A Year in Review: Batman, Boobs, and the Bizarre
It was a break out year for us at HalloweenCostumes.com! We created some pretty rad content - stuff that you might have seen out there in internet-land that made you chuckle or hopefully, shake your head disapprovingly at the very least. Between it all, we wanted to take stock of our strange works of mischief and mayhem by sharing a recap of the year we'll never forget. So without further pomp and ado, we present HalloweenCostumes.com's 2014 Year in Review!
The Many Faces of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Infographic
January brought in a new year, and to date, HalloweenCostumes.com's most popular original content piece ever. The Many Faces of Lara Croft highlighted the ever-changing face of the unmistakable character from the Tomb Raider Franchise. A star not only for her treasure hunting antics, but also her undeniable sex-appeal, Lara Croft is a powerful female in a male-dominated industry. (We like those types!)
The Mark of Batman: The Evolution of an Icon
This year brought about the announcement and further details of a new film from Warner Bros. Entertainment - Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice. We jumped at the chance to feature Batman in a content piece, and being experts in all things costume, that is exactly what we covered. Batman has taken a number of different forms, and The Mark of Batman gave you the lay of the land. Now we're just waiting for that bat signal to finally hit the clouds in the coming years!
Jessica Tridevil: DIY 3 Breasted Woman Costume
September was a stellar month for HalloweenCostumes.com (more on that later). We saw this article on TMZ about a woman from Florida who apparently had plastic surgery to add a third breast. We thought, "we can do that (sorta)," and proceeded to gather together our own DIY version of the truly bizarre costume. We since found out that it was simply a stunt. But wow did it make for a memorable costume!
Strike while the iron is hot enough...to bend your new iPhone 6. Yes, we will never forget that moment when the first iPhone 6 unpackaged on live TV was dropped unceremoniously on the ground, or more notably, how iPhone 6 users reported their phones bending in their pockets and sometimes yanking out hairs. Since this started making news right in early October, we just couldn't help ourselves and made a #Bendgate costume.
Minimalist Horror Movie Posters
That chill running up your spine can usually be summarized in a single image when it comes to horror movies. From Jack Torrance's axe and the bucket of blood in Carrie to the TV in The Ring and the paper boat from It, we wanted to capture all of these putrid morsels and give our readers a challenge to "Name that horror flick"! Unsurprisingly, being the loyal bunch they are, fans ate these posters up voraciously, even printing them to hang on their walls. Now that just made our year.
31 Days of Halloween
As one could imagine, October is a bit of a busy month for us - being the kings and queens of all things Halloween and all. To show our appreciation we tried to challenge ourselves by putting out some sort of post to you every day of October. We succeeded, adding a massive library of DIYs, pop culture costumes, and just plain fun.
We hope you've enjoyed reading and playing with HalloweenCostumes.com. We sure have enjoyed having you! So here's to 2015 and another year of content glory!
Halloween Costumes 2014 In Review
Perhaps you'd like a little more detail on exactly all the costume-worthy moments in 2014? Here is our round-up of all the memorable events in pop culture that happened last year. Enjoy!
January started off a little slow but picked up toward the end of the month as the media and celebs sloughed off the winter blues to entertain the nation.
HBO released one of their best crime dramas ever with this old-time detective comics’ themed showstopper with ties to famous works of literature. Marty Hart and Rust Cohle’s opposites-attract-chemistry is magnetic and the philosophical undertone of their dialogue have a profound effect on the viewer.
SPOILER ALERT: Get yourself a boiler suit, scar makeup, and go as the demented Errol Childress. Or take the good guy approach and go as Rust or Marty and show everyone the light’s winning.
The Grammy Awards - Pharrell Williams' Arby's Hat
Pharrell killed it with his hilarious, but admittedly awesome Arby’s hat. The strange accessory fits his style and it blew up over social media. Mix-and-match some trendy clothing and throw on a funny Arby’s hat or Mountaineer cap and people will most likely get the reference. You could always walk around clapping and asking people to clap along if they feel like happiness is the truth.
Legalization of Recreational Marijuana - Colorado and Washington
Think legalization of weed is wrong? Just like the Dude said, that’s like, your opinion, man. Either way it made national news and dispensaries quickly sold out. To quote Sir Smokes A Lot, you know what I want! Hahaha-haaaa! I want to talk to Samson!
