The Johnsons on ABC’s Black-ish may not have consulted this year’s list of the most popular Halloween costumes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some epic ideas brewing. After last year’s homage to Black Panther, Rainbow, Dre, and the family can’t quite agree on a family costume. While I’m all for family unity, their lack of decisiveness means one thing:
more costumes individuality. First up, the family dressed as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.
“Our family pride themselves on staying on-trend for their Halloween costumes,” Black-ish executive producer and showrunner Courtney Lilly tells Glamour. “The live-action Aladdin was such a big hit this year, it was an easy pick.”
Lilly says Dre and Bow are still a couple very much in love after some bumps in the road, so it was important to see them as a classic Disney prince and princess. But perhaps best of all is little Devante as the Genie. “A top-knot and goatee on that sweet baby?” Lilly says. “It’s like we rubbed a lamp and wished for cuteness.”
That’s not the only Halloween look happening on Black-ish. It’s always fun to see the ladies of the show mix it up and let their personalities shine through, and this year is no different: Diane and Bow dress up as Beyoncé and Queen Latifah. Obviously.
“They picked their two favorite queens,” Lilly says. “Obviously Bow is throwing back to the ’90s here, when Queen Latifah’s style and music impacted her the most. And Diane is a die-hard Beyoncé fan, and her ‘Single Ladies’ look is her most recognizable one.” Lilly says Tracee Ellis Ross and Marsai Martin were cracking up the cast and crew showing off their moves during filming. We’re going to need footage of that, thanks.
And last but not least, there’s Junior, the charming nerd with a heart of gold. Lilly says it was only fitting to dress him up as Professor Klump from Nutty Professor. “[Klump] is a lovable geek who is also a hopeless romantic, so it seemed like a perfect fit. The body suit on Marcus just doubles the fun. He’s grown into a great physical comedian and we loved giving him the opportunity to play around on Halloween.”
The Halloween episode of Black-ish—titled “Everybody Blames Raymond”—will air on Tuesday, October 29, at 9:30/8:30 Central on ABC.
Originally Appeared on Glamour