10 Last-Minute Art-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Rats and spiders and reality stars, oh my!

Photo: Indulgy.

What’s better than a trendy costume? An art-inspired trendy costume. But we’ll do you one better: we’ve got ten arty, ripped-from-the-headlines costumes that are remarkably easy to reproduce.

Renoir haters outside Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Lane Turner via Boston Globe

Renoir haters outside Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Photo: Lane Turner via Boston Globe

1. Renoir protester: 
Regardless of your personal feelings on Renoir, the hilarious protests on the relative merits of his work have been impossible to escape this fall. And this costume couldn’t be easier: a witty sign bashing the Impressionist master (we like “Renoir Was An Inside Job” for a slogan) and street clothes are all you need.


Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau.  Image: Courtesy of Tina Brugnoletti

Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau.
Image: Courtesy of Tina Brugnoletti

2. The girls from Art Breakers:
Ovation’s new reality show featuring two young women of arty ambitions has generated plenty of buzz in art circles, so grab a buddy and a blonde wig and make like stars Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau. Remember: Brosseau tends toward edgier, all-black styles, while Gaffney’s overall look is preppier. Anyone who doesn’t know who you are clearly hasn’t been frequenting the world’s “chicest galleries” or hanging with the “hottest artists.”



3. Tunga’s Siamese Hair Twins
Anyone who was at Frieze London this year remembers Tunga’s freaky-deaky performance piece featuring two young girls tied together by their massively long locks. Creepy twins are a Halloween tradition, and to recreate this particular example, you and a pal need to find white dresses, white shoes, and hair for days. We recommend buying a wig each and then tying in individual extensions to get the necessary amount of ground-skimming length.



Leonardo DiCaprio and Peter Brant.
Photo: © 2014 Patrick McMullan Company, Inc.

4. Art collector Leonardo DiCaprio:
The rest of the world may still be operating under the pretense that Leo is an actor, but we know his true identity: art collector Leonardo DiCaprio. You may not have millions of dollars or a supermodel girlfriend, but if you can obtain a scruffy goatee, a golf cap, and dark shades, you can have his signature style. Bonus points for scowling at anyone who appears to recognize you, and for cutting any and all lines you may come across. 


The statue was unveiled by a man dressed as Darth Vader accompanied by Storm Troopers. Photo: Sergey Gumenyuk via APA/EPA

The statue was unveiled by a man dressed as Darth Vader accompanied by Storm Troopers.
Photo: Sergey Gumenyuk via APA/EPA

5. Vladimir Lenin as Darth Vader:
This is a tricky one. On the one hand, it may seem like you’re just dressed up as plain old Star Wars villain Darth Vader. But in actuality, you’ll be assuming the identity of a statue of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin transformed by a Ukrainian artist to resemble Vader. Got all that? Good, because you’ll be repeating it all evening.


Louise Bourgeois, Maman (1999). Photo: Tumblr.

Louise Bourgeois, Maman (1999).
Photo: Tumblr.

6. Louise Bourgeois’ Spider:
Christie’s is celebrating Halloween in style by erecting one of Bourgeois’ signature spiders outside their New York headquarters. To cop the look for your costume, all you need is a black bodysuit and four extra legs. You can always go the prefab route.

Banksy, Balloon Girl (2002, left, and 2014, right).

Banksy, Balloon Girl (2002, left, and 2014, right).

7. Banksy’s balloon girl:
In honor of Banksy’s inclusion on our list of the Internet’s favorite artists, dress up as on of his most recognizable stencils. A black dress and a red balloon should do the trick, or add a headscarf in support of Syria.


Photo: Yandy.

Photo: Yandy.

8. Sexy Pizza Rat
Is the art connection here tenuous at best? Certainly. But an enterprising artist did create and sell a furry homage to New York’s favorite rodent, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t follow suit and dress up as an inexplicably scantily-clad version of the meme. The best part is that when you’re chowing down on a dollar slice at the end of the night, you’ll still be completely in character.


Drake in "Hotline Bling" Photo:  via iTunes.

Drake in “Hotline Bling”
Photo: via iTunes.

9. “Hotline Bling” Drake: 
Drake’s much-lampooned video for “Hotline Bling” featured fake James Turrell sets that the artist famously disowned following its buzz. Dressing up as Drake is pretty easy: a red puffy coat and some fairly tragic dance moves should do the trick. But what will set your costume apart from the rest is if you can bribe a friend to hold some kind of glowing box behind you. Bonus points if you can employ another yet another pal to adopt a Turrell-esque white beard and stare disapprovingly at you throughout the evening.


Milo Moire stands with a viewer of her latest piece, Naked Selfie.Photo: Brian Boucher.

Milo Moire.
Photo: Brian Boucher.

10. Naked artist Milo Moiré:
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, no? Just try not to get arrested.

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