Top 10 Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults and Kids

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Halloween will be here before you know it, and with it comes a full range of new costume inspirations. This year was all about good and evil. From popular criminals such as Walter White and the “Orange is the New Black” cast to superheroes such as Captain America and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is a costume for every spooky soul out there at any age. Get in the Halloween spirit and check out our top five picks for adults and for children.


For the Adults


“Orange is the New Black”

Ladies, throw out that old black witch costume sitting in your closet and go for something a little more orange this Halloween. Thanks to the hit TV show “Orange is the New Black,”a prisoner’s uniform never looked so chic.


Walter White

For those men who have a tendency to break the rules, we challenge you to be Walter White this year. This HazMat suit and Mask costume is the perfect ode to the hate-to-love character from “Breaking Bad.”


“The Walking Dead”

Nothing says Halloween like rising from the dead. Pay tribute to the scary holiday with your best Rick Grimes and Michonne impressions from “The Walking Dead.”

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“Game of Thrones”

Whether you plan on conquering your enemies or traveling to a great city on Oct. 31, you will definitely need these perfectly replicated costumes. For all the “Game of Thrones” fans, this is your chance to live like one of your favorite characters.


“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Halloween is all about fantasy —step into an alternate universe and save the day as a character from the popular Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”There are many guardians to choose from, such as Gamora or Star-Lord.

For the Kids



While the movie has been out for almost a year, kids just can’t seem to “Let It Go.”They’ve memorized the songs, now your children play the beloved characters from Disney’s “Frozen”this Halloween, from Olaf to Elsa to Anna and more.

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Maleficent/Sleeping Beauty

Play up your bad side as Maleficent or be the sweet and innocent Aurora from the popular rendition of Sleeping Beauty that came out this year. Whichever side you choose, your child is sure to be noticed while trick-or-treating.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s no need to be afraid this Oct. 31 as long as the Ninja Turtles are on the streets. Let your child show their martial arts skills as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael or Donatello.

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Some of the more well-known superheroes will certainly take the stage this Halloween. Kids, get your spidey-senses going as The Amazing Spiderman or shine in red, white and blue as the great Captain America.


“The Lego Movie”

Another popular movie among the kiddos this year was “The Lego Movie,”which featured some hilarious and memorable characters. Girls can dress up as ninja Wild Child, while the boys can play Emmet, the construction worker.



Phoenix Fashion Week Recap: Part Two

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The Rocky Gathercole finale brought Avant Garde to Phoenix. Photo by Steve Yap.


The final night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort was all about drama and sparkle. Almost every collection that hit the runway had sequin embellishments and fashion-forward details. It was a fashionable night to remember, and we’re giving you all the designer highlights straight from the runway.



Chandler’s “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades” Exhibit

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Paying tribute to his last name, local vintage expert Robert Black went on a hunt for some of the most iconic and timeless little black dresses in United States. history. From Coco Chanel to Christian Dior to Moschino, every designer has created their own interpretation of the “LBD.”

The new “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades” exhibit at The Vision Gallery in Chandler takes guests through a timeline of the LBD from the 20’s to today. The collection took months to curate, even up to the last day, and includes looks from fashion houses in Paris, London, Los Angeles and more. Each era presented included five pieces that could easily be dressed up or down and worn today —the epitome of what a classic dress should do.


As you walk through the exhibit, not only will you see the dresses organized by era, but also the economic situations of that time and how it influenced fashion. Hemlines dropped and rose, shapes fluctuated between feminine and masculine, and fabrics varied depending on social classes.

Some of the most memorable pieces were a beautiful 20’s beaded black dress with red and gold embellishments, a fun feathered and black velvet dress from the 70’s, and an updated 80’s version of Travilla’s Marilyn Monroe dress in black.


Black incorporated local designers Joy Li, Galina Couture and Angela Johnson into his collection as well. He asked each designer to create their own interpretation of a LBD. Whether international or local, he chose designers who will still be talked about 50 years from now.  

The exhibit will run until Oct. 25 at The Vision Gallery in Chandler and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No woman would be caught without a LBD in her closet, thanks to Coco Chanel. Whether it’s a T-shirt dress, a shift dress, or made of jersey knit, the importance of it remains the same no matter what decade you’re in.

"One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress."

— Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director for Chanel


Arizona Foothills September 2014 Fashion Shoot: Day and Night

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As the fall season inches in, be ready to go from dashing daytime to the chicest nighttime in some of our most-wanted looks.

Fashion, hair, makeup and styling: Diane Aiello. Photography: Werner Segarra. Model: Ford/RBA. Location: Encanterra.

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Nicholas blush-color dress with split asymmetrical hem, $520. Intermix. Alexander McQueen De Manta clutch bag in powder, $450. Saks Fifth Avenue.


August Low-Fuss Fashion

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Look cool and collected in the heat of summer by choosing pieces with high style and low fuss.

Photographed by Ellen Barnes
Styling/Hair/Makeup by Diane Aiello
Location: Sanctuary on Camelback
Model: The Agency Arizona

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Cha Sor sequin shorts, $210. Nové Boutique. Parker cream-color sequin tank, $297. Saks Fifth Avenue.


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