Who doesn’t love Halloween? If the mountains of candy and delicious treats, endless horror movies and spookily decorated houses on your street weren’t enough, surely the chance to dress up as your favorite character from pop culture is enough to spark some enjoyment, at least for one night. We’re here to tell you it’s never too early to start planning your costume for October 31st. Below, we’ve put together some of the best Halloween costume ideas, with options for everyone, including singles, couples, friends and families.
Before we dive in, it’s important to think about what kind of costume you’re looking for. To help you get an idea about what kind of Halloween outfit is right for you to wear to the party, try asking yourself these questions.
How many people are in your party?
If you’re a couple, several friends or a family unit, this opens up a range of coordinated outfits. While it’s fun to let everyone choose what they want to be, coordinating outfits allow you to create a bigger impression on other trick-or-treaters. Think about going as a full family of Incredibles or the main characters from Game of Thrones.
How much time do you have to get ready?
It may not have occurred to you, but if you’re short on time when you get home from work or you have several children to prepare, it’s worth considering costumes with minimal preparation time. In the same way, if you have excess time and want to go all out, look for options with added face paint, specific hairdos and added effects to stand out from the crowd.
How much effort do you want to put in?
Leading on from the time question is the effort question. Think about how much effort you want to put into getting ready. If you’re looking to impress a date or show off your makeup skills, you may want to commit more time to the process.
Do you prefer topical or classic costumes?
There are benefits to both. A classic costume done well is hard to beat on Halloween. However, topical costumes tend to get people talking and laughing. Consider what impact you’re going for when you make your choice.
How long are you going to be wearing your outfit?
Finally, think about the practicalities of wearing your outfit. If it’s a whole-day event, you might not want to be stuck inside a sweatsuit with a wig on top. And, consider whether you’ve got a lot of distance to cover or whether you’ll be close to your own home should you need to bail.
After you’ve considered these questions, you should have a good idea about the type of costume you’re after. Below, you’ll find 17 of the best Halloween costume ideas for this year.
1. Mandalorian Cosplay Costume
The Skywalkers can move over; there’s a new Star Wars hero in town, and he’s accompanied by possibly the cutest sidekick a galaxy far, far away has ever witnessed (Babu Frik, anyone?). The Mandarlorian TV show has taken the Star Wars universe by storm, which is why turning up to a Halloween party in this topical outfit is sure to draw plenty of admiration. This Mandalorian Cosplay Costume comes with the top, pants, gloves, a cloak and an armor set for a near-complete Mandalorian look. You’ll need to provide your own helmet. But just remember, you can’t take it off.
Accompanying idea: No Mandalorian outfit would complete without his ever-present sidekick, Baby Yoda.
2. HUAYUARTS Pumpkin Inflatable Costume
Sometimes you just want to stick to a fun, easy and child-friendly costume that isn’t going to give your kids nightmares. If that’s you, consider this HUAYUARTS Pumpkin Inflatable Costume. It’s quick and easy to slip on, will give your friends and family (children included) a good laugh and can be kept as a great go-to option anytime you forget in years to come. Included with the 100% polyester, waterproof and breathable pumpkin outfit is a motorized fan which keeps the outfit inflated when you’re inside. Batteries are not included.
Accompanying Idea: Can you imagine anything more adorable than an adult pumpkin and their pumpkin children walking down the street?
3. Rubie’s Ghostbusters Costume with Backpack
While the film Ghostbusters released in 2016 went some way to giving people the Ghostbusters fix they’d longed for since the original 1980s duo, it’s fair to say we still want more — and we’re about to get it. Celebrate the soon (2021) to release Ghostbusters: Afterlife by dressing up as everyone’s favorite ghost-fighting heroes with this Rubie’s Ghostbusters Costume with Inflatable Backpack. It’s ideal for individuals, friends and families alike and works well if one or more of your group also dresses as a pursuable ghost.
Accompanying Idea: Slimer, Marshmallow Man or any other ghost or ghoul to be busted.
