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Group Costume Ideas for Halloween 2021

Costumers, cosplayers, and Halloween-lovers rejoice! We can finally celebrate Halloween with our friends, of course while still staying safe. 2021 […]

Benny from In The Heights

Benny (Corey Hawkins) is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. He works at the dispatch for Kevin Rosario’s taxi service, and falls in love with his daughter, Nina. His friends include Usnavi and Sonny. One day, Benny dreams of opening his own business. He is the only person in the movie who does not speak Spanish. Fun Fact: Christopher Jackson, who made a cameo as the ice cream man, played Benny in the original Broadway musical.

Vanessa Morales from In The Heights

Vanessa Morales (Melissa Barerra) is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. She works at Daniela’s salon. She is the prettiest girl in the Heights, but she only has eyes for Usnavi. She wants to get out of the barrio and get an apartment downtown. Fun fact: Vanessa is named after Lin’s actual wife, Vanessa!

Ercole Visconti

Ercole Visconti is the main antagonist in the Disney Pixar movie, Luca. He is the well-known bully of Portorosso and consistent champion of the annual triathlon. Even though he’s sixteen, which is too old to compete, he continues to keep his bragging rights. He particularly enjoys picking on Giulia Marcovaldo, whom he calls “Spewlia” because she gets sick during the race. Alberto call him Signor Vespa because he owns a Vespa, but later Luca calls him a catfish (because they’re bottom-feeders with two sad little whiskers). Narcissistic and pompadoured, Ercole believes his presence is adored by all. His two lackeys, Ciccio and Guido, accompany him at all times to do his bidding.

Usnavi de la Vega from In the Heights

Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) is the main character and narrator in the movie musical, In The Heights. His name comes from the first sight his parents saw when they arrived in America: a ship that said “US Navy.” After the passing of his parents, Abuela Claudia, the beloved neighborhood matriarch, practically raised him. He owns a small bodega in Washington Heights, but his dream is to move to the Dominican Republic. It’s no secret Usnavi is in love with Vanessa. You may recognize Ramos from his role in Hamilton, where he starred alongside Lin Manuel-Miranda, who composed and wrote both shows. In addition, Manuel-Miranda originated the role of Usnavi on Broadway.

Giulia Marcovaldo

Giulia Marcovaldo is a character in the Disney Pixar movie, Luca. She is a human girl who takes pride in being the underdog. Her father is Massimo Marcovaldo. Expressive and tomboyish, Giulia dreams of winning the Portorosso Cup and dethroning the despicable Ercole. When he picks on Luca and Alberto, she comes to their defense and eventually befriends them. The trio then forms a team to compete in the triathalon. Her interests include stargazing and attending school in Genoa, which confides in and shares with Luca. Her exclamations involve Italian cheeses, such as “Santa mozzarella!”

Alberto Scorfano

Alberto Scorfano is a character in the Disney Pixar movie, Luca. In the water, he is a blue and purple sea monster. He frequently visits the surface as a human boy. He encourages Luca to explore land and acts as a guide. Contrastingly to Luca, Alberto is daring and overzealous. His goal is to ride a real Vespa, which happens to be the prize in the Portorosso Cup. Despite claiming he’s an expert on humans, he isn’t always correct. For instance, he thinks “What’s wrong with you, stupido?” is a greeting.

Massimo Marcovaldo

Massimo Marcovaldo is a character in the Disney Pixar movie, Luca. He is a fisherman who sells fish door to door in Portorosso. In spite of his intimidating stature and skill with a knife, he is a caring man. His soft heart particularly extends to his daughter, Giulia. He takes Luca and Alberto into his home and shows them similar affection for befriending his child. The Marcovaldo family cat on his shoulder is named Machiavelli.

Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) returns for 2021’s The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn. A former psychiatrist turned crazed vigilante, Harley survives the attack on the original squad and finds herself joining a new team. In contrast to the first iteration, Harley is no longer romantically involved with the Joker. As oppose to previous films, Harley sticks to her classic red and black color palette, with inspirations from the Batman: Arkham City video game. Her second outfit is shown her, featuring a ruffled dress to match her playful, feminine aesthetic.

Luca Paguro

Luca Paguro is the titular protagonist of the Disney Pixar movie, Luca. In the water, he is a green and blue sea monster who lives with overprotective parents. He stumbles upon human treasures and grows curious about the surface. Another sea monster named Alberto finally pushes him on land, where they both resemble human boys. On the Italian coast, they meet Guilia, a human girl who wants to win the Portorosso cup. Bright and inventive, Luca longs to go to school with her so he can learn about the world. Whenever he gets nervous or fearful, he exclaims “Silenzio Bruno!”