22 of the Best Pop Culture-Themed Halloween Group Costume Ideas
HALLOWEEN! It’s all we’ve ever wanted. Seriously, we wish we could celebrate the dress-up holiday every single night.
1. Scream Queens Cast: If you always wanted to be in a sorority but never rushed, OR if you’re a current/former sister, you’re gonna definitely want to take your sorority sister pride to a demented level by dressing up like this cast. Throw on your fave preppy pink attire, splash some blood on those tops and bottoms and get to screaming. (Photo via Scream Queens Facebook)
2. Inside Out Cast: Whether you’ve seen this Pixar movie that takes a peek inside our brains or not, you can’t help but want to dress up as these emotions. Grab your BFFs and feel all the feels by getting into one of these colorful character looks. (Photo via Brit + Co)
3. Empire Cast: Pro tip: Claim Cookie so you can steal the show from your group ;) (Photo via Empire Facebook)
4. Full(er) House Cast: Raid the nearest thrift store to fill out these early-’90s looks and everyone will be shouting, “You got it, dude!” to you and your crew all night long. (Photo via Full House Facebook)
5. Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Squad: If you’re not feeling these apocalyptic looks but still want to rep T.Swift for Halloween, just become the singer in a different outfit and have your group all be special guests that have popped up throughout the 1989 Tour. (Photo via Brit + Co)
6. Ghostbusters Cast: Who you gonna call? Your girlfriends to dress up as the exterminators and kill it at your Halloween party. (Photo via @paulfeig)
7. Jurassic World: Your group is probably gonna fight to play the role of Chris Pratt. But don’t knock the raptors — they can be a totally fierce, fun costume, too. (Photo via Universal)
8. Fifth Harmony: Get matching, color-coordinated outfits, learn some dance moves and give your hair major volume. The resulting five flawless figures’ appearance will totally be worth it. (Photo via Fifth Harmony Official)
9. Orange Is the New Black Cast: Pick up a bulk khaki jumpsuit collection for you and your friends, get some temp tatts and you’ll be looking ready to conquer Litchfield all night long. (Photo via Netflix)
10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Cast: You could totally go as the Mole Women, but it would be way more fun and colorful to go as Kimmy, Titus and Jacqueline. Got more gals in your posse? They can go as landlady Lillian or Jacqueline’s stepdaughter Xanthippe. (Photo via Netflix)
11. Katy Perry + the Super Bowl Sharks: Whoever gets to be Left Shark wins the night before it even gets started. (Photo via Christopher Polk/Getty)
12. Minions: Paint yourself yellow and throw on some overalls. Done + done. (Photo via Minions Facebook)
13. Pitch Perfect 2 Cast: You technically don’t have to sing acapella numbers all night long if you and your crew dress up as the Barden Bellas or Das Sound Machine… but you totally should. (Photo via Pitch Perfect 2 Facebook)
14. Real Housewives: Pick a city, any city, throw on a fab gown and playfully (or seriously) bicker with your girls all night long while tossing back cocktails. Go even crazier with a Housewives-inspired group costume by going as The Real Housewives of Disney from SNL or The Hotwives of Las Vegas. (Photo via Real Housewives of New York City Facebook)
15. US Women’s National Soccer Team: Who wouldn’t want to dress up as this badass, World-Cup-winning team?! Get matching uniforms, throw on some shin guards for fun, toss a gold medal around your necks and you and your crew will be ready to party. (Photo via US Soccer Facebook)
16. American Idol Judges Then + Now: While you could totally go as Idol‘s current judging lineup, take it back to the beginning and make appearances as Simon, Paula and Randy. Or just get a huge crew together and turn it into one big judging panel including Ellen, Mariah, Nicki and even season one host Ryan Dunkleman. (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
17. The Wiz Cast: In honor of NBC’s live musical this fall, give your group’s Wizard of Oz-themed costume a different feel with the stage version’s take on the classic characters. (Photo via Universal)
18. TODAY Show Anchors + Wrangler: If you don’t want to head to any Halloween parties sans pup, then this is the group outfit for you. Grab your GFs and their BFs and entertain everyone with your headline news and a seriously OTT cute dog. (Photo via Today Show)
19. Bachelor in Paradise Cast: All you really need to complete this look is a bathing suit, some roses, lots of tear and booze (duh). Whoever doesn’t have a rose at the end of the night doesn’t get a Lyft ride home ;) (Photo via Bachelor in Paradise Facebook)
20. The Astronaut Wives Club Cast: Switch up the Mad Men look by going as this group of chic women instead this year. Everyone will be impressed and probably want to copy your looks for streetwear outfits outside of the holiday. (Photo via The Astronaut Wives Club Facebook)
21. Mad Max Cast: Cut up some tees and dresses, throw some dirt on your body and this apocalyptic costume will be complete. (Photo via Mad Max Facebook)
