Is your costume party right around the corner, but you haven’t settled on a Halloween costume yet? You need the best Halloween costume ideas!
Why not try cosplaying?
On Halloween you can dress up as your favorite characters from movies, TV shows, video games, and more.
Plus, wearing a Halloween costume is a great way to get into the spirit of the season!
We at the 86th Floor have seen many a unique costume at cosplay conventions all over the world this year, and have compiled the ultimate list of costume ideas for 2022 this spooky Halloween season – inspired by cosplay!
If you need the best Halloween costume ideas, look no further than these amazing cosplay costumes!
Wednesday Addams – The Addams Family
With Tim Burton’s Wednesday hitting Netflix this spooky season, who better to pay homage to than everyone’s favorite character from The Addams Family?
Not everyone can wear this Halloween costume. You have to have the perfect blend of darkness, humor, and quirkiness. But if you think you have what it takes this Halloween, then go for it!
You’ll get to be really creepy. And isn’t that the best thing about a Halloween costume? With your long black dress, white collared shirt, and braids, you’ll be giving everyone the heebie jeebies in this costume.
It’s also a very unique Halloween costume. There are probably going to be a lot of witches and zombies at your Halloween party, but there’s only going to be one Wednesday Addams.
So channel your inner goth girl this Halloween and stand out from the rest – Wednesday is easily one of the best Halloween costume ideas!
Wednesday is a hilarious costume idea for a Halloween party. From her deadpan delivery to her love of all things gothic, she’s the perfect Halloween character to channel for a night of fun!
Check out the cosplay music video we recorded at Japan Weekend 2019, for more of the best Halloween costume ideas, and the best cosplay in Europe! https://youtu.be/rT4GfFjY4L0
Sun and Moon – Five Nights at Freddy’s
Halloween is the perfect time to let your creative side shine, and what better way to do that than by cosplaying as the Sun and Moon from Five Nights at Freddy’s, on the year anniversary of the release of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach?
So, this is your sign to make a Five Nights at Freddy’s inspired Halloween costume!
It’s perfect for two friends: if you’re looking for a couples costume that’s a dynamic duo, then this is the one for you. You and your friend can have a blast this spooky season as two of the most colorful baddies in the Five Nights at Freddy’s universe!
You will certainly make heads turn this Halloween – the Sun and Moon are incredibly spooky, and draw inspiration from creepy commedia dell’arte costume masks and jesters, making them one of the best Halloween costume ideas!
Check out the video we filmed this year at CosXpo 2022 – for more of the best Halloween costume ideas, and some of the most beautiful cosplay photoshoot locations in the UK: https://youtu.be/IpkMs9q0wXw
What’s better than a Star Wars Halloween costume? A Star Wars/Marvel mashup Halloween costume!
A unique mashup Halloween costume, like Squaishey’s incredible Jedi Loki from MCM ComicCon in Birmingham, is one of the best Halloween costume ideas around.
How to make…
To create this Halloween costume, simply combine a classic Marvel outfit with some Star Wars accessories. For example, you could wear a Spider-Man suit with Darth Vader mask and cape. Or, the other way around – why not dress as Princess Leia with Thor’s hammer? Be creative and have fun this Halloween!
This is one of the best Halloween costume ideas because it lets you combine multiple costumes you might already own.
It also goes to show that dressing up as your favourite fictional character can be as unique and creative as you like. There really are no rules for a Halloween costume!
Check out our event coverage of MCM Birmingham ComicCon in November 2021, if you still need some of the spookiest and best Halloween costume ideas: https://youtu.be/9nHFyYm7_QI
Stranger Things Cosplay Group
Are you looking for a fun group costume to wear this Halloween? Look no further than the Stranger Things cast!
This is one of the best Halloween costume ideas because it is so easy. Everyone wears regular clothes – no white knee high boots or pointed ears to worry about – you can cobble together a costume from things you already own, at the last minute before your Halloween party if needs be!
