Costume Ideas & Trends: You Better Get Ready To Dress Up

Halloween is still over a month away, but this is New Orleans, and after a little bit of a summer lull, the balls and festivities that require you to dress up are about to kick into high gear.

Dress Up Events You Don’t Wanna Miss

It all pretty much starts with Southern Decadence, which starts on August 30 and runs through September 3rd. This is one of the largest Gay events in New Orleans. Then, Krewe of Boo rolls on  October 20 though the Marigny , the French Quarter and the CBD. Another great event to dress up for is VooDoo Fest,  the musical gumbo that stirs together music, art, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans. VooDoo Fest starts on October 26 and runs through October 28. That same weekend you can show off your costume also at the Lazarus Ball which will be held on October 26. at The Hyatt Regency.  Anne Rice’ 300th Annual Vampire Ball, also held on October 26, is a another event you’ll need to find a costume for.

What To Wear

Keep in mind you can always upcycle and update costumes used for Mardi Gras and other events. You may not want to wear the exact same costume twice, so think about altering in a small way that makes a big impact. We have been doing some research and found some costume ideas that you will surely see out and about on Halloween this year. Since you probably do not want to break the bank by buying a costume, we have included some Do-It-Yourself tips.

Costume Ideas & Trends 2018

Black Panther

The main character from this year’s hit Marvel movie “Black Panther” surely will make an appearance on New Orleans’ streets and balls.  Of course, several retailers are offering versions of the outfit, T’Challa, the heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda is wearing, online. They are starting at about  $25 and up. To cut down on the cost, you could just buy the mask and make T’Challa’s bodysuit yourself. All you need are black tights and a tight black shirt and then you can draw or spray paint the iconic blueish vibranium markings on the fabric yourself. Cut out little white felt triangles and glue them to black gloves for claws. You could also use white felt triangles to make his talon necklace or you can head over to your favorite bead shop to see what accessories they offer.


BatwomanRight now Batwoman is getting a small screen makeover. The latest TV series about the female superhero will hit TV screens next year. The series, starring Ruby Rose, is already creating some buzz which means there will be Batwomen on the streets and parties in the coming months. Since the character has been around since the late 1950’s, you might still have an old costume somewhere hidden in your closet that would just need some updating. If not, again online retailers offer the costume between $20-$100. All you really need is a tight black suit, a broad red belt, of course the red cape and you could either get a bright red wig or dye your hair for the night. You could even fashion your own mask out of cardboard.


The video game with its boxy and somewhat pixelated characters was originally released in 2009 and has been gaining popularity ever since. That’s why many online retailers are selling various versions of the costume and its accessories. Prices vary starting at about $30. Making your own Minecraft costume could be a fun project. You’ll need cardboard boxes in different sizes and some paint. Cut holes for your arms on each side of the bigger box and use that as your “body”. Use another box as your head and you can even use longer boxes to cover your arms. Get several shades of blue or green or whichever character you like and start painting squares. Let’s just hope it does not rain when you are out and about in that costume.

Wonder Woman

“Wonder Woman” dominated the box office last summer and the sequel, “Wonder Woman II” is scheduled to be released at the beginning of November next year. The beloved DC Comics superhero had her first appearance in All Star Comics in 1941 which means generations of women have been dressing up as Wonder Woman and the trend is still going strong.  If you do not have an old costume somewhere laying around there are plenty of online retailers of even thrift shops that will have version of the iconic outfit. Short, tight blue pants, a broad golden belt, a red cape and the magic golden lasso are Wonder Woman’s trademarks.  Alternatively, you could use blue gym tights, spray paint an old belt and a piece of rope golden (magic lasso) and re-purpose an old red Christmas  tablecloth to make your cape.