Experts reveal the hottest Halloween costumes inspired by top movies and TV shows and more

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With Halloween a mere two weeks away – it’s time to start making a fashion plan. It’s moments like these where we face the ultimate fashion conundrum – do we go fun or sexy this October 31st? 

Sometimes you want to be that giant slice of pepperoni pizza that is Katy Perry, and other years you want a vibe like Mariah’s sexy mermaid.

Whatever you decide, Halloween brings with it its own fashion pitfalls – sore feet, too much cleavage for under 18’s, runny makeup – whatever it is, don’t worry we’ve got your back. 

Below, we’ve put together a list from the experts on this year’s hottest costumes, the best tips to DIY, how to stay comfortable all night, and how to get away with wearing your costume to work (this year it’s on a Monday).

With Halloween a mere two weeks away ¿ it¿s time to avoid a last minute run to Spirit Halloween and start making a fashion plan

With Halloween a mere two weeks away – it’s time to avoid a last minute run to Spirit Halloween and start making a fashion plan

Katy Perry's pepperoni pizza onesie promises comfort

Mariah's sexy mermaid costume will never be forgotten

Sometimes you want to be that giant slice of pepperoni pizza that is Katy Perry, and other years you want a vibe like Mariah’s sexy mermaid

Eddie Munson will be a top costume, according to Nick Ede

Eleven from Stranger Things is sure to be a popular costume this October 31

Fashion and pop culture expert Nick Ede says: ‘I think Stranger Things will still be one of the top looks for the season, either as the central character in the latest season (Eddie Munson) or as Eleven, replete with a bloody nostril.

THE BEST POP CULTURE COSTUMES OF 2022

Pop culture rules the costume season this year with shows like Stranger Things, Euphoria, Yellowjackets and House of Dragon at the top of the list. 

Fashion and pop culture expert Nick Ede says: ‘The hottest costumes this year will be either totally over the top scary, satirical celebrity or JLO stature glamour – there are so many moments that have happened this year that are sure to be referenced. 

‘I think Stranger Things will still be one of the top looks for the season, either as the central character in the latest season (Eddie Munson) or as Eleven, replete with a bloody nostril. 

‘I also expect a lot of Anna Delvey and other “Tinder Swindler” style hustlers, as well as more than a few Marilyn’s following all the hype behind “Blonde.”

Recreate the "Tinder Swindler" with knock-off designer clothes

Black frame glasses will have you looking like Inventing Anna's Anna Delvey in a snap

‘I also expect a lot of Anna Delvey and other “Tinder Swindler” style hustlers, as well as more than a few Marilyn’s following all the hype behind “Blonde”

Nick predicts a few Marilyn Monroe's following the hype behind "Blonde" starring Ana de Amas

Nick predicts a few Marilyn Monroe’s following the hype behind “Blonde” starring Ana de Amas

Celebrity wise, Nick says, ‘It wouldn’t be Halloween without a Hocus Pocus trio of looks – especially as the sequel just came out. 

‘Hollywood couples are always popular – so look for Meghan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, Jlo and Ben, and Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. 

‘The final Halloween movie just started streaming, so we will likely see a lot of Michael masks kicking in and Don’t Worry Darling (which was its own horror show of a press tour) could lead to Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles giving each other the side eye at a party near you. 

‘We could also be looking at some Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moments, and the stand-out star villain from Selling Sunset – Christine Quinn, might be a popular look too.’ 

'The final Halloween movie just started streaming, so we will likely see a lot of Michael masks kicking in'

‘The final Halloween movie just started streaming, so we will likely see a lot of Michael masks kicking in’

'Don¿t Worry Darling could lead to Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles giving each other the side eye at a party near you'

‘Don’t Worry Darling could lead to Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles giving each other the side eye at a party near you’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moments are sure to happen at a party near you

Get inspired by Jlo and Ben's glamorous ensembles

Couple costumes are always popular and this year Nick believes we could be looking at some Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moments and JLo and Ben

Meghan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have stepped out in some head-turning looks this year

In a pinch? Wear all black and go as Kourtney and Travis

‘Hollywood couples are always popular – so look for Meghan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, Jlo and Ben and Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’

BE COMFORTABLE ALL NIGHT

Staying styled up to the nines all night long is more challenging than it looks. 

RuPaul favorite and Drag Queen extraordinaire Nicky Doll knows something about dressing up, and says, ‘Standing all night in heels, dancing or even walking on concrete (if you’re trick or treating) can be hard on anyone, even if you’re used to it. 

‘So, if you haven’t worn heels for a while, (thanks Covid) throwing on a pair of unforgiving stilettos to perfect a Halloween costume can end up ruining your night. 

‘I spend hours on my feet singing and dancing in pointy shoes and I can tell you, I know heel pain better than anyone. 

