I am an entertainment enthusiast with six years experience as an online pop culture writer.
When writing the article Monster Halloween Costumes Men vs Woman, I came across several popular horror movie icons like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Chucky. After observing how these costumes varied drastically between men and women, I thought it would be interesting to follow up my monster costume article with how horror movie costumes vary by gender.
Beetlejuice is the ghost with the most and offers his services as a bio-exorcist to remove living beings from a ghost’s place of residence. He scares them away by embracing his vulgar, disgusting, and cruel personality. Michael Keaton portrayed Beetlejuice while wearing heavy makeup to give him an evil, decomposing appearance. He definitely would not be winning any beauty contests.
Men's Beetlejuice Costume
Men can buy the recognizable black and white striped suit worn by Keaton in the movie. Men costumes also come with a crazy hair wig and a lot of face makeup.
Women's Beetlejuice Costume
Women get the wild wig and the black and white pattern clothing, but then it goes off into a different direction. Rather than getting a woman's dress or suit, she gets a short puffy skirt and tight bodice. There is a collar and tie but no shirt covering the upper part of her chest. Without any corpse makeup included to hide her face, this costume was not designed to scare anyone. Perhaps the name Beetlejuice is sewn onto the bottom of the skirt because it varies so drastically from the movie that people might not recognize the character.
Tim Burton is known for his visually stunning movies and it should come as no surprise that a few of his characters would be turned into Halloween costumes. Edward Scissorhands would tell the story of an unfinished robot that stumbles through suburban America and finds love after a life of solitude. Johnny Depp portrayed this gentle creature flawlessly. Not an easy feat with a character dressed in leather and possessing sharp knives for hands.
Men's Edward Scissorhands Costume
Men get a costume very similar to what is found in the movie. The scissor hands are not as detailed or sharp for practicality and the clothing is not always high-quality leather to keep down the price, but it is close enough.
Women's Edward Scissorhands Costume
Women have a slightly more feminine version of the costume. They get a short skirt and stockings as opposed to pants and opera gloves instead of long sleeves. The fascinating thing with the woman’s outfit is that apparently she is not as adept at using her hands, because her clothing has been cut across her legs and chest. I am not sure how she sliced the bust open like that, but I am confident it is from logistical research.
The Ghostbusters are just working-class exterminators, who happened to capture ghosts and save New York City from paranormal destruction. Their work uniforms are khaki overalls that might be worn by any job requiring manual labor. However, rather than protecting them from oil, dirt or chemicals, these outfits help protect them from ectoplasm.
Men's Ghostbusters Costume
The man’s costume is made of a thinner fabric, dyed a lighter color and doesn’t have all the detailed padding that is found in the movies, but with or without their proton packs these costumes are recognizable.
Women's Ghostbusters Costume
For women, the practicality of working in the field was sacrificed for fashion. It sure does not look like they are going out on the streets to catch ghosts. Although women have the option of a short skirt or booty shorts, both costumes have long sleeve shirts that open up at the top like a containment trap. “Don’t look directly into the trap.” The fabric saved in not covering the bust may have been used to make the Ghostbuster ball caps.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a prestigious school, with a rich history. The movies started out with a dress code in which students had to wear wizarding robes. It would change to a more formal dress code, that was not as strict and could blend more easily into the muggle world.
Men's Harry Potter Costume
Halloween costumes for men will often go with the more rigid uniforms of the first few films. These thick wizard robes are a very simple black with red lining. They have the school crest and can be easily worn over a nice dress shirt and tie. Most people prefer the Gryffindor colors for their tie or scarves, but any house colors are acceptable.
Women's Harry Potter Costume
Women Hogwarts’ costume would not be acceptable for any student who is attending the school. These witch's uniforms have extremely short skirts that would make the girls from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic blush. If a cloak is added to the costume, it is so small that it can’t even cover the opening from the low cut tops. Rather than the mini ties adding class, they make the female students look like strippers.
The famous archeologist Indiana Jones is a movie icon. His costume is just as recognizable as the character. Indy’s leather jacket, fedora and whip are so famous that they have been put into the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. With this image firmly implanted into the minds of movie fans everywhere, there is not a lot of room for interpretation when it comes to men’s costumes. Sometimes they have a leather jacket and sometimes they do not. The important thing is that the image of a rugged explorer, who tramples through rough jungles and explores abandoned temples filled with booby traps is not lost.
