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Inspiration for 1960s Halloween Costumes

1960s Costume IdeasThe 1960’s was a time of an eruption of change – in clothes, music, hair, politics, media and culture.

The overwhelming social force for change was the Vietnam war. With no smart weapons, eighteen-year-old boys were forced service whether or not they were with the military, affecting families, relatives and friends.

The public rebellion expressed itself in music about peace, wearing flowers on their hair, drugs, a sexual revolution, the peace sign and two slogans – “Make love, not war,” and “flower power.”

If you want to make your own 60s Halloween costume, here are some sources of inspiration for your design:

Music. Look up old photos of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan for fashion and hair styles. For the early 60s look consider up Elvis Presley.

• Music in the 60s

• Protest Music

• Sixties Music Database

People. If you want to veer from subculture hippie movements go for iconic people of the 60s like Muhammad Ali, Rev. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy and the reclusive J.D. Salinger.

• Civil Rights People of the Sixties

• John F. Kennedy

• Martin Luther King Jr Biography

• The Beatles

Television. Bring back from the dead TV icons like Red Skelton or Ed Sullivan, who made history by bringing the Beatles to the U.S. and featuring them on his show. For fun, recreate the eeriness of The Twilight Zone, the cowboys of Bonanza and Gunsmoke, The boy and his dog Lassie and the crazy, fun loving and in-your-face Beverly Hillbillies.

• 1960's Television Guide

• Sixties Television as Pop Culture

• Television in the 1960's

• 1960's Television

Movies. Go romantic as regal rebel Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Or go with a friend in matching costumes -- Bonnie and Clyde or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Recreate The Graduate. Be the outcasts in Easy Rider.

• Film History of the 1960s

• 1960s Movies

• Films of the 60's

• New Hollywood of the 60's

Culture. There were a lot of subcultures in the 60s. The civil rights movement ranged from the peaceful Rev. Martin Luther King to the violent Black Panthers and Malcolm X who embodied Black Islam. The hippie subculture was fun with its moccasins, flower dresses and flowered men’s shirts, paisley, fringe, bell bottom pants, long hair, love beads and the like. • 60's Pop Culture

• 1960's Culture and Counterculture

• Counterculture and Music of the 60's

• The Hippie Generation

Politics. Three prominent men were assassinated in the 60s, namely President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King. Despite this, the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 granting equal rights to all men, regardless of race.

• 1960's Political Culture

• Politics of the 60's

• Sixties Politics

Space. You could dress up as an astronaut for Halloween, as this was the year when the U.S. landed the first man on the moon.

• The Space Race

• American Space Program

• American Space Programs for Kids

• Timeline of Space Exploration

Fashion. Fashion in the 60s could be described as “anything goes.” In the early 60s women bobbed their hair, wore mini skirts and heels. The hot pants were also introduced, as well hip hugger pants and bell bottoms. In the later 60s hair was long and natural and women wore flowers in their hair. There were moccasins and fringe jackets, vests and love beads. Men wore boots, flowered shirts, leather pants or bell bottom jeans, vests, and love beads.

• 1960's Fashion

• Mini Skirt Fashion History

• History of 1960's Fashion

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