Goodbye September, Hello Halloween!

OH FRABJOUS DAY! Tomorrow the month of HALLOWEEN is upon us! Well, okay, so technically, tomorrow is the first of October, but I know I’m not the only Geekette who likes to celebrate one of her absolute favorite holidays a little on the early side, right?

A bat costume for fancy-dress ball. Engraved French fashion plate, 1887.
A bat costume for fancy-dress ball. Engraved French fashion plate, 1887.

Additionally, it’s never too early for someone to start daydreaming ideas or mentally putting a costume together, especially if it’s on the complex side of dressing-up. Even if it’s super simple, coming-up with costume inspiration is really fun, so since it would be impossible for me to see all of the ideas I have come to wearable fruition, here’s a brief selection of costume suggestions I’d like to share!

Elisa Maza from Gargoyles.

Back in the 90s, I couldn’t wait to get home after school to watch Gargoyles, and it’s still one of my all-time beloved animated shows. Detective Maza always rated high on my list of favorite characters, plus her outfit is really pretty easy to put together by means of thrift shopping and your own closet.

Goliath and Elisa.
Goliath and Elisa.

Dressing-up as one of the actual gargoyles proves more challenging and time-consuming (plus, you kinda have to be okay with wearing a loincloth—more power to you if you are!), but there have been some pretty cool cosplay groups who’ve taken-up the Gargoyles challenge. That being said, there are loads of other characters who would make cool Halloween costume ideas (THE WEIRD SISTERS WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN). The cast list of characters from Gargoyles is lengthy, after all!

Dr. Caligari, Jane and Cesare from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

  1. If you haven’t witnessed this silent spectacle of German Expressionism, do yourself a favor and watch it. It’s quite captivating.
  2. This is a totally original buddy or couples costume, and it would look cool if you go full black-and-white, from the costumes to the make-up. Plus it could give you an excuse to not talk to anyone, if you decide to stay in character all evening!
Dr. Caligari,
Dr. Caligari, Cesare and Jane.

Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice.

Most people think of Tim Burton’s spooky, comical and absurd film when I mention Beetlejuice, and there is certainly tons of costume inspiration to be gleaned, be it Barbara and Adam’s somewhat unfortunate attire they’ll be wearing for eternity, to stepmother Delia Deetz’s downright 80’s ensembles. I do adore that movie, after all.

Lydia's costume choices are varied but largely easy to sew or purchase at a thrift store!
Lydia’s costume choices are varied but largely easy to sew or purchase at a thrift store!

What AM I referring to, then? Why, Lydia Deetz from the late 80s, early 90s animated show, with her weird red spiderweb poncho and gravity-defying ponytail. With some hair gel, make-up finesse and a little simple sewing, this costume is pretty easy to achieve!

Ghostbusters. Any of them!

While some are ready getting their Star Wars garb ready, others have been keeping a hopeful eye out for another, supernaturally-inspired upcoming franchise. Anybody and everybody can be a Ghostbuster, as all it really takes is a long-sleeved jumpsuit or coveralls, some patches or puffy paint to create the No Ghosts logo, and a souped-up box or backpack with a vacuum cleaner hose attached will complete the ensemble.


I think it would be fun to do a Janine Ghostbuster, since she is always pretty fashionably identifiable and wears various awesome pairs of eyeglasses, and has had some pretty funky hairstyles! The cartoon versions of the characters were also a little zanier than the movie versions, but with both animated and live action varieties from which to choose, there are lots of costume possibilities!

Are you keeping your Halloween costume a top-secret surprise until you’re read to reveal it? Or would you like to share what you’re going to be this year? Let us know all about it in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “Goodbye September, Hello Halloween!

  1. How fun! I love your ideas. I always do DIY costumes, I was thinking of dressing up as a slice of pizza and my husband as a pizza delivery guy. What do you think- too cheesy??

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