Coveted by film connoisseurs and movie-goers with Letterboxd accounts, A24 is the indie darling behind some of the most critically acclaimed art-house films today. Be it the absurd multiverse of Everything Everywhere All At Once or the technicolour madness of Ti West’s Pearl, the production company never fails to to deliver gut-punching narratives and jaw-dropping visuals.
Pulling off a unique Halloween costume, isn’t stressful when there’s a motley crew of characters in the A24 cinematic universe. Whether you’re short on time or going all out for the ghoulish holiday, there’s a quirky personality that has you covered. Don’t be shy to make it known that you’re wearing a look from a certain independent film that people probably never heard of too.
Below, get inspiration from some of the best A24 movies and find out how to dress the part this Halloween.
Everything Everywhere All At Once
One of A24’s biggest releases this year, Everything Everywhere All At Once has a range of eye-grabbing scenes and strange alternate realities. For a costume with a sense of humour, go as IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdra played by Halloween scream queen, Jaime Lee Curtis. Create the outfit with a mustard yellow turtleneck, grey track pants and a knit cardigan. Throw on some beaded necklaces, red glasses and a grey bob to tie everything in. If you’re up for a design challenge or eager to go the extra mile, DIY a costume inspired by the film’s antagonist, Jobu Tupaki. Or, try your hand at the multi-verse where humans have hot dogs as fingers.
Want to dress to kill but not in a bloodstained final girl way? Borrow style cues from Mia Goth’s unhinged character in the slasher film, Pearl. To signify that you’re the eponymous villain hungering for stardom, wear a red prairie dress with puff sleeves, put on some boots and tie up your hair in looped braids with blue bows. For a simpler route, opt for a polo shirt and denim overalls. But be sure to pack on lots of blush and blue eyeshadow. Let some mascara run while you’re at it too. As for accessories, choose between a pitchfork, an axe or even a scarecrow if you’re partnering up.
For a costume with a bit of period-accuracy involved, the outfits from The Lighthouse are easy to replicate with monochromatic pieces that are readily available in your wardrobe or local thrift store. Start by cobbling together a button-up shirt, suspenders, trousers and rain boots. Next, add an over coat and a lighthouse keeper’s hat. For a more casual look, a cable knit sweater, bib overalls and a baker boy hat also does the trick. This psychological thriller by Robert Eggers is a convenient option for friends looking to go as a duo. Commit to Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe‘s tumultuous on-screen relationship by grabbing a pipe, some liquor bottles and a mermaid sculpture as props.
Swedish folk costumes and pagan solstice rituals are beautiful as they are creepy in Ari Aster’s 2019 horror flick. To look like you’re all set for a fabled Swedish mid-summer festival, don a white dress with colourful embroidery and tassels. Add some white espadrilles, braid up your hair and finish the look with a big flower crown. Remember to do Florence Pugh ‘s pout to make it clear you’re channeling Midsommar, not a boho hipster from the early 2010s. For added Halloween fun, wear the outfit together with a group of friends to create the illusion of the film’s Hårga cult.
If a gambling diamond dealer sounds like a Halloween costume that’s up your alley, take notes from Adam Sandler’s portrayal of Howard in Uncut Gems. Fuss-free and recognisable amongst cinephiles, all you need are these wardrobe staples: a yellow polo shirt, dress pants and loafers with gold hardware. Top off the ensemble with a chunky belt, rimless glasses and a leather jacket. Once you’ve got the outfit down, all that’s left to do is to stack on gold jewellery and speak like a native New Yorker. If time allows, why not make yourself a bedazzled Furby necklace for a bonus movie reference?