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- 1Make Halloween winning by dressing as actor Charlie Sheen this year. Yes, yes, the whole "flaming torpedo of truth" thing has been warmed over for a few months already. But the former Hot Shot has been making something of a comeback lately, with his own Comedy Central Roast PLUS a new TV version of "Anger Management" coming to FX in the near f*ture. (Sorry, DirecTV viewers... sad face...)
Charlie's bound to be a hot costume this year, so you'll want to set yourself apart somehow. Maybe slam a 7 gram rock before hitting the town? Or keep a terrified porn star in your closet at home, just to add to the authenticity? (NOTE: Don't actually do either of these things.)
For real advice, I suggest purchasing a Charlie Sheen mask, or if that seems less than ideal for a full night of Halloween hijinks, just dressing up like a 2011 Sheen-ified version of one of Charlie's classic characters. Imagine how well a Charlie Harper shirt would go with dark circles under the eyes!
There's also "Platoon" or "Hot Shots" if you'd like a more manly selection. Or Charlie's memorable, single scene turn in the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"!
What's he in for? You guessed it... drugs...
And don't forget the tiger blood for good measure!
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- 2Recreating Marilyn Monroe's iconic look never goes out of style even now, 50 years after her death. In this era of botox and fake cheekbones, of models trying to look fierce on only 200 calories a day, it's kind of refreshing to revisit classic Hollywood beauty and remember the innocence of a time gone by.
Plus, Monroe died of "acute barbiturate poisoning" and may have even been murdered, possibly even by the CIA or the Mafia or the Kennedy Family. If you're the sort of person who believes that kind of thing. What's more Halloween-appropriate than that!
To accomplish Monroe's most famous look, simply don a bleach blonde wig, a pair of heels and her trademark white dress from "The Seven Year Itch."
A subway grate to blow up the dress is optional, but just in case, underwear is recommended.
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- 3Michael Jackson has been a popular Halloween costume for many, many years, even before his untimely death in 2009. But the loss of MJ has sparked a massive renewed interest in King of Pop costumes, including, of course, the typical "zombie Michael" variations. The guy's entire career, however, was so focused on messing with his image and mixing up his style, there are literally dozens of great costume ideas here for people willing to put in the research time.
Few Michael Jackson Halloween costumes are complete without the single sparkly white glove. I'm not saying you SHOULDN'T just put on a weird military jacket and a white glove and call it a day... but you really shouldn't.
After all, Michael has SO MANY great iconic looks you could go for. Why limit yourself to just the one. Have you guys the "Smooth Criminal" video? With the white suits and the old-timey hats and the eerie ability to lean really far in one direction without falling over? Don't try to pull that off at your own Halloween party, even if you go with the "Smooth Criminal"-era costume, by the way, especially after you've been into the cider bowl.
Plus there's the traditional red and black jacket from the "Thriller" video, which gets bonus points for being vaguely reminiscent of Halloween AND for representing the MJ that we'd all really love to remember, before the child abuse allegations/creepy alien face/dangling babies out of windows incidents sort of tarnished the guys image a bit.
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- 4Nicki Minaj has become one of the most popular performers in America, probably because most Americans find Ke$ha's music too cerebral. Additionally, Minaj constantly turns heads with her fashion choices, making her one top pick for a Halloween costume.
The constants of Minaj's fashion choices are few and far between, but there are some trends you can hold on to that will bring your costume together, and make it clear you're dressing as Nicki Minaj and not Katy Perry, Cyndi Lauper or a schizophrenic from Candyland. First, bright, multi-colored wigs. Second, accessories made to look like candy, ice cream or other delicious treats. (But NOT meat. Save that for the Gaga costume!) Skin-tight, revealing body suits, preferably covered in animal prints are also key. Or lasers. Can you cover a body suit with lasers? If you can, go with that.
At heart, though, you can have a fun, easy Halloween dressing as Minaj - just throw on a bunch of different, mismatched, brightly-colored articles of clothing or stuffed animals at random and pull a lot of silly faces. Done and done! Oh, but don't forget the multi-colored wigs. Those really are key, if only to give your costume that last minute boost of Super Bass.
