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The Flavorpill Guide to DIY Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes: Film

Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we did last October, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.

In our new installment, we’ve taken on some of this year’s most memorable screen characters. Whether they demand our attention with fire (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), light up the celluloid with their gorgeousness (Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard), or bear an eerie resemblance to their real-life persona (Mel Gibson), these Halloween costumes are sure to be conversation starters and win you the praise of spooky celebrators everywhere.

Baby Goose in Drive

“Hey girl, like my jacket? I’ve got a lot of arms to hug you with and rock you like a hurricane.”

When Ryan Gosling wasn’t busy breaking up street fights in NYC — or rescuing kittens from trees and babies off train tracks — he was looking looking fine and channeling Steve McQueen in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Baby Goose plays a badass stunt driver by day and getaway driver by night. We can only guess at how many people will be donning the Driver’s scorpion jacket this Halloween. Rest easy, though, because we imagine anyone showing up to the same party as you dressed as Gosling will want to hug it out instead of fight. You could go the “slutty” or “zombie” route with the whole getup to make sure you stand out (and if you do, please send pictures).

The costume:

White satin jacket — you have a few options. Since the official replica ($160) isn’t being delivered until December, you can pick up one that looks similar (here $40, here $60, or here $115) and add your own scorpion on the back with some gold fabric paint ($5). We only recommend painting the jacket if you’re skilled with a brush.

Driving gloves — $62, Only Gloves (or go for the $13 version)

Toothpicks/Chewing sticks — $4, Amazon

Hammer — your toolbox

Slutty costume option — it may be too difficult to find scorpion high heels, but you can play dumb and go for these $1800 arachnid-friendly stilettos.

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