#Selfie - The Chainsmokers
If one thing can be taken from 2014 it’s been the year of the selfie. Make an Instagram border that easily attaches to your body, and strike a pose!
Shia LeBeouf: "I Am Not Famous Anymore"
Shia had a bonafide celebrity meltdown in 2014. He plagiarized, wore a brown bag over his head at a premiere, walked out of a cast interview after plagiarizing again (stealing football great Eric Cantona’s famous words), and was recently arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Philip Seymour Hoffmann Passes Away
Pay homage to the actor by dressing as some of his most notable roles. Truman Capote, Gus Avrakotos, Rusty, or Sandy Lyle all come to mind and would make great costumes.
Super Bowl - Richard Sherman: The Biggest Ego In Football!
Seriously, a big head mask would never be more appropriate for Halloween.
Winter Olympics: Bob Costas' Eye Goes Viral - Literally
We did a great post about this back in February. Take a look!
Bill Nye has become an unofficial spokesman for science. A baby blue lab coat, and funny bow tie with a clean cut haircut will complete the look.
When Lebron broke his nose earlier in the season his protective mask look went viral. Some said he resembled Darth Vader, others said Zorro, but we thought he made a good Batman!
The LEGO Movie
Lego is still one of the coolest toys on the planet. Adults still regularly play with the building blocks on the reg. The movie adaptation did not disappoint either. It was fun for the whole family.
Batman's 75th Anniversary
March 30th marked the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader’s comic debut. Celebrate by dressing as the Caped Crusader, Boy Wonder, or any of your favorite Batman characters!
86th Academy Awards
Ellen’s most re-tweeted selfie of all time – can you say group costume? Dress in your finest evening attire, and do what you can to look like the celebrities from the selfie. The group better take selfies everywhere they go too.
Cosmos Reboot Airs
Neil deGrasse Tyson becomes even more awesome and well liked. His words have so much mass you can feel their gravitational pull.
Iggy Azalea - Fancy Video
Like, totally whatever! Iggy borrowed the look of the fashionable crew from Clueless for Fancy. She nailed it while putting her own twist on Cher’s pampered 90’s style. A Fancy costume would be fresh.
Frozen Released on DVD
Frozen costumes were huge last year, and will be again this year. The DVD came out and parents across the world went crazy from repeat viewings. Rest assured, a Frozen costume is a good idea. Kids will be demanding to dress up as their favorite character.
Staten Island Clown
This is a story of something truly terrifying. A production company took to the streets with a creepy clown outfit and balloons and terrorized parts of Staten Island during the night.
Nick Cannon's Whiteface
Connor Smallnuts was a short lived viral sensation. People were confused, should they be outraged or find it humorous? It’s tough to say, but this character certainly made an impact and hopefully showed the importance of equality awareness.
Kim Jong Un
Haircut edict, all North Korean men must adopt a specific hairdo handed down by the dictator Kim Jong Un. Get a bad haircut and military uniform and cosplay as a North Korean soldier or dress as the Great Leader himself.
300: Rise of an Empire
The Athenian’s may have been called “boy lovers” by Leonidus but the blue caped hoplites were no less badass than Spartans in this sequel to the bloodfest that was 300. More attention is given to Xerxes and his general Artemisia, played by Eva Green, but we didn’t watch this movie for the story. 300 costumes work, just swap out the red cape for a blue one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The second installment in the Captain America films received accolades in the box office. Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Nick Fury are all characters ripe for costuming this year.
The Undertaker loses and breaks his Wrestlemania winning streak. Hulk Hogan returned to WWE, and the legendary wrestler the Ultimate Warrior died. It’s been a big year for wrestling and the golden age wrestlers make for great costumes.
Game of Thrones Season 4 Begins
SPOILER ALERT: The 4th year of Game of Thrones started off with a bang. King Joffrey Baratheon, everyone’s favorite character to hate, unexpectedly dies at his own Purple Wedding in the second episode.
White Walker DIY Costume
Looking for a Game of Thrones costume? We’ve got you covered. Check out our DIY Night’s King from the Oathkeeper episode and turn your friends into White Walkers.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The reboot thrusts our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man back into the lime light. The movie received mixed reviews, but we can all agree that Spider-Man still rocks and is always fresh as a costume idea.
