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.
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.
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.