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The Duke Of Halloween - A Look At Renaissance Costumes

May 4, 2008
While Halloween costumes are often associated with blood and gore, other people prefer to choose a costume with a happier tone. And if you love the romanticism of princes and princesses, a renaissance costume can be a great way to indulge this in an adult way. Plus, this adult Halloween costume can also do double duty at your next renaissance fair or Shakespearean festival.

A style the whole family can enjoy

Not all Halloween costumes work well for the entire family. For instance, many kids Halloween costumes are too juvenile for adults. It is hard to picture Dad dressing up as a Care Bear! Of course, the opposite is also true - many parents feel that adult Halloween costumes are too grotesque or scary for their little ones to don. And some couples feel that couples Halloween costumes usually favor one member of the couple of the other with their design. Not so with renaissance Halloween costumes!

With renaissance Halloween costumes, you can go with a theme for the entire family. Go as royalty or peasants or even a combination of both. You can purchase online Halloween costumes in all sizes from infant to plus size. This allows everyone in the family, from biggest to smallest, to join in the fun. Plus, since renaissance Halloween costumes are so popular, they are one of the few Halloween costumes that offer a wide range of choices in plus sizes.

Go for authenticity

The best renaissance Halloween costumes are those that have an authentic look to them. Unless you are a costume designer, this can be difficult to achieve on your own at home. Shopping for online Halloween costumes will help you find the most accurate and detailed costumes available.

Keep in mind as well that different countries had different styles of clothing. Thus, you may want to do your homework before deciding on a renaissance Halloween costume. For instance, the French renaissance wear had a lot more lace and ruffles than the Italians did. For consistency, especially if you are looking for couples Halloween costumes, it is important that everyone choose costumes from the same country. If you like the medieval feel but not sure what country to choose, you can also look into some of the more fantasy-based renaissance-style Halloween costumes. The recent popularity of fantasy movies has expanded costume options in this sub-genre as well.

Get inspired

Not sure where to get started with your renaissance Halloween costume? Try getting inspired. Renaissance theater is popular, so costume shops will often stock a variety of costumes to get you started. You can also attend a renaissance fair - many cities will offer these events. Many couples and families will attend in full renaissance costume, and they will sell costumes and accessories there as well. And of course, online Halloween costume vendors allow you to see a wide variety of costumes in order to find the one that you would like.

If this year you would like to trade your fangs in for finery, consider a renaissance Halloween costume as one of your options.
About the Author
Paul Hulse writes for the Costume online retailer www.incostume.com. Please visit their site for more information on Medieval and Renaissance Costumes.
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