Generic Superhero Costumes for Halloween, Why Not?
Marvel and DC comics have completely taken over the superhero category in the Halloween industry leaving very little room for generic superhero costumes. Even within each company’s fictional comic book universe, only a handful—out of thousands—of branded superheroes “makes it big.” DC clearly capitalizes on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, their respective villains and maybe a few other characters, but most never leave the comic book/animated realm. Marvel has managed to take it a bit further through films like The Avengers and the X-Men franchise which allow for an expanded cast to be featured as costumes, but even then, that is only a tiny fraction of the total characters within each universe. So in costumes, all we get is the usual recurring stars, and even though superhero costumes are probably the most sought after Halloween outfits year after year, it can get monotonous seeing 50+ different renditions of Spider-Man in a 5 year span.
It’s tough trying to be truly original on Halloween if you aim to dress up as a comic book character, but a generic superhero costume may be just the answer to the lackluster pattern of Halloween trends. The Huffington Post event has a whole section on their site dedicated to articles that promote creative Halloween costumes. There is no shame in separating yourself from the heavily commercialized superhero genre as presented by the comic book movie industry. There are many generic superhero costumes available that don’t have any ties to major franchises and still make you look just as— if not more—heroic than the regurgitated pop culture driven trends. Another great benefit is that, like in medicine, generic simply means that it gets the job done without you getting suckered into paying high prices for the same results. At the end, all you really want out of your costume is that it makes you look good, feel cool and if you are daring enough, be original. We put together a list of generic costumes that do all these things. If you are considering going into uncharted territory this Halloween, here are some costumes that will help you become a hero without corporate ties.
Super Dude Mask:
(Product # WC44136)
You can’t get more generic than the Super Dude mask. The mask alone is technically a costume because you don’t need much else to complete a generic look, unlike a branded character whose suit must match the mask. He’s super, he’s a dude, that’s all you need to know and all you need to be original. The overly chiseled jaw of this mask is a signature of the classic branded superhero but no one can stop you from borrowing the traits of a classic comic book stud.
Super Mom and Super Dad
(Product #s WC44675 and WC44676)
Ignoring the fact that these two represent classic stereotypical gender roles, the Super Mom and Super Dad costumes are pretty cool if you think about the many things that working parents can accomplish for their families. Moms and dads are always the best role models and worthy of being called heroes to some. These generic costumes pay homage to the super parents of the world without compromising their cool factor with cheapness.
Red and Blue Superhero Kids’ Costume Set
(Product # WC53635, WC53636)
Superhero suits are especially popular among kids—the most impressionable minds. Seeing Batmans, Supermans and Spidermans, etc., flood the neighborhood when trick-or-treating is pretty cool, until you realize the lack of thought and originality these costumes represent. What better way for a kid to exercise his creativity and learn a lesson on leadership? The red and blue superhero costume is so generic that it leaves your child no option but to develop his own brand of superhero; one that stands out of the crowd and shows that he or she does not have to settle for what pop culture dictates. As Psychology today mentioned in an article on the subject, children are becoming less creative as a result of limitation in freedoms—much like the limited choices when it comes to Halloween superhero costumes.
(Product # WC51975)
Much like the generic superhero costume mentioned above, the Super Gal will inspire a young girl to become her own kind of superhero. While many generic superhero costumes heavily resemble popular Marvel and DC outfits, the Super Gal suit holds its own when it comes to style with a contrasting blend of purple and green and accentuated outlines to make her look like she is in fact part of a comic book storyboard. The story behind this hero is all up to her.
Hoopster Superhero Costume
(Product # WC52940)
Who is the Hoopster, you ask? He is a crime fighting machine with the uncanny ability to make people laugh based on his sheer appearance alone; that is in fact, his only superpower! “Laughter is the best medicine” for a boring costume—and you know how boring cookie cutter superheroes can get. The hoopster is a breath of fresh air to the Halloween world. It plays the role of a hero who let his waist go a bit beyond that expected of an agile crime-fighter, but he clearly has not given up as he suits up to take on the world.
Generically Sexy Superheroes
(Product #s WC5025, WC39368, WC52400, WC4804, WC23467)
[In order] What do the Sexy Bandida, The Super Woman (not to be confused with DC’s Superwoman), Stardust Warrior, the Sexy Hero, and the Feline Femme Fatale have in common? They are all head turners; you’ll get double takes from every angle. “Who’s that?” they’ll say, “what superhero is she supposed to be?” You are you, and the best version of you that you know. Generic superheroes are especially welcomed when paired up with sexiness. Halloween is a holiday that brings out the sexy side of ladies who look to be admired for their stunning looks. Sexy costume ideas from popular online outlets will be all over social media this Halloween, but will they promote uniqueness? Who needs the distraction of a licensed logo on your chest? Unbranded sexy superhero costumes keep the focus on whatever made up superhero you claim to be.
Generic as Can Be
While some of the generic superhero costumes mentioned in this article are ready to wear straight out of the package, some others are like a blank canvas for you to make whatever you wish out of them. They are purposely made with less detail that others to give you a truly generic look that you can customize to your liking and help you create a superhero almost from scratch. Don’t let your creativity go to waste; make the most of it with generic superhero costumes.