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130+ Halloween Costume Ideas If You Have No Idea What You’re Going to Be Yet

by on Oct 2, 2023

As an adult, you’ve got a lot of important decisions to make every year, but one of the most important is what to be for Halloween! We’re only kidding – but sometimes it does seem like an overwhelming responsibility! If you’re still scratching your head as to what to be, take a scroll down this list and see if anything tickles your fancy. We have costume ideas for couples, whole families and groups, or for a party-of-one. Asking yourself, “What should I be for Halloween?” Look no further. Happy Halloween!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever dressed up as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

Halloween Costumes for Men and Women

A bird!
Source: Curbly

Why not be a graceful bird? You can make this costume of cardboard.

A unicorn!
Source: Brit Co.

Maybe you want to be a magical creature! Check out this simple unicorn costume here.

Classic skeleton costume
Source: Naturally Curly

Show off who you are on the inside by going as a classic skeleton.

Baa! A lamb!
Source: The Joy of Fashion

Baa, baby! You could always go as a lamb!

Doe, a deer
Source: Flattery

Oh deer, still don’t know what to be? How about a doe?

Smokey the Bear
Source: The Merrythought

Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can figure out what to be for Halloween!”

Cat Burglar
Source: Keiko Lynn

Meow! Here’s a cute cat costume idea: dress up as a cat burglar.

Cat nap costume idea
Source: Curbly; Photo: M.E. Gray

How about this cat costume idea? Go as a “cat nap,” and catch some extra Zzzs.

A Woman from France
Source: Brit Co.

Do you own a striped shirt? You could be a stereotypical French woman (ooh la la!).

Minnie Mouse costume
Source: Girl with Curves

This Minnie Mouse costume looks adorable! Click here for the makeup tutorial.

Rosie the Riveter
Source: The Homesteady

Still asking yourself, “What should I be for Halloween?” Show your guns and dress as Rosie the Riveter.

Wonder Woman Halloween Costume
Source: The Sorry Girls

Grab your lasso of truth! Get ready to fight for justice in this DIY Wonder Woman costume.

Deadpool makeup
Source: Instagram

Want to be Deadpool for Halloween? Check out this video tutorial for how to do awesome makeup, and check this list for the rest of the costume supplies.

Source: Curbly

Maybe classy Cleopatra suits your style.

Birth of Venus
Source: The House That Lars Built

Perhaps the artist in you craves to be re-birthed as Venus?

Amelia Earhart
Source: The Homesteady

Soar away as Amelia Earhart with some goggles and an oversized jacket.

The Queen of England
Source: Studio DIY

This Queen of England costume might be my favorite on this list.

Missy Elliot costume
Source: Naturally Curly

I retract my previous statement – THIS Missy Elliot costume is my favorite.

Source: Brit Co.

Got a blonde wig? You’re already halfway to being Sia.

A Painting
Source: The House That Lars Built

Pose for the painting! You could be the Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Jackson Pollock painting costume idea
Source: Curbly; Photo: Faith Provencher

Speaking of painting, check out this Jackson Pollock-inspired masterpiece.

A mime
Source: The Joy of Fashion

Asking yourself, “What should I be for Halloween?,” but also feeling kind of quiet and introverted? Grab a striped shirt and go as a mime.

A Mermaid
Source: The House That Lars Built

This gorgeous mermaid costume is made from everyday supplies like coffee filters and straws!

Source: Martha Stewart

Wondering what to be for Halloween that’s not too complicated? Rubber snakes in your hair = a pretty convincing Medusa.

A mummy
Source: Martha Stewart

What about going as a super realistic mummy?

Wednesday Addams costume
Source: Paper & Stitch

Want to dress up as Wednesday Addams? Grab a black dress and start practicing your best dead-pan expression.

Marie Antoinette
Source: By Bun

Or this REALLY realistic interpretation of the beheaded Marie Antoinette?

Wicked Witch
Source: Refinery 29

Try out a classic – you could go as the Wicked Witch.

Cruella de Vil
Source: Keiko Lynn

Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil! If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will!

Ursula costume
Source: superholly

Maybe you want to be the best Disney villian ever, Ursula?

Harley Quinn Costume
Source: Instagram

Sometimes it feels good to be bad. Reference this tutorial on how to dress up as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, complete with videos.

Poison Ivy costume
Source: Brit Co.

You’re just a few fake leaves away from becoming Poison Ivy (preferably the Uma Thurman version).

