9 Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Our Favorite Travel Destinations
Happy Halloween, Jetsetters! It’s always easy to throw on some cat ears or devil horns and call it a day, but we know you can do much better than that. This October 31, JS editors are flaunting creative costumes inspired by our favorite travel spots, and you can, too. Below, nine destination-based, pop-culture Halloween ensembles so that’ll wow everyone at the party.
Costume: Donna and the Dynamos from Mamma Mia 2
If you’ve been dreaming of dancing around Kalokairi, the fictional Greek island setting of Mamma Mia, since the sequel dropped in July, there’s only one costume for you this Halloween: Donna and the Dynamos. Grab two of your girlfriends and flaunt flared pants, tube tops, spandex, and all the sequins and glitter you can manage to recreate the glitzy styles of this iconic trio. My my, how could you resist it?
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Destination: Ireland, Iceland, Croatia
Costume: Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
Okay, so half the reason we watch Game of Thrones is for the jaw-dropping scenery, filmed in Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, and other European destinations. If you can’t jet off to those spots anytime soon, do the next best thing: channel your inner Khaleesi on Halloween. We’re copying this powerful Season 7 look for a costume that’s guaranteed to turn heads.
Destination: The United Kingdom
Costume: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Calling all Royal Wedding watchers! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s gorgeous Windsor Castle nuptials may have taken place all the way back in May, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the romance this October. Sport a white dress that resembles (as best it can) the duchess’ beautiful boat-neck, three-quarter sleeve, Givenchy haute couture gown, and don’t forget a veil and imitation ring.
Destination: New York City
Costume: Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
We love New York City heroine Holly Golightly (who doesn’t?), and this costume is super simple to get right. All you need is a white shirt-dress, tassel earrings (or ear plugs, like in the movie), and a sleep mask. Voila! No matter where you are in the world, you’ll have the essence of NYC with you all night—not to mention how comfy you’ll be.
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Costume: Elio and Oliver from Call Me By Your Name
Call Me By Your Name earned rave reviews this year for lots of reasons, including its romantic love story, heartfelt acting, beautiful language, and utterly enchanting setting of Lombardy, Italy. Indulge your nostalgia for those sun-drenched summer scenes by pairing with a partner for Elio and Oliver costumes. Sport a Talking Heads tee, swim trunks, and Ray-Bans for Elio’s look, and try khaki shorts with an open button-down and retro Converse to steal Oliver’s aesthetic.
Destination: American West
Costume: Dolores from Westworld
Inspired by the Wild West? Model your Halloween ensemble after Dolores from Westworld, the sci-fi show filmed mostly on gorgeous, sprawling landscapes in Utah. With a white ruffled tank top, washed-blue maxi skirt, and suede belt bag, you’ll easily channel the iconic style.
Sometimes childhood memories make the best costumes. Remember those “twelve little girls in two straight lines” and “the smallest one was Madeline”? We do, and we’re using this season to get in the French spirit with the recreation of our favorite characters. Now all we need in a little trip to see the old house covered in vines (well, and everything else Paris has to offer).
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Costume: Rachel from Crazy Rich Asians
To really make an entrance at your Halloween party, dress as Rachel from Crazy Rich Asians. With her gorgeous blue gown, crystal headband, and satin clutch, she looked stunning, and you will too. Finish the look with pink lipstick.
Costume: Agatha from The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson devotees, this one’s for you. Dress up as The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Agatha with a Peter-Pan-collared dress or shirt layered atop a pink knit sweater. Add a belt, a DIY Society of the Crossed Keys necklace, and a braided hair updo. You’ll be transported to another world in no time.
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