They say October 31 is when all of the freaks come out, but if you’re a drag queen, every day is like Halloween. Or, at least, that’s what Pittsburgh-raised queen Sharon Needles will tell you. But really, with Fright Night just around the corner, we’re in the thick of the best Halloween costumes that Instagram has to offer. And when it comes to scouring the web for inspiration for our get-up(s) — whether they be meticulously planned out or of the last-minute variety — look no further than any of the some hundred RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni for how to cause a scene and look fabulous while doing it.
If you’re not familiar with drag culture, by the way, we’ll spare you a history lesson and urge you instead to watch one of two things: the entire nine seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or the cult documentary Paris Is Burning. While both programs are wildly entertaining, they’re also incredibly rich in drag culture and history, and it’ll help you get a feel for the different types of aesthetics that come into play between each queen. There are fishy queens, pageant queens, fashion queens — and even butch queens. But since we’re soaking up the previews of much holiday spirit to come, we’re focusing on the queens who can, well, do it all.
Ahead, we’ve compiled the best of this season’s Halloween lewks from our favorite drag queens, near and far. In addition to being complete and total triple threats — that’s the best in hair and makeup, outfits, and runway walks — the’ve mastered the art of outfitting not one, not two, but three different personalities. There’s the person behind their drag persona, their drag character themselves, and then their chosen Halloween costume. So yeah, lets see you try to pull off three people in one look (and in heels, at that).
Click through to see how some of our favorites have turned it out for Halloween this year, and when it comes to your own outfit, don’t be afraid to get weird — but make it fashion.