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5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Inspired by Your Favorite Dance Movies

A still from "Center Stage" (via Entertainment Weekly)

News flash, guys: Halloween is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY. We know how easy it is to get caught up in the endless cycle of school, rehearsal, rest, and repeat. And if you're nodding to yourself right now, thinking "#Storyofmylife," we feel you—and we're here to help. Behold, our favorite dance-movie-inspired Halloween costumes that you can most definitely pull together by Tuesday!


1. The Red Outfit from "Center Stage"

You simply can't go wrong with this costume. Everyone will get it, it's an absolutely iconic moment in what's arguably the greatest dance movie of all time, and there's probably a 100% chance that you (or your studio besties) already have all the elements needed to pull it off.

2. Jennifer Beals' Audition Look from "Flashdance"

Ah, Flashdance. Another timeless classic. Jennifer Beals defines #goals in basically every single scene of this film. This is another look that requires essentially no work on your part—it's safe to assume you've got a black leo and leg warmers lying around. If you're a Flashdance purist, you can stick with the leo and leg warmers. But for all my #extra girls out there, I recommend wearing shimmer tights, using approximately 6 cans of hairspray to tease your locks, and getting a little heavy-handed with some (very) pigmented purple metallic eyeshadow. Optional costume addition: An off-the-shoulder heather gray short-sleeved sweatshirt.

3. John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever"

Honestly, I can't think of a combo better than bell bottoms, metallics, and an obscenely large collar. Which is why John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" getup is everything to me. Raid your parents' closets for this one—they're definitely in possession of some bell bottoms, even if they don't admit to it at first. Optional: Aviator sunglasses and/or a feather boa (I'm deviating here, but just go with it).

4. Natalie Portman's "Black Swan" Odile Look

The whole look from Black Swan never gets old. This movie came out seven years ago, and without fail every Halloween, someone's decked out in feathers, a tutu, and some super-intense eye makeup. And every Halloween, I'm here for it. So, for the seventh year in a row, channel Natalie Portman's Odile and have the fiercest night ever.

5. Victoria the White Cat from Broadway's "CATS"

(Georgina Pazcoguin as "Victoria." Photo by Matthew Murphy)

I know, I know—this isn't a movie. But it's a LOOK. And CATS is an amazing musical. As we learned from our Facebook Live with some of the CATS cast members, transforming into your feline alter-ego is both a commitment and very fun. This costume is perfect for those of you who want to steal the show this Halloween, because let's be real—if you're showing up in full feline makeup and a white spandex body suit, you're there to #slay and win that costume contest.

For more costume ideas, check out this article.

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