6 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Inspired by Pop Culture

halloween costumes for women

Halloween is less than a week away and you still don’t have your costume locked in. Chances are, you may already have one in your closet if you simply re-purpose a few items of clothing. Or, if you’re interested in accuracy, we’ve provided a list of things that you can still run out and buy before the big costume party.

mad max costume

1. Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

If you have: A bunch of belts and maybe football shoulder pads. Wear with a neutral scoop tee, dirtied pants, and leather boots. Girl power and confidence is key.

Go buy: Black face paint to smear all over and a pair of black goggles to wear atop your head.


chanel scream queens costume

2. Chanel from Scream Queens

If you have: Anything furry. Specifically, a (faux) fur jacket will do the trick. Pair it with a tie-front blouse, pencil skirt, strappy heels, and a look of disgust.

Go buy: Everything needed to over-accessorize — oversized sunnies, knee socks, and a tiny purse.


scarlet witch costume

3. Scarlet Witch from Avengers: Age of Ultron

If you have: A red moto jacket, black tank dress, knee socks, and black booties. Don’t be shy when applying the smoky eyes.

Go buy: Arm warmers (or you can make some by cutting the toes off a pair of socks). If you really want to impress your friends, string a couple red LED lights down your sleeves and ball them into your fists for a glowing, superhero-like feel.


bad blood halloween costume

4. Taylor Swift in the “Bad Blood” music video

If you have: Black leather everything (think high-waisted shorts, knee-high boots, and bralettes). Walk around like your friend just stabbed you in the back and now you’re out for blood. But in the back of your mind, you know you’re going to be way more successful than her and she won’t be able to turn on her TV without hearing your name.

Go buy: A bullet belt, a prop machine gun, and maybe a few holsters to strap to your exposed legs.


joy inside out costume

5. Joy from Inside Out

If you have: A lime green shift dress and a positive attitude.

Go buy: A blue pixie-cut wig. That’s it. Take it one step further by convincing your squad to dress as Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness and you’ll be a shoe-in for Best Costume.


ex machina halloween costume

6. Ava from Ex Machina

If you have: A grey turtleneck, grey leggings, grey socks. Truly accepting this costume is all about acting like a robot-turned-real-girl with a fiery, obsessive nature burning deep inside you.

Go buy: A bald cap and paint it grey. Tape a picture of a circuit board to your stomach if you’re feeling adventurous.

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