8 Easy Halloween Costumes for 2021 (That Use Your Quarantine Wardrobe!)

Look, I get it. We’re all dressing for comfort right now. But if you’re vaxxed and looking to actually go out for Halloween this year (!!!) then please look no further than your own closet for a costume. Suggestions below:

Drew Barrymore (Casey) in Scream

Now, if you already have a blonde bob then you’re 25% done with this costume. If however, you need to purchase a wig, you may do so at Forever 21 for $7.99. I don’t usually encourage fast fashion, so please do try to wear this wig more than once — preferably several times over the course of many years. You’ll also need an off-white (or, hell, who cares you can use white too) cable knit sweater. This is great going into the cold weather months. You’re going to want to wear this again and again. If you don’t already have one, you can grab one at Stitch Fix for $58. Next, get some loose fitting light-wash jeans. If you buy them from Madewell, you can send them back to be recycled and the company will give you a credit on future jeans. The white cordless phone is, evidently, now a collectors item for something like $200 on ebay. But this shit is so boxy, I suggest you get your craft on and make one out of a white paper box.

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Sigourney Weaver (Dana) in Ghostbusters

Now technically this dress should be crewneck, but as long as you’re wearing a gray sweater dress of some sort, I think we can be flexible with the neckline. You’ll also need a purple plaid scarf and a black belt (not in karate but if that is all you have in your closet then definitely just tie that around the dress and call it a day). Now I have scoured the internet and I cannot find Dana’s exact scarf, so use your best approximation. The belt and the dress are both from Gap and I’m sure there’s some kind of discount code you can apply to make them a little easier on your wallet.

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Patrick Swayze (Sam) in Ghost

Toss on that red shirt you’re no longer wearing to the office and pair it with some black jeans. Now you’re Patrick Swayze! Wear black shoes if you have them, but it doesn’t really matter. No one is going to be looking at your feet.

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Penny Marshall (The Devil’s Wife) in Hocus Pocus

This requires jammies, a robe, and some of those hair curlers that kind of look like snakes. The robe below is from LL Bean so look at is as an investment item, or just wear any old robe because to be fair the one below doesn’t match the pattern in the movie anyway. You can get mint green PJs on sale at Madewell for $34.99. Finally, fill up a glass with whisky or tea and put on a real grouchy face like your husband is flirting with a bunch of strange women who are way too old to be trick-or-treating and keep calling him “master.” Oh and the hair rollers are $14.99 at Target.

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Multiple Options Using Athleisure

I’ve seen a lot of Squid Game costume suggestions floating around here on the internet, which is great. But maybe you don’t own a green tracksuit. Maybe your tracksuit is black, pink or red. Here are a few options for you. It’s also okay to pair a red sweatshirt and yellow shorts and pretend it’s 2008 and you’re dressed as Paulie Bleeker. It’s okay in 2021. It’s all okay.

A lot of these will depend on whether or not you’re dressing up as a group. For example, if you all have green tracksuits, then you should probably go as Squid Game players. But if you’re dressing up solo, then you should opt for Old Biff Tannen from Back to the Future. Margarita Glasses are optional for the Cool Mom from Mean Girls. The red tracksuits from Royal Tennenbaums also work for a group. But a plain black tracksuit (with or without gold medallion) will work best as Christopher from The Sopranos.

Literally anyone from the 80s or early 90s

Scrunchies are back. LEAN INTO IT. You don’t want to stop wearing leggings? PUT THEM ON. Got a giant ass sweatshirt that is way too big for you? Congratulations, you’re on your way to Jazzercise. Ditch the scrunchie and put on a pair of heels if you want to be Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.

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Mare of Easttown

There are so many good options here. You really just need some thick sweaters, blue or brown outerwear, and a low ponytail. Gauze/Ace bandage on your arm are optional. Please don’t vape. Thank you.

Baby-Sitters Club Member

This one is super flexible in terms of costume. You can dress up as a group or you can dress up solo as your favorite club member. You can style it old school or you can be the more modern reboot version. But here’s where the magic comes in. Worried about your mid-late (idk what phase we’re in) pandemic social anxiety is getting the best of you? Don’t worry about it. You’re packing a Kid Kit. And Everyone loves a coloring book. Now you’re the life of the party. You’re welcome.

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I finally watch “Scream” (and get too emotionally invested)

The ghostface mask haunted my childhood even though I never saw the movie. In the fourth grade, my best friend dressed up as the ghostface killer for Halloween and I wanted nothing to do with her. As it turns out, I really should have heeded this warning as she turned out to be a colossal sociopathic bitch but that’s a story for another time.