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Nancy Drew
Source: The Homesteady

Still haven’t solved the mystery as to what to be for Halloween? It’s easy enough to go as Nancy Drew with a magnifying glass and cardigan!

morton salt girl costume
Source: Keiko Lynn

If you have a yellow umbrella you could be the Morton Salt Girl.

Disney's Moana costume
Source: The Sorry Girls

Disney doesn’t have to be just for kids, as is evidenced by this Moana costume.

The Descendants Halloween costume ideas
Source: Instagram

Interested in The Descendants Halloween costumes (or the Descendants 2 costume ideas?)? This YouTuber has makeup tutorials for all looks!

A Minion
Source: Brit Co.

Or if you just really like yellow, you could be a Minion.

ms. frizzle halloween costume
Source: Freckle and Fair

Step inside — it’s a wilder ride! Red heads won’t have any problem dressing up as Ms. Frizzle.

Cookie Monster costume
Source: Persia Lou

Me want cookie! Wear a DIY Cookie Monster costume, and no one can stop you from shoving sweets in your face all night.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Barbie Doll
Source: Aww Sam

This Barbie costume is an adorable option for what to be for Halloween!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Vintage Barbie
Source: Vintage Vandalizm

Maybe vintage Barbie is more your style?

1958 Original Barbie costume from Krystle Desantos.
1958 Original Barbie costume from Krystle Desantos.
128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Pineapple
Source: CGH

Aww! How perfect is this pineapple costume?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Watermelon Slice
Source: LaurDIY

Maybe you could be a refreshing watermelon slice!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Strawberry
Source: Studio DIY

Or a tasty strawberry

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Bubble Tea
Source: Aww Sam

Or a delicious cup of bubble tea.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Pumpkin Spice Latte
Source: Curbly

How about everybody’s favorite fall refreshment, the pumpkin spice latte!

Piece of cake Halloween costume
Source: Studio DIY

This Halloween costume idea is a piece of cake. Literally.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Avocado Toast
Source: Brit Co.

Are you a millennial? Don’t worry about buying a house – make an avocado toast costume instead!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Taco
Source: Aww Sam

Taco ’bout a cute get-up!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Sushi
Source: LaurDIY

Something’s fishy here… oh! It’s this adorable sushi costume!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Poptart
Source: Sugar & Cloth

Still haven’t gotten your outfit planned? Perhaps you could be a pop tart!

Popsicle Halloween costume
Source: Curbly

Or maybe a budget-friendly cardboard popsicle?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Ice Cream Cone
Source: Cakies

How about a delicious ice cream cone? Love the popsicle stick sprinkles on this one.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Popcorn
Source: Aww Sam

Or a tasty bag of popcorn?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Gum ball machine
Source: Revamperate

How cute is this gumball machine outfit?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Letterboard
Source: Aww Sam

Who doesn’t love letter boards!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Party animal
Source: Studio DIY

Are you outgoing? Why not be a party animal!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Party pooper
Source: Aww Sam

Or are you the type who hates festivities? What a party pooper.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Floral bouquet
Source: The House That Lars Built

You might have problems walking around the party, but how perfect is this floral bouquet!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Champagne popper
Source: Studio DIY

One of the easier solutions to the “what to be for Halloween” problem… All you need is a bottle and some balloons to be this champagne popper!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Nature!
Source: Sugar & Cloth

Love nature? Show it!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Chiquita Bonita
Source: Sugar & Cloth

Feeling lazy about your costume this year? You can just throw some color on your head and go as Chiquita Bonita.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Loofah
Source: LaurDIY

Scrub-a-dub! Want to be a loofah?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Houseplant
Source: The House That Lars Built

If you’re a crazy plant lady, this potted plant hat is perfect for you.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | That Pink Door
Source: Studio DIY

That Pink Door!

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Roy Lichtenstein piece

Flex your makeup game and go as a Roy Lichtenstein piece.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | The Galaxy
Source: Kidsummers

Or you could be THE ENTIRE GALAXY.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Demon
Source: Flattery

How about something darker, like a demon?

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Pizza face
Source: Etsy

This one would be easy enough to make. How about a pizz’a this??

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | X-ray machine
Source: Country Living

Flaunt your inner beauty with this x-ray costume.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Brawny Man
Source: Brit Co.

If you have a flannel shirt, you’re just a pack of paper towels away from being the Brawny Man.

