For kids and adults alike, dressing up is one of the most fun parts of the Halloween holiday, second only to the copious amounts of candy. From ghouls and goblins to superheroes and stars, there are all kinds of costumes well-suited for Halloween. You can buy your costume from a store, make one from scratch, or compile your Halloween costume from items found while thrifting. However you put together your costume is entirely up to you. Just make it something that you like.
While some of us plan our Halloween costumes well in advance, others tend to procrastinate. If you’re in that second category, you may need some suggestions, since Halloween is fast approaching. Savannah, well known as one of the most haunted places in the country, is full of inspiration when it comes to the Halloween holiday. We have lots of iconic figures that are perfect to portray in costume. If you’re in need of a last-minute Halloween costume, try one of these Savannah-inspired looks.
Zombie Girl Scout
A Savannah native, Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of the Girl Scouts. For this reason, the cookie-selling scouts will always hold a special place in Savannah’s history. You can choose to don a girl scout costume, but to up the fear factor, consider zombifying the look. It’s sure to be a haunting hit for Halloween.
Bird Girl Statue
The Bird Girl statue is famous for gracing the cover of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Today, the statue is on display at the Telfair Museum. Known for her monochrome features and sullen disposition, the Bird Girl statue is immediately recognizable, making it a great option for a Savannah-themed Halloween costume. Cast yourself in dark bronze paint, put on a simple frock and carry two-wide lipped bowls in each hand to complete the look.
The Lady Chablis
Also known for her role in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” The Lady Chablis was a beloved star of Savannah’s nightlife. A transgender woman, Chablis was a sassy, compelling performer who graced the stage at Club One from the late 80s through 2016, before she died that year. Pay homage to her vibrancy this Halloween with a fabulous costume. Wear a sparkling gown and bejeweled earrings with coiffed dark hair to emulate the icon.
Forrest Gump is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to costumes. It’s pretty simple to recreate the look from his opening scene in Chippewa Square. All you need is a luggage bag, a cream-colored suit, a blue and white button-up and some scuffed white sneakers.
The Pirates’ House is one of Savannah’s most haunted places, with patrons frequently reporting ghost sightings through the years. More than 250 years old, the building was once a hub for seafarers and all sorts of unsavory characters, some of whom are said to linger around the premises to this day. You can capture the history of this spooky site by dressing up as a ghastly ghost pirate. Pale make-up, a long coat, a worn pirate hat and maybe an eyepatch will do.
If you choose to go with any of these Savannah-themed Halloween costumes this year, we would love to see it! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram at @getthelow.