20 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Latina Celebrities
Alright ladies, we have less than two weeks left until the 31st of October arrives and Halloween fever is finally over. But as of now, it’s still crunch time. We don’t know about you, but we’ve been racking our brains (and our wallets) trying to think of a cute and creative costume that will blow the competition away. And although we have endless love for the classic witch or vampire ensemble, we also crave a costume that is unique enough to set us apart. And if you’re the type of girl who wants to rep her Latina roots all-year ’round, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of 20 unique Halloween costumes inspired by Latina celebrities that will be sure to start a few conversations at your annual Halloween Party. Take a peak below!
1. Cardi B@DailyCardi/Twitter
The costume possibilities are endless when you brainstorm a Cardi B Halloween look! But if you want to be really specific with your costume, you can recreate Cardi’s iconic outfit from her 2017 performance on Jimmy Kimmel. Here’s what you’ll need: a pink crop top and matching high-waist pants, which should be found at your local mall. Next up, get crafty with a ton of pink feather boas and a glue gun to fashion yourself a feather jacket just like Cardi’s. If you can also wrangle yourself a pair of pink-framed sunglasses, your look will be complete! We wouldn’t be surprised if people stopped you in the street for an autograph.
2. Frida Kahlocostumesforcure/Instagram
We know you’ve heard it a hundred times, but there’s a reason Latinas love dressing up as Frida Kahlo. Her look is famous, distinctive, and fun. What you’ll need: first things first, an eyebrow pencil to recreate her iconic, beautiful uni-brow. Next, you’ll need a flower headband to put atop a (preferably braided) up-do. Once you have that completed, you can be a little more creative with the rest of your costume. As you know, Frida switched up her style pretty often, but she usually went with chunky jewelry and a woven shawl draped around her shoulders for her day-to-day look. This costume is both simple and transformative.
3. Old School JLomaria_loves/Instagram
We love a good nostalgic Halloween costume, and there’s possibly no better candidate for that than JLo’s iconic all-white gangsta look that she rocked at the 2000 MTV Awards. What you’ll need: a white bandanna to wrap around your head, some giant sparkly hoops, a white crop top and low-rise white jeans. Also, we give you full permission to take out your bedazzling gun for this look! Even if she claims she’s still Jenny from the block, she’s always been definitely all about that bling.
4. Eva Perónciao_italia_ciao_torino/Instagram
If you’re a history nerd and your costumes tend to be more costume drama than Fashion Week drama, we’ve got a pick here for you. Go full glam and elegance by dressing up as Eva Perón, the First Lady of Argentina from 1946-1952. And not to mention, also the inspiration for the smash musical Evita. What you’ll need: most importantly, you must get your hands on a faux-fur coat–we recommend Grandma’s closet or even a thrift store. Then, get your hands on a dress-suit and some vintage costume jewelry. Finally, put your hair up in a classy chignon, and you’ll be making speeches from balconies in no time!
5. Carmen Mirandatheneonteaparty/Instagram
With a Latina celebrity with a look as iconic as Carmen Miranda’s, all you really need in order to be recognizable is her signature hat full of fruit and flowers. Once that’s set, it’s up to you for how you’d like to pull of the finishing touches! What you’ll need: once you’ve created the head piece, finish up the look with a floral skirt and top. Then, make sure you add hoop earrings and chunky bracelets as accessories! When that’s done, you’ll have the kind of ridiculously fun costume that will get all your friends talking.
6. Selena Quintanillaalbitabonita11/Instagram
What better way to honor the the Queen of Tejano music than by dressing up as her for Halloween? Since Selena had so many memorable fashion moments, the possibilities are endless! You could go Disco-Queen Selena like Demi Lovato did Halloween 2017 or you could do what Keke Palmer did and do Selena’s signature hat and bustier. What you’ll need: if you want to go the simplest route, we suggest high-waisted spandex pants, a bejeweled bustier, and your hair tucked up under that iconic newsboy hat that Selena loved so much. To top it off? Red lipstick, of course!
7. Christina Aguilera circa Dirty@MrJeromeTrammel/Twitter
Take a page out of Kylie Jenner’s book and go full Christina Aguilera circa 2002’s “Dirrty”. This costume takes a person who feels totally confident flaunting all the parts of her body, as Xtina certainly did back in the day. What you’ll need: not many clothes! Primarily, you’ll need a red-striped bikini top and if you’re up for it, some ass-less chaps. If that’s too much for you, some leather pants will do. And if you really want to get into the “Dirrty” spirit, you can spend some extra time twirling your hair into faux-locks.
8. Jane the Virginseeontv/Instagram.
The character of Jane Gloriana Villanueva from Jane the Virgin may not be as recognizable as JLo or Selena, but her status as a cult-favorite makes her the perfect Halloween costume for the die-hard fans out there. What you’ll need: you’ll be best embodying Jane if you wear a pink A-line dress and hang a pregnancy test around your neck (we recommend using a pink sharpie to fake a positive result). After that, it’s all about the details! You have the option to pin a rumpled flower to your shirt (to symbolized a ‘ruined’ virginity) and a worried look on your face.
9. Uhura from Star Trek (Zoe Saldana)jasminegg_cosplay/Instagram
We definitely consider Halloween the best time of the year for us to indulge our inner sci-fi nerd. And why not do that by imitating Zoe Saldana, the Dominican-American Queen of Sci-Fi movies. Saldana has been in numerous sci-fi movies, but one of our favorites is definitely her role of Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek franchise. For this look, any short-sleeved red mini-dress will do. You can then replicate her uniform patterns with fabric paint. Add some knee-high black boots and you’re finished! Live long and prosper, chica.
