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Proof That Our Childhood Costumes Can Be The Inspo We Need For Our 2018 Costumes

We’re finally starting to cherish the ’90s like it deserves. We’re also living in an era where we’re all fighting to rip the sheep’s clothing off the wolves, and desperately trying to think of a creative Halloween costume for 2018. The good thing is that we can also reach for the nostalgic feelings to fuel our creativity. Growing up Latino meant going hard at Halloween, and not in the Heidi Klum sense.

Our moms sewed the most raggedy costumes for us, or made the best out of a plastic tablecloth. For every photo of you in a different Halloween costume, there’s one of your older brother or prima wearing it the year before. We’re a village and the costumes we have circulating around the family honestly belong in a museum. Or this very cute listicle.

We all wore a felt Barney costume at some point.

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Your mom just bought a smelly old Barney costume off a drunk Barney impersonator and used the fabric to craft you this. “Pero just rub hydrogen peroxide on anything y se limpia.”

You never felt DIY fly in a bubble of balloons.

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You definitely cherish the #throwback pic nonetheless. It did give you a nice buffer from Nina’s too tight hugs.

If you’re a girl, you 100 percent were dressed as an angel.

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If you’re a boy, you’re a clown, hands down.

P.S. Check that pumpkin with the false lashes.

P.P.S. That is me looking so angelic. 🙇🏻‍♀️

You were forced to be a duo with your little hermano.

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He was always pretty happy about it but you felt like a dummy in front of your friends. Plus, Superman didn’t wear a turtleneck under the cape.

I was a flamenca for four years straight and it’s fine.

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I could remember when the dress touched the ground and when it went above my knees. Ask your mom to be something different this year and it’s all, “Mira que es la princesa now. Where’s your prince?” I don’t even know what to say to that.

When you and your brother couldn’t fit into your superhero duo costumes, you graduated to a payaso.

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You were damn proud. I’m hiding because my mom made my Pippy Longstocking costume that year and I was super embarrassed. The boys always get the store-bought costumes. 🙄

Some of us had moms who swore they were costume designers.

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We were thrilled about it. This is a true payaso right here. He has the tears and everything. Honestly, we were happy to have a costume that really stood out.

Then, there were the “just raid my closet” costumes.

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Yes, she is wearing a polka dotted skirt for a beard and seems very proud. Best part is you can decide what you want to be based on how the costume turns out.

All of us were power rangers at one point.

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You couldn’t see through the masks and those safety hazards are a thing of the past. They were just 100 percent opaque plastic and your mom had to guide you everywhere or else the gig was up.

Cada bébe was a pumpkin.

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If you don’t have a baby photo of you dressed like a pumpkin, you missed out on the greatest cosmic joke of all. We come from the same patch because I wore that same costume the year after my prima.

Mientras, Selena Gomez has crushed Halloween since birth.

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It is so obvious that she was born to be a star. She’s not hiding behind anyone. Plus, remember those extra squishy foam flip flops? Workin it.

And she always had good taste.

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To our credit, these look like her mom didn’t make these costumes. Selena was a vampire before it was cool to be a vampire.

Remember “I Dream of Jeannie”?

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Your dad was really into the show and your mom poked fun at his crush on Barbara Eden. Literally it was a show about a beautiful genie who gets Stockholm syndrome and falls in love and marries her “master.” The ’70s. 🙄

Whether Selena was Jeannie or just a really cute lil genie, she rocked it.

Sometimes, our moms just painted our face and bought us an animal print sweater.

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I mean, she already had the yellow eyeshadow (it was the ’90s). What else is lip liner for than to give your budding celebrity daughter whiskers?

If you were a princess, you were going to be Belle.

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Your parents approved of her dedication to education and reading. She’s the only one who is buena gente, and if you asked to be her, they were really proud.

You know you’re Latino when you bring an empty food container to collect your candy.

Now we know that our parents were just being practical. Take the container we’re going to store the candy in for the next four winters. Feed two birds with one scone and all that.

At one point, you were a Flinstones character.

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If your mom was really savage, she just used a dried out bone from lechón and put it in your hair. You cannot doubt that this has happened to some Latino child out there.

We also celebrated that one time a Cuban landed a Cuban role via “I Love Lucy.”

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It doesn’t happen very often, but when a 1950’s sitcom actually put Cuban-born Desi Arnez on mainstream television, we’re here for it. Sure, I see some problems with this picture, but, again, it was the 90’s.

Sometimes, we just dressed up like our culture.

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White people and non-Mexicanos, you cannot do this. Literally this is one mami trying to put the clothes your abuelitos gave her to good use because there is no real occasion any more to get this dressed up. We’ve taken on American values. Stretchwear always.

Never forget the plastic poncho costumes.

