Pirate Halloween Costume

Pirates are popular in modern culture as they are often portrayed in novels and movies as romantic adventurers, rather then then the brutal men and women they were. None the less, it makes for a popular Halloween costume. Here's how to get things started:

Kids Pirate

If your kid is going to be a pirate for Halloween, first thing he's going to need is tattered clothes that can fit a small frame. Keep an eye out especially for the stereotypical red-and-white striped long-sleeved shirts that pirates always seem to wear.

You can either dig through piles of clothes at the thrift store, or you can buy a pre-made pirate costume, but there is something to be said about making it yourself, since it would be unique. You can get a three-cornered pirate hat, but a red bandanna would get your point across, too. Try to get something with a skull and crossbones on it. You might also want to get an eye patch to complete the look.

Pirates have to look pretty, too! In this case, though, you'll mostly want to go for some fake stubble. Sparsely rub some brown or black makeup on your kid's chin until it looks like a 5 (or 10) o'clock shadow. Depending on how you feel about introducing your kid to fake weapons, a 15th century-style revolver or a saber can be a great accessory for a kid's pirate costume. Just make sure that they're clearly plastic, of course. You don't want to scare the neighbors!

Men's Pirate

If you want to go for a simplicity, wear a black and white shirt, a skull cap, bandana or headband. Be sure to include a fake sord to complete your pirate look. For a scruffy look stop shaving a few weeks before Halloween.

• Captain Hook

If you want something more elaborate, there are few popular pirate captains that have been seen in movies to consider. First of all, there is captain Hook a fictional character that appears in Peter Pan. As the name suggests he is known for the left hook that serves him as a hand. In the right hand he usually uses a thin sword (you can easily find a this in a Halloween store). Hook sports a red velvet frock coat and a large red pirate hat. Be sure to wear classic black shoes or boots to complete the outfit.

• Jack Sparrow

Another popular Halloween costume for men is Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie, Pirates of The Caribbean. Sparrow wears a classical pirate costume, but there are two details that you should pay attention to; the hairstyle and facial hair and the hat/bandana. You don't have to buy a pirate's hat because Sparrow usually wears a red bandana.

When it comes to facial hair it is a good idea to grow beard and brad into dreadlocks. If you don't have long hair you can buy artificial dreadlocks. Don't hesitate to use discreet makeup because captain Sparrow is fond of it.

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