Halloween is well on its way, and with films like Halloween Ends, Hellraiser, and Terrifier 2 airing this month, inspiration abounds for all sorts of costume possibilities. Slasher characters have been inspiring Halloween costumes since the ’80s, and it’s a tradition that continues even to this day. Unfortunately, however, not all fans are going to have the resources to create costumes as complex as the new Pinhead or her minions.
That said, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of famous slashers that would make for easy Halloween costume. Horror buffs don’t have to break the bank for a decent look, and many famous movie villains can be recreated with clothing and items that fans more than likely already own.
Of all the slasher characters to ever get costumes made of them, Ghostface from the Scream series is one that appears with the most consistency. Since the look was taken from a costume in the original film, it perfectly fits. Year after year, it seems like there’s always at least one masked slasher among every gang of trick-or-treaters. Since the costume and mask are so iconic, they’re practically guaranteed easy to find.
If a costume needs to be bought last minute, there’s nothing wrong with this classic killer identity. With a whole series and two TV shows under his belt, It’s easy to understand why he would practically be the face of so many Halloween costumes.
Pamela Voorhees (Friday The 13th)
A thick blue sweater, a sharp knife, and possibly a blonde wig is all someone really needs to recreate this look from the original Friday The 13th film. While her son, Jason Voorhees, might have gone on to have a more prosperous career, his beloved and vengeful mother has arguably the more manageable costume.
Sometimes, the simplest approach is the best, and her sweater can easily be thrifted from the local Goodwill if there isn’t one lurking somewhere in the closet. A plastic knife from the Halloween section of the store and a splash of fake blood could also go a very long way in completing the look. After all, mother knows best.
Chucky (Child’s Play Series)
With his new series on SyFy, horror fans might want to assume the identity of the titular evil killer doll. Chucky’s colorful ensemble can easily be recreated and even damaged to match any one of the eight movies he stars in. Like many classic horror characters, his outfit can be easily found and piece together.
A striped shirt and overalls are more than likely already in a number of closets, but can be easily and cheaply acquired if need be. For an added effect, Chucky’s scars and stitches can be recreated very easily with a Halloween makeup kit or even just a stick of eyeliner. A Good Guy look is definitely one of the easier ones to make.
Norman Bates/Mother (Psycho)
Similar to Mrs. Voorhees, Norman Bates or his maniacal Mother persona can easily be recreated by a trip to the local thrift store. Considering the outfit consists of vintage and simple clothing, it’s practically one of the easiest looks to recreate on a shoestring budget.
Norman’s would perhaps be the easiest costume to recreate, especially since he dresses so conservatively. However, the more creative choice would be the evil Mrs. Bates. An old dress and a cheap gray wig from the Halloween aisle might be further perfected with the addition of a skeletal mask or makeup.
Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde)
It’s quite remarkable just how many iconic horror characters can be recreated with some alterations to an old suit. Beginning with a simple-yet-effective choice, Doctor Jekyll’s devilish other half is an absolutely wicked look that can be marvelously recreated with a little wear and tear, some makeup, and a black top hat.
The top hat might be the hardest piece of the costume to find, but there’s always the local seasonal Halloween supply store to supply some needed accessories. After the suit and hat are acquired, the wearer can get as creative as they want to be with the makeup, going as elaborate as the Friedrich March version or as simple as the Broadway musical variant. Either way, a classic never goes out of style.
Billy The Puppet (Saw)
Keeping up with the suit motif, all it takes is a red bow tie with some creative makeup or a mask to recreate John Kramer’s creepy clown puppet, Billy. As the face of the Saw series, Billy has become one of the most recognizable horror icons in recent years. Putting together an outfit inspired by this creepy character will certainly make a statement and catch a few eyes.
Although he’s technically not the slasher of the film he stands for, he’s easily more recognizable than the man behind the infamous traps. Plus, a pig mask and a long leather trench coat can get pretty expensive.
The Tall Man (Phantasm)
A black suit, silver ball, and referring to everyone as “Boy!” is all that’s required to summon the intimidating Tall Man from the Phantasm series. While the series is something of a niche interest among horror fans, dedicated horror hounds will instantly make the connection.
Once again, the Tall Man is a prime example of “simple but effective.” Essentially, the character is a supernatural entity from another dimension in the form of an undertaker. Even without the deadly orb, that’s still a pretty creepy concept for an easy Halloween costume.
Jason Voorhees (Friday The 13th Part 3)
If a person can really get creative, all they’d really need to do to recreate the look of Crystal Lake’s resident slasher outside of buying a cheap plastic hockey mask is to acquire some pretty standard work clothes. A green work shirt or a flannel, some old jeans, and some boots are all they need to go scaring some teenagers in the woods or trick-or-treaters at the front door.
The best part about recreating Jason’s outfit is that it can be as detailed or as simple as the wearer wants. Adding a jacket or some noticeable wear and tear can easily push the look into later entries in the series with minor changes to the budget.
Jack Torrance (The Shining)
The best costumes are typically made with articles of clothing people more than likely already own. A flannel shirt and a brown jacket can easily be turned into Jack Torrance’s iconic look from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. All they really need to pull it all together is a large ax, or a roque mallet if they’re following the original Stephen King novel.
Regardless of inspiration, the costume is super easy to recreate, and a little makeup can be easily applied to fake Jack Nicholson’s iconic eyebrows.
Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
With a little fake blood, any look can instantly be turned into an instant horror hit, but few are quite as easy and iconic as Patrick Bateman. While the wicked Wall Street investor would absolutely have a fit if his best suit were besmirched with gore, he certainly doesn’t object to splattering his trusty raincoat.
A bloody suit will certainly do the job, but the addition of a translucent rain slicker splattered with scarlet further sells the illusion. Bateman might be one of the most unhinged slasher characters, but he’s also one of the best dressed as well. It’s hip to be square, but Bateman adds a bloody splash of color to his sharp-dressed look.
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