Halloween costume ideas, 2012: Music icons
At this point, Halloween is pretty much upon us. If you haven't picked out a costume for all those parties and concerts this weekend, then it just so happens you're in luck. Instead of rocking the tired Jimi Hendrix look or that blase Elvis jumpsuit, go for something a little more modern, relevant, and creative.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, so flaunt that love of music and become one of your idols this Halloween. From pop to hip hop, we've gathered a bunch of looks from the music industry for your costume inspiration.
And hey, if all else fails, draw a lightning bolt on your face and go as Bowie.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen
Like the Zooey Deschanel of Canadian pop, this girl is all about her bangs. You should be, too. Dress up in your best cutesy-sexy car-washing gear, or a sparkly romper. Seriously, that's about it. But if you want to bring a fun twist to this costume, go for the "Call Me Maybe" look... or should we say, "Call Me Maeby" look: curled hair, freckles, a "Hello My Name Is... Maeby" sticker, and a phone in your hand all night. Who doesn't love a good Arrested Development spin on just about anything?
Prince and the Revolution win an AMA
They don't call him the Purple One for nothing. For his iconic Purple Rain look, seek out black pants and a violet coat (or if you're crafty, you can dye your own) and pair them with a frilly white blouse. Draw on Prince's signature mustache with some eyeliner, and you're good to chase after your Apollonia for the evening. Or you could go for Prince's newest afro look, but this style chameleon may have just switched things up again.
Speaking of Prince, these days, his protege Andy Allo has her own distinctive and easy-to-assemble! look. Team a gray tank with a black leather jacket and pants. Recreate Andy's gorgeous locks with a small-barrelled curling iron (or if you're lazy, a trip to the wig store) and pin the sides close to your head. Finish off her look with a smokey eye. Better yet, if you've got your very own Prince tagging along, you two can match your outfits.
This Aussie blonde packs a punch with her trademark platinum ponytail. Choose Technicolor bustier or crop top and pull on some leggings or a body-con skirt. Paint Iggy's cat eyes on with ultra-black liquid liner and finish the look with a fire engine-red lip.
Gwen Stefani (photographed by Stacy Schwartz)
See above. Just kidding. This hollaback girl burst onto the scene way before Iggy, and she's got a whole arsenal of styles throughout the years from today's retro-with-a-twist look to her sporty look in No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl" video.
Marilyn Manson (photographed by Nick 3LP)
Like Prince, Manson's got his own signature color. Black, obviously. But to look like more than just your average goth-next-door, there are a few simple steps to take. First, make sure you've got a layer of super-light foundation on your face. Second, create the ultimate raccoon eye with a combination of black liner and eye shadow. If you're feeling artsy and realistic, add some blue eyeshadow around the edges. Third, paint a blood-red ombre lip on. To get this gradiated look, start with a layer of dark red lipstick, then line your lips with black and blend towards the mouth with your finger.
Beyonce (photographed by Steven Cohen)
So you want to be the inimitable Beyonce? Get in line. Even though she just had her own little Bey-Bey, she's not going anywhere. But hey, it's Halloween, and you should give B the good old college try. Stick to Beyonce's most iconic outfits, and you'll stand out among the crowd. Rhinestones are a good place to start for any glam B look, or her Audrey Hepburn-inspired 'Countdown' style, or even a throwback to her old Destiny's Child days. Speaking of Beyonce's little one, it's good for you that Bey and Jay didn't get Blue Ivy trademarked. To be mama B, get some craft store ivy, spray paint it blue, wrap a doll up in this newly blue plant, and sport Beyonce's '60s housewife attire from "Why Don't You Love Me".
If you can do your own cornrows or get someone to do them for you, that's what'll make this costume really stand out. Otherwise, you can get a long blonde wig and let that mane flow. Don a neon windbreaker and a bright wifebeater, or if you can brave the cold, go shirtless. Draw some squiggly sideburns-cum-beard on, and pop a faux grill in. This dude is always dripping in bling, so don't be afraid to pile it on. Finally, roll into the party with some outrageous rectangular shades, and you're as good as the man himself.
Frank Ocean (photographed by Erik Hess)
This guy is so well-dressed we'd say you could just wear a collared button-down and leave it at that. Or maybe his signature red-and-white bandana. But let's be a little more creative, shall we? In honor of his latest album, get a plain white tee shirt. Draw a television set on it in permanent marker (or puffy paint if you're ambitious and awesome) and color the screen orange. Bam, Channel Orange. Bam, Frank Ocean. Oh yeah, don't forget to grab that bandana on your way out.
Amanda Palmer (photographed by Stacy Schwartz)
Since The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer has whole-heartedly embraced cabaret punk with a vengeance. Taking a leaf from Palmer's style at her latest show in the Twin Cities, start with some metallic pants and work your way up. Next, for your torso, lace up an underbust corset paired with a black bra. Props if you can secure a picture of Klaus Nomi on that corset, too. Pull your hair up into little twists close to the scalp. You could commit all the way to Palmerville by shaving your eyebrows and painting curlycues on in their place, but you can also just go for the deep raccoon eye she sported at First Ave. Extra points if you can get a Neil Gaiman to be your date for the night. (Hint: Just wear all black and a leather jacket.)
Die Antwoord (photographed by Tony Nelson)
For an awesome edgy couples costume, this is the way to go. Ninja's look relies heavily on his tattoos (hence his nearly perpetual shirtlessness) and his shorn hair. Find someone with a steady hand who can help recreate Ninja's "Pretty Wize" tattoos with liquid eyeliner or a Sharpie. Yo-Landi Vi$$er is a little harder to pull off, but taking some shears to a blonde wig for super-short bangs is the easiest way to get her unique look. Both of you can rock the prison-orange jumpsuits, and you're ready to get your zef on.
For the Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, or Nicki Minaj look, visit: High fashion Halloween: Costume tips and tricks.
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