Re: Minimalist Halloween Costumes

Pineapple CostumeKelly Mindell modeling her pineapple costume. Photo by Jeff Mindell.

One of things I became fascinated with this past year was minimalist Halloween costumes. I was turned on to the idea by Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY in Los Angeles. Above is a great picture of her pineapple costume. Check out her other costume designs on her blog. Kelly helpfully adds links to basic dresses you can customize.

For the purposes of this post, I’m defining a minimalist costume as one that creates, as simply as possible, a striking and unmistakeable graphic image. Which set me to thinking: what kind of Halloween costumes lend themselves to these stripped down, but powerful designs?

Bedsheet Ghost

The classic bedsheet ghost costume is probably the most basic minimalist Halloween costume of all time. Unfortunately, the old bedsheet-over-the-head costume has lost ground in recent years to the more realistic specter costume.

Skeletons are very bare bones (pun intended) and have been gaining ground in recent years, thanks to the popularity of Day of the Dead celebrations.

Skeleton Family

Pumpkin costumes are readily recognizable as a Halloween staple

Child's Pumpkin Costume

Love the vintage vibe of this fantastic child’s costume.

Pumpkin Costume

A more standard take on the traditional pumpkin motif.

Moving away toward more modernist designs, I really like the streetlight costume. It’s bold, graphic, and colorful. If you’re able to find some battery-operated lights, that just adds to the fun. Do a search for “traffic light costume” to see some of the great variations out there.

Traffic Light and Cone Costume

Janelle from Canada submitted this traffic light and traffic cone couples costume to Coolest Homemade

Anything that creates a strong visual image is a potential costume generator including Surrealist paintings.

Son of Man Painting

Son of Man painting by Rene Magritte.

Son of Man Group Costume

Son of Man group costume.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela Smoot
    Oct 20, 2017 @ 16:39:02

    Anyway someone could make the pumpkin costume for my daughter?


  2. civilservant
    Oct 20, 2017 @ 16:48:02

    If you’re looking for a costumer, I would suggest printing off the photo of the pumpkin costume and taking it to a local seamstress. This particular costume could also be done in felt which is cheap and easy enough to do yourself. Thanks for viewing! 🙂


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