The first Halloween in two years is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t put any thought or planning into a costume. Maybe your flatmate suggested you go as the hosts of Red Scare as a joke (you hope it was a joke; you’re choosing to interpret it as a joke), and you said, “I’ll probably just go as Margot Tenenbaum, of The Royal Tenenbaums. She’s been my screensaver for four years.” Your flatmate’s nose wrinkled slightly in derision. “That’s how you dress all the time,” she said, narrowing her eyes as if to accuse you of pulling a cop-out. “Exactly,” you said, thinking of how little money you’re about to spend on a costume you can pull off extremely well.
If any of that resonates with you even slightly, please refer to the list below of Halloween costumes that will have your friends and the general public crowing about how much you resemble whomever you’re dressed as without you having to do almost anything at all.
Someone from Squid Game
Supplies Needed: Green tracksuit, white t-shirt, sneakers
This is a costume that says “I am a consumer of pop culture.” Alternatively, you could take the literal route and dress as a game-playing squid. How? I don’t know.
Beth from The Queen’s Gambit
Supplies Needed: Black turtleneck, black eyeliner, round brush, hair dryer
This is a costume that says “I am a slightly less up-to-date consumer of pop culture.” Simply curl the ends of your hair, swipe on a cat-eye wing, and tell people you’re the girl from that chess show. If you really want to hammer the point home, procure some sort of chess-related accessory and carry it around.
Olivia or Paula from The White Lotus
Supplies Needed: Wire-frame aviators, striped tank, pretentious book
This look conveys, again, that you watch television, and also that you’re mean and hot at the same time.
Met Gala Attendee
Supplies Needed: Miscellaneous
The options here are endless; these red carpet ensembles were practically Halloween costumes a month early. Show up wrapped in a quilt to go as A$AP Rocky, or go all-black with a ski mask for Kim K.
Supplies Needed: Business-casual outfit. Or business outfit? I don’t really know the difference.
If you want to go the extra meme-able mile with this one, you could work in some kind of nod to “gaslight” and “gatekeep” by toting a lantern and a key or something along those lines.
Supplies Needed: Monochrome suit, miscellaneous
I guess this one is more for the boys, but long-haired ladies can work with a mascara beard, fake mustache, and a suit. Even if you’re not one of the seemingly countless men currently seized by the long-hair trend, the Beatles have so many iconic eras–all you need is a tux or some kind of suit and a fringe.