The INSIDER Summary:
- Disney Halloween costumes aren’t just for kids.
- While most Disney costumes are pretty overdone, there are still some options out there that no one else will be wearing.
- From an “Inside Out” mood to Gus Gus from “Cinderella,” here are some out-of-the-box Disney costume ideas.
The assumption that Disney movies are just for kids has been debunked. Adults are hitting theaters and streaming the animated films with the same excitement as little ones (I’ve seen “Moana” no fewer than four times, only once with my age-appropriate niece). We’re also choosing to dress like them on Halloween, even though Disney doesn’t pay anyone to do so. We already know that the possibilities are endless.
But let’s be honest, a lot of the Disney costumes are pretty overdone. We already know Tinker Bell is the go-to for excess highlighter and a dash of “sexy.” Cinderella and Snow White work for over-the-top elegance. But it’s time to try something different. And because Disney still hasn’t stopped fueling our imaginations with new releases every year, there are more than enough options to start with.
Try one of these instead. Bonus: none of them involve cultural appropriation!
1. A Mood from ” Inside Out”
Hold on, other Disney movies, Imma let you finish… but “Inside Out” is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. This film, about the five emotions inside of a pre-teen girl’s brain, created an ingenious way of explaining complex feelings to young people… and me… a nearly 30-year-old. But that’s not important. What is important is that Fear, Joy, Sadness, Anger, and my favorite, Disgust, are all color-coded and easy to replicate costumes. Pick one and go for it!
With “Moana” already a popular alternative to the sensation that was “Frozen,” this might be the last year that you can go as Disney’s newest princess without venturing into “too tried” territory. Spice up the costume by making it a team effort.
If you know any artists who can get down with some body paint, have them recreate Maui’s tattoos and put on his leaf skirt . And don’t forget your hook .
3. Flash from “Zootopia”
My favorite thing about “Zootopia” is that it’s just as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. The scene with Flash — a sloth who moves, you guessed it, at a sloth’s pace — in the Department of Motor Vehicles was so funny because it’s true. The service in the DMV is always slow.
Put this costume on with a green button-up and tie. Add some aviator shades for Flash’s happy hour vibe and get ready to annoy the shit out of your friends in slow motion.
4. The Tremaine Sisters from “Cinderella”
You’ve been a ray of light all year. You’ve kept things positive and done all you’ve could to uplift those around you. You deserve a break. It’s time to be a hater for the night.
Try going as Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and pray you still have friends in the morning.
5. Plumette and Lumière from “Beauty & The Beast”
Now that we no longer have to imagine what human versions of our favorite “Beauty & the Beast” characters will look like, we have more to work with for our Halloween costumes.
There are already quite a few human candlestick costumes to choose from for the Lumière half of this duo. But a thrifted wedding dress with some added plumage around the wrists would definitely work for Plumette.
6. Percy from “Pocahontas”
Cultural appropriation is wack, even if it just dressing up as a romanticized, fictional version of a Native American woman. So, let’s leave the “Pocahontas” costumes at home this year. If you also don’t want to go as the oppressor in the movie, Governor Ratcliffe, you can go as his sassy pug Percy instead.
Try on this gray puppy ears and nose set . A blue choker will complete the look. Act really pompous and feed yourself cherries all night. No one will mistake who you are.
7. Gus Gus from “Cinderella”
I try to avoid rodents at all costs, and it’s difficult for me to find them “cute,” even in the world of Disney — I’m side-eyeing you, “Ratatouille.” But not even I can deny the lovability of Cinderella’s most loyal homie, Gus Gus. This feisty little guy has the heart of a lion and a pre-2016 Gucci Mane belly to match. Here’s how you can pull off his simple look:
Get yourself a red nose and paint on some whiskers. Bonus points if you can score some rat teeth. Find a yellow crop top , a green beanie , and some red slippers or Toms for your comfy costume. I’ll let you sort out your options for Gus Gus being pantless.
8. Mushu from Mulan
Remember what I said about cultural appropriation being wack? That’s still true, so I won’t be giving any of you advice on dressing like Mulan. However, you can go as her trusted sidekick, Mushu. Unfortunately, most of the Mushu costumes are bulky and ugly. So I would recommend going the body paint route here as well.