From Hank Moody to the Rose Parade: LA-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Hank Moody

Difficulty: 2/10
Supplies: Leather jacket, black t-shirt, dark jeans, sunglasses that say you DGAF, and attitude that suggests you never have. Pen and book—ideally, a copy of God Hates Us All. Rebellious teen daughter is helpful, but not required.
Explanation: Hank Moody is the ultimate Venice bachelor, the star of Californication, who is often spotted wandering the canals with a hangover headache and a doting younger woman on his arm.


The Big Lebowski

The Dude

Difficulty: 3/10
Supplies: Sunglasses, slippers, bathrobe, and carton of half-and-half.
Explanation: Cult classic The Big Lebowski is filmed all over Los Angeles, from the Ralph’s in Alhambra to The Sunken City in San Pedro. The Dude’s look is easy to put together, and this costume is the perfect excuse to drink too many White Russians.


La La Land

Difficulty: 3.5/10
Supplies: We’re going for the movie’s iconic cover scene. The costume for Mia requires a red wig (if not natural), yellow dress, and black Oxfords/flats, while Sebastian needs black pants, a white button down, and black tie. Both should have the naive hopefulness of a Midwesterner.
Explanation: In Academy Award-winner La La Land, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters quickly became the modern benchmark for musical duos, à la Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. While the outfit is fairly easy, the key to executing the costume is to break out into unprompted song and dance throughout the night.


Silicon Beach

Difficulty: 4/10
Supplies: Styled hair, dress shirt and sandals, and eyes fixed on your iPhone (because no operating system is worth the stigma of Android’s green text bubbles). Snapchat Sunglasses and Apple Watch are highly recommended.
Explanation: Whether you’re stoked on the new neighbors or protesting the tech companies moving into Venice Beach, Silicon Beach has everyone talking. Put this costume together from your own closet and spend the night making snide remarks about the tech in Apple’s new face ID feature.


Gwyneth Paltrow

Difficulty: 4.5/10
Supplies: Blonde wig, yoga pants, “natural” makeup, a copy of Goop Clean Beauty, and a bottle of pressed juice for chaser.
Explanation: Over the past decade, Gwyneth Paltrow has transformed from A-list Hollywood actress to glowing emblem of new-age LA. Spend the night channeling your inner Goop by touting the “science” behind juice cleanses, vaginal steams, and Tracy Anderson.


Marilyn Monroe

Difficulty: 5/10
Supplies: Iconic white dress, heels, red lipstick, and blonde curls. Dumb blonde affect.
Explanation: Los Angeles native Norma Jean Baker was one of Hollywood’s first celebrities, and helped define Old Hollywood glamour.


Ballerina Clown

Difficulty: 6/10
Supplies: Clown nose, face paint, red top hat, tutu, ballet slippers, and white gloves. Main St. & Rose Ave. street sign if you’re celebrating on the East Side.
Explanation: This mash-up of two classic costumes is a true test of LA knowledge, as only locals will recognize the homage to Jonathan Borofsky’s whimsical art installation on the corner of Main Street and Rose Avenue.


Rose Parade Float

Difficulty: 7.5/10
Supplies: Bulk order of artificial rose heads, hot glue gun, and blank outfit. Bonus points for decorating a purse, shoes, or other accessories—the more roses, the better the costume.
Explanation: Come New Year’s Day, all eyes are on Pasadena and the annual Rose Parade held at the Rose Bowl. This costume is a fun nod to the tradition, and allows for maximum (or minimum) creative license.

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