There are a number of reasons to love Halloween. For many, it’s a time to enjoy guilt-free, unrestricted quantities of candy and horror movies. For others, the joy of the holiday is hosting the yearly Halloween get together with friends. And yet for some, Halloween offers a chance to petrify people with their choice of creepy costume.
Finding the scariest Halloween costume for men can be a difficult yet enjoyable task for a number of reasons. There are, of course, several decisions that need to be made in order to arrive at the perfect scary Halloween costume for you.
1. Traditional vs. Contemporary Character
The first decision you need to make is about choosing a traditional favorite, like a mummy, werewolves, vampires and more. Alternatively, one might take on a contemporary character like Pennywise from It or Michael Myers to make the most of their current popularity. There are of course positives and negatives to both centering around how recognizable you want to be.
2. Solo vs. Group Costume
Secondly, you may choose to go as part of a group to your Halloween party or when you’re out and about. A group costume opens up avenues for more creative collaborations, but it can be tough to get everyone to agree. We’ve focused our selections on solo costumes, but there are plenty of great group costumes that will make everyone scream with fright.
Finally, there’s your budget to consider. With amazing makeup and professional-standard costumes, it can be difficult to stick to your financial guns if you’re on a budget. If you aren’t limited by the cash in your pocket, the sky’s the limit, and there are some truly spectacular scary costumes for sale.
Once you’ve decided on your answers to the above, keep reading.
We’ve put together 34 of our favorite scary costumes for men. This list includes options for all types of scares across both classic and contemporary choices. You’ll also find quick outfits for last-minute decisions as well as other costumes which can be added to with fake blood, wigs and other accessories for a more committed look.
Take a scroll through our favorites and find the outfit you think will score you the most scares this Halloween.
1. Morphsuits Urban Legends Creepypasta Costume
BEST CREEPYPASTA COSTUME
Being served undercooked ravioli is terrible, but this Morphsuits Urban Legends Costume is dealing with a whole different level of creepypasta. Each of these full-body suits is inspired by one of the many Creepypasta characters. From Eyeless Jack to Jack O Lantern, there’s a suit to suit everyone. The costumes are made from high-quality materials that allow for four-way stretching. They also include double zips and reinforced stitching to further ensure durability and quality.
2. Rubie’s Creature Reacher
MOST LIKELY TO WIN A COSTUME CONTEST
Walk into any Halloween party (or Zoom Halloween contest?) with this on, and you’ll be sure to nab the top prize. This shocking bat-like creature costume comes with oversized claws and a deluxe mask that will make people’s jaws drop to the floor. It’s a head-turner that is sure to impress.
3. Ghoulish Productions Infected Adult Mask
BEST ZOMBIE MASK
Nothing is more terrifying than a zombie with an appetite for human flesh, and this ravenous mask is absolutely savage. The bloody full-face mask — complete with lifeless black eyes, bulging veins, and a bloody mouth — looks like it was created by a Hollywood effects studio. It’ll have everyone running for the hills.
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4. Spirit Halloween Adult Haunting Scarecrow Costume
“What’s that in the cornfield?” Whatever it is, you’re surely not going to want to find out. This undead scarecrow costume comes with gear that will cover you from top to bottom. The set includes a two-in-one shirt, belt, gloves, mask, hat and pants, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
5. Hengyutoymask Predator Skeleton Mask
Shhh — don’t speak! This mouthless creeper elevates the traditional skeleton to the next spooky level. With sunken in cheekbones, darkened eyes and skin where the mouth should be, this mask will send shivers down anyone’s spine.
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6. Adult Demon Reaper Costume
BEST DEMON COSTUME
Somebody call a priest because this costume might require an exorcism. The demonic look comes with a hooded reaper robe and a blood-splattered, pointy-eared mask that will have even the darkest creatures of the underworld growling.
7. Kvvdi Blank Face Mask
Could you imagine walking down the street and seeing someone wearing this? Even though it’s a very simple mask, it’s still downright creepy. The plain white mask comes with an elastic strap and a foam pad on the forehead to keep the emotionless face snug in place.
