I was going to write up a guide to contemporary Indie Rock Halloween Costume Ideas, but decided against it. You’re probably wearing a Fleet Foxes costume right now. Where’s the fun in that? So instead we turn our attention to the wider musical landscape, and suggest some pop star costumes that people will actually recognize.

10. Lil Wayne
Do you know who dressed as Amy Winehouse for Halloween last year? Everyone dressed as Amy Winehouse last year. That’s because all you had to do was get creative with eyeliner and recreate Wino’s arm ink with a Sharpie. Lil Weezy has tats too! All over his body and face. You should probably start now. Clothing options include tank top, sports jersey, or shirtless — just make sure your jeans are cartoonishly low-slung. A red New Era fitted is $31.99 at Lids, but you’ll have to visit pimphats for your grills.

9. Kid Rock
This one’s easy. Aviators + tank top + fedora + face pubes and you’re halfway there. A cheap cigar and a tall boy will only set you back a few bucks. It’s cold on Halloween, though, so you’ll need to cover up. A fur coat is ideal, but an American flag will work too. Lil Waye and Kid Rock are buds so consider going as the duo.

8. Katy Perry
This is probably going to be a popular pick for girls and guys alike. Katy’s received almost as much attention for her 1940′s pinup wardrobe as she has for her obnoxious, zeitgeisty song about Chapstick. Along with your vintage threads you’ll need a bow or flower in your hair and bright-colored Wayfarer knockoffs (only $1.99 here). Don’t skimp on the cleavage.

7. Kanye West
Kanye’s got a classy new look to go with his 808′s & Hearbreak. Perhaps you own a gray suit and white dress shirt that can stand in for Kanye’s designer duds. The fabric broken heart on his lapel should be easy to recreate. And though it’s really a Graduation accessory, shutter shades (only $4.22 at Amazon) will make it pretty obvious who you’re trying to impersonate. Don’t forget to go unshaven for a few days. Live Auto-Tune is gonna be tough, but I’m sure this $17.50 voice-changing toy has a T-Pain mode.

6. T-Pain
Speaking of T-Pain… Maybe you want to attempt this frightening costume. What’s great is that you can wear bling actually says T-Pain, lest someone think you were a less ubiquitous hip-hop ringmaster. The dreads should be easy enough to replicate ($16.99 at Target), but I’m at a loss for the right hat.

5. M.I.A.
At Diesel XXX, Maya’s bra/stretchy skirt combo emphasized her pregnant belly. In its place you could consider stuffing a pillow into virtually ANYTHING from M.I.A.’s own zany clothing line, though prices range from $30-$210. Chuck Taylors, ridiculous sunglasses, and a blue wig complete the Bonafide Hustler look.

4. Coldplay
Chris Martin’s dandy military jacket is custom made, but you can fake it, for a cost. Hot Topic has a black velour canvas for $65. Satin sashes to wrap around your arm are $6.55 each. Next year you can add some white face paint and be this guy.

3. Vampire Weekend

2. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo
Cowboyoutfitters (Urban Outfitters, but for cowboys) offers several blue western-stye button downs. But I’m guessing you don’t wanna drop $70 for a joke outfit, so a regular dress shirt could work, along with dungarees (jeans, but for cowboys). A costume cowboy hat is less than $10. You’ve got a week to grow the moustache and paunch.

1. Miley Cyrus
The hottest pop star in the world looks like a billion bucks in an outfit you can make out of laundry.


Whoever you end up going as for Halloween, I strongly encourage you combine it with zombie makeup. Katy Perry is not scary, but Zombie Katy Perry earns you treats. (Zombie Vampire Weekend only sounds scary.) If you have additional music-related ideas, please share in the comments. And feel free to send us pics of your outfit after the big night. We’ll post the best ones.

Comments (47)
  1. Mike  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    I’m going as Brandon Flowers as soon as I find an animal to kill.

  2. balumpus  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    i’m just going to combine them all and dress up as an asshole.

  3. seth  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    i am totally wearing my fleet foxes costume right now! you win stereogum.

    but for halloween, i am going to probably going to go as scott stapp – all have to do is wear my leather pants in a thunderstorm and not eat for the next 10 days.

  4. im going as P Diddy (or whatever his name is) as soon as I find a beat to steal

  5. When the fuck did Kanye start dressing like Tom Cruise in Rain Man?

  6. Lethe  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    Katy Perry is not scary? Are you kidding me? You mean the Katy Perry who used to be the Christian singer Katy Hudson, who now sings tremendously popular catchy hits about bisexual experimentation, autoerotic asphyxiation, and the like? The family-values crowd has synchronized, caterwauling NIGHTMARES about her.

  7. Fleet Foxes costume is totally LOL.

    i’m going to be jim james. you should see my construction paper omnichord.

  8. wtf, chris martin paid to have that thing done?! I have no idea if I’m even getting dressed this year…

    good stuff, had a nice laugh :)

  9. Some Guy  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    Vampire Vampire Weekend is obviously the best choice.

  10. joe  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    did kanye hire peewee herman as his designer?

  11. LOL VAMPIRE WEEKEND X] that made my day.

  12. peabody  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    Amy Winehouse is a popular choice.

  13. im just gonna shave my head and yell at people and tell them i’m billy corgan

    maybe i could go as a bruised-rib noel gallagher

  14. really wishing i didn’t ordinarily dress like vamp weekend!

  15. avid_ajaxx  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    i’ll be going as the crystal castles fellow. lolz.

  16. ftsandy  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    To match Kanye’s outfit in the picture, you could just dig out your Pee-Wee Herman costume from a decade ago (some of us are THAT OLD), leave off the bow tie, cut out a construction-paper heart, and add sunglasses.

  17. I’ll be going as King Khan or Tim Harrington. That way, I’ll have an excuse for being a shirtless, sweaty guy with my belly hanging low over the waistline of my too-tight tights.

  18. jacktrouble  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    I’m going as sexy McCain

  19. david  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

    chris martin = captain crunch on acid

  20. SteveBoy  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

    Is it too soon for me and my bro to go as Travis Barker and DJ AM?

  21. t-pain really does look like a douche bag…

  22. Dominique  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

    I’m going to be Ashley Todd. I just need a knife.

  23. Nick  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

    i’m going as a hip reference with sharp witty humor.

  24. J3ffman  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

    I’m going to dress up as Prince, go to my local Karaoke bar to “reclaim” some modern classics, and then take legal action against anyone who tries to remember the performance

  25. drab  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

    what about natalie and devandra?

    • mark  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

      ha yeah i was thinking about doing that with my girlfriend. but then they broke up and i figured it would be bad karma.

  26. Dr Peterpuffer  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 0

    I’m going as charlie chaplin and my girlie friend is going as a bearded lady… Anybody know what that makes us?

  27. Val  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 0

    Anyone feeling really lazy could throw on a Panda Bear mask. Anyone feeling really creative could go as a member of The Residents. Either works whether people get the music reference or not.

  28. poop  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    you guys are the bearded lady and the tramp. i am SO FUCKING SMART

  29. 6-3-2  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    I’m gonna shout out J. Crew for Vampire Weekend. That and some Sperry Top-Siders and you’ll be killin’ it Cape Cod style.

  30. Adam  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    I’m wearing a bed sheet and going as Bernie Mac. And no, it’s not too soon.

  31. im gonna go as george michael after arrest number 87 this year

  32. i’m going to go as lilly allen’s miscarriage.

  33. Jay Mohr or you know, a train wreck.

  34. Chris  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Going as Jemaine while my friend is going as Bret from Flight of the Conchords

  35. a little late…but dr. dog, people!

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