Halloween is mere days away, and with it comes spooky ghouls, haunted houses, lots of candy, and of course, incredible costumes! As a band, it’s an awesome opportunity to have some fun, show off your personalities, and live out a fantasy if only for one night.
But coming up with a clever group costume, especially this close to Halloween, can be tough. So we’ve compiled a list of possible costume ideas complete with a little photo inspiration. Check it out.
Pop culture references
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, costume idea that’s sure to be a home run (i.e., no one will say, “Who are you supposed to be again?”), pop culture references are where it’s at. Having the whole band dress up as the characters from your favorite movie, video game, or TV show is an almost guaranteed way to get a few laughs. The more timely and relevant, the better, but of course, there’s still a place for nods to past shows and movies.
For example, in 2015, State Champs kept it simple with overalls, yellow shirts, and goofy goggles to be The Despicable Me minions:
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Or there was that year Pierce the Veil dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Here are a few other ideas:
- The Wizard of Oz
- Bill and Ted (don’t forget to include Death playing chess!)
- Orange is the New Black
- South Park
- Toy Story
- Mario Party/Mario Brothers
- Sleeping With Sirens
- Beanie Babies
We woe ye be havin' a grog-filled Halloween, wherever ye may be. Excited to be performin' in Milwaukee to'morrow nightfall - spy wit' ye eye ye thar. We be off now fer jolly times ahead. GAAAHHH! Photo @maxfairclough.
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Personally, this is my favorite category because it allows you to be the most creative. When I put out feelers for this article and asked about the best group costumes people had seen or wanted to see, someone said “Fruit of the Loom” and, honestly, I can’t top that answer, so I’m going to lead with it. Dressing your entire band up as a nod to Fruit of the Loom would by far be one of the funniest costumes I’ve ever seen.
But there’s plenty more, so if you’re not comfortable dressing up as an ode to underwear giant Fruit of the Loom, check out these ideas:
- Russian nesting dolls
- Pac Man and ghosts
- Shark Week
- Social media (different platforms, hashtags, selfies, etc.)
- Rock, paper, scissors
- The four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall)
- Possibly my favorite: Google Maps
If you’re a band that’s inspired by glam rock, maybe you want to dress up as the New York Dolls, Kiss, or Poison. If you remember listening to “Wannabe” on repeat, go as the Spice Girls. You can also highlight artists during different periods of their careers, i.e., Madonna or Brittany Spears at different stages.
Taking your influences and turning them into a costume is a great way to pay homage while changing it up for a night.
Angela Mastrogiacomo is the founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine, as well as a PR coach. She loves baked goods, a good book, and hanging with her dog Sawyer.