I find that it helps to get inspired by music,particularly pop culture related tunes, when seeking the perfect costume and movies with a supernatural or fantasy theme(no matter how obscure) can provide a great playlist of tunes that offer plenty of off beat ideas:
RETRO VAMPIRE: Sure, the vampire genre has been done to death lately, but what about whipping an eighties or nineties version of a cheesy child of the night? One of the best examples comes from the 1985 Jim Carrey horror-comedy Once Bitten, where a high school student is given a silly seduction by ancient vampiress Lauren Hutton, whose favorite technique is biting off shirt buttons(I kid you not).
This movie not only has a dance-off at the high school Halloween party(providing a bounty of costume choices) with an appropriate song applied to the soundtrack, it has it's own specially written theme song, that makes for great background costume tryouts:
MTV PARODY: With the return of MTV Classic to the airwaves, nostalgia fans have much to rock and rejoice to. That includes actual music videos,along with many of them being parodied on old school shows such as Beavis and Butthead.
If you're looking for a fun,costume friendly video that has a parody edge to it, check out 1992's Stay Tuned, where one of the Hades created channels that hapless John Ritter falls into is "HTV". As he's being pursued by evil programmer Spike, our hero becomes the Prince inspired clad lead of a Salt N' Pepa video that mocks the genre with a playful groove:
One of my favorite characters from Blazing Saddles is Lilli Von Shtup, the world weary songstress who serenades the local bar patrons with her musical tribute to her romantic popularity,"I'm Tired". Another late great entertainer, Madeline Kahn brings her humorous all to this number as well as the right amount of slightly faded glamour to her stage ensemble:
While there's plenty of retro fifties outfits to draw inspiration from in this twisted modern monster movie, the true star is the monster. Audrey II may be a sweet talking leafy people eater but you can't deny the stage presence of this deviously fiendish fauna.
For those who love to make huge costumes, Audrey II is quite the prize and listening to "Mean Green Mother" while you work on that particular creation is a real bonus indeed:
So, if you're stuck on what to wear for Halloween, play a few movie tunes and before Party City has their clearance sale for the season, your muse should be ready with plenty of fine dress-up ideas.
After all, whether your soundtrack comes from Rocky Horror, Twilight or a Disney Channel movie, any good costume ought to have your toes tapping as you head out the door for a treat of a time: