When it comes time to assemble a Halloween-worthy costume, I worship at the altar of the visual bon mot. Zombies and sexy nurses — I can take 'em or leave 'em. The costumes that get my attention tend to be elaborate puns ("Freudian slip," anyone?) and clever pop culture references. There's something so thrilling about running into a beloved character from stage or screen on a witch and vampire-laden sidewalk (I almost had a panic attack when I bumped into a sassy Officer Dangle lookalike a few moons ago). Today's Etsy Finds were inspired by the many pop culture references ripe for reinvention. Peruse the Halloween Costumes style guide for more out of the box ideas.
If there's one musician whose wardrobe beckons imitation, it's Lady Gaga. Her over-the-top getups have revived the lost art of costumes as showmanship. Gaga is infamous for her "hair" bows, dresses composed of plush animals and three dimensional geometric outfits.
If you're looking for a font of Goth-friendly costume inspiration, look no further: Tim Burton's oeuvre will not disappoint. Be it a "bio-exorcist" with a penchant for stripes, the muted velvet of a mysterious chocolate purveyor, or his characters' signature deathly pallor, Burton's aesthetic is instantly recognizable.