The price of a quality scary Halloween costume averages between $20 for dresses and $75 for full costumes. On the lower end are cheap costumes that we’ve not featured for quality reasons. While there are several factors that determine the price of a Halloween costume, design and packaging play a big role.
If you’re looking for a full costume including a mask, bodysuit, gloves, and feet, you’ll pay more than you would for a hood, dress, or mask. Apart from the package, design also plays a huge role. A costume with lifelike details such as hair and skin costs more than a polyester-made costume.
Scary Halloween costumes are available in different sizes, designs, and materials, making it important to be clear about what you’re looking for. For instance, it’s good to have the weather in mind. You don’t want something that will be too warm or too cold.
Here are the important features that you should consider when shopping for a spooky Halloween costume:
- Gender and size
- Theme and design
- Durability and if it’s reusable
Let’s now discuss how these features affect construction and performance of a Halloween costume.
Construction and Design
When it comes to construction, the basic considerations are size, gender, and material. Scary Halloween costumes are available in a wide range of materials, depending on the type and design of a costume. For dresses, bodysuits, and hoods, polyester is the most widely used material. For those costumes requiring a lot of details, vinyl and plastic are used. Provided the quality and details are good, go with any of these materials. Material also plays a great role on how long the costume can last. If you’re looking for a costume you can wear for several years, choose a strong material that’s easy to clean and maintain.
Gender and Size
The other basic considerations are size and specified gender of the costume. While there are some costumes that are unisex, others are gender-specific. While deciding on gender is simple, picking the right size can be a tall order, especially because costume sizing and apparel sizing are different. To avoid frustrations, know your body size and pick the exact or a bigger size. Sometimes a bigger size is better than a small size, as you can customize it. As mentioned earlier, if you want a costume that you can wear to themed dressing parties, choose a design that isn’t Halloween-specific.
Theme and Design
Design is probably the most important consideration. The best thing is that you’ve endless options to choose from. From zombies to the latest trending designs. Some of the most popular designs and themes include 300, Army of Darkness, Beauty and the Beast, Fantastic Four, Friday the 13th, Jesters, Killer clowns, Hellboy, Michael Myers, Nightmare on Elm Street, Slipknot, World of Warcraft, among others. While it’s not a must, ask yourself if the design is popular and if people will connect.
Another important consideration is the weather. Is the costume weather-friendly and comfortable? How long can you wear it? If the weather will be cold, picking something warm and heavy (and vice-versa) is advised. Also, consider how easy it is to put on and take off—and if it’s a full costume, does it have openings to allow air circulation and avoid sweating? What about opening to allow you access to your pants’ or dress’s pockets? After deciding on the material and design, ask yourself if you want a group or a couple’s costume so that you get a matching pair.
Performance and Ease of Use
When it comes to performance, there are a few things to consider. First is if you’ll need matching accessories and clothing. The costume can only look good if you accessorize it with the right accessories. If you want to avoid the hassles, buy a complete costume. For instance, a zombie or Bigfoot costume won’t require any accessories. For a jumpsuit, check for the type of shoes, mask, gloves, and sword that you need and buy them.
Durability and Reusability
If you’re a do-it-yourself enthusiast, customize the costume to get your preferred look. You can add blood paintings or holes to make it scarier. You can even make your own design by purchasing different pieces and putting them together. If you don’t want a mask, consider scary Halloween makeup or fake wound drawings. When it comes to cleaning, it depends on the material. Check if it can be hand- or machine-washed and how you’re supposed to dry it.