Halloween is a day away, people! Have you your costume, your candy-carrying equipment, your best howl all set and underway? In case you’re scrambling your brain (and nearby thrift shops) for a last-minute get-up, we’re here to offer some help. In the surely haunted spirit of the holiday, here are some past articles that may inspire your best costume to date.
Basquiat, or one of his paintings
Basquiat’s personal style was just as recognisable as his paintings are today. Go for the dreads-against-the-suit look or the more iconic Basquiat-the-boxer image. Or, if you’re up to the challenge, go as one of his erratic, beautiful paintings.
Inspired by: Basquiat the Supernova
The legendary choreographer’s name and face is now familiar to people outside the dance and theatre world thanks to Wim Wenders’ documentary, Pina. The costume may require you to hold a cigarette all night, but you don’t have to light it. Just don’t forget to move gracefully and occasionally direct people where to go.
Inspired by: Discovering Pina Bausch and Tanztheater
Alfred Hitchcock characters, or Alfred Hitchcock himself
Plenty of possibilities here: some of them scary, all of them good. Norman Bates from Psycho, or better yet, Norman’s mother. Ladies, go platinum blonde and fashion a fake crow on your shoulder. Gents, sport a sleek silver suit and occasionally lose your balance or hit the floor and cover your head. Best of all, go as the director himself, say ‘Good eveeeeeening…’ and make brief cameos at various Halloween parties.
Inspired by: The Humour and the Horror of Alfred Hitchcock
The outfit would be easy enough, but this costume should come complete with the performance. If Colbert can do it for 22 minutes, four nights a week, or while openly ridiculing President George W. Bush in his presence, then surely you’ll be able to go a full evening as the man himself.
Steve Urkel, or Stefan Urquelle
Rebirth and relive the sitcom 1990s this Halloween! You’ll get points for conjuring up some healthy nostalgia, just don’t break your back doing it. We say this because in order to be Steve Urkel, you’ll need his awful posture, or the costume just won’t work.
Inspired by: The Sublime-Banal Papers
Red Phone Booth
You might need more than a last minute to fashion this one, but it’d be worth a shot since you’ll surely take top spot for best costume of the night if you pull it off. Just don’t let anyone pee on you. (A good rule in general, actually.)
Inspired by: Goodbye Red Phone Booth