Halloween costumes are limited only by your imagination. Well, that and your willingness to transform into a character. Winning adult Halloween costumes can be either homemade or store-bought; the real keys to a successful costume is to pay attention to the details and make it your own. Even if there are a hundred pirates in attendance, your pirate costume has a chance if you follow a few guidelines.
Find out if there will be a judges panel or if the contest will be judged by popular vote among your peers, this may make a difference in what you choose to wear. If you know that your friends or coworkers will be judging it may be easier to go for a sure laugh in order to win.
Pictures of previous winners may give clues to what will win this year. Look them over for ideas of what the judges look for in a winning costume.
Choose a recognizable costume. Most winning costumes do not need explaining. If you pick something that isn’t instantly understandable you will most likely not win.
Know your audience. If you are at a work function, it is best not to offend anyone with your costume choice. A costume contest at a bar or private party can handle more outrageous and sexy costumes.
At the Party
Become the character. Once you settle on the costume, make it a point to really play the part. Whether you are Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, The Hulk or Batman, transform into the character for the whole night, shake your hips, flex your muscles and be ready to speak in whatever accent is necessary. It’s often not what you wear that makes the final difference, it’s all in how you wear it.
Be bold. Talk to everyone. Introduce yourself to people as the character. Especially when the contest is judged by popular vote, this can really help you win.
Check on your make up through out the night. Be sure nothing smears or rips off the costume before it is judged. Details do count.
Winning Adult Halloween Costume Ideas
A doctor can be a simple costume to put together but add impact with the details. Carry a prescription pad and write silly or suggestive prescriptions all night. A nurse can be pushing her patient in a wheelchair.
Zoro and a Senorita is a winning costume idea for the dramatic couple. He can dress in all black with a black mask and cape and she can wear a lacy dress and head veil.
Cowboy and Saloon girl is one that may not need many brand new elements, check thrift shops for a unique look. Jeans and a flannel shirt, boots and a cowboy hat will do for the man and a short dress with a ruffled petticoat and high heel boots for the Saloon girl.
Butterfly catcher and a Butterfly is a creative Halloween costume for couples that works well for men who don’t like to dress up much. The girl wears a butterfly costume, complete with makeup, wings and sparkly antennae. The man can get away with khaki shorts or pants, white T-shirt, a safari hat and butterfly net.
Celebrity couples, movie or TV couples are fun to emulate. Brad Pitt and Angelina, Fred and Wilma Flintstone or Matrix Neo and Trinity. Look at what is popular, or what you and your significant other both enjoy or remind people of when planning a celebrity look alike couple costume