10. Nicole Richie circa The Simple Lifeerikapett/Instagram
This costume may be a throwback, but trust us, it is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite. Show off your inner Latina-American-Princess by dressing up as 2003-era Mexican-American socialite Nicole Richie during her wildin’ out days on The Simple Life. What you’ll need: a pair of over-sized overalls, a pink push up bra, and some costume jewelry. Depending on how “method” you want to go, there’s always the option of a ratty blonde wig (Nicole wasn’t known for her hygiene in those days). People will be telling you “that’s hot” all night long.
11. Lynda Carter’s Wonder Womanglamor0uschica/Instagram
Although we love Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman, we have to admit we have a soft spot for Chicana Lynda Carter’s 70’s version. In order to get your throwback Warrior-Princess on, here’s what you’ll need: a red tube-top, a bright blue skirt, gold duct tape and iron-on star decals. Fashion Wonder Woman’s iconic “W” logo out of the gold duct tape for easy assembly and application. Then, iron the white stars onto the blue dress. If you can get your hands on a lasso, more power to you! You’ll be saving the world in no time.
12. Veronica (Riverdale)the.blonde.roast/Instagram
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with Veronica Lodge around here. Considering the immense popularity of Riverdale, we think it would be so much fun to dress up as Riverdale’s resident Queen Bee. If you want to make assembling a Halloween costume as easy (and cheap) as possible, we recommend re-creating Veronica’s River Vixens practice uniform. Here’s what you’ll need: a yellow baseball t-shirt, navy gym shorts, and knee-high white socks. Don’t forget to accessorize with a pearl necklace and a headband. Then, voila! You’re the Ice Queen herself.
13. Dionne (Clueless)quirkygirlcosplay/Instagram
What better way to indulge in your penchant for 90’s nostalgia than dressing up as Dionne from Clueless? Played by Afro-Latina Stacey Dash, Dionne’s wardrobe is so recognizable that she might as well have been the star of that movie. Here’s what else you’ll need: a crazy top hat that you can find at any Halloween store, thigh high socks, and a plaid skirt. If you want to get your hands on a 90’s-style plaid blazer, you might have to make a trip to the thrift store. Just imagine all the likes you’ll rack up on Insta!
14. Dora the Explorerblackwomenincostume/Instagram
Okay, Dora the Explorer might not be a flesh and blood “celebrity”, so to speak, but her character is so embedded in the national psyche that people of all ages know where the phrase “Swiper no swiping!” comes from. You can’t go wrong with dressing up as a character with such widespread appeal. Here’s what you’ll need: a pink shirt, orange shorts, white canvas shoes, and of course her signature purple backpack. Can’t find one? Investing in some purple spray paint on a used one should do the trick.
15. Celia Cruz@PatiPadillaC/Twitter
Want to dress up as the Queen of Salsa herself, Celia Cruz, for Halloween? We can help you with that. To recreate her iconic 2002 Latin Grammy’s look, you’ll need to focus most of your attention on the hair. Buy a white beehive wig at any store and spray it with a few streaks of temporary blue hair dye. That alone works for 90% of the costume! Then, wear any floor-length blue dress to tie the look together. Top off the look with some false eyelashes and you’re done!
If you’re already set with a head of wild blonde curls and you’re okay with baring your midriff, then dressing up as Shakira for Halloween may be the perfect low-maintenance costume for you! What you’ll need: to emulate Shakira’s bohemian, rocker-chic style, you should wear some low-rise pants with an ornate metal belt, a crocheted halter top, and as many wristbands and bracelets as you can pile on. If you’re not a blonde already, commit to the look with a curly platinum wig–because what is Shakira without that wild mane of hair?
17. Kat Von Dsynystergrace/Instagram
A Kat Von D Halloween costume is exactly the type that would be a blast to assemble! What you’ll need: if you’re not already outfitted with your very own sleeve of tats, luckily, you can buy some slide-on fabric ones at any costume store–Kat’s tats are arguably her most recognizable trait. After that, you can assemble any slightly rocker, gothic ensemble off of reference photos. Make sure you complete the look by painting her signature star tattoos next to your eye and slapping on a layer (or two) of red lipstick.
18. Lupita N’yongo as Nakia (Black Panther)mcu.foo/Instagram
Pay tribute to Lupita N’yongo by dressing up as the stunning Mexican-Kenyan’s character, Nakia, from Black Panther. What you’ll need: in order to make Nakia’s beautiful tribal vest, go to your local craft store to buy strings of beads in shades of yellow and green. Bedazzle a spare halter top with strings of yellow and green beads that you can find at your local craft store. Finish the look with a green or brown leather skirt. Don’t forget to replicate her tribal makeup on your own face–a white liquid liner will work just fine to accomplish this.
19. Zoe Saladana’s Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy)marvelcosplaystars/Instagram
Who knew there were so many superheroes portrayed by Latina actresses? One of our favorites is Zoe Saldana‘s portrayal of green-skinned Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. You’ll be sure to win best costume if you pull this look off! What you’ll need: green body paint (and lots of it). The experts recommend a mix of liquid body and paint and high-pigmented pressed powder to get the right effect. For the hair, you can either do some fun temporary purple hair spray, or invest in a wig. Top it off with a red leather jacket, and you’ll look out of this world.
20. April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)@NicoleAuerbach/Twitter
Of course, we had to include a costume option for those of us who love to do the absolute bare-minimum for Halloween. Die-hard Parks and Recreation fans know that Puerto Rican actress Aubrey Plaza’s performance of the dour April Ludgate is the real star of this cult favorite series. If your friends are anything like you, they’ll appreciate the pop culture reference costume for the genius that it is. What you’ll need: a black t-shirt with “Mouse Rat” written on it and a un-amused look on your face.
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