Dark Halloween Costumes
The Purge Halloween Costume Ideas
"This is not a test. This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government... "
Often, there is no better idea for a Halloween costume than a character from a massively successful horror film franchise. If you're ready to blow everyone away for Halloween, check out these do-it-yourself costumes and props inspired by The Purge series.
The first part of any successful Purge inspired Halloween costume is definitely the mask. Of course, you can buy most of these masks at your local Halloween store, but that takes the fun out of making them yourself.
American Flag MaskOne of the most famous masks from the series is the American flag mask - a white mask with the colors of the United States of America spray-painted on, to honor the tradition of the purge in which murder and mayhem is legal for 12 hours.
For this one, you'll need a plain white mask, some face paint (red, white, black, and blue) and some fake blood. You start by painting red and white stripes vertically along the mouth. Next, you paint dark black circles around the eye portion of the mask, followed by painting the top of the mask blue and adding white stars throughout. Feel free to get creative with fake blood in order to increase the horror factor of your mask. So as to not detract from the mask, we recommend just wearing black jeans and a black t-shirt for this one.
Statue of Liberty MaskAnother popular mask from the series is the Statue of Liberty Mask - an ominous take on America's own Lady Liberty. To start, you'll need two shades of green face paint. Next, paint your entire face dark green. Be sure to use neon green paint to draw two X's across your eyes. To make it seems as though your mouth has been sewn shut, use the neon green paint to draw a horizontal line with small vertical lines on it just below your mouth. Complete the outfit with a statue of liberty foam crown. Feel free to get creative with a light green dress to finish off the costume.
Man In The Suit MaskFinally, we have perhaps the most terrifying of all the Purge characters: The man in the suit. Of course, the attire for this costume is rather simple - a plain suit and tie. The mask for this costume is largely up to your own discretion. In the films, the villain wears a Caucasian flesh-colored mask. Next, you want to use white and red paint to draw a gaping smile. Then use brown paint to draw eyebrows. Feel free to get creative with some fake blood on the mask as well.
WeaponsOf course, any Purge character needs a potent weapon. For a prop knife, I recommend getting thick cardboard and drawing on the shape of the knife you'd like to use and subsequently cutting it out. Next, paint the handle portion of the fake knife brown and the blade silver. This is a cheap and easy way to make a theatrical knife and save you from buying one.
You can use this cardboard cutout and paint method for any type of weapon you so choose. To make a gun, simply draw the type of gun (handgun, machine gun etc.) on to the cardboard, carefully cut it out, and add detail with paint. Guns and knives are the two most common weapons used in The Purge and therefore pair well with any of the costumes outlined above. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May God be with you all!