8. California Costumes Men’s Werewolf Costume
BEST WEREWOLF COSTUME
Halloween falls on a full moon this year, so if you’ve ever contemplated dressing as a werewolf, 2020 is the year to do it! Now it’s time for the beast to come out and play. Pair this mask, glove and shirt combo with some ripped jeans, practice your howls, and you’ll be good to go.
9. Costumeparty Momo Mask
You might remember the eerie Momo meme that has been circulating around the internet over the past few years. Well, now there is a mask so you can bring the creepy, bug-eyed face with a sinister grin to life.
10. Leka Neil Old Man Mask
CREEPIEST OLD PERSON
This highly detailed old man mask will have you screaming “get off my lawn” at the neighborhood kids in no time. The creepy mask is made of a soft, non-toxic latex material that pays extra close attention to the details around the cheeks and nose — making it eerily realistic.
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11. It Halloween Scary Clown Mask
BEST MODERN HORROR VILLAIN
Old school slashers like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers deserve massive props (and don’t worry, they appear on this list too), but let’s face it, Pennywise, the evil clown from IT, is our modern horror icon. There are tons of Pennywise costumes on the market, and some of them just aren’t that great. But this option hits the mark in looks, and it won’t drain your wallet down the sewer grate.
12. Lovful Halloween Mask
BEST YEAR AFTER YEAR
You may not have realized it, but the original mask used in the 1980 Friday the 13th film was modeled from a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask. This visual would go on to become one of the most recognizable Halloween costumes over the years and remains that way, even today. In this Lovful Halloween Mask, you’ll be able to become the face behind the mask and also have the choice of six different colors for your own personal spin.
13. XuanYou Upside Down Mask
MOST KOOKY COSTUME
If you want a quick and creepy answer to your Halloween costume this year, try this XuanYou Upside Down Mask. In your hands, it may appear just like any other weird mask, but it’s only when you put it on that you’ll realize the real beauty of the mask. The head is mounted upside down, meaning the eyes are down and the mouth is up. It’s very much a costume that creates severe discomfort in onlookers because they are witnessing something truly unnatural. Add in a few painful screams, and you’re definitely going to give kids (and adults) some sleepless nights.
14. Moonideal Halloween Light Up Mask
BEST LAST-MINUTE COSTUME
The Moonideal Halloween Light Up Mask is simple yet effective. It’s available in orange, purple, red or green and looks scary enough in the light with its cross-stitched eyes and mouth. However, when the lights go off, the mask really comes to life as the wire used for the eyes, mouth and outer lining is Electroluminescent (EL) Wire, delivering a haunting, in-your-face look that’s hard to miss. The mask can easily work by itself, or it can be combined with other costumes to boost the impression. This is a great choice for low-light events like discos, raves and evening events.
15. Morphsuits Alien Chest Illusion Costume
BEST COSTUME FOR ACTORS
Picture the scene: everyone’s disappointed you decided not to partake in the costume competition this year. Then, after just enough time passes for people to be truly convinced, you run into the middle of the room, scream loudly and rip open your shirt to reveal an alien making its way through your rib cage (*bursting ketchup packets optional). All you need to pull off this costume is this illusion costume, a disposable button-up shirt and a low-level ability to act.
16. Rubie’s Insane Asylum Costume
Maybe you have a taste for human flesh, maybe you refuse to stop attacking people or maybe you’re just downright uncontrollable. Who knows? But there’s probably a good reason for keeping your hands and arms tied up in this Rubie’s Insane Asylum Costume. Add some blood around your mouth, a muzzle or some other kind of clue as to why you’re inside the jacket to really give your friends the creeps.
17. Xiao Chou Ri Ji Scary Latex Mask
MOST OBSCURE MOVIE REFERENCE
A pig-headed person is always going to leave a lasting impression. In the case of this Xiao Chou Ri Ji Scary Mask, you have a double whammy on your hands as the mask looks exactly like the one used in the original Saw film (minus the hair). As such, it brings back the fear the mask induced for people who have seen the film. It’s also hideous enough to scare someone who has no idea about the film reference either. This versatile option can be used with pretty much any outfit, making it a great last-minute option.
