Con, he and his group became the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. Ben was Max in the scene where he was strapped to the front of a vehicle in order to supply blood to the driver. He used his wheelchair in the upright position for the vehicle, driven by a friend and accompanied by other characters from the movie. They won the award for Best Group Cosplay. Of course they did.
Andy Pixel made himself into Hannibal Lecter last year. You might think this costume would be difficult with cars, stairs, or the restroom, but he thought about that ahead of time. The hand cart comes apart, so he can ditch it and the extra legs when needed, and still be left with a full costume. He’s not really in a straitjacket; crossed arms just give him the look.

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If you were a factory worker in the 1880s, you were probably toiling away at your job for an average of 60 hours a week, and it wasn't unheard of for textile laborers in New York to make only 75 cents a day, which was a paltry sum, even for the time. To bring attention to these unfair working conditions, labor organizers coordinated the first Labor Day parade on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
More people are going to college, taking longer to become financially settled, have easier access to birth control, and are embarking on demanding careers that put family life on the back burner. In addition to having children later in life, the average cost of raising a child has increased dramatically over the generations, so one or two kids might be all some couples can afford. These factors all add up to create smaller families, which means we’ll likely see fewer middle children throughout the country in future decades if these trends continue. And without them, we’ll lose out on all of the remarkable traits seen below.
Show off your sense of humor at this year’'s Halloween party with imaginative couples costumes like Kermit and Miss Piggy, celebrate your favorite sandwich and dress up like a Ham and Swiss or BLT or even Bacon and Eggs. Go back in time with your favorite television characters, like Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Barney and Betty Rubble or even their kids, Bamm Bamm and Pebbles or zoom off to the future with the Jetsons. Are movies more your style? We've got the best movie themed adult costumes like Batman and Robin, Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica, Shrek and Princess Fiona or Danny and Sandy from Grease.

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Today, Halloween is not the only time of the year when adults play dress-up!  Costumes are worn to celebrate many of life’s everyday situations; stage and theater, special holidays, reenactments, conventions, school plays, fantasy role playing, etc. Of course, since Halloween Express has the largest selection of Halloween costumes available on the planet, we're somewhat impartial to Halloween but we're all for dressing up anytime! Adult costumes are a great way to commemorate a period of time, whether past, present or future.  More and more adults are realizing the benefits of being able to find that one of kind costume 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  It just goes to show, you’re never too old to play dress-up!

Shawn Thorsson has made a bunch of fantastic costumes. He planned a Halo-themed build for Halloween 2008, but then was deployed to Afghanistan. The project was finally completed the next year. Thorsson fabricated armor from the video game world of Halo, painted them in different colors, and dressed his friends as the characters from the Red vs. Blue series. He posted lots of pictures to show you the process.
“Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!” If you’re a couple planning on teaming up with another couple for a fun costume theme, we’re sure you’ll have a great time with the perennially popular Flintstones costumes. We’ve got a huge selection of officially licensed Flinstones Halloween costumes with all the characters available, like Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty Rubble. We’ve even got kids costumes for Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles if you’ve got the little ones in tow. Just be sure to take a look at our deluxe versions if you think you might be piloting one of those caveman cars. They come with oversized foot covers which is sure to help you push your prehistoric wheels!
In each of their respective storylines on Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have made quite a mark when it comes to their sex appeal. Well, “Fire and Ice” is officially a thing now, so it’s as good of a time as ever to choose one of these characters to go as! We, of course, have the adult costume styles to get you started. Our Dark Northern King Costume will have you looking the part of the King in the North, and of course, our famed Dragon Queen Costume will transform any lady into the mother of dragons.

More people are going to college, taking longer to become financially settled, have easier access to birth control, and are embarking on demanding careers that put family life on the back burner. In addition to having children later in life, the average cost of raising a child has increased dramatically over the generations, so one or two kids might be all some couples can afford. These factors all add up to create smaller families, which means we’ll likely see fewer middle children throughout the country in future decades if these trends continue. And without them, we’ll lose out on all of the remarkable traits seen below.
Ben Carpenter is a cosplayer who uses a wheelchair. For this year’s Tampa Bay Comic Con, he and his group became the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. Ben was Max in the scene where he was strapped to the front of a vehicle in order to supply blood to the driver. He used his wheelchair in the upright position for the vehicle, driven by a friend and accompanied by other characters from the movie. They won the award for Best Group Cosplay. Of course they did.

