The 1950s was an era filled to the brim with creative makers and shakers. From the greasers to the beatniks to the rockers — rock ‘n’ roll music was born at this time, peops! — the guys and gals of the decade make the perfect inspiration for your Halloween costumethis year. No need to ring up your parents or grandparents for inspiration — these 19 unique costume ideas go beyond the typical poodle skirt.


1. Singing in the Rain: Be prepared, ’cause you and your S.O. might be expected to show off your dance moves and imitate Lena LaMont’s unforgettable accent. (via Say Yes)


2. Bad Sandy and Good Sandy from Grease: Looking for a costume for you and your twin or sister? Look no further than one of the biggest makeovers of all time. (via Brit + Co)

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3. Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is *so* 2014. Be Audrey in her breakout role with your nautical-inspired pieces. (via Fab Four Fashion)


4. Retro Barbie: Barbie first hit the shelves in 1959 — can you believe it? A pink tee, black capris and cat eye sunglasses will turn you into the world’s most well-known toy. (via Vintage Vandalizm)

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5. Jack Kerouac: On the Road has influenced most kids in America. Go old-school cool with a leather jacket, aviators and Jack’s “devil-may-care” attitude. (via Articles of Style)


6. Lucille Ball: Everyone’s favorite 1950s red head is iconic AND nostalgic. Convey her silly, lovable personality this year with a ’50s-inspired dress and a classic updo. (via The Fiercest Lilliputian)


7. Marilyn Monroe: Before there was Olivia Pope, there was Marilyn Monroe. This white dress was made famous by the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch. Rock it for a glam-bam costume this year. (via Raissaarp/Deviant Art)


8. Car Hop Girls: Cat eye glasses, high ponies and neck scarves? Yes, please! Put on those roller skates and enjoy a chocolate malt while you’re getting into character. (via thaths/Flickr)


9. Eloise and Weenie: Grab your pooch and be everyone’s favorite troublemaker at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise has been calling NYC home for over 50 years! Giant pink bow required. (via people webs)


10. The Cast of Peanuts: The first Peanuts movie was in the 1950s but it’s still a must-watch every Halloween. (via Pleated Jeans)


11. Frenchie from Grease: Everyone’s favorite beauty school dropout makes for one awesome Halloween costume. Whatever you do, don’t forget the bubble gum! (via Brit + Co)

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12. Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte from Carmen Jones: This 1954 musical film was based on the famous opera Carmen. If you don’t have a Harry Belafonte, no sweat! This is a great solo costume. (via @chelsearoycetavares)


13. The Characters of Madeline: Madeline taught us everything we know about #squadgoals. Grab a gaggle of gal pals, some blue and red fabric and a bunch of wicker hats and you are good to go. (via Au Pair Buzz)


14. Frida Kahlo: Pay homage to one of the world’s best female artists, complete with the strong brow and bold lip. Buy or DIY a flower crown to complete the look. (via Spider Lashes Beauty)

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15. Charlotte & Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web: Be “Some Pig” this Halloween with your bestie. The best part? No sobbing when it is all over. (via @sophie.mcc)


16. Thing 1 and Thing 2: Dr. Seuss’s ever-popular book The Cat in the Hat was first published in the ’50s. All you’ll need for this look is your BFF, a red sheet and a blue wig. (via Brit + Co)


17. Dolores Haze from Lolita: This is an easy ’50s costume DIY: high-waisted shorts, a flowy peasant top and heart-shaped sunglasses are all you need. (via Fake Leather)


18. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The famous movie starring Audrey Hepburn may have been released in the 1960s, but the Truman Capote book was first published in 1958. DIY the look with fake eyelashes hot glued onto a sleep mask and a white button-up shirt. (via In Honor Of Design)


19. Pink Lady: Perfect for the procrastinator, a high pony, neck scarf and pink jacket (obvi) equal a Halloween costume in minutes. Grab your friends for a group costume idea. (via Brit + Co)

What ’50s costume idea did we miss? Let us know your ideas below in the comments!