Now it’s time to help those who prefer to fly solo on Oct. 31. With that in mind, here are 10 entertainment-inspired Halloween costumes for women, based on, among other things, characters from upcoming films, fairy tale heroines who have made a triumphant return to the zeitgeist and certain celebrities who recently appeared in L.A. courthouses.
The last in this series of posts — a list of celebrity and pop culture Halloween costumes for men — will be posted here soon.
Jessie J. at the VMAs
Why not throw on a black, Cleopatra-like wig, a skin-tight striped suit and a shiny cast, then spend your Halloween sitting on a throne and belting out cover songs? It’s a surefire way to ensure that all the segues at your Halloween party run smoothly.
Beyonce revealing Sasha Fetus
Man, this year’s Video Music Awards provided a plethora of Halloween costume ideas, didn’t they?
If you’re pregnant, here’s your perfect costume idea: Just don a glittery blazer and a pair of maternity pants, then drop that microphone and open up that jacket to show off “the love that’s growing inside” you. (Yes, you also can wear this costume with a fake baby bump. Not saying Beyonce did, but you can.)
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Some intricately applied eye makeup, a poofy black tutu and the ability to convey that you’re teetering on the verge of insanity are all you need to transform into the fictional ballerina who won Portman her first Academy Award. Oh, and if you can sprout feathers, that would be a nice touch.
Melissa Leo’s For Your Consideration Ad
Go another Oscar-related route by re-creating supporting actress winner and f-bomb dropper Melissa Leo’s hotly debated (and mimicked) “for your consideration” ad campaign. All you need is a sparkly gown, a faux-fur stole, expertly applied makeup and a sign that says simply “Consider . . .” The only other person at the Halloween party who will understand your costume will be the one guy who subscribes to Variety, but at least the two of you will enjoy a spirited laugh.
Madonna has presented us with enough personas over the years — “Lucky Star” Madonna, “Material Girl” Madonna, Evita Madonna, maternal Madonna — to provide decades of Halloween material. This year, though, the only Madonna costume that makes sense is Anti-hydrangea Madonna, the persona she adopted — and, later, joked about in an online video — after receiving the flower she apparently loathes during the Venice Film Festival. A black-and-white ensemble, a cross necklace, one of the offending flowers and an expression of perplexed disdain will complete the look.
Before David Fincher’s adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” arrives in theaters, replicate Rooney Mara’s already much-buzzed-about appearance as the hard-as-nails hacker with the punk ’do, heavy eyeliner and multiple piercings. Unfortunately, the Lisbeth Salander clothing line at H&M doesn’t hit stores until December. But finding leather jackets and dark-colored T-shirts shouldn’t be too hard to pull off.
Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”
Prefer to be a character from the upcoming film adaptation of this popular book series instead? Then make like Jennifer Lawrence as the plucky Katniss and grab a Mockingjay pin, a bow and some arrows.
The darling of the fall TV season via her starring role in “The New Girl,” Deschanel is easy to emulate. Wear your girliest indie-cute dress, make those eyelashes look extra thick and long and, if possible, rig up your cellphone so it plays the “New Girl” theme every time you enter a room or visit a new trick-or-treating spot.
Like Madonna, Lohan has given us many looks to potentially copy. But go with the most recent — the overly formal, flouncy white dress matched with inexplicably heavy and bronze-y makeup, as worn to last week’s probation hearing. Want to convert this into a couples costume? Grab a broom and get a friend to go as a corpse — voila! Together, you are Lindsay Lohan doing community service at the L.A. County morgue.
Sure, you could rely on a Halloween standard and go as the Disney version of Snow White. You know, this chick:
Or go with the fully armored-up Kristen Stewart version, soon to be seen in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Everyone will think you’re a female knight instead of a lovely housekeeper for dwarves. But that may make the costume all the more satisfying.