22. Star Wars Cast: We’re sure you’re pumped for this sci-fi flick, so get all decked out for its release by dressing up as the iconic and soon-to-be-iconic characters this year with your BFFs. (Photo via Star Wars Facebook)
Will you be dressing up with your group of friends with any of these looks? Are there any looks you’re dying to recreate that we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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This Jewelry Designer Infuses ‘90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
This Jewelry Designer Infuses '90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
Vibrant hues, '90s-era boldness, and raw artisanal beauty — these are just a few of the characteristics that make the work of today's creative crush truly swoonworthy. Named for a potent Caribbean pepper, Tracey-Renee Hubbard's Scotchbonnet is a gorgeous line of earrings and accessories made by hand with love, thoughtfulness and a resolute passion for the art of making.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and super fan of Scotchbonnet! Like so many creative connections these days, I first connected with designer Tracey-Renee when she DM'ed the @britandco IG account and we featured her work in a story roundup of BIPOC makers. A few weeks later, she applied and won a scholarship to our first session of the Selfmade program where Brit and I both had the privilege of mentoring and working with Tracey-Renee on her brand, her business plan, and her mission. Since then she's been awarded a minority creative grant from JOANN Fabrics, and seriously upleveled her production process thanks to a collaboration with Glowforge. (PS: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Now I am thrilled to be able to share more about this brilliant maker's journey, inspiration and creative process in this edition of Creative Crushin'.
Anjelika Temple: Before we get into learning all about your creative inspiration, tell us a little about your background.
Tracey-Renee Hubbard: I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Yep, lots of cheese and cows. Growing up in Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee provided me with a surprisingly diverse and eclectic foundation. My parents stressed the importance of academics, but they didn't believe that excelling at school needed to come at the expense of creativity or other hobbies. Art, music, books and softball were a big chunk of my childhood. Crafting and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
One of my favorite shows to watch when I was growing up was "A Different World." It was about the college experience at a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College/University) called Hillman College. Watching that show inspired me to go to Florida A&M University (an HBCU) where I received a BS in Business Management and an MBA.
The world changes quickly and I love learning new things! After completing my MBA program, I studied graphic design, multimedia art and completed the Merchandise Product Development program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Francisco. My academic and professional experiences have given me the opportunity to live and work in lots of interesting places; but for now I am based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Anj: Did you always know that you wanted to be a professional artist/creative?
Tracey-Renee: Yep, but for a long time I was afraid to do it because of the "starving artist" stigma (all lies, btw). I tried to compartmentalize my creative practices as just a "hobby", but when something is truly in your spirit the desire never really goes away…and so now here I am!
Anj: What do you love about making things? What keeps the spark going for you?
Tracey-Renee: I've been inspired to create for as long as I can remember! I've always been fascinated by color, texture, travel and cultural connection. I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, sew and mend garments, I saw my Mom create beautiful home décor and heirloom holiday decorations and spent time in my Dad's workshop. Being surrounded by unique handmade items that hold special stories has fueled my passion for being a designer and maker.
Anj: Like so many artists, you've got a day job in addition to your creative hustle. Tell us about your career path.
Tracey-Renee: My first "real job" was in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. I loved the left brain/right brain mix of processing all the data and scientific information and then finding creative ways to relay that information to doctors and health care providers. That role really opened my eyes to the power of messaging and visual communication tools which ultimately led to me returning to school to study digital design and multimedia arts. I've had fun using my marketing and digital design skills in several different industries. I currently work as the Director of Marketing and Creative Strategy for a candy company. I spend a lot of time working in the digital realm – I think most of us do- and that makes me really appreciate the time I spend making handmade jewelry for Scotchbonnet.
Anj: Tell me more about your brand Scotchbonnet! How would you describe your brand's mission?
