Top 10 Art-Inspired Halloween Costumes For You

Need some inspiration this year for your outfit?

Roberta Benteler at Tatler Art Ball.

Halloween is around the corner, and every year people wonder how much effort they should put into their costume. There’s a love-hate relationship with the holiday. If you’re feeling low on inspiration artnet News is here to help: just for you we have decided to round up some great (and thankfully, simple) arty costume options for your convenience.

1. Rene Magritte‘s Son of a Man

What you need: bowler hat, red tie, white button down, green apple, blazer


2. Yayoi Kusama

What you need: red bob-cut wig with bangs, polka dot anything

Yayoi Kusama

Courtesy: Victoria Miro Gallery, London/ Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc. Copyright: Yayoi Kusama

3. Banksy Flower Thrower

What you need: black scarf to tie around the neck, black baseball cap, t-shirt, jeans, flowers, can of spraypaint


4. Frida Kahlo

What you need: shawl, flowers for the hair, unibrow, full skirt, earrings

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser (1940)

5. Grant Wood‘s American Gothic

What you need: a partner

Daughter: white collared shirt, black dress, apron, short necklace

Father: round spectacles, white uncollared button up, jean dungarees, blazer, pitchfork

Grant Wood, "American Gothic" (1930)

Grant Wood, “American Gothic” (1930)

6. Andy Warhol

What you need: white hair wig, black turtle neck, black jeans

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

7. Richard Prince‘s nurse

What you need: nurse hat, white dress, hospital mask

Richard Prince Nurse of Greenmeadow inkjet print and acrylic on canvas xecuted in 2002 Estimate: $7-9 million

Richard Prince
Nurse of Greenmeadow (2002)

8. Damien Hirst‘s butterfly works

What you need: gold full body suit, fake butterflies (stickers, pins, etc)

Damien Hirst, Midas and the Infinite

Damien Hirst, Midas and the Infinite

Roberta Benteler at Tatler Art Ball.

Roberta Benteler at Tatler Art Ball.

9. Yves Klein‘s blue woman

What you need: a royal blue outfit (dress, jumpsuit, etc.)

Bonus points: Buy a nude body suit and actually lie in a blue paint pile to replicate Klein’s process.


Yves Klein, Anthropometrie de L’Epoque Bleue (1960)

10. Kazimir Malevich‘s black square

For those who are truly lazy, what you need: an off-white outfit, DIY black square

Challenge: At whichever Halloween bash you attend, stand in the corner of the room to emulate how the original work was hung.

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square (1915)

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square (1915)

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