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These Halloween Costumes Are the Perfect Mix of Scary and Cute

For those purists who really get into the Halloween spirit — the spookiness, the mysteries, the old wives’ tales, and the superstitions — you may be inclined to dress up as something classically “Halloween” that incorporates the creepy side of the holiday. More blood, less puns. However, there’s looking scary, and then there’s looking like Cady Heron in her “ex wife” costume. Sometimes you want something in between — not overtly sexy, but not scream inducing.

We rounded up some costume ideas that hit that sweet spot of being both scary and cute. From witches to devils and some creative spooky costumes in between, keep reading to find your perfect Halloween costume.

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‘Mrs. Maisel’s’ costumes swing, pop and dazzle — all by design

Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t have to do a whole lot of explaining when she first met costume designer Donna Zakowska to brief her on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Zakowska, who previously won an Emmy for the American Revolution drama “John Adams,” instantly grokked the wardrobe requirements for Sherman-Palladino’s 1958 period piece about an Upper West Side housewife-turned-Greenwich Village stand-up comedian.

“It was instant chemistry,” Zakowska recalls. “Even before we spoke about specific garments, Amy was very interested in the cultural aspects of this period. Being a native New Yorker, I understood the divide that existed between Uptown and Downtown. We talked about how the clothes could be a bit heightened because the show is almost like a musical. The clothes needed to reinforce that feeling, which meant I would be doing a lot with color.”

Zakowska grew up in Brooklyn with a family matriarch who shared Mrs. Maisel’s marvelous eye for color matching. “My late mother was an accessories master!” Zakowska says, speaking from New York amid Season 2 production of the Amazon Prime series. “When I went through her clothing after she died, every single box of shoes had a pair of stockings in it, like pale pink or pale green, that matched the color of the shoes.”

As portrayed by Rachel Brosnahan, Midge Maisel may seem unbelievably well put together by contemporary standards, but Zakowska points out that her meticulous ensembles reflect the way regular New Yorkers actually dressed six decades ago.

“There really was this heightened sense of accessorizing and color accents in people’s wardrobes during the late ’50s, and Midge is all about that,” Zakowska notes. “She’s all about presentation, and it was the same kind of thing with Joan Rivers, where you wonder, ‘How did this housewife end up doing stand-up?’ The way they presented themselves was very important, and there was a lot of fine-tuning involved.”

To develop Midge Maisel’s personal style, Zakowska researched eye-popping color combinations featured in Vogue magazines of the period. She also looked to chic movie star Audrey Hepburn and midcentury fashion titans Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior and Jacques Fath as beacons of sophisticated urban couture.

“For five or six years, fashion in the ’50s reached incredible heights and really became like sculptures,” Zakowska says. “It was a real celebration of the female form.” Midge’s billowing pink swing coat, for example, makes an unabashedly big statement. “When the woman moves, the swing coat moves with them, and that’s very much a part of the ’50s,” she says. “As you get into the ’60s, everything closes in a bit. That wilder, more open, free-spirit of the swing coat is perfect for what we wanted to do with Midge’s character and very particular to that period.”

The show’s profusion of immaculate outfits dazzle as sheer spectacle, but Zakowska also makes sure that her clothes serve the story. In a three-minute (Episode 4) montage unspooled to the tune of Barbra Streisand’s “Happy Days Are Here Again,” Midge goes through four ensembles created from scratch by Zakowska and her crack team of New York City tailors.

“We trace the whole arc of Midge’s relationship with her husband,” Zakowska says. “When they move into their new apartment, she’s in this beautiful pink silk dress. Then she’s carried through the door in the pale blue dress, which I call her Marie Antoinette look. I actually used a little headdress from my mother for Midge’s hat. The New Years Eve party, we put her in the green dress, and then we go to the final shot, where she’s standing in this empty apartment. The silhouette becomes much straighter as a way of lending gravitas to her mood in that moment. Midge had the happy home and suddenly there’s this void.”

Midge eventually starts spending more time in Greenwich Village with her gruff beatnik manager, Susie (Alex Borstein). Describing Susie’s jeans-and-newsboy cap dress code, Zakowska says, “There’s a little bit of Bob Dylan coming in there, a bit of Joan Baez, and you might see Pete Seeger wearing that kind of cap, which I think lends Susie a certain authority. I pulled elements from all of those characters to give Susie this masculine edge, in high contrast to Midge. That’s what makes their relationship so interesting.”

