Fairy tale characters remain very popular, but wearing yet another Disney princess dress can be dull. Thanks to Tim Burton's recent Alice in Wonderland, though, Lewis Carroll's beloved characters - Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen - have been deliciously reinvented. Tired of Alice's blue-and-white pinafore? Surprise your friends by showing up as the Cheshire Cat - with a big ear-to-ear grin.
With long-awaited Toy Story 3 out this summer, you can let your inner child out again. Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mr Potato Head will be all the rage this Halloween. But dressing up as Barbie, Ken or the adorable but evil Lots-O-Huggin' Bear is sure to make you a star on Halloween night.
You may not want to ape Lady Gaga by wearing her ghastly "raw meat" costume, but some of her trendy accessories might come in handy. How about those white-rimmed sunglasses she wore in her Bad Romance music video? It could work well with a black Michael Jackson-style fedora, and a white shirt, and black leather shoes. Show off MJ's famous moonwalk, and you should be an instant hit.
Vampires are always trendy on Halloween night. According to the US National Retail Federation's current list of top 10 costumes in America, vampire outfits have been hogging the second spot for two years in a row. So you may need to pull off something special to stand out in this year's crowd of vampires.
Thanks to James Cameron's history-making 3D blockbuster, blue is in. Dressing up as Avatar's blue-skinned Princess Neytiri or Jake Sully mumbling gibberish is a top choice for this Halloween. A thick layer of blue powder and make-up should do the trick to turn you into an alien avatar of your own.
Ghouls, ghosts, devils, zombies, Caribbean pirates, witches, wizards and monsters are perennial classics. In the US, such traditional costumes remain at the top of costumers' wish-list for Halloween. Check out the latest "witch sets" of Toys R Us, complete with headbands, bleeding face masks and tattoo sleeves.
Wanna make a memorable entry at a party? Dressing up like a well-known politician is one way to do it. Mama Grizzly, also known as Sarah Palin, ranks number eight on Time magazine's list of best costumes this year. You could also try going for the looks of top local officials such as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Borrowing your dad's bowtie should give you a head start. Another suggestion is to turn into a hippie-style leftist rebel by wearing a wig of flowing locks and a Che Guevara T-shirt. Make sure to copy the way they behave and talk.
DIY is always a good alternative to splashing a fortune at some fancy store. Simply drape an old white bed sheet over yourself and make two eyeholes in it. Now you're ready to start stomping around like a ghost. As for make-up, light foundation will create that desired deathly paleness of your skin. Bright red lipstick will do wonders in creating bloody cuts and purple lipstick works for bruises. YouTube has "make-up for dummies" videos. The street market on Pottinger Street, meanwhile, is a good place to look for cheap outfits, wigs and masks to mix and match.