While some Halloween costumes risk chilling your evening, there are plenty of well-known characters that require piling on the layers. Whether it’s a cartoon known for their signature cocoon coat/long cape or a celebrity partial to wearing cozy pieces (like Billie Eilish’s designer tracksuit or Ariana Grande’s oversized hoodie) – DIYing any look will keep your shopping to a minimum.
One approach to dressing up warm for Halloween involves starting with one key item and researching some recognizable costumes that depend on that piece. For example, if you have a big, fluffy fur coat to use, you might consider being Chanel Oberlin from “Scream Queens” or Margot Tenenbaum from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” If your go-to fall jacket is shearling, Penny Lane from “Almost Famous” or Britney Spears’ iconic “Dump Him” street style moment may be calling your name.
On the other hand, it can be easier to stay in character while piling on the accessories to keep you snug. You can wear a palm-print maxi dress and a long-sleeve bodysuit over nude tights to emulate Jennifer Lopez’s famous Versace moment at the Grammys without anyone asking what you’re going for. And you can trade in your spandex sports set for a colorful nylon tracksuit with high socks and still pull off the ’80s workout vibe with ease.
Ahead, scroll through more than 40 ideas for staying warm this Halloween when the temperature drops.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Loser