Halloween is, by far, my favorite holiday. Everything about it – the brightly colored wigs, the over-the-top makeup, the elaborate costumes, the slutty hosiery and shoes – appeals to my inner drag queen, and ladies, my inner drag queen is especially glittery. When you combine those tendencies with my penchant for black and my preexisting love of fun size candy, Halloween and I are like a match made costume-closet heaven.
I still have no idea what I’m going to wear this year (I have a green wig. Give me ideas based on that in the comments. This is a serious request.), but I do have a few ideas on what everyone should be carrying in order to properly embrace the Halloween spirit. Whether you’re attending a swanky costume ball (I wish) or a kegger at your friend’s sketchy apartment (slightly closer to reality), I have assembled a group of bags to keep your hands and arms occupied, both on Halloween and well beyond.
If you’re going to a party where you will most certainly not be the coolest person there, but you would really like to be the coolest person there, the Christopher Kane Laser-Cut Leather Clutch can send you in the right direction, outfit-wise. Plus, since it’s orange, it doesn’t need to specifically match whatever lame costume you put together at the last minute with leftovers from the drug store. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $530.
Remember that fancy-pants Halloween ball I mentioned? Well, if you’re going to one of those, a bag like the Judith Leiber Web Crystal Minaudiere, which obliquely references its arachnid origins instead of going for a literal visual translation, is the way to go. Like most of these bags, this is hardly a Halloween-only option. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2495.
If you want your bag to mesh with your costume, the Christian Louboutin Artemis Shoulder Bag would be a great option. As long as you’re going as a 70s street punk or a post-apocalyptic lady-warrior or something. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1995.
If you’re attending a party where things be messy, whether it be a result of little kids and Halloween crafts or your idiot friends and a bunch of beer, this holiday-appropriate, budget-friendly Rebecca Minkoff Skull Tote would work beautifully. Remember, patterns hide stains! Buy through ShopBop for $250.
If your costume is glam instead of scary, one of the Lulu Guinness Lip Clutches might be just the thing to set the over-the-top mood. The design comes in a plethora of different finishes, and odds are that you’ll be able to find one to fit your ensemble. Buy through Lulu Guinness for $710.
If you’re going to trick-or-treat with your little goblin, the Chloe Madeline New Tote is not only gorgeous in an autumnal shade of orange, but it’ll fit the giant sack of candy when the kid gets sick of carrying it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2295.