As much as we love Halloween, making elaborate costumes can be a real pain in the butt (literally if you accidentally sit on the hot glue gun). If you have parties to attend, but would rather sink your time into consuming as much candy as your organs can process than into thinking of a creative outfit, we came up with some simpler suggestions, inspired by some of the year’s biggest movies and TV shows. For example …
Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all time. But dressing up like one of its costumed heroes is an expensive, potentially uncomfortable prospect. Want to go as another Endgame character? How about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first unambiguously gay character? You know, that one guy at Captain America’s support group. Played by co-director Joe Russo, the part wasn’t even given a name, just “Grieving Man.” To dress as this iconic character, you don’t need tights or a shield; just glasses and a dark blazer.
One of the biggest moments in pop culture this year was Cats — not the actual upcoming movie, but the godawful trailer that freaked out the internet. So instead of squeezing into a skintight furry bodysuit to go as, say, Rum Tum Tugger, go as someone who was creeped the hell out by the trailer. All you need is a laptop with the Cats trailer playing and the horrified expression of someone who just watched the trailer for Cats.
Even though he died in The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker will likely show up in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker as a Force Ghost like Obi-Wan, Yoda, or those people who convinced Ebenezer Scrooge not to be such an asshole all the time. Han Solo died back in The Force Awakens, but since he wasn’t a Jedi, if he’s going to appear in the new movie, it will have to be as a normal ghost. So if you want to go as the Han Solo of 2019, all you really need is a vest, a toy blaster, and an old bed sheet.
One of the most popular shows this year was the third season of Stranger Things, so it makes sense that one of the hottest Halloween costumes is the uniform for Scoops Ahoy, Starcourt Mall’s ice cream parlor where Steve Harrington works. But if you’re worried about the cost or unoriginality of that costume, don’t worry. There are tons of other businesses in the mall. Like that Zales where a snooty employee crushed Mike’s dreams of buying a silver teddy bear for Eleven. Just get a name tag, a cheap blue suit, and the kind of ugly ’80s tie you can find at any thrift store.
If you want to do a couples costume, but things aren’t going so great, how about Dani and Christian from Midsommar? The horror hit wraps up [SPOILERS] with the unhappy pair ending their relationship on weird terms. Dani is crowned May Queen, while Christian is sewn inside a bear carcass and burned alive. Because if you’re going to rip off The Wicker Man, you might as well go all the way.
For Dani, you really just need a white dress and a crown made of flowers from your neighbor’s garden. For Christian, recreate his grim end by cutting a face-sized hole in an old teddy bear and wearing a matching brown sweatshirt.