pumpkin spice lattes and new Netflix releases, there’s one other thing that makes fall our favorite season: Halloween. And for many of us, that means playing dress up. But if your group chat is already blowing up with outfit ideas and you feel a migraine coming on, we’ve found a simple solution to make finding a costume simple: Choose one based on your hair.
We know, we know — it sounds too easy to be real. But if you're short on time and cash, transitioning from work to going out is a breeze when you're already wearing
Betty Cooper's signature ponytail. And you'll never have to explain who TF you're portraying.
So, whether you’ve been dying to recreate Solange’s album cover, or slip into Ruth’s leg-warmers from
Glow, styling your hair the best way you know how solves half the battle. Now, all you need is a little inspiration and a lot of hairspray. Click ahead for our favorite Halloween costume ideas.
Photo: Erica Parise/Netflix.
Brunette Bob With Bangs: Ruth From Glow
There’s nothing like a blown-out bang and half a can of hairspray to turn your shaggy lob into
an ‘80s throwback
. Granted, you can also copy Ruth’s look
she gets in the ring, but there’s something enticing about all that volume you've gotta try once — at least for a night.
Long, Blond Braids: Beyonce In “Formation”
Michelle Obama, Kelly Rowland, and Blue Ivy
as your inspiration for recreating Beyonce's iconic look from
Pair the plaited look with a black hat and you’ll instantly be the coolest person at the party.
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Blond Bob: Margot Tenenbaum From The Royal Tenenbaums
If you have a bob, a flapper costume is kind of a no-brainer. But there are plenty of other bobbed beauties to choose from, like the classic
Margot Tenenbaum from Wes Anderson’s
The Royal Tenenbaums.
All you need is a blunt bob, a red barrette, copious amounts of black eyeliner, a striped shirt (Polo is best), and pink gloves with one finger missing.
Photo: New World Pictures/Photofest.
Dark, Medium-Length Hair: Veronica From Heathers
Veronica’s final scene in
the cult classic Heathers
is the best — and easiest — costume. For starters, your hair can be a total mess (you did just save your entire high school from a handmade explosive crafted by Christian Slater, after all). Scrunch a dollop of mousse throughout to add texture, then flip it over and blow-dry upside down for a tousled look. And every time a frat star tries to approach you at the bar, and appears appalled by your rejection, don’t forget to tell him to lick it up, baby. Lick. It. Up.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels/FX.
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Platinum Bob With Bangs: Lorraine Broughton From Atomic Blonde
Just because you can’t be a spy by day, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be one by night. At the very least, you can humble brag all night about how much you resemble
the broody star
. Blow dry your bangs with a round brush, brushing your fringe to one side to make sure your smoky eye is on full display. Twist one-inch sections of your hair around a curling wand and brush out immediately for a soft finish.
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
Buzzcut: Eleven From Stranger Things
Screw trying to find a wig this year and embrace
your fresh buzz
by recreating Netflix's youngest icon. Eleven might be known for her pink dress, Eggo waffles, and bloody nose, but it’s the peach fuzz chop that takes the look from Party City to
the Upside Down
Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
Brunette Curls: Missandei From Game Of Thrones
While everyone else will try to copy
Daenerys Targaryen’s platinum braids
(good luck, ya’ll), you’ll be rocking your natural texture with ease — zero bobby pins required. For an added touch, twist your hair from ear to ear — creating a plaited crown — and decorate with gold hair accessories. Your look will be so convincing, you might meet
your very own Grey Worm
Photo: Courtesy of Saint Records.
Brunette Waves: Solange From "A Seat At The Table" Album Cover
We’ll never get sick of
this album cover
— and neither will all
of its copycats
. So why not turn your everyday inspo into a look so recognizable, you’ll want to recreate it every day for the rest of the year? After all, not every costume has to be a caricature of
your latest HBO binge
Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/The CW.
Blond, Medium-Length Hair: Betty From Riverdale The girl-next-door might be going dark this year, but as OG Archie Comics fans, we’ll be holding on for dear life to good girl Betty Cooper. Thankfully, her look is probably the easiest to copy. All you need is a hair elastic and strong-hold gel. But make sure that updo is tight — we doubt Betty would dare to be seen with a hair out of place.
Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
Brunette Braids: Bonnie From Big Little Lies We waited seven episodes before we could see the mothers of Monterey party like Audrey Hepburn, and while Madison’s nightshirt and mask combo was classic, it’s Bonnie’s Eliza Doolittle ( My Fair Lady) costume that had us stunned. All you need is a packet of bobby pins, a tiara, and maybe one yoga class for it to feel authentic.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF HBO.
Platinum, Long Hair: Khaleesi From Game of Thrones
Warning: You're going to need some major length to make this costume come to life. However, while the look
we found out
that Khaleesi's stunning braids, twists, and spilling waterfall waves are actually pretty easy to replicate yourself. Plus, every
fan (which is pretty much everyone) will know exactly who you are.
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