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It was crazy sweaty under those plastic sheets, but I’m sweating just looking at someone dressed as an indigenous Indian. And now a moment of gratitude that it’s 2018 and we don’t have to put up with any types of sweating anymore.


READ: 20 Couples Costumes Inspired By Celebrities, Takis And Latinos In General

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Christina Aguilera Attended ‘The Addams Family’ Premiere Dressed As Morticia Addams and Now Some Fans Are Calling Her The ‘Queen of Halloween’

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Christina Aguilera Attended ‘The Addams Family’ Premiere Dressed As Morticia Addams and Now Some Fans Are Calling Her The ‘Queen of Halloween’

Christina Aguilera is looking scary good. On Sunday, the iconic pop-star arrived at the premiere of the Addams Family movie dressed very similar to the grande dame of the Addams family herself, Morticia. Never one to phone it in on the red carpet, Aguilera fully committed to the look, wearing a long, slinky black dress with a laced-up plunging neckline. She paired the look with a soft smokey eye and a matching black manicure. Her signature blonde hair was styled into a center part with blunt bangs. 

Not only did Xtina look incredible, but she also looked like she was having a great time.

Aguilera was attending the Addams Family premiere to promote the song “Haunted Heart” that she wrote and recorded for the film.

“Haunted Heart” is a haunting, jazzy track that puts Xtina’s powerhouse vocals to good use. The song has been described as “dramatic” and “soulful”, and definitely catches the essence of this story of an offbeat family while also staying true to Aguilera’s pop roots. Not only is the song a bop, but Aguilera also appears to be having the time of her life promoting it. Aguilera took to her social media accounts to share behind-the-scenes pictures of the big night. “Growing up, I always loved the #AddamsFamily. It’s been so fun to watch the story of this classic family evolve over time,” Aguilera captioned one of her pictures. “That’s why it meant so much to record my latest single #HauntedHeart for this new rendition of the movie”. 

Aguilera indeed made the “Addams Family” premiere a family affair, walking the red carpet along with her partner and two kids–all of whom happened to be dressed as members of the Addams Family too. Aguilera’s fiancé, Matthew Rutler, dressed in a simple pin-striped black suit that was almost an exact replica of Gomez Addams’. Meanwhile, her children, Max and Summer Rain, dressed up in near-identical outfits Pugsly and Wednesday Addams. We applaud Aguilera for convincing her children to agree to a group family costume. Basically, the entire Aguilera brood was embodying #familygoals, and her fans were living for it.

The red carpet premiere of “The Addams Family” isn’t the only place Aguilera has been having fun creating spooky looks. 

Her social media accounts are also filled with other appearances where she is impressively pulling off the Halloween aesthetic. On Saturday, she wore a sexy gothic pin-up ensemble complete with dark lipstick and finger waves, to her performance of “Haunted Heart” at Freeform’s “31 Nights Of Halloween Fan Fest”. The all-black outfit with dramatic winged liner gave off major silent-film-star vibes. We can always count on Xtina to serve us with some old Hollywood glamour. 

Excitingly, Aguilera is not the only Latinx person involved in “The Addams Family”. For the new animated movie, Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac lends his voice to the role of Gomez Addams–a role previously made famous by Puerto Rican actor Raul Julia in 1991. Needless to say, it’s refreshing to see Latinxs consistently involved in such a long-lasting and durable franchise. 

As for Christina’s fans, they were blown away by her Morticia Addams-inspired look.

There’s nothing the people love more than one icon paying tribute to another, and Christina and Moritcia have more in common than meets the eye. Like Morticia, Aguilera has never been shy about unabashedly expressing her sexuality. Both women prove that a woman can be seductive and sensual in addition to being a fully-formed human being. We call that a match made in heaven. 

Some fans felt moved to christen Christina with a new title:

If Mariah Carey is the Latina Queen of Christmas, then Xtina is definitely the Latina Queen of Halloween we didn’t even know we deserved. 

This Twitter user loved how Xtina’s family seem as committed to embracing the Halloween spirit as she is.

You know the old saying: “The family that dresses up in costumes together stays together”. Or something like that.

A lot of fans were living for the way in which her children were posing–especially her daughter, Summer

It looks like Xtina might have to keep an eye on her throne–her daughter might be coming to snatch it. 

This fan made an accurate point about how comfortable Aguilera looks in her Morticia costume.

Can we expect anything less from a superstar who has been performing since she was a little girl? Sat what you want about Xtina, but everything she does, she does 100%. 

