Halloween is fast-approaching and that means it’s time to start thinking about a costume. If you’re sick of the typical ghost, witch, or princess costume and don’t want to dress up in the same old thing this year, you’re in luck. Below you’ll find a list of out-of-the-box costume ideas for the whole family, sure to impress everyone in the neighborhood.
- The Ghostbusters
Whether you’re more interested in the original movies or the newer film, Ghostbusters has a cult following that allows its characters to be some of the most recognizable out there. Not only do people know the characters, but the costumes are amazingly unique, easy, and fun to wear for people of all ages and genders. You can be an individual Ghostbuster or get your group in on the fun as other Ghostbusters, Slimer, the Stay-Puff Marshmallow, and more.
Most people above the age of 20 and a lot of people below that age know who Beetlejuice is. Not only is the movie a seasonal classic, but the character himself is iconic. The Beetlejuice costume has the perfect, creepy aesthetic for Halloween, but it’s also playful and great for adults and kids alike. And if you’re looking for a creative costume that you can go crazy with, this one could be ideal.
- Poison Ivy
The superhero world is a popular industry today and you won’t be shocked to see a lot of Batmans, Supermans, Captain Americas, and other popular characters this Halloween. Villains are often left behind in popularity, making it a great idea for an original costume. What’s more is that most people don’t seem to remember how cool Poison Ivy is in the DC universe. Not only does Poison Ivy have awesome powers, but her bright, flamboyant costume and red hair look fierce on any woman.
- Carl and Ellie (Disney Pixar’s UP)
If you’re looking for an original couple’s costume, you probably won’t see too many Carls or Ellies around. Not only is it a creative idea, but also a romantic one. In UP, Carl and Ellie share one of the sweetest love stories seen in cinematic history. And one another positive note, these costumes are simple, easy, and can even be made at home.
- “Stick Figure”
This costume idea isn’t just original. It’s also simple and mind-blowing in nature. Halloween night is the perfect time to become a “stick figure” or “stick figure” family. It’s a great costume idea for DIYers and people who want to be noticed. All it takes is black clothing, flexible glow sticks, tape, and some ingenuity to make yourself into a glow-in-the-dark stick figure.
- The Addams Family
Nothing says Halloween time quite like the characters from the Addams Family. They’ve stood the test of time and are as popular as ever. It’s easy to see why, with creepy-cool characters like Wednesday, Gomez, Morticia, and Pugsley Addams, as well as Uncle Fester, Cousin It, and the butler Lurch. Each one has its own original personality and cool, but simple costumes. You can dress up as an individual character or get your family in on the fun and dress up as all of them for a spectacular impression.
- Rosie the Riveter
Rosie became the face of World War II and inspired millions. Even today, people still recognize her fierceness and inspiration. But as culturally iconic as she is, you may not see too many “Riveters” out on Halloween. To dress up like her all you need is a little makeup, a retro up-do, a red bandana, and a ton of denim and you’re ready to inspire trick-or-treaters everywhere.
- An Old Man or Lady
This original idea looks cutest on children and babies because it’s both ironic and simply adorable. It takes a little work, but with the proper white wig, fake glasses, “old” clothes, and maybe even a pint-sized walker, you’ll have everyone turning heads this Halloween. Boys can add in suspenders and facial hair, while girls can put curlers in their hair and chains on their “reading glasses.”
- Ace Ventura
Most people can recognize this character just by his hair from a mile away. Ace Ventura has one of the most iconic hairstyles and to dress just like him, it only takes a minute or two. You need pants, a Hawaiian-themed shirt, and the perfect, Ace Ventura wave hair. The hair is both and the most important and hilarious part of this easy-to-do costume. Practicing your best Ace Ventura expressions won’t hurt either.
- Shrek and Fiona (Dreamworks’ Shrek)
This idea is great for couples, but also as an individual costume. You’ll need a lot of green makeup, but there’s no way you will go unnoticed anywhere you go. Whether you’re by yourself or joining forces with a partner, most people recognize and love Shrek and Fiona. The costumes are simple but fun, with the biggest focus lying on that bright green makeup and killer, ogre-ears. But if you’re looking to make a statement, dressing up like a famous ogre will certainly do the trick.
Try one of these costumes out for yourself this Halloween season and you’ll be sure to impress!