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Planet Of The Apes Halloween Costume Ideas

The Planet of the Apes franchise just cannot be stopped. It all started back in 1963 with La Plante des Singes, written by Pierre Boulle and translated into English. As the book's popularity took off, it spawned the classic 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, which became a huge success.

Since then, there have been sequels, a television series, comic books, and even video games based on this world in which apes rule men. Today, fans still can't get enough. 2014 even saw a thrilling, CGI-packed follow up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Because Planet of the Apes has been popular for so long now, you'll be easily recognized if you show up at a Halloween party dressed as one of the franchise's simian stars. Here are some Planet of the Apes Halloween costume ideas that will help you stand out this October.

The basis of this kind of ape costume is going to be drab colors. The easiest way to put together the clothing for a Planet of the Apes costume is to go to your local military surplus store and find a long-sleeved olive green military shirt or jacket, as well as pants to match. You'll need boots in either black or a weathered green or brown.

An alternative look for this getup is a brown long-sleeved shirt paired with brown pants and boots. If you choose this, you'll need a brown leather vest and loves to complete the look. If you can find some kind of wide belt to sling across your shoulder, this will make it even better. As with the first costume style, check your military surplus store to see what you can accessorize your costume with.

Unless you are a Hollywood-level makeup artist or are really good friends with one, your best bet for the rest of your costume will be to find a Planet of the Apes mask to wear. If you can't find one in your local costume shop, there are many of them available from online costume retailers.

Since the facial features of the ape-men require multiple layers of special effects makeup that include hair, as well as getting rid of your human nose in favor of tiny ape nostrils, this is tough makeup to do by yourself and a mask really will give you the most bang for your buck.

If you're going to the party in a large group, why not have a few slave-humans in tow? The costumes for the apes' human prisoners are pretty basic: battered and torn brown clothing. Men can go shirtless and wear a pair of beaten-up, dirty pants. Blue jeans that have been cut off just above the knee, distressed, and muddied up will work.

Women will need similar distressed shorts and a brown tank top (or a formerly white one that has been dirtied up). To finish up the Planet of the Apes human costume look, all humans will need to don a brown leather dog collar so that their ape masters can keep them imprisoned all throughout the party.

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