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5 Old School Scary Movies for Costume Inspiration

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

I love old movies, I love scary movies, and I love Halloween. When these three categories unite in October, I’m in heaven. There’s nothing like curling up in the dark with friends to watch a retro horror film, and screaming during classic creepy scenes that have been frightening people for decades. Since everyone loves a good throwback, here’s a roundup of some stellar scary looks that are sure to bring chills this Halloween. (Warning: If you don’t like horror flicks, prepare yourself for some of the pictures below!).

Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963): This might be one of my favorite character looks in a movie—ever. The creepiest thing about this Alfred Hitchcock classic is that the scene where Tippi gets attacked by birds in the attic is real! To get this look, I’d hit up a vintage store and find a great ’60s green belted dress and matching jacket and glue on some fake birds from a local crafts store.

Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby (1968): The look that spawned a million pixie cuts. If you’re not brave enough to rock this short ‘do, sport a blonde pixie wig for the night and pair it with a blue nightie. I’d hold a toy baby from Toys “R” Us to complete the effect.

Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976): Although Carrie’s pre-bloodbath look is definitely less messy, I’d go all the way and splatter fake blood all over your pretty prom dress—and hair.

Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973): This is one of the creepiest faces of all time—I don’t even know where to start! I’d either buy a fancy Exorcist mask or, if I’m on a budget, meticulously try to replicate Regan’s bloodcurdling bumps and scars. White nightie? Necessary.

Everyone in Night of the Living Dead (1968): When in doubt, be a zombie. A ragged get-up paired with spooky eye makeup and a haunting glare will do the trick.

For more even more spook-themed films, check out the 7 Halloween movies we’re rewatching this month.

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