Halloween is when you’ll want a costume most often, but that doesn’t mean the costume parties and balls end there (hey, maybe you just want to patrol rooftops in your favorite superhero outfit or do some role-playing with the missus). “Whenever” can be a good time to wear a costume. Find costume ideas and discounts for Halloween and more in this post.
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Any time you need a costume, you should check with the online retailers listed here — BuyCostumes, Costume Super Center, and Wicked Temptations. They offer a huge selection, good prices, special deals, and excellent customer service (I wouldn’t recommend them otherwise). The next time you need a Halloween or other holiday costume, or you’re going to a Renaissance Faire, or attending a costume ball, take advantage of the following ideas, resources, costume information, and party suggestions. I’ve included a number of specific costume ideas, plus you can find targeted links to a variety of popular or unusual categories of costumes.
And this goes for your kids, too. You can definitely save money while acquiring outfits that will make everybody happy.
Messin' with Sasquatch
First, below is a link to the current Halloween special from Costume SuperCenter, which has been supplying costumes (and meeting everyone’s needs for wigs and masks, beards, stage makeup, Santa suits, western wear, goth getups, and pet costumes) online since 2005, and currently stocks over 10,000 products. Click the following links to save some money:
Click here to get 10% OFF Orders of $40 or More at Costume SuperCenter. Use Code: SPOOKY
Enter the coupon code — SPOOKY — at checkout.
When you take advantage of this deal, you might want to check out this season’s sexiest costumes.
The next costume retailer you should be shopping at is BuyCostumes.com. (For example, get free shipping and guaranteed by Halloween delivery.) Hitwise named BuyCostumes the #1 retailer of costumes on the Internet, and they have a deserved reputation for great customer service and unsurpassed selection, with over 10,000 costumes from which to choose. They also offer a free exchange program — if the costume doesn’t fit, they will pay for the shipping cost to exchange it.
For Halloween, here’s one of the main deals: Buy One Costume, Get One 20% off, plus FREE shipping at BuyCostumes.com using coupon code: BOGO20. (Enter the code at checkout; good through 10/31/11.)
They can also supply all the props and decorations you need for your Halloween Party. When it comes to saving money, check out their clearance costume deals. Or check out their “5 Deals Under $5” page, updated every Monday (click the banner below):
Costume Ideas for Halloween — or whenever
When it comes to popular costumes, BuyCostumes should have what you want in stock longer than just about anybody else:
And of course, Ironman:
Click for Iron Man costumes
And you owe it to yourself (and her) to get the Black Widow costume for your lady (remember you can buy 1 costume and get a second one for 20% off, plus get free shipping, using coupon code BOGO20):
Iron Man 2 Black Widow Costume
How about vintage costumes?
Not really sure what you wanna be? Need inspiration? Then check out their Costume of the Week. Or consider costumes from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. (Who else offers that?) They even have a special section of product videos, so you can see how they’ll look before you buy.
Click for horror masks
In addition, speaking of ideas, you can find out how to put together a cool Trinity costume from The Matrix, and also how to dress as Neo in my post Get Your Girl a Trinity Costume.
Here’s a site that is not for your kids: Wicked Temptations.
They have what you need to have fun with your fantasies — whether it be pirate and slave wench or doctor and vampire nurse, or whatever. After the trick-or-treaters are home gorging on candy, add some adult fun to your Halloween evening with your own trick-and-treating…
I'll need to see what you're hiding under your coat, ma'am
And if you’re going to an erotic ball, Wicked Temptations has what you need.
Check out ideas for costume parties for kids and adults below — click the links for hundreds of additional costume suggestions…
Exciting party games and theme party ideas!
|Give your guests the time of their life with some new party ideas from the party experts. Rest assured these party themes and games will keep guests at ease. Check out Adult Party Themes and Kids Party Ideas below:
Adult Party Ideas
Kids Party Ideas
|Poker Tournament – Play for money or just for fun.
Karaoke or Open Mic – Create your own version of American Idol.
Graffiti Mixer – Have guests arrive in white t-shirts and draw on each other with highlighters. Use black lights to illuminate what has been written.
Murder Mystery – Each guest is assigned to act as a character. Which one will be the cruel murderer?
Tug of War – Set up your backyard for the ultimate challenge between couples or sexes.
Twister – Old fashioned game with new found fun.
Sock Hop – Roll with the oldies and turn up Elvis. No shoes allowed!
Truth or Dare – Go around in a circle and have each guest pick “truth” or “dare.”
Boxer Shorts & Bow Tie – Guests arrive in their pajamas that can be naughty or nice!
Charades – An oldie but a goodie! No words, just act out the words or phrases written on cards – tie to the theme for extra fun.
Shotgun Wedding – Handcuff a couple together for a whole night! Play games, appear in public and embarrass the husband and wife to-be…
Widow’s Ball – Dress all in black and dine out in honor of the dead.
White Elephant – Each guest brings a unisex gift and trades with each other until time is up. Open and enjoy!
You’ve Got the Right Stuff – Kick it 80’s style where mullets are definitely back in style.
Black & White – Have guests arrive wearing only black or white clothing. Then use black lights to illuminate the party.
Animal House – Every adult must retreat back to their college days. Plan a reunion with toga’s galore!
Phantom of the Opera – Throw your own Masquerade Ball and permit only those with a mask!
When I grow up… – Have guests arrive dressed up in the uniform of what they wanted to be when they were 5 years old.
When I grow up… – Let kids come to the party dressed in the uniform of what they want to be when they grow up.
Obstacle Course – Arrange two teams that compete against each other in a homemade obstacle course.
Hayride – Look up local farms for hayrides or hiking on haunted trails. Have guests dress up as their favorite farm animal.
Crafts – Have kids create their own treat bags to bring home after the party.
Tye Dye – Let kids tye dye their very own shirt, shorts, socks, or towel.
Scavenger Hunt – Put together a list of odds and ends for kids to go out and find from the neighbors. The pair with most items found, wins!
Back to the 80’s – Have kids dress in clothes from the 80’s… where mullets were allowed!
Costume Parade – Prance around in your costume while the judges take a look. Award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
Bob for Apples – Easy to prepare, just dump apples in bin of luke warm water. Let the fun begin!
Pumpkin Carving Contest – Have guests bring their own pumpkin and provide designs and be sure to help kids with the carving.
Dr. Jeckel’s Lab – Provide a laboratory of objects in concealed containers and let kids reach inside. i.e. Eyeballs that are really peeled grapes!
Mummy Wrap – Each team wraps another in toilet paper to create the best mummy. Or, let kids wrap the real “mummy,” the host of the party.
Coloring Contest – Make copies of coloring pages and award prizes for staying in the lines.
Beauty Salon – Hire your babysitter to attend your child’s party and do hair and makeup as if in a beauty salon.
Face Painting – Have a clown arrive with face paints and temporary tattoos!
Movie Night – Pop popcorn, serve refreshments and play movies all night long. Compliment the party with PIZZA!
Dance Party – Let kids compete in a dance off. Turn your party go-ers into little disco divas!