Movies provide several options for dressing up as a group. Agree on the movie as a group, and assign characters. Look for movies with many characters, so there isn't any costume duplication. Whether you choose a holiday theme or go back in time, film characters will help tie the idea together.
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The Wizard of Oz
This movie's characters work for groups of children and adults. There are many costume options to choose from---the homesick Dorothy, the sensitive Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion. A good witch or a bad witch (or both) round things out nicely. Shake things up a bit by dressing as a flying monkey.
A 60s dance show is the backdrop for this musical. A pink gown for Edna Turnblad works for a man or a woman. Dress as Motormouth Maybelle in a gold dress lined with feathers. Link Larken wears a plaid jacket, black trousers and a skinny white tie. Don't forget the gobs of make-up. Experiment with hair in advance, and if it's not what you want, consider a wig. The bigger the hair, the better.
This idea works for families, or group members of differing ages. Wendy, Captain Hook and Nana, the dog, are roles for either adults or children. Children can also play Wendy's brothers, Tinkerbell, or the Lost Boys. Don't forget the pixie dust.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Of course you'll need a Rudolph and a Santa, but there are many other options, including the misfit toys, Herbie the Elf, the other reindeer and the Abominable Snowman.
Make a Ghostbuster costume with mechanics' overalls. Spray paint an old backpack or a cardboard box with rope handles to create a proton pack. Use a flashlight for the proton gun, and attach plastic vacuum tubes to the pack and gun for an authentic look. Dress as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by whiting out your face and wearing a white sweatsuit. Stuff the sweatsuit with either white T-shirts or white fabric for a fluffy look.
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