Amazing ideas from pop culture (Joker and Harley, anyone?) to zombie-fied originals ...
Not sure what to be for Halloween? The only thing better than dressing up as your favorite character by yourself is dressing up as your favorite pair of characters.
Think about how much fun it is dragging your spouse or significant other into the cute tedium of picking a matching costume! But you don’t want to be boring, and you certainly don’t want to be irrelevant to the times, so you’ll need a great place to start poring over Halloween costume ideas for the special someone(s) that you are your partner are going to be.
Halloween is a time for fun, relaxing, partying, and generally acting a touch loopier than you do the rest of the year. It may also be a time for spiced pumpkin everything and perhaps making some poor choices (like misjudging how badly those new shoes are actually going to rub your feet raw), but your Halloween costume should NEVER be one of those bad decisions, and that, my friends, is why we’re here to help!
Don’t just dress up as someone or something boring — make it really count and get you and your s.o. to become the belle of whatever fall ball you choose! Scare the neighbor kids, drink too much seasonal IPAs at a local kegger, or dance with all the other ghouls and goblins to your heart’s content.
Just don’t be that couple that dresses up as “themselves” as your costume.
Let’s not forget that Halloween is basically a free-for-all as far as clothing goes, so you can make your evening wear as extravagant or DIY as you want! Pick your favorite characters or punny costumes, and go out and have a blast. Try to remember that it’s impossible to stay classy while you’re choking down water trying to gnaw on as many apples as you can.
Here are 50 of some of our favorite costumes that promise to capture your imagination and get all the cobweb-covered outfit ideas churning! Happy haunting!o
POP CULTURE COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Christian Grey & Anastasia Steel from Fifty Shades of Grey
Christian Grey: White dress shirt, grey suit and tie, and some kinky toys hanging out of your pocket or around your belt loops (a riding crop, a feather toy, etc). If you're really into it, gently whip and boss around Anastasia — she loves it.
Anastasia Steel: Brown wig, a form-fitting dress or skirt and bustier combo, sexy high heels, a sequined mask and handcuffs.
2. Sandy & Danny from Grease
Danny: White tee shirt, black leather jacket, black jeans, and black boots. Hair should be style with a good amount of gel.
Sandy: Black top, black leggings or pants, and red heels.
3. Walter White & Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad
Walter White: Bald cap, yellow hazmat suit, a gas mask and/or goggles, and a real or fake van dyke.
Jesse Pinkman: Yellow hazmat suit and a gas mask and/or goggles. Say "yo" and "bitch" constantly.
4. Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen: Dark braided hair, black v-neck shirt, black windbreaker, dark cargo pants, a toy bow, and a backpack full of arrows.
Peeta Mellark: Black tee shirt, green cargo pants, black army boots, and sexual tension.
5. Brad & Janet from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Brad: A dress shirt, sweater vest, blue or gray dress slacks, a khaki jacket, and some retro glasses. Plenty of Brad confidence, too!
Janet: A simple, single-colored dress, a white sweater, small purse, and a slight curl to your hair. Bonus points if you manage to fit "Oh, Brad!" into every conversation that evening.
6. Daisy Buchanan & Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
Daisy Buchanan: Sparkly or pastel knee-length flapper-style dress, a short blonde wig with a glittery hair accessory, and an empty martini glass. Bonus: Carry a luxe fur wrap or fancy cigarette holder.
Jay Gatsby: Tuxedo or suit, slicked-back hair, empty martini glass. Start out dashing and mysterious and get totally wasted and have a meltdown by the end of the night.
7. Piper & Alex from Orange Is The New Black
Piper: Orange (or beige) nursing scrubs with white tee shirt underneath and a blonde wig. Hold hands and make out with Alex.
Alex: Beige nursing scrubs with white long-sleeved shirt underneath, a black wig, black plastic glasses, and fake tattoos.
8. Mario and Princess Peach
Him: Red long-sleeved shirt, overalls, red hat, and white gloves.
Her: Pink dress, blonde wig, princess crown, white gloves, and blue earrings.
9. Juno & Paulie Bleeker from Juno
Him: Red hoodie, bright yellow jogging shorts, long white socks, yellow sweatbands, and black running shoes,
Her: Orange and hite tee shirt, jeans with a skirt over top, sweater, and something to stuff your belly if you need it.
10. Buster Bluth & Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development
Buster Bluth: Preppy short-sleeved shirt, or a long-sleeved dress shirt with a sweater vest, wire-rimmed glasses, and a hook for a hand. Or honor Buster's time serving our country in basic Army fatigues and boots.
