The best spooky cars you can buy for Halloween
Do you need a car to complement your Halloween costume? I've got you covered!
It's this time of the year once again! Halloween is right at our doorstep, however this time around, due to worldwide pandemic, it can be dangerous and often illegal to meet for a house party. Nonetheless, we can dress up and take our outfit to the next level by purchasing a matching car. Let's see what we can do!
Becoming a gangsta
Cars by themselves are rarely spooky, as manufacturers want to make their vehicles likeable and desirable rather than scary and frightening, as they hope to sell them (or so I'm told). However, they can become terrifying as a result of their association with a criminal demiworld. A great example of such vehicle is a Russian GAZ-24 "Volga" - a car that in the Soviet Russia was a clear indicator that a driver or a passenger is a member of the Communist Party, meaning that you should be very cautious around them, as they often had a power and/or connections to get you imprisoned in the best case scenario. Thus, if you want to be scary, just pull up in the GAZ-24 to your Russian neighbour's driveway and watch their reaction. Car itself looks good from the far, but it has a very low build quality. What is more, it will break a lot, but never give up completely, and the parts are inexpensive (at least if you live near Russia). And with prices for nice examples starting at less than a 1000$ (on Russian websites that is), it is a true bargain and a possible subject of countless car stories.
GAZ-24 "Volga" - chances are you haven't seen one of these yet. It looks mighty, doesn't it? By Avjoska - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10114211
If, for any reason, you don't want to go to Russia to buy yourself a car for Halloween (understandable), you have other options to choose from. For example, an E34 BMW 5-Series, which is probably the most gangsta-looking BMW ever made. With lowered suspension, nice set of rims and a black paintwork, it can look very scary and be a great daily driver at the same time. It should be decently reliable and, what is likely even more important, it drives no different than a modern car. If you want one, it will set you back anything from few hundred to few thousand dollars.
E34 BMW 5-Series - a fun way to look scary on the budget
Or, if you live in America, you can try out the Chevrolet Impala SS, built between 1994-1996. I don't know much about this car, but what I do know is that if I saw one on the road, I would get the wind up almost instantly. To buy it, you need to prepare at least 20,000$ for a nice example. It might sound high, but for that you will get a large, stylish saloon with a V8, a lot of power and even more street cred. Alternatively, you can buy an old Jag, they also work.
Chevrolet Impala SS - a truly mean car, you wouldn't want one to tailgate you
Do it the gopnik way!
Do you like wearing Adidas tracksuit? Do others tell you your accent sounds very Russian? Or do you just want something new for Halloween? Then become a gopnik! In essence, gopnik is a Russian lad equivalent, who squats everywhere, listens to hardbass and eats vast quantities of sunflower seeds. Sounds good? To become one, you will need two things: aforementioned Adidas tracksuit and a Lada, preferably a 2107 model. With prices in Russia starting at 500$ (and some even less) it is easily the cheapest car on the list. What is more, it is less complex than a modern-day electric toothbrush, so what are you waiting for? Yes, it might be a little bit shabby, break a lot and drive terribly, but it has a rear-wheel drive, it can be fixed and modified with a hammer and might be a great car to learn the basics of mechanics on. And it may be a ticket to a new way of living - the gopnik way!
Lada 2107 - a beautiful Soviet design. Great for rallying too! By Miloslav Rejha - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28916953
Let's get creative!
If you want a scary car - buy a hearse and modify it! Do you want to make a zombie climb out of the back? Why not! Wanna make it look like a Lurcher from GTA V (shout-out to all the gamers)? Go ahead! Sky is the limit as they say. And after Halloween, you will be left with a very practical car for your everyday commutes. Prices vary depending on the condition and year of production. As an example, I've found a Buick Roadmaster Hearse with 5.0 Litre V8 for under 3000$ (it is located in Poland, mind you). Yes, people might look weirdly at you when you pull up in your new hearse in front of your school, university or office. But who cares?
Buy a hearse and you will be noticed wherever you go. By dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada - Cadillac Hearse, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38600854
Movie cars? No problem!
But let's say you don't want to scare people and you just want to dress up. Fair enough. Do you remember Scooby-Doo? Of course you do! Every time 5 protagonists came to a crime scene to solve yet another case of ex-employee haunting his old workplace, they used the Mystery Machine. And if you and your friends want to dress up as Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, I've got the ad just for you. For just 6200$ (probably a bit less with some decent negotiation skills) you can have this amazing van, made to look like the original Mystery Machine. Or, if the price is a bit too much and you've got some free time on your hands, you can build your own van. There are countless offers to choose from, varying by price, condition etc. But remember, if you want to do such things with your friends, keep a safe distance!
One of the many vans made to look like the Mystery Machine. Just pick the offer that fits your budget. By Pat Loika - https://www.flickr.com/photos/patloika/9369065403/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27446143
Frankly, you can become whichever movie character you want. Just pick your favourite movie, search the character you want to disguise yourself as and find his ride. PRO TIP: it usually requires much less effort to dress up as a character from a film set in the real world. If you are a true minimalist and want to be left with a cool car after Halloween, go for a "Baby Driver" look. It doesn't require much (sweatshirt, white headphones and you are basically done) and after all of the partying, you will be left with a red Subaru Impreza WRX STi (like this one, it only needs a new paintwork). Yes, it can be costly, with prices in US usually well above 20 grand, but the one from Poland is just 10 thousand bucks. And for that you are getting a true masterpiece of engineering, with a lot of power, a lot of grip and a lot of fun to be had both on-road and off-road.
Subaru Impreza - a car that will do whatever you ask it to do. What are you waiting for?
Costumes on the budget - what you can do with little to no money
If you are financially ruined and don't want to spend any money on the costume, there are two more solution. First one is to borrow a silver saloon from your relative and just drive to the place - congratulations, you've just become an undercover cop! Second alternative, a bit less dull and equally controversial, is to dress up as a Karen (I don't know if that meme is still relevant, you can tell me in the comments), borrow your mum's SUV and you are good to go. Benefits include: a right to ask others to see their managers, an unprecedented ability to park anywhere and an exemption from mask-wearing rule (please, don't do any of those things, it's just a joke). So, if you want to annoy everyone around you, these are the costumes for you!
The "Can I talk to your manager" look? Check!
The choice is yours
So, whichever option you've chosen, party responsibly. Check the rules your government has put out and follow them. Nonetheless, I hope I've inspired you to put some more effort into this year's Halloween costume. Or maybe you'll start the preparations now so that when the next Halloween comes around, you will be ready. Some might say that buying a car solely as an accessory for your costume is stupid. However, I think it can be the beginning of a new chapter in your life, or at least a fun car story you will be able to tell your kids in the future. If you already have a car, check out my article with Halloween car accessories suggestions. The choice is yours!
I hope you liked the article. Till next time!