Unmasked: Real Halloween Costumes

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Vintage Halloween costumes rival modern gore with atmosphere

Here’s looking at you this Halloween!

Halloween has changed over the years, as have the styles of costumes we wear. Now, Pinterest influences us more than the local five and dime. The best  costume pins that don’t require masks and leave colored contacts optional, I bring to you.

Besides well-known characters, we have plenty of clever, homemade, and fun costumes to choose from. Some are elaborate and some are great last-minute endeavors. And some are for professionals, but sure look cool.

If planning to go out with others, you could try to match them. If you are fortunate enough to entice a group into a coordinating costumes, the looks below are real winners.

Some other ideas might include: pop star nightmares, dark parodies, Sharknado style matchups…

imageThese lurking silhouettes are elegant and frightening. Black skin suits can be purchased, or tights might do the trick, too. Matching blacks might be a major challenge, but it will be worth it for the finished product.

Warning: shadow children may be impossible to locate in the dark. Adults could make great use of this costume themselves.

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Fitting in

Remember Tetris? This group does! Kind of looks like portable furniture, right?

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Wine-y

Another popular group trend leans toward alcoholic beverage themed costumes. Whether you pick flavors of vodka, wine, or shooters to express yourself, try to keep the outfits upright on the dance floor.

Mixed drinks could inspire some interesting interpretations of their names when set to attire.

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And my favorite group costume is…

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These positively photographic three take black and white to the next level with grayscale makeup. If you can’t afford grey or black contacts when picking up your rinse out hair tints, think color splash photography.

Maybe you don’t have access to a whole group for a costume. You may still be able to rope one other person into your trickery this Hallows Eve. Though some of these group costumes would be just as nice in a pair, I’ll show you some others I found instead.

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Another fun costume idea revolves around childhood toys. Yes, those things before the Xbox. Physical toys. Tangible play things. Anyways.

I remember little green army men like it was yesterday. Loved them back then, and still do. This would be great for a group or a one man unit. Real life in plastic takes no prisoners!

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How cute! Admit it, you have a soft spot for nerds too!

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American Gothic

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Cops & Doughnuts. They go together like a horse and carriage.

Clever ideas and simple construction equals super fun Halloween party attire.

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Day of the Dead inspired looks are perfect for couples. This could be a fairly inexpensive costume variation to put together, too. Think paint on an old jacket, face paint, fake flowers, and headband.

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Maybe you’d like to be your own pair? Who’s to stop you with this updated classic look?

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If you like to do things yourself, there are plenty of DIY costumes that are very fun and scary. Just be realistic.

You may want the nurse on Silent Hill look, but you aren’t a professional.

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What these guys did was a lot more fun! (And cheaper.)

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“Little pig, little pig. Let me in.”

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Baseball trophy

But, if you insist on making pretty ugly this October, here are some looks that YouTube might be able to teach you.

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Pop art

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Zipper face

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And some you might be able to figure out on your own.

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“Always gonna be an uphill battle…”

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Body bag

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Steampunk

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Go, Gadget, go!

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“Wanna take a bath?”

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Do you Voodoo?

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And some that are a little more advanced, but may also inspire.

Whether ghostly or shady, people will take notice.

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Apparition

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The Shadows

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The Real Perfect Storm

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True Doll

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Ice Queen

Hope you enjoyed. Good luck on that costume.

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