Are you a film buff looking for a fun and interesting costume for Halloween? Try looking for inspiration in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
Hitchcock Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: “Psycho“
Here’s a fun Hitchcock Halloween costume that can be done both inexpensively and at the last minute: Norman Bates/Mrs. Bates from “Psycho.” Sure, it’s been done before, but Norman Bates will always be a cultural icon and this classic costume always delights. All you’ll need for this one is a gray wig (the more tousled the better), a threadbare robe or matronly dress, and a large fake knife. You can easily find the clothing cheap at a thrift store, and the other accessories are inexpensive as well and can be found at party stores and chain stores alike.
Hitchcock Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: “The Birds“
This is a costume to have some fun with: dress up as Tippy Hedren from “The Birds!” This one will require a few more props than some of the other Hitchcock costumes on this list, but it will definitely be worth it when you receive looks of wonder and astonishment this Halloween.
First you’ll need a blonde wig and a 60’s-inspired suit (once again, thrift stores and vintage shops are perfect for this type of costume.) Do your make-up lightly, and with a retro sophisticated touch, then use some fake blood to make your face look scratched up. Tousle your wig and rumple your suit, and then, for the finale: attach some fake birds (lightweight fake crows work best) to your costume using wires and pins. You’ll look like you are perpetually dodging vengeful birds as you make your Halloween party rounds.
Hitchcock Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: “Rear Window“
Jimmy Stewart’s look in “Rear Window” is an easy one to replicate, especially if you have access to an old wheelchair. Wrap up your leg in some gauze and prop it up in your wheelchair, add in a pair of binoculars and don a pair of light blue pajamas and you’re good to go. This is also a great costume for anyone who happens to have a broken leg, but still wants to get into the Halloween spirit.
If you have a bigger budget and a tolerance for people asking you what you are supposed to be, you can mimic Grace Kelley’s timeless look in the film. A blonde wig done up in a sophisticated up-do and a glamorous 50’s-style dress are required for this Hitchcock costume.
Hitchcock Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: “Vertigo”
For movie buffs looking for something a little more obscure for a Hitchcock Halloween costume, you can replicate Kim Novak’s signature look. You’ll need a pale gray suit, black heels, a white mock turtleneck and a blonde wig for this “Vertigo” Halloween costume. Make sure your wig is pale blonde and is done in the same type of low bun that the character of Madeline sports, and carry a small bouquet of pink and white flowers wherever you go.
You may have to explain this costume a few times, but film lovers (and Hitchcock fans) will definitely appreciate this unique “Vertigo” costume.