Friday, December 8, 2023

Halloween Style Inspo for the Bold, the Brave & those Working with a Scarily Low Budget…

As hurricane Halloween hits our radars this coming Friday, we at SPICE are busy seeking costume inspiration. And, while we all know that when it comes to fancy dress, the general rule of thumb is ‘go hard or go home,’ not everyone is up for the potential embarrassment, and not all can spare no expense to make sure their costume turns up and finally puts the “Thriller” video to bed.

Some prefer the frill of having fun with their look via minimal effort and cash, while others look to dodge the ‘buy expensive’ bullet and go wide with ‘deep,’ unusual references – hence our below list of places to look for great Halloween style inspiration, whether you’re a big spender or one of those dressing up on a scarily low budget…

Look to the Stars

You really have to give it to the celebs when it comes to Halloween costumes, as some of them really know how to throw it down for a bash. But then, with dressing up pretty much a part of their everyday lives, and with them having costumiers and glam squads on their speed dialler’s speed dial, really, we should not expect a thing less.

Here’s a few Team SPICE favourites;

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Celebrity stylist June Ambrose disguised as Tudor Monarch Queen Elizabeth I

Kim Kardashian-West dressed as Poison Ivy

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Supermodel Joan Smalls throwing down as Kiss

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Heidi Klum in her amazing and somewhat unforgettable skin costume. Sexy was not on her radar that night…

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Model Ajak Deng disguised as Princess Leia

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Kelly Osbourne dressed as Dame Edna. She did not leave out the pose either!

Try Movie & TV Characters 

Most often than not, the easiest place to find your Halloween inspiration is via film, by looking back at some of your favourite TV and movie stars.

You can keep it simple or spend a pretty penny recreating these looks for your next costume, and it’ll still be a hit, as whatever you end up with will most likely be recognised and therefore receive someone’s nod of appreciation.

Freddy Kruger, Olivia Pope, Robert De Niro… Pick a face from the big or small screen and you’ve pretty much nailed it.

Unless you’re channelling the star of your favourite indie web series… If the reference isn’t widely known, aint nobody got no nod for that…

Here are some fail-proof options;

Janet Jackson as “Justice” in Poetic Justice

Jamie Fox as Django, in Django Unchained

Halle Berry as Ms Stone in The Flintstones Movie

Samuel L Jackson as "Jedi" in Star Wars
Samuel L Jackson as Jedi in Star Wars

Jada Pinkett-Smith as "Naobi" in The Matrix
Jada Pinkett-Smith as Niobe in The Matrix

Jasmin in Aladdin


Jason Momoa as "Khal Drogo" in Game of Thrones
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Shoot for Scary-But-Cute Accessories 

If you are the type who will not be moved by the costume pressures of Halloween – not matter how emboldened the dress code states ‘fancy dress’ on your party invite – opting for chic Halloween-inspired accessories is not a bad idea… And honestly, we like how you think.

Here are some of our top picks;

BCBGMAXAZRIA Stone-Detail Devil Horns Headband, $84, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA.

Stone-detail devil horns headband, $84.00 by BCBG MAX Azaria

Mara & Mine Jem Skull Embroidered Skeleton Dress Slippers,
Skeleton dress slippers by Mara & Mine, $472.46 at Farfetch

Skull Ring by Alexander McQueen

Tattooed leather boots $256 by Dr Martens

Theatre lips clutch by Red or Dead

“Trick or Treat” clutch by Charlotte Olympia

Gold “Bare Bones” hand piece, $35 at Nasty Gal.

Get Couture Creative with Make Up 

And lastly, don’t forget you can always count on fashion designers to delve into their innermost parts and come up with something spectacular for the runway – another great place to steal inspiration from and leave others looking at you in awe.

Presenting beauty moments that will make for the best alternative Halloween looks – most being able to be recreated with minimal money spent – these high-fashion makeup ideas will surely keep you head and shoulders above the rest in the style and scare stakes, and well out of the red in your bank balance.

Here are some of our favourite beauty looks to mimic;

A vamped-up  look from Didit Hediprasetyo

Futuristic make up and show-stopping ‘do from The Blondes.

And epic remaining of thriller, Silence of the Lambs by Giambattista Valli

And we will give it to anyone who can pull this Masked Avenger-style look off, spied on the Givenchy catwalk

And it’s as easy as that – simply use any of these sources for your spooky ensembles and you’ll scarcely spend a thing. Show us your finished looks by tagging us in some pics on Twitter or Instagram, using @SPICETVAFRICA and the hashtag #Boo!

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