Although we know the exact date it’s going to happen every year, most of us leave planning our Halloween costume until the last minute. It may be because your Fred West outfit has been vetoed by your wife at the eleventh hour or simply because you’re lazy. Either way, most of us men have a suit in the wardrobe that can be whipped out at a moment’s notice and tweaked to become a fail-safe costume.
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Combine the mild-mannered reporter with his super-human alter-ego with only a few ingredients. Wear your normal suit, shirt and tie, but have a Superman t-shirt on underneath. Leave a few buttons of your shirt undone and your tie askew as if you were caught in the middle of your whirlwind transformation into Superman. A pair of geeky glasses and a slicked hair-do are all that’s left to make the look complete.
No-one wears a suit quite like these two, and the beauty is you can trawl the charity shops for your suit because size isn’t important as long as it’s smallish and dark. Even if it’s not that small you can cut off the sleeves and trousers for a ragged appearance. Under your suit you need only a simple black t-shirt. Combine with green or grey make-up on your expose skin and get the enlarged forehead and bolts through the neck as extras.
Blues Brothers/Men in Black/Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs
Black suit, black tie, black sunglasses, white shirt. That’s pretty much all you need for these ideas, apart from pairing up with a black or white friend to complete the look for Pulp Fiction or Men in Black, and hats for Blues Brothers. Extras can include guns and cut-throat razors for Reservoir Dogs, ear-pieces for Men in Black and a briefcase for Pulp Fiction.
Time to get the tux out. In addition to this you will be forced to drink vodka martinis all night, just in case people think you misconstrued the “fancy dress” part of the invitation. A gun is handy, as is a cigarette, if you’re going for classic Sean Connery Bond. Slick your hair, act suave all night and resist using the more bawdy double-entendres.