Indie Halloween Costume Ideas

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Indie Halloween Costume Ideas
Have fun with an indie costume this Halloween. (halloween image by alpha-omega from

You can make a homemade Halloween costume as a tribute to indie music and movies, or to poke fun at indie music and its fans. Have fun coming up with silly or irreverent indie costume ideas, and then assemble them using household goods or inexpensive costume or craft supplies. The ideal indie costume should require minimal expense and store-bought materials.


MIA is a hip-hop and electronic music star popular with the indie music crowd, and her wild outfits make dressing like her an appealing possibility. Raid your closet or a nearby thrift store for bright, patterned leggings and tight layers, and complete the look with a bright blue or black wig, oversized sunglasses and Converse shoes. You could even carry a boom box with one of her albums playing for added effect.


Team up with a friend or significant other to dress up as the characters Juno MacGuff and Paulie Bleeker from the 2007 movie "Juno." To dress as Juno, stuff an orange and white striped shirt with a pillow or towel, and wear skinny jeans, Converse shoes and a dark hoodie. Carry a pipe for added effect. To dress as Paulie Bleeker, wear a classic track outfit complete with running shoes, yellow shorts, yellow sweatbands and headband and a burgundy T-shirt. Carry orange tic-tacs to offer to your friends.


Make fun of hipsters with this easy costume. Simply wear a high-waisted pencil skirt or skinny jeans, a pair of Converse shoes, Wayfarer sunglasses and an apathetic expression on your face.

CD Burner

This silly, wordplay-based costume requires minimal effort and materials. Simply slip a CD over a long necklace or piece of yarn to wear around your neck and carry a lighter.

Arrested Development

Dress as a character from this indie favourite, prematurely cancelled television show. You can dress up as George Michael by wearing frumpy khaki trousers and a plaid shirt and carrying a light saver. Or dress as Tobias by wearing cut-off denim shorts and painting yourself blue. Use permanent markers or acrylic paint to write the word "Slut" on a red, sleeveless shirt to dress as Lindsay. Or simply wear a white T-shirt with "Save Our Bluths" or "Save Arrested Development" written across the front in permanent marker.

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