There are a few difficult items, like Hopper’s hat or Steve’s barbed wire bat, but that can easily be made by giving an old baseball bat the Bob Ross treatment with some paint.
Eleven is also one of the more difficult outfits of the set, but she is a great excuse to crack out a blonde wig, and some fake blood for those nosebleeds.
And just like that, you will have a whole Halloween costume set from Stranger Things! Just make sure you have enough Eggos on hand to keep everyone happy this Halloween.
Shego – Kim Possible
If you’re not feeling a group costume, why not try cosplaying Shego from Disney’s Kim Possible this Halloween?
Shego is a fan favorite character and one of the most iconic villains in Disney history – not to mention, that bright green might make you the most colorful costume on Halloween night!
Walking in the door head-to-toe as Shego would create one of the most memorable moments at your Halloween costume party, making this one of the best Halloween costume ideas around!
However, it is quite an intricate outfit – not quite as easy to source as a black suit for James Bond, or ragged dresses for the Sanderson Sisters. But paid commissions are always an option if you want to complete the look, and to channel your inner diva for the big night!
MCM Birmingham ComicCon March 2019 had a wealth of best Halloween costume ideas, be sure to check it out here! https://youtu.be/brnYKBoa9yo
Pennywise – It
If you’re looking for a unique and attention-grabbing Halloween costume, look no further than Pennywise from It – one of the best Halloween costume ideas if you want to scare everyone senseless!
This costume is inspired by the classic clown, but with a feminine twist. It goes to show that any of your favourite characters can be adapted in a cute way this Halloween!
Far from the terrifying clown from the movie, this cosplayer looks ready for the Met Gala in her incredible Pennywise costume. We couldn’t wait to show you guys to inspire you with spooky Halloween costume inspiration!
All you need is a dress, some face paint, and your imagination. With this costume, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd. So go ahead and dress up in a Pennywise costume for Halloween – just be sure to keep an eye out for any red balloons!
Our biggest cosplay video of the year so far has been MCM London ComicCon 2022 May – we dare you not to find the best Halloween costume ideas for you and your friends from this video! https://youtu.be/SDYDKbpDgUw
Domino’s Pizza Bunny Girl
Why be spooky and threatening with your Halloween costume, when you can be cute instead? Tearastar’s Domino’s Pizza themed twist on the traditional bunny girl costume was one of the most adorable costumes at MCM ComicCon!
Not all Halloween costumes have to be intricate and expensive. To dress like a bunny girl, all you need is a cute outfit, some costume accessories, and of course the all important ears.
It is one of the best Halloween costume ideas because of how fun it is. You can adapt the concept to any character of your choosing! Sure, it might be fun to dress up as Lady Whistledown, Anna Delvey, or the witches from Hocus Pocus – but how much MORE fun would those characters be in a bunny girl costume?
Just make sure to have fun with it, and don’t take yourself too seriously. After all, it is just a Halloween costume!
Mario – Super Mario
If you’re looking for costume inspiration this Halloween, look no further than your favorite video game goodies and baddies!
Super Mario is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for a solo outfit. But with its universal appeal, and a host of colorful heroes like Yoshi, Peach and Daisy, it’s also a way for the whole family to get in on the Halloween vibe if you’re after a fun group costume!
And why not be like this cosplayer, and make a female version of Mario? Halloween costumes are all about being creative, and adapting a character to something you will enjoy wearing is a great excuse to break out the sewing machine.
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But it doesn’t need to be a difficult outfit! All you need is a hat and dungarees. But if you want to go one step beyond, and go full Met Gala – why not turn a cardboard box into an item block to complete the look? You could even fill it with Halloween candy!
A Super Mario inspired Halloween costume is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for any video game fanatic.
Emily and Victor – Corpse Bride
If you’re feeling extra creative, why not try a couples costume? Emily and Victor from Tim Burton’s dark and spooky Corpse Bride make a great pair costume.
