With the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, many members and supporters have wondered if it will affect Halloween. And on Oct. 18, 2023, the union gave them an answer: Yes, it affects how they can celebrate the spooky holiday.
As spooky season approaches, SAG-AFTRA released guidelines for its members and stated that they should not wear costumes of characters from struck companies. The union also suggested that actors refrain from posting "photos of costumes inspired by struck content to social media."
Unfortunately, this includes the 2023 blockbuster films Barbie and Oppenheimer, which were bound to be among the most popular costumes. But don't fret because we've rounded up 8 SAG-AFTRA strike-approved Halloween costumes that will be iconic AF. Check them out below!
Show your support as a Worker's Rights advocate!
If you want to dress up for Halloween but also respect the wishes of SAG-AFTRA, why not throw on a "SAG-AFTRA on Strike" t-shirt and grab a strike sign? You can say you're costume is a "Labor Rights activist."
We also strongly recommend you show support for SAG-AFTRA every day!
Or wear one of these classic Halloween costumes.
On Oct. 18, 2023, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement and urged its members to "choose costumes inspired by generalized characters and figures (ghost, zombie, spider, etc.)." That's easy enough, wouldn't you agree? Plus, most of the classic Halloween costumes take little to no effort to put together!
We can't forget about career costumes!
As long as it's an ordinary costume and not one based on a film or TV character (i.e. Meredith Grey or Carmy Berzatto from The Bear), SAG-AFTRA members and supporters can don a work uniform for Halloween.
Why not dress up as the infamous Met Gala cockroach?
There's nothing that says we can't dress up as one of the world's newest pop culture icons! If you recall, an uninvited guest made their red carpet debut at fashion's biggest night of the year: The legendary Met Gala cockroach! This is a pretty niche costume, but it's bound to generate plenty of laughs.
We also think emo Jimmy Butler would make for a great costume.
Once again, Jimmy Butler didn't disappoint with his media day pictures! For the 2023-24 NBA season, the Miami Heat superstar unveiled an "emo" look complete with straight hair, black nail polish, and plenty of piercings.
If this is your costume of choice, just know that you won Halloween 2023!
You and your boo can still dress up as Elvis and Priscilla Presley!
Of course, you can sport Elvis and Priscilla Presley costumes — but if you want that cinematic moment, you can safely dress up as the Jacob Elordi Elvis and Cailee Spaeny Priscilla from A24's strike-proof Priscilla.
You can even bulk up and dress up as one of the Von Erich brothers.
Another set of safe costumes for cinephiles (or wrestling fans) would be the Von Erich brothers from A24's upcoming sports biopic The Iron Claw. So, you and your best buddies better start bulking up if you want to achieve the physiques that Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, and Harris Dickinson gained for the film.