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Halloween is one of the days of the year, with April Fool’s Day being the other, where it is customary to scare people by playing tricks and pranks on them. However, Halloween takes it several steps farther by having scary movies, scary music, scary stories, as well as scary accessories. While Halloween in history has always had an interesting and somewhat odd tone, there are those who take this even farther than that and try to come up with the scariest haunted house with the use of gory imagery and tropes out of horror movies and horror stories. While some of the costume ideas below aren’t as potentially scary as the others could be, they are related to the theme of horror that comes with Halloween. Step inside, dearie, and read more. The computer screen isn’t going to bite.
Even if your child has a fear of horses, there is nothing stopping them from becoming a headless horseman… for one night at least. As an added bonus, they don’t even need to know how to ride a horse, know how to take care of a horse or even be anywhere near a horse. The tale of the Headless Horseman goes back to at least the Middle Ages and is usually depicted as a man on a horse who is missing his head.
Well, that’s obvious. Thanks, descriptive name! Depending on which version of the story is told, he is either carrying his head or is looking for it. Instead of looking for their head this Halloween, your child will be looking for candy while merrily terrifying the younger children of the neighborhood.
And not your root beer float either. Remember that clown outbreak in 2016 that had almost everyone panicked, or at least confused? It probably didn’t help those who had developed temporary coulrophobia when the 2017 IT remake came out. Whether you are a fan of the book, the 1990 miniseries or the 2017 movie, this clown is for you.
Just remember that dressing as Pennywise won’t make it easy to hide in storm drains and won’t give you the power to shapeshift into other people or monsters, or invisibly terrify your victims while onlookers wonder what is going on. If people do get scared that you are a clown, whatever you do, and however many you have, don’t give them balloons. Just give them a smile and a laugh and be on your way. Or candy, that might work too.
Jack Skellington has nothing on Freddy Krueger. You too can inspire, or terrify, children in their nightly dreams, just not directly. Parents nowadays are highly unlikely to let their children watch the movies with Freddy Krueger in it, but that doesn’t mean they probably won’t find some way of watching it without their parents’ permission.
While this costume comes with a mask, what would really terrify the adults who were children and teens when the movies came out would be to do a really great makeup job on the face to make it look as though you were actually Freddy Krueger. Remember, we all have to go to sleep sometime, just remember to wake up in the morning.
While child marriage is becoming increasingly frowned upon and banned, your little baby won’t actually be getting married. That won’t stop you from dressing her as the cutest little monster bride ever though. Being the bride of Frankenstein’s monster can have its surprises, mainly the fact that you were brought back to life by a mad scientist, at least you are not alone and lean on the shoulder of someone who has been reanimated longer than you have.
Or, in this case, since it is a baby costume, given life by someone who had been brought into the world the same way and having to lean on them because the baby has no idea what is going on until they get used to their new body.
Elvira’s career has spanned more than three decades and was the icon of Halloween for those growing up in the 80s and 90s, even if we found out later that was the character’s name instead of the actress’s name, but she was one of the most original icons in pop culture.
There have been books, music, tons of movies and television appearances. Before she went on to become a national icon, she was a local horror movie show hostess in Los Angeles. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to become the queen of Halloween for one night?
Even if your child doesn’t like raising spiders, literally torturing her siblings, or beheading her dolls, she can still be Wednesday Addams for one night. If it weren’t for her non-pointy ears, she could be mistaken for a Vulcan with her lack of emotion if it weren’t for her twisted sense of humor and her tendency to terrify her fellow campers.
Regardless of how pale your child actually is, since white makeup powder can always make her look far paler, if Wednesday Addams is a favorite of hers, go for it. Just make sure she doesn’t actually decide to do what Wednesday does in the movies, TV shows, or cartoons.
If being a homicidal, scarred, claw-fingered man who lives in the dream world for one night of the year doesn’t strike your interest, try one of these ideas below. Whether you want to be a zombie surgeon or the Grim Reaper, there are always so many choices out there.
Horror Zombie Girl Costume
Men's Horror Robe Costume
Howling Horror Child Costume
Killer Klown Child Costume
The White Nun Character Costume
Soul Taker Child Costume
Death Warrior Costume
Scream Horror Movie Costume
Hooded Pumpkin Monster Mask
The Conjuring 2 Devil Nun Mask
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