13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes

13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes

Scariest Men's Halloween Costume
#1
Pennywise the Clown from It
  • Best men’s Halloween costume overall
  • Nothing scarier than a clown right now
  • Affordably priced
Scariest Women's Halloween Costume
#2
Killer Clown
  • Best women’s Halloween costume overall (clowns are so in right now!)
  • Scary but also kind of cute
  • Comfortable costume
Best Classic Adult Women's Halloween Costume
#3
Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
  • Perfect costume if you’ve got a great singing voice
  • Well-made and comfortable to wear
  • Can totally use this year after year
Best Classic Adult Men’s Halloween Costume
#4
Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Really cool Halloween classic
  • Will definitely make you the life of the party
  • Comes with everything you need

After 20 hours of research evaluating 160 products, we picked Pennywise the Clown from It as our top choice.

Dressing up isn't just for kids. Whether you are headed off to a party or handing out candy as the doorbell rings, adult Halloween costumes are definitely available for anyone that's not keen to making their own. 

You may be wondering...

What makes a Halloween costume great? Let's face it, figuring out what makes a Halloween costume a good one is completely subjective and personal. If you're not a Star Wars fan, you're not going to dig a Jedi Halloween costume. The guy next door might, but that's not going to be you. 

Some people prefer sexy Halloween costumes (because when else is it even remotely appropriate to walk around in public wearing that?), whereas others want to make their friends laugh with a funny Halloween costume.

Now:

Once you know whether you want to be naughty or nice, you have a lot of choices. Each costume can be the talk of the town in its own way, even if you're looking at just cheap Halloween costumes for adults.

Our goal when conducting research on the best adult Halloween costumes for 2017 was to find that perfect mix of costumes that are trendy, have some longevity to them, and that will also be comfortable. We also wanted to stay away from anything that might land you in hot water, like a political costume (no matter how funny that might seem).

What's the bottom line?

As for our top Fave, we opted to go with two killer clown costumes for men and women. Even if people who see you in this getup don’t suffer from coulrophobia, they’ve likely seen the movie It… and that’s enough to do long-lasting damage to anyone’s relationship with clowns.  

So, it’s time to pick your poison: do you want to be… Scary? Sexy? Glued to your partner all night long? Now is the time to pick that perfect costume!

P.S. If you need to find Halloween costumes for kids or Halloween costumes for babies, don’t forget to check out our picks.


Editorial staff

Quick Look: 13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes
Baywatch Lifeguards
  • Because it’s more fun than Beauty & the Beast
  • Gives you a chance to show off how hot your significant other is
  • Comfortable (if the weather cooperates)
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Jon Snow from Game of Thrones
  • Because Jon Snow is the hero we all need this Halloween
  • Great if you’re naturally the strong/silent type
  • You’ll definitely stay warm in this
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Wonder Woman
  • Very strong and sexy Halloween costume choice
  • You’ll be an instant hit
  • Well made
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Bag of Jelly Beans
  • Super simple DIY
  • Great for a last-minute costume idea
  • Instantly recognizable
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Damien from Mean Girls
  • Can be worn all year-round
  • Super comfortable
  • Instantly recognizable if you pull the line off correctly:

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Ball Pit
  • A fun take on “sexy”
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Great opening line if you’re trying to score a date on Halloween
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Skeleton Garter Dress
  • A comfortable way to do sexy
  • Not just sexy, but also badass and kinda scary too
  • Unique take on a skeleton
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Nerds Two-Flavor Box
  • Unique Halloween costume idea
  • Fun way to keep the Halloween (candy!) spirit alive
  • Comfortable to wear
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WWII Kissing Sailor & Nurse
  • Consider this a three-in-one costume idea
  • Have an excuse to kiss your sweetie all night
  • Comfortable
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Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Really cool Halloween classic
  • Will definitely make you the life of the party
  • Comes with everything you need
Check on Amazon
Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
  • Perfect costume if you’ve got a great singing voice
  • Well-made and comfortable to wear
  • Can totally use this year after year
Check on Spirithalloween
Killer Clown
  • Best women’s Halloween costume overall (clowns are so in right now!)
  • Scary but also kind of cute
  • Comfortable costume
Check on Spirithalloween
Pennywise the Clown from It
  • Best men’s Halloween costume overall
  • Nothing scarier than a clown right now
  • Affordably priced
Check on Amazon
13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes

13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes

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After 20 hours of research evaluating 160 products, we picked Pennywise the Clown from It as our top choice.