With the long, white dress and baby blue face paint, you will definitely be turning heads with one of the best Halloween costume ideas – Emily the Corpse Bride!
Bonus points if you can rope in your partner to be Victor! Everyone will be fawning over your couples costume, and very healthily scared of you as well.
It just goes to show you don’t have to be dressed as Kim Kardashian to look glamorous on Halloween – you can look just as beautiful as a washed out, blue, dead bride!
So what are you waiting for? Get planning your Corpse Bride Halloween costume today if you want to be remembered for having one of the best Halloween costume ideas at your next event.
Our CMV from MCM London ComicCon October 2021 has such a ghostly and Halloweeny vibe – could you find the best Halloween costume ideas from our video? Find out here! https://youtu.be/zhb0Ec76Bvg
The Boys Cosplay Group
There’s no denying that donning a superhero costume on Halloween can be ‘super’ fun! But if you and your friends are looking for something a little different this year for your Halloween costume, why not try going as a hero from Amazon’s dark and gritty The Boys?
You could be Homelander, Starlight, Butcher, or anyone else from the show. Just make sure you have the right costume and makeup to pull it off this Halloween.
How to make…
For an easy Halloween costume, Hughie can be achieved with some regular street clothes – and of course, the spooky severed hands of his girlfriend, and a healthy splatter of fake blood.
But if you really want to win an award for the best Halloween costume, why not crack out the copper wig, metal armour and boots for Queen Maeve, or A-Train’s signature blue bodysuit?
A The Boys group really is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for a group who want to be a bit edgier than your standard Batman and Robin.
Just don’t get too into this costume idea, and stay safe – nobody’s heads need to explode on Halloween night!
Harley Quinn – DC Birds of Prey
You might not be the first person to try it – but why not make Harley Quinn your best Halloween costume idea this year?
This iconic character from DC Comics has been portrayed on the big screen by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey.
So, she has so many fun costume outfits to choose from for your next Halloween costume – from the breakup outfit Luminara Cosplay is modelling here, to her amazing Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend outfit, parodying Madonna’s Material Girl music video.
You can find some great Harley Quinn Halloween costumes online or at your local Halloween costume shop. Just make sure to add some fishnets and a baseball bat to complete the look!
Megacon was a brand new convention this year, and we had a blast filming at it – with such a wealth of cosplay on display, you’re bound to find the best Halloween costume ideas for you and your friends! https://youtu.be/Y36Gkvfk0PY
Peach and Bowser – Super Mario
Is Mario himself too cutesy for your Halloween plans? Why not dress up as Princess Peach and Bowser, as the ultimate spooky duo?
With a little creativity, you can easily DIY your own costume that is sure to stand out at any Halloween party. And who knows, you might just find yourself winning the best dressed prize, all by choosing the best Halloween costume idea for you and your partner!
To get started, simply take a look at some pictures of Princess Peach and Bowser for Halloween costume inspiration. Pay close attention to their colors, patterns, and overall style.
Once you have an idea of what you want your Halloween costume to look like, start gathering the materials you’ll need.
(Ideally, do this a few months before Halloween so you have plenty of time to make your costume!)
For Peach, find a pink dress, and you can add a crown or tiara to really give her royal look. And to channel your inner Bowser, you’ll need some green fabric to recreate his scaly skin, some horns, and a wig!
And voila – that’s everything you will need for a Peach and Bowser Halloween costume!
With your materials in hand, it’s time to start putting your costume together! If you’re not the DIY type, don’t worry – there are plenty of great Peach and Bowser costumes available for purchase online. Simply do a quick search and you’re sure to find something that fits your style and budget.
Vi and Jinx – Arcane
League of Legends’ new Netflix series Arcane captured the imaginations of millions – not just fans of the video game! So why not put together a duo Halloween costume idea, and be the fearsome undercity sisters Vi and Jinx this Halloween?
