Any actor can tell you that it’s always fun to play a movie villain. Sadly, most of us can only do this for Halloween, by dawning a scary costume and stepping in the 100% polyester clothes, if not the shoes of our favorite bad guy or girl. If you’re after a new cosplay costume there are some things to take note off to ensure that you make the right impression. The thing must be good quality, but also cheap enough not to warrant calling yourself a “professional” cosplayer.
Disguise Women’s Disney Maleficent
This one’s both elegant and evil, with enough inserts to keep faithful to Disney’s character from either the titular film or 1940s Sleeping Beauty, while also clean and slender for a slick look. It consists of a headpiece, a black gown with bell sleeves and a brooch.
Made out of 100% polyester, it’s been found to be fairly good quality, but not safe for machine washing due to the sculpted shoulders. It should be paired with a staff for a complete evil wizard look, and maybe with a separate turban thrown in, as a small number of customers didn’t find it to their liking.Buy from Amazon.com for ($47.84)
Rubie’s Nightmare On Elm Street
Freddy Krueger’s tattered sweater, with patches of burnt flesh showing, is an integral part of his whole iconic look. This costume from Rubie’s only consists of that and a mask, claw, and hat of consistent texture and color should be bought separately.
People appreciate the remarkable level of detail which the latex inserts that make up the “burnt flesh” offer, and these seem to stay in place well enough for occasional use on Halloween or other occasions but don’t expect to be able to machine wash this. It ranges in size from extra small 33-36 to extra large 44-46.Buy from Amazon.com for ($31.77)
Rubie’s It The Movie Pennywise
This is a deluxe costume of the famous evil clown from the first It movie, but can just as well be used for a non-specific evil clown character, for scaring little children at Halloween parties and whatnot, although the additional cost for an officially licensed product might not justify it.
It consists of a jumpsuit with a vest and collar, a half-mask with attached wig and a pair of white gloves. Customers were happy to find that the suit fits just as it does in the movie, meaning fairly large and it should be paired with clown shoes for an authentic look.Buy from Amazon.com for ($44.99)
Rubie’s Men’s Beetlejuice Deluxe
Another deluxe costume from the official licenser Rubie’s, this offers the level of authenticity and quality you would expect from the price. It’s made of thick polyester so that it looks like a suit, has a dickie with an attached tie, and believable lapels (they don’t flap around like on cheaper versions).
Since it’s a men’s suit, some attention would be required to find the right sizing, which ranges from standard to extra large. A chart provided by the manufacturer should be consulted for this, as the costumes are not sized the same way as regular clothing.Buy from Amazon.com for ($35.95)
Rubie’s Men’s Friday The 13th Jason
Although considering the twist at the end of the first or second movie this should be a middle-aged women’s costume, the Friday the 13th outfit from Rubie’s should fit men from sizes X-Small to X-Large, according to the manufacturer’s own chart, which should be consulted before purchase.
It consists of a one-piece fabric top, meaning a tattered shirt and jacket which are sewn together, and the iconic hockey mask, made from molded plastic. All of it should be cleaned by hand, as the polyester used for the shirt won’t hold well to the rough and tumble of a washing machine.Buy from Amazon.com for ($21.46)
Rubie’s Dark Knight Rises Bane
No one cared about you until you put on the mask, a polyester mask in this case, featuring prints to make it look like what Bane is wearing in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. You won’t get just that, however, but a whole jumpsuit, with printed harness, clothes details and muscles.
There are no inserts to make the wearer look bulkier because this is a budget solution, but a big boy (for you) in size XL won’t probably need these anyway. Sizes go as low as the medium, which corresponds to 42 inches over the chest.Buy from Amazon.com for ($44.27)
Rubie’s Star Wars Child’s Darth Vader
No list of villains would be complete without the iconic Darth Vader, and this costume from Rubie’s will allow your child to play the most famous dark lord of the Sith for Halloween. It contains a cape, a jumpsuit, a molded plastic mask, gloves, boot covers and a cloth belt for adjustments.
In the budget range for a Rubie’s costume, the material is pretty thin, so it might not be that well suited for trick or treating in a northern area unless you don’t mind bulking it up with additional clothing.Buy from Amazon.com for ($21.99)
Rubie’s Batman’s The Dark Knight Deluxe Children’s
The Joker character from The Dark Knight seems to be more popular right now than the classic comic and animated series figure and this costume depicting it gained good appreciation on several retail sites.
Made from 100% polyester thick enough to imitate actual suit material, this consists of pants, a one-piece top with attached jacket and vest, together with a plastic molded joker mask. Unlike most other Rubie’s costumes, this appears to be true to size, but a chart should be consulted before purchasing just in case.Buy from Amazon.com for ($24.9)
Dreamgirl Women’s Dalmatian Diva
If you want to look like a Cruella DeVille this Halloween without having to kill any dalmatians for their fur, this 100% polyester outfit from Dreamgirl might be the way to go! Besides a tight fit dress, it also features a red vinyl sash to go around your waste.
