Halloween Costume Trends for 2014

In recent years pre-made or packaged Halloween costumes have become increasingly generic, lower quality, overplayed, and downright expensive. Who wants to spend anywhere from $75-300 for a costume that will be played out and will just have to be replaced come this time next year? Luckily for you there is a better way to make sure you stand out and save yourself some money. This is the first part of a three part series that will serve as the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your costume this year.

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Some of the most memorable costumes you’ll see all night are the ones ripped straight out of the pop-culture lexicon. Whether it’s a character from a popular movie or paying tribute to a fallen icon pop culture costumes are sure to be on the rise this October. Be sure to make a statement this year with this clothing exchange and thrift shop Halloween shopping guide.

Any Robin Williams Character

Halloween Costumes Robin Williams Characters

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Back in August iconic actor Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63. While the world is still mourning the loss of one of it’s most beloved actors people the world over are looking to pay tribute to the man by dressing up as one of his many characters this Halloween. Luckily for anyone hoping to pay tribute to the man who shaped a generation you can actually find ways to recreate the looks of his many characters at your local exchange or thrift shop.

John Keating (Dead Poets Society)

Halloween Costumes Robin Williams Dead Poets

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What you’ll need

  • An oversized white dress shirt with a chest pocket
  • A pen for the chest pocket
  • A brown tie with diagonal orange and gold stripes
  • Brown slacks

Peter Pan (Hook)

Robin Williams as Peter Pan for the Film Hook

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What you’ll need

  • An olive green long sleeve shirt or sweater with the sleeves cut unevenly
  • Olive green sweats or slacks cut unevenly as well
  • Gray thermals/tights
  • Green shoes/boots

Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)

Halloween Costumes Robin Williams Good Will

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What you’ll need

  • Light blue polo shirt
  • Brown patterned cardigan
  • Navy blue pants
  • Beige driver’s hat

Mrs. Doubtfire (Mrs. Doubtfire)

Halloween Costumes Robin Williams Mrs Doubtfire

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What you’ll need

  • A white granny blouse
  • A navy blue cardigan with a white and light blue stripe
  • An oversize navy full length skirt
  • Large oversized circle glasses
  • A feather duster


Anna (Frozen)

No film this year has been a bigger box office smash or become so readily accepted into the pop culture lexicon than Disney’s Frozen and arguably no character was more beloved than princess Anna of Arendale.


Halloween Costumes Anna Frozen

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What you’ll need

  • A light blue long sleeved blouse
  • A black floral print corset
  • A royal blue full length skirt


Lloyd and Harry (Dumb and Dumber)

With the sequel to the comedy classic set to hit theaters on November 14th there is no better time than now for you and your best friend to become the comedic duo the rest of your friends are jealous of.

Halloween Costumes Dumb and Dumber

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What you’ll need (Lloyd)

  • A plain red t-shirt
  • A gray work jacket
  • Gray pants


What you’ll need (Harry)

  • A brown striped shirt
  • A gray jacket. One with red, white, and blue trim would be preferable.
  • Old faded blue jeans


Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

There is currently no bigger pop culture behemoth than the Hunger Games franchise and with the first part of final film coming out on November 21st the timing is perfect to dress up as heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Halloween Costumes Katniss Everdeen

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What you’ll need

  • A black v-neck t-shirt
  • A black windbreaker
  • Olive green cargo pants
  • Black combat boots
  • A quiver filled with toy arrows and a toy bow to complete the ensemble


Do you have any other pop culture costume ideas? Leave a comment below!

Thomas Sholan

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