Hall and Oates Halloween Costume

Some things just go together: Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and peanut butter, beans and rice, and Hall and Oates.

Daryl Hall and John Oates had some of the biggest hits of the 80s.  Seriously, it’s kind of crazy just how many hit songs they had throughout the decade:

  • ‘Maneater’ (1982)
  • ‘Private Eyes’ (1981)
  • ‘Out of Touch’(1984)
  • ‘One on One’ (1983)
  • ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ (1981)
  • ‘Kiss On My List’ (1981)
  • ‘Adult Education’ (1984)

The hits go on and on. Hall and Oates remains a huge part of my 80s listening library. When I think of them, I remember their amazing music catalog going back to the mid-70s (think ‘Rich Girl,’ their 1976 #1 hit), their lovely harmonies, and their smooth rock and soul sound. But mostly, I think of a sah-weet mullet and a signature mustache.

Daryl Hall and John Oates - "I Can't Go for That"

During the 80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates rocked many different looks: trench coats, shoulder pads, neon, headbands, and lots of hot, sweaty perspiration.

Daryl Hall and John Oates Costume Idea

Daryl Hall and John Oates in their "Private Eyes" music video

This Halloween, you can rock the Hall and Oates look too! This idea makes the perfect costume for two people — guys, girls, it doesn’t matter.

80s-inspired clothing suggestions to be at your Hall and Oates-iest:

  • Men’s blazers/suits with big shoulder pads
  • Skinny ties
  • Denim vests
  • Leather motorcycle jackets
  • Bright baggy pants
  • Matching trench coats and fedora hats

Or, you could choose the less subtle route:

 “Hall” and “Oates” t-shirts costume idea

Accessories include the all-important mustache for Oates, pompadour-mullet combo for Hall, and maybe a guitar and microphone.

Hall and Oates Costume Idea

Hall and Oates Costume Idea

Hall and Oates Costume Idea

Hey, even if you’re going solo you can pull of this duo:

Going solo? Be both Hall & Oates!

Or, if you want to get really literal, you could do something like this:

Hall and Oates Literal Costume Idea

Hall and Oates Literal Costume Idea

So there you have it! This Halloween, make my dreams come true, and pay homage to one of the greatest music acts of all time.

Hall and Oates

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Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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  1. HA! Never thought of that costume idea.

    That duo is an all-time favorite of mine. You’re right. The entire catalog going back to the 70’s is excellent.

    One of the cooler shows right now is Live from Daryl’s House. Good stuff for music fans.

    Thanks Lori.

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