DIY Pop Culture Halloween Costumes

Izzie Ghaffari-Parker shows you how to dress up as your favourite characters from 2018’s Movie and TV, using items you can re-wear even after October 31st.

Donna and the Dynamos from Mamma Mia 2

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Potentially one of the most hotly anticipated sequels was released this summer, and everyone from our grandmas to our boyfriends was boogying out of the cinema to ABBA’s greatest hits. This costume is a great one to do with your best girlfriends, all you need are some denim flares, a sparkly halter top and some shiny platform boots. Grab a blow-up microphone and you’re all set!

H&M, £49.99
Dune, £49
Pretty Little Thing, £18


Mrs Incredible from Incredibles 2

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After waiting eleven years, Pixar finally graced us with The Incredibles 2, and it definitely did not disappoint, even delivering an unexpected feminist message. Who better to dress up as, then, than the heroine herself Mrs Incredible? Just pair a long sleeved red bodysuit and fitted red trousers with thigh high black boots to make the costume base. Then add a black eye-mask and gloves, along with the trademark Incredibles ‘I’ symbol pinned to your chest.

New Look, £15.99
Pretty Little Thing, £50
Missguided, £25

Steve Harrington from Stranger Things 2


Image: Vogue

Fans went crazy for the unlikely bully-turned-hero Steve Harrington in the second season of the 80s sci-fi hit. To dress up as Steve, all you need are some light-wash denim jeans, Ray-Ban style sunglasses and a grey bomber jacket. Make sure to hairspray your hair to get that Steve Harrington-level volume, and you could even pack a baseball bat studded with nails for extra authenticity (though I doubt it’ll get past the security at Canal Mills).

BoohooMAN, £19.60
ASOS, £15
Topman £40



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Image: NY Times

This summer the nation watched as Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Meghan wore a beautifully minimalist silk Claire Waight-Keller dress but those of us on a slightly tighter budget, any off the shoulder white dress will do, and a simple bejeweled headband is a perfect replacement for Meghan’s diamond-encrusted tiara. This is a perfect couples costume, so grab your boyfriend, get him in his best black jacket and trousers and complete the Prince Harry look with a military style hat.

ASOS, £8
Boohoo, £25
ASOS, £25

Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before


Netflix Original films can be hit and miss, to say the least, but this rom-com has become an instant hit, due to its relatable lead character Lara Jean and the extremely lovable romantic interest, Peter Kavinsky. Lara Jean’s style is preppy and cute, with an added edge due to her quirky accessories. For her costume, team a tartan kilt with a white button up shirt and pink cardigan. Remember to complete the look with some chunky lace-up heeled boots, just like the ones Peter compliments Lara Jean on in the film.

By Izzie Ghaffari-Parker

Image: Dazed

New Look, £19.99
ASOS, £40
Missguided, now £10