Willy Wonka

Chocoholics and fans of the famous children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be clamoring for a Willy Wonka costume this Halloween.


The classic story is especially hot thanks to Johnny Depp's recent turn on the big screen as kooky chocolate king Willy Wonka. You'll find plenty of Willy outfits at costume Web sites such as www.anniescostumes.com and at local costumer shops.

For a homemade version of Willy Wonka, you don't need a golden ticket -- just a few easy-to-find basics. A black shirt, black pants, and black shoes make up the basis of the outfit. For a good replica of Willy's long jacket, a blazer (a velvet one, if you have it) pilfered from Mom or Dad's closet is just the thing. Finally, cap off the look with Willy's signature accessories: A jaunty top hat and a pocket watch. You can snag both online or at your favorite costume store.

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