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Pet Costume Co. Secures Investment

Pet Krewe Inc., a New Orleans-based pet costume company, has secured an undisclosed amount of seed financing.

The round was led by Jimmy Roussel, president and CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. As part of the agreement, Roussel will join the company’s board of directors.

The company will use the funds to secure branded entertainment licenses, develop its in-house pet tech augmented reality component and bolster its marketing efforts.

Pet Krewe is led by Allison Albert, CEO, and Brittany Sobert, CDO. Starting in the fall of 2018, each costume will come with a comprehensive augmented reality component. Put simply, the augmented reality application will create an immersive digital world for consumers, according to company officials. In doing so, Pet Krewe seeks to increase both consumer engagement as well as brand equity.

Moving forward, Pet Krewe will continue to build on its foundational costume catalogue of mermaids, unicorns and lions with costumes for all shapes and sizes of dogs. Through investments in augmented reality, digital marketing and licensed brand marks, Pet Krewe will continue to scale its parade–all while retaining its core value of experiential inclusion, officials added.

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We’re Calling It Now: These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes For Kids This Year

Year after year, little ghosts, mummies, and witches run around screaming “Trick or treat!” as they wander through their neighborhoods carrying pumpkin-shaped candy buckets — but every year, there’s a slew of costumes that make everyone say, “Yup, expected as much,” for a different reason. Between all of the popular new movies, TV shows, books, and video games from the year, there are always a ton of new favorite characters to pretend to be each Oct. 31. From Fortnite characters to a select few trendy animals, we’re calling it now: the following costumes are going to be the most popular of the year.

Just be sure that if your child’s asking to dress in one of these costumes that they’re sure it’s the one they truly want — because shopping for a Halloween ensemble with indecisive kids is one of the worst parts of the holiday.

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BlacKkKlansman’s Costume Designer On The ’70s Trend To Wear Now

On Friday, Spike Lee’s BlacksKkKlansman, a movie based on a wildly true story about an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan with a Black detective from Colorado Springs in the ‘70s, opened in theaters. Considering everything old is new again, and that thee silhouettes from the ‘70s are in high demand, we asked costume director Marci Rodgers about the pieces from the film we can wear in real life. Turns out: She’s banking big on denim and fringe.

“I love fringe,” Rodgers tells Refinery29. “A good fringe coat or jacket will take you far. It never goes out of style.” It was important for Rodgers to work with pieces, like fringe, that feel timeless, but also speak to the time period in which the story was set. The costume designer sourced tons of items for the film at costume houses in New York and LA, but also she says, scored big in Brooklyn vintage shops like Beacon’s Closet and L Train Vintage. After Lee sent Rodgers the script, she says she set up shop in Howard University’s library in D.C., where she dug through an archive of Black magazines like Essence, Ebony, and Jet to make sure the clothing was historically accurate.

Actress Laura Harrier’s character, Patrice, is an activist who is a mash-up of Angela Davis and Kathleen Cleaver, two women who were very active in the Black power movement. “Patrice needed to always be in Black,” Rodgers says, noting that she kept it interesting by playing with different textures. As for Connie Kendrickson (played by Ashlie Atkinson), who is plus-size, Rodgers couldn’t rely on finding the perfect item at a vintage shop. “I also designed a lot of her clothing (as well as pieces for John David Washington) because she is a full-figured woman, so I just wanted to make sure she was represented correctly within that era.”

“I’m still in shock,” Rodgers says of working with Lee on the film. “I just wanted to make sure everything was historically correct while adding my flair here or there,” she notes. “And that everyone leaves thinking love and not hate.”

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This Alien Halloween Costume Is Out of This World

Let’s face it, even the most seasoned Halloween pros can leave costume planning to the last minute. That’s why this year we’re taking it back to the good old basics with costumes that require minimal DIY expertise, won’t break the bank, and take no time to craft. Enter: the pastel-loving millennial alien. The perfect solution for anyone who spaced (get it?) on Halloween.

Of course, every alien needs a set of antenna to phone home. You’ll want a headband, silver jewelry wire, wire cutters, hot glue, ping pong balls, and spray paint to complete this look. Start by lightly spray-painting your ping pong balls a few different dusty shades to create a multi-color effect. We used lilac, lavender, and periwinkle. Wrap the jewelry wire around your headband and create your wiggly antenna shape. Finally, hot-glue the ping pong balls to the end.

