Whether they’ll admit it or not, everyone — including your Uncle Hal, your boss and that grumpy old neighbor down the street — loves to dress up once in a while. Dressing up in costume is one of the hallmarks of Halloween and a much loved activity for children.

But why should kids have all the fun? More and more, adults are getting in on a new trend we absolutely love: grown-up Halloween parties! We’re pleased to report that for 2011, Halloween is as popular as ever among most age groups, so get in on the festivities with a great Halloween costume of your own.

Short on ideas? No worries: we’ll dress you and your child up in scary, silly or superhero style with these costume ideas. Buy the basics and add on with a few¬†freaky frills, or make your getup from start to finish. Here’s how.