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Only Latinos Will Recognize These Costumes

This Halloween, don’t buy the same polyester costume as everyone else. If you need a hint of inspiration, we’ve got eight simple DIY telenovela costume ideas that will make a statement. You’re welcome.

Paola Bracho in “La Usurpadora”

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credit: Televisa / mitú edit

We hate to admit it, but Gaby Spanic as Paola Bracho was one of our favorite telenovela villains of the ’90s. She was so. damn. evil.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Long, red dress
  • Short brunette wig with bangs
  • Red lipstick
  • Wheelchair is a plus!
  • An evil and arrogant attitude

Aurelio Casillas in “El Señor de los Cielos”

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credit: Telemundo / mitú edit

If we binge-watch “El Señor de los Cielos” all the time, we might as well dress up as Mexican drug lord Aurelio Casillas portrayed by Rafael Amaya.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Charro shirt
  • Belt with HUGE belt buckle (the more bling, the better)
  • Cowboy hat
  • Cowboy boots
  • The “you can’t mess with me” kind of attitude

Soraya Montenegro in “María la del Barrio”

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credit: Televisa / MiTú edit

Soraya Montenegro is the villain of all villains! How can we NOT love her?! Recreating this iconic character will have you [slaying in Spanish] this Halloween!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Short, dark brown wig
  • Sunglasses
  • Lots of weapons: toy gun, scissors, even a tarantula
  • Scarf to go undercover
  • An obnoxious and evil laugh
  • Resting bitch face

Juan Daniel Villegas in “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino”

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credit: Televisa / mitú edit

Erik Estrada as “Johnny” in “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” was quite the ladies man, nabbing the hearts of leading ladies Laura Leon and Bibi Gaytan in this iconic ’90s telenovela.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jeans
  • White tee
  • Super tight black vest or sleeveless button shirt
  • Gold pinky rings
  • A motorcycle or truck would be perf!
  • Bonus: aviators

María Hernández in “María la del Barrio”

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credit: Televisa / mitú edit

Out of the three María’s portrayed by Thalia, this one’s our go-to. It’s just so easy to put together.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Black dress
  • High-knee black socks
  • Lavender, ripped leggings
  • Olive, knitted gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Kudos if you design the black “crown”

Pedro in “Pedro El Escamoso”

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credit: Caracol TV / mitú edit

Honestly, who doesn’t love Pedro El Escamoso? He’s so charming!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Colorful, flashy shirt
  • Light denim “mom” jeans
  • Curly hair styled in a mullet
  • Be extra cheesy, but have swag at the same time
  • Learn El Pirulino dance, here

Marisol in “Marisol”

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credit: Televisa / mitú edit

Let us not forget that because of this telenovela’s opening theme most of us discovered and fell in love with Enrique Iglesias!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Floral summer dress
  • Basket with flowers (sunflowers preferably)
  • Blonde wig with braided pigtails
  • Scar on the right side of your face
  • A speaker playing the novela’s opening theme: “Por Amarte” by Enrique Iglesias

Chayanne in “Volver a Empezar”

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credit: Televisa / MiTú edit

Chayanne starring as himself in “Volver a Empezar” was our first, real man crush. Just look at him! It’s been 16 years since it last aired and we’re still kind of jelly of Yuri.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Floral speedo
  • Black, layered hair
  • Learn Chayanne’s “Atado a tu Amor”
  • *Lots* of sex appeal

READ: This Latina Is Reinventing Halloween Costumes We’ve Seen A Million Times Before

What other telenovela character would you include in this list? Tell us in the comments below and share with your friends for some Halloween inspiration!

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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