18. H&ZY Halloween Hooded Cloak
There are few scarier things in the world than the unknown. And by putting this H&ZY Unisex Tunic Halloween Hooded Cloak over you, bystanders will have no idea what lies beneath. Such mystique gives the cloak lots of versatility for Halloween and other occasions, like masquerades and costume parties. It also means it can be worn with no other accessories, making it a great last-minute costume idea. Alternatively, it can be paired with an even scarier mask or face paint for a truly terrifying reveal.
19. Homelex Halloween Michael Myers Mask
MOST POPULAR COSTUME
Whether you see it or not, Michael Myers is scary. 11 feature films (and counting) suggest that while people remain scared by his seemingly endless love for the murder of everyone he encounters, the public simply can’t get enough of this character. This Homelex Halloween Michael Myers Mask comes straight from the 2018 film and combines well with a set of his favorite overalls to give you an outfit to span the ages. Remember, Michael first appeared in 1978’s Halloween.
20. Rubie’s Scary The Nun Movie Deluxe Costume
BEST HORROR COSTUME
Did you know the nun from The Conjuring movie was so scary that they gave her her own movie called The Nun? You can channel that same horror with the Rubie’s Scary The Nun Movie Deluxe Costume, which is surprisingly affordable for a complete set. It comes with a full habit, a veil and a mask for a terrifying look. And even though nuns are traditionally women, this costume is officially unisex, and a tall or built man will certainly make the outfit look imposing and noticeable.
21. CreepyParty Deluxe Dog Head Mask
Sometimes scary doesn’t have to be complicated or clever. You just imagine something creepy and make it. Enter the CreepyParty Deluxe Dog Head Mask. Shockingly realistic, this mask can be paired with normal, human clothes for a confusingly creepy costume. Anatomically, the mask has the fur, snout and piercing eyes of a poodle. While this isn’t the type of mask normal nightmares are made of, it will surely inspire a few after you wear it to the Halloween party. Like we said, sometimes scary is simple.
22. FunWorld Killer Clown Costume
It seems that people tend to either love them or hate them, but surely everyone can see how clowns are at least a little bit creepy. In the case of this FunWorld Killer Clown Complete Costume, clowns are extremely creepy. By adding evil and murderous elements, FunWorld has created a clown costume to put the fear into everyone. It’s made of a polyester jumpsuit with a ruffled collar along with a 100 percent latex mask. You can also add your choice of weapon for a more complete and terrifying outfit.
23. Disney Men’s Oogie Boogie Vinyl Mask
We’re willing to bet that if you’ve seen the Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ve always been a little scared of the Oogie Boogie Man. After all, anything that could be so cruel to Santa deserves a little fear. Bring that feeling to your Halloween party this year with this Oogie Boogie Vinyl Mask. If your friends aren’t too scared, they’ll definitely be nostalgic about their favorite animated Halloween movie.
24. Red Suit Devil Costume
BEST FOR POSH HALLOWEEN PARTIES
No party is complete without the world’s number one hated guy. He’s always up to no good, and with this Red Suit Devil Costume, you’ll be able to play that part, too. The costume includes a headpiece with horns along with pants and a jacket to create a formal incarnation of the red-bodied personification of evil from Hell. Add a pitchfork, red face paint and a pointed tail to complete this instantly recognizable outfit.
25. Adult Chucky Costume
BEST FOR SCREAMS OF SURPRISE
You might think dressing up is child’s play, and once you’ve put on this Adult Chucky Costume, you’d be absolutely correct. The kit includes a mask and jumpsuit to transform you into everyone’s favorite creepy little doll with a passion for killing. Add your choice of weapon to complete the look, and to really get into character, why not try occasionally appearing out of nowhere to give your friends a sudden fright?
