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Halloween 2020 is going to look very different than years past, but there’s no rule that says you can’t just dress up and stay home in your costume. (That’s what Instagram is for, isn’t it?) Here at IndieWire we’ve put together a few incredibly-easy-to-replicate Halloween costumes based on some of 2020’s biggest film characters. The best part: A lot of them include items you can incorporate into your regular wardrobe afterward, because who doesn’t love a multitasking purchase?
In fact, a lot of them you can create from stuff you already own, plus a strategic Amazon purchase or two. Read on for our list of the best Halloween costumes for movie lovers, based on 2020’s biggest films.
Mulan (Liu Yifei) from “Mulan”
What You Need: Red robe, sword, inexplicably perfect blowout
While you can definitely purchase Mulan costumes on Amazon (this one’s $50.03 and comes complete with robe, tunic, and armored belt attachment), you can also put it together piecemeal. For that, you’ll pretty much just need a cool red robe (buy a nice luxurious bathrobe if you want to treat yourself afterwards, or snag this red silk robe for just $12.99 on Amazon), a belt from your closet, and a sword. The sword is probably the most important part, and since Disney is selling it as a children’s toy you can pick it up for $29.99 or just buy a random cheap plastic sword for $4.99 and call it a day. And finally, instead of chopping all her hair off to disguise herself as a boy soldier, in this version Mulan just ties it up so that in the pivotal battle scene, she lets it down, and it’s perfectly coiffed. So in order to achieve that look, you’ll want to spend an hour giving yourself as professional a blowout as you can with a round brush (this one’s $11.99 and comes with four clips from Amazon) and a nice blow dryer ($27.63 from Amazon). Hair looking voluminous and bouncy? Now you’re ready for battle!
Ransom (Chris Evans) from “Knives Out”
What You Need: A big, cozy, chunky off-white cable knit sweater
Chris Evans has said he can’t wear cable knit sweaters anymore after his iconic, cozy costume from “Knives Out” made waves last year. But guess what? You totally can, and you’ll be cozy while you’re at it if you go as Evans’ Ransom this year in a lovely $29.50 off-white sweater from Amazon. It’s not like you’re headed to a big Halloween bash anyway, so you might as well go for comfort. Plus, you can incorporate it into your wardrobe afterwards and channel some of that Captain America swagger in your everyday life.
Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) from “Uncut Gems”
What You Need: Rimless glasses, mustard polo, leather jacket, and some bling
Great news: You don’t even need to simulate the constant state of unease and terror that permeates the entire running time of “Uncut Gems,” since that’s pretty much 2020’s entire deal. All you need to complete your costume as Adam Sandler’s ill-fated Howie is a pair of early-’00s chic rimless glasses (get the lowest magnification of these reading glasses, available for $13.99 on Amazon), a mustard polo shirt (this cheap one on Amazon costs between $7.28 and $12.00 depending on the size you choose), and a leather jacket (this faux one from Authentic Apparel on Amazon costs just $34.95). Don’t forget some gold chains (this pair of lightweight, chunky faux gold chains is $14.99 on Amazon) and a big rock or something (free from your backyard!) to play the titular uncut gem.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), “Birds of Prey”
What You Need: Um, probably just buy this one outright
Listen, we’re all about the DIY costume. It’s a lot of fun to put together the perfect combination of items that you already own (plus a few key Amazon purchases) to look just like your favorite character. But sometimes it just makes a lot more sense to buy a costume, and Harley Quinn from “Birds of Prey” is one of those times. That fringed jacket is just not something you can buy normally, and unless you started working on making your own a few months ago, you’re probably not going to finish by October 31. This Harley Quinn costume for $49.99 from HalloweenCostumes.com is what you’re looking for, and you can make it extra authentic with a couple of key accessories (necklace, mallet) for the complete look. You can also invest in a wig, or just put your hair into pigtails and call it a day. However, if you’re really into creating your own costume, you can do it halfway with these gold overalls from Amazon (though they’ll cost you the same $49.99 as the other full outfit).