Colbert - Replacing Letterman - Losing Colbert Report
Stephen Colbert has particular panache. His humor is witty and delivered well which made him a natural replacement for David Letterman. We’re just sad it’ll be the end of The Colbert Report. Honor the man and his show by dressing up in one of the numerous costumes he’s worn through the years.
May the 4th
A huge year for Star Wars this year since the announcement of Star Wars VII officially hit. This is truly monumental and any costume relating to Star Wars just became a whole lot more relevant (who are we kidding, Star Wars is always relevant!).
The return of Angelina Jolie! She brings back one of the coolest Disney villains in Maleficent. You can’t go wrong dressing as Maleficent no matter which version you decide to wear.
Our favorite kaiju makes a splash with this reboot! He also shows Bryan Cranston Godzilla’s the one who truly knocks! A funny Heisenberg meets Godzilla costume would surely get a few laughs from friends.
X-Men - Days of Future Past
DoFP is arguably the best X-Men movie to hit the big screen. We saw some of our favorite mutants and who doesn’t like seeing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, or Michael Fassbender portraying Magneto? Take a look at our group costume ideas for more on X-Men costume ideas.
Aiden Pearce is a video game hacker’s delight. The player uses Aiden to manipulate all sorts of high tech devices in the streets of Chicago in order to accomplish his mission and avoid capture or death. Aiden’s look is stylish but blends in with the crowd well.
Mario Kart 8 on Wii U
One of the best Mario Karts ever! This game brings back the feeling of some of the earlier iterations of this classic. The controls feel tighter, the graphics are HD, and the courses have never been better. Anyone from the Mushroom Kingdom is always a great costume idea. Take a look at our video game group costume post for more inspiration.
Orange is the New Black
Season 2 landed and an orange jumpsuit has never been as fashionable as it is right now. Have a group of lady friends? You might want to think about this as a viable group costume idea.
Edge of Tomorrow
A crazy Groundhog’s Day meets Starship Troopers Tom Cruise movie that was surprisingly good. The premise may not be entirely unique but this movie rocked. If you’re up for a project, create a costume detailing the exosuits from the movie and stun your friends.
Game of Thrones Season Finale
We already mentioned Game of Thrones, but this show warrants another mention. SPOILER ALERT: Oberyn Martell, one of the most interesting characters ever introduced, brutally perishes and Tywin Lannister is killed by his son. The fight between the Hound and Brienne of Tarth was also a true nail biter (even though it didn’t happen in the books, it was still done very well).
The Hound DIY
Didn’t want to dress as the terrifying Night’s King? Here’s another DIY Game of Thrones costume. The Hound costume allows for mass consumption of chicken which is always a plus. See our makeup tutorial here!
The World Cup
Every four years the world goes crazy over the World Cup. The US Team played admirably, especially Tim Howard with his 16 saves in one game. We also saw some wonderful costume ideas from people all over the world. Teddy Goalsevelt was our favorite. Or you can make a costume based off Luis Suarez and his nasty biting habit...
True Blood Series Finale
Get in on the vampire craze while you still can. This is the final season for the HBO series and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet. Vampire costumes are always great costume ideas, especially ones as stylish as True Blood vampires.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
We finally get to see the real story behind Charlton Heston’s classic line “They blew it up!” Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows the beginning of the war between great apes and humans. Get yourself a good chimpanzee or gorilla costume and take advantage while you still can.
The only legendary hero that puts Conan the Barbarian in his place. Hercules is the epitome of manly and Dwayne Johnson’s performance was herculean… pun intended.
Sailor Moon Crystal
A reboot of a much loved anime show made a triumphant return blending old style anime with a flare all its own. Once again, this makes for a great group costume considering how many different Sailors there are, but it’s perfectly acceptable to wear your favorite costume solo.
San Diego Comic Con
If you’re having difficulty finding a costume idea search for SDCC costumes. You can see thousands of different cosplay for inspiration. We personally thought this visual studios Apocalypse was the best in show.
Guillermo del Torro’s take on vampires was pretty intense. The show has some of the best costumes we’ve seen on television. It’s also nice to see vampires that act like badass vampires again.
Weird Al was pretty quiet for a while, but he came back with a bang this year. Weird Al Yankovic dropped eight new parodies in eight days. They were all pretty dang good too. Weird Al’s look is just that, weird, and it makes for a great costume.
Nicolas Cage = Superman?
