Top 10 Halloween Horror Costume Ideas For 2022
Now that people are mostly free to roam around the country, Halloween is back! Those neighborhood block-wide trick-or-treating events are a go and people are probably wondering who to dress up as and remain pertinent at the same time.
Thank goodness 2022 has plenty of horror-related content to choose from. Some are simple and need only a few accessories while others will take more time (and money) creatively. iHorror has put together a list of ideas for our readers who may be wondering how best to express their Halloween spirit but still be relevant.
1. Black Phone (The Grabber)
Ethan Hawke takes the cake this year (other than Dahmer) for being a creepy child abductor in the movie The Black Phone. His serial killer handle is The Grabber which he personifies through a devilized version of “Thalia and Melpomene,” or “Sock and Buskin” masks. In ancient Greek times, the Sock and Buskin represented both comedy and tragedy and artists would adopt them as their inspirational muses.
In The Black Phone, The Grabber uses the interchangeable mask to represent his different personalities to separate his “good” side from his evil side, allowing the monster to be blamed for his crimes rather than his true self.
The creepy costume is pretty much readily available if you do an internet search, but we found a pretty gone one available on Amazon and Etsy.
Not one but two movies featuring this character in 2022, and another one is on the way! The tragic story of Pearl is one for ages. A young girl with delusions of grandeur gets a reality check about her talents then goes off the rails when criticized for wanting to realize her dreams.
There is a lot to like about Pearl even though she’s a madwoman. Her desire to become something other than a farmhouse caregiver evokes pathos even though she’s a pathological murderer.
For about half of the movie, Pearl is dressed in a red dress with her hair tied in the back with a blue ribbon. So if you have a plain red dress or are willing to dye one, going as Pearl is a cost-effective option. All you need is a fake axe to complete the look.
Here is another easy cheap costume that might be fun to explain to people that don’t know the reference.
This year we got a sort-of-origin story about Esther, a Russian orphan who may or may not be who she presents as in public. Orphan: First Kill is the prequel to the 2009 film called, you guessed it, Orphan.
This costume is much like Pearl but with a few differences. You still need a conservative pioneer dress but add a lacey wide-band cloth choker and bow-tied ribbons around two pigtails and people are gonna know.
4. The Munsters (2022)
The movie may be bad, but the costumes are amazing. This is a great couple (throuple) idea. The Munsters started out as a 60s TV sitcom that became a cult classic and in 2021 director/musician Rob Zombie decided it would make for a great theatrical reboot. This is one of those cases where someone’s idea was right and wrong at the same time.
Skewered by critics, the movie, now available on Netflix, was dead on arrival. However, surviving the critical massacre were the set designs, lighting, and character makeup. So even though the movie did nothing to dress up the script, you can take inspiration from it as a costume idea.
5. Michael Myers (Blumhouse)
A black mechanic’s workwear uniform with a popped collar, a fake knife, and a widely available updated (expensive) Michael Myers mask are all you need. We found a mask HERE.
Although a supporting character Steven Yeun’s Ricky “Jupe” Park, in the movie Nope, is a standout in costume design. His cowboy-inspired red suit with a white shirt and bolo tie is one of the most memorable things in the movie. And who doesn’t have a white wide-brimmed Stetson just laying around the house?
7. Sanderson Sisters
Here’s another one that might take a few dollars depending on how elaborate you want to get. As with The Munsters above, the Sanderson Sisters’ costumes are undeniably detailed. This is more of a project than ready-to-wear. But if you already have a velvet cape, that’s half the battle. You just need to decide on the wig and makeup.
8. Wednesday Addams
With a new Netflix show on the way from Tim Burton himself, Wednesday Addams would be a preemptive homage since the show comes out after Halloween on November 23. But who doesn’t like to be head of the trend?
Get a black dress with a small white pattern, add a spear-pointed collar and braids and you too can become one of the most macabre-witted, anti-social, depressed teenagers in pop culture history.
9. Eddie (Stranger Things)
Haven’t seen Stranger Things 4 yet? Then maybe you won’t know that Hellfire Club member and head-banger extraordinaire Eddie Munson is an integral part of the story this season. Costume-wise, all you need to become Eddie is a curly 80s rock wig with bangs, a leather jacket (or denim) and a Hellfire Club t-shirt, and jeans. Extras points if you incorporate an electric guitar.
10. Angela, the old lady from Dashcam
Dashcam has perhaps the most reviled protagonists in recent history. Annie is an irritating social media vlogger with serial ADHD. But in a bit of empathy, she decides to give an old lady named Angela a ride. That woman turns out to be an unexpected terrifying nuisance.
