If you need ideas for the perfect Halloween costume, you've come to the right place. From magical creatures to iconic characters, this list features clever costume ideas for adults, kids, groups, couples, and pets. Many of the costumes are fairly simple to create, and you might already have some of the necessary items.
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Mermaid and Sailor Costumes
Make your mermaid fantasy come true with this mermaid and sailor costume for ocean-loving couples or friends. If you have a striped shirt and light-colored pants, your sailor costume is already nearly complete. Use shiny fabric to create the mermaid tail.
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'Stranger Things' Costumes
Fans of "Stranger Things" can dress up as some of the show's most famous characters. A couple of hints for nailing each look: For Barb, it's impossible to do without a pair of high-waisted jeans and retro eyeglasses. For Eleven, costume must-haves include a Peter Pan-collar dress and, of course, a box of her favorite frozen waffles.
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Colonel Sanders and Chicken Costumes
If you're a duo whose favorite restaurant is KFC, this Kentucky-fried costume idea is just the ticket. One person should dress as Colonel Sanders while the other dresses as (what else?) a chicken. You can even turn it into a group costume with people dressing as sides, such as mashed potatoes.
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Jon Snow Costume
Get ready to bend the knee as Jon Snow this Halloween. The main element in this DIY get-up is the black cloak. To make it yourself, attach a faux fur collar to an inexpensive robe or cape.
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DIY Groot Costume
Experienced do-it-yourselfers can create this homemade Groot costume for kids or adults in just a couple of days. Use craft foam and cardboard or other items that you can paint to look like bark over a tan sweatsuit. Then, add in some faux leaves.
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Channel your inner flower child with this hippie costume idea. Round sunglasses are a necessary accessory. Pair them with a big necklace, a vest with fringe, and a peace sign.Continue to 9 of 39 below.
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Snow White Costume
Go as a classic Disney princess for Halloween with this Snow White costume. It's fairly easy to find items for this. Simply pair a blue shirt with a yellow skirt and add a red headband.
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Wonder Woman Costume
Channel one of the founding members of the Justice League by wearing a Wonder Woman costume. This superhero costume will take some sewing skills to make the dress and headband. The gold cuffs are the perfect finishing touch.
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Stand out from the crowd with this bedazzling jellyfish outfit. The twinkling lights are battery-operated LEDs, so you'll be able to glow all Halloween long. Consider some pastel hair dye or a wig to complete the look.
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This handmade dinosaur costume is perfect for kids. Don't worry about creating an authentic-looking dinosaur. Instead, have fun with the components: the tail, hands and feet, and, of course, the head.Continue to 13 of 39 below.
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If you have advanced sewing skills, try your hand at making the memorable Belle dress from "Beauty and the Beast" for a child's Halloween costume. The sparkly gold fabric is a must. And a single rose to hold will complete the theme.
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This Princess Poppy troll costume is an adorable idea for a kid's Halloween costume. A pink wig with a flower crown is a must for the character. And pink face paint will really take the look up a notch.
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This Yoda costume is a perfect Halloween get-up for a baby or toddler. Crochet a small green hat with Yoda's ears. Then, simply dress the child in a tan robe or other tan and brown clothing.
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Lightning McQueen Car Costume
Kids will love this fun Lightning McQueen costume for Halloween. The costume essentially works like overalls, so it's easy for kids to get on and off. Simply wear all black, red, or other coordinating clothing underneath.Continue to 17 of 39 below.
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Kids can never have enough sweets for Halloween. So make them this adorable cupcake costume. Simply pair a white shirt with a tutu, and add colorful felt balls to the shirt to look like sprinkles.
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Peter Pan Costumes
If you never want to grow up, these costumes are for you. These "Peter Pan"-themed family costumes recreate the magic of Neverland for both kids and adults. Choose from prominent characters, including Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook.
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'Lego Movie' Costumes
These "Lego Movie" costumes are as fun to create as they are to wear. Experienced do-it-yourselfers can make these costumes with cardboard boxes. Just make sure to have lots of bright yellow paint on hand.
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Squints and Wendy Peffercorn Costumes
Think "The Sandlot" is the best coming-of-age flick ever? Then you and a friend or partner can suit up as the movie's cute duo, Squints and Wendy Peffercorn. Don't forget your glove or a bat.Continue to 21 of 39 below.
