Obscure costume ideas

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Obscure costume ideas
There are plenty of obscure costume ideas available. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Finding a cool and truly unique costume for an occasion can be a difficult process. Whether you need one for Halloween or just a themed party, originality seems to have been lost and you often find many guests wearing similar getups that blend in. Showing that you are the life of the party begins with standing out from a crowd, so you will need to come up with some great, obscure ideas for an ideal costume.

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Home Alone characters

Movie characters are usually done to death but there are some lesser-considered character costumes that are just as recognisable yet cost-effective to recreate. 1990 family caper, Home Alone, is one of the films with a number of memorable characters to choose from.

Harry and Marv – the Wet Bandits – for instance are the film’s bumbling antagonists. Both characters wear worn, tattered winter gear including trench coats, scarves and mittens. Harry covers his head with a woolly hat whilst a curly wig will be necessary for Marv’s trademark bonce.

Alternatively, you may choose to be Marley the “South Bend Shovel Slayer” using a black trench coat, big black boots, a snow shovel and a metal rubbish can full of fake salt fashioned from ground-up Styrofoam.

Split personalities

Show that you have two opposing sides to your personality simply by splitting two outfits directly down the middle. Make sure you know beforehand what both themes are going to be and have each separate costume set out. Useful themes can range between “evil and good,” “ying and yang” or “comedy and tragedy” dichotomies. Cut the costumes in half and sew a half of each together, then once you have completed your attire, set about making your hair and face match the separate themes respectively using some makeup and prosthetics.

Edgar Allan Poe

The American literary great has this iconic melancholic image about him. The key here is that everything needs to be black – black suit, black hair, darkened circles around the eyes using eyeliner and a thin black moustache. A cravat, a large book in hand and maybe even a stuffed raven attached to the shoulder will accentuate the look.

Sly photographer

This is a simple costume to construct that parodies paparazzi photographers who take their jobs a little too far. Again, you will have to dress predominantly in a dark colour like black, attach a few leaves and branches to yourself for camouflage and have a similarly-disguised, high-end camera in your possession.

Board games

There are many board games out there to use as an obscure costume idea such as Chess, Othello, Twister or even Operation. Outlets sell costume adaptations of the boards from these games that can be thrown on like overalls. The added accessories such as pieces for checkers or the Twister spin board can be made or borrowed from the board game if you have it at home. An Operation suit can be fully fashioned by you. All you will need is a skin-tone attire from head to toe, some coloured felt and wool to make three-dimensional body parts and medical tools.

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