With Goth baker Helena Garcia out of the tent, only co-host Noel Fielding remains to bring the spooky season vibe to the Great British Baking Show. So why not give the show and the holiday an assist with a GGBS/GBBO Halloween costume of your own?
Take on the alter ego of Prue Leith with a primary color getup, statement specs, and a wacky matching necklace. Team up with a partner and transform into goofy duo Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding with fun patterned jumpers. Raid your closet for a blue button up shirt and become Paul Hollywood, the harshest judge at the Halloween party who gives out handshakes only to those with the best outfits. OR if you’re still reeling from the judge/host shakeup several years ago, make a statement as Zombie Sue, Zombie Mel, or Zombie Mary Berry and demonstrate that while gone, they will NOT be forgotten.
This year, embrace the Great British Baking Show style for a DIY costume. Here’s some suggestions to get you started.
Prue Leith costume
Recipe: The key here is to channel a Mondrian painting. Depending on what kind of hair you have, you’ll maybe need a gray wig or gray hair paint, and a pair of square-rimmed glasses in either bright red, electric blue, or rainbow is a must. Throw on a bright blue, red, or yellow top or a solid-bright colored jacket over a color-blocked tunic. From there, layer on a whimsical piece of chunky statement jewelry and a drop a long colorful scarf around your shoulders. Wear black slacks and matching, bold-colored slip-on shoes.
Partner Costume: Paul Hollywood (bonus: you can split the cost of hair paint)
Paul Hollywood costume
Recipe: Try to look as icy and withholding as you can and practice your furrowed brow look. Wear a button-up in a solid color such as blue, olive green, black, or light pink. Remember to roll up the sleeves to mid-forearm. Leave the top two buttons on the shirt unfastened. Put on some dark blue jeans in a relaxed fit. Point at various objects at the party and say they are either “underpoofed” or “overworked.” Avoid all things matcha flavored. Maybe carry around a loaf of bread.
Partner Costume: Prue Leith or Mary Berry
Sandi Toksvig costume
Recipe: Start with a blonde wig, black relaxed fit jeans, and white sensible sneakers. Choose a long-sleeve knit sweater with a simple design (think: rainbow stripes or hearts) layered over a collared blouse. Alternatively, go for the untucked button-up blouse with a bold print (think cherries or rabbits) or one in a bright, solid color such as red. Get really good at trivia.
Partner Costume: Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding costume
Recipe: The cup truly runneth over when it comes to all the ways you can dress like Noel. Pick out a shaggy black wig, some Beatle boots (glitter or leopard print optional), and a pair of very tight skinny jeans. Add to that the very loudest jumper you can find: clashing patterns, cheetah print, cartoon characters, and birds are all game. Apply lots of black eyeliner. Load up on goth jokes and do not skimp on macabre whimsy.
Partner Costume: Sandi Toksvig
Mary Berry costume
Recipe: Wear dark colored trouser jeans with a thin belt. For a top, go for a matching sweater set in a pastel shade or a bright pink collarless blazer with a striped cotton shirt. Maybe tie a silk scarf around your neck if your feeling sassy or pair the outfit with a refined set of pearls. Put on some ballet flats. Talk a lot about soggy bottoms.
Partner Costume: Paul Hollywood Trio Costume: Go as a throuple of departed cast members with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
Mel Giedroyc costume
Recipe: Put on a pair of pleated slacks in a dark color. Wear a bold striped shirt with a hot pink or electric yellow blazer. Accessorize with a simple gold wrist watch and either oxfords or loafers.
Partner Costume: Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins costume
Recipe: Wear thick, square-rimmed, black glasses with a thin silver chain necklace. Your uniform includes a fitted navy blue blazer, a bright colored button up with a straight point collar, and tan oxfords. Match the outfit with a pair of blue trousers or distressed, loose fit jeans. Be prepared for a lot of people to compliment your Rachel Maddow costume. Ideally, your Mel will be there for support.
Partner Costume: Mel Giedroyc
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Accent your costume by dressing your pet as a pastry or a cake. Bonus points if you go for the less obvious fauna outside the walls of the tent: squirrels, sheep, and pheasants.