The Most Stylish Halloween Icons from TV and Film
Get ready for some serious fashion inspiration.
Get ready for some serious fashion inspiration.
Text: Juliana Bakumenko
If you’re looking for some last-minute costume ideas or just like to get your fashion fix from scream queens and final girls, here is the ultimate list of the most stylish characters in Halloween classic shows and movies.
The Grand High Witch, The Witches (2020)
Kicking off with Anne Hathaway’s latest role, the recent remake of Roald Dahl’s book, The Witches, has everything from Octavia Spencer to Stanley Tucci to the impeccably stylish Hathaway as a secretly terrifying looking witch. Some people have marked this a full circle moment for Hathaway as she dons a Miranda Priestly-esque look in this Halloween flick.
The Grand High Witch, The Witches (1990)
And since we’re appreciating Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, we felt we should also pay our respects to Anjelica Huston in the same role twenty years ago. Before transforming herself into a grotesque witch with a vengeance against children, she’s actually a very luxe, stylish witch with a vengeance against children.
Morticia Addams, The Addams Family
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete with another iconic character of Huston’s: Morticia Addams. The statuesque Addams family matriarch is a Halloween costume go-to for a reason, and her all-black look will simply never go out of style.
Vampira,The Vampira Show
Another Halloween fashion legend who practically invented the idea of looking gorgeous and haunting at once, Maila “Vampira” Nurmi’s exaggerated makeup and dramatic silhouette adds to the stylish head-to-toe black look.
Elvira, Elvira Film Series
Bringing camp to horror and making it look good all the while, Elvira is another 20th century queen of Halloween whose legendary look will last with us forever.
Rosemary Woodhouse, Rosemary’s Baby
On the topic of queens from classic horror films, Mia Farrow served numerous stylish ’60s looks in Rosemary’s Baby, and she had to deal with a pretty crazy conspiracy the whole time. Props to her and her trendy Vidal Sassoon haircut.
Wendy Torrance, The Shining
While it’s not necessarily high fashion, Shelley Duvall’s unforgettable performance in The Shining was only enhanced by her super cute winter outfits. Jack truly wasn’t worthy.
Lady Miriam and John Blaylock, The Hunger
Even though it has a star-studded cast, The Hunger isn’t one of the most well-known movies for this time of year, but it certainly is one of the most stylish. Portrayed by Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie, Miriam and John Blaylock are all kinds of sleek and sexy in this ’80s vampire flick.
Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, Death Becomes Her
This twisted comedy is stylishly absurd, with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn looking infinitely gorgeous and lavish despite their occasional…quirks.
Lisle Von Rhuman, Death Becomes Her
Though not part of the eternally stylish friend duo with Meryl and Goldie, Isabella Rosselini’s character in Death Becomes Her is a style icon in her own right.
The Ladies of The Craft
Rocking some of the best trends in the youth culture of the ’90s, from long skirts with combat boots to skinny shades and leather accents, the original coven of The Craft will forever be style icons.
Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown
Though it may not fit everyone’s aesthetic, Debbie Reynolds rocked plenty of looks in her own unique style as a good-natured witch in the family-friendly Halloween classic franchise, Halloweentown. Her flowy sleeves and embellished looks are perfect for the season.
Alex Fielding and Camryn Barnes, Twitches
Speaking of iconic witches who embody popular trends from their own era, Tia and Tamera Mowry not only take us on a mystical journey in the iconic Twitches, but they also bring us on a wild journey of 2000s trends. While we wouldn’t necessarily wear it today, these looks truly represent the decade, earning their place in the Halloween fashion Hall of Fame.
The Liars, Pretty Little Liars
Reflecting on characters who have defined pop culture in recent years, who also had some unforgettable Halloween specials, we had to add our beloved little liars to the list. Some outfits we never want to see again, but with distinct aesthetics matching their personalities, Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna were definitely style icons to someone.
Pamela Swynford De Beaufort, True Blood
Another beloved TV drama with strong Halloween vibes is True Blood, with no vampire more stylish than Fangtasia co-owner, Pam.
Chanel Oberlin and Zayday Williams, Scream Queens
There was no way we could complete this list without a nod to the entire cast of Scream Queens, cult comedy series that was cancelled far too quickly (still waiting for the reboot!). We wanted to give a special shoutout to HBICs Chanel Oberlin and Zayday Williams, played by Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer, respectively, and their always fun fits.
Mildred Ratched and Lenore Osgood, Ratched
Another Ryan Murphy drama, the 2020 hit, Ratched, also boasts iconic style moments, from Mildred herself to Sharon Stone’s lavish Lenore Osgood. A Halloween favorite at the moment, we’re sure these stylish characters will be a source of costume inspiration for some time to come.
Letitia Lewis, Lovecraft Country
Last but certainly not least, you may still be reeling from the Lovecraft finale, because we know we are. The HBO drama certainly got us in the mood for Halloween, but we still can’t get enough of Jurnee Smollett’s iconic 1950s looks as powerhouse Letitia Lewis.