Perhaps The World’s Biggest Fan Of Halloween

When you’re stumped on finding the perfect look for Halloween, a superhero costume almost always saves the day. While there’s always the reliable last-minute Clark Kent get-up (think a basic Superman tee beneath a half-opened white button-down) — there’s also no shortage of inspiration from the recent lineup of releases from Marvel and DC Comics.

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For starters, there’s Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Wonder Woman 84 (to name just a few action-packed movies), and shows such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision and more, among the latest fantastical franchises that translate well into ensembles for trick-or-treating season.

Since not everyone is up to crafting their own epic cosplay ensemble worthy of Comic-Con, we’ve rounded up some of the best superhero Halloween costumes (including your favorite antiheroes) from across the cinematic universes. So whether you’re Star Wars superfan, a DC devotee or a Marvel maniac, check out our top picks for channeling your favorite heroines and heroes.

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Sandler’s eponymous character is a mush-mouthed 50-something who still lives with his mom (June Squibb) and has never been kissed (though he claims to have a Canadian girlfriend who lives in “Ontarianto”). Descended from a woman who begged townfolk to give up their witch hunts, Hubie is even less popular: Old classmates taunt him cruelly, and their children throw things at him as he bikes down the street. (Hubie dodges their missiles with physics-defying moves that recall one of the best of Sandler’s purely goofball outings, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.) The only Salemite who doesn’t hate the lovable loser is Violet Valentine (Happy Gilmore romantic interest Julie Bowen), the angel he has secretly loved since childhood.

Hubie Dubois feels it’s his duty to keep revelers safe on Salem’s big night. A self-appointed hall monitor who phones in every perceived threat to 911, he long ago wore out his welcome with local cops (Kevin James and Kenan Thompson). But this year, the danger might be real: A local mental hospital just lost track of a patient with grudges to settle in town, and Hubie’s kindly new neighbor Walter Lambert (Steve Buscemi) may be a werewolf. And while he’s bumbling past these boogeymen, Hubie also feels compelled to look out for single-mom Violet’s oldest child Tommy (Noah Schnapp), who has snuck out of the house past curfew to woo his crush, Megan (Paris Berelc).

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While finding ways to squeeze in not only nearly every one of Sandler’s Known Associates (James, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, the invaluable Maya Rudolph) but welcome newcomers to the gang like Melissa Villaseñor and Karan Brar, Sandler and Herlihy’s script works as hard as its hero. Its multiple-monsters scenario is surprisingly unpredictable and lets Brill flirt with a couple of horror-film templates, though the only person the movie really hopes to scare is the constantly startled Hubie himself: Unflappable in the face of childish cruelty, he leaps out of his skin at the most innocent Halloween gag.

I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” Mike Flanagan, creator, director and executive producer of The Haunting of Hill House said in a statement. “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is — without a doubt — one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

Halloween Horror Nights began at Universal Orlando in 1991 and at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1997.

Currently, neither Universal Studios halloween 2021 nor Universal Orlando requires guests to wear a mask as long as they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (proof is not required). Social distancing is encouraged at both parks. Attendance caps have been allowed to increase at the parks as state cases have declined.

With fall quickly approaching, kids and the young at heart already are starting to look forward to Halloween.

Gretchen Clark, 5 months, celebrates her first Halloween with her mom, Amy Clark, in Gahanna in 2020.
There are plenty of scary things in the real world these days – COVID-19, climate change, racism, political divisiveness and more. So maybe in that context, Beggars Night offers a welcome chance to escape.

And not just escape into a different kind of spookiness – with some trick-or-treaters dressed as ghosts, zombies and vampires – but into pure fun as others don capes as their favorite superheroes or mimic cartoon characters.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Columbus and many surrounding cities are hosting designated trick-or-treating nights for kids to safely collect candy and other goodies. Here is when several communities in Franklin County are having its trick-or-treat night. All times are 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

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