Bill and Ted (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) from “Bill & Ted Face the Music”
What You Need: Jeans, sneakers, and a collared shirt or a t-shirt under a flannel shirt (depending on your character preference)
Whoa, dudes and babes. After 30 years you probably don’t need instruction to mimic the sartorial style of these time-traveling California boys, but if you want to dress as the versions of the characters from 2020’s “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” you can do it pretty easily. For Bill, pair jeans and sneakers with a blue t-shirt (this Amazon Basics one is $7.53) and a blue and yellow flannel on top (this blue and yellow plaid dress shirt is $15.58 at Amazon, and this blue and yellow flannel is $19.99 at Amazon). For Ted, all you’ll need is a pinky button-down long sleeve shirt, like this one that’s just $17.31 at Amazon. Excellent.
Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) in “Cats”
What You Need: A light fur coat, cat ears, and human hands with your wedding ring
Digital fur technology is not necessary to dress up as a perennial Halloween costume favorite of theater kids across the globe. But you will need to prepare a little bit to dress up as one of the cats from Tom Hooper’s disastrous live-action version of “Cats.” While each digitally altered cat is horrifying in its own way, we’re partial to Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy, particularly the shots (pre-cleanup edit) where you can see her full human hand, complete with her wedding ring. All you’ll need: A big furry coat (this faux shawl is just $34.99 from Amazon), some furry cat ears (this headband is $21.99 on Amazon), and literally no other effort. You’re done!
Detective Lieutenants “Mike” Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) from “Bad Boys for Life”
What You Need: Just, like…some clothes from your closet
The top-grossing movie in the U.S. this year is still “Bad Boys for Life,” and the great news is that it will probably take incredibly little effort to dress up as Martin Lawrence or Will Smith from the film. Truly, Mike wears black pants, a belt, and a black henley (this one’s $19 from Amazon if you don’t already own one) in the film. And for Marcus, just throw a maroon bomber jacket (this one’s $36.99 from Amazon) over a black shirt and pants. Cap off Mike’s look with a pair of aviators (this two pack is $14.99 on Amazon), and Marcus’ with a silver cross necklace (this one’s $10.99 on Amazon). That’s it! You’re ready to protect and serve.
Anybody from “The Irishman”
What You Need: A suit and maybe a fedora?
Buying a full suit for a Halloween costume in 2020 feels like an absolutely wild thing to do, so this is really only a suggestion for those who already own suits. Basically, in order to channel pretty much any character in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix epic “The Irishman” all you need is a full suit, maybe a nice tie clip (this four-pack is just $10.99 at Amazon), and a fedora if you feel so inclined (this trilby’s just $15.49 on Amazon). Robert De Niro-style shoe lifts are optional too. Depends on who you want to look taller than.
Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), or Poe (Oscar Isaac) from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
What You Need: Khakis and leather for the dudes, a bedsheet and leather for Rey
Come on, you’re a “Star Wars” fan and you want to put together a costume for the first time in honor of the final movie in the new trilogy? We’re assuming you’ve already got some paraphernalia hanging around, or maybe you want to go as a different character this year. Finn’s “Rise of Skywalker” look can be replicated with jeans, a brown leather belt, a brown shirt, and either a fancy replica vest or really just any cargo vest (this fly fishing one has a lot of pockets and is available on Amazon for $29.88). Poe’s is similarly safari-friendly, with cargo pants, belts, and this $35 Carhartt khaki safari shirt from Amazon. Rey is the most challenging, so we’ll recommend white pants and a white tank top, a cleverly folded white scarf or sheet, and some brown leather belts. (You can also just buy a Rey costume online, like this $52.71 number from Amazon.)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) from “Sonic the Hedgehog”
What You Need: A lot of blue stuff, a plush blue hat
Behold, our final Halloween costume suggestion for 2020 — and it is probably as low-effort as you can get. The Sonic the Hedgehog costumes on Amazon are all geared toward children, which is weird since there are a lot of adults who played Sonic the Hedgehog on their Sega Genesis after school every day who would not be opposed to dressing up like the furry blue character either. This blue plush Sonic cap is available on Amazon for $17.17 and will give you the character’s famous blue mohawk for very little effort. Pair it with blue clothing from your closet (or not! who cares!) for the ultimate low-effort Halloween costume. Dress your kid up as Dr. Robotnik for a very adorable parent-child costume pair.
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