By Shannon Carlin
Halloween is less than five days away and if you haven’t found yourself a costume just yet, don’t panic. We’ve got the best musical pairings that will make you the standout among all of those other trick-or-treaters out this year.
So instead of going to Party City to buy some bad mask and cheaply sewn outfit every other person will have, we’ve come up with a few inventive costumes that make the most of this year in pop culture and put your friends’ costumes to shame. Are you a fan of spooking your friends and portmanteaus? Seriously, you will win any Halloween costume contest with any of these choices. We guarantee it.
Of course, you could just dress as a zombie version of your favorite singer—we took a liking to Jay Zombie—or go as Taylor Swift, since as she told Radio.com, it’s not really that hard to do. But, wouldn’t it be more fun to be Ariana Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte or Beyonsatan or even Wayne Bitcoyne?
We sure think so.
All you need is a Jafar costume from Disney’s Aladdin. Can’t find one? Buy a pair of black pants and an oversize black shirt. Now find a red scarf or sash to tie around your waist. Top it off with Pharrell’s crazy hat! You’re the happiest of all the Disney villains.
2. Ariana Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fall 2014 was all about listening to Ariana Grande and drinking pumpkin-spice lattes, so it’s best to put the two together for the most basic Halloween costume ever. All you have to do is wear all orange and style your hair half up/half down. Make sure you’re holding a Starbucks coffee cup—grande sized, duh—at all times. Black cat ears are optional, but highly suggested.
3. Drake-O Malfoy
Hold on, we’re going to Hogwarts. Take a page from Drake’s own Instagram and dress as the trillest member of the Slytherin crew. All you need is a Hogwarts uniform, green and silver scarf, wand, platinum blonde wig and every chain that you wear, even when you’re in your house.
4. Wayne Bitcoyne
Bye, bye Coinye West. Meet everyone’s favorite new cryptocurrency. Grab a crazy gray wig and a wildly patterned button-down shirt just like Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Now paint your face gold. Bonus points if you walk around in a giant plastic bubble. Of course, just blowing bubbles is a totally acceptable, whimsical detail.
5. Adele Dazeem and John Travolta
This Halloween be the wick-ed-ly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem, who happens to look a whole lot like Idina Menzel. Because we can’t let it go, we suggest you turn this into a couple’s costume by having your partner dress up like John Travolta on his way to the 2014 Oscars, ready to introduce you to every single person you meet.
6. Charli Brown
Charli XCX is fancy, we already know, but what if she was a member of the Peanuts gang? We suggest you wear a yellow and black striped jumpsuit, similar to Charlie Brown’s look and say “good grief” all night in a British accent.
7. A$AP Rocky & Bullwinkle
Be a regular fashion killa in this update of an old school costume. Cop some of A$AP Rocky’s designer style by wearing any of his favorite brands — knock-offs work just fine. Now, grab a squirrel tail, a Yankees cap and a pair of pilot’s goggles. Make Bullwinkle a member of the A$AP Mob by throwing on a pair of moose ears, a chain and some grillz. Long. Live. This. Costume.
8. Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor Swift
Back in 1991, when Taylor Swift was just two-years-old, a show called Home Improvement debuted and changed the way we think about grunting forever. This Halloween, become the handiest Taylor Swift you can be in a matching crop top and skirt — belly button safely hidden away, thanks to a tool belt strapped around your waist. Instead of carrying around any real tools, fill your belt up with Fisher Price versions. Add even more adorableness by carrying around your stuffed versions of Meredith Grey or Olivia Benson, complete with their own tiny hard hats. Safety first, obvi.
Bring a little truth to all those Illuminati rumors by becoming a devilish version of Beyoncé. Wear a black bodysuit, fishnets and heels. Top it off with a pair of devil’s horns. Totally ***Flawle666
10. Ricky Rozay O’Donnell
Ever wonder what Rick Ross would look like if he hosted The View? No? Well, thank god we did and came up with this costume just for you. First grab an all-black pantsuit or jogging suit. Now, put on a pair of reading glasses just like Rosie O’Donnell’s and carry around index cards with The View logo, a bottle of rosé and/or Wingstop wings and a few diced pineapples.
11. The “Real” Lorde
South Park recently revealed the true identity of Lorde and gave us a great idea for a costume. Buy a long curly haired wig and wear all black. Draw on a mustache. You’re now the “real” Lorde, better known as Randy Marsh.
12. “Weird Al” Pacino
Just when “Weird Al” Yankovic thought he was out of parodies, the pop stars pulled him back in and helped him earn his first No. 1 album ever. But what’s even weirder is Al Pacino’s approach to acting as he gets older, right? This costume will truly live up to the title of “Weird Al,” by combining crazy Hawaiian shirts, receding hairlines and a whole lot of shouting. If you happen to have an accordion lying around, we suggest you put it to good use this Halloween. Boo-ha!
13. Bob Dillon Francis
What if Bob Dylan didn’t only plug in, but got all the way turnt up? This Halloween, Dylan becomes an EDM superstar by following Dillon Francis’ lead. Wear a lot of neon clothing, carry around a few glow sticks and become whatever era Bob Dylan you’d like. We suggest going with Dylan circa 1965 — dark curly fro and even darker sunglasses.
14. Batman & Robyn
Some may say Robyn saved pop music, but this Halloween she’s teaming up with Batman to save Gotham. While your partner dons Batman’s suit—sans nipples, so you don’t have to spend your night doing the George Clooney apology—you throw on a short platinum blonde wig, platform sneakers and some wild patterned leggings. Add a brightly colored cape to get into true superhero mode.
There are two things everyone in the world loves: Adele and Legos. Combine the two by pairing your favorite little black dress and a cardboard box painted yellow that features Adele’s signature eyelashes. Throw a red bouffant wig on top and perhaps mock up a few GRAMMYs—10 if you want to precise—and you’re good to go.
16. Jenny Louis C.K.
Be just one of the funny guys in this costume which combines two of our favorite redheads, Jenny Lewis and Louis CK. Wear your own version of Ms. Lewis’ rainbow suit and a red goatee just like Louie’s. Don’t forget to complain about everything and look a little schlubby. A lovable kind of schlubby, of course.
17. Riff Raffi
If Riff Raff were to become a children’s singer he would be Raffi, the singer who in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s asked kids to shake their sillies away and taught them about the baby beluga in the deep blue sea. To make this costume work you must wear a crazy sweater vest—preferably in Aqua-Berry—and a pair of Jawwdinz. Your hair must be in cornrows and you should carry around a ukulele and sing songs like “Baby Beluga in My Jawwdinz.” No one’s huge face is going to push you out of any pictures this Halloween. That’s the Radio.com promise.
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