Get Inspired: Great Ideas for Halloween Costumes & Christmas Cards From the Movies




If you have a quirky family who likes to stray far from the norm, this fall’s movie lineup is shaping up to be Halloween costume and Christmas card visual bliss for you. Fall is quickly creeping on us, and now’s the time to get things in order, so you don’t end up throwing together a costume from scraps or settling for Happy New Year cards instead.

Yes, this is the year of thinking ahead, and there are plenty of captivating costume ideas coming to a theater near you. Just hit some Savers thrift stores, search Amazon and eBay and put together the most playful of costumes for the entire family.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

There are several Christmas card photo ideas and Halloween costume options in “The Hunger Games” series. Whether you choose Katniss’s classic arena look, Caesar’s blue attire (hair and brows included) or Haymitch’s drunk and messy-yet tidy look, you are sure to kick butt. This dystopian society offers many costume options, as each district is known for its own trade. Episode 2 of the series, “Catching Fire,” will be in theaters Friday, Nov. 22.

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‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

The legendary Ron Burgundy is back. This time it’s the 1980s, and the old crew is set to take the first 24-hour news channel by storm. Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and the rest of the ensemble are back—look for Luke Wilson, Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Nicole Kidman and Vince Vaughn, too. Break out the fake mustaches or guys, start growing your own—should be good and ready by October. Your holiday card could read, “Keep it Classy this Christmas.”

‘The Great Gatsby’

This is an easy one. The Roaring ’20s had style. That might be why there’s always one flapper at the Halloween party. But this year’s “Gatsby” is a tad bit different from the former, typical flapper dress. Try to find a pink suit for your Jay Gatsby (wash a cheap white one with something red, perhaps). Don a short, blonde wig, smoke cigarettes and wear pretty chiffon and sequins, big fur collars, pearls and sparkly headbands to be the best Daisy you can be.

‘World War Z’

A good zombie Christmas card is timeless. With the popularity of “The Walking Dead,” it’s cool to be a zombie. Smartphone apps help you zombify yourself and zombie obstacle course runs are becoming more popular. If you happen to have a male in the family that resembles Brad Pitt, that’s a plus because you can be “World War (insert letter of your last name here).” It’s a zombie family Christmas 2013.

‘A Christmas Story’

This movie has not been in theaters since 1983, but if you can’t resist classic movie magic, sit your family down with leg lamp and lighten up. You remember the “You’ll shoot your eye out,” with the Red Rider BB gun, right? Overdress your youngest in a bright red ski coat and scarf so much he can’t put his arms down, dress another child as Ralphie. And Mom and Dad can do it up ’40s style, the year the film was set.


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