Scariest Halloween Costumes
Halloween is one of the few occasions throughout the year where you have the licence to really go all out on a fancy dress costume. It’s strange how some people don’t take the opportunity with both hands and try to create a costume as gruesome as possible! Well if you would like to get back to the basics and really go for a good old-fashioned scare fest, here are the costumes of some of the most famously scary characters from, film, video games, literature and TV from years gone by:
The Scarecrow – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Ok, so the loveable scarecrow, who is only looking for a brain, may not be one of the first characters that comes to mind when searching for something spectacularly spooky, but think about it, how would you feel if you were out on a ghostly evening and were approached by an animated potato sack filled with hay?
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Strange Case of – Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
You can have a lot of fun dressing as Jekyll and Hyde; first you need a C19th century suit and top hat. Then, to create the split personality portrayed in the original novella, you can paint your face half and half, one for good and the other evil.
Alma Wade – F.E.A.R. 3 (2011)
Alma Wade is one of the scariest characters to ever crawl out of a computer game. She has the spooky little girl thing down with her long black hair almost completely obscuring her expressionless pale face. It might be something only the girls can try and it is pretty specialist, so if you don’t want to have to explain your costume all night, stay away from Alma, she might just be too spooky anyway!
Michael Myres – Halloween (1978)
The character Mike Myers has appeared in ten films in total and was the original teen slasher. His story starts in his home town where he kills his older sister. He then returns 15 years later with only one thing on his mind, killing more teens. You need a large black over coat to dress as Mike and his infamous blank mask.
Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter was chosen by the American Film Institute as the number one movie villain. Although there is nothing specifically terrorising about his physical appearance, there is something about his character that simply sends a chill down the spine! Dressing up as Hannibal would require a strait jacket and the iconic mask worn by the evil master mind in the court scene of this epic movie.
The Gentlemen – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999)
‘Hush’, is the 10th episode in the fourth season of the 6 year running supernatural series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the debut for four of the most disturbing characters television has to offer. Impeccably dressed in fitted black suits this over-happy, sunken eyed, sinister quartet steal the voices of their victims allowing them to silently cut out their hearts. You need three friends to attempt this costume and a lot of face paint to mimic a smile that manic!
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