4. Disguise Men’s Lego Iconic Costume Kit
Whether it’s a last-minute arrangement or you’re just not feeling the vibe this year, the Disguise Men’s Lego Iconic Mask & Hands Costume Kit offers an easy and ready-in-seconds outfit which will still make people think you tried hard. Combine the kit with a plain t-shirt and plain pair of pants to complete the Lego-inspired look. This costume is officially licensed, and for those who want to push the boat out a little, it could easily be combined with other outfit pieces for a specific Lego person look, say a pirate or a construction worker.
Accompanying Idea: Why not add your favorite character from the Lego movie franchise?
5. AltSkin Men’s Full Body Mummy Spandex Suit
MOST FORM FITTING
Skintight suits aren’t for everyone, but if you like that kind of thing and want to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with a traditional outfit, the AltSkin Men’s Full Body Mummy Spandex Suit could be for you. It’s made from a polyester and lycra blend for comfort and security. Plus, it has been printed with a bandage appearance which saves the hassle usually associated with mummy-style outfits.
Accompanying Idea: A hero inspired by the Brendan Fraiser, Rachel Weiss and Tom Cruise mummy-fighting characters.
6. Glow in The Dark Skeleton Jumpsuit Pajamas
Choosing Halloween outfits becomes a lot harder when you’ve got a whole family to dress. That’s why these Glow in The Dark Skeleton Jumpsuit Pajamas are a handy option to have. The jumpsuits are available in all sizes, from child to adult, and include a full zip along with a hood for added comfort. They sport a skeleton design on the front which glows in the dark, meaning a number of these walking down the street at night would be a spooky sight to see indeed.
7. California Costumes Count Blood Thirst Costume
When it comes to traditional and ever-popular Halloween outfits, it’s hard to look beyond a vampire. Bram Stoker’s original, Dracula, never gets old on Halloween, which is why dressing in this California Costumes Men’s Count Blood Thirst Costume is always going to be a safe bet. It includes a vest with a chain and sleeves attached, along with a stand-up collar. Add a pair of pointed fangs and a paler-than-average face. Then, you’re good to go.
Accompanying idea: If you’re sticking to the classics why not go as a gang. Werewolves, Frankenstein, mummies and zombies are ideal.
8. Forplay Women’s Super Seductress Costume Set
Another blockbuster which got pushed back due to the virus outbreak was Wonder Woman’s second outing in Wonder Woman 1984. As DC’s most recent and previously most successful character, why not dress as Wonder Woman herself, Diana Prince, with this Forplay Women’s Super Seductress Costume Set? It includes the headband, bodysuit, cape, arm cuffs and lasso of truth in case you come across any felons you want to interrogate.
Accompanying Idea: Steve Trevor, Diana’s love interest and companion, may have seemingly perished in the original movie, but we know he’s coming back for the sequel…in some form at least.
9. Rubie’s DC Comics Batman Shirt With Mask
BEST UP AND COMING
While you may have thought things piqued with Bale or that Affleck took the all-time crown and any further attempt to play the caped crusader were unrequired, we find ourselves about to embark on another Batman-filled adventure when Robert Pattinson’s The Batman hits cinemas in 2021. Celebrate the return of Bruce Wayne this Halloween with this Rubie’s DC Comics Batman T-Shirt With Cape And Mask. This officially-licensed costume includes a t-shirt with an attached cape and a half mask. While not as complete as some Batman costumes, this set’s simplicity makes it ideal for a last-minute or more incognito dress-up option.
Accompanying idea: Couples should check out the Harley Quinn costume idea below. Alternatively, you’ll never go wrong with the Joker, Robin or Alfred by your side.
10. Forum Novelties Men’s Wizard Adult Costume
Long before the boy with the scar on his forehead, wizards had large pointy hats, carried magical staffs and wore gowns with oversized sleeves. This Forum Novelties Men’s Wizard Adult Costume is ideal for putting that magic back into a wizard’s appearance, and it lets you create a more personal interpretation of how magic-wielding folk would have looked. This polyester outfit includes the hat, a tunic with the robe attached and a belt. To complete the look, add staff and beard for a traditional wizard style.
Accompanying Idea: For couples, try a wizard and witch combo.
