Last minute costume ideas to help you become Harry, Taylor, Ed or Ozzy for the night.
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you still haven’t got your costume sorted then you may be close to panicking. Don’t worry – we’ve got you. Gone are the days when your Halloween costume had to be frightening, with more people now opting to pay tribute to their favourite film, TV show, celebrity or artist. We’ve compiled a list of 15 costume ideas inspired by musicians to help you throw together a last-minute Halloween look. A heads up: you may need to invest in some wigs.
Styles is known for his eye-popping wardrobe. All you need here is a brightly coloured suit, preferably flared, and a few tacky but charming accessories – think feather boas and cowboy hats. For bonus points, bring a friend dressed as Chris Pine and spit on them.
An environmentally friendly option. Bridgers has been fully committed to the skeleton aesthetic as of late, meaning that you may even be able to repurpose an old Halloween costume to imitate her ghoul-chic. Add a white-blonde wig and a nihilistic aura and you’re all set.
Grab a friend and adopt a groovy seventies look for the perfect Silk Sonic costume. Think three-piece suits in autumnal colours, psychedelic shirts, silk and corduroy. Coloured sunglasses and layered necklaces are a must have.
With the 20th anniversary of Stripped just gone, it seems like as good a time as any to bring back this popular costume. Channel ‘Dirrty’ Aguilera with red shorts, a bikini top and some chaps. A few braids in the hair and some heavy eye make-up completes the look.
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The brightest, boldest version of country around. Fringe shirts, neon cowboy hats, sparkly spurs and enough jewelry to open your own Claire’s Accessories are all on the menu. Alternatively, pay tribute to the Montero music video in leather, platform boots, black angel wings and devil horns.
If you’re going to be P!nk, be P!nk at her pinkest. Committed costumiers may want to reach for the bright pink hair dye – for the rest of us, P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ look involves a fluffy pink wig, pink satin pyjamas and a pink eye mask. Not only will you look great, but you’ll be the comfiest person at the party.
An easy one in a pinch. Option one is to become Alex Turner in his greasy-haired teddy boy era with some gel, a shirt and a leather jacket. Option two is even simpler – all you need is a winter coat, some earmuffs and whatever you can fashion into a tail.
There’s far, far too many Nicki looks to choose from, but the ‘Super Bass’ video provides the most colourful inspiration. Some brightly coloured hair, neon bracelets and a onesie – preferably cow print – are all you’ll need.
You can whip up a pretty convincing Ozzy costume with just three ingredients: a blazer, a black T-shirt and a pair of round sunglasses. Add thick, shoulder-length hair and some eyeliner as a garnish. If you really want to knock it out of the park you can try using some of his own makeup collaboration with Rock and Roll Beauty. You’ll also need a headless bat.
Being Lizzo is all in the attitude. However, if the judges of your local costume contest need a little more than that, throw on your favourite sparkly leotard and grab your flute and you’ll be ready to walk out the door. You don’t play the flute? Start. We lied before. The flute is essential.
Specifically, you’ll be dressing as Mariah in the midst of her battle for the Queen of Christmas crowd. Don your favourite Christmas jumper or festive party dress and make sure to anchor your Santa hat with a tiara. Accessorise with a packet of Walkers salt and vinegar crisps.
If you’re looking for something a bit more obviously Halloween-y, then try recreating Ghost’s satanic bishop getup. There’s a bit more DIY involved in this one, but if you can manage to construct his mitre and perfect his black and white face paint then you’ll be well on your way to ruining Halloween for every kid in your neighbourhood.
Become the pop princess of the 2020s. You’ll need a prom dress, some helium balloons and a little string to recreate Rodrigo’s Sour Tour announcement. Beautiful and practical – later in the night you’ll be glad you’ve got something helping to keep you upright.
Immortalise the moment earlier this year that saw Sheeran playing an impromptu set at a club in Ibiza. Don a white t shirt, sunglasses, a straw hat, and an air of confusion. To really get into character, make sure to forget the words to every song that comes on.
Yes, Midnights just dropped, but some of us still can’t get Red out of our minds. Wind a red scarf around your neck, put on your brightest red lipstick and burn an effigy of Jake Gyllenhaal. Alternatively, dress as Gyllenhaal in the same scarf because no one’s really sure who has it now.