Halloween Costume Ideas: 50 Great Ideas For Adults

Halloween isn't just for kids; adults sometimes need to don costumes, too. If you're out of ideas, these suggestions may give your creativity a nudge.

Halloween - the first of the end-of-year holidays, for many - has most of us bustling about for costumes and accessories. We tend to think of this is a children's holiday, but there are a great many adults who have occasion to don a costume at this time of year. While it's true that most of us have thrown over the practice of going from door to door in the hopes of collecting treats, there are costume parties and, in some cases, the call to wear Halloween attire to work. If you're in one of these categories, there are costume shops and party stores in many communities that offer a wide variety of adult outfitting. For the more resourceful, these can be made from items that are purchased at a local store or by using old clothing and baubles from around the house. Before any of that comes into play, however, you'll have to choose a character to represent, which is often the hardest part of the process. To that end, here are some suggestions for great costumes that can be used by adults.


1. Roman Gladiator

2. Sherlock Holmes

3. King Arthur

4. Merlin

5. Sir Lancelot

6. King Tut

7. Viking

8. Scottish Bagpiper

9. Aztec Warrior

10. Amadeus

11. George Washington

12. Henry VIII

13. Zorro

14. Napoleon

15. Robin Hood

16. Mozart

17. King of Hearts

18. Arabian Sheik

19. Revolutionary War Soldier

20. Jack the Ripper

21. Julius Caesar

22. Hamlet

23. Cat in the Hat

24. Headless Horseman

25. Bluebeard


1. Princess Fiona (Shrek)

2. Martha Washington

3. Cleopatra

4. Queen Elizabeth

5. Mother Nature

6. Statue of Liberty

7. Geisha

8. Cruella Deville

9. Queen of Hearts

10. Arwen (Lord of the Rings)

11. Red Riding Hood

12. Arabian Dancer

13. Athena

14. Medusa

15. Mermaid

16. Little Bo Peep

17. Evil Queen (Disney's Snow White)

18. Woodland Nymph

19. Juliet

20. Renaissance Lady

21. Flapper

22. Prima Ballerina

23. Mrs. Potts (Disney)

24. Sorceress

25. Medieval Queen

Quite often, coming up with a good costume idea means thinking for two. There are lots of wonderful costume combinations for couples and, as an extra treat, here are some suggestions for those Halloween duos.


1. Samson and Delilah

2. Antony and Cleopatra

3. Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln

4. George and Martha Washington

5. Genie and Harem Girl

6. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo

7. Little Red Riding Hood & and the Big Bad Wolf

8. Napoleon and Josephine

9. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

10. Mae West and W.C. Fields

11. Cinderella and Prince Charming

12. Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler

13. King Arthur and Guinevere

14. Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty

15. Pocahontas and John Smith

16. Beauty and the Beast

17. Mother Nature and Father Time

18. Neptune and Mermaid

19. Adam and Eve

20. Shrek and Fiona

21. Roman God and Goddess

22. Fred and Daphne (Scooby Doo)

23. King and Queen Chess Pieces

24. Alice and the Mad Hatter

25. Cosmo and Wanda (Fairly Oddparents)

26. Robin Hood and Lady Marian

27. Marquis and Marquess

28. Batman and Catwoman

29. Karnivale King and Mardi Gras Queen

30. Romeo and Juliet

31. Frankenstein and His Bride

32. Esmeralda and the Hunchback of Notre Dame

33. Captain Picard and Doctor Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

34. Will Riker and Deanna Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

35. Spanish Flamenco Dancers

36. Hamlet and Ophelia

37. King and Queen of Hearts

38. Knight and Damsel

39. Jack the Ripper and Lady of the Evening

40. Fred and Wilma Flintstone

41. Barney and Betty Rubble

42. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

43. John Alden and Priscilla Mullens

44. Annie Oakley and Frank Butler

45. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

46. Marie and Pierre Curie

47. Zeus and Athena

48. Crash Test Dummies

49. Raggedy Ann and Andy

50. Tin Man and Dorothy

Whether you opt for choosing a costume from a retail shop or assembling your own, there are lots of possibilities and the cost doesn't have to be exorbitant. Most of the fun of the season is had by using our creative energies to come up with dazzling outfits that will turn the heads of other partygoers. If these suggestions aren't quite what you're looking for this year, contact a costumer or party shop consultant.

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