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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.
Once you know whether you want to be naughty or nice, you have a lot of choices. 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.
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 scare anyone.
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 adult Halloween costume!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This T-Rex costume stands more than 8 feet tall when it’s fully inflated, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the crowd. Despite it’s bulky appearance, it’s actually pretty easy to move around in this oversized dinosaur costume.
Batteries aren’t included, so make sure you stock up on rechargeable AA batteries before Halloween. Also, the costume gets pretty hot after a while, so make sure you wear something lightweight underneath it.
Comfort: This T-Rex costume is surprisingly comfortable for an 8-foot inflatable. However, expect to sweat after a while. The polyester fabric is thin, but it doesn’t really encourage adequate air flow.
Also, keep in mind that this costume is designed for average-sized individuals. If you're petite, you may find it difficult to see through the eye window. This can result in a night filled with constant tugs and adjustments as you struggle to see your surroundings.
Speaking of seeing what's around you: If you wear glasses, make sure they’re in a comfortable position before you put on this dinosaur costume. You may also want to twist your hair in a bun or ponytail first. Reviewers warn it’s hard to reach their face once they’re wearing this T-Rex attire.
Longevity: This dinosaur costume isn’t built to last forever. If the batteries die, the entire thing deflates, so you’re stuck looking more like a dinosaur ghost than a ferocious T-Rex.
Aside from that, the fabric snags easily. Be careful if you’re planning to wear this suit to a hayride or bonfire.
Price: Capture the attention of everyone at your Halloween festivities in this $50 inflatable dinosaur costume.
Looks just like the creepy mask Michael Myers wears in Halloween 6. Easy costume idea for Halloween parties, trick or treating, or ruining Laurie Strode’s life.
There are breathing holes, but things still get a bit hot. Expect to take this mask off at least once every couple hours so you can cool down.
Comfort: This horrifying mask is fairly comfortable, but it gets hot after a while. Make sure you take it off whenever sweat starts pouring down your face.
Longevity: If the materials last, this is the kind of mask you can wear again and again over the years without people mistakenly guessing your identity. After all, horrifying installments of Halloween movies have been appearing in theaters since the 70s.
And there’s a good chance this Michael Myers mask will survive multiple Halloween celebrations. Reviewers say it’s made well and looks much more realistic than other Michael Myers masks they’ve tried, and we agree. This is definitely a screen-worthy mask.
Want to make your costume extra authentic? Try pairing the mask with a jumpsuit or hoodie and a knife.
Price: For around $50, you can scare the bejesus out of neighborhood kids or your significant other. Worth every penny.
Pennywise shouldn’t be the only one who gets to have all the fun in scaring people this Halloween! For you ladies who don’t feel like suiting up as Pennywise, check out this killer clown costume.
Shoes, weapon, and makeup aren’t included, so you’ll have to figure that into the cost of this costume which is already on the pricey side.
Comfort: So long as you get this in the right size (which some customers have warned about), you shouldn’t have any problems with staying comfortable while dressed as a killer clown. Plus, unlike the “sexy” costumes which leave little to the imagination and too much open to the elements, you should stay warm enough in this.
Longevity: If your goal is to scare the s@#$ 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.
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!)
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.