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”

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.


  • 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”

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.


  • 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”

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!


  • 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”

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.


  • 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”

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.


  • 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”

credit: Caracol TV / mitú edit

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


  • 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”

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!


  • 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”

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.


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

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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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