Halloween in Chapel Hill isn’t just one night: It’s a succession of costumed nights out, a marathon known as Halloweekend.
This year, Halloweekend revelers drew inspiration from pop culture and their closets with imaginative takes on Halloween classics spotted up and down Franklin Street
Joey Marmaud, co-editor-in-chief of student-run fashion and lifestyle publication Coulture Magazine, said musical artists are a popular source of inspiration — especially the ones who had big tours or distinctive looks this year.
“I’m sure there will be an alien superstar wave," he said, referring to looks inspired by “Renaissance,” Beyoncé's most recent album and tour. "I think a lot of silver mixed with a space cowgirl — I mean, that’s already popular."
Third-year Olivian Ingledue said she is positive there will also be a lot of costumes that align with the styles of Taylor Swift’s different albums, or "eras."
Arianna Darden, co-president of fashion club Xpressions, predicted that Megan Thee Stallion’s pumpkin head costume — essentially a normal outfit with a jack o’lantern worn as a mask — along with Ice Spice and Bob Ross will be popular.
“The Bob Ross outfit is really easy to recreate," Darden said. "Add a button-up and then an afro — and some of us already have afros on top of our head, so it’s really not that hard."
Marmaud said it’s an evergreen trend for the biggest movies of the year to be sources of inspiration — especially “Barbie,” considering Barbie and Ken’s expansive wardrobes in the blockbuster hit.