How to make…
For the feisty Vi, you’ll need a short wig in her signature pink hue. If you can’t find the right shade, you can get a white wig and give it the Bob Ross painting treatment with some paint – there are lots of costume tutorials online to show you how to make the best Halloween costume ideas come to life.
Next, find some face paint for her tattoos, and create her iconic gauntlet. Why not commit even further, and wear clip on gold jewelry to emulate all those iconic ear piercings?
This will set your Halloween costume above the rest!
For Jinx, get the longest blue wig you can find, and dust on some makeup to get that scruffy undercity look just right. Her signature outfit is also pretty easy to put together. Just be sure to bring along her super powerful rocket launcher, Fishbones!
Les Miserables Group
Do you hear the people sing?! What could be scarier this Halloween than the French Revolution? (Or – a musical about the French Revolution! Yikes!)
If you don’t fancy being Jon Snow or Jay Z this Halloween, why not think outside the box, and get a group together to be the iconic cast of Les Miserables in a matching Halloween costume concept?
Dress up as Jean Valjean wearing his prisoner’s costume. This is a great option if you want to be a character that is both morally complex and sympathetic. Or, be Fantine in her factory worker’s costume to embody everyone’s favourite singing heroine this Halloween.
Why not be Éponine, in her ragged street urchin clothes? This is a great option if you want to be both tragic and fashionable. Or cosplay as Javert with a police officer’s costume. This is a great option if you want to play the villain of the piece in your Halloween costume.
You could even dress as Cosette, in a fancy ballgown costume. This is a great option if you want to embody the ultimate symbol of hope and innocence – and look a little more Met Gala ready than your friends in scruffy revolutionary costume!
No matter which character you choose to cosplay as, you’re sure to have a memorable – and musical – Halloween, in one of the most creative and best Halloween costume ideas. Let’s just hope the neighbours appreciate your karaoke rendition of One Day More as much as you do…
The Gotham City Sirens – Batman
What’s better than dressing up as Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Harley Quinn? Dressing up as all of them in a group, of course! Even better – wearing them to a party this Halloween!
This costume set is perfect for anyone who wants to show their dark side with their Halloween costume. It’s also great for cosplay or Halloween parties. Each one is an easy Halloween costume to put together with items you probably already have in your closet, making it one of the best Halloween costume ideas on a budget.
How to make…
To start this Halloween costume, start with a bodysuit or tank top in black, green or red. Then add some fishnet tights and high heels.
For the finishing touch, put on a wig in your siren’s signature colour, and style it however you like – there are so many different designs of the Gotham City Sirens, why wouldn’t you create your own for your Halloween costume?
Don’t forget to add some smudged eyeliner and red lipstick! And voila – three finished Halloween costumes!
The only downside to this amazing group Halloween costume idea… is that you’ll have to fight each other on who gets to be which villainess! Dibs on Harley Quinn!
Our 86th Floor Patreon exclusive shoots are a perfect opportunity to shoot outside of a convention – at this one we got to use so many fun projectors, fog effects and lights! https://youtu.be/yifaixIyDDQ
Check it out here for more best Halloween costume ideas, and to see what YOU could look like for just $2 a month by supporting us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/86thfloor
Wirt and Beatrice – Over the Garden Wall
One of the best Halloween costume ideas we could think of is any character from Over the Garden Wall? This spooky cartoon is full of people, animals and monsters that would make great Halloween costumes, from the mysterious Beast to the creepy woodsman.
So if you’re looking for something unique and Halloween-y this year, consider Wirt or Beatrice for your costume.
Wirt is definitely a Halloween costume that would turn heads. He’s got a unique style, with his big blue jacket and red scarf, which would make a fantastic costume. To top it all off, he carries around a walking stick which can be used as a prop in your Halloween costume.
Beatrice might spend most of the show as a bird, but her final human look is easily achievable with a baby blue dress and a belt, and some ribbons for your hair. Make sure you pose dramatically with your Wirt in a forest to complete the look!
