Here's a fact: All Hallows' Eve is only a caramel apple’s throw away. Here's another fact: The O.C. series finale aired 10 years ago this past February. Put these two things together, and what have you got? Some last-minute The O.C Halloween costume ideas. If you happen to be a fan of the primetime soap about a kid from Chino who moves to Newport Beach — and why wouldn't you be? — why not celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iconic show's final episode by dressing up like your favorite character? Welcome to The O.C. Halloween, witch.
Below you will find recipes for several different The O.C.-themed Halloween looks. If you can't find the exact items listed or they don’t work for you for one reason or another, please don’t pull a Summer and go into a rage blackout. Instead, feel free to make all the substitutions and amendments you want; you aren’t baking a cake. Think of the recipes below as a friendly guide to throwing together a The O.C. 'stume rather than an inflexible directive. Let's keep things as breezy as the name of Seth’s sailboat.
Alright, let's get to the garb.
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1. Seth Cohen: Patron Saint Of Emo Geeks Edition
Sweaters and Chuck Ts and angst, oh my!
An Argyle Sweater
A Button-Down Shirt
A Pair Of Dark Blue Jeans
A Pair Of Chuck Taylors
A Messenger Bag
A Death Cab For Cutie CD
2. Summer Roberts: Harbor School Edition
Shrunken polos, tube tops, camisoles, floral A-line skirts, bootcut jeans — Summer’s look is mid-aughts beach prep perfection.
A Bright Cardigan Or Zip-up Sweatshirt
A Flouncy Skirt
A Scarf For Your Hair
Metallic High Heels
A Pair Of Hoops
3. Ryan Atwood: “Whoever You Want Me To Be” Edition
Is there a more Ryan Atwood look than the outfit he wore when he and Marissa Cooper locked eyes for the first time? If someone asks you who you’re dressed up as, reply, “Whoever you want me to be.”
A White V-Neck T-Shirt
A Grey Zip-Up Hoodie
A Leather Jacket
A Pair Of Boots
A Suede Choker
4. Marissa Cooper: "Whoever You Want Me To Be" Edition
Here’s a chill costume based on what Coop wore the fateful night she met Ryan out on her driveway.
A White Sleeveless Blouse
A Pair Of Flares
A Pair Of Flats
A Small Bag That Fits In The Crook Of Your Armpit
5. Seth Cohen: Bribing Ryan With Bagels Edition
At the top of Season 2 episode “The Rainy Day Women,” Seth attempts to lure Ryan out of the pool house and into the rain with a bowl of bagels. It does not work. However, the moment did go on to live in GIF-famy.
A Grey Crewneck Sweatshirt
Some Bootcut Jeans
Archer Farms everything bagels, price varies, Target.
6. Summer Roberts: Wonder Woman Reveal Edition
In Season 1’s “The Best Chrismukkah Ever,” Summer surprises Seth with the Wonder Woman costume hidden beneath her cocktail dress. If you want to stay true to the look, you could pick up a Wonder Woman costume at a Halloween store near you. Or you could go all DIY and change into a homemade outfit in the middle of the evening (more on that in a second).
A Black Strapless Dress
A Small Crown Hair Clip
A Red Cotton Dress
A Wonder Woman Insignia Patch To Iron On The Dress
Some Iron-On Stars For The Dress
And Some Yellow Puffy Paint To Write "I Hear You Like Comic Books, Cohen" On The Dress
7. Marissa Cooper: Green Bow Hat Edition
In Season 2’s “The New Era,” Coop wore this breathtaking outfit to school. The pièce de résistance was, but of course, that hat with that green bow. This costume may prompt a lot of questions about who you’re supposed to be, but the diehards will know and respect the look.
A Maroon V-Neck Tank Top
A Crisp Button-Down
A Newsboy Hat
A Green Bow For The Newsboy Hat
Some Sparkly Flats
8. Ryan Atwood: Cage Fighter Edition
At the beginning of Season 4, a grieving Ryan channeled his emotional pain into cage fighting. It was a short but memorable storyline that culminated in Ryan not killing Volkchok and going back to the Cohens' house.
A Ribbed Tank Top
Fake Blood For The Hand Wraps
Iron-On Letters So You Can Put "Have You Seen Kevin Volchok?" On The Shirt
9. Summer Roberts: “Mallpisode” Edition
While the Core Four was trapped in a mall overnight, they passed the time with a rousing game of roller hockey. Summer’s uniform was by far the best.
A Pink Hockey Jersey
A Hockey Stick
Skate Shoes In Lieu Of Roller Skates (Unless You're Comfortable Rollerskating All Night, Of Course)
A Hockey Mask
10. Taylor Townsend: Harbor School Events Planner Edition
Leave out the fifth member of The Core Four? Never!
A Polo Shirt
A Pink Sweater To Tie Around Your Shoulders
A Pair Of Pink Shorts
A Pearl Necklace
A Binder For All Of Your Event Planning Needs
A Silver Watch
A Pair Of Heels
11. Captain Oats: Horse Confidant Edition
Who wouldn’t want to dress up like Cohen’s prized toy horse?
A Horse Mask
A Brown T-Shirt
One Pair Of Brown Legwarmers For Your Forearms
One Pair Of White Leg Warmers For Your Legs
Iron-On Letters So You Can Put “Princess Sparkle’s Other Hoof, Er, Half” On The T-Shirt.
12. Princess Sparkle: Unicorn Confidant Edition
And who wouldn’t want to dress up like Summer’s prized toy unicorn?
A Unicorn Wig
Purple Acrylic Paint For The Unicorn Wig's Ears & Horn
A Light Purple Shirt
Light Purple Pants
Iron-On Letters To Put "My Heart Sparkles For Captain Oats" On The Shirt
13. Sandy Cohen: Just Got Home From Surfing Edition
Saved the best TV dad in history for last. Here’s how to go about paying homage to Sandy with your Halloween look.
A UC Berkeley Law T-Shirt
Some Board Shorts
A Pair Of Flip Flops
A Yogalates Mug
An Eyebrow Pencil To Ensure Your Brows Make Peter Gallagher's Perfect Brows Proud
Or hey, if all else fails, just dig up your old velour tracksuit. Boom, you're Julie Cooper-Nichol-Cooper/Summer Roberts/every aughts it girl. Whatever you choose to do on the costume front, may your Halloween be as delightful as a properly schmeared bagel.