Lucille Bluth: Brown bobbed wig, a skirt suit, a pearl necklace AND a brooch, and an empty martini glass.
11. The Office's Dwight & Angela
Dwight: A yellow shirt, tie, combed hair with a part in the middle, large round glasses, a watch, and a name tag saying "Dwight Schrute".
Angela: Blonde wig, turtleneck, sweater (preferably pink), long skirt, and a stuffed cat.
12. Daenerys Targaryen & Khal Drogo from Game Of Thrones
Daenerys Targaryen: Long white-blonde wig with a short piece braided in the back, long and flowing white/gray/beige sleeveless dress, and lace-up sandals. Carry a dragon egg (large Easter eggs painted dark green, gray, or copper.) Add subtle glitter for an ethereal effect.
Khal Drogo: Loose khaki or tan pants, a dark women's tube top around your abs, a wide belt, a toy sword, and lots of black eye makeup. Paint on those signature tribal shoulder symbols and grow or buy a beard that you can tie up like a ponytail.
13. Pedro & Napoleon from Napoleon Dynamite
Pedro: Denim jeans, a brown belt, a black wig, tiny mustache, and a floral print long-sleeved shirt.
Napolean: A "Vote for Pedro" shirt, high-waisted denim jeans, black moon boots, a curly wig, glasses, and a slack-jawed expression. Bonus: If you can fit his catch phrases in at every opportunity, gosh!
14. Bert & Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins
Mary: A high-collared white blouse, black skirt, black boots and tights, and a red bowtie. Don't forget your hat, giant bag, and an umbrella!
Bert: Black pants, a white button up shirt with a vest, a newsboy cap, and your trusty chimney sweep! Smudges of dirt on your faces and hands, too!
15. Bonnie & Clyde
Clyde: Black suit, white shirt, gun, and fedora.
Bonnie: Blonde wig, yellow long-sleeved shirt, black skirt, and a bag of money.
(Bullet holes optional.)
Pebbles: Pink and black "stone age" polka-dotted top with black shorts. Wear your hair up with a ribbon to make it look like a "bone."
Bamm-Bamm: An orange and black polka-dotted top and shorts, a white wig, and a big club.
SUPERHERO AND VILLAIN COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Night Bitch & Dr. Gravity from Kick-Ass 2
Night Bitch: Red wig in spiky pigtails, sparkly bikini top, cropped jacket with a black collar, black fingerless gloves, black pants, and black high heel boots. Don't forget to paint on a black mask just over the eyes. Bonus: great abs.
Dr. Gravity: Maroon hooded sweatshirt and pants, black leather gloves, black boots, and goggles. Use duct tape to make the stripes on the suit.
2. Cyclops & Jean Grey from X-Men
Cyclops: Black glasses with red tinted lenses, black jacket, and jeans.
Jean Grey: Red wig, black leather top, and black leather pants.
3. StarLord & Gamora of Guardians of the Galaxy
StarLord: Red leather jacket, black pants, leather boots.
Gamora: Green body paint, black wig and use temporary red hair spray to get red tips, and wear a full leather outfit.
4. Captain America & Peggy Carter of The Avengers
Captain America: Red, white, and blue long-sleeved shirt and pants, a silver and red shield with a star in the middle.
Peggy: A green, military-style skirt suit, black pumps, red lipstick, and a banging retro pin curl hairstyle.
5. Clark Kent & Lois Lane from Superman
Clark Kent: You can always wear the traditional tightie-whitie style supersuit and cape combo, or go a little different and be Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent. Wear a white dress shirt, black slacks, some plastic framed glasses, and have your "Superman symbol" peeking through the front.
Lois Lane: A dress shirt, glasses, some traditional pumps, and a pencil skirt. Carry some file folders filled with pictures of Superman in them and pester your Clark Kent about it all night.
6. Batman & Catwoman
Batman: Black tights, a black or gold-painted "utility" belt, black boots, black gloves, a long-sleeved black top, a cape, and of course, your signature bat mask.
Catwoman: A black body suit, black boots, and black gloves. You can choose from the movie version's mask, Michelle Pfeiffer's tight cat suit, or go with the comic book style and tuck your hair into a hood with cat ears.
7. Joker & Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad
Joker: Luckily, there are many options for the Joker. You can go with the standard green and purple suit, or choose from any of the iterations of his suit over the years. Choose from Heath Ledger's nurse uniform, or even Jared Leto's grill-wearing tattooed Joker!
Harley Quinn: There are also many versions of the Harley Quinn costume. Choose from the whole body suit, to any variation thereof, or even the new Suicide Squad's red and blue modern look.
