With Halloween less than a week away, it’s time to pay a tribute to those who keep us in the spirit all year long. Many lead singers and band members mirror their appearance after the grunge, heavy-metal style of music they play.
Whether it be costumes, face paint or a creepy mask, there are plenty of examples front men taking it to the extreme. Their on-stage appearance also makes for a great last-minute Halloween idea.
Here’s a run down of some of the best heavy metal artists whose favorite holiday has to be Halloween.
Gene Simmons, Bass/Vocals – KISS
From the face paint variety, Gene Simmons is a perfect candidate for this list. KISS, also known for their epic costumes, became legends in the 70s and 80s due to their outlandish style. Gene Simmons’ appearance features white face paint with black around the eyes to match black lipstick and jet black hair. His spiked shoulder blades and chrome armor complete the costume.
You can’t think of KISS without their outrageous costumes popping in to your head. Love it or hate it, the costumes launched their careers and made them a popular bunch. With a few shows around Halloween coming up this year, Simmons will be decked out in his usual gear. He will fit right in with the rest of the concert-goers who will surely dress up like their favorite front man, Gene Simmons.
Papa Emeritus III, Lead Singer – Ghost
This is just downright creepy. Everything about the Swedish rock band Ghost is creepy actually. Ghost has never released their true identities to their fans, and that is part of what makes them so appealing. The Nameless Ghouls act as instrumentalist henchmen for Papa Emeritus III, the lead singer of the band.
Papa Emeritus III goes for a demonic priest look on stage, usually dressed in all black with skeletal face paint. His headwear is usually of religious descent, but his contradictory satanic look makes for a scary costume. The band Ghost is heavy metal through and through. Their lyrics are dark and controversial, but have also led to them winning a Grammy in 2016.
Papa Emeritus III definitely qualifies for one of the scariest front men out there, and his get up is perfect for a Halloween costume.
Marilyn Manson, Lead Singer – Marilyn Manson
Not really sure if Marilyn Manson even wears a costume or he actually just dresses up creepily every day for fun. Usually with hair died black and a face painted white, Manson tends to look like a ghost at all times. A dark red lipstick and black, smeared eye shadow completes the spooky look for Manson.
A counterculture icon, Manson could be the spokesperson for the costumed front men. His style, lyrics and music have led to many controversies but also a mass following of fans.
His looks are scary but his music is scary good. The Halloween-esque get up has become so popular due to his two No. 1 albums and his four Grammy nominations.
Alice Cooper, Lead Singer – Alice Cooper
Cooper lands on the list for his longevity. He’s been scaring fans and critics alike for over five decades. The Godfather of Gruesome has many different appearances, but later in his career the eye black has been a must. Alice Cooper also founded a bar called the Hollywood Vampires, so how can he not be on the list.
Whether it’s the Beetlejuice themed suits or the spiked top hat, Alice Cooper is a walking Halloween advertisement. His creepy charm and stage presence has aided in his fanfare. When he is decked out in his wildest costume, you can’t bare to look but the wild talent is must-see. Cooper incorporates many aspects of Halloween in to his music and lifestyle, and his inclusion on the list was a no-brainer.
Dee Snider, Lead Singer – Twisted Sister
Another popular Halloween theme is dressing up as a drag queen. Dee Snider nailed this costume on a consistent basis throughout the 80s. His long blonde hair, lipstick, eye shadow and blush on the cheeks completes his crazy look. The lead man for Twisted Sister isn’t scary or creepy just borderline crazy.
To truly embrace the name “Twisted Sister,” Snider literally dressed like a girl. That dedication to his costume and appearance definitely earn him a spot on this list.
If you’re dressed up as one of these crazy front men then you’re sure to steal the show at your Halloween Party. Either way, be safe and Happy Halloween!