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Shades of Gray: Halloween Costumes Inspired by My Four All-Time Favorite Movies


8 years ago

Something you may not know about me and my husband, Jeff, is that we are crazy about Halloween. It’s one of our favorite times of the year, when we get to dress up as some of our favorite characters, and really take on their personas for the night—and did I mention that Jeff is the ultimate costume DIY-er? It’s honestly a talent, and let’s just say it has made for some pretty unforgettable Halloween photos…(you’ll see what I mean). My team recently promised that more inspired costumes would be coming your way, so today I am delivering on that promise! It was so fun to see how my team recreated Halloween looks from GM prints, but this time I’m drawing inspiration from a few of my all-time favorite movies. I couldn’t resist taking a few style notes from some of my favorite characters in the years past, and I hope that some of these ideas give you all some inspiration to put your own twist on the look this Halloween. Let’s jump right in…


Gray Malin Halloween - Hocus Pocus

Halloween costume inspired by Gray Malin's favorite movies - Hocus Pocus

  1. ASOS Midi Skirt in Pleated Satin, $57
  2. Free People Louisa Embroidered Top, $69.95
  3. Thin Moon Velvet Choker, $16
  4. Silence + Noise Tavi Crushed Velvet Cropped Tee, $34
  5. Finley Pointed Toe Booties, $185
  6. Morgan Bodysuit, $148
  7. Saldana Vintage Velvet Fringe Kimono, $159
  8. Felicia Pointed Toe Booties, $165
  9. FP Vintage 1980s Embroidered Top, $428
  10. Crooked Witch Broom, $17.69
  11. Basic Sheer Ribbed Tight, $14


Costumes inspired by Gray's favorite movies - Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills costume - inspired by Gray Malin's favorite movies

  1. Brixton Wide Brim Felt Hat, $68.50
  2. CeCe ‘Lily’ Trench Cape, $148
  3. Drake’s for J.Crew Square Silk Scarf, $78
  4. Carven Felt Skirt, $350
  5. Sam Edelman ‘Lola’ Ankle Strap Pump, $139
  6. ‘VSM Gritter’ Tapered Chinos, $75
  7. Timberland 6” Icon Boot, $180
  8. Pieces Beret Hat, $16.50
  9. Trouser Socks in Mini Polka Dot, $14.50
  10. RVCA ‘CPO’ Nylon Shirt Jacket, $85
  11. Long Cigarette Holder, $5.99


Karl + Anna - Gray Malin's Movie Inspired Costumes, The September Issue

Halloween costumes inspired by Karl Lagerfeld + Anna Wintour of The September Issue

  1. Samsoe & Samsoe Ashley Faux Fur Coat, $436
  2. Pearl Bennet Bib Necklace, $42
  3. Sam Edelman ‘Victoria’ Slouch Boot, $169
  4. Quay Australia Kitty Sunglasses, $50
  5. Vintage Chanel Silk Scarf, $225
  6. Modena Men’s Cutaway Collar Dress Shirt, $42
  7. 14K Gold Electroplate Tie Chain, $20
  8. Marc Jacobs 70/S Sunglasses, $130
  9. Skinny Fit Tuxedo Jacket with Satin Lapel, $200
  10. Carolina Amato Fingerless Moto Gloves, $45


Costumes inspired by Gray Malin's favorite movies - Mean Girls

Halloween costume inspired by Mean Girls - Gray Malin's favorite movie costumes

  1. Motel Copper High Waisted Skirt, $39
  2. Truly Madly Deeply Sassy Text Tee, $29
  3. ASOS Payday Embellished Pointed High Heels, $73
  4. Joie Terina Faux-Leather Skirt, $198
  5. J.Crew Tippi Sweater, $79.50
  6. U.S. Polo Assn. Solid Polo Shirt, $19.99
  7. ASOS Prima Pointed Heels, $49
  8. Kate Spade NY Small Emilia Satchel, $225
  9. Alice + Olivia ‘Cindie’ Plaid Faux Wrap Pleated Mini Skirt, $330

I had so much fun reminiscing on these Halloween nights from the last few years, and I hope some of my favorite looks gave you all some inspiration to make your own movie inspired costumes this year. I can’t wait to see what Jeff and I cook up this year for Halloween… What do you think we will be? Stay posted…


Photos: @graymalinpersonal on Instagram, Gray Malin