As if the impossibly awesome makeup and outfits of Euphoria weren’t enough to make you feel like a bunch of 17-year-olds are much cooler than you, this week’s episode included a Halloween party that proves these kids are the furthest thing from basic. Instead of the cat and mermaid costumes you’ve been rocking for all of eternity, the Euphoria characters all wore costumes that were nods to classic movies. Well...minus Lexi’s Bob Ross costume. But that was legendary in its own right.
If you had no idea what these costumes even were, you’re definitely not alone. I had to do some major internet sleuthing to figure these out. Here’s what each of the Euphoria Halloween costumes were meant to be.
Lexi: Bob Ross
Lexi was like “Eff your hot Halloween costumes” and dressed as Bob Ross. This power move just solidifies the fact that we should all be Lexi Howard stans.
Throughout the episode, Lexi had to tell a few people that she was “the painter...from PBS.” If you haven’t heard of the legendary Bob Ross, you’re in for a treat. He was basically the purest, loveliest man on television and had a show called The Joy of Painting. It’s practically ASMR. Also, the show encourages you to paint along with Bob, and as one YouTube user put it, “He didn’t paint to show you how good of a painter he was. He painted to show you how good of a painter you could be.” Deep.
Jules: Juliet from Romeo and Juliet
Nope, Jules wasn’t just a plain ole angel. Her costume was actually Juliet (Claire Danes) from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film, Romeo and Juliet. You know, the one with Leonardo DiCaprio.
She pretty much killed it.
Oh, and that scene where Rue and Jules kissed underwater in the pool? That was also definitely inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Look!
Rue: Marlene Dietrich in Morocco
I know it probably makes the most logical sense to assume that Rue and Jules are Romeo and Juliet together, but I don’t think Rue would go all out in a tux if Leonardo actually wore a suit of armor in that movie.
The geniuses of Reddit believe that her costume is actually an ode to Marlene Dietrich in Morocco. If you’ve never heard of it, you should know that it’s a 1930 movie that included a kiss between two women and allowed Marlene to go down in history as an androgynous icon. I love this for Rue.
Kat: Thana from Ms .45
Kat wasn’t just a regular nun, okay? Her costume was actually a reference to the movie Ms .45.
As Kat explained in the episode, the film is about a woman who gets attacked twice in one day and ends up attending a Halloween party (dressed as a nun) and shooting people. Kat was not exaggerating just to scare boys.
Maddy: Iris from Taxi Driver
Maddy’s costume was…a choice. She dressed up as Iris (a 12-year-old Jodie Foster) from the 1976 movie Taxi Driver.
Iris is often described as a “teen prostitute,” which is troubling for about a million reasons. If you think back to Maddy’s origin episode, you’ll remember she lost her virginity when she was 14 to a man who was much older than her, so this costume decision is pretty dark.
Cassie: Alabama Worley from True Romance
If you, like McKay, had no idea what Cassie was supposed to be...you need to know that she was not just serving us yeehaw realness.
She was Alabama Worley (Patricia Arquette) from Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance. It’s basically a mob movie about a nerdy, Elvis-obsessed guy who falls in love with Alabama, who is a sex worker. They both get wrapped up in some crazy drug stuff.
Daniel: Ted Bundy
Oh, did the faint unibrow not give it away? Daniel was Ted Bundy.
TBH, this is pretty fitting, given the fact that he pretended to be a guy with good intentions who is into Cassie but then turned out to be a total monster.
Nate: A prisoner???
LOL, can you believe that at a party where the kids were literally dressed as serial killers and murderous nuns...Nate still had the most disturbing costume? His was most likely not from some classic movie...he was just flexing the weirdest flex of all time because he’s recently been in deep shit with the police for attacking Maddy. Still, his costume was a huge hit, which is the most questionable thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
As great as these are, I’m probs just going to slap some glitter on and call myself a Euphoria kid this year. Sorry.
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