Anyway, fall is in the air, Halloween is just around the corner, and I’m feeling Drew Barrymore’s haircut. It’s been like almost 20 years since this movie came out and that probably means that I’m now old enough to see it, right? I got a little spooked in part of The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo and the opening credits to Are You Afraid of the Dark? still terrify me…so it’s possible that this is a poor choice.

Spoilers abound, but I trust that everyone else on the planet has seen this movie by this point in time. I mean by the time the phone rings for the third time, I feel like Drew should seriously stop answering it. Poor Drew. I really just want to hang out with her and be her friend right now and this dude is being such a monster. (Am I getting too attached to these characters?)

DON’T TURN ON THE PATIO LIGHT. OMG WHYYYYY. Why don’t these people listen? Where are the parents?? She should not have turned off the light. Steve was like totally telling her not to turn off the light. Drew, I wanted to hang with you and I know you are traumatized right now but you’re being dumb as shit. I am now hearing weird noises and refusing to look at the screen. The rest of the movie-watching may very well proceed in this manner. Poor, poor Drew. This is so sad. Okay, that’s it. I’m totally invested now and we have to find this ghostface killer and make him pay! What an asshole!

Neve Campbell’s boyfriend, Billy kind of looks like a poor man’s Johnny Depp. I feel like he’s a jerk though. OMG the Fonz is in this movie?!? Oh crap, and it’s super heartbreaking what happened to Neve’s mom! Also, like really really odd that her dad would leave her home alone only a year after that happened…such a horror movie setup.

Is this town just filled with the best houses ever? Like if people weren’t frequently brutally murdered here, I would seriously want to move to this town. Also, could you actually call 911 from a computer and like instant chat an operator in 1996? That’s probably a movie thing, right?

Woah, I did not even recognize Courtney Cox. Her hair is so different than what I’m used to! She does seem like a bit of a jerk but Neve is probably being too hard on her. Also, I feel like Neve maybe wasn’t that close with her boyfriend if she could think he was the murderer just because he had a cell phone. I mean, maybe he’s just really on trend. But like I still hate him. Billy is a loser. But is he a killer??

I’m so into this movie. How did I hide from it for years? It’s soooo good. What if Henry Winkler is the killer? I also believe it could be Rose McGowan or David Arquette. Okay, did I just name everyone in the cast? Anyway, this is obviously a much better use of my time than the pounds of laundry I have to do. (Some days, I miss fluff & fold.)

Aw guys, remember when David Arquette and Courtney Cox loved each other? And she was even Courtney Cox Arquette for a little while?

Maybe, the killer is Neve’s dad. I mean he’s been “out of town” like the entire time this has been going on and he’s not at that hotel he said he’d be staying at. Ugh, okay video store guy just accused the dad of being a red herring. This is so meta. Love it.

Billy really is weird, but I think he’s the red herring. Everyone is a red herring! Okay, but yeah her dad is definitely a red herring. Kind of wish I was seeing this in a movie theater where I would have lost all track of time. But no, here I can see there’s an hour left and there’s no way he’s the bad guy.

Also, I feel like these kids are being kind of rude having a party right now with all of the awfulness going on in their town. And I guess, Rose McGowan is also not the killer. It was pretty ambitious of her to try to make it through a door made for a cat. I mean she certainly went down swinging.

Is Billy a red herring or not??? Omg and then all of these sick teenagers rush over to the football field to see poor Henry Winkler’s body there. That’s just wrong. Like wtf. I mean maybe this is actually some kind of hell-on-earth with awful people and a psycho killer and that’s just the natural order of things in this town.

Okay. I guess Billy is pretty definitely not the killer since he was just murdered right in front of Neve. Woah.
David Arquette too??

This movie is just full of heartbreaks.

So who did it? Video store kid or Shaggy from Scooby Doo, the live action films? Also, it’s truly remarkable that Billy is still kicking. Don’t give him the gun though. Everyone alive is still a suspect!!! OMG IT IS BILLY. I knew he was a jerk! This went back and forth for so long. So who is his accomplice? SHAGGY FROM SCOOBY DOO! What will the Mystery Team say??

And they framed her mother’s killer too?!? That’s some sick shit.
Well, really this just teaches you not to be friends with psychos.

Omg, yay Courtney Cox hooray! Now you and Neve can be best friends. Oh gosh darn it. This never ends. How in the hell is Billy still alive? Okay, Courtney Cox to the rescue for real this time.

You guys, this was an emotional roller coaster. I do not think I could handle this again. I just really hope that this town/school system has provides experienced crisis counselors, free of charge, to everyone involved. This was a freaking psychological war zone. But I still think Drew’s hair is really on point in this film.