Thursday 27 April 2017

10 last-minute Halloween costume ideas

The cast from the Walking Dead
Image: Where's Wally
Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1980s TV series Picture: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images
Hocus Pocus
Anna Wintour attends the "Zoolander No. 2" World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Paramount)
Beyonce in a scene from her Lemonade video
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
In 'Ghostbusters', women battle against the odds
Eleven in Stranger Things. Picture: Netflix.

Fancy yourself as Stranger Things' Eleven, Carrie or Catwoman this Halloween? Whether you want a classic costume or to nod to a 2016 pop culture hit, do horror in style with these outfit ideas that hit the right note between ghoulish and girly.

The Walking Dead


To create your own zombie suit, you simply need to take an existing outfit and ravage it. Slash, rip, burn, tear, whatever you need to do to make it look like the product of an apocalypse. Beauty-wise, fake blood, crazy hair and a gormless stare are your go-tos. This look works best when travelling as a pack, so rope some friends in too.

Where’s Wally?

Where's Wally - Wally with cane.jpg  

His distinctive red-and-white-striped t-shirt, bobble hat, and glasses makes Wally a simple, last-minute costume to pull together. Chances are, you already have a suitable Breton tee lurking in your wardrobe

The Joker


Heath Ledger’s supervillain might parade around in a purple suit and green waistcoat for most of The Dark Knight, but there is an episode as demented nurse too. A menacing matron outfit is far easier to come by than silky suiting.

Wonder Woman


Original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter’s caped get-up is not for the aerobics shy. Luckily there are a host of all-in-one costumes that are less figure-hugging than her starry hot pants and satin bodice on offer. Go forth and conquer! And perhaps take a coat with you.

The Hocus Pocus witches


Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker’s characters are all about sweeping velvet, lace, embellishment and crazy hair, nails and make-up. A chance to embrace your eccentric beauty side while tapping into this season’s velvet trend.

Anna Wintour


US Vogue matriarch is an obvious choice for fashion devotees. A bouclé suit or pencil dress, slingbacks and a razor sharp bob are essential. Don’t forget to employ some interns for the night to carry your Starbucks and sunglasses too.

Beyoncé in Lemonade


The rippling mustard Roberto Cavalli gown that Beyoncé wears in her political and highly personal visual album Lemonade is bound to make a zesty costume contender. Find a mustard chiffon mini with bouncing layers of chiffon and sheer inserts to reveal a leopard print bra underneath. Oh, and don’t forget your baseball bat.

Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn


2016’s anti-hero blockbuster Suicide Squad saw Margot Robbie star as demented super-villain Harley Quinn. With her smeared clown make-up, ripped fishnets, hot pants and studded jewellery, Robbie looked like a Cirque de Soleil acrobat on the loose from a mental asylum. Make sure you dress scantily and act off your proverbial rocker if attempting.



The female-led remake of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 fantasy-comedy Ghostbusters, starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon will appeal to those who want to travel as a pack this Halloween. Try making your own proton packs out of old cereal boxes for a makeshift nod to the full ghost busting look.

Stranger Things' Eleven


According to fashion site Lyst, Eleven is set to be the most popular Halloween costume this year, as a pink Peter Pan collar dress by ASOS was viewed once every 3 minutes on the site in the run up to the holiday. Offset your sugary pink dress with tube socks, Converse and a pack of waffles (if you're a Stranger Things novice, here's why waffles are crucial, plus more character costume ideas.)

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