11 Unapologetically Black Halloween Costumes For The Pop-Culture Junkie

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11 Unapologetically Black Halloween Costumes For The Pop-Culture Junkie

Because we're rooting for everybody Black.

Published October 23, 2017

Halloween's just around the corner, so what better time than the present to get your last-minute look together? With guidance from this year's most litty moments in Black culture, we present to you 11 topical costume ideas including Get Out characters Tiffany Haddish, Fenty Beauty models, and more. Why, you may ask? Because we're rooting for everybody Black — duh!

  1. Issa Rae

    Get the look: Issa has blessed us with so many casual serves on Insecure that we can't help but want to steal her lewk. If you've got money to toss around, consider purchasing this dope sweatshirt that Issa herself wore this past season. At $160, it's a bit pricey, but the fact that it's made by a Black-owned company and has the potential to stay as a wardrobe fixture long after Halloween has passed makes it an investment. If you're looking to save your coin, this $18 T-shirt alternative that reads, "I'm rooting for everybody Black," still gets the point across, while also fostering a more "chill" costume vibe, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Bonus points: Wear your hair in a drastically different style than that shown on your dating profiles to both mess with your Tinder matches and channel Issa's essence.

  2. Colin Kaepernick

    Our youth's strength is showing and growing! @yourrightscamp #KnowYourRightsOakland #KnowYourRightsCamp 📷: @ttime32

    A post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on

    Get the look: Alas, a costume that won't break the bank and serves as a legitimate form of Blacktivism. This costume is both simple and impactful. If you wanna let the fro do it's thing for a while, the money you'll save in shape-ups can be redistributed to other, more pressing purchases, such as a Kaepernick jersey. Hey, if it's good enough to be hung in the MoMA, you already know the Kaep uniform won't soon go out of style as a symbolism of peaceful protest. Take a knee, raise your fist, and piss off some conservatives. 

  3. Tiffany Haddish

    Get the look: Truly, honestly, all you need to achieve the look of Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip is a grapefruit. This low-budget costume can also double as a snack, if and when you get hungry. Cutting the grapefruit into the optimal shape, as shown above, is optional.

  4. Fenty Beauty Model

    New @elleusa cover. Featuring @fentybeauty Match Stix in shade #UNICORN

    A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

    Get the look: What better excuse to stock up on all-Fenty-everything than by going out as a Fenty Beauty model for Halloweenie? The brand's diverse, inaugural campaign ensures that literally anyone can pull this costume off, thanks to RiRi's radical inclusion of 40 foundation colors. Just grab your Unicorn Match Stix, trace a heart on your face and get your glow on (literally)! 

  5. Get Out

    Get the look: There are a couple different angles you can take to achieve a Get Out look. You wanna be Chris? Say no more fam — just whip out some neutral colored "comfy clothes" and you're straight. Care to be the gentleman in the sunken place, pictured above? Suit up in a tan-colored 'fit and a straw hat, and then just have an absolutely concerning look on your face all night. You could also opt for the TSA agent route if you want to channel the movie's funniest character, but that costume does require a higher degree of difficulty.

    Bonus points: Teacup and spoon optional.

  6. Rachel from The Bachelorette

    Let's put the petal to the metal! 🌹 #TheBachelorette returns in 10 days.

    A post shared by The Bachelorette (@bacheloretteabc) on

    Get the look: This one's pretty simple; get yourself a rose, wear your hair straight, put on a girly dress and heels, and you're pretty much gucci. 

    Bonus points: Spend your evening flirting exclusively with the dude that all your friends hate and don't want you to end up with.

  7. Beyonce's Twin Debut

    Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

    A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

    Get the look: Name a more iconic baby debut... we'll wait. Channeling Bey might not be as hard as one would think. Just grab yourself some blue tulle from Michaels ($30) for the veil, a cheap-but-chic lavender maxi dress such as this one, and two baby dolls. A billion dollars in the bank not included.

  8. Serena Williams Winning The Australian Open While Preggo

    Get the look: A simple yet efficient costume, brought to you by Black girl magic. Dig out a black tank from your already-stowed-away summer clothes, get yourself a white tennis skirt, such as this one for $30, and repurpose one of your old athletic participation trophies, and wear your natural hair in a pony to create the Serena Winning The Austrailian Open While Preggo costume. Faux baby bump optional — after all, she wasn't even showing at the time!

  9. Black Panther

    Get the look: Do it for the culture by celebrating the first Black Marvel superhero with this full-on costume that's surprisingly affordable at $28 via Amazon

  10. The Wopsters

    BFF's #TheWopsters💎

    A post shared by Keyshia Ka'oir Davis (@keyshiakaoir) on

    Get the look: For the bougie couple that everyone can't help but love. Although our girl Keyshia may not have been on a budget, when it comes to Halloween, we sure are! Get her look for less with this white AMI Clubwear gown, priced appropriately at just $15, and this sparkly, rhinestone headdress via Amazon for a cool $10. 

    We didn't forget about the dudebros, though. Guys, here we have a full-on Diddy white party look, including a jacket, shirt-front, pant, and white neck-tie for a mere $35 from none other than HalloweenCostumes.com. 

    Foreign cars sold separately!

    Bonus points: Get out your bedazzler and hot-glue gun to turn your low-budget faux wedding dress into a sparkly number that rivals Keyshia's. 

  11. Megan Markle

    Get the look: Before you hit us with that "Meghan Markle is famous in her own right!! #feminism" stuff, listen: yes, true, but also... how dope would it be to have a Black princess? Subverting hundreds-year-old traditions is still radical. Yes, Meghan Markle is famous in her own right, and very accomplished. However, would she be elevated to international infamy if she wasn't on the arm of the world's most eligible prince? Prolly not! The ring's not on her finger yet, but apparently she and Harry had tea with the queen, which in British royal parlance means "engagement is imminent."

    While being a princess is not easy, dressing up like one isn't so daunting. Wear your hair long and straight, apply some faux freckles (unless you were blessed with natural ones!), and put on a princess crown from your local dollar store. 

    Bonus points: Carry around either a photo of Prince Harry or a photo of Meghan's Vanity Fair cover

Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photos from Left: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage, Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images, JP Yim/Getty Images)


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