This Halloween after six consecutive years of attending West Hollywood's Annual Halloween Carnaval festivities, I'll be missing the dressing up as I'll be on a plane to run the New York Marathon that same weekend. If I was looking for costume inspiration though, these ten outfits from the worlds of film and TV sci-fi, fantasy and super-heroics would be a good start.
I'm sure more than a few men will be rocking Star-Lord's signature Ravager look this Halloween, to accompany all the Gamora costumes do doubt and I love having the opportunity to see this short red leather jacket version of his outfit up close at ArcLight Sherman Oaks cinema in August this year.
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Tom Hiddleston's performance as Thor's wicked half-brother has been a real crowd pleaser at conventions and fan-favourite on the big screen, and it was a real treat to see this Loki movie costume from Thor: The Dark World on display in the foyer of ArcLight Sherman Oaks cinema last November.
Plus if you like this Asgardian outfit designed by Wendy Partridge, be sure to check out these original Odin, Frigga, Volstagg, Fandral and Lady Sif costumes from the Thor sequel on display.
This iconic costume was photographed on display at the Batman 75th Anniversary exhibit at Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour Museum in July this year alongside a multitude of other original costumes and props from all seven Batman movies to date. You can't go wrong with a classic creepy costume.
Even though his campy origin wasn't everyone's cup of tea in The Amazing Spider-man 2, his updated look designed by Deborah Lynn Scott was certainly super-villain chic. This original screen-used costume was photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema in April this year.
If you're a fan of suits of armour, you should also check out these Medieval fantasy costumes from 1981's Excalibur for more inspiration.
This television outfit worn by the Time Lord along with his war ravaged TARDIS from the 50th anniversary special, 'The Day of the Doctor', was photographed on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, Wales in December 2013.
If you like this dwarven ensemble designed by Ann Maskrey and photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema in December 2013, be sure to check out these original Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins costumes from The Hobbit movies too.
This was one of my favourite original costumes featured in the exhibition which included costumes, props and models from all seven Batman movies to date.
I came late to the party with Serenity, watching the Joss Whedon movie first without any knowledge of the Firefly TV series, then rushing out to buy and binge-watch the entire fourteen episodes of the sci-fi Western that was cancelled way too soon.
If these ten costumes spied at exhibits since last Halloween haven't provided enough inspiration, maybe you should check out these men's costumes ideas from film and TV from last year.
Don't delay to decide though, as time is ticking by for this year's festivities and finding your size or making something bespoke needs some time and thought. Whatever you settle on, be sure to have a blast.