Why Does This Halloween Costume Cost $900?

By Elizabeth Kiefer

Halloween costumes are like prom dresses. Chances are: You only ever wear them once. And yet, that doesn’t seem to get in the way of people forking over serious cash for something they are going to sport for a single evening of revelry. (The wonders of consumer culture never cease to amaze, right?)

So what might a couple hundred bucks buy from this year’s online costume rack? You could drop a ton of dough to dress up like Harley Quinn, since, like Hansel, she’s so hot right now. Or maybe a Storm Trooper ensemble is more your style? You’re in luck. You can get one at Target for a cool $1000. On the fairytale side of things, it is possible to purchase a replica of the silk gown Cinderella wore to the ball for $950. If none of these are meeting your costume needs, don’t sweat it. There are plenty more where those came from. Just take a look.

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The Costume:Queen Cersei Lanniser

The Cost: $6,725

You won’t get a Cersei costume more accurate than this one. The costume features hand-embroidered lion motifs on each shoulder, and handcrafted metal work. It comes in vinyl or fabric. If you’re balking at the price, you can also purchase a Season 2-era Cersei red dress for $200.

Courtesy of FadenDesignStudios

The Costume:(Deconstructed?) Catwoman

The Cost: $520

Here’s the description, folks: “Includes everything from the suit , corset, gloves , claws and with a fabric head piece. This version comes in damaged or clean cut.”

Call me crazy. But if I’m going to drop five bills on a costume, I will damage it myself thank you very much.

Photo: Courtesy of DonQuijoteCosplay Etsy Shop.

The Costume: full-on skeleton body suit

The Cost: $145

Call me crazy… But for some reason this seems like a reasonable price to pay for something that I might even consider wearing on a day that isn’t Halloween? That might be my New York City sticker shock speaking though.

I don’t know: Yay or nay on this one, folks? Maybe it doubles a warmth layer under your regular clothes on a super cold day? Maybe it’s just rad enough to justify the price? Help! Clearly spiraling over here.

Photo: Courtesy of BadInka Etsy Shop.

The Costume: The Little Mermaid, Or Really Any Mermaid

The Cost: $175

There is a part of me that sort of wants to buy this right now because I feel like I might be able to wear the skirt and bra top on days that are now Halloween. But still, that’s a lot of money to fork over to go as an anthropomorphic fish for Halloween.

Photo: Courtesy of SparkleMeGorgeous Etsy Store.

The Costume: Daenerys Targaryen a.k.a. Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

The Cost: $420

Keep in mind that this is just for the dress itself (which, depending on your fandom level, you might be able to wear again). Shoes, wig, and dragon companions sold separately.

Photo: Courtesy of Crinoline’s Etsy Store.

The Costume: Elphaba from Broadway’s Wicked

The Cost: $950

Witch hat sold separately. Same goes for green body makeup but definitely use this woman’s contouring magic to up your costume game.

Photo: Courtesy of The Bohemian Goddess Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Cinderella

The Cost: $900 (at least)

Expensive price tag aside, you are pretty much guaranteed to be the belle of the ball.

Photo: Courtesy of PhoenixCardinal’s Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Cinderella

The Cost: $865

What better reason to justify your desire to grow your hair down to your butt?

Photo Courtesy of TatianartCosplay Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Edward Scissorhands

The Cost: $845

Plus whatever medical bills you wind up with when you try to go to the bathroom with this thing on.

Photo: Courtesy of TheChesiresHat Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Corpse bride dress from Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride

The Cost: $799

This one might actually be worth the investment. Perhaps you even pair it with a bomber jacket and call it an updated take on the whole grunge trend. Any takers?

Photo: Courtesy of Deconstructress Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Melisandre from Game of Thrones

The Cost: $475

This one might be able to do double duty next year if you want to go as Little Red Riding Hood. If you do though, we suggest using that rule where you halve the cost of something every time you wear it to soothe your sticker shock.

Photo: Courtesy of Whatacostume Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Elsa from Frozen

The Cost: $1,100

When it comes to Halloween, no: It’s not yet time to let it go.

Photo: Courtesy of PhoenixCardinal Etsy Shop.

The Costume: Generic Victorian vampire/victim

The Cost: $2,900

Well, the bodice is boned, which means this costume comes with an authentic Victorian female experience: feeling a little like your internal organs are being crushed.

Photo: Courtesy of Redthreaded Etsy Shop.

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