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6 Easy & Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Brunettes

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year– the season for sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks and Dunkin’, binge-watching your fave horror movies (or Disney movies if you like to keep it light), and decorating your space with pumpkins, skeletons, bats, and cats! Oh, and of course… dressing up in something completely out of character for only one night a year. You can choose to be super sexy, opt for something funny and campy, or do a creepy and bloody makeup look. But wait, Halloween is almost here, and you still haven’t decided what to wear. UGH! Don’t worry, we all procrastinate, especially when there are tests and essays to worry about.

Maybe this year, you want to match Halloween costumes with your BFFs, but as a brunette, you don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you’ve just decided to get into the Halloween spirit and are now in a rush to find the best Halloween inspiration (spooky nail inspo included)!

For all the brunette babes out there, here’s a list of ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes to get you thinking about your perfect spooky attire. But hurry, you don’t have much time. Happy Halloween and make sure to take lots of pics and vids this year. Even a last-minute costume needs to be remembered!

Dionne Davenport from Clueless

Dionne (Dee) Davenport is the stylish and witty best friend to her equally popular blonde counterpart, Cher, in the 1995 teen comedy, Clueless. Her unique fashion efforts will boost your social status as she experiments with extravagant hats and color outfit schemes! Her iconic preppy plaid jacket/skirt combo, paired with a red cropped vest and rose hat, would be the most recognizable re-creation. You can find the complete costume sets available on Amazon.

If you want a more edgy look, you can also recreate her crop-striped sweater and leather mini skirt style. The standout outfit is a more accessible piece, and you may have similar styles already in your closet! You could easily wear a black skirt and a black sweater, or you could look for a purple sweater at your local thrift store and DIY it at home to make it cropped! If you prefer to shop online, her jacket and skirt can be found on Fashion Nova, while a similar rendition of her cropped sweater can be found on VICI.

Velma from Scooby-Doo

Jinkies! Are you and your friends up for solving spooky mysteries this Halloween? Velma, the extremely bright, sometimes clumsy character from Ken Spears’ 1969 animated Scooby-Doo series, can serve as the inspiration for your Halloween costume. You’ll be recognized almost immediately in her signature oversized orange sweater and red pleated skirt (I understand that you’re pressed for time, so I linked both items from Amazon Prime, just for you). Just remember to wear your glasses when solving the mystery!

Olivia Rodrigo from “Vampire”

Olivia Rodrigo’s new album GUTS is a certified banger. I didn’t even think it was possible to top her debut album SOUR. Of course, Olivia costumes are the way to go for you if you have long, brown hair and don’t have a ton of time on your hands to prep a Halloween costume.  

You can get the “vampire” music video look by grabbing a strapless midi white dress and tearing up the bottom. Then, pair with a set of heels, add a few splashes of fake blood, and you are ready to belt your heart out. Additionally, you can def go for the “vampire” look she sported at the VMAs, which is a matching red crop top tank and skirt.

Eleven from Stranger Things

Who wouldn’t want to spend Halloween dressed as everyone’s favorite ‘80s superhero? Stranger Things’ Eleven has gone through a series of style changes throughout the series. In the show’s latest season, Eleven sports a flannel sweater under a bright patch-worked dress in the infamous roller rink scene, and her entire ensemble is available on Halloween specialty websites! If her Season 4 outfits don’t suit your interests, try channeling Eleven’s mall romper outfit from Season 3. The outfit is perfectly reminiscent of the bright, squiggly, geometric shape designs popularized in the ‘80s.

Clovers Cheerleader from Bring It On

Brr! It’s cold in here, I said there must be some Clovers in the atmosphere! Peyton Reed’s iconic teen comedy film Bring It On features different high schools preparing for the upcoming national cheer competition. The East Compton Clovers were the rivals and eventual frenemies of the Rancho Carne Torros team, later becoming victorious at the end of Nationals (spoiler, sorry!).

The film stars actress Gabrielle Union as Isis, the cheer captain of the Clovers, who helps to lead her team throughout the film — and she is the perfect style guide to replicate the Clovers’ cheer costume this Halloween! The outfit is a two-piece green uniform with orange and yellow stripes on the V-line of the top and the hem of the skirt, and the entire costume is available on Amazon! Major slay.

Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

Hey, Upper East Siders, dressing up like your favorite sassy chic socialite Blair Waldorf is a must this Halloween. Fun fact: Eric Damon, Gossip Girl’s costume designer, was inspired by combining high-end fashion labels and lesser-known designers. Blair’s high school uniform, which consists of a white blouse, navy blue over-the-knee socks and skirt, white flats, and a signature yellow headband, is one of the most recognizable outfits she’s constantly seen sporting on the show, and is easy to recreate for your costume this year!

Siobhan Robinson is a member of the Her Campus national writing program. She works on the Entertainment and Culture team, covering the most recent pop culture events, trends, and entertainment releases. Previously, she worked as an Entertainment and Culture intern during the Spring 2023 semester, where she was supervised in writing breaking news verticals, live coverage of events such as the Grammys and Met Gala, and interviewing emerging Gen Z talent for Her Campus's "Next Questions" segment. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Spring 2024 with a B.A. in Communication Studies from San Jose State University and received communication honors for completing a graduate-level course during her undergraduate studies. While in college, she was an active member of the SJSU chapter of Her Campus, serving on the executive board as Editor-In-Chief. In this role, she supervised a team of writers, senior editors, and copy editors, and assessed their articles for the site. Previously, she served as a senior editor, supervising a team of 4-5 writers, and also worked as a campus correspondent for the entire chapter. Additionally, she contributed to the school's publication magazine, Access, and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her free time, Siobhan enjoys scrapbooking, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, and, of course, writing for fun! A die-hard fangirl, she loves sharing everything she knows about her favorite boy bands, even if you don't ask. If you need her, you'll likely find her binge-watching the latest K-drama or catching up on pop-culture social commentaries on YouTube.