Men's vs. Women's Wizard Of Oz Halloween Costumes

Updated on June 26, 2016
Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes
Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes

The Wizard of Oz was created by L. Frank Baum in 1900. His books took us on a journey through the wonderful world of OZ. The stories about this magical land revolved around the whimsical and strange characters who lived in this fairy land. Baum’s stories has grabbed readers attention for over a century and Oz books have continued to be written by different writers well after Baum’s death. Countless movies have been made from his book and people are constantly reimagining his timeless tales. However, we will be focusing on the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. This is the film most people are familiar with and has become a classic in itself.

Judy Garland as Dorothy
Judy Garland as Dorothy

Dorothy

Dorothy Halloween costumes do a good job of capturing the distinct pattern and colors of the film’s wardrobe. However, the cut of the dress is under debate. In the movie, Dorothy’s dress goes past her knees and covers half her shins, but for Halloween none go past the knees and most don’t even cover a significant portion of the thighs. The ruby slippers in the film had a very short heel, which makes sense for the long journey on the Yellow Brick Road. The Halloween costume heels are too large to be practical for a long hike or Trick-or-Treating. Judy Garland’s white shirt was very proper for a young lady, but at Halloween there is a tendency to create a low cut top.

Adult Dorothy Halloween Costumes from Wizard of Oz
Adult Dorothy Halloween Costumes from Wizard of Oz
Ray Bolger as Scarecrow
Ray Bolger as Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Men Scarecrow Halloween costumes do a pretty good job of matching Ray Bolger’s clothes. There is some discrepancy in the colors and they look a lot cleaner, but it is obvious who this costume represents. Women Scarecrow Halloween costumes keep the basic idea and then add some of their own touches. Since it is a woman, the pants are switched out with a skirt. This is fine, except what is holding all the straw in. With the cut of some shirts, you are wondering what is holding other things in.

Men Scarecrow Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Men Scarecrow Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Scarecrow Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Scarecrow Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Jack Haley as Tin Man
Jack Haley as Tin Man

Tin Man

To create a Halloween costume like the outfit worn by Jack Haley would be very expensive and difficult to move in, so designers used their creativity to make a close representation. For men, this consisted of a full body silver suit, that with some slight modifications could also be used for a spaceman costume. The funnel hat, ax and sometimes heart let people know this is the Tin Woodman of Oz. The female Tin Woman had the largest variety of costume designs for characters in the Wizard of Oz. The silver color is kept, but the design teams took a lot of liberties with everything else. Instead of pants, knee high and thigh high boots were the preference to cover the lower half of the body. The mini skirts and dresses sure are not doing the job. While Tin Man costumes are baggy, Tin Woman costumes are form fitting. The bosom in all the costumes is cut low enough that there is no question where the heart should go. The classic funnel hat looks nothing like the movie. There was an attempt to make them look more feminine. While sometimes this was done with a ribbon, other times it looks more like a dunce cap.

Men Tin Man Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Men Tin Man Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Tin Man Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Tin Man Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Bert Lahr as Cowardly Lion
Bert Lahr as Cowardly Lion

The Cowardly Lion

Bert Lahr’s costume was made from real lion skin and weighed 90 pounds, so making an authentic Cowardly Lion costume for Halloween is a little impractical. (You’re welcome PETA.) Men can buy almost any lion Halloween costume with their head replacing the face and say they are the Cowardly Lion. Women can do the same thing, but the lion costumes marketed to them show a lot more than their face. In fact, their design will probably make it difficult for many people to just focus on the face.

Men Cowardly Lion Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Men Cowardly Lion Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Cowardly Lion Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Cowardly Lion Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Margaret Hamilton as Wicked Witch of the West
Margaret Hamilton as Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked Witch

There is no shortage of witch Halloween costumes. These classical characters have been a staple of Halloween and its mass commercialization. Since many of these costumes are sold as “sexy” witches, I was surprised that more liberties were not taken in their design. However, these Wicked Witch Halloween costumes stick pretty close to the garb worn by Margaret Hamilton. They tend to add green to what should be an all black fabric, but green is closely associated with the Wicked Witch of the West. The one short skirt costume is nothing compared to what other witch costumes try to get away with.

Wicked Witch of the West Halloween Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Wicked Witch of the West Halloween Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Flying Monkey
Flying Monkey

Flying Monkey

There were only two flying monkey Halloween costumes available for either men or women. They were a full body grey monkey suit, with a blue and red vest. The only option available was the full monkey mask or to use your own face. The hat size goes with whichever costume you pick. All other flying monkey costumes were for dogs.

Men Flying Monkey Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Men Flying Monkey Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch
Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch

Glinda the Good Witch

The Glinda Halloween costumes get you thinking about the whole mentality of costume design. It is understandable that Billie Burke’s fairy costume would not be practical for people to wear on Halloween. The huge hoop dress and gigantic shoulder ruffles would make maneuvering in a crowded environment next to impossible. The tall tiara crown would make any doorway a challenge. For Halloween, there is one simple puffy dress that has slightly exaggerated shoulders.. By eliminating the hoop it becomes a very practical costume. However, the other two costumes look like something that would be worn at a gentlemen’s club or in the boudoir. The fascinating thing is that all the Wicked Witch costumes are very close to the movie, but the good witch has more wicked options for her clothing choices.

Glinda The Good Witch Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Glinda The Good Witch Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Frank Morgan as The Wizard of Oz
Frank Morgan as The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard

Frank Morgan wore a dark green suit. Once he stepped out from behind the curtain, his colors were very muted and not very flashy. Wizard Halloween costumes like to lighten up the shade of green and sometimes add a little bit more color. Of course a nice suit just won’t work for a Halloween costume, so they tend to be more cartoonish in their design.

The Wizard Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
The Wizard Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Lollipop Guild
Lollipop Guild

Munchkins

The Munchkins and their Lollipop Guild were the first glimpse that audience saw of Oz. With those initial images burned into people’s memories, it is no surprise that Munchkin Halloween Costumes are fairly close to the movie versions. They are obviously not made of high quality fabric or as detailed, but people know who these costumes are supposed to represent, no matter what their size. Of course, the ballerina Munchkin could also be from a Dr. Seuss book, but we won’t split hairs.

Men Munchkin Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Men Munchkin Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Munchkin Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz
Women Munchkin Costumes from the Wizard Of Oz

Image Sources

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.

Thank You

Wizard of Oz (screen shots)

www.imdb.com

http://www.halloweencostumes.com

http://www.spirithalloween.com/

http://www.halloweenexpress.com/

www.ebay.com

http://www.yandy.com

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      • Geekdom profile imageAUTHOR

        Geekdom 

        4 years ago

        Good Luck! I hope it helps you find your unique spin on Halloween.

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        Anna Christie 

        4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

        Will take a look at this hub I'm writing a few hubs on Halloween as well. Am following yours. Toya

      • Geekdom profile imageAUTHOR

        Geekdom 

        4 years ago

        Thanks. What do you mean likeness?

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        Robert Wilkinson 

        4 years ago from Huntington NY

        Ha! Awesome, how did you notice the likeness?

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