Creative, easy costume ideas with a Singapore touch

Mr Unbelievable
Mr UnbelievablePHOTOS: HUAT FILMS, MEDIACORP, ST FILE, INSTAGRAM/ WONGFUPHIL
Joseph Schooling
Joseph Schooling
Chinese KTV hostess, Lulu
Chinese KTV hostess, Lulu

Here are four ways to dress up for Halloween

With Halloween, which falls on Oct 31, around the corner, the entertainment world is awash with inspiration for those in need of costume ideas.

British socialite Jemima Khan showed up at the recent Unicef Halloween Ball in London dressed as Melania Trump, with a Donald Trump mannequin attached to her back.

American cosplayer Rebecca Lindsay made a splash on social media recently with her take on X-Men's Mystique in mid-transformation into Marvel villain William Stryker. She wore the costume - where one half of her is Mystique, and the other is Stryker - at the New York Comic Con earlier this month.

The popularity of zombie flick Train To Busan (2016), the highest-grossing South Korean movie in Singapore to date, coupled with the season seven premiere of American horror drama series, The Walking Dead, on Sunday, also means that zombie costumes may be in vogue this Halloween.

But not everyone has the time or money to come up with elaborate costumes.

The Straits Times recommends four quick costumes you can throw together in time for that All Hallows' Eve party.


1) MR UNBELIEVABLE


With a 1980s printed shirt and gold square-framed sunglasses, get the look of actor Chen Tianwen in TV show Spouse for House. PHOTO: MEDIACORP

Forget about turning up as Japanese DJ Pico Taro, who is behind the latest viral nonsensical ditty Pen- Pineapple-Apple-Pen

. Others will probably have the same idea and you would not want too many men clad in a yellow snakeskin-print outfit.

If you have to go as the perpetrator of a cheesy earworm, why not the alter ego of home-grown veteran actor Chen Tianwen?

His viral tune, Unbelievable, which was first performed in a TV series, inspired a movie, Mr. Unbelievable, last year.

The look can be achieved with a 1980s printed shirt and gold square-framed sunglasses. Drop by your nearest supermarket for a nice head of broccoli as an accessory.


2) JOSEPH SCHOOLING


To look like Joseph Schooling, wear a red-and-white polo T-shirt emblazoned with the Singapore flag with a fake tattoo of the five interlocking Olympic rings on your right bicep. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Equipped with impressive abs? Show them off at the Halloween party by turning up as Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist.

You do not need a lot of clothing - just a swim cap, goggles and Speedos in your favourite colour. Do wear a ear-to-ear grin and a dollop of confidence as well.

If parading topless is too much exposure, put on a red-and-white polo T-shirt emblazoned with the Singapore flag.

Accessorise with a fake gold medal and a fake tattoo of the five interlocking Olympic rings on your right bicep.


3) LULU FROM THE NOOSE


A bright-coloured headband, preferably with sparkly sequins, and a generous amount of hairspray will get you looking like Chinese KTV hostess Lulu, Michelle Chong's alter ego on parody television news series The Noose. PHOTO: HUAT FILMS

A bright-coloured headband, preferably with sparkly sequins, and a generous amount of hairspray will get you looking like Chinese KTV hostess Lulu, Michelle Chong's alter ego on parody television news series The Noose.

Don some leopard-print and floral leggings and you are good to go.

The key to pulling off Lulu is imitating her exaggerated Chinese accent. Replace your r's with l's, lengthen the s's and throw in a few Mandarin nouns here and there.

And do not forget her pet phrase: "Speak-ker English? Okay, okay."

Dressing up as Lulu is current too as the character will be appearing on the big screen next month in her own full-length feature film, Lulu The Movie.


4) A POKEBALL

With the ongoing Pokemon Go craze, dressing up as a character from the Japanese cartoon series will earn you some points.

But no one wants to be in a furry Pokemon onesie in sweltering Singapore heat. Accurately depicting the sporty costumes of Pokemon trainers, made famous by the mobile game, is also time-consuming.

But you can turn into a Pokeball, a spherical device used to capture Pokemon, without much effort or cost.

Get a red T-shirt, black belt and white bottoms (pictured).

Cut out a circle from a piece of cardboard (for the round Pokeball button), glue it to your belt and you will be ready to catch everyone's attention.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Halloween costumes on a shoestring'. Print Edition | Subscribe