Tricks & Treats: Halloween Party Guide

Max Hobbs and Elizabeth Blake take us through their ultimate halloween costumes and playlists.

Max Hobbs
1st November 2017

Halloween is just around the corner. Here is our pick of the top five best looks from famous musicians to steal for yourself, with the perfect sound track to match.

Chelsea Wolfe

Given her status as the queen of modern goth, Chelsea Wolfe is a no-brainer for our list. This look will require a heavy emphasis on black: black eyeliner, black wig and black clothes are essential, as well as a look of deep despair.

Album: Abyss – If you are committing to the dark route, the thunderous bass guitar and Wolfe’s dread-filled lyrics will be all you need to complete it.

David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust era)

If however you are feeling more rock ‘n’ roll than doom and gloom, then we recommend Bowie’s iconic androgynous alter-ego. The iconic lightning bolt across the eye will require some precision face painting skills and you will need to source a red wig, but other than that this one is fairly open to interpretation.

Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (duh) – celebrate Bowie’s look with the album that launched his career. Iconic hits like ‘Starman’ and ‘Moonage Daydream’ are perfect glam-rock stage setters.

John Lennon

There are of course plenty of low-effort alternatives. John Lennon is a perfect choice for those with a pair of round glasses lying around. A semi-convincing Liverpudlian twang will also go a long way. A floral shirt was go to item of the time with a pair of distressed jeans.

Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Although not Lennon’s solo material, this is certainly perhaps more his album than anyone else’s, characterized mainly by his psychedelic contributions on songs like ‘Strawberry fields’.

Michael Jackson

In some ways, Michael Jackson is the perfect choice, embodying both the fun and scary elements of Halloween. Stables in Jackson’s wardrobe included white socks, his iconic white sequin glove and a black trilby. However, to achieve his famous ‘Bad’ look try a leather jacket, black trousers and as many buckles as possible.

Album: Thriller – the title track is a no-brainer, synonymous with Halloween whilst also being danceable and upbeat. Everyone knows the moves. Other tracks from this album such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat it’ and P.Y.T are essential for a MJ playlist infused with 80s nostalgia; fun and the perfect excuse for some adventurous dancing.

Amy Winehouse

High-waisted denim jeans and a bird’s nest hairstyle are all you will need to emulate Winehouse’s unmistakable look. For added effect, overdraw some pouty lips and sharpen your cheek bones with excessive amounts of bronzer. A bandana, hoop earrings and blingy jewellery are also distinctively Amy.

Album: Back to Black – Winehouse’s break-out 2006 record is jazz-infused, soulful and heart-breaking, but you can just put ‘Valerie’ on repeat and call it a night. Of course, ‘Rehab’ would also be the perfect song to have a tipsy sing-a-long to that everyone is sure to know the words to.

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