Kids, beware! This is a category of Halloween costumes for adults only! We've compiled a selection of Halloween costumes for women and men of all styles and sizes. Browse through to find plus size costumes and even sexy costumes. Or grab your significant other and choose a stunning couples costume look that'll be sure to win at any Halloween party!

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As an etsy seller, I personally don’t think it’s unethical to list an item in any blog post (even a DIY one,) as long as the link takes you back to the item listing, and/or the creator is given credit. This one just happens to have been deactivated, maybe because the seller did it, or it’s possible etsy did. Either way, even if the item was copyrighted, someone crafty could make something similar for personal use (but, from what I’ve seen, not of the same quality unless they’re experienced with printing on fabrics!) Most sellers are up on their SEO and google stats, and it appears this one’s sales haven’t been hurt by their item being posted all over the web. 😉
We spend all year getting ready for this festive dress-up season so your son can smile proudly when he trick or treats in one of our boys Halloween costumes! We have lots of new kids Halloween costumes ideas for 2019, and your little one will love each and every one! Is your little guy obsessed with the paranormal crew that makes up the Ghostbusters? Our officially licensed Ghostbusters costumes will have him ready to handle all kinds of paranormal activity, especially when you complete the look with accessories! Attach a pair of Ecto goggles, a ghost trap, and P.K.E. meter to the Ghostbusters Utility Belt and he’ll really look the part. Is your pride and joy more of a gamer? Let him become his favorite character! We have officially licensed Borderlands costumes that will have your little guy looking like he just stepped off the big screen. We’ve also added a few new styles to our Fortnite collection, so he can transform into his favorite skin and always be ready for a Battle Royale. Your little one can also turn themselves into their favorite Anime characters when they slip into an officially licensed Naruto, Baruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z, or My Hero Academia costume on Halloween night! Want to keep it classic? Your boy can get a little scary dressing up as a Grim Reaper or an otherworldly Alien. No matter what they choose, Spirit Halloween is here to give you only the best 2019 Halloween costume ideas!
I think it’s okay too. A Geisha girl is popular. Caucasian stereotypes include little Dutch girls and drunken Irish men. Also hearkening from my background, I wouldn’t be offended if someone dressed as a Scot in full kilt etc. (especially if he has nice legs! lol), or the French stereotype: a beret, a baguette and a bottle of wine. I appreciate though that you don’t want to needlessly offend anyone.
If you were a factory worker in the 1880s, you were probably toiling away at your job for an average of 60 hours a week, and it wasn't unheard of for textile laborers in New York to make only 75 cents a day, which was a paltry sum, even for the time. To bring attention to these unfair working conditions, labor organizers coordinated the first Labor Day parade on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
QuaziLogical made a classic illusion costume a couple of years ago. It cost him about $30 and took about 30 hours of work. This version of the trick looks better than most because the “dummy” is covered by a surgical mask, obscuring its fakery, and QuaziLogical wore a mask, too, to make his face look artificial. See a closer image of the legs he made.
I made my ear “fins” from floral wire and tulle, and meticulously hand sewed sequins. I wore a nude tank top and pinned my hand sewn shells on. Then I sewed a fin, using a skirt as a pattern, and added tulle fins (again, meticulously hand sequined.) I was covered in glitter and blue and green makeup, and found that delightfully tacky wig at Goodwill. Don’t worry – it was new and unused!

Classic, regal and... who are we kidding? Toga! Toga! Toga! Nothing quite sparks the party spirit like the look of the ancient Greeks. Made famous by fraternity houses, the toga has a lot of things going for it. The look is quick and simple, with a whole plethora of easy ways to accessorize. If you want to go all out, you can grab some sandals and gold wreath crowns to look like Greek royalty, or you can simply toss on the toga costume. And all it takes to get the party started while wearing this costume style is to shout the word "Toga!" and repeat ad nauseam. 

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