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unWined’s Favorite Art-Inspired Halloween Costumes

At unWined we are continually finding ways to embrace our love of art and wine in new and creative ways. With Halloween just around the corner we are presented with yet another opportunity to involve seasonal fun in our Denver business!

Not only do we have the chance to showcase some of the most creative art and painting inspired Halloween costumes around the internet here on our blog but we are also happy to invite all of you to unWined’s Halloween Party!

Check out the details of unWined’s Halloween Party featuring a costume contest and Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull painting HERE.

Take a look at some of our favorite Halloween costumes from around the internet, find some inspiration from these or of your own, and come see us in Denver at our studio October 31st!

The Son of Man – René Magritte


This one doesn’t take more than a printer and a quick stop at the thrift store to show your art inclinations! Print yourself up the top section of the panting, cut the apple out, back it with cardboard, and attach it to a bowler hat with a small piece of velcro (that’ll make it easier to take on and off). Dress up in a grey coat, white shirt, and red tie, and you have yourself an inexpensive painting inspired Halloween costume!

Magritte said about his painting: “At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us.”

Poison Ivy (DC Comics)


This particular costume finds its inspiration from comic books and comic book art. This Halloween costume makes it easy to be flexible when doing your shopping because the character has gone through many different looks since 1960. The important parts of the costume include red hair, red lipstick, and green tights accented with all sorts of leaves. Use different face painting and glitter techniques to add a little extra flash to your outfit!

“Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, Ph.D.) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, the character made her first appearance in Batman #181 (June 1966).”

The Mona Lisa -Leonardo da Vinci


Be comfortable and classy all night long with a Halloween costume inspired by one of the most famous paintings in the world! Finding an old picture frame (with or without art) from a second-hand store, removing the glass, and filling it with a poster of the Mona Lica gets you the back drop. Cut out the face and you’ve now become the painting! Add some fake wig on the outside to add a multi-media art touch!

“The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”.”

American Gothic – Grant Wood

Take this historical painting and make it a costume for two! Finding a black jacket, pair of overalls, and a white shirt gets you the gentleman’s costume. Finding a black shirt with a white collar, similar colored dress, and a round pin (between the collar) gets you the woman’s outfit. A used picture frame or similar sized boards nailed together and a pitch fork get you the props. Keep that straight faced look at you’ll be appreciated for playing the part and attention to detail!


“The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be either his wife or his daughter. The figures were modeled by the artist’s sister and their dentist. “

Jackson Polluck Inspiration

This Halloween costume is as fun to make as it is to wear! Take some design inspiration and color themes from Polluck’s paintings and create your own wearable art! Use any sort of plain colored pants/shirts/jumpsuit (preferably tan or white), grab some paint and a brush, and splash away! Add a used picture frame to tip people off that you’re actually dressed as a painting and see if they know their art!


“Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.”

Girl with a Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer

Transform this 17th century oil painting into a cultured and simple costume! The main focal point of this painting and of the costume is the pear shape shiny pearl-like earring. Add a brown coat, white shirt with a collar or small white scarf, and repurpose any old blue and yellow fabric into a similar head-wrap.


“The painting is a tronie, the Dutch 17th-century description of a ‘head’ that was not meant to be a portrait. It depicts a European girl wearing an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and an improbably large pearl earring.”

Yayoi Kusama

Pay tribute to an artist that influenced other world renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Supply list? Red bowl cut wig, polkadot clothing, and some red lipstick. Print or replicate the artist’s backgrounds in her paintings on a large piece of poster board to display behind you.


“Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern.”

Frida Kahlo

This is another of the Halloween costumes we have showcased that allows a little bit of flexibility! Frida was adamant about her uncompromising display of the female form and self portraits. The fact that she has painted so many self portraits allows you  wardrobe flexibility! Take an eyebrow pencil to fill in a little of your eyes brows and you’ll quickly have  the distinct and bold look that this artist wore so proudly.


“After her accident, Kahlo abandoned the study of medicine and began to paint, to occupy herself during her three-month immobilization. Self-portraits were a dominant motif then. Kahlo once said, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Andy Warhol

Weather your looking for a fairly easy costume or you already have a blonde wig and black turtle neck lying around, there isn’t much work involved in this costume. Added props could include a can of Campbell’s soup, print ups of his Marilyn painting, a banana, or 3 glass Coca-Cola bottles.


“Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.”

Certainly, we are happy to be able to admire people’s creativity and strive to represent both painting and art in many different forms. Halloween gives us the opportunity to take this admiration and look at costume and prop design.

Hopefully we’ve been able to spark a little bit of inspiration for those around us!

Have a safe and happy Halloween and don’t forget to check out the details of our Halloween party, costume contest, and themed painting on October 31st!

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