These 11 Terrifying Latino Horror Films Need To Be Added To Your October Watch List

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These 11 Terrifying Latino Horror Films Need To Be Added To Your October Watch List

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If you’re a horror fan, and you haven’t seen these, then you know nothing about real fear. As a child, I would binge-watch every single horror movie I could find. They creeped the hell out of me, but I loved the adrenaline rush. Name any classic you want, I’ve seen them all; the more I watched, the less they scared me. Later, I discovered that most of these mainstream films relied on what is known as “boo horror,” which basically means that what scares the audience is thanks to good editing rather than the story.

And well, let me tell you that, just when I was starting to get bored of this particular type of horror: enter Latino cinema. The thing about Latin American horror movies is that they don’t rely on jump scares or outdated clichés. The reason why they’re scary is the plot and the themes they explore. So, if you’re ready to be really scared, I dare you to watch these 11 films.

Night Of The Living Dead

Did you know George Romero’s dad was Cuban? (I did, because like all Cubans, I keep a running list.) Well, he is! And so Romero is on this here list. Now, you’ve very likely already seen his opus, Night of the Living Dead, and know its contributions to the zombie genre, effectively changing the pop culture perception of zombies from corpses controlled by others through ritual means, to undead jerkwads lumbering slowly towards you while you take shelter in a shack or perhaps, later, in a shopping mall. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch it again. And again and again.

Santa Sangre

No one does avant-garde psychedelic weirdness like Jodorowsky. Santa Sangre is no exception, following the story of Fenix, a former circus performer, and his relationship to his parents, particularly to the mother who keeps a literal and figurative hold on him through much of his development.

Roger Ebert praised Jodorowsky for expanding the horror genre by reminding viewers that “true psychic horror is possible on the screen–horror, poetry, surrealism, psychological pain and wicked humor, all at once.”

KM 31

This one is secretly about La Llorona. I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending but the rest of the film was amazing. The production value was on par with a Hollywood horror film. This one is about the power of twins. One has an accident that leaves her in a coma. The conscious twin tries to figure out what happened to her sister and winds up in the tangles of a curse on the highway’s Kilometro 31.

Mas Negro Que La Noche

Hot girl inherits creepy old house and is forced to watch after a black cat. What can go wrong? They used to play this on Univision back in the day when they used to have old Mexican movie marathons on Sundays. This flick is filled with famous 70s & 80s Mexican telenovela stars: Lucia Mendez, Claudia Islas, Elena Rojo, and Susana Dosamantes (aka Paulina Rubio’s mom).

The Devil’s Backbone

I originally had four (4) del Toro movies on this list and had to narrow it down to two, which was like picking from among one’s children. (I assume picking a favorite child is equally difficult as picking a favorite movie, yes? I knew it.)

But here’s the thing: You’ve already seen The Devil’s Backbone. You already know the deal: Spanish Civil War, orphanage, defused bomb, mysterious ghost-boy. So I’ll use this space to share this link to the story of why del Toro often distances himself from a movie taken off the list: Mimic. Because there’s always a place for classic ghost stories, but never enough for giant mutant insects.

Cronos

Here’s our other del Toro entry: Cronos! Because who doesn’t love a good, inventive twist on a vampire story that also serves as a metaphor for society’s obsession with youth and virility? Cronos beat out Crimson Peak because, while the latter is truly a beautiful, visually stunning work, Cronos‘ story of love, loss and sacrifice simply holds up better throughout the film.

REC

Spain is at it again with this cinéma vérité (aka mock documentary aka found footage) style zombie flick. Scary as hell! Don’t let the crappy American version, Quarantine, fool you. This one will make you check behind the shower curtain when you pee.

Alucarda

Being a teen girl is hard enough, never mind being an orphan in a Catholic convent. Add demonic possession into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster / a truly fantastic horror movie with stunning visuals (just take a look at the nuns’ super stylized and highly evocative habits and robes, for instance). The film’s emphasis on a close emotional and physical relationship between two young girls has drawn comparisons to the classic vampire tale, Carmilla, made all the more apparent when you notice that “Alucarda” is simply “Dracula” with the letters rearranged.

Somos Lo Que Hay

The family that eats together, stays together, for better or for worse. In this film, which was remade for U.S. audiences in 2013, follows a family struggling with maintaining an ancient, bloody ritual and the impact it has both on their bodies and souls. You’ll never look at family dinners the same way again.

From Dusk Til Dawn

Vampires, as it turns out, can take on all sorts of day jobs, like dancing at the infamous “Titty Twister” strip club. Robert Rodriguez’s pulpy take on vampires takes place in a small town in Mexico and includes plenty of bikers, truck drivers, fugitives, and the site of an ancient Aztec temple.

Mama

Argentine director Andrés Muschietti based his feature film about a spooky-but-maternal ghosts, Mama, on his own 2008, Spanish-language short, Mamá. You can watch the whole thing here, but make sure to keep the lights on. Muschietti is definitely one to watch