Halloween is right around the corner, so if you haven’t already started thinking about what to wear, now is a great time. Selections should still be plentiful, and if you are making your own costume, time is on your side. Great scifi and fantasy costumes are not just for kids, though they do make some awesome outfits sized only for the smaller set. Whatever your budget, you are sure to find something for everyone (even the pet!).
Options for adults range from simple off-the-rack licensed gear to high quality (and high dollar) reproductions to one of a kind creations. The Dark Wizard costume shown here runs about $85 at CostumeHub. If you’re planning to use the costume throughout the year, for conventions, cosplay events or just to wear around the house, it may be better to pony up the extra money for something that will last and truly reflect your inner alien or wizard (or whatever you may really be inside).
Costume Express has several options for simple, affordable, off-the-shelf ideas for adults and kids, with many of the popular scifi and fantasy movies and shows reflected in their selection, including Star Wars, Star Trek (2009 movie, TOS, TNG), Harry Potter, X Men, etc. You’ll find many of the same costumes at dozens of Halloween and costume shops on the web and locally. The main problems are that these costumes reflect a very narrow niche of the genre, they may not fit well, and the quality leans mostly toward the mid to low end of the spectrum. But for a fun night of trick-or-treating or a costume party, that may not be much of an issue.
At the high end of the quality ladder you get custom made costumes and accoutrements. These can either be hand-made or purchased from speciality shops, such as Cloak and Dagger Creations, Mystic Merchant, or limebarb. A full costume, plus accessories, could cost several hundred dollars or more, but the fit will be better (rather than a one size fits most approach). And with higher-quality materials it should be durable for extended, active use and play. Plus, they look much, much cooler. For example, a Supreme Edition Boba Fett costume from the Star Wars Shop goes for $999.99. You may not be ready to spend that much for a Halloween costume, but it is an option. And no one would dare mess with you at the buffet line.
For kids or teens, off the shelf or home made are your best options (they grow so quickly). Unless you have some seriously geeky kids (and I applaud you for that!) they won’t be wearing the costume very long after Halloween, nor would they likely wear it again next Halloween. So not much point investing a lot of money in kids costumes. But if you’re willing to put down some extra cash, the deluxe kids outfits may be just what they need to win some serious bonus points (and extra candy). Plus, they look oh so cute dressed up as Yoda, a small fairy, or a stormtrooper (even if they are a little short).