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Care Bear Family
These no-sew Care Bear costumes are a cinch to make. The DIY supply list includes matching sweatshirts and sweatpants, puff paint, and fabric glue. The best part is they'll be warm and comfy to wear during trick-or-treating.
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'Star Wars' Costumes
The Force is strong with this family. Dressing up as Leia, Han Solo, or Luke Skywalker is easier than you might think with these "Star Wars" costumes. You just need a lot of neutral clothing paired with store-bought lightsabers and blasters.
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Mother of Dragons Costume
Rule the roost as the mother of dragons with this creative family costume. Dress the kids in dragon costumes. Then, mom simply needs a white T-shirt with "mother of dragons" printed on it to solidify the theme.
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Jelly Beans Costume
Who says you can't have your Halloween candy and wear it, too? These jelly bean costumes are a snap to make. To get started, you'll need a couple of transparent garbage bags and several dozen balloons in bright colors.Continue to 25 of 39 below.
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Lady and the Tramp Family Costumes
If you're a couple with a kid, this is the costume for you. For this Lady and the Tramp costume, the couple dresses as the titular characters; the child is dressed as an adorable bowl of spaghetti.
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Pixilated Face Makeup
Beauty junkies can dip into their makeup stash to compute this pixilated face. The tutorial precisely explains how to contour and highlight to create the look. Just make sure you have a good makeup setting spray to keep everything in place.
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A magical unicorn is easier to create than you might think. Dye your hair in fun pastel colors to start. Then, twist and pin to form the horn. (You also can achieve the look with a wig.) Add some sparkly makeup to match your hair.
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You can become the world's tallest mammal for Halloween with this giraffe makeup tutorial. To complete the look, twist your hair into two high buns to look like ears, or wear an ear headpiece. Then, wear neutral tan clothing.Continue to 29 of 39 below.
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Wednesday Addams Costume
Go goth for Halloween with a Wednesday Addams makeup tutorial. The look is fairly quick and easy to achieve with white face paint and black lips. An all-black ensemble is also a must.
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Represent the cosmos with this galaxy-inspired makeup idea. You can paint just a part of your face or take the swirling colors and stars down your neck and onto your body. Not even the sky is the limit for this luminous look.
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Creepy Clown Makeup
If freaky clowns are your thing, this scary-good makeup tutorial shows how to create an extra creepy clown face. Give yourself some time on Halloween to get the makeup lines just right. This look is fairly easy to achieve with a steady hand.
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This spidery tutorial uses face paint to create a Spider-Man mask. You can stop the paint below your eyes and opt for a simple red lip if you want; the theme will still be obvious. Or you can do the Spider-Man paint all down your face for a full mask.Continue to 33 of 39 below.
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Kangaroo and Joey Costume
If you're pregnant for Halloween, show off your baby bump by sporting this super cute kangaroo and joey get-up. You can simply wear or make a brown onesie with a light tan stomach and pouch attached to the front. Then, put a small kangaroo stuffed toy in the pouch.
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Avocado and Baby Pit
This clever avocado costume is perfect for pregnant women. Simply get a piece of cardboard that's large enough to cover your head and torso. Cut out a hole for your face and one for your baby bump, and decorate the cardboard like an avocado. Then, put on a brown shirt, so your bump becomes the avocado pit.
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Gumball Machine Costume
Here's another fun costume idea if you're pregnant. This adorable gumball machine costume uses felt pom-poms to turn your belly into the top part of a gumball machine. Simply attach the pom-poms to a white shirt, and wear a red skirt.
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Chia Pet Dog
Turn your fur baby into a terra-cotta animal planter full of chia plants with this cute Chia pet costume tutorial. If you're using real foliage, make sure it's safe for dogs. And be aware that your dog might only tolerate this elaborate costume just long enough for you to snap a photo—if that.Continue to 37 of 39 below.
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Wonder Woman Cat Costume
Most cats act like they are superior beings. And that's especially true when they're wearing this Wonder Woman costume. Your cat might be more interested in playing with the hair than wearing it, but that's their prerogative as a superhero.
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Dog Lion Mane
Any intermediate knitter can whip up this ridiculously cute lion's mane costume for dogs. The best yarn color to use is one that matches your pup's fur. That way, it will look like the mane is growing right out of them.
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Headless Horseman Costume
Your four-legged companion will be the talk of the dog run with this spooky Headless Horseman costume. Stuff clothing to make the "horseman" that will ride on your dog's back. Or you can go as the Headless Horseman yourself, with your dog as your steed.