Superhero, fantasy and pop culture themes top Halloween costume choices

From Thor to Alice, Spider-Man to Lady Gaga, Oklahomans' preferred Halloween costume themes reflect pop culture trends.
by Heather Warlick Modified: October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am •  Published: October 3, 2012

On teen boys, expect gory masks, Dillon said. On grown men, masks are cool, too, but are often less gory and more political and pop culture-themed.

For tween and teen girls, many of the most popular costumes are also the sexiest, with micro-mini skirts and plunging necklines. To tame down a too-sexy costume, Dillon suggests buying it a size too big for more coverage. Add leggings or tights and a tank top to cover some overexposed areas.

People are just getting started thinking about their costumes this year, but “Star Wars” seems to be another strong costume theme, said Dean Johnson, owner of Costume Fun House. He's already rented three costumes from the movie franchise.

Costume Fun House sells some costumes, but its primary business is costume rentals. Johnson said rentals start about $35 and go up to about $75. The shop offers a Halloween special that includes a weeklong costume rental from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, for the price of one day.

At Costume Fun House, which has been locally owned by Johnson's family since its opening in the '70s, Halloween is just the start of costume-rental season. After Halloween, Johnson focuses on renting his inventory of about 200 Santa suits, elf costumes and Mrs. Claus costumes during December.

Then, it's all eyes on rabbits until after Easter.

All told, Johnson said he has somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 costumes in his 3,000 square-foot shop at 4917 NW 23.

Here are a few tips for creating a perfect Halloween makeup look from makeup artist Sharon Tabb of The Makeup Room Agency in Oklahoma City.

Use the right kind of makeup. Theatrical makeup has several advantages over your day-to-day makeup for Halloween use. It often has more pigment for more opaque coverage. Theatrical makeup is less likely to stain your skin. For example, if you use red lipstick for blood around your mouth, you’ll likely end up with a stained red beard the next day. And it’s often easier to work with.

Practice makes perfect. Make yourself up a few days before Halloween to make sure you know what you’re doing and have all the makeup items you need.


by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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