I don’t know about you, but I could use some inspiration for finding a Halloween costume this year. The sooner the better, too, because even though I start off really gung-ho about making a homemade costume or putting together something super original, my enthusiasm typically wanes.
I’ll let this highly scientific chart speak for itself.
In my search for easy and fun Halloween costumes, I keep coming back to the scenes I love so much from certain movies. Here are my top 5 picks. There are many more where these came from (and certainly some more frightening, if that’s your thing).
Top 5 Halloween Costumes Worn in Movies
“Ex-Wife” from Mean Girls
Scene: Cady Heron doesn’t get the memo that all the girls are dressing like sluts (“I’m a mouse, duh”) and crashed the party with her gory getup.
Fun: Who doesn’t want to play with the fake teeth and blood?
Easy: A headband, tulle and really tacky prom dress or wedding gown from the thrift store. Set.
“Shower Curtain” from Karate Kid
Scene: Daniel LaRusso tries to hide from his enemies in this clever ensemble. Spoiler: They find him anyway.
Fun: Makeout party!
“Jill” from Once Bitten
Scene: Robin is upset with her boyfriend because he’s supposed to be Jack (as in Jack and Jill), but instead he comes to the dance dressed as a vampire even though he “says” he’s not wearing a costume. Some funky lady shows up and tries to steal him away, but Robin fights back with her mad skills during a dance off.
Fun: Cute but not hooker-wear, plus you have a swirly skirt, and who doesn’t like a swirly skirt?
Easy: Debatable. But I could see a white blouse, red skirt and strategically pinned pieces of white fabric for the kerchief and apron working in a pinch.
“Skeleton” from Donnie Darko
Scene: Donnie Darko is on a date with destiny and shows up to the Halloween party wearing literally the laziest costume ever. The hoodie really ties it all together.
Fun: Wearing a hoodie will make you instantly recognizable as Donnie. Bonus points if you get your significant other to dress up like Frank, the demented bunny (who still gives me nightmares).
“Cat Creature” from E.T.
Scene: Elliott’s mom takes pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes, failing to notice that it’s E.T. wearing the ghost costume, not her daughter.
Fun: This costume is like the musical Cats meets Catwoman meets random cat print. It’s almost like I tried to do a few years ago, but better.
Easy: A simple masquerade mask, a cat headband, and a dress you’d wear even if it weren’t Halloween (this one is awesome & this one, too). Do a simple Google search for tiger print or leopard print dress.
Which one would you wear? I need help deciding.
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