- 5So many Katy Perry looks to choose from (other than just plain old nudity, which you can do for Halloween, but tends to be frowned upon by parents and law enforcement.)
A favorite choice for 2011 is sure to be California Gurl Katy Perry, complete with blue wig, Daisy Dukes and cupcake bikini on top. Again, it's a pretty safe bet that, dressing like this, you will be mistaken for wearing a Nicki Minaj costume at some point, so I recommend bringing someone dressed as Snoop Dogg along with you, just to complete the illusion.
(Or, if he is available, Snoop Dogg. He does, after all, have his pimp outfit all picked out already.)
Want to show a bit less skin while still representing the pop princess? That's going to be kind of a tall order, as she's fairly scantily clad in all of them... except the "ET" video, but that looks expensive and complicated.
You could always take inspiration from her banned Sesame Street appearance for your costume, or even the Elmo shirt she wore on "Saturday Night Live" to riff on the incident. They're available on Amazon. (Cartoonishly oversized breasts not included.)
- 6Every day is like Halloween for pop sensation Lady Gaga. In that children are frightened of her. Also, she wears a lot of crazy costumes and plays dress-up.
Honestly, I hesitate to recommend to anyone out there that they dress up like Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, because you might hurt yourself and I don't want to get sued. Seriously, half of these outfits are made out of glass, rusty pipes, medical waste and flamethrowers. So Rule #1 of dressing up like The Gaga on the 31st is: try the outfit on in advance and make sure it's not going to be toxic or fatal to yourself or those in your immediate vicinity.
Still with me? Great.
Most good Gaga costumes start with a blonde wig. Then, you can just use your favorite Gaga music video or photo shoot for inspiration.
Suggestion: Skip the "Poker Face" video, in which Gaga is sporting a face mask that appears to be made of jagged shards of glass. This is an appropriate thing to wear only if you are a Cenobite, and crisp, clear vision is no longer a major concern. (Are enough people my age still reading this to catch a Cenobite reference? We're about to find out...)
Switching gears, I'd have to think this ensemble from the "Bad Romance" video would turn some heads
Or there's her "biker chick" look from the more recent "Judas," completed by finding a black bandana, intensely long fingernails and approximately 500 tubes worth of black eyeliner:
Hoping people will just leave the room as soon as you arrive at the Halloween party? Then you can't do much better for a costume than Gaga's irritating "Jo Calderon" alter-ego. He's particularly straight-forward to realize for a Gaga costume - collared white shirt left slightly crumpled and messy, black sportcoat, '50s style greaser haircut, cigarette and complete and total inability to shut the hell up for two seconds. That's all you'll need!
The strange, sexually ambiguous possibilities are endless.
Alternately, you can always purchase one of several ready-to-wear Lady Gaga Halloween costumes. It's pretty un-Gaga-like, but there you have it.
Courtney StoddenStodden rose to fame in 2011 for being 17 and marrying 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson (who you'll either remember as Horace from "LOST" or being that creepy old guy who married a 17-year-old.) But just being infamous for marrying, uh, young apparently wasn't enough for Stodden, who notably got kicked out of a Santa Clarita Valley pumpkin patch for being "too sexy." And it wasn't just the short shorts, plaid midriff-bearing shirt and come hither stares that got Stodden in hot water. (Hot, sexy, underage water.) She was also posing provocatively with her elderly husband, and making out with him in front of children. Seriously, could this be a better costume? You get to dress sexy (practically a requirement for the ladies), make out with strangers AND props are as easy as buying pumpkins at the supermarket. Why isn't everyone doing this?
- 8OK, it's "Kate Middleton," first of all, in case that "Duchess of Cambridge" was throwing you off. (Why can't royalty just be called by their most prominent royal names? Like in Disney movies? Instead, they're always given these kinds of titles where they're put in charge of random spots throughout England. Some of us aren't FROM ENGLAND, okay? We don't know a Cornwall from a Swindon. Cut us a break.)
Anyway, Kate wore a wide variety of recognizable or iconic things this year, but most of them were made by designers with a minimum of five names. So if you're willing to plunk down a couple hundred G's for a bridal gown, you're in luck. The rest of us may just have to make do with a ridiculous, colorful hat. Or a tiara. Or, hell, both, you're dressing up like a princess.