11. Fun Costumes Oversized Alien Adult Costume
MOST OUT OF THIS WORLD
Given how 2020 is shaping up, it seems quite likely that the next occurrence in this notable year will be an alien invasion. Well, at least that’s what your friends will believe when you turn up wearing this Fun Costumes Oversized Alien Adult Costume. The all-green outfit is made from a 100% polyester velour fabric and has elastic ankles and wrists along with a centered front zipper for secure and easy fitting. You’ll also find gloves sewn into the cuffs and an intergalactic raygun to complete this fun Halloween outfit.
Accompanying Idea: To celebrate America’s return to space in 2020, add an astronaut buddy as your alien visitor.
12. Fun Costumes Adult Tiger Costume
Whether you think it’s good, bad or horrible, one thing to have received an extraordinary amount of coverage over this stay-at-home-and-Netflix period has been the TV show, Tiger King. This program has shot to fame so much that Exotic Joe, Carol Baskin and tigers are sure to make an appearance this Halloween. In this Fun Costumes Adult Tiger Costume, you can play the part of a tiger and team up with partners or friends to complete the set.
Accompanying idea: Of course, if you’ve got a tiger, you need an Exotic Joe or Carol to go alongside.
13. Oya Costumes The King of The North Costume
BEST FOR FRIENDS
You may have loved the ending or you may have hated the ending. Whatever the case, you’ve most likely watched all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, the Westeros-based TV show. It’s unsurprising that the characters from this top-rated show remain to stand out as costume choices this All Hallow’s Eve. This comprehensive Jon Snow Oya Costumes The King of the North Costume is an ideal choice, and it comes with almost everything you’ll need to pull off a convincing GOT costume. Add pants, gloves and a sword to complete the look.
Accompanying Ideas: Game of Thrones is filled with so many epic characters that picking out an extra to join you should be simple, whether you’re a couple, friends or a family.
14. Joyfunny Men’s Superhero Panther Jumpsuit
BEST COMIC BOOK
No dress-up list is complete without the juggernaut that is the Marvel franchise. Due to the virus outbreak we’ve been temporarily starved of new feature films, we do know with new Black Widow, Thor, Guardians, Dr. Strange and more are on the horizon. There’s also a Black Panther sequel in the works, which is why this Joyfunny Men’s Superhero Panther Jumpsuit should be considered as your Halloween costume.
Accompanying Idea: With the launch of her very own standalone film, Black Widow is a fine companion for any Marvel-inspired costume.
15. Rick and Morty Deluxe Rick Men’s Costume
BEST FOR TEENAGERS
Rick and Morty is one of the hottest properties in the world of TV entertainment at the moment. And while this season may be over, there will certainly be plenty of love for anyone who turns up dressed at the galaxy’s worst/best grandpa. This officially-licensed Rick and Morty Deluxe Rick Men’s Costume includes the wig, eyebrow and favored lab coat of the man himself. Consider adding a home-crafted portal gun for a more complete and Rick-tastic look.
Accompanying Idea: There would be no Rick without Morty. And if you need more, add Jerry, Beth, Summer or any number of the great characters that make up the unforgettable cast of the show.
16. Leg Avenue Men’s Top Gun Flight Suit Costume
If you feel the need for speed, you’re in luck. With Top Gun: Maverick on the way, Top Gun fever is about to hit town, and if you’re a fan of the 1986 original (who isn’t?), then turning up in this Leg Avenue Men’s Top Gun Flight Suit Costume is about to become a lot more relevant again. The flight suit is made from 100% polyester, features the Top Gun signet and includes a pull-up closure for a secure and comfortable fit.
Accompanying Idea: Goose? Iceman? Slider? Or if you’re a mixed couple, then it has to be Tom Cruise’s Maverick and Kelly McGillis’ Charlotte Blackwood.
17. Charades Women’s Harley Quinn Costume
BEST WITH MAKEUP
If you want an outfit choice that mixes exciting clothes with fun makeup, the Charades Women’s Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume fits the bill. On the back of the 2020 Birds of Prey film, Harley Quinn’s popularity is riding high, so this costume choice is sure to receive a positive response. This officially-licensed outfit comes with a lightweight costume top, sequin shorts, a black belt and a long sleeve jacket with a zip-up front. Paint your hair, paint your face and grab a giant wooden hammer. Then, you’re ready to cause mayhem.
Accompanying Idea: Harley Quinn’s known associates and adversaries include none other than the Joker himself and the caped crusader, Batman.