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The best Halloween costume ideas for men

What is Halloween without a mad dash down a picked-apart store aisle and the realization that there isn’t a single decent costume in your size? A much less stressful experience! This year, do yourself a favor and make your choice well before fright night. These Halloween costumes for men are a good place to start. Too late for that? Don’t worry—we’ve got plenty of easy Halloween costume ideas on this list, some of which are fantastic punny costumes that you can DIY at the last minute too.

Not only did we find what are sure to be the year’s most popular Halloween costumes, but we also included a range of options, no matter what your Halloween style is, as well as clever couples Halloween costumes and group Halloween costume ideas. You may even find some Halloween costumes for women that pique her interest! And while you’re in planning mode, don’t forget about dog Halloween costumes and cat costumes for your furry friends.

Now, without further ado, here are 50 of the best Halloween costume ideas for men.

Hades Halloween costume

Sure, Dracula and the devil may be classic Halloween costumes, but why not change things up this year? A suit, some temporary hair color and face paint are all you need to transform into the mythological god of the underworld. For more Halloween costumes for men on this order, check out these other surprisingly simple face paint ideas.

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Vincent van Gogh Halloween costume

Looking for a costume you can put together in under five minutes? Cover your ear with a wad of gauze and a few Band-Aids, don a “Starry Night” shirt and you’re good to Gogh (pun intended) as the famous Dutch artist. If you love a good play on words, these Halloween puns will have you laughing till you’re coffin. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!)

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Ted Lasso Halloween costume

Here’s a wholesome Halloween costume for men that smells like potential. Just throw on a pair of khakis and a blue sweater from your closet, and get out on that field! Consider adding Ted’s signature box of biscuits, a visor or a DIY “Believe” sign to complete the look. And now that you’re done with your DIY Halloween costume, you can turn your attention to these DIY Halloween decorations.

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Top Gun Halloween costume

It’s been more than 30 years, but Maverick is finally back on the big screen! A green flight suit and your trusty aviators will have you ready to join Top Gun. While this may not be a Halloween flick, it’s definitely one of the best movies of all time.

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Jon Snow Halloween costume

Think you know nothing about dressing up for Halloween? Think again. To pull off the King of the North’s look, top off an all-black ensemble with a fur-rimmed cloak and Snow’s signature brooding expression. If you need to get into character (or just need something to binge watch), you can watch Game of Thrones on HBO Max.

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Iron Man Halloween costume

Superhero costumes are a Halloