Halloween lives with our reader costume rundown
Hundreds of readers submitted photos to our 2010 Halloween costume gallery. We tapped Style scribes Robin Givhan and Hank Stuever to pick their favorite reader costumes. Below, our judges sound off on what they liked most about some of their picks.
"Zombie Disney Family," submitted by user 'bracklee'
Robin: The Zombie Disney Family expertly taps into the ambivalence we -- I -- feel towards the fantasy of happy, happy times in the Magic Kingdom. There's something soulless about that big-eyed, four-fingered rodent. Zombie Disney Family exploits that with glee.
Hank: This family brings together several ingenious ideas: the zombie craze and a nicely twisted notion that a day at Disney World can go horribly, horribly wrong. I think it works on several levels: It's disturbing, it's well executed, and the little princess is a cutie even as one of the undead. Bloody Mickey Mouse brings it all together. I like to think he bit them, infected them, and now they're coming for the rest of us.
Pre-Nuptial Agreement, anyone?
Bitter Bride, submitted by user 'dasmouth'
Robin: The Bitter Bride plays with the same tension as the Disney family and gets major props for recycling her own wedding gown.
Hank: She smartly turned her own wedding dress into a bloody, moldy nightmare. She wears it well.
Dead Poets Society
'Deadgar Allan Poe" submitted by user 'oinkoinkmeow'
Robin: Deadgar Allan Poe brings classical elegance to the undead genre.
Hank:Literate, spooky, forevermore.
If I Was Your (Wonder) Woman
Wonder Woman, submitted by user 'sakpatt'
Robin: Wonder Woman has fine attitude and does not rely solely on the sex appeal of a superhero costume involving a bustier.
Hank:Many have tried, but not everyone can wear a Wonder Woman outfit. I should know.
Avatar Duo, submitted by user 'jaileen605'
Robin: The Avatar twins get a nod because of superior execution. They look positively radioactive.
Hank: If you're going to turn Halloween into Comic-Con, then you better do it well, like these two.
Bubble Bath and Rubber Ducky, submitted by user 'ErinXC7'
Robin: Bubble Bath and Rubber Ducky also receive special mention because their concept is so charmingly familiar but also a challenge that surpasses glue guns and duct tape.
Hank: Sometimes simple ideas make for the best costumes.
| November 5, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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