Friday, October 5, 2012

1960's and 1970's Science Fiction Halloween Costumes

There are a lot of wonderful costume ideas from the 1960's and 1970's in television and movie series.

A great number of high quality television shows and movies such as The Prisoner, The invaders, Marcus Welby MD, The Six Million Dollar Man, and much more, hailed from the 1960's and the 1970's. These series are an infinite source of inspiration for anyone who is looking for a Halloween costume. But the 1960's and the 1970's have been particularly productive in a brand new: they gave birth to the science fiction genre and made it accessible to the general public and especially to the entire family. Since cinema exists, a lot of sci-fi movies such as The War of the Worlds, were produced in Hollywood and had a huge success but during the 1960's and the 1970's, two series in particular helped to make science fiction a family genre.

The first one of these series is Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry's brainchild. Star Trek was surely well known for things like the travel across the galaxy in order to discover life on other planets as well as intergalactic characters such as Mr Spock, but costumes worn by the crew of the legendary Starship Enterprise also helped make the series highly famous.
A great example is that if you are a Star Trek Communication officer Nyota Uhura from this time period, you would be wearing a uniform that involved a red dress as well as black shoes. Anyone who liked the Star Trek TV series will recognize right away recognize this kind of uniform. Alternatively, Star Trek was also famous for "redshirt syndrome", in which a non-main character in a red shirt would beam down to a planet with the team and get killed. There are chances that wearing a costume inspired by the members of the USS Enterprise crew will earn you some cheers and congratulations from the party guests.

Star Trek was not the only science fiction franchise to get its start during these two decades however because a first episode of the Star Wars trilogy (subtitled later A New Hope) hit the box-office during this time frame. Star Wars was created by George Lucas and was a wholly different beast from Star Trek, involving Jedi Knights, The Force and some of the more memorable characters to ever come out of science fiction. The best examples of Star Wars characters are Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Darth Vader, and you could model your next Halloween costume after all of these characters. As a second example, there are Imperial stormtroopers, the rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in orange uniform and imperial soldiers in grey uniforms that anyone would recognize straight away.

There are many other choices in 1960's and 1970's science fiction genre, like The Twilight Zone, Logan's Run or Planet of the Apes, for you to choose from, which makes it an inexhaustible source for Halloween costume ideas.

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