128 Halloween Costume Ideas | Van Gogh
Source: The House That Lars Built

Still asking yourself, “What should I be for Halloween?” How about going as the tortured Van Gogh (bonus points if you wear an ear bandage)?

Couples Halloween Costumes

Grayscale couples costume
Source: Making Nice in the Midwest

Turn down the saturation and go gray-scale with your boo.

Grease costumes
Source: Say Yes

Greased lightnin’ — woah

Pizza Delivery Boy and a Slice
Source: Instagram

First in the couples category is the iconic Pizza delivery boy and his slice.

Butterfly and catcher
Source: Julie Ann Art

Butterfly and catcher… grab your significant other before they grab you!

Cowboy and Cowgirl
Source: A Beautiful Mess

You’re just a couple of plaid shirts away from a cute cowboy couple!

Alien and Astronaut
Source: Flattery

How about this out-of-this world idea of going as as alien and astronaut?

Milkman and housewife
Source: Real House Moms

Or the classic and scandalous housewife and milkman? That lipstick stain on the collar is key.

An electrical storm
Source: Julie Ann Art

Shocking! Try going as an electrical storm!

Dentist and tooth fairy
Source: Instagram

How cute is this pair? A dashing dentist and adorable tooth fairy.

Safari costumes
Source: Camille Styles

You know what they say: The couple that safaris together, stays together.

A bank robbery in progress
Source: Julie Ann Art

Hands up! You could go as a bank robbery in progress.

Supermarket Sweepstakes
Source: The Merrythought

Or win big as Supermarket Sweep contestants.

Princess Bride
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Want to dress as the Princess Bride couple? As you wish.

The Birds
Source: Costume Works

“The birds!!” Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is another favorite solution to the What To Be For Halloween problem.

Alice in Wonderland
Source: Keiko Lynn

Alice and the white rabbit is a classic option.

Singing in the Rain
Source: Say Yes

Or you and your boo could be singing in the rain.

Mary Poppins and Bert
Source: Keiko Lynn

This Mary Poppins and Bert pairing is practically perfect in every way.

Back to the Future
Source: Friday We’re In Love

Grab your partner and go back to the future!

James Bond
Source: Say Yes

STILL asking yourself, “What should I be for Halloween?” How about Bond? James Bond.

Forrest Gump and Jenny
Source: Instagram

Going as Forrest Gump and Jenny means you get to carry around (and eat) your own stash of chocolates.

The Royal Tennenbaums
Source: Instagram

Practice your too-cool attitudes and go as this couple from The Royal Tenenbaums.

Adventure Time
Source: Brit Co.

It’s Adventure Time!

Source: Buzzfeed

Throwback to childhood with this Arthur paring.

Pam & Jim
Source: Pinterest

How about going as Jim and Pam Halpert from The Office?

Stranger Things
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Have you watched Stranger Things yet?? Check out our entire collection of Stranger Things costume ideas.

Portlandia Feminists
Source: We Can Make Anything

Maybe you want to go as Portlandia’s feminist bookstore owners, Toni and Candace?

A League of Their Own costume
Source: Camille Styles

Check out this clever A League of Their Own costume.

I Love Lucy
Source: Your Homebased Mom

Who doesn’t love Lucy?!

Bob Ross and a Happy Little Tree
Source: Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

Dress up as Bob Ross and a Happy Little Tree!

Simon and Garfunkel
Source: The House That Lars Built

How about your favorite oldies duo, Simon and Garfunkel?

Kissing Sailor
Source: Say Yes

Or the iconic kissing sailor pair? How romantic.

Two Fridas
Source: The House That Lars Built

Love Frida Kahlo? You and your other half could BOTH be Frida!

All Rose and Slash costume
Source: Curbly

How about Axl Rose and Slash??

First place trophies costume
Source: Costume Works

You could go as a pair of first place trophies.

Row houses costume
Source: The House That Lars Built

Or an adorable section of row houses.

Photo strip costume
Source: Curbly

Is this photo strip costume too cheese-y?

Two women standng together, one with an oh! shirt and one with a shirt that has a cow pattern.
Source: Pinterest

Oh Deer and Holy Cow!

Birds costumes
Source: Martha Stewart

It’s pretty simple to dress up as this mildly upsetting pair of birds.

Birds of a feather
Source: Lovely Indeed

Okay, these birds are a lot less upsetting than the last. How cute is this DIY Birds of a Feather costume?

