Halloween is just around the corner and most of us have our Halloween costumes ready to go. Most of us. Listen, if you’re one of the few that hasn’t figured it out just yet, don’t worry. Stuff happens, lives get busy, it’s not out of the ordinary. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 5 easy-to-make horror movie-themed Halloween costumes. That way, you can remain relevant at the next Halloween party without breaking the bank on some extravagant costume. Plus, there will probably be 5 different Pennywise’s and Annabelle’s there, why not try something different?
Baby Face Killer – Happy Death Day
The Baby Face Killer became a horror movie icon shortly after Happy Death Day hit theaters in 2017. The sequel Happy Death Day 2U arrived earlier this year to less box office returns but still managed to snag a solid 69% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Baby Face Killer may not be quite as iconic as Chucky or Pennywise but your horror movie fanatic friends will go ga-ga when they see it.
Plus, it’s an incredibly simple costume to create. Aside from the iconic mask, the costume simply requires a black hoodie, black pants, and black boots. So, things you may already have in your closet. The biggest investment you’ll probably have to make is the mask. You can order a Baby Face Killer mask from Spirit Halloween for only $24.99 but you can find some more affordable options if you poke around through the various retail Halloween shops found online.
The Other – Hell Fest
Hell Fest hit theaters to a much smaller box office gross than even Happy Death Day 2U, but it did create an equally iconic slasher. Simply known as The Other, the requirements for this costume are exactly like the Baby Face Killer. You simply need a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes–all you have to do is pay for the mask. You can pick up the mask online via Trick or Treat Studios for merely $24.99.
Director Higurashi – One Cut of the Dead
The Shudder Exclusive horror film One Cut of the Dead (also known as Kamera o tomeru na!) may not have gotten a big theatrical release in U.S. theaters but it has garnered an incredible reputation over the course of 2019. Currently, One Cut of the Dead is the best-reviewed film of 2019 (according to Rotten Tomatoes). That’s right, it’s not just the best-reviewed horror film of the year. It’s the best-reviewed film of the year, full stop.
One of the most loveable and iconic characters in the film (of which there are many) is the film’s main character, Director Higurashi (played by Takayuki Hamatsu). Now, if you really want to impress the Horror Hounds at the Halloween party you’re going to, Higurashi is the perfect choice for a costume. So, what do you need? All you need is a Hawaiin shirt and a pair of jeans, along with some blood and scratches strategically painted on you. Plus, if you can use an old camera as a prop, that will complete the look (you can even make a cheap one out of cardboard to capture the DIY spirit of the movie).
Not only is it affordable, but it also gives you an excuse to walk up to people at the party and yell “ACTION!” as brilliantly as Higurashi does many times in the film.
Harold – Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Harold is particularly relevant this year due to the release of the live-action adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark back in August but he’s been an iconic horror monster for years. The memorable scarecrow antagonist originated in the book Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill your Bones, which haunted many of us for years after picking it up in the school library.
The costume is simple because all you need is a worn plaid shirt, ripped jeans and a make-up kit. Use that makeup to transform yourself into the ratty, pale creature that is Harold. If you execute this endeavor correctly (adding some straw to the costume may be a good touch) then you will certainly stand out at the Halloween parties. Plus, the recognizable nature of the character is sure to draw a few nostalgic folks your way.
La Llorona – The Curse Of La Llorona
The next character on our list is also a star from one of this year’s summer horror releases–The Curse of La Llorona. This addition to The Conjuring franchise brings to life the famous piece of Latin American folklore in a truly terrifying way. So, if you want to creep out your friends with a simple, yet iconic costume, La Llorona is the way to go. Her costume is just a dirty, ratty wedding dress (veil included). If you own an old wedding dress that you never want to use again, you can use that for some creative use here.
However, not everyone has one of those lying around, so this costume will only be useful for those with a wedding dress or those willing to seek one out at an affordable price.
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