Cute Ideas for Teen Halloween Costumes

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Cute Ideas for Teen Halloween Costumes
Finding the perfect costume for a small child is easy; teens have a more difficult time. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

On Halloween, two costume extremes go well -- adult costumes and children's costumes. Small children have the luxury of looking cute no matter which costumes they use, whether they're witches, ghosts or cowboys, and adults have myriad options. Teens, however, have a tougher time coming up with a great costume. Fortunately, some tried-and-true costume ideas work well for teens.

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Classic Movies

You can find a seemingly excessive quantity of classic movie costumes -- and they're all affordable. Girls may want to go with Alice in Wonderland, Tinker Bell or Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz," while boys have such options as Indiana Jones, the Mad Hatter or Jack Sparrow.

Go Gangsta

Put together a gangster-style costume. You can either purchase an old-school gangster costume or dress up in a smart pinstripe suit with a touch of colour -- such as a red shirt or a bright tie. You'll also need some bling (maybe a large, shiny ring) and a gangster hat. This costume works for either teenage boys or girls; either way, no one will mess with you.


Nothing will elicit a groan and a laugh faster than a costume hinging on a bad pun. You can easily make several costumes yourself that qualify. For example, you can dress in all black and paste colourful sponges all over your clothing to be "self absorbed." Or purchase a large basket that would fit around a human body, cut out the bottom using garden shears or a strong knife, tie strings or ribbons on for straps and be a "basket case."

Superhero vs. Supervillain

This costume idea works particularly well if you plan to go to a party as a couple or in pairs. Affordable superhero and supervillain costumes such as Superman, Batman, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman and others abound both in online retail stores and in local costume shops.

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