Creative Halloween costumes ideas with the big-screen factor

Movies provide that pop-culture inspiration for Halloween costumes, and this year’s no different when it comes to what to dress up as.

Halloween is the stuff movies are made of, and this year we saw “Toy Story,” “Addams Family,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Aladdin” and “Lion King” hit the big screen. That means the little ones and big ones alike are going to want to dress like their favorite superhero, heroine, Disney princess or character come trick-or-treating time.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2018 survey, 68% off all Halloween shoppers will buy a costume, spending a total of about $3.2 billion on them. For buying costumes and other Halloween supplies, 45% of shoppers will visit discount stores and 35% will go to a specialty Halloween store or costume store.

Ready, set, action with these cinematic, creative Halloween costume ideas:

Addams Family: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and more are back in this first-ever animated film that hits the big screen just in time for Halloween. The macabre nature of this clan makes it ideal inspiration for this spooky time of year.

Toy Story: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Jessie and all the “Toy Story” favorites are back in this fourth and likely final installment in the popular Pixar series that began nearly 25 years ago. With so many likable familiar friends to pick from as well as new ones — hello, Forky — the possibilities are endless with this one. To infinity and beyond!

Mary Poppins: Disney’s 2018 Oscar-nominated “Mary Poppins Returns” reestablished our love affair with the beloved British nanny and the magic she brings. This classic tale that spans generations is a clear winner for Halloween with its cast of characters — Mary Poppins herself, Jack, the Banks family and countless chimney sweeps.

Cinderella: Be the belle of the ball with this Disney tale. Whether you go as the Fairy Godmother, evil stepmother, the prince or one of the stepsisters, you’ll get caught up in this romantic tale. Just don’t forget the glass slipper!

Breakfast Club: This classic from 1985 never goes out of style. With roles as the rebel, outcast, brain, athlete and princess, this John Hughes film provides the perfect inspiration for a group costume theme. Don’t you … forget about this one!

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