2018 Halloween Costume Ideas: Easy, Not Lame, Maybe Stupid

Personally, Halloween is my favourite holiday—What’s better than candy, partying, and dressing up?

Here are our top picks for this year’s Halloween costumes inspired by today’s pop culture.

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by Wow Khoman


  1. Man in Black, Westworld

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Let’s start with one of the biggest series this past year: Westworld. Although season 2 was, honestly, quite disappointing, that doesn’t mean we weren’t all left craving to dress up and live out our own cowboy fantasies (some of which do not require clothes).

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If anything, you must get the black hat, but what really cements his combination of modern CEO and western villain is the casual blazer and vest. Mix narrow and medium width stripes, while keeping the overall palette monochrome (Ed Harris is really more of a Man in Dark Grey). Give the look a more polished edge by opting for Chelsea Boots.

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2. Duke Ellington, Big Mouth

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This year also saw season 2 of Netflix’s incredible adult animated series, Big Mouth. Although it’s very tempting to do the hormone monster, not all of us really want to deal with repurposing a gorilla suit. So why not slow things down, do your vocal warmups, and go as Nick’s upstairs neighbour, the ghost of jazz legend, Duke Ellington. What’s more, this costume goes fabulously with being messily drunk.

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A red velvet smoking jacket is a must. The one he’s wearing is quite simple, but go ahead and take some artistic license with it. Accessorize with a cream scarf and for his ghost legs, wrap yours with some aqua coloured organza. Bottoms optional. I think Duke would certainly approve of that. Don’t forget to gel your hair and pencil in a nice, skinny moustache!

 
 

3. Charlie Brown, Peanuts

An oldie, but a goodie. Instead of going for the classic Charlie Brown look, try re-imagining him. It’s always fun to picture things from our childhood grow up and get tainted by the world (for the better) much like ourselves.

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This season’s favourite colour, saffron, is perfect for my version of streetwear Charlie. Use some craft felt for the zig zag and attach to the hoodie (from the inside!) with some safety pins. Complete the look with tan leather sneakers and a snoopy backpack or our very own joggers, which feature embroideries of dogs.

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4. Nightman & Dayman, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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It’s Halloween! You should never take yourself too seriously. And what other show takes itself so seriously unseriously than It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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For Dayman, no need to get some random jumpsuit just for the occasion. Victoria’s Secret has it all. Go for satin pajamas and a tanga style bikini bottom. Don’t forget to be heavy-handed with some blush.

Nightman’s costume is quite simple except for the eye makeup, which really makes it what it is. Other than that just pair a kimono jacket with black jeans.

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5. IT Girl

Oh come on, you know you’ve been tempted. Sometimes when you feel contempt for something, the best way of dealing is to joke about it. Live out your dirty, guilt pleasures, and have a laugh. And yes dudes, you do have the advantage of this being funnier. For the ladies, I guess good luck trying to make it look like a costume and not you selling out…

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This one doesn’t require a lot of clothing. Stick to a combination of black, white, and pink. Wear a sportsbra with sleek, tailored joggers (wear as low on your hips and possible) and the slimmest sunglasses you can find. And don’t forget to put on your Kylie lips—whether that comes from her kit or from fillers—and accessorize with a baby. It’s for the gram.

Try to look like you’re SERIOUSLY obsessed with Drake.
 
 

6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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With all that’s happening in politics, this Halloween be a champion instead of just a farce. For those of you wearing t-shirts that say “Feminist” on it, if you really want to get women in your corner, why don’t you educate yourself about one of the greatest fighters for women’s rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And when you’re properly woke instead of just #woke, pay homage to this glorious heroine.

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Never has someone made a boring old judge’s robe look so chic. It’s all about the classic, statement accessories and pops of colour, because you can do good, but also look good doing it. Get a bit of lace trim from your local fabric store and attach to the collar of the robe. Match the lace with a pair of fishnet gloves (fingers not cut off).

 
 

7. Korean popStar

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the world domination of Korean culture. There’s nothing worth craving more than kbbq, no skincare more coveted than Korean sheet masks, and no stars that get more screams than the Kpop variety. This year—and not just this Halloween—channel Kpop’s ultimate bad boy and mogul, Jay Park. A Seattle native, Jay Park rose to fame as the leader of the biggest band, 2PM, only to be ousted due to some Myspace comments. He came back with a big bang (sorry, I couldn’t resist) though as he signed with Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, and started his own, AOMG.

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Go for contrast; it’s all about combining softness with edge. If you’re not covered in tats and don’t want to deal with a week’s worth peeling from the temporary kind, try our hoodies and jeans featuring embroidery and print inspired by Sak Yant (Thai sacred tattoos). To accessorize, just layer on the rings, bracelets, and chains—all silver, all Chrome Hearts, if you can help it. And make sure your hair looks damn good.

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8. Rick, Ricky & Morty

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But let’s make this look a little more refined. You might look like a snob, but at least you won’t look like the assholes who say “Rick & Morty is actually show for smart people. You have to be smart to get it” (*EYE ROLL* ). There’s never anything wrong with making something look more fashion forward. Get chic and schwifty.

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There’s no getting around the wig, but the lab coat, update to a nice, sharp wool overcoat (it’s October… it’s cold out). Instead of having a big brass belt buckle, pick one with gold-tone hardware. Then just get riggity riggity wreck son!

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9. 2018’s top meme

Yeah, 2018’s top meme seems to have been Luka Sabbat photoshopped into gigantic coats! Congrats… As much as I hate to admit it, since their 2016 Fall RTW, Vetements has had a huge impact on fashion. Their dickhead style of apathy has yielded some pretty interesting fashion and regardless of what anyone thinks, it’s definitely been entertaining.

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Try to look like you really don’t give a shit. Get a long wool overcoat with 70’s/80’s pattern from a thrift shop. For the giant shoulder pads, use rolls of Bounty paper towels. Our bleach tee really emphasizes the streetwear vibe, especially with the graphics that no one can read (it’s just Thai). Complete the outfit with something from Dick’s sporting goods, a silver chain, and the most obnoxious pair of sneakers you can find. Really try to be over the top with this, otherwise, like the IT Girl costume, it might just be too subtle a difference from your everyday look.

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    Wow Khoman, 25, born in Bangkok, Thailand. She has spent her life between her home country and the U.S., where she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2015 with a BFA in Apparel Design.

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