‘To help relieve the pain at the end of the night, I always spray my feet with a lidocaine spray like Aspercreme after I slip off my stilettos. I’m basically an Asperqueen! It’s a heel hack that’s gone viral on Tik Tok for a reason – trust me, it works.’

PREPARATION IS KEY 

A practice run is essential. 

Says Nick Ede: ‘The best way to feel and look good on this special night is to do a dry run in your costume and make up. 

‘Never wait until the last minute as this could end up being horrific. You need to give it a chance to see what looks and feels great on you. Yes, we can all splurge on an Amazon get-up but 9 out of 10 times, they don’t look or feel like the look you’re going for. 

‘The fabric may be cheap and flammable, and the size is wrong. If you possibly can, it’s much better to go into a store and try something on in real life than relying on something online. Or even better, make one yourself, with things that you know already fit you.’

A practice run is essential. Says Nick Ede: 'The best way to feel and look good on this special night is to do a dry run in your costume and make up

A practice run is essential. Says Nick Ede: ‘The best way to feel and look good on this special night is to do a dry run in your costume and make up

An oversized t-shirt and baggy trousers, paired with Converse high-tops can quickly turn you into Rue from Euphoria

An oversized t-shirt and baggy trousers, paired with Converse high-tops can quickly turn you into Rue from Euphoria

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR LOOK

In fact, if you are going to make your own costume this year – the experts agree – don’t overthink it. 

Celebrity stylist Miranda Holder says, ‘If you’re the crafty type and enjoy a challenge, then you can have a ball creating your spooky homemade masterpiece, but if you pressed for time, and don’t rate your chances of becoming the next costume designer for the Saw movie franchise, there are plenty of simple ways you can enter into the spirit of things. 

‘You just need to think out of the box. If you’re in a real rut, remember colors, accessories and makeup are the easiest things to create impact.’

Focus on what inspires you. For example, an oversized t-shirt and baggy trousers, paired with Converse high-tops can quickly turn you into Rue from Euphoria. 

Want to go as adult Nat from Yellowjackets? No problem. Try ripped black denim shorts, a Pixies shirt and the black Doc Martens you’ve had for a decade, and a crisp white shirt and pleated skirt can have you channeling Upper Eastsider Serena van der Woodsen instantly.

Recreate Upper Eastsider Serena van der Woodsen's style with items hanging in your closet

Recreate Upper Eastsider Serena van der Woodsen’s style with items hanging in your closet

BE DARING BUT PRATICAL 

And if you are going for fun –make sure to think about the practicality. 

Can an M&M find a way to get into a toilet? Will your Buzz Lightyear helmet allow you to breathe inside a hot room? 

Celebrity stylist Miranda Holder cautions, ‘Make sure your costume will last the duration. You need to be able to move in it and if you are going to be travelling by car, check that your headgear will fit without getting ruined. 

‘If you plan on dancing the night away, are you wearing sweat-wicking fabrics? Or will you end up in a puddle at the end of the night? 

‘And for guys, if you are not familiar with makeup, then please do you research or enlist the help of a willing friend – it does have a nasty habit of sliding around.’

HOW TO BE WORK-APPROPRIATE  

What about going desk to dancefloor? If you are heading to a party direct from the office, Nick advises, ‘Don’t come fully made up to work – leave that for closing time. 

‘But Hallo-wear is all the rage right now, so perhaps come costume-ready for your big night out. 

‘If that’s too much for a more conservative work environment, try having a sparkly spider crawling across your lapel, or some gruesome contact lenses that give you cats-eyes, or fangs that are easily removed when the boss drops by your desk.’

Stylist Miranda agrees, ‘Most fabulous outfits, Halloween or not, consist of a foundation (ie, jeans and a shirt) and then are brought to life by the accents and accessories (chunky boots, statement jewelry, oversized blazer etc.) so build your costume in the same way. 

‘Make sure your foundation is dressy enough for your work environment and then have all the fun in the bathroom at the end of the day, transforming into your chosen Halloween ensemble.’

Nick Ede believes Selling Sunset's villain Christine Quinn might be a popular look this year

Nick Ede believes Selling Sunset’s villain Christine Quinn might be a popular look this year

LET LOOSE AND BE FEARLESS 

And finally, whatever you decide to do – the most important thing of all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. 

‘Halloween is all about going over the top and knowing that it’s the one night of the year that no one will judge your fashion choice!’ says Nick, ‘and remember, it’s always good to go either over the top and subtle and clever. Never both at once!’

Stylist Miranda agrees, ‘Never forget that the aim is to have fun, and your costume should reflect that. If you are physically uncomfortable, fidgety or self-conscious then it’s totally going to put a downer on the whole night. 

‘My biggest tip is to go for a look you’ve always wanted to try but never had the confidence to do before – go for something that makes you feel like your channeling all the sassy super powers of your very best self. This will set you up for the best party ever.’





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