So if you want to do a cartoon costume set this year, and don’t fancy something as fun and colorful as Bob’s Burgers, why not choose Over the Garden Wall this Halloween?
Could your best Halloween costume ideas be hiding in our video of our 86th Floor Patreon exclusive shoot from last Summer…? 👀 https://youtu.be/tc56j0NeTVE
Daphne and Velma – Scooby Doo
It’s well known as one of the best Halloween costume ideas, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a total classic!
Why not take some costume inspiration from the iconic world of Hanna-Barbrra, and dress as Daphne and Velma from Scooby Doo? These two mystery-solving teens are the perfect duo for a fun and festive Halloween costume.
For the Halloween costume, start with a light blue or green skirt or dress for Daphne. Add a purple scarf and some knee-high socks or tights.
For Velma’s go for a orange turtleneck or sweater and pair it with a short pleated skirt. And to really put the finishing touch on your Halloween costume, don’t forget her trademark magnifying glass!
Finish off the costumes with some black boots or flats and you’re all set to solve some Halloween mysteries. It’s the perfect Halloween costume idea for two cartoon-loving friends – just make sure you don’t drop your glasses!
Heisenberg and Daniella – Resident Evil
Halloween is the perfect time to let your cosplay alter ego out to play. If you’re looking for one of the best Halloween costume ideas for a video game loving duo, look no further than your favorite horror video games – like Resident Evil!
Daniella and Heisenberg are fantastic villains, and dressing up as them with this Halloween costume idea is a guaranteed good time – even in the face of a zombie apocalypse!
How to make…
Heisenberg’s enormous hammer might look like a difficult prop on the surface, but a little cardboard and papier mache will go a long way for a Halloween costume. And if it doesn’t look clean and perfect, just rub on some rust-coloured paint, and say it was intentional!
So if you’re looking for some Halloween costume inspiration that will have you ready to take on anything this Halloween, consider going as Daniella and Heisenberg. Just don’t forget the zombie makeup.
Anakin Skywalker and Padme – Star Wars
If you want a slightly more romantic vibe for Halloween, how about paying tribute to one of the most iconic movie couples of all time – by dressing up as Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala from the Star Wars prequels!
This is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for Star Wars fanatics, and also for people looking to be a little unique.
You will be sure to stand out from the rest of the costumed party-goers this Halloween. There will be tons of people dressed like Britney Spears or Harley Quinn, but only one Anakin and Padme.
How to make…
For this Halloween costume, start with a basic Anakin costume – a tunic, pants and boots in a light brown hue. If you want to go all out, distress your costume using sandpaper, scissors or files to create texture.
Then add on some key Padme-inspired accessories to your Halloween costume, like her signature headpieces or jewelry. For an extra touch of authenticity, carry around a plastic lightsaber or two!
In an Anakin Halloween costume you will be all set to use the Force, and if you’ve chosen the Padme costume, you will be the talk of the Halloween party in your beautiful senator costume.
Ladybug and Cat Noir – Miraculous Ladybug
This French superhero series has become one of the most famous cartoons in the world, so you are sure to turn heads on Halloween night if you turn up in this amazing Halloween costume concept!
You can find a Miraculous Ladybug Halloween costume online or in most Halloween costume stores, in adult and child sizes, making this one of the best Halloween costume ideas for someone looking to grab something last minute.
For the masks, why not try your hand at making them yourself, out of cardboard, thermoplastic, or even painting them on using face paint for full flexibility and comfort?
To make Ladybug’s signature blue buns, all you need is a wig, a fine-toothed comb to backcomb in some volume, and some hairspray to fix it all in place!
You’re sure to get recognised on Halloween night as two of the world’s most famous heroes. Why not take a break from saving Paris from evil akumas and have fun with this fantastic Halloween costume pair concept?
Anna and Elsa – Frozen
If you’re looking for some Halloween costume inspiration, why not try dressing up as your favorite movie character?
