So you want to dress up for Halloween like a member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? For a classic take on the Beatles’ 1967 alter-egos, here’s a how-to guide.
For people like me, Wikipedia is a great reminder for just how the Beatles really did look on the band’s 1967 studio album cover. When creating a Halloween costume, details obviously don’t have to be exact and convenient alternatives should be explored. The four Beatles wore custom-designed suits reminiscent of military uniforms. They were bright, florescent uniforms made of satin with one in red, one in pink, one in blue, and one in yellow.
The accompanying uniform insignia differed from band member to band member. Paul McCartney and George Harrison both wore medals signifying their membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. McCartney also wore a shoulder flash of the Ontario Provincial Police on his sleeve. John Lennon wore, on his right sleeve, the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom to honor his homeland. Other insignia decorated the outfits, but for a Halloween costume, printing out a few basics and pinning them to your bright military-style uniform should do the trick.
Besides the flamboyant suits, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper costumes were composed of moustaches and grown-out hair. And since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was–indeed–a band, the Beatles can be seen holding a couple of brass instruments on the album cover. If you have something like an old clarinet or trombone, and you don’t mind lugging it around Halloween night, an instrument could make for a great corresponding prop.
Besides the four Beatles on the cover, a number of famous celebrities and personalities are also pictured. If you’re into arranging Halloween costumes with friends, a group could easily dress up to represent band members and accompanying personalities like Mae West, Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, and so on. A complementary date always makes for a great Halloween accessory.
You clearly don’t have to act out the part you dress up to play on Halloween night, but sometimes it’s fun to completely get into character for costume parties. Sgt. Pepper’s band was a lonely one, but a frown isn’t necessarily the best party expression. Find a fun balance that works for you and have a great night. There’s nothing like a classic costume to make the tone of the evening just right.
Source: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Wikipedia.