Artful Halloween Costume Ideas for 2012

Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re like the UGallery team, you’re still tossing around costume ideas. Toss no longer. We have come up with UGallery’s favorite art-related costume ideas for 2012. There’s something for everyone here, so read on to get inspired, get artsy, and get in the Halloween spirit. Any of these ideas are bound to keep you cultured and cool at this year’s costume soiree.

Yayoi Kusama

This little lady had a big year. With her Louis Vuitton collaboration, this Japanese artist and writer become a fashion designer, too. The best part about a Yayoi costume is it’s easy to replicate and recognize. Slap on a red wig, lots of polk dots and you are good to go. A costume isn’t complete without a matching bag for candy. So if you happen to have her Louis bag lying around, add that to your ensemble. You will be a fashionista-cum-artist fit for only the finest treats. 

A Cindy Sherman Portrait

Another lady with a stand-out year was photographer Cindy Sherman. She had a retrospective at both the MOMA and SFMOMA. Not to mention, she snapped a photo of James Franco in drag. So for the men, you can dress as James Franco in drag. For the ladies, you can dress as any of Cindy’s portraits. Materials needed: bronzer.

Gallery Girls

The perfect group costume is inspired by Bravo’s newest female entourage, Gallery Girls. If you have a big group of ladies looking to dress together, these New Yorkers are the perfect people to personify. Pick your favorites from the line up to decide who is who. The tall, modelesque photographer in the group can be Angela. The OCD of the bunch is Claudia. And the loose and free-spirited one is Chantal.

The Scream

Gents, don’t worry. There’s a costume out there for you. Edvard Munch’s painting, The Scream, broke records this Spring. Top any of your previous costumes with a modern rendition of this famous painting. If you’re a child of the 90’s, you may have a Scream mask from a previous year. All you will need besides the mask is a nice picture frame. Pick up an empty frame from the thrift store to carry around with you. This costume is full of frights and (almost) free! If the scream painting isn’t doing it for you, there are plenty of other paintings to replicate. Ladies, if you are looking for a painting costume, try The Mona Lisa! You can make it yourself or buy it here.

An Artist

Last but certainly not least is a costume for all the kiddos out there. If you’re looking for an idea to dress up your little one, there is none better than the classic Artist costume. Find yourself a beret, a few paints, a paintbrush, and a palette. You can even have them splatter paint on a white t-shirt to get them involved. Don’t forget to draw on a mustache!

Well, there you have it, trick-or-treaters! The top 5 Halloween Costumes inspired by one artful year. If you dress up like any of these, send photos our way!