Women's Indiana Jones Costume
When it came time for creating the women’s costumes, the designers seemed to focus more on the first word of booby traps than the last. Yes, women get a fedora and whip but after that things get creative. For one costume, the hat is bigger than the top. If a jacket is included, it is too small to offer any kind of protection from the elements. The standard short skirt found in most women Halloween costumes can be overlooked, but including the standard high heels are probably not practical for an adventurer, no matter what gender.
There have been many portrayals of Robin Hood in film. Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Errol Flynn and Cary Elwes are only a few of the many actors to take on the role. Each of these interpretations have given their own flair to the character and wardrobe. For this reason it can be harder to find a standard Robin Hood costume.
Men's Robin Hood Costume
Men have their choice of clothing options that might assist them in fulfilling the role of living in the lush green forest as Robin and his Merry Men steal from the rich and give to the poor. Some costumes incorporate a thick leather to enhance the tough warrior appearance. Other costumes embrace the more cartoonish style of an archer wearing bright green clothing and a feather in his hat.
Women's Robin Hood Costume
Female Robin Hoods clothing leans toward the green coloring and feathered hat look. The costuming might be more fitting for another “profession” that works outside the laws of England but still takes money from the rich and gives to the poor.
The lovable Ogre that just wants to be left alone, but like an onion proves to have lots of layers. Shrek Costumes typically embrace the recognizable ogre designed by the Dreamworks Animation team. These large green masks have the bugle ears, fat nose and big mouth. They can also include oversize green hands to complete the ensemble. For his clothing, these costumes include the plaid pants, peasant shirt, and small vest that Shrek wears throughout most of the films.
Fiona costumes can be a little more tricky. Technically she is a human that is cursed to transform into an ogre at night, until she finds her true love. Not to spoil the movie, but Shrek is her true love and she turns into an ogre permanently by the end of the first film. When designing a Fiona princess costume, they go halfway. The long thick green dress looks great, but instead of making her fully human or ogre they make her human with the trademark ogre ears. This might be understandable till the warrior Fiona costume is put together. At this point Fiona is a full ogre. Yet the costume make no attempt at hiding her womanly form and instead just add the ogre ears. It takes a lot of imagination to mistake the women wearing these costumes as ogres.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” However, since this was the future, there is a lot more equality between races, species and genders. Perhaps “human” would have been a better word than “man”. Future incarnations of the show would prove just that. Not only would larger numbers of women be added to the crew, they would also hold positions of power. Perhaps that is why Star Trek costumes are some of the most equal between the different genders. The men may have had a little more fabric with their costume, but they are just as tight. Women have a better variety of choices than men. A man’s biggest decision comes in what color he wants to wear. Women can choose between colors and designs. The costumes that do come in skirts are at a decent length and are not cut unusually low.
With his cunning and sword fighting skills, Zoro battles against the tyrants who would harm the common people. This dashing hero dresses in all black and delights in the fear and humiliation he causes his enemies.
Men's Zorro Costume
There have been many interpretations of Zorro since his creation in 1919, but men’s Halloween costumes look a lot like you would expect. The black pants, boots, shirt, cape, and mask are relatively basic. The biggest variety comes in the choice between a hat or bandana. There are also some costumes that come with artificial muscles if the wearer is not in good enough shape to truly embody the character.
Women's Zorro Costume
Women's costumes typically come with the black mask, boots, and cape, but from there start to vary. Most women Zorro costumes expose the midriff by having a short halter top and then a separate skirt. The one full bodied costume looks like a corset that might be worn at a bordello, rather than in a fight. Unlike the male Zorro who has a Z placed on his belt or hat, female Zorro’s seem to prefer having it drawn onto their chest. However, based on the shredded dress worn in one of the costumes, it looks like the designers forgot it was Zorro who rips the opponents clothing and not the other way around.
The costumes above were displayed multiple times in google image search results. These are the sites that I went to for the images. If you know of an image that belongs to a different site please let me know in the comment section below and I will make sure to give appropriate credit.
Geekdom (author) on February 04, 2013:
Good Suggestion. I might include that one when I write Part 2 around Halloween.
Geekdom (author) on January 31, 2013:
NICE! If you ever do that, you have to post a picture of it on HubPages. That would be awesome.
Rich from New Jersey on January 31, 2013:
Always liked the idea of being a (Expendable) red shirted star trek guy. And having a phaser burn on my chest or a fake ax sticking out of my back.