If you haven't gotten on the Riverdale train, hop on — because it's here to stay. The fandom is so real that stores like Hot Topic are offering exclusive Riverdale merch of everything you can imagine. Whether it's rocking a Riverdale High blue-and-gold tee or recreating Betty's pulled-back — let's be real, almost uncomfortably pulled-back — ponytail, Riverheads can't get enough of the show.
Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning out your costume. Riverdale happens to be the perfect outfit for anyone flying solo or going with a group. These DIY Halloween costumes of Rockland County’s famous teens are easy to copy.
The River Vixens
If you and your girlfriends want to be comfy and dress in matching costumes, you can be River Vixen cheerleaders. Their iconic practice outfits are simply a yellow baseball tee, navy shorts, yellow striped tube socks, and white Keds. For the Cheryl of the group, there's this Riverdale baseball tee with "HBIC" on the back, just like the one she wears.
Even though Cheryl, Betty, and Veronica don't spend as much time in these outfits in the second season, who can forget the epic dance-off between Ronnie and Cheryl in the first season? Don't lie — you downloaded the song and still practice the choreo when it comes on shuffle. I know I do.
South Side Serpent
Going as a South Side Serpent is even simpler than going as a Vixen. Throw on a dark shirt and pants — preferably black — and top it off with this faux-leather Serpent jacket. Give it some flair and tie a flannel around your waist like Toni. Riverdale diehards will rock this jacket well after the Halloween season is over.
If you're going with a big group, you don't need to all look the same. Differentiate from one another and mix it up with a jean jacket or denim vest, and apply one of these iron-on Serpent patches. If you don't want to commit to that huge patch, there's a smaller version you can apply on the front. Hot Topic also has shirts with the snake emblem already on them.
Archie is obviously best known for his red hair and letter jacket. If you don't have ginger locks, don't sweat it. Just give yourself a classic comb-over — not too slick — and spray on this orange hair dye.
No matter your style, your wardrobe most likely contains a solid tee/henley and jeans. Wear those under the letter jacket, and you'll be transformed into Archie Andrews. Now, about getting abs like his, that's another story.
If you're not looking to spend the money on his letter jacket, there are other staples you could throw on to give off Archie vibes. No one will question who you're trying to be in this RHS football shirt or this Riverdale jersey tee.
Going as Hiram Lodge's little mija? There are many different ways to dress up as Ronnie, with her signature New York princess style. Dark-colored skirts or dresses with a statement necklace and heels or booties can complete her look. Just don't forget the pearl choker.
Jughead, the story’s narrator, is always wearing his signature crown-beanie, no matter what scene it is. As long as you have that on, it’s pretty hard to mess up the rest of the costume.
For his pre-leather serpent jacket days, he was most often wearing a jean jacket with lamb fur trim, his muted gray “S” shirt, jeans, and a flannel tied around his waist.
Betty is all about those blouses and cardigans. Mix and match ones you have in your closet, and pair them with skinny jeans and flats. Don't worry — it'll be obvious which Riverdale High student you're dressed as.
One of Betty's most iconic looks from the show is her crown crewneck sweater she wore for Jughead's birthday. It looks like it was made specifically for the show, but it's actually a $395 Alice + Olivia sweater. It's no longer available, but thankfully there's a knockoff version you can buy. Even if you don't need it for your costume, it's still pretty cute to wear during the fall. Just be sure to wear a white collared shirt underneath and tightly pull back your hair into a pony.
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