Tracey-Renee: I want to make pieces that are cherished - special but not so "precious" that they sit in a box stored away for special occasions that are far and few between. My accessories are known for their bold shapes, bright colors and eye-catching patterns. Each piece is handmade with love (I hope my customers can feel it when they wear their Scotchbonnet accessories)!
Scotchbonnet jewelry has been described as "conversation starters" and I love the fact that they connect people and get them to start conversing. I am excited about elevating those conversations by creating capsule collections connected to social causes; that way the chat can go beyond just "cute earrings, where'd you get them?"
Anj: At Brit + Co, we are enamored with bright colors, patterns and geometric shapes -- and clearly, you are too! How did you hone in on your aesthetic?
Tracey-Renee: I chose the name Scotchbonnet for my jewelry brand because scotch bonnet peppers add a distinctively potent spice to Caribbean food and I feel that my jewelry has the same vibe. My accessories are known for vibrant hues, bold shapes and eye-catching patterns. I am inspired by the flashiness of 90s hip-hop, the simplicity of modern luxury, and the raw beauty of artisan goods from the African Diaspora. My aesthetic continues to evolve based on the things I love, the places I've been and the community I want to serve.
Anj: We LOVED mentoring you + helping your business grow during our first Selfmade session. What were your main takeaways from the program and experience?
Tracey-Renee: Selfmade helped me understand the importance of having a clear vision and trusting my intuition. It can be inspirational watching other entrepreneurs "hustling and winning" on their social media feeds, but without clarity about my vision that "inspiration" can be overwhelming and make things confusing. It's easy to confuse movement with progress – Selfmade helped me craft an action plan that ensures each step builds momentum and accelerates me toward my goals. Selfmade also provided me with a vibrant, uplifting community of founders, entrepreneurs and go-getters.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Tracey-Renee: I take a break. We're inundated with "hustle culture" that can make us feel guilty for taking a break, but at the end of the day we're of no value to anyone when we're burnt out. When I have a creative block I usually log off for a while… there's this duality with the internet where on the surface it seems to be an endless pool of inspiration, but in reality everything that's on the internet has already been filtered or curated by someone else. Sometimes it's helpful to see things through a new lens and find inspiration in ("real" physical) books, at a museum or out in nature. Seeing things in a new light from a different angle can be a really refreshing creative jolt.
Anj: What does your workspace look like? What tools do you use and how has it changed over the years?
Tracey-Renee: I'd describe it as "choreographed chaos". It's organized enough so that I can be efficient with the administrative parts of my business like: inventory management, packing and shipping. It's creative enough so that it still feels inspiring, and it's tidy enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming to sit down and start working. It smells like coconut or tropical fruit (thanks to my candles) and it sounds like hip-hop, dance hall, soca or afrobeats.
The primary mediums I work with are wood, paint, glass beads and recently brass. With that being said my paint brushes, needle & thread and jeweler's saw are always within close reach. The most recent addition to my studio is my Glowforge Pro 3D laser printer; it is a game changer! It shrunk my product development cycle time infinitely. Prior to the Glowforge the process was time consuming and costly; now, I can literally "print" a new design within minutes of sketching out an idea. It's also been awesome when it comes to inventory management and sustainability. I no longer have to worry about over-producing or wasting materials; I can make exactly what I need right when I need it without any waste. The Glowforge can make millions of things and I'm excited about trying new design ideas in the future. I have a ton of sketches and inspo photos on my magnet board and in my notebooks waiting to be explored. (ICYMI: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Anj: What advice do you have for emerging artists and designers just getting started? What advice do you have for creatives struggling to find their unique voice?
Tracey-Renee: Start with your "why" and not your "what". Your "why" will be the secret weapon that competitors will never be able to touch. Once you have that part figured out; dive in! I think that now is a really exciting time for creatives. The rise of entrepreneurship powered by social media has removed a lot of barriers that used to make creative careers seem out of reach. Protect your work, but don't be afraid to put yourself (and your stuff!) out there. Connect with other artists and build a community, it's so important to have a sounding board for difficult times and a crew with whom you can celebrate your successes.
Anj: What's next for your brand?
Tracey-Renee: Scaling and growing in a way that feels authentic. I have new colors and new products coming soon and I am super excited about that! My upcoming premium capsule collections are close to my heart; designing jewelry inspired by social causes and having a "give back" component means the world to me. I want to keep having fun with my brand, sharing joy with fun colors and patterns and infusing love into each handmade piece.