10 Halloween Party Costume Ideas for Art Lovers

10 Halloween Party Costume Ideas for Art Lovers

October 17, 2017

The Sunflowers, Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring; have you ever imagined wearing your favorite paintings as costumes? Or have you pictured yourself being Vincent van Gogh for a day? Well, it’s the perfect time of year to get creative and step into the shoes (or canvas!) of your favorite art. This Halloween why not opt for a unique, art-inspired costume?

To get you started, we have gathered 10 fabulous Art-themed costumes, each representing a famous painting or artist! The costumes are also suitable for both kids and adults, so why not dress up the whole family? Read below to find your favorite painting and get prepared for this Halloween!


1. Self-Portrait, by Vincent van Gogh


Self-Portrait, by Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait, by Vincent van Gogh Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: The House That Lars Built


Straw-hat, Tobacco Pipe and a reddish beard, Vincent van Gogh is probably the most recognizable artist around the world. Van Gogh has painted 36 self-portraits throughout his life! painting to dress as one of the most famous artist this Halloween!


2. Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci


Mona Lisa Painting

Mona Lisa Halloween Costume

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The Mona Lisa is described as the “best known, most visited, most written about, and most sung about, work of art in the world.” It has the highest known insurance valuation in history (100 million dollars) as stated in the Guinness World Record. Simply by printing a poster of the painting, adding a gold cardboard frame and cutting out a space for the face, both you and your children can picture yourselves inside the most valuable painting in the world!


3. Composition with Red Blue and Yellow, by Piet Mondrian



Composition with Red Blue and Yellow is a famous work of abstraction created in 1930, by Mondrian. This painting is a representation of the Dutch De Stijl movement or “The Style” – overlapping of individual theoretical and artistic pursuits. Today, Top Brands has recreated this painting in the form of a dress, which would be perfect for both everyday-wear and an artistic Halloween costume!

Makeup artists are also inspired by this famous abstract painting – looking modern and stylish on both male and female models!


4. Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer


Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: The House That Lars Built


Girl with a Pearl Earring is Vermeer’s most famous painting, forgotten until its rediscovery in the late nineteenth century. Today we consider the work as a masterpiece and even as the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa’. Using simple props such as yellow and blue headpiece, a pair of large pearl earrings, and red lipstick, you will shine just like the pearl at any Halloween party!


5. Old Guitarist, by Picasso


Old Guitarist, by Picasso

Old Guitarist, by Picasso Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: The House That Lars Built


The Old Guitarist illustrates a blind, old man weakly hunching over his guitar, playing in the streets of Barcelona. This painting is the best representation of Picasso’s Blue Period, which lasted from 1901-04, filled with subjects painted in moody blues and greens. Blue dress, blue make-up and hair, and an old guitar, your chance to dress as the famous Picasso painting!


6. American Gothic, by Grant Wood


American Gothic, by Grant Wood

American Gothic, by Grant Wood Halloween Costume

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American Gothic is one of the most famous paintings in American art history. It is a primary example of Regionalism, strongly opposed European abstract art. This painting has become a major part of American popular culture and the couple has been the subject of numerous parodies. This is probably the best costume idea for couples who both love art! With a fork from the hardware store and few visits to your local thrift store, you’re likely to find the perfect costume.


7. The Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh


The Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh

The Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: Cassie Stephens


Vincent van Gogh loved to paint Sunflowers – he has painted two series of the Sunflowers both in Paris and Arles. Using bright yellow paints and vigorous brushstrokes, Van Gogh depicts a feeling of liveliness and joy. This costume has amazingly re-created this masterpiece with hand-sewed sunflowers! The cozy sunflowers sweater with blue dress as the background will keep you warm while having fun for Halloween!


8. Man in a Bowler Hat, René Magritte


Man in a Bowler Hat, René Magritte Costume Idea

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René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist and was well-known for his mysterious and though-provoking paintings. In many of his paintings, he used the image of a man wearing a bowler hat, with various objects covering his face. From white doves to green apples, you can easily prepare the costume for this painting for yourself or your children!


9. Self Portrait, by Frida Kahlo


Self Portrait, by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: Pinterest


Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a famous Mexican painter, painting mostly self-portraits. She used a folk art style to explore questions of race, class, gender and identity in Mexican society. Recreating Frida’s unique make-up style and making a bold flower crown will help you to complete this look with a low budget!


10. Bust of a Woman, by Pablo Picasso


Bust of a Woman, by Pablo Picasso

Bust of a Woman, by Pablo Picasso Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: Pinterest


Pablo Picasso pioneered the Cubism movement, a revolutionary style of modern art that Picasso developed in response to the fast-changing modern world. To dress as Picasso’s paintings, you have a lot of freedom and flexibility to be creative! To demonstrate his cubism style, feel free to use contrasting colors, bold lines, and different combinations of geometric shapes!


We hope you have an amazing Halloween!




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