CUTE AND QUIRKY COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Koala & Tree
Tree: Brown pants, brown shirt, leaves made of green cardboard or fabric, pinned to your clothes.
Koala: Gray pants, gray shirt, gray face paint with a black oval around your nose. Remember to give the tree plenty of hugs, so people can see you in your "natural" habitat.
2. Adam & Eve
(For the brave couple.)
Both: Cut large leaves out of green construction paper or green fabric. Go as nude as you're comfortable with and strategically pin or tape the leaves to your garments. If you fear you'll be cold, purchase flesh colored leggings and long-sleeve tops to go under the leaves. Bonus: Carry around a sack of apples and offer them to people.
Adam: Apple in hand (or pocket).
Eve: Wear a rubber toy snake around your neck.
3. Andy Warhol & Marilyn Monroe
Andy: Black turtleneck, round sunglasses and white hair. Really committed folks can bleach their hair, others can wear a white wig or buy white hair spray.
Marilyn: Pale pink foundation, aqua eye shadow, crimson lipstick, yellow wig or hair spray, a la the famous pop-art portrait Warhol created of Marilyn after her suicide. Wear a white or black halter-top dress, and some gorgeous heels.
4. Artist & Painting
Artist: Paint-splattered clothes (overalls if you're going modern or a black cape if you're going old-fashioned), painting palate (can be real, or made from cardboard), paint brush.
Painting: Take a large, rectangular cardboard box and cut a rectangle out of one side, so there's about two inches of cardboard left around the edges. Then put the box over your head so you're looking out of the hole you just cut — you're suddenly inside a frame. The painting can dress up like a famous painting (think "Mona Lisa" or "Girl With A Pearl Earring") or be an original work of art.
5. Hot Dog & Bun
Hot dog: Brown shirt, brown pants, brown toboggan hat, brown shoes. Use red and yellow fabric paint to draw squiggly ketchup and mustard lines vertically up and down your body. Bonus: Glue on small squares of white cardboard to simulate chopped onions.
Bun: Cheap foam mattress pad with holes cut out for your arms.
Or, you can purchase the costumes here.
6. Goldilocks & Bear
Goldilocks: Blond wig with a bow. Blue, yellow or pink peasant dress of any kind. Apron. White ankle socks and Mary Janes. Bonus: Carry a spoon.
Bear: Brown clothes, bear ears (homemade or store-bought). Bonus: Paint your face brown and color your nose black.
7. Little Red Riding Hood & Wolf
Little Red: Red-hooded cloak or red-hooded sweatshirt, rosy cheeks, curly pigtails, stockings, pinafore.
Wolf: Furry, pointed ears, fangs, gray or brown face paint, furry tail. Or, simply, wear a Wolf Blitzer T-shirt.
TRADITIONAL (BUT TERRIFIC) COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
8. Sexy Lady Frankenstein & Frankenstein's Monster
Frankenstein: Black boots, green face paint, "bolts" in the side of your neck. You can wear it with a sweater vest and sports coat, Herman Munster style.
Sexy Lady F: Green face paint from forehead to cleavage, black lipstick and fake stitches on your forehead. (Your brain was just replaced, after all.) Wear an oversized blazer over a sexy little black dress. Bonus: Black fingernail polish, green stockings, a white streak in your hair, using a white or gray hair extension or white hair spray.
9. Vampire & Victim
Vampire: Fangs, pale or white makeup on all exposed skin (optional: shimmer a la Twilight), crimson lipstick, black eyeliner. Black blazer for the hipsters, black cape for traditionalists, red button-up shirt, black pants, black shoes.
Victim: Torn shirt, fake blood and bite marks on your neck, disheveled hair, red lips and flushed cheeks. For those who doesn't like costumes, wear normal clothes and just add a spot of blood on your neck.
10. Curious George & The Man in the Big Yellow Hat
George: Wear your cutest brown outfit along with cute monkey ears and a long tail.
The Man in the Hat: Well, be prepared to wear a bunch of yellow with black boots—and don't forget your yellow hat!
HILARIOUS ZOMBIE-FIED COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Tennis Players
Both: Tennis whites, tennis sneakers, racket, fake blood on your clothes. Pale or white face makeup, and black makeup around your eyes.
2. Revolutionary Couple
Him: A hat, cravat, a tailcoat, pants, gloves and boots.
Her: An elaborate wig with curls, a dress, and gloves.
3. Cheerleader & Football Player
Cheerleader: Short, pleated skirt, tight logo shirt (optional bare belly), pom-poms, sneakers, hair in a high poly-tail with ribbons that match your outfit.
Football player: Football uniform (helmet, shoulder pads, shiny tights, football jersey).