The only thing better than Superman is Nicolas Cage almost being Superman. Images were leaked of Cage in the Man of Steels tight body suit and the rest is history. Dress as Nicolas Cage Superman, just wear a Superman costume and a Nicolas Cage mask, and you’re guaranteed to get a laugh or two.
Guardians of the Galaxy
A more obscure comic that moves seamlessly with the same Marvel universe as the Avengers, but with some very colorful characters who are a tad off the wall. The Guardians made a huge impression over its opening weekend generating $94 million and setting a record for August releases. Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, Groot and Gamora are just awesome in the movie and any of them make a great costume.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Another reboot of a classic series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a household name since the late 1980s. The first two movies were received rather well, but then things went downhill fast. The new look breathed life back into our favorite reptilian heroes. If you always wanted to costume as your favorite turtle, now is the perfect time.
Sin City - A Dame To Kill For
The much anticipated follow-up to the artistic and stylish movie based on the brutal graphic novel. Fan favorites – Marv, Miho, Dwight, Ava Lord, Hartigan, Johnny and Gail all make for great costumes. Sin City characters make for a killer looking group costume as well.
We’ve lost a lot of very talented people in 2014 and Robin Williams was at the top of the list. Robin Williams is loved the world over for his comedy and acting, so honoring him by wearing a costume of your favorite Robin Williams character will be a go-to for many. A Mrs. Doubtfire costume is always a good choice.
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda Video
Baby got back! Nicki certainly has back and she flaunts it in her provocative music video for her song Anaconda. It’s not Sir Mix A Lot, but its close. Expect to see some outrageous butt costumes this year.
Peter Capaldi took the fez of Doctor Who from Matt Smith and is now making waves by bringing a different style and feel to the show. Our Doctor Who costumes are easy to piece together and achieve any of the looks through this storied franchise.
Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary
For the anniversary, Ghostbusters got another theatrical release, which was awesome for those who never had the opportunity to see this crack team of ghost hunters on the big screen. For a classic costume, pull on your jumpsuit, throw on your positron collider, and remember to never cross the streams. If, by chance, someone asks if you’re a god, you say YES!
Madden Season - DJ Bear
Madden season is the reason my hand touched your face. This trailer with Kevin Hart and Dave Franco was hilarious in so many ways. Plus, a sweet bear DJ rose out of the water.
Barely Legal Pawn - Cranston/Paul Reunite
One of the funniest things we’ve seen in a while. Audi sponsored the Emmy Awards and this promo was part of the lead up to the award show. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul nailed this just like they killed it at the Emmys.
Sharknado returns and was campier than ever. It still didn’t stop people from going nuts over this movie. Some seriously nice sharknado costumes are surfacing because of the popularity of these movies.
Richard Attenborough is another exceptionally talented person who passed away this year. He’s known for numerous roles and movies, but we remember him most for his exceptional portrayal of John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Spared no expense!
Bungie’s first new project since the Halo series was purchased by Microsoft. This game is the single most expensive video game ever produced surpassing GTA V, but with good reason. Destiny has been in development for nearly five years. With detailed character designs and customization options, you can be sure that Destiny costumes will be huge. Just in time for Halloween! Check out our DIY costume post!
There will definitely be stylish costumes coming from this series. It focuses on a young detective, James Gordon and the origins of some of the most notorious Batman villains like Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange, Harvey Dent, and Mr. Freeze. Can you say Gotham group costume?
Dumb and Dumber To
The classic look of our two favorite imbeciles will be revitalized again this year when the new movie releases in November. It’s time to dust off those bright orange and baby blue tuxes! The movie may not come out until after Halloween, but everyone will get the reference.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Our favorite miniseries comes back with a bang. American Horror Story is taking on the circus freak shows. Scary and abnormal costumes will be had for sure. This is going to be a hit, ripe for freak show costume potential.
Walking Dead Season 5
The 5th season of AMC’s zombie drama aired on October 12th and was the show’s most-watched episode of all time. With zombie after zombie after zombie, The Walking Dead serves as inspiration for zombie pub crawls, super scary themed parties, and, of course, Halloween night.
Ghostbusters 3 Announced
It’s official! Ghostbusters 3 is officially happening! A twist: it’ll feature all female ghostbusters. There isn’t an official cast list released, but we’re excited for what they come up with, both story AND female ghostbusting costumes.