Let’s play dress-up in the streets.

That’s carnival in a nut shell, really. It gives us the chance to live out our fantasies and don attire that wouldn’t really be appropriate for our daily lives. What better way to do so than seek inspiration from an amazing selection of films? As you can see from the below list, animation and Disney are a great source for ideas for both young and old. Also, you can pull off a Halloween/Carnival cross-over. All that matters is finding your inner-play and having a good time.

Here are a few ideas for this year’s she-bang. Side note: This article will in no way feature Elsa from Frozen.

Joy (Inside Out)

Any character from Inside Out would be a fantastic choice. Joy is a practical yet striking do-up though, as a simple green dress, yellow tights and a blue wig will do just nicely. Also, let your joyous personality shine through… and annoy everyone at the party.


Image from brit+co


Maleficent (Maleficent)

Some of you may have portrayed this character a few Halloweens ago, but who said recycling a timeless classic is a faux-pas? I’d personally love to dress and look like Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent on a daily basis. That woman can get a day’s work done just by walking through a corridor. To spice it up a bit, you might want to make your own horns, wings or staff and raven.


Minions (Minions)

This costume is best done in groups of short people. If you’re on a budget or not too handy with foam, a pair of denim dungarees, round John Lennon glasses and tonnes of yellow face paint will do the trick. The key to mastering this look is running down Mikiel Ang Borg Road screaming ‘BANANA!!!’


DIY tutorial at diyinspired.com


Cruella DeVil (101 Dalmations)

Get to the shops and grab all the faux furs you can get your hands on. All you need for this costume is copious amounts of faux fur, so long as you colour coordinate it. The lady is, after all, a fashion designer. You can use a pencil or a chopstick to make the trademark cigarette holder, and you’ll also need lots of hairspray to compensate, in case you’re not feeling up to bleaching one side of your head.


The Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)

Characters played by Johnny Depp always make for great carnival costumes. The key to this look is the make up and of course, the hat, which can be very easily made with a bit of imagination and cardboard. Some floaty scarves and a brown blazer will finalise everything.


Who will you be dressing up as this carnival? Let us know in the comment section below!