10 Group Costume Ideas from Pop Culture
Round up your crew and get ready to dress to impress!
Halloween is here, and by now your friends have decided on what parties you will be attending, but do you have costumes? Never to fear, there's strength in numbers. Check out these costume ideas for groups that are sure to spook.
Who you gonna call? The famous 1984 film showcased four eccentric funnymen, lead by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who must protect New York City from troublesome, evil spirits, including the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. In 2016, an all-female cast will reprise the roles of the paranormal-fighting foursome, starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.
What You'll Need: Utility jumpsuits, combat boots, and the Ghostbusters weapon of choice - the proton pack. If you don't have one handy, try attaching some black tubing from a hardware store to a black backpack.
2. The Judges from 'The Voice'
This group costume is guaranteed to make all four chairs turn. The Voice's main draw is its dynamic group of coaches, including "Happy" singer and producer, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, pop icon Gwen Stefani, and country singer, Blake Shelton.
What You'll Need: Pharrell loves a unique hat. Adam Levine often sports a tight T-shirt, showing off his many tattoos (and muscles). The fashionable Gwen rocks her signature platinum blonde locks and a bright red lip. And Blake is a laid-back cowboy all the way. Bonus points if you can make your signs that say, "I Want You."
3. Scream Queens
Fox's new horror-comedy series features plenty of gore, mixed with unique and memorable outfits that could only come from the mind of creator Ryan Murphy. Kappa Kappa Tau sorority clique The Chanels, led by Emma Roberts, have a seriously killer wardrobe, mixing preppy schoolgirl with trendy, fatal fashionista.
What You'll Need: A pastel skirt and blouse combo, fur or feathered coat, knee-high socks, oversized sunnies, and a simple strand of pearls. For added Halloween effect, include a dash of fake blood and a bit of an attitude.
4. Social Media
This group costume idea really brings your entire network together. From Twitter to Tumblr to Instagram to Snapchat, each of your friends can represent their favorite social media platform.
What You'll Need: An oversized logo of your choosing and outfit matching the color theme of the platform. Add tutus or leotards. You can really get creative with this one. Get ready to Like!
5. Inside Out
Got a grump in your group? How about a perpetual optimist? This year's blockbuster from Disney-Pixar included five characters who embodied human emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
What You'll Need: Joy wears a bright lime dress and a bright blue pixie haircut. Sadness also has blue hair, and wears a modest turtleneck sweater and glasses. Fear looks a bit like a purple Bill Nye, wearing cuffed jeans, houndstooth sweater vest and bow tie, and collared shirt. Anger is of course, red. He wears a business look of dress pants, collared shirt, and tie. Lastly, Disgust is green and wears a feminine green dress, purple neckerchief, and long, girly eyelashes. One emotion you will be feeling with this costume — excitement!
6. The T-Swifties
Chances are, if you're an It-Girl, you're in Taylor Swift's exclusive group of besties. From appearing in her "Bad Blood" music video, to joining her on the concert stage, T-Swift's squad is a powerhouse of girl power, with just enough blank space to fit in all of your friends.
What You'll Need: If you plan to be supermodels like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, or Lily Aldridge, wear a gown worthy of the runway. Transforming into pop stars Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, or Zendaya? A sparkly, short mini dress works. If you want to be the OGs of the squad, dress as Taylor's beloved cats, Olivia and Meredith. And of course, if you're the songstress herself, wear a statement-making ensemble. $40 million dollar legs, not included.
7. Jurassic World
Life finds a way! The biggest film of the year is the perfect prehistoric costume for your group. Chris Pratt aka winner of the "Best Year Ever Award" stars as dino-trainer Owen Grady, while Bryce Dallas Howard really knows how to run in heels as park manager Claire. Don't forget the real stars of the adventure, velociraptors Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo.
What You'll Need: Owen is a rugged, military man. Wear a brown vest, dirty tee and jeans. Claire has red hair in a chic bob, and wears an all-white ensemble of an a-line skirt, blouse, and beige pumps. If you're planning on disguising yourself as one of the raptors, grab a green leotard and tights, and create a tail out of Styrofoam or purchase one. If you really want to commit to character, check out this amazing makeup tutorial below.
8. Shark Week
Take a bite out of this year's Halloween. Discovery Channel's annual week-long event has become a phenomenon, with both kids and adults tuning in for all-shark programming. This spirit of this thrilling event can be hilariously evoked via costume with the help of five to seven people.
What You'll Need: Grey or silver shirts, preferably with cut-outs and a bit of fake blood, and a shark hat. Each person will write a day on their shirt, i.e.: Monday, Tuesday, and so on. Get it?
9. The 2016 Presidential Candidates
These costumes are worthy of your vote! With so many Presidential candidates currently in the running, it's hard not to dress up. Saturday Night Live has already been spoofing the road to the White House. Candidates like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders are all recognizable faces.
What You'll Need: Choose a modest, dress suit for Hillary, accompanied by a short, blonde wig and statement necklace. Donald is known for his business apparel of suit and tie, and of course his signature hairstyle. Bernie typically wears a suit, glasses and some unkempt, short white hair.
10. The Sanderson Sisters
It's all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus! Everyone's favorite Halloween family film stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. They play three terrible witches who are determined to maintain their immortality by stealing the youthfulness of children.
What You'll Need: All three witches wear traditional, witches garb, including large skirts, corsets, and capes. A massive red wig and buck teeth are part of Winifred's memorable features. Don't forget her beloved Book of Spells! Sarah (arguably everyone's first choice) has long blonde hair, and loves her lucky rat tail. Mary wears a unique, brunette up-do, and like the vacuum as her transportation of choice. These costumes will surely cast a spell!