Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halloween costume inspiration from previous West Hollywood Halloween Carnavals...

Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner and if like me you're struggling to decide on a costume for this year's festivities, maybe these outfits and ideas from past West Hollywood Halloween Carnavals will help inspire you.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval caged monster costume
Once again this year Santa Monica Boulevard can expect 400,000 visitors to their annual Halloween parade, which sees the street close between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard allowing party goers to roam up and down the boulevard in all their costume finery.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval drag
People really do let their imaginations run wild for Halloween and I love being a part of it because in the U.K. we don't really dress up and celebrate to the same way.
Poseidon costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
The evening is always a lot of fun and you never know who you'll meet, or what they'll be wearing (no matter how much, or how little). You can always guarantee on some great drag queen outfits and there's always hot guys and gals willing to show some flesh (and muscle), like this Aquaman/Neptune/Poseidon character.
war propaganda poster costumes West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
I usually venture out around 6pm or so, the witching hour, and then walk up and down the boulevard taking as many pictures of the best costumes that I can find. Then when it starts to get super-busy and crowded, it's time to head home to escape the drunken hordes as the sequins and feather start to fly.
Women for Mitt costumes West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2012
I'm always amazed by the sheer ingenuity and inventiveness of the costumes, whether they be inspired by iconic war propaganda art, the latest politics or newsworthy stories (last year there were lots of people poking fun at Mitt Romney's 'binders of women' faux pas) and even new television shows, like this spooky nun from the American Horror Story: Asylum billboards.
American Horror Story nun costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
More often than not the majority of people attending the WeHo Carnaval have created their own looks rather than opted for store-bought costumes, or at the very least modified them. Yes, this L.A. crowd is a creative bunch.
Zombie Wonder Woman West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2012
And in case you're wondering that's me in my zombie Wonder Woman costume, recycled from the previous year and given a ghoulish makeover.

Julia Child costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
From 2011 you can see that beloved American icons like celebrity cook Julia Child get their own drag tributes.
Adele drag costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Plus more modern day divas in the spotlight, like Adele, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, are often emulated. Obviously the key is to go with someone instantly recognisable and not some obscure personality that only you may know or like.
Big baby costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Most people just want to have fun and this big baby costume is a great, simple idea, and then others want to keep in the spirit of Halloween and come up with an original spookier costume.
Demonic chandelier costume Weho Halloween Carnaval
Like I said earlier, being in West Hollywood there's always a lot of flesh on display, like this Native American-inspired outfit.
Indian costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
And if you're going to stand on a street corner and soak up the atmosphere, you may as well dress the part, like this classic scarecrow costume (I'm sure Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion won't be far away either).
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval scarecrow costume
I always find that if you're in costume too, then people are much more willing to have their photo taken, although this is Hollywood, so I'm sure everyone is enjoying their five minutes of fame when they are asked.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval Chilean miner costume
In 2010 I once again recycled another superhero costume, my Spider-man suit from my first ever American Halloween, with upgraded spidey gloves, boots and mask of course. In the news that year were the Chilean miners trapped underground, so as you can see that made for an awesome topical costume.
Drag Glinda Good costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Other Halloween costume inspiration often comes from the movies too, whether it be Hollywood classics like Glinda the Good from The Wizard of Oz, or a playing card soldier guard of the Red Queen from recent Alice in Wonderland big screen adaptations.
Red Queen guard costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Plus Disney's recent Tron revival makes for great costumes that glow-in-the-dark, like this Quorra light-suit, which are perfect for nighttime festivities.
Tron Quorra costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
And then one of my true favourites from the 2010 Halloween carnaval, this Russell Wilderness Explorer costume inspired by the animated character from Disney/Pixar's UP. Those balloons really are a great embellishment for this fun outfit.
Russell Wilderness Explorer UP costume West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
I hope these costumes have provided some thoughts and ideas, but be sure to also take a look at these other Halloween costume ideas. The good thing is, whether you make or buy your costume, there's still time to come up with a fabulous winning outfit for this Halloween.

If you're still stuck, pop along to your local costume or party shop to get some more ideas, although sometimes it's better to go with an idea in mind, otherwise those stores can be a bit overwhelming and come next month, they'll be even busier.

I also find looking online like on Amazon.com a great source of inspiration (be sure to click through the ads on my blog), plus it's where I often find the harder to find components of my Halloween look, like accessories and finishing touches.

Now that I've refreshed my memory from previous Halloweens, I think it's time to visit my local thrift stores to see if my new inkling of an idea is possible, otherwise I guess I'll be recycling and updating an old look.

Wish me luck and happy hunting (and hauntings)...

P.S. You may also want to check out my Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props blog for even more ideas from TV and the world of film.

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