Leaves are changing colors, the air is brisk, and everything comes in pumpkin spice flavor. Yes, ladies and gentleman, fall is here and you know what that means – Halloween is right around the corner! With all of the impending Halloween parties, costume contests, and trick-or-treaters, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to be for Halloween.
Growing up, my parents did their best to steer us away from the Halloween stores – those costumes can get expensive! So I got in a lot of practice when it comes to making my own Halloween costumes.
Through the years I’ve had to get a little more creative because let’s face it – black cats don’t win costume contests. So where can you pull inspiration from? Pop culture of course! 2013 brought us no shortage of costume-worthy moments!
Whether you’re a movie buff, television enthusiast, news consumer or fad junkie, this list of homemade costumes has you covered. Just be prepared to be inundated with compliments and perhaps get a little crafty.
The 1976 horror movie has been resurrected! Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz are bringing the story of the telekinetic outcast back to the silver screen October 18. Premiering right before Halloween, this makes Carrie the perfect costume! Run out to the thrift store and grab a long pink dress, a tiara, and pour some fake blood on your head – you’ll be the scariest one at the party! Just leave your telekinetic powers out home. It freaks people out.
The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann turned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s tragedy into one of the biggest hits of the year! Everyone rushed to theaters to see it and now they’ll rush to you to compliment your costume. You could spend $50 on a flapper costume you’d wear once or you could run to the craft store and buy feathers and sparkles to decorate one of your headbands, grab your most art deco dress, and put on every piece of pearl jewelry you own. If you happen to have a fur shawl, that wouldn’t hurt either.
It may not be the best, but it was by far one of the most talked-about movies of the year. But how do you dress up like a Sharknado? This is where you need to get a little crafty. Head to your closest craft store and buy enough tulle to wrap around your body (Helpful tip: if you don’t want to feel constricted, leave your arms unwrapped and only wrap down to your knees). Buy as many toy sharks as you can from the dollar store and superglue them to your tulle. Throw that on over dark pants and a dark shirt and you are Sharknado.
Who hasn’t fallen in love with the Robertson family? They’ve captured America’s heart and now they’re going to give you the warmest Halloween costume! This one is pretty simple. Grab all of your camo gear, a bandanna and a beard from the Halloween store and you’re good to go. Oh, and start practicing your duck calls.
I know, I know, the series just ended and you’re not ready to admit that it’s over. Your Sunday nights just haven’t been the same. But why not relive your internal struggle to root for everyone’s favorite antihero by being him? Admittedly, they do offer the iconic yellow hazmat suit and gas mask at the Halloween store, but everyone’s going to be buying that costume. So what’s a fan to do? Grab your khakis, a button-up appropriate for a chemistry teacher, glasses, black pork pie hat and carry around some blue pop rocks in a bag, and you have a Walter White costume that’ll stand out from the rest.
He was out of the spotlight for a while, but this year he came back in a big way! Looking for a suave and dapper Halloween costume? This is the one for you! Just throw on the good ol’ suit and tie, slick your hair back into a coiffed pompadour, bust out some signature J.T. moves, and you’ll have all the ladies swooning.
After her performance at the VMAs, new music video, and appearance on SNL, Miley Cyrus will undoubtedly be a common costume this year. Most people will wear those two little buns on the top of their head, a teddy bear body suit, red lipstick and stick their tongues out all night, but you’re not everyone else. So why not pay tribute in a different way? Stuff a garbage bag and attach a chain you make out of paper, and you can be Miley’s wrecking ball!
You gotta pop some tags? At the thrift shop? While you’re there, pick up a fur coat, sunglasses, and animal print pants and you’re Macklemore!
Entertainment not your thing? Well, maybe it’s too soon to joke about, but there’s always the government shutdown. A lot of us might have a Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam costume, or at least some left over red, white, and blue from the fourth of July. Pull those out of hiding, wear a closed sign around your neck, and you’re this month’s hottest news piece!
Plenty of people are obsessed with this game. Want to take your love of the game to Halloween? If you’re feeling really crafty, you can paint the game onto a box and wear that, but if arts and crafts aren’t your thing, grab one of those clear plastic hanging storage units and fill the pouches with candies.
What Does the Fox Say
The video has taken America by storm! Buying a fox costume might get a little pricey but you could pull off the background dancers in a snap – black pants and white shirt with a black tie. Run up to the store and pick up a black mask and some cat ears. Just please, please don’t play the song!
Last but not least, 2013’s favorite feline, Grumpy Cat. The outfit is pretty easy, neutral color clothes with cat ears and a tail. The hard part is doing the face makeup. Just don’t forget to frown a lot!
What are your costume plans? Share in the comments below!