How to find a cool 80s costume
A true American tradition, Halloween offers everyone the possibility to exercise their imagination in order to find and wear a vast range of outfits, ranging from the somber and elegant to the wacky and outrageous. While making up one’s mind about the type of character they wish to be each year for Halloween can certainly prove daunting, actually searching for an appropriate costume can also be a difficult task to undertake and accomplish.
Therefore, in order to spare you the time lost with such an endeavor, we have put together the buying ideas below, hoping they will help you find and buy the best Halloween costumes for tweens. With that said, our guide focuses on the features of the best 80s costumes for this age category, which typically includes children between 11 and 13.
Should you be the proud parent of children raised with 80s-themed music or movies, for instance, the choice of an 80s-related costume may be a pleasant surprise for your son and/or daughter for Halloween.
Of course, before actually going out (in the real or the online world) and buying such a costume, you should take into account the recipient’s personal tastes, preferences, and needs, so that his experience of Halloween is a truly great one.
How we choose the coolest 80s costumes
As briefly mentioned above, there are two readily available inspiration sources for searching and finding the best 80s costumes for sale: music and movies. Keep in mind, however, that most if not all of these costumes are more likely to be found via an online purchase rather than in your local stores and supermarkets.
Yes, you can easily find Halloween costumes in supermarkets, given the already established trend of Halloween campaigns in such places. But in the case of 80s costumes, the best and really only option available to you would be the Internet.
A good thing about it is that in the online world you can also find 80s costumes reviews, which can help you make a better-informed purchase. Don’t forget, nevertheless, that if you’re passionate about creating clothes and also happen to have the right tools, you can make them yourself.
Consider the mileage
When buying an 80s costume for Halloween, it is unavoidable that you consider the frequency with which you can use it, be that for you or for your children. An outrageous outfit inspired by Freddie Mercury’s stage clothes or by those of David Bowie or Prince, for example, may not find too many opportunities to be worn as opposed to an elegant three-piece suit in the vein of James Bond.
And unless your children have developed a taste for elegant clothing, chances are that they will be inclined to opt for a more extravagant and outrageous costume for Halloween. Let us also not forget the horror or sci-fi movies inspiration source, which can prompt them to desire to dress up as Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger, Indiana Jones, Conan the Barbarian, one of the Ghostbusters or Batman.
Size and fit
In order to provide yourself or your children with a cool Halloween experience, the purchase of an 80s inspired costume should, of course, take into account the age, weight, and height of the person wearing it.
While wearing a costume that is (most usually) too large might amplify the degree of wackiness and goofiness, especially if the ensemble portrays a character who is wacky and/or goofy, an outfit which fits would generally make a better visual impact, contributing to the overall impression of thoughtful dressing-up, even if it’s only for Halloween.
Cheap imitations vs. carbon copy
When going on a trick-or-treating “tour” on Halloween night, you or your children might visit the homes of acquaintances or friends who are as passionate as you or them about the 80s. Should this be the case, you would most probably wish to buy (or create if you have the resources and the time) costumes that respect the movie or music characters as much as possible, feature that could garner praise for, again, the thought that went into putting together the respective outfit.
A contributing factor could be, for example, buying or creating costumes which use several types of material, according to the real outfits worn by the people (actors or musicians) chosen to be portrayed: metal, wood, rubber, latex, etc.
What character do you want to be?
Drawing your main inspiration for Halloween from 80s music and/or movies, you know that an entire plethora of characters are available for you to choose from: do you or your children want to convey the scariness so typical for this celebration?
Nothing simpler. As mentioned above, characters such as Freddy Kruger, Beetlejuice, Gremlins or the twin girls from The Shining provide enough sources of inspiration. Want to amp up the adventure and the action with a heroic outfit? Look no further than Indiana Jones, Conan the Barbarian, Marty McFly, Maverick, or the fearsome Terminator himself (look out for the price of that trademark leather jacket, though).
Don’t forget about…
…the accessories! While the costume itself can provide quite an impact on the person who admires it, especially if its design respects the original, one can choose to amplify the “Wow!” factor by also purchasing or creating (if it’s the case) the accessories for the character he or she wishes to portray.
What would the Terminator be without his black wayfarer sunglasses and a machine gun? How about Conan without his sword? Or Maverick without his aviators? OK, we’ll cut you some slack on the DeLorean time machine.
To conclude, the choice of a cool 80s-inspired costume can be a bold and, why not, original move, one that can impress many people you and/or your children will choose to visit on Halloween night. Just don’t forget to act in character and have fun while you’re at it. Who knows, you might find your true calling as an actor and/or musician. It would certainly be a shame if you didn’t give it a try.