How to DIY 11 pop culture costumes for Halloween
From the screen to your Halloween
All Hallows’ Eve is rapidly approaching, and if you still haven't locked down a costume, fear not — EW Style Hunter has you covered. 2018 has had no shortage of great pop culture looks to imitate, and we hunted down some of the best ones to help you make it a Halloween to remember. Click through to create your perfect Halloween costume.
Peik Lin in Crazy Rich Asians
Awkafina stole the show in Crazy Rich Asians as Peik Lin, the brash (and crazy-rich) BFF to Constance Wu's Rachel. If you want to appear super on-trend and also have an ultra-comfy costume, there's pretty much no better option. Get yourself a pair of black-and-white dog-print pajamas like this set from Nordstrom and a blond wig, and you can have the Halloween of your dreams. Bawk, bawk, bitch.
Emily in A Simple Favor
Blake Lively slayed (in more ways than one) as the enigmatic mother/fashion guru Emily in A Simple Favor this fall, and her collection of exquisitely tailored men's wear and suits was to die for. Borrow a page from Lively (and director Paul Feig) with a peekaboo suit jacket (this one from Pretty Little Thing is very eye-catching) and matching pants. Don't forget to accesorize with a cane, cravat, and of course, an Aviation gin martini with a lemon twist.
Zoya the Destroya in GLOW
Betty Cooper on Riverdale
Grab your favorite partner in crime (or partner in justice) and throw on a Halloween getup that’s just like Riverdale: classic, with a spooky twist. If you’re everyone’s favorite blond sleuth, pull those locks in a tight ponytail and try this collared knit top for a touch of sweetness, paired with a no-nonsense jean skirt and Chucks. Go get ’em, Nancy Drew.
Veronica Lodge on Riverdale
Detroit in Sorry to Bother You
Sorry to Bother You’s Detroit wore many memorable pieces throughout the film, so feel free to mix ’em up for a recognizable homage to this show-stealing supporting character. Detroit took fashion statements literally, so let your outfit speak for you with daring earrings and a printed T, then throw on an oversize military jacket to tie it all together. Oh, and don’t forget a bold lip.
Halloween is usually all about spookiness, but sometimes it needs a little sweetener. Brighten up the room by emulating Ariana’s stunning look during her Tonight Show performance of “No Tears Left to Cry” back in August. All you need is an ultra-short light-pink babydoll dress, gray over-the-knee heeled boots, and the highest ponytail you can manage.
Take some style cues from Queer Eye’s fashion guru, Tan France, and be the best-dressed person at the Halloween party this year. To get his signature look, roll up the short sleeves on a floral-print button-down and French-tuck it into a pair of cropped pants. Bonus points if you temporarily dye your hair gray and go sockless for that casual yet sartorially superior vibe. Pro tip: Grab four of your most fabulous friends and complete the Queer Eye squad: We're talking an all-red suit for Bobby, a graphic T and neckerchief for Antoni, a bold bomber jacket for Karamo, and some gender-bending gorgeousness (heels and a mustache, anyone?) for JVN.
Lady Bird in Lady Bird
Feeling like a disaffected youth? Channel your angst into a Lady Bird costume. School uniforms are pretty easy to find at thrift shops, but if you want to build from scratch, get yourself a polo shirt, navy vest, and gray skirt from a uniform provider like Land's End. Don't forget pink gauze to build yourself a mock cast (and use some temporary hair dye to complete the look). You may have been snubbed at the Oscars, but you'll be the toast of your Halloween party.
Janet on The Good Place
Everything is fine! We love The Good Place’s favorite database (she's not a girl), and you can be very helpful this Halloween if you rock your best Janet look. Get yourself a purple suit and floral blouse (you can buy the button-down vest and skirt as separates). Pair with a cactus for the ultimate Janet look. Or if you want to really shake things up, go as Bad Janet with leather pants and a leather jacket.
Donna in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Just one look and we can hear a bell ring. We were totally in love with Donna's groovy 1970s boho chic looks all summer. If you want to be the Dancing Queen this Halloween, get yourself a groovy pair of overalls and add a yellow floral blouse. For the perfect mother-daughter costume, go as young Donna and older Donna in matching overalls: young Donna in yellow, older Donna in white. You'll be having the time of your life!