Now comes the fun part! For an otherworldly feel, a quirky wig and sunglasses are a must. Play up your features with a silver cream eyeshadow on the eyelids, lips, and cheekbones. Next, add pinks, purples, and a bit of blue and green eyeshadow. This Ben Nye Lumiere Eyeshadow Palette ($65) is a lifesaver for us every Halloween. Top your look off with a glitter liner like Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner ($20). Okay, now you’re ready to take on the night.

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Hilarious Pet Costumes That Will Make You Wish Every Day was Halloween

Halloween isn’t just for humans anymore. Dressing up our pets has become arguably one of the best parts of celebrating the spooky holiday (as long as your furry friend is a willing participant, of course). Unlike children, our four-legged friends always let us pick the costume — and this year the pickings are better than ever.

So whether you’re planning to take your pooch trick-or-treating or you and your kitty are staying home to hand out candy, here are 12 pet costumes that are guaranteed to give you a happy howl-o-ween.

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Grant Gustin Slams Body Shamers Who Mocked Him After The Flash Costume Surfaces Online

Grant Gustin, 28, has a message for body shamers.

After a photo of Gustin, 28, wearing a prototype of his new costume from season 5 of The Flash surfaced online this week, many fans became outraged with both the look of the suit and Gustin’s looked in it.

“Yikes the test photo suit doesn’t look good. I actually prefer the chin strap. Grant Gustin doesn’t have a superhero chin or physique,” one fan wrote in reference to the costume, which appears to be made of a different material and has a smaller Flash emblem than in previous seasons.

On Wednesday, Gustin responded to all of the negativity on Instagram. “So here’s the thing about this bullsh– photo leak. It’s a cool suit,” Grant said.

“That’s a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted. Some things need work and they will be worked on. We’ll get there.”

“As far as the body shaming. That’s what p—— me off. Not even just for my sake. I’ve had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin,” Gustin continued.

“I’ve had my own journey of accepting it. But there’s a double standard where it’s ok to talk s— about a dudes body.”

“I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout these seasons. I’m naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress.”

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“Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout the season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me. I didn’t cast a slim actor as The Flash,” Gustin explained.

Gustin also went on to encourage people who’ve also been a victim of body shaming.


“I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I’d actually book. But, here I am 5 season later. I’m happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way.”

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“Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on tv or film or whatever it may be someday.

“I love the suit that has been designed for me, and I think when everyone sees it in its entirety, you will love it too. Things have been adjusted since that leaked shot was taken, and more things will continue to be adjusted until it feels right,” Gustin added.

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This Easy Bank Robber Halloween Costume Is Already in Your Closet

Before you know it, Halloween will be here. Finding the right Halloween costume for your night of fright can be as easy as it is cost-efficient. Case in point — this simple bank robber look that is made up of a few wardrobe staples, some key accessories, and a little bit of imagination. Scroll down for more details on this costume idea that is so quick to put together, it should be a crime.

Hold up, because this is the easiest costume to date. Another bonus: You can dress your date as a robber for a partner-in-crime couples costume. You need a striped shirt, black jeans, and black boots. Grab an old pillowcase and draw a dollar sign on the front using a black marker. Finish off the costume with a black eye mask and a black beanie.

Chances are you already have this French-girl-favorite top in your wardrobe right alongside classic black denim and, of course, a pair of wear-everywhere boots. And just like that, you have a costume that will steal all the attention.

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Pet Costume Company Pet Krewe to Add Augmented Reality with Seed Funding

Pet Krewe Inc., a New Orleans, Louisiana-based pet costume company, secured its seed financing of an undisclosed amount.

The round was led by Jimmy Roussel, president and CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. As part of the agreement, Roussel will join the company’s board of directors.

The company will use the funds to secure branded entertainment licenses, develop its in-house pet tech augmented reality component, and bolster its marketing efforts.

Led by Allison Albert, CEO, and Brittany Sobert, CDO, Pet Krewe is taking pet costuming to new heights. Starting in the fall of 2018, each costume will come with a comprehensive augmented reality component. Put simply, the augmented reality application will create an immersive digital world for consumers. In doing so, Pet Krewe seeks to increase both consumer engagement as well as brand equity.

Moving forward, Pet Krewe will continue to build on its foundational costume catalogue of mermaids, unicorns and lions with costumes for all shapes and sizes of dogs. Through investments in augmented reality, digital marketing, and licensed brand marks, Pet Krewe says it will continue to scale its parade—all while retaining its core value of experiential inclusion.