Halloween is one of the biggest holidays in the country and is known for its spectacular costumes. From the glitz and glam, to the grim and gore, Halloween is full of shocking and surprising fashion statements. Think of it as the New York Fashion Week of your hometown. It’s time to express yourself and show off your own haunting costume. With so many options to choose from, how will you decide just one to wear?
Picking the Costume
When it comes to choosing your costume, you need to consider a few things. The first one is the vibe or aesthetic. Of course, there are the typical Halloween costume ideas, such as a witch, vampire, ghost, or demon. If you’re thinking of staying along that route, consider making one of these commonly seen costumes into something unique. A witch could be The Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz." Take a generic version of a costume and elevate your look by encapsulating a story and incorporating your own personal touch.
Do you want to wear something scary and intense? If so, imagine a villain from your favorite movie, an evil character, or even something unconventional. Wear darker colors to draw attention to the overall gloom and suspense of your costume. This will add an edge to your costume and could even start conversation. Confidence, boldness, and uniqueness will shine through your halloween costume, making you a statement in the best way.
If you’re not looking for something conventional or scary, try something trendy or inviting. A princess, firefighter, doctor, or even a teacher could be great options. A simple costume like these will take less effort, but will be equally appropriate for any outing. Whether you’re participating in a trunk or treat at your local organization, a family dinner, a work party, or a night out, these will give an exciting, enthralling, and enchanting feel to the people around you!
Finding the Perfect Dress
Choose Your Style
Assuming by this point that you have chosen your ideal Halloween costume theme, let's pick the actual outfit you will wear. First, you need to consider how committed you want to be to the look and feel of the costume you are trying to portray. Let's say for example that you’re going to be Elsa from "Frozen." If you want to look exactly like her, you will need to find a light blue ball gown with tulle, sparkle, and lace. If you’re simply going for the idea, you can wear a light blue homecoming dress and add a fun cape or a tiara. Deciding how devoted you want to be to the accuracy of the character you’re depicting is crucial. Find the style that perfectly showcases the portions of your costume that you most want to be seen.
A short homecoming dress can fulfill tons of halloween party costume ideas. A shorter dress allows for more movement and functionality. If you’re planning on breaking it down on the dance floor, a short dress is easy and comfortable. A simple short homecoming dress also makes room for creativity with the accessories, hair, and makeup. You can be free to create the costume uniquely yours.
A prom dress can be the perfect makeshift halloween costume idea, too. If you’re going to a big halloween party or a large social event, an elevated look is much needed. You can purchase a simple gown or an elaborate gown that perfectly accentuates the traits of your costume. With a long gown, you can wear more comfortable shoes (which, in theory, is great if you’ll be walking around or trick or treating).
Reuse and Recycle
Consider the dress you wore this past year to homecoming or even last year’s prom dress. Halloween is a great way to reuse your prom dress and style it in a completely different way. If you have a friend who is the same size as you, consider swapping dresses and making costumes out of them. This provides a whole new dress that no one has seen before!
Specific Costume Ideas
After determining how you can now find the dress that fits the style, aesthetic, and mood you are going for! Below we have listed some of the most popular dresses and how you can spice them up and transform them into a fabulous costume!
AMARRA Homecoming Dresses
AMARRA is known for their sparkle and shine! Each of these AMARRA homecoming dresses are excellent options for costumes. First, we have AMARRA 87429. This dress is perfect for an out-of-this-world look! You could be an alien from outer space, The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz," or even the legendary Stanley Cup. Next up is AMARRA 87137. This hot pink gem is such a statement dress! From Barbie or Sharpay Evans from "High School Musical" to Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," this short dress will catch everyone’s eye. Another great option is AMARRA 87176. This orange-tastic dress is sure to be a crowd pleaser, no matter the costume. It’s perfect for Vector from "Despicable Me," The Lorax, or even a simple pumpkin. The bold color provides the perfect punch to take your costume to the next level. Lastly is AMARRA 20116. This light blue shortie is bound to create the perfect ethereal look! Elsa from "Frozen," Cinderella, or a garden fairy are fun costumes for this dress! The lace details and rhinestone sparkle will elevate your overall look!
Sherri Hill Prom Dresses
Sherri Hill is one of the top designers when it comes to fabulous evening gowns. Each of these beautiful, long dresses could perfectly capture multiple different costume ideas. The first black gown is Sherri Hill 55467. This dress is so versatile and can be paired with any accessory to match any style. Batman, Catwoman, Darth Vader from "Star Wars," a vampire, or even Cruella de Vil from "101 Dalmatians" are perfect options. This dress is a showstopper and will definitely help you win the best costume of the night! The lilac Sherri Hill 54278 is next. This long strapless dress is a crowd-pleaser, striking up conversation no matter how it’s accessorized. Ariel from "The Little Mermaid," a butterfly, or even a trendy rendition of Kylie Jenner’s 2019 Met Gala look are unmatched costume ideas. You'll turn every head when you strut in wearing this gown! Up next is Sherri Hill 54923. The rose gold color paired with the simple bodice is sure to elevate your halloween costume. A Starbucks frappuccino, Britney Spears in the early 2000’s, or The Good Witch from "The Wizard of Oz" are super unique and different costumes. This dress will create a memorable costume that people will copy for years to come! Finally comes Sherri Hill 54180. This green masterpiece is striking in all the right ways. Some great ideas include Poison Ivy, Fiona from "Shrek," or Tiana from "The Princess and The Frog." The unmistakable color is bound to make you the center of attention!
La Femme Short Dresses
La Femme offers an incredible color range for their dress styles! Every one of these short dresses can be used for an array of different costumes. Up first is La Femme 23871. This short leather strapless dress is spectacular and trendy. It’s perfect for Batman, a simple black cat, a biker, or even the iconic Maleficent villain. This is sure to be a crowd favorite. The next dress is La Femme 28181. The metallic pink glow is sure to be seen from every direction and would be so cute for a space cowboy, the tooth fairy, or even Minnie Mouse. Now let’s look at La Femme 28147. This fitted and glamorous red dress is perfect for a Halloween look. You can be cupid, a devil, or Little Red Riding Hood. The feminine neckline allows you to accessorize with bold jewelry or showcase makeup that truly captures the character you’re channeling. Last is La Femme 29336. Navy blue is such a versatile color, and when paired with sparkling sequins, can inspire a variety of costumes. A police officer, a sailor, a nurse, or a pirate are all super trendy and timeless costume ideas!
Time to Spook the Streets
By now, you should know your costume idea and how to complete the look you’re trying to achieve. Stop by TBC Occasions to find the dresses above, plus even more fabulous options. Don't be a scaredy cat, you may miss out on some spook-tacular dresses! We hope you have the best time this Halloween season and that you confidently show everyone your incredible costume. Give them pumpkin to talk about!