6 Video-Inspired Halloween Costumes
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012

  • Posted by: Andrew Gruttadaro

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and if you're a relatively normal person, you're still scrambling for a costume. And these days you need multiple costumes because there are multiple parties and you don't want to be that guy who wraps himself in toilet paper two nights in a row. Because people hate that guy. Anyway, we're here to help. 2012 was a pretty colorful year for music videos and in a few easy steps you might be able to upgrade your costume and be the coolest guy/gal at the party. So ditch that nerd outfit you bust out every year, and get into one of these video-inspired ensembles.

6. Sleigh Bells - "Demons"



You can either go as Alexis Krauss or Derek E. Miller, it doesn't really change the formula -- leather jacket, aviators, ripped jeans, and one of those inflatable guitars you had growing up. This one is ideal if you're going to a party that has a strobe/fog machine. Head-bang in front of it all night.

5. Fiona Apple - "Every Single Night"



Find a stuffed octopus. Place stuffed octopus on your head. Costume complete.

4. Pussy Riot - "Putin Light Up The Flames"



Another very easy costume to throw together for the ladies, and this one is even more buzzy than Fiona Octopus-head. All you need is a dress, a mismatch-y pair of tights, and some boots. Oh yeah, and a cloth mask to throw on your face.

3. Y.N. Rich Kids - "Hot Cheetos and Takis"



There are a ton of options with this one -- you can be the Kanye West/leader of the group, the one who's always bent over like Juvenile, Mystikal Jr., or the group's Nicki Minaj if you're female. One thing that's necessary is an L.L. Bean backpack full of dem Hot Cheetos and Takis. Snack, snack, CRUNCH!

2. Grimes - "Oblivion"



Hair-dying is one of the greatest traditions of Halloweening, so this Grimes costume is perfect. Pick a few random spots on your head and dye them many colors -- pink, puke green, royal blue. Then throw on an oversized sweatshirt, huge headphones, and some ratty stockings. For advance level costume-wearers, try Grimes' other videos: "Nightmusic" and definitely "Genesis".

1. Bob Dylan - "Duquesne Whistle"



You're going to need a few friends for this one. First, throw on a black suit and a hat that may or may not have belonged to a gaucho. Then bribe one friend to go as a transvestite, a few others as a Latin Kings, and one as a biker. And finally, just walk around the party aimlessly and confused the entire night.


We truly hope this helps, or at least opens up your own creativity. If you were already planning on going as something music-themed let us know -- we'd love to hear your ideas!

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