26. Goosebumps Slappy Adult Costume
Who didn’t love reading Goosebumps growing up? Now, the young adult books have become a series of feature films, introducing a new generation to the RL Stine classics. And, of course, everyone’s favorite character, Slappy the Dummy, plays a major role. Take on that role for yourself with the officially licensed Goosebumps Slappy Adult Costume. It includes a jacket with a flower, a pair of pants and a bow tie. Just add face paint. And, if you really want to freak your friends out, keep muttering, “Karru marri odonna lorna molanu karrano!” to see if you can bring other dummies to life, too.
27. California Costumes Sadistic Scarecrow Costume
BEST GROUP COSTUME
“Dorothy, where’s Toto?” It turns out Scarecrow might have eaten him, especially if this California Costumes Sadistic Scarecrow Costume is anything to go by. Of course, there’s no evidence to suggest the two are related, but this high-quality costume could easily become part of a mutated Wizard of Oz group costume. The outfit comes with a plaid shirt, a burlap style collar, a hat and a waist tie. For further gruesomeness, you could add fake blood and a pitchfork.
28. Inflatable Reaper Costume
We know you’re still young and (relatively) innocent, but we’re afraid it’s your time to go. In this Inflatable Reaper Costume, you’ll find that the Reaper has you in his deathly clutches and your outlook is pretty bleak. Luckily, we’re pretty sure he’s a reasonable guy and willing to let you have the whole of the Halloween night for fun before you have to head off to the other side. Add the Reaper’s famous death sickle for a more recognizable look.
29. Forum Novelties Men’s Ghost Captain Costume
BEST FULL COSTUME
Everyone loves ghosts. Everyone loves pirates. If you love both and can’t decide which one to go with this Halloween, this costume is a gimme. The Forum Novelties Men’s Ghost Captain Costume delivers exactly what it advertises. The kit includes a hat, a jabot, a jacket with the vest front attached and pants with attached boot tops for a truly complete and convincing look.
30. WWE Undertaker Men’s Costume
BEST BASED ON A REAL PERSON
Usually, real people don’t make for the scariest Halloween costumes, but we’ll make an exception for the WWE Undertaker. He is the harbinger of death, after all. This costume includes everything you need to become a WWE wrestler (temporarily). It features a pair of pants, a tank top, an overcoat, a hat and a pair of gloves. You’ll just have to bring the attitude, and perhaps practice your Tombstone Piledriver before October 31 so you can really pull off the part.
31. California Costumes Towering Terror Vampire
Giants in and of themselves are scary but make a giant that’s also a pumpkin vampire, and you have a really scary combination. This costume features an inflatable head and shoulder piece that makes the wearer eight feet tall. It also comes with a pumpkin mask, monster hands, a hooded robe and inflatable arms so that you don’t look like your limbs are too short for your body. The exciting part of this costume is that you can change out the mask if need be as the head and shoulder piece is separate, so you can go as a different tall monster every year.
32. Classic Plague Doctor Costume
Whether you’re aware of the origins of this costume or not, it’s hard to deny that it gives off a truly creepy air. Originally designed and used for doctors tasked with treating those suffering from bubonic plague, this Classic Plague Doctor Costume has withstood the test of time and remains a popular outfit to give people a look into history as well as the creeps on All Hallows’ Eve.
33. Rubie’s Universal Studios Frankenstein Adult Costume
If you’re looking for a convincing Frankenstein costume this Halloween, this isn’t it. He was in fact the creator, not the monster. This costume is, however, a great way to look like Frankenstein’s famous creature creation. The Rubie’s Universal Studios Frankenstein Adult Costume comes with everything you need to look the part, including a mask, a tattered jacket with padded shoulders and pants.
34. Donnie Darko Frank the Bunny Costume
In a list filled with clowns, the reaper and Michael Myers, it would seem difficult to find anything else scary enough to stand alongside these creepy creatures. That is until you lay eyes on this horrifying rabbit costume inspired by the cult classic Donnie Darko. Looking like a zombified science project seeking revenge, this full-body suit is an easy way to scare everyone (including yourself should you look in the mirror while wearing it). This costume includes a faux-fur jumpsuit, a mask and attached mitts, and it would pair well with a knife, axe or possibly a really pointy carrot for a complete and intimidating look.