Dressing up isn't just for kids. Whether you are headed off to a party or handing out candy as the doorbell rings, adult Halloween costumes are definitely available for anyone that's not keen to making their own. 

You may be wondering...

What makes a Halloween costume great? Let's face it, figuring out what makes a Halloween costume a good one is completely subjective and personal. If you're not a Star Wars fan, you're not going to dig a Jedi Halloween costume. The guy next door might, but that's not going to be you. 

Some people prefer sexy Halloween costumes (because when else is it even remotely appropriate to walk around in public wearing that?), whereas others want to make their friends laugh with a funny Halloween costume.

Now:

Once you know whether you want to be naughty or nice, you have a lot of choices. Each costume can be the talk of the town in its own way, even if you're looking at just cheap Halloween costumes for adults.

Our goal when conducting research on the best adult Halloween costumes for 2017 was to find that perfect mix of costumes that are trendy, have some longevity to them, and that will also be comfortable. We also wanted to stay away from anything that might land you in hot water, like a political costume (no matter how funny that might seem).

What's the bottom line?

As for our top Fave, we opted to go with two killer clown costumes for men and women. Even if people who see you in this getup don’t suffer from coulrophobia, they’ve likely seen the movie It… and that’s enough to do long-lasting damage to anyone’s relationship with clowns.  

So, it’s time to pick your poison: do you want to be… Scary? Sexy? Glued to your partner all night long? Now is the time to pick that perfect costume!

P.S. If you need to find Halloween costumes for kids or Halloween costumes for babies, don’t forget to check out our picks.


Editorial staff

Quick Look: 13 Best Adult Halloween Costumes
Baywatch Lifeguards
  • Because it’s more fun than Beauty & the Beast
  • Gives you a chance to show off how hot your significant other is
  • Comfortable (if the weather cooperates)
Check on Partycity
Jon Snow from Game of Thrones
  • Because Jon Snow is the hero we all need this Halloween
  • Great if you’re naturally the strong/silent type
  • You’ll definitely stay warm in this
Check on Amazon
Wonder Woman
  • Very strong and sexy Halloween costume choice
  • You’ll be an instant hit
  • Well made
Check on Amazon
Bag of Jelly Beans
  • Super simple DIY
  • Great for a last-minute costume idea
  • Instantly recognizable
Check on Amazon
Damien from Mean Girls
  • Can be worn all year-round
  • Super comfortable
  • Instantly recognizable if you pull the line off correctly:

Check on Amazon
Ball Pit
  • A fun take on “sexy”
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Great opening line if you’re trying to score a date on Halloween
Check on Halloweenexpress
Skeleton Garter Dress
  • A comfortable way to do sexy
  • Not just sexy, but also badass and kinda scary too
  • Unique take on a skeleton
Check on Amazon
Nerds Two-Flavor Box
  • Unique Halloween costume idea
  • Fun way to keep the Halloween (candy!) spirit alive
  • Comfortable to wear
Check on Amazon
WWII Kissing Sailor & Nurse
  • Consider this a three-in-one costume idea
  • Have an excuse to kiss your sweetie all night
  • Comfortable
Check on Amazon
Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Really cool Halloween classic
  • Will definitely make you the life of the party
  • Comes with everything you need
Check on Amazon
Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
  • Perfect costume if you’ve got a great singing voice
  • Well-made and comfortable to wear
  • Can totally use this year after year
Check on Spirithalloween
Killer Clown
  • Best women’s Halloween costume overall (clowns are so in right now!)
  • Scary but also kind of cute
  • Comfortable costume
Check on Spirithalloween
Pennywise the Clown from It
  • Best men’s Halloween costume overall
  • Nothing scarier than a clown right now
  • Affordably priced
Check on Amazon

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Best Adult Couples Halloween Costume

75
Score 75

Why People Love it

  • Because it’s more fun than Beauty & the Beast
  • Gives you a chance to show off how hot your significant other is
  • Comfortable (if the weather cooperates)

There are plenty of popular duos to pick from (especially if you look at this year’s movies), but we thought this one would be a fun option. So long as you’re not bar hopping in the middle of a storm or stuck at an overly air conditioned apartment, these should be comfortable enough to wear no problem.

