Donnie Darko

Technically considered a sci-fi thriller, some people might not consider Donnie Darko a horror movie. This definitely qualifies as a Halloween movie though as there is a Halloween party within the plot. I don’t know how many people own a skeleton onesie, so this might not be a great example of pulling from your wardrobe to create a costume. However, this outfit really only requires two pieces of clothing, and if you happen to be the kind of person who already owns a skeleton onesie, you’re probably also the kind of person who has seen Donnie Darko more than once.

Donnie Darko: Donnie Darko Outfit

This outfit consists of one of very few items that I purchased full price. The skeleton onesie is something I had my eye on for quite awhile. I finally pulled the trigger on this one from Old Navy, not because it has a heart, but because the bones glow-in-the-dark. On top of it is the same grey hoodie I used to be Kathy Kriticos from Thirteen Ghosts. For shoes, I chose these Puma Liga sneakers that I obtained at a clothing exchange. I normally wear them with these fat skull laces, so it seemed only fitting.

For my hair, I used the same clip-on bangs piece that I wore to be Wendy Torrance from The Shining. I just tucked the longer pieces behind my ears and kept my hood up. I did not wear any makeup or accessories. If I had any rabbit (or even Playboy bunny jewelry) I would have put it on as a nod to Frank. There are some sweet Frank-inspired jewelry items I saw on the internet, so you could always buy one of those too. This Donnie Darko necklace is my personal favorite though.

Since I didn’t have an accessory for this outfit, I made up for it by using not one, not two, but three props! I don’t own a copy of The Destructors by Graham Greene. I also don’t have The Philosophy of Time Travel by Roberta Sparrow. What I do have is a copy of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Chapter 10 discusses wormholes and time travel, so I thought I’d hold it for a few pics.

For my second prop, I brought back my faithful butcher knife, but I didn’t include the viscous barrier in the bathroom when he’s talking to Frank.

For my third prop, I have an axe. While Donnie isn’t in this outfit when he is handling the axe, that weapon is an integral part of the story. Other props you could use include a Jim Cunningham self-help videotape, a dry-erase board that says “Frank was here Went to get BEER.”, a photo of Sparkle Motion on Star Search, a cellar door, a countdown timer, and/or a jet engine.

What do you mean the world ends in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds?
Destruction is a form of creation.
I’m glad the school was flooded. Otherwise, we might not have had this talk where you said you’ll go with me.
Smurfs are asexual. They don’t even have the parts under their pants. That’s what’s so illogical. What’s the point of living, if you don’t have a dick?
Grandma Death told me every living creature on Earth dies alone.
There’s more to life than fear and love. Forcibly insert the lifeline exercise card into your anus.
My friend Frank said I should burn the antichrist’s house down. #RIPPatrickSwayze

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Donnie Darko: Donnie Darko Vibes board on Pinterest.


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