Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens isn't due in theaters until December, but fans are already ready to declare it as the greatest movie of the year. Some prognosticators are even predicting that the film could become the most successful movie ever financially, due to the unprecedented amount of hype surrounding its release. A lot of the excitement for the film has to do with the return of several of the original Star Wars characters, like Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, who haven't been featured in a Star Wars film since 1983's Return of the Jedi. But in addition to the old favorites, the movie also promises a bunch of new characters who are set to inspire a whole other generation of fans. And it's these characters who just might end up making a Star Wars: The Force Awakens group Halloween costume the hottest of the year.
So, who are these new characters you and your friends are going to be dressing up as? Well, there's Finn, the reformed Stormtrooper and Jedi-in-training played by John Boyega. There's his P.I.C., Rey, who's a scavenger portrayed by Daisy Ridley. Oscar Isaac is the galaxy's greatest pilot and the third cog in the new good guy triumvirate, Poe Dameron. Girls' Adam Driver plays the main antagonist, Kylo Ren, who is said to be a Darth Vader fanboy, and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie is baddie Captain Phasma, who looks poised to be the next mystery-fueled fan favorite à la Boba Fett. So how does one go about putting these epic costumes together? Thankfully, you won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away. Here's what you'll need.
As fans learned in the most recent trailer, Finn wields a lightsaber in this film. But other than that must-have accessory, he pretty much just dresses like your average Brooklynite in the fall.
Built-In Flex Slim Jeans, $32, Old navy
Rey dresses in mostly loose-fitting wraps, so you can get creative with fabric and make your own costume if you're a seamstress, or pair an extra large shawl with some capri joggers if you're not. As for accessories, Rey has the greatest of all: Her adorable droid pal, BB-8.
Liz Claiborne Wrap Poncho, $48, JC Penney
Roudelain Vintage Wash Capri Jogger Sweatpants, $38, Lord and Taylor
Medieval Double Wrap Belt and Scabbard, $18, The Costumer
Sphero BB-8, $150, Sphero
— sure, it's a bit more expensive, and if you're not a superfan, you can probably do without. But if you're really into the costumes, it might be worth the splurge.
Poe is a fighter pilot, so he dresses... like a fighter pilot. A helmet, vest, and coveralls should get the point across.
Kobwa Mens Ultralight Sleeveless Down Vest Parka Jacket, $15, Amazon
Motorcycle Scooter Helmet Air Force Jet Pilot Flight Double Lens, $36, Bang Good
You'll have to go with a store-bought mask if you want to get the look right, but as for the rest of the costume, just remember that black is the new black. Oh, and you're gonna need a three-pronged lightsaber, that goes without saying.
Kylo Ren 1/2 Helmet, $8, Halloween Costume
Kylo Ren Lightsaber, $15, Halloween Costume
Short Black Hooded Cape, $6, Block Buster Costumes
Phasma might end up being the most awesome character in the entire movie, but unless you're some sort of cosplay wiz, you're better off just buying her costume. The costume that, mind you, is proudly gender-neutral.
And there it is, everything you need to have a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Halloween. Of course, if your group is larger than five characters you can always dip into the pool of classic Star Wars characters, but that's a post for another time and galaxy.
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