Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor
As Halloween approaches, the biggest thing on the minds of kids, and even some adults, is what costume to buy for Halloween. As promised, Halloween each year can be seen as a reflection of the trends of that year. What controversies are the biggest, what star the brightest, and what TV show or movie had the biggest impact on everyone.
This year has seen Charlie Sheen winning, and this has inspired a rubber mask, as well as the infamous bowling shirts worn on his hit show “Two and a Half Men.” Michael Jackson remains popular, and this year will see the addition of Amy Winehouse to the star tribute costumes. With the tragic way they lost their lives, both stars are an influence on costumes for children and adults.
The movie theater had a field day with the superhero theme this year, as Marvel continued its grand buildup to the superhero movie to end all superhero movies, “The Avengers.” Among the popular costumes will be the members of this group, such as Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk, along with their DC counterparts Green Lantern, Batman, Superman and Spiderman.
You can count on the superhero trend to extend into women’s costume as well, with the Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and the Miss Green Lantern costumes. Popular artists who dress in costume are easy to find and imitate. Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj are among the most popular; all that’s needed is colored hair and a colorful outfit to finish the look. Prosthetics are a big Halloween market, since the introduction of cheap Hollywood imitations became available. A scar or a gash to finish off a particularly gory costume is always a fun way to go. You can count on costumes to follow trends in popular culture, as well as keep the timeless costumes such as vampires, Frankenstein and ghosts at the ready.