Angela is dressed in some sort of white satin dress. a red slicker and a medical face mask. Since nobody really saw this found-footage film, you might get a lot of questions, but you can pride yourself on being the only original character at the party. Hey, it’s a conversation starter.
Scream (2022) Ghostface
This might be the cheapest option available: Repurpose your old mask from 1996!
‘Fear the Invisible Man’ Trailer Reveals the Character’s Sinister Plans
Fear the Invisible Man takes us back to the H.G. Wells classic and takes a few liberties along the way by adding some twists, turns, and of course more bloodshed. Of course, Universal Monsters also incorporated Well’s character into their lineup of creatures. And in some ways I believe the original Invisible Man film to be the most monstrous character among Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc…
While Frankenstein and the Wolfman might come off as the tortured victim of someone else’s doing, The Invisible Man did it to himself and became obsessed with results and immediately found ways to use his condition to break the law and to ultimately murder.
The synopsis for Fear the Invisible Man goes like this:
Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a young British widow shelters an old medical school colleague, a man who has somehow turned himself invisible. As his isolation grows and his sanity frays, he schemes to create a reign of wanton murder and terror across the city.
Fear the Invisible Man stars David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Mark Arnold (Teen Wolf), Mhairi Calvey (Braveheart), Mike Beckingham (Truth Seekers). The film is directed by Paul Dudbridge and Written By Phillip Daay.
The film arrives on DVD, digital and VOD beginning June 13.
‘The Wrath Of Becky’ – Interview With Lulu Wilson
Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Terror & Annabelle Creation) returns to the role of Becky in the sequel due out on theaters May 26, 2023, The Wrath of Becky. The Wrath of Becky is just as good as its predecessor, and Becky brings lots of pain and suffering as she faces off against the worst of the worst! One lesson we learned in the first film was that no one should mess with the inner rage of a teenage girl! This film is off-the-wall bonkers, and Lulu Wilson does not disappoint!
Originally from New York City, Wilson made her film debut in Jerry Bruckheimer’s dark thriller Deliver Us From Evil opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Munn. Shortly after, Wilson moved to Los Angeles to work as a series regular on the CBS hit comedy The Millers for two seasons.
Chatting with this young and upcoming talent who has embedded her footprint within the horror genre over the past several years was fantastic. We discuss the evolution of her character from the original film to the second film, what it was like working with all of the BLOOD, and, of course, what it was like working with Seann William Scott.
“As a teenage girl myself, I find that I go from cold to hot in like two seconds, so it wasn’t super difficult to tap into that…” – Lulu Wilson, Becky.
Relax, and enjoy our interview with Lulu Wilson from her new film, The Wrath of Becky.
Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman – a kindred spirit named Elena. But when a group known as the “Noble Men” break into their home, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.
*Feature Image Photo courtesy of Quiver Distribution.*
‘Cinderella’s Curse’: A Blood-Soaked Retelling of the Classic Fairytale
Imagine Cinderella, the story that children have all come to adore thanks to Disney, but with a twist so dark, it could only belong to the horror genre.
Children’s stories have frequently been fodder for horrifying reinventions with movies like Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey and The Mean One. Now, it’s Cinderella’s turn to step into this terrifying limelight.
Bloody Disgusting exclusively reveals that Cinderella is undergoing a transformation far removed from the family friendly kind we’re accustomed to. She’ll be crossing genres in Cinderella’s Curse, an upcoming horror film.
Slated to be available for sale at the American Film Market (AFM), Cinderella’s Curse is the latest offering from ChampDog Films. Thanks to the Bloody Disgusting exclusive, we’ve learned that ITN Studios is primed to unleash this chilling interpretation come October 2023.
Production is gearing up, with filming scheduled to begin next month in the UK. Louisa Warren, a name that’s no stranger to the horror genre, will be donning the dual hats of producer and director. The screenplay is the brainchild of Harry Boxley, who penned the script for Mary Had A Little Lamb. Kelly Rian Sanson, Chrissie Wunna, and Danielle Scott are set to bring the characters to life on the screen.
Warren shared her excitement for this novel take on a familiar tale, stating that it’s an incredibly unique spin on the Cinderella we’ve all grown up with. Promising a series of “truly horrific deaths by her hands,” she assures fans of gore-filled narratives that they’re in for a treat with this dark retelling.
Currently, there aren’t any official visuals available. The images used in this piece, including the featured image at the top, are fan interpretations imagining a horror-themed Cinderella. Stay tuned for updates as official images start to emerge.
And there you have it! What do you think about this chilling new spin on Cinderella? How eager are you to see this classic tale turned into a blood-curdling nightmare? Share your thoughts in the comments below.