Published Oct 28, 2011Still looking for that perfect last-minute Halloween costume? We've got you covered. The year's spookiest night is almost upon us, and to celebrate the occasion, Exclaim! has put together a list of ten music-themed costume ideas. If you're looking to relive some of the year's musical highlights while simultaneously begging for candy from complete strangers, these costumes ought to get you off to a good start.
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas:
Sure, everyone knows somebody who has applied corpse paint and gone out as a classic Norwegian black metal dude, but why not up the ante and go as a member of the divisive Brooklyn black metal group Liturgy? They don't wear any of the traditional blackened garb, instead opting for T-shirts and pants. It's the world's most subtle black metal costume, made most effective if you can spout off pretentious essays as a hipster black metal apologist.
9. Rich Aucoin
This costume should only be attempted by the ambitious and extremely popular. To be this Halifax-based songwriter, you can dress normally. The catch is that you have to invite more than 500 friends to your party. Only then can your Halloween bash be as epic, absurd and downright awesome as Aucoin's insanely guest-heavy new album We're All Dying to Live. Fittingly, the album comes out the day after Halloween (November 1) via Sonic Records, so you can give it out as a party favour for people who leave after midnight.
8. St. Vincent's Strange Mercy album cover
St. Vincent's third LP, Strange Mercy, deviated from songwriter Annie Clark's usual habit of putting a headshot on her album cover. To recreate this eye-grabbing image as a Halloween costume, just find a piece of thin white rubber and stretch it tight across your open mouth. Bonus points if you carry around a guitar and shred the shit out of it at the same time. Of course, this costume will make you look like a bit of a weirdo and you might get a jaw ache if you do it all night, but we dare you to find a costume that's as cheap and ultra-hip as this.
7. Arcade Fire
Here's the ideal costume for your Cancon-themed party -- go as a member of Canadian award-baiters the Arcade Fire. Think Montreal chic meets the Amish countryside; kind of like the Quaker Oats dude if he was friends with fancy fashion designers. The costume itself will be pretty straightforward, all dress pants and suspenders if you're a dude or old-timey dresses for the girls. But the real icing on the cake is a giant, novelty-sized Polaris cheque.
The world's biggest techno DJ is also a top contender for an easy Halloween costume, as Toronto-based electro dude Deadmau5 can have his look replicated with one item. Sure, forming a bright, large mouse mask might not be the easiest task, but it could turn into a fun afternoon of paper mache with mom. And no matter how the mask looks, everyone will mistake you for the musician if you sit in front of a laptop while a barrage of fake-tanned douchebags fist pump all around you.