Just because Halloween is going to look a little different this year, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still celebrate with some seriously spook-tacular Halloween costumes! After all, there’s plenty of ways to make this a socially distanced yet still fun and spooky Halloween! Whether you’re celebrating with a Zoom performance, taking (socially distanced) band Halloween photos, or sending your fans goody bags filled with candy and merch, it’s the perfect opportunity to loosen up amidst an otherwise stressful year, and have some fun with your costumes.
So, if you’re DIY-ing it on a budget, stuck at home, or in any other way just feeling stuck on costume ideas, try these out.
Something quick & scrappy
It can be a great Halloween costume and not take you all month to prepare! As we were scouring IG for some of those we came up with quite a few that were made from either regular clothes, or a little makeup, or hey, even sometimes just paper. Because it’s not about how much money you spend or how much time you invest into your costume, it’s about the intention and the heart behind it. As long as people can tell what you’re supposed to be then I’d say it’s a win!
Take the items you already have or can quickly get together like your own clothes, makeup, accessories, and start to brainstorm how you could make them work in accordance with one of the themes below.
Something super elaborate
Some people like to go all out with Halloween, and to those people I say, you are awesome. There’s nothing wrong with the quick and scrappy route, it’s one I’ve taken many times myself but we all kind of live for those that go nuts when it comes to their makeup and costume and if you’re someone who revels in that, then I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Approach the below ideas with the notion that you’re going to do whatever it takes to make it truly come to life. And it’s going to be awesome.
Your favorite movie or TV show
What’s better than getting the opportunity to have the inside joke of your dreams with a costume that references your favorite movie or TV show? The more niche the better, honestly. If you’re stuck trying to think of what movie would be best, here are a few to get you started:
Married At First Sight
90 Day Fiance
Orange is The New Black
Better Call Saul
Any number of food/house/lifestyle shows
The list goes on….
This one is a perfect choice because you’re likely to have most or all of what you need already at home—odds are your favorite characters aren’t decked out in anything too crazy. It also works for groups that are dressing up together, because you know, there’s a whole theme there. So pick your favorite TV show or one that represents your band’s personality, and have fun!
Another big hit for group costumes? Sticking with a theme. In this one, you see a few suspects picked up by the Fairytale police—it’s a cute and clever idea that lends itself to groups without a ton of coordination or planning:
So many ways to do this from a simple set of ears and a tutu to your favorite Disney merch or going all out with makeup and costume like you see in the second photo.
Pacman (bonus: super DIY)
An inside joke
What’s better than something that only your fans would get? Dig deep in the vault for this one and think of something that is so niche, so true to you and your brand that only your most loyal fans would get it, and then go all out. Think, something with your brand, or that has to do with a lyric, or a song name, or a story you tell a lot. The more your fans feel like they’re part of an exclusive set of insiders who get this, the better.
Something that makes you laugh
Sometimes, you just want your costume to be silly and to make you laugh or make other people stop in their tracks and think about how awesome it is. It’s ok to choose a costume just because it makes you happy—this is one of those times where not everything needs a strategy—sometimes it’s good enough just to make someone’s life a little better with your costume.