Unusual Halloween costume ideas for teen boys

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Unusual Halloween costume ideas for teen boys
Halloween is a time for creativity and fresh, unusual costume ideas. (Getty Thinkstock)

By the teen years, most boys are ready to step beyond the standard superhero costume and into something more creative that reflects their personalities or interests. With a little imagination and resourcefulness, a teen boy can come up with an unusual Halloween costume that is sure to be a big success and showcase his creativity.

Movie or television character

A movie or television character Halloween costume is nothing new, but that's because most people stick to easily replicated or of-the-moment characters. Look through magazines or brainstorm movies from years past to recall a famous movie or TV character. Try Slimer from "Ghostbusters," one of the lesser-known characters from the original "Star Wars" movies (Qui-Gon Jin or Ki-Adi Mundi, for example), Roger Rabbit or one of the kids from "The Breakfast Club." Retro anything is usually cool with teenagers, and teen boys can get extra street cred for knowing who these characters are.


With a cardboard box and some art supplies, teen boys can turn themselves into just about any kind of machine. Cut holes for the head, arms and legs, and decorate as needed. Design a traffic light, a vending machine (with a miniature crane), a popcorn maker, a casino slot machine, a Rubik's cube or a Jack-in-the-box. Any box-shaped machine can be made into a Halloween costume with a little creativity; for an ultramodern teen boy, try an iPod, a Nintendo Wii or a BlackBerry.

Historical figure

Historical figures don't get much teen attention at Halloween, which makes them perfect for an unusual teen Halloween costume. You don't have to choose "good guys," either; try Al Capone, Napoleon or Joseph Stalin to inject a bit of creepy history into Halloween. However, heroes and "normal" people work just fine, too: Copernicus, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Abraham Lincoln, King Tut or Sir Lancelot will all prove eye-catching, conversation-starting costumes for teen boys.

Puns and plays on words

For clever teen word-lovers, a costume that illustrates a pun or play on words is especially noteworthy. Paint your face like a tiger and cover yourself in leaves and branches to become "Tiger Woods." Or wear all white with a sign on your chest that says "Trash" to embody "white trash." If you're creative, a brainstorming session will provide the inspiration to embody many common puns and phrases to create a truly unusual Halloween costume.

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