5 Artwork and Artist Halloween Costume Ideas

Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange), A la vie, à la mort, 2019
Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange), A la vie, à la mort, 2019

An artist Halloween costume is the answer to the question that always comes up at this time of year – what should I wear? And particularly, what can I wear that’s original? Look no further. The Artsper team has put together a selection of 5 of the very best art history themed Halloween costumes especially for you, which will ensure that you’ll have the most creative costume of the evening!

1. Francis Bacon, Study After Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent

Chilling, right? To transform yourself into this nightmarish version of Francis Bacon’s portrait of Pope Innocent, all you need is some face paint, a loose white and purple robe and a matching fez. This imitation of the famous work of art should be easily recognizable, but if your friends don’t understand the reference don’t worry – you’ll fit right in with the rest of the ghosts at any Halloween party!

2. Magritte, The Son of Man

Magritte, The Son of Man, 1964
Magritte, The Son of Man, 1964

This idea will appeal to you if you like to celebrate Halloween without necessarily making yourself scary! And this costume will be a great talking point. It’s an imitation of a work of art that’s well known to all! Another positive point is that it’s extremely easy to make. All you need is a suit, a red tie and a printed-out apple. This piece competes with La Trahison des images to be Magritte’s best-known work, but as you can see, the man with the apple is undoubtedly easier to imitate…

Magritte, La Trahison des images, 1929

3. Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 1994. Copyright Marc Domage
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 1994. Copyright Marc Domage

One of the most iconic of Yayoi Kusama’s works, Pumpkin is the perfect artwork to be turned into a Halloween costume! Make this Halloween vegetable your own – the unique combination of yellow and black in this artwork gives it an extra spooky feel. As for the outfit, you could go for a yellow and black polka dot dress with a matching beret of either color to imitate the pumpkin lid!

Bonus option: you could even transform into the artist herself! With a red wig, a red dress and paper circles of different sizes, you’ll be able to imitate her iconic look. This artist Halloween costume would be as unique as it is impressive!

Yayoi Kusama, Copyright Global Goodness

4. Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887)
Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, 1887

This option will need you to be quite hands-on in its creation, but the result is all the more rewarding for it. Watch as Angie from Goldiestarling does the artist proud! You, too, can transform into this impressionist painting – just follow the tutorial.

5. Edvard Munch, The Scream

Left: Scream, 2000 / Right: Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893

You’ll undoubtedly have crossed paths with someone in a Ghostface mask before (as seen above on the left). From the film Scream, this mask is a must-have for Halloween parties. But did you know it was originally inspired by this painting by Munch? For this art history themed halloween costume, just pair the mask with a v-neck sweater instead of a cape. You could even add a frame to hold in front of your face to complete the look!

If, as an art lover, you want to honor an artwork or artist this Halloween, now you have everything you need to design the perfect Halloween costume. Give it a go!

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