Both: Pale or white face makeup, and black makeup around your eyes.
4. Bride & Groom
Bride: White dress, veil, bouquet of dried flowers. Pale or white face make-up, and black makeup around your eyes.
Groom: Tux. Pale or white face makeup, and black makeup around your eyes.
5. Ronald McDonald & Wendy
Ronald: Red wig, white and red clown face makeup, yellow button-up, red shoes, and yellow pants. Plenty of dirt and zombie makeup, too!
Wendy: A red braided wig, blue and white gingham dress, and zombie makeup! Make it as gory as you want!
6. Zombie Doctor & Nurse
Her: Scrubs or a white nurse's outfit, covered in plenty of blood!
Him: Doctor's jacket, scrubs, and a surgical mask. Don't forget the surgical tools.
7. Dia de los Muertos
You can pretty much wear whatever you'd like as long as it's black, but make sure to paint your face in the appropriate skull pattern! Ladies, lace and rose it up!
CONCEPTUAL & WORDPLAY COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Booty Call
iPhone: You're the "call" part of this costume. Find a large box. Punch a hole in the bottom for your head and two holes on each side for your arms. Use the front of the box to recreate an iPhone screen.
Booty: Skanky clubwear, high heels, and a huge Kim Kardashian-esque stuffed booty. Carry your cellphone and "answer it" when the iPhone calls you. (Of course, you could just wear normal clothes and get booty called, but it's Halloween!)
Friends: Wear a similar top and bottom (like jeans and a black shirt). Legibly write down the multiple benefits you offer as a friend (e.g. paid vacation, health insurance, can assemble Ikea furniture, etc.) on unlined 5"x8" index cards. Use permanent marker to make every word easy to read. Then tape your benefits all over your clothes and link arms with your friend. Ta-da!
3. Ken & Barbie
Barbie: Pink dress, pink accessories, and a pink cardboard box with a "Mattel" sticker and Barbie written on it.
Ken: A dressy polo shirt, shorts or slacks, and nice sneakers. Also use a similar cardboard box with "Mattel" and Ken on them.
Bonus: "Twist ties" around your waist and arms.
You can both also choose to be any one of Barbie & Ken's themed pairs!
4. "Social Media"
Twitter: Cut out 140 letters and pin or tape them to a T-shirt. Be sure to include a hashtag (#).
Facebook: Draw a Facebook wall on a piece of cardboard, and cut out a rectangle where you'll put your Face (and which aligns with the profile picture). Check out this page for inspiration.
5. Skin & Bones
We do mean covering yourself with "bones" and "skin" and not just going in your birthday suit.
Skin: Flesh-colored clothing.
Bones: A skeleton suit.
6. Plug & Socket
You can either make it yourself, or purchase it!
ALWAYS IN STYLE COUPLES HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
1. Greek Goddess & Greek God
Both: Drape one (or two if you want a more complex look) of your bed sheets around your body. Gold jewelry, dramatic eye-make-up and bangles will make this costume even more sophisticated. Don strappy sandals and a laurel wreaths on your heads (a crown of fake craft-shop leaves will do), and get ready to channel your inner Zeus and Hera. (Or try renting this popular costume.)
2. Pin-Up Girl & Photographer
Her: For the more daring curvy lady, you'll be able to make a simple dress into a WOW moment by adding a belt, your favorite high-heels and a bright red lip to pack a punch. Don't skimp on your make-up or hair! Spend a girly-night in and watch YouTube videos on how to pull off pin curls and cat-eye makeup that'll have you feeling sexy all night.
Him: Dress as a shutterbug all in black (he's a brooding artist, after all) with a pro-quality camera around his neck, or with a camera bag and some relaxed clothes.
3. 1920s Flapper & Gangster
Her: The flapper outfit is one of the sexiest, most fun costumes around. The dress, with its layers and fringe, is very flattering on a plus-size frame because of the way the tiered fabric moves and shimmies. And don't just go for black — finding a dress in your favorite color will make you stand out even more! High heels, feather in your hair and long black gloves tie the look together, and don't forget your martini glass!
Him: For your man, a black or pin-striped suit, fedora (with slicked-back hair beneath) and cigar will complete his look.
4. Devil & Angel
Devil: Red and black clothes (black pants, black button-up and red vest for a man; red skirt, shirt and black or red tights for a woman), black shoes, red lipstick, devil ears. Bonus: Carry a pitchfork (store-bought or made from cardboard). Pin a pointy tail to your butt.
Angel: White clothes (white dress and tights for a woman, white suit for a man), white gloves, wings (store-bought, unless you're ambitious and/or artistic), halo (same).