It’s Halloween — why not go local?
Below are suggestions for Halloween costumes pegged to characters in Pinoy movies and on TV series.
‘Halimaw Sa Banga’
The movie came out in 1986 and it starred Liza Lorena, Gina Pareno, and Michael de Mesa. The creature is an ancient witch who was killed, cursed and trapped inside a large vat for ages.
Dressing up like the supernatural creature only requires a messy white wig and fake black long nails (which could be made from black construction paper cut into triangles). Complete the look with white clothes and put on white face point for look that’s to die for. Oh, and don’t forget the vat or banga you could make from paper mache…
Undin from ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll III’
This slimy, moldy creature was first seen in the “Nanay” episode of “Shake, Rattle & Roll III” starring Manilyn Reynes, Ai Ai de las Alas, and Joey Marquez. It has ability to spew corrosive acid at her victims or nemesis.
Face the paint brown and put on wig. For slime effect, corn syrup or white egg would look realistic. You could also use toilet bowl as props, as Udin emerged from one. Syringe filled with green food colored-water will do the trick nicely for the acid spit.
Siyokoy/Sirena from ‘Dyesebel’
The siyokoy (mermen) and the sirena (mermaid) are a combination of human form and the scaled body of fish.
For siyokoy, you need to make head, hand, and foot piece which looks like fish scales, then sew silver sequins on skinny pants and complete the look with scepter as props.
For girls, make long wig, seashell bikini, and fins.
Or buy the costumes from a store.
Darna wears a two-piece red bikini matched with red knee-high boots embroidered with gold. Don’t forget the headpiece, belt, and bracelet (and the stone, if you want to be thorough about it).
For reference, among actors who have played the titular role are Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, Vilma Santos, Lorna Tolentino, and Rio Locsin, among others.
Another Filipino comic book character styled as a folk hero or superhero is Pedro Penduko created by National Artist for Literature Francisco V. Coching.
If you’re doing the Matt Evans version, you would only need a red camisa de chino and brown tokong pants. A bolo knife hanging around your waist and magical amulet on your neck would look sharp.
If you’re doing the Matteo Guidicelli version, hit the gym regularly and undergo military training first so you could have abs like his. Then go find a superstar girlfriend.
Whether it’s the first or the second, have your hair curled.
There’s no stretch of imagination when you choose to do this guy as the costume requires only two things — a one-piece tight long sleeve jumpsuit patterned with black and green checkered, and a black eye half face mask. (Photos screengrab from YouTube)