Gangsters are basically criminals, who form gangs to carryout organized crimes. They are called by many names, like mobsters, thugs, gangster, goons and racketeers.
Since they are no superheroes, and actually exist, their costumes are quite simple and could be used for different purposes, even after Halloween has ended.
The fear and intimidation that these gangster have in hearts of people make them bloodcurdling. That is what makes these humans, these browbeating humans, such an important part of Halloween.
The very basic gangster attire would consist of three piece suits, shiny shoes, and a round hat. However, it depends on your preferences which type of gangster you wish to be this Halloween.
From the days of Al Capone to modern day gangsters, the fashion has changed and so have their attires.
However, what has not changed is the fascination that people have towards their 100 year old dressing. The long coats, the big round hats and their guns make up the perfect gangster attire.
If you are going for such an olden day costume, you will find yourself in rather lose clothes, with big suits and hats.
The suits, then, comprised of stripes and were nowhere close to fitting. In contrast, the modern day gangsters prefer designer clothing and would not opt for anything less.
While you cannot actually buy one just for Halloween, you will find close alternatives in costume shops.
Other gangster costumes are named ‘gangster mole,’ ‘mob boss’ and other such names, with different variations and combinations of formal wear.
These suits, shiny shoes and hats are the generic portrayal of gangsters. However, if you want to adapt a specific portrayal of a famous gangster, there is no better choice than Scarface Tony Montana, which was played by Al Pacino.
This portrayal took the gangster dressing to a new level, by not having a hat, nor a tie. Lose white suit and shiny red shirt, with top buttons open – Scarface costume gives you more of a ‘pimp’ look.
Add a machine gun to this and you have got yourself an eye-catcher. The popularity of the character made it one of the most sought-after costumes, when it comes to Halloween.
If you do not wish to purchase a whole new gangster suit, you can go ahead with some accessories and turn your own suit into a gangster-like suit.
With such stylish dressing, a toy gun or a cigar adds to your gangster-appeal. Halloween is scary. It’s a day when, the legend has, the undead rise.
Gangsters are not zombies or vampires, what they are is the scariest form of living creatures and that is why they are Halloween favorites of many.
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