Halloween Inspiration from the Art World

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks, the leaves are beginning to change, and Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re like me, coming up with a cool yet unique costume for Halloween can be stressful and cost more than you can afford to spend. You can spend hours scrolling through Pinterest, searching for the perfect costume, to only finding the same twenty or so “DIY” costumes.

But worry no more – we’ve got you covered!

We’ve put together a list of 10 inventive and original costumes for the art lover.

1. Frida Kahlo.

Known for being a feminist, wearing her heart on her sleeve, and her iconic unibrow, Frida Kahlo is one of the most easily identifiable artists. She painted many self-portraits, all showing her Mexican roots and distinct self-image. Chanel this strong woman by making (or buying) a flower crown, donning a poncho, and adding some extra hair between your eyebrows.

Frida1    Frida

Bonus: Queen Bey herself rocked this look last Halloween.

Bey Kahlo

2. American Gothic by Grant Wood.

You don’t have to be an Art History major to recognize this painting. Dig out your plain 19th century Americana clothes (or head to a thrift store), practice your scowl, and grab your pitchfork and a friend for this clever two-person costume.

American Gothic American Gothic costume

3. Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer.

Get some inspiration from Scarlett Johansson, who stared in the movie interpretation by the same name. All you need is some fabric and a single pearl earring to achieve this exotic look. Throughout the night, don’t forget to gaze longingly over your shoulder.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, 1665. pearl earring costume

4. Flower Chucker by Banksy.

English graffiti artist, Banksy’s true identity still remains a mystery, but that just adds to the buzz around his work. His work combines dark humor with satirical messages and has appeared on streets, walls, and bridges around the world. Want to be a little bit controversial this Halloween? This is the costume for you. Using basic black clothes and some white paint, transform yourself into this mysterious piece of street art.

flower chucker bansky costume

5. Mona Lisa by da Vinci.

One of the most well-known, talked about, and visited works of art, you won’t have to spend any time explaining this costume. Find a frame (or make one out of cardboard) and cut some holes in a print out of this famous painting for a unique and creative halloween costume. Don’t forget to practice your mysterious smile!

mona lisa Mona Lisa costume

6. & 7. Andy Warhol & Marilyn. 

Transform yourself and your significant other into the iconic 20th century artist and one of most famous works with just a few simple props. For Warhol himself, all you need is a short blonde wig, a black turtleneck, and a can of tomato soup. For Marilyn, a bright yellow wig and some equally bright blue eyeshadow are necessary.

Andy Warhol, artist, portrait, himself, white background marilyn

andy warhol costume

8. & 9. Starry NightSelf Portrait by Van Gogh.

Another couples costume that will sure to be a standout and receive many compliments. With a little bit of artistic creativity, you can recreate some of Van Gogh’s most famous works.

starry night self-portrait

vangogh costume

10. The Son of Man by René Magritte.

Raid your grandfather’s closet for the pieces to this easy costume. All you need is a bowler hat, a red tie, and a suit. Tape an apple on your face and have fun walking around without seeing all night.

  son of man costume

– Julie

Rock one of these looks on Halloween? Share your pictures with us! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram, @woffordartisanmarket.

All images taken from Google.


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