Kind of expensive for what you get. Might want to see if you can DIY this one if you can.

Details

Comfort: So long as the weather cooperates, you shouldn’t have any problems staying comfortable in these costumes.

Longevity: Everyone knows Baywatch—that’s why they could get away with turning it into a movie this long after the show ended. If you want to continue to wear this costume, both for and outside of Halloween, you should have no problem doing so .

Price: Definitely a little pricey for what amounts to a leotard and lifeguard getup. But it looks super cool.  

Trendiest Men's Halloween Costume

75
Score 75

Why People Love it

  • Because Jon Snow is the hero we all need this Halloween
  • Great if you’re naturally the strong/silent type
  • You’ll definitely stay warm in this

With the latest season of Game of Thrones finally proving that Jon Snow is the hero we’ve all been hoping he’d turn out to be, what man wouldn’t want to dress up like the former Lord Commander, current King of the North, and the possible future Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms? It’s also great if you’d rather just pout all night and not have to say much.

This is not a cheap costume by any means and it doesn’t come with pants or a wig.

Details

Comfort: If warmth and a good-fitting costume are of importance to you, then this is a good choice.

Longevity: The final season of GoT won’t air until 2019, so you’ll be able to use this for at least the next couple of years… or for your Sunday night social gatherings once the show returns. 

Price: This is flat-out expensive. However, it looks realistic and will definitely keep you warm, so you know it’ll get the job done.

Trendiest Women's Halloween Costume

77
Score 77

Why People Love it

  • Very strong and sexy Halloween costume choice
  • You’ll be an instant hit
  • Well made

It was a hard choice to make between a badass Star Wars heroine and a badass Wonder Woman as the trendiest Halloween costume for women. But come on. Wonder Woman is awesome and sexy and powerful. This costume idea hits all the high notes for Halloween and won’t keep itself relegated to Star Wars fans.

You’ll want to make sure you’re inside when you wear this as there isn’t much to keep you warm.

Details

Comfort: The costume looks like it’s made well enough. The one problem that may arise, however, is slippage. So, make sure you have one of the best strapless bras to hold you in place and you shouldn’t run into issues.

Longevity: Wonder Woman will continue to show up on the big screen as she takes part in the DC universe of movies, at the very least, for the next few years. And seeing as she’s been a strong role model for decades anyway… Well, this is a costume you can repurpose every year if you really wanted to.

Price: A little expensive, especially considering it doesn’t come with a wig.

Best Cheap Women’s Halloween Costume

79
Score 79

Why People Love it

  • Super simple DIY
  • Great for a last-minute costume idea
  • Instantly recognizable

We ran into this idea on roxy3’s Instagram and absolutely fell in love with this cheap Halloween costume idea for women (or men). Not only is it a great idea for a last-minute costume, but it’s easy to put together too as the balloon set comes with ribbons and a tool to blow up the balloons for you!

You’ll still need to track down a clear plastic bag and Jelly Belly label.

Details

Comfort: Unless one of those balloons pops on you or you wrap the bag too tightly around your body, you shouldn’t have to deal with much discomfort at all when wearing this costume.

Longevity: Considering balloons don’t have a very long shelf-life, the elements of the costume itself won’t last very long. However, this idea is a good one to keep on hand in the future if you’re short on time but still want something fun and creative to wear.

Price: Since this comes with balloons, ribbon, and a blow-up tool, this is actually pretty cheap for a DIY costume.

