There are a number of reasons to love Halloween. For many, it’s a time to enjoy guilt free, unrestricted quantities of candy. 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 can be a difficult yet enjoyable task for a number of reasons. There are, of course, decisions about choosing a traditional favorite, like a mummy, werewolves, vampires and more. Alternatively, one might take on a contemporary character like Pennywise from I.T. or Michael Myers to make the most of their current popularity. Secondly, a group costume opens up avenues for more creative collaborations, but it can be tough to get everyone to agree. Finally, there’s 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, the sky’s the limit.
We’ve put together 19 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 below 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 OVERALL COSTUME
Being served undercooked ravioli is terrible, but this Morphsuits Urban Legends Costume is dealing in a whole different level of creepy pasta. 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 which allow for 4-way stretching. They also include double zips and reinforced stitching to further ensure durability and quality.
2. Yumian Pig Head Mask
BEST BUDGET COSTUME
A pig-headed person is always going to leave a lasting impression. In the case of this Yumian Pig Head Mask, you have a double whammy on your hands as the mask looks exactly like the one used in the original Saw film. 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.
3. HalloCity Halloween Mask
BEST YEAR AFTER YEAR
You may not have realized it, but the original mask used in the 1980 film was modeled from a Detroit Red Wing 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 HalloCity Halloween Mask Cosplay Scary 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.
4. Heytech LED Mask
BEST LAST-MINUTE COSTUME
The Heytech LED Mask is simple yet effective. It’s available in red, blue 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.
5. California Costume’s Alien Parasite Chest
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 (*simultaneously bursting ketchup packets optional). All you need to pull off this costume is this chest piece, a disposable button up shirt and a low-level ability to act.
6. XILALU Full Head Mask
MOST KOOKY COSTUME
If you want a quick and creepy answer to your Halloween costume this year, try this XILALU Full Head 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 which 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.
7. 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.
8. 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 have created a clown costume to put the fear into everyone. It’s made up from 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 pitch fork.
11. 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?
12. Straight Jacket 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 Straight Jacket 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.
13. 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.
14. Trick Or Treat Studios 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 officially licensed Trick Or Treat Studios 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.
15. Monster Man 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 Monster Man Costume comes with everything you need to look the part, including extruding bolts from the head, broken shackles, a tattered jacket and pants.
16. Ghost Pirate 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 Ghost Pirate Costume delivers exactly what it advertises. The kit includes pants, a jacket, bone arms with gloves, a skull mask, a hat, a bone shirt and a belt for a truly complete and convincing look.
17. 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.
18. Oogie Boogie Prestige Costume
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 Prestige Costume. If you’re friends aren’t too scared, they’ll definitely be nostalgic about their favorite animated Halloween movie.
19. Rotten Rabbit 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 rotten rabbit costume. 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 Rotten Rabbit Costume includes a jumpsuit, mask and gloves and would pair well with a knife, axe or possibly a really pointy carrot for a complete and intimidating look.