Halloween is a fun family holiday filled with candy, trick-or-treating and costumes.
While some classic costumes are always in style, such as an adorable bunny rabbit or an awesome superhero, pop culture lends heavily to trendy costumes. Popular movies, television shows, books and celebrities often become costumes that will be worn by all ages — a few this year are “Frozen,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead.”
“Frozen” was an absolute phenomenon this year and all of the major characters from the Disney film have premade costumes available for children and adults.
Elsa is predicted to be one of the most popular with her classic ice-blue dress and platinum blonde side braid, all of which can be purchased at a specialty Halloween store or online.
People who prefer to build their own costume for the holiday can pair a sparkly blue top, a similarly colored maxi skirt, a simple sheer blue cape made out of fabric, and silver high heels or flats. YouTube is filled with Elsa-braid tutorials that could help anybody achieve the same look, and it can be completed with a purple eye shadow and hot pink lipstick.
“Game of Thrones” has struck major popularity in recent years, and a great costume for male fans is Jon Snow.
It can be a bit pricy to buy the costume already made, so this is another great do-it-yourself project for college students. All that’s needed is a pair of black pants, a black turtleneck, black vest, boots covered with a faux-fur fabric and a sword.
Jon’s cloak completes the outfit and can be made out of black faux-fur sewed onto black faux-leather fabric.
Daenerys Targaryen is a good option for female fans and can be made at home with a blue V-neck dress, costume jewelry and curled hair half-up.
“The Walking Dead” is another popular pick, but because of the zombies, costumes inspired by the show might be a bit harder to make yourself.
Both zombie and non-zombie character costumes, such as Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes, can be purchased at a specialty Halloween store or online.
Non-zombie options are easier to make at home, like Dixon who can be imitated by wearing dark-wash jeans, a sleeveless flannel and leather vest with either bedazzled or drawn-on angel wings.
Grimes is another non-zombie option that can be made with brown pants, black loafers or dress shoes, a tan button-down, a fake sheriff badge, a black belt and a brown hat with another fake sheriff badge.
A zombie-inspired look can be made with the help of add-on accessories that are sold at Halloween stores such as a split jaw mask, zombie teeth or a zombie makeup kit. Essentially, the accessories make the outfit and can be worn with a simple pair of jeans and a white or black basic T-shirt.