Pantone couples costume
Source: Sugar & Cloth

Graphic designers rejoice! A pair in Pantone might be the hippest “what to be for Halloween” idea on this list.

Nerds costume for two
Source: She Knows

How nerdy is this get-up?

Peanut butter and jelly couples costume
Source: Teen Vogue

Peanut butter jelly time!

Fries before guys costume
Source: Studio DIY

Let him know where you stand – fries before guys, always.

Pinata costumes
Source: Costume Works

Wondering what to be for Halloween with your bestie? Pair up as cute piñatas!

T-Rex Halloween Costume
Source: Colorado Anne

Rawr! Learn how to make a comfy T-Rex costume here.

Family Halloween Costumes & Group Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart group costume
Source: Brit Co.

How FUN would it be to go as the Mario Kart gang?

Pokemon group costume idea
Source: Brit Co.

Wondering what to be for Halloween that can involve your pets? Check out these Pokémon-themed getups. Gotta catch ’em all!

Girls wearing colorful tee shirts with letters on them.
Source: Brit Co.

Alvin and the Chipmunks is an easy enough costume for you and your pals.

Powerpuff Girls group costume idea
Source: Instructables

Best cartoon ever! Why not grab your gals and go as the Powerpuff Girls?

Scooby Doo and the gang group costume idea
Source: Buzzfeed

Get man’s best friend involved in this Scooby Doo and the Gang group costume.

Bob's Burgers costume
Source: Buzzfeed

How about ya’ll go as Bob’s Burgers?

Golden Girls costumes
Source: A Beautiful Mess

You’re a few white wigs and a trip to the thrift store away from being the Golden Girls.

The Heathers costume
Source: Keiko Lynn

A totally 80s Halloween costume idea: You could all go as The Heathers

Breakfast Club group costume
Source: Brit Co.

Gather your friends, hit the thrift store, and dress up as the Breakfast Club. Learn more about these 80s Halloween costumes here.

Napoleon Dynamite group costume
Source: Pinterest

Or the team from Napoleon Dynamite.

Addams Family group costume
Source: Just Jodie

How about this ON POINT Addams Family?? Check out our entire roundup of our favorite Addams Family Costume Ideas.

Peter Pan group costume idea for Halloween
Source: Say Yes

Or the adorable cast of Peter Pan!

Pinocchio and friends group costume idea
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Still wondering what to be for Halloween? Transform your family into Pinocchio and his friends!

Wizard of Oz group costume
Source: Keiko Lynn

Or a mix-and-match version of The Wizard of Oz.

Where's Waldo group costume
Source: Say Yes

Maybe you and your fam want to all be Where’s Waldos?

Disney Princesses group costume
Source: Brit Co.

Or be the ultimate girl gang of Disney Princesses.

Disney tourists costume
Source: Say Yes

Disney Tourists instead?

Skittles Halloween costume
Source: LaurDIY

These Skittles costumes are easy and limitless!

Pie slices group costume
Source: Studio DIY

How cute are these pie slices!

La Croix group costume
Source: Brit Co.

Try going as a line up of La Croix.

Avocado toast group costume
Source: hello, Wonderful

Or a whole family of avocado toast.

Milkshake group costume
Source: Studio DIY

Maybe a mess of milkshakes?

Fanta girls group costume
Source: Brit Co.

Dontcha wanta go as the Fanta Girls?

A group of sushi
Source: Brit Co.

Or some delish sush?

A fruit salad group costume
Source: Say Yes

Your whole family could go as a fruit salad.

Group costume idea: Clue
Source: Melanie Grizzel for Camille Styles

Whodunit? Check out this Clue-themed costume idea.

Pair of gardeners and a baby clove
Source: Say Yes

Or a pair of gardeners and their little garlic clove.

Shark week group costume
Source: Her Campus

Hungry for a Shark Week lineup?

Beanie Babies group costume
Source: The Dana Mariner

These Beanie Babies costumes are totally easy!

Beer pong group costume
Source: Instructables

Maybe your group could go as every college student’s favorite game.

Star Wars Halloween Costume
Source: WTOP

Have you considered Star Wars Halloween costumes? This group costume would require a bit of prep work, but is great for large groups of people.

Rock, paper, scissors costume
Source: Lauren Conrad

Rock, paper, scissors – shoot!

A family of two parents and three kids have on black shirts and stand together.
Source: The Merrythought

STILL don’t know what to be for Halloween?? If nothing has tickled your fancy yet, throw some white dots on a shirt and call it a day.

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