Best Cheap Men’s Halloween Costume

81
Score 81

Why People Love it

  • Can be worn all year-round
  • Super comfortable
  • Instantly recognizable if you pull the line off correctly:

If you’ve ever seen Mean Girls, then you know where this costume idea comes from (and everyone else will, too!). Perhaps the best thing about this cheap and comfortable costume is that you can wear this hoodie all year-round, which also makes this the best value Halloween costume.

The color Damien wears in the movie is closer to the Carolina Blue found here. However, it’s sold out in most sizes, so you may have to resort to the light blue you’ll find more prominently available elsewhere.

Details

Comfort: People who have bought this hoodie love how super soft and comfortable it is. And, unlike a problem many people encounter with traditional Halloween costumes, this one fits well.  

Longevity: Unless Mean Girls falls out of public favor in the near future, you should be able to reuse this costume idea over and over again.

Price: This is seriously the cheapest Halloween costume on this list, unless you’re able to DIY one of the other ones for cheap and then keep wearing it all year long.

Sexiest Men’s Halloween Costume

83
Score 83

Why People Love it

  • A fun take on “sexy”
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Great opening line if you’re trying to score a date on Halloween

You probably thought we were going to pick Baywatch as the best sexy male costume, right? Wrong. Throw this ball pit over your shoulders and around your waist, flex those muscles, and use your most clever “wanna play with my balls?” line.

This costume is crazy expensive.

Details

Comfort: If you go the shirtless route as the model does, then you might not be all that comfortable. However, if you’ve been hitting the gym hard and you’re ready to collect some phone numbers, then comfort should be the last thing from your mind.

Longevity: This Halloween costume is sure to be a hit wherever and whenever you wear it. For the price you pay, you might want to break out this bad boy every year. 

Price: This is definitely not as cheap as you’d expect a small ball pit to cost.

Sexiest Women's Halloween Costume

85
Score 85

Why People Love it

  • A comfortable way to do sexy
  • Not just sexy, but also badass and kinda scary too
  • Unique take on a skeleton

We love this sexy women’s Halloween costume idea because it’s not just about putting on sexy lingerie and calling yourself a mouse. With this one, you can be scary and edgy and sexy, all at once.

 

The costume doesn’t come with stockings, gloves, or shoes, so you’ll have to purchase those separately.

Details

Comfort: You might get a little cold wearing this, but this isn’t the kind of costume that would be ruined by a pair of “scary” leggings or a badass biker jacket. Totally flexible in how you want to pimp this out and tailor it to your level of comfort.

Longevity: Skeletons are a main staple of Halloween, so you can recycle this costume as many times as you want.

Price: The garter dress and mask aren’t too expensive, but you will have to buy other items of clothing to go with it so keep that in mind.

Best Halloween Costume for BFFs

88
Score 88

Why People Love it

  • Unique Halloween costume idea
  • Fun way to keep the Halloween (candy!) spirit alive
  • Comfortable to wear

We originally saw this idea on the Good Housekeeping site and thought it was such a fun and unique Halloween costume idea for two people. The one problem you could run into wearing this with a significant other is the size difference, however, which is why we think this would be best for BFFs.

The only problem we see is that you might get too hot being nudged up against your friend all night. (But what’s a little sweat between besties?)

Details

Comfort: Compared to most Halloween costumes, this one should be nice and lightweight and comfortable. No mask to make you sweat, no itchy fabrics to irritate your skin. Just make sure your fellow Nerd is someone you don’t mind spending hours being attached to.

Longevity: Will Nerds candy ever go out of fashion? We don’t think so. You should be able to wear this costume for years to come!

Price: Considering this is a two-fer, this is a really great price for a Halloween costume.

Most Versatile Adult Halloween Costume

90
Score 90

Why People Love it

  • Consider this a three-in-one costume idea
  • Have an excuse to kiss your sweetie all night
  • Comfortable

If you’re not familiar with the iconic World War II sailor kissing a nurse on the streets of Time Square, check this out. It’s a scene many Americans are familiar with, which makes this costume a fun one to play around with since it’s basically three costumes in one: a sailor, a vintage-dressed nurse, and the WWII sailor kissing that nurse.