Most slender women who’ve tried it found it to be quite flattering, although the material seems a little on the thin side. It is available in all sizes, from small to extra large and it also comes with a bone accessory to mimic Cruella’s purse. It’s probably worth considering if you’ve loved the 101 Dalmatians movies.Buy from Amazon.com for ($39.57)
Smiffy’s Men’s Hannibal Costume
One of the most iconic 90s movie villains, the image of an incarcerated Hannibal Lecter, with a straight jacket and face mask become ingrained in the minds of a whole generation of moviegoers. While this costume might not feature the best mask available out there, the orange jumpsuit and straight jacket are fairly good quality, the last one detachable and thin enough for comfort.
However, this only seems to be found in only one size, a large, but it might fit a smaller man due to the fact that the straight jacket allows adjustments to be made.Click to see the price on Amazon!
How to find a cool villain costume
The recent rise in popularity of superhero movies has also generated a new appreciation trend for their dark counterparts. The hero may be the winner in the end, but nothing stands out better in the crowd at a Halloween party than a villain costume.
Should you wish to portray such a character, you are in luck: the choosing spectrum is vast so that you are not limited to only one dastardly species. Superhero movies aside, let us not forget that the history of cinematography has an extremely wide array of negative characters to choose from. With such a prolific marker, it may be difficult to decide which one you would wish to portray, let alone find the best one.
On the other hand, the whole process can be rewarding, given that Halloween is the best occasion to test the limits of your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity. What better opportunity to dress up as your favorite villain and impress or even scare your family or friends? So waste no time and dive into our guide for buying the best villain costumes for Halloween, which we have conceived as a handy tool to spare you from wasting your precious time searching for tips.
How we choose the coolest villains costumes
To make it simple, deciding on whom you want to dress up as for Halloween should begin with your appeal for one or another villain who left a deep impression upon you. After you decide who you want to be, you can start by browsing villain costumes reviews on the Internet in search for your perfect outfit.
Don’t hesitate to compare Halloween costumes for guys, so that you can also determine what would look best on you. Based on these reviews, you can end up making the right choice for your villain costume. Should you choose to look for such a costume in the real world, as it were, a good tip we can give you is to look out for when superhero movies come to cinemas in your town; this is usually preceded by an aggressive marketing campaign of which you can take advantage by purchasing the villain’s outfit.
This can happen rarely, but if you’re lucky to make such a purchase, you’ve got yourself a licensed product which is most likely well-made and very close to the costume worn by the actor who portrays the said villain. There is also the option to buy the materials necessary to make the villain’s outfit. If you’re looking in the for sale section, always keep in mind the size and quality of the material. The local store can provide you with at least a decent range of prices and quality options you can choose from.
How often and where will you wear a villain costume?
When and wherever you want! You’re a villain; you can do anything you please! Jokes aside, don’t expect to get much wear value out of a costume which portrays a villain. This statement is mostly true when you think of villains as superhero antagonists, because if we refer to villains in non-superhero or non-fantasy flicks, the investment of putting together an outfit portraying a villain may be worth it in terms of wearability.
In thrillers or dramas the negative character normally wears a regular everyday wardrobe, the particularity making him recognizable being perhaps a certain facial feature, such as a mustache, a beard, a scar, etc. Of course, strongly resembling the actor portraying the villain also helps in these kinds of situations.
Getting the proper fit and style right
In order to better convey the credibility and, why not, fearsomeness of the villain you choose to portray, your overall appearance should be as close as possible to that the character. Needless to say, good villain costumes have to be well-fitted and respect the age, weight, and height of the wearer; comfort can be an option you can take advantage of as well, especially if you wish to make the costume yourself.
Which villain should you be?
As mentioned before, the list you can choose from is almost endless: the Joker from Batman, Lex Luthor from Superman, Loki from Thor, Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (complete with beard, fake or not), the Terminator from Terminator 1, all of James Bond’s antagonists, all of Iron Man’s antagonists and so on.
You can also opt to portray an ordinary villain, in terms of dress and appearance of normality, but this is trickier, given that the persons you meet on Halloween night won’t immediately (if at all) recognize the character you’re supposed to be.
Also, when you tell them who you portray and they don’t know the corresponding movie, the impact you hope to make won’t occur at all. Therefore, choosing to portray a villain who is easily recognizable makes a more significant impression and is generally safer than being passionate about a particular villain who doesn’t stand out by his outfit. And we all know how Halloween is all about appearance.
Almost no villain would be as imposing and commanding without his specific accessory: think Stavro Blofeld (James Bond) and his cat, Loki and his staff, the Joker’s gadgets, and so on. The credibility factor we mentioned above would greatly be increased by incorporating these accessories into the wardrobe of your villain’s costume. So don’t think twice about doing it.
Choosing to be a villain on Halloween is undoubtedly a thrilling and rewarding experience, especially for kids, but also for adults who sometimes like to connect with their inner child and love a well-constructed negative character.
That is not to say good guys are not impressive or that portraying them brings perhaps too much of a particularly positive and optimistic vibe to a celebration meant to accentuate the darker side of human nature.
While the good guys’ outfits generate diversity to the said celebration, being a villain on Halloween is usually more exciting and mysterious, breaking with the traditional standard of being a zombie, a ghost or a skeleton during this time of the year. So have fun being evil and naughty!