In the past five years I really have seen a wide spectrum of costume exhibits from the big and small screen, here are some of my all time favourites from the eclectic worlds of fantasy, fairytale, sci-fi and comic books. Hopefully one of these ten supercool outfits from my archives will help guys choose their Halloween look, or at the very least inspire you, for this year's festivities.
I love the rich purple colour, overblown shoulders and embroidered family crest of this tongue-in-cheek regal costume designed by Mona May.
In addition to the sexy Silk Spectre II outfit, I really loved this Nite Owl II costume the most, which is worn in the movie by Patrick Wilson. The whole ensemble is obviously an homage to Batman, although being coppery brown you can see the detail on this superhero costume much more than on the black bat-suits.
If you like this costume, be sure to also check out Ozymandius, Rorschach and The Comedian's movie costumes from Watchmen designed by Michael Wilkinson.
I can't help but think that the bat-suit looks really heavy, so it's amazing that the actors can move around in these bulky costumes, let alone film whole action sequences in them.
I much prefer this update on the classic red, yellow and red caped costume than the recent darker version costume that Henry Cavill wore as Superman in Man of Steel. I think it's because of my belief that superheroes should be allowed to wear their underwear over their tights, it's how they were conceived and drawn for decades and I'm totally able to suspend my disbelief about the impracticality of it, because to me it signifies an iconic superhero design.
If you're a fan of the character, be sure to check out even more costumes and props from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, including cool 'Tamina' and 'Nazim' costumes.
I saw this Chuck Keehne designed costume on display at the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the D23 Expo 2011 in Anaheim, California.
If you like this outfit and weapon props, you really check out these other costumes and battle armours from Prince Caspian designed by Isis Mussenden on display at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in September 2010.
If you like this outfit, be sure to check out Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter battle costume where he sported a kilt, plus other fabulous original costumes from Alice in Wonderland.
I know the set was first exhibited at San Diego Comic-Con, but I was lucky enough to see it later at Disneyland before the movie opened earlier this summer. I think I love this design so much as I've always wondered how Tony Stark could possibly keep a bulky high-tech suit of armour in a briefcase, but this special version really helped make it seem feasible.
If none of the outfits featured here are your cup of tea, maybe you should also take a look at these 10 Halloween costume ideas for men inspired by the film and TV exhibits I've seen in the last twelve months.
Happy hunting whether you hire, buy or make your own Halloween look, and be sure to come back soon for even more cool film costumes and props on display.