Since this isn’t an official couples costume, you’ll have to purchase everything separately. You can find the man’s sailor costume here and the woman’s vintage nurse costume here.

Details

Comfort: This is probably one of the more comfortable Halloween costumes you could get stuck in all night. So long as you’re comfortable making out in public all night, you shouldn’t have any problems staying comfortable.

Longevity: Relationships come and go, but this costume… This costume could last forever.

Price: Considering you’re having to buy two separate costumes, this is pretty good deal.

Best Classic Adult Men’s Halloween Costume

92
Score 92

Why People Love it

  • Really cool Halloween classic
  • Will definitely make you the life of the party
  • Comes with everything you need

Everyone knows the Pumpkin King, but this probably isn’t the most popular of Halloween costumes at the moment which means you won’t have to worry about running into 10 other Jack Skellingtons. So, if you’re looking for something fun that will give you instant street cred with Halloween lovers, this is it.

It’s very expensive.

Details

Comfort: Masks always tend to get a little hot, so you may face some discomfort there. However, so long as the rest of the getup fits fine, you should be as snug as a bug all night.

Longevity: Who doesn’t love The Nightmare Before Christmas? Go on and wear this costume as many times as you like!

Price: Oof. You might want to wear this one multiple years in a row with a price tag like that.

Best Classic Adult Women's Halloween Costume

94
Score 94

Why People Love it

  • Perfect costume if you’ve got a great singing voice
  • Well-made and comfortable to wear
  • Can totally use this year after year

Everyone has dreamed about singing “I Put a Spell on You” at karaoke dressed as Winifred Sanderson… Right?

 

It doesn’t come with a wig, so you need to figure in that cost as well.

Details

Comfort: Unless you’re planning on wearing this in the 80-degree October weather in Florida, you should be nice and cozy in this well-made Hocus Pocus costume.

Longevity: Even if the younger generations lose touch with this Halloween classic or you’re introduced to someone not familiar with the movie now, this still makes for a great witch costume you can wear year after year.

Price: It’s not terribly expensive considering how nicely made this costume is and how authentic it looks.

Scariest Women's Halloween Costume

96
Score 96

Why People Love it

  • Best women’s Halloween costume overall (clowns are so in right now!)
  • Scary but also kind of cute
  • Comfortable costume

Pennywise shouldn’t be the only one who gets to have all the fun in scaring people this Halloween! For you ladies who don’t feel like suiting up as Pennywise, check out this killer clown costume.

Shoes, weapon, and makeup aren’t included, so you’ll have to figure that into the cost of this costume which is already on the pricey side.

Details

Comfort: So long as you get this in the right size (which some customers have warned about), you shouldn’t have any problems with staying comfortable while dressed as a killer clown. Plus, unlike the “sexy” costumes which leave little to the imagination and too much open to the elements, you should stay warm enough in this. 

Longevity: If your goal is to scare the [email protected]#$ out of people with your costume, then you’ll definitely get some good mileage on this costume choice year after year.

Price: It’s pretty expensive. If this one isn’t in your budget (don’t forget about the extras you have to buy), you can always look around at other killer clown costumes available.

Scariest Men's Halloween Costume

98
Score 98

Why People Love it

  • Best men’s Halloween costume overall
  • Nothing scarier than a clown right now
  • Affordably priced

Whether you’re a fan of the Stephen King novel, the miniseries from back in the day, or the recent movie release, you know someone’s going to cry when they see your horrific clown face show up in this costume… and that’s awesome. Talk about a killer Halloween costume idea.

 

There are probably going to be a handful of Pennywises at every party you go to. Oh, and you also need to buy clown shoes and accessories. (Don’t forget the balloons!)

Details

Comfort: Probably won’t be the most comfortable Halloween costume unless you skip the hot mask and opt to paint your face instead.

Longevity: Clowns will always be scary, but Pennywise is an especially popular costume idea this year because of the movie.

Price: The price isn’t terrible for this costume (especially considering how popular it is!), but you will have to buy accessories, shoes, and maybe even makeup if you decide to go that route.

Editor: Fashion & Grooming, Home & Office, Food & Drink

Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.

She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.

Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.

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