Dreaming up the perfect Halloween costume is rarely an easy task. Often times, we wait too long to begin brainstorming and settle for what we went as last year...and the year before that. (Um, not fun).
Luckily, however, you still have an entire week (!) to get your costume shopping on. To take the pressure off, we rounded up our favorite Halloween costume ideas we've come across this year. Take a look through for some major #HalloweenInspo. You got this!
1. Halloween Costume Pieces You Can Wear Again
If you think about cost-per-wear, buying a Halloween costume can feel like a waste of money. A smarter way to shop for the holiday is to lean on the brands you naturally gravitate towards and unearth your costume building blocks there. Not only will you make a stylish costume, but you will be able to wear these pieces again and again.
2. Dress Up As Characters from the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Honor of the Movie's 40th Anniversary
The campy Halloween flick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, turned 40 this year. The cult classic has played continuously since its release in 1975, making it the longest-running movie in history—and one of the longest-running sources of costume inspiration. Honor the movie's four decades this Fright night by dressing up as one of the five main characters: Columbia, Riff Raff, Magenta, Janet Weiss, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The good news: Some of what you need is probably already in your closet.
3. Find Your Perfect Halloween Costume with These 19 Ideas Inspired by Hair Length
When it comes to finding the perfect Halloween costume idea, sometimes the best (and easiest!) strategy is to work with what you've got, especially in the hair department. For example, if you've got a case of the cannot-be-tamed medium-length locks, try being Hermione from Harry Potter. Or, if you have super short hair, go as Twiggy! To get your gears turning, we rounded up 19 iconic characters (each with varying hair-lengths) that you can easily transform into this Halloween.
4. How to Be Jem and the Holograms for Halloween
No one pulls off bright bedazzled costumes quite like Jem and the Holograms. And this Halloween, you can recreate the truly outrageous look of the girl band that ruled Sunday morning cartoons in the '80s. Just in time for the new movie rendition, which hit theaters on Oct. 23, we're sharing tips to transform into the pop star and her bandmates, straight from the film's costume designer, Soyon An.
5. You Can Now Dress Your Child Up as Lena Dunham for Halloween
File this under unique Halloween costume ideas for your daughter. Women's leadership platform MAKERS has dreamt up a series of re-imagined outfit ideas for the holiday that celebrate heroic, groundbreaking women and the list includes outspoken feminist Lena Dunham. See the adorable pint-size Lena costume here.
6. Recreate a 2015 Style Moment from Miley, Amy, Riri, and More
Deciding on what to wear to the party next Saturday is as simple as picking an iconic pop-culture moment. From Miley Cyrus's outrageous VMA's outfits to Kendall Jenner's always on-point street style, here's how to turn the most memorable 2015 style moments into your own hot Halloween costume.
7. Stylishly Spooky Inspiration from the MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards provided no shortage of great looks this year. From Miley Cyrus's wildly awesome outfits to Nicki Minaj's feather-topped ensemble (above), these head-turning fashions are perfect for all of your Halloween festivities.
8. 9 Iconic Couples to Dress Up as This Halloween
Halloween is the one night of the year where you can escape reality and become another person, so might as well make it count, right? For instance, why not channel Holly Golightly with a long black dress, gloves, and tiara. All your man needs to do is wear a suit and tie to portray Paul Varjak.
If you’re planning on dressing up with your special someone, it may take a bit more time and preparation, so we’ve rounded up our favorite movie couples to offer some much-needed inspiration.