Anna and Elsa from Frozen are perfect choices for a fun and festive Halloween costume, with lots of different designs to choose from – like these incredible Frozen 2 cosplayers we found at Japan Expo. This is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for Disney fanatics!
How to make…
You can find everything you need to put together your own DIY Halloween costume, or you can purchase a pre-made Halloween costume online or at your local Halloween store.
If you choose to DIY your Frozen 2 Halloween costume, start with Anna’s iconic purple cape and black undershirt. For Elsa, find a sparkly blue dress and a wig – some Elsa cosplayers sew two blonde wigs together for extra volume!
These are the kinds of amazing costume tips from cosplayers that we need on Halloween!
For both characters, make sure to add some glitter and sparkle to really capture the magic of Frozen in your Halloween costume.
You’re sure to turn heads with two very recognisable Disney queens this Halloween!
Japan Expo was one of the biggest conventions in Europe – and had some of the best Halloween costume ideas in the form of jaw-dropping cosplays! Check out our event coverage here: https://youtu.be/q4FUms_pLP4
Agatha Harkness – Wandavision
“It was Agatha all along!”
If Disney’s not your thing, why not turn your Halloween costume inspiration to the world of Marvel? One of our top picks is Agatha Harkness from Wandavision.
Why? Because she’s clever, powerful, and always looks fabulous! Plus, her spooky style is easy to recreate with some simple pieces from your own closet.
To get the Agatha Halloween costume look, start with a black turtleneck and add a long, flowing skirt in a dark color. And don’t forget the finishing touch – smoky eyeshadow to make your look truly eerie.
And that’s how easy it can be to assemble a perfect Agatha Halloween costume! This makes it one of the best Halloween costume ideas for someone who wants to put a costume together themselves.
So channel your inner witch this Halloween and dress up as Agatha Harkness, for a spooky and stylish Halloween costume that is sure to turn heads.
Loid and Yor Forger – Spy x Family
If you’re after something a little more niche, why not take a cue from the world of cosplay, and choose someone from an anime or manga series – could it be one of the best Halloween costume ideas for you?
Spy x Family is soaring in popularity and is becoming one of the hottest anime series in the world!
Loid and Yor Forger are two incredible international super spies with a whole wardrobe of pectacular outfits – could one of them be your next Halloween costume?
For their default outfits, you can dig around in your wardrobe and find an appropriate suit or dress for your Halloween costume. For their more famous Twilight and Thorn Princess outfits, go a little more formal, and accessorise with some gothic lolita jewelry.
And who knows – maybe someone at your Halloween party will be just as big an anime geek as you! So be sure to consider iconic anime ensembles for your Halloween costume this year.
Toga – My Hero Academia
Which anime character could be scarier than Toga from My Hero Academia?! With those terrifying contact lenses and bloody teeth, you’ll be turning heads with this Halloween costume!
It’s also a great way to make friends with fellow anime fans – so many fellow geeks will recognise Toga, one of the most famous villains in anime history. That’s what makes her the perfect idea for a Halloween costume, and one of the best Halloween costume ideas for a budding anime fan!
To get started, find a short lolita-style cosplay wig in blonde with curly pigtails and a sailor uniform – both of which are very easy to find on cosplay sites, or even on Amazon or Wish! In a few years, we might see them crop up on Halloween costume sites too.
Then all you need is a killer expression and some amazing anime poses! You’re sure to have fun in this Halloween costume – why not try it this year??
Cosplay Halloween Inspiration – create the best Halloween costumes!
So there we have it! Some of the best Halloween costume ideas out there – with many of them that can be easily replicated with a little bit of creativity.
It feels like we’ve covered every Halloween costume imaginable – from Queen Bey to the little girl from Hocus Pocus and everything inbetween!
We hope after seeing all those costumes, you’ll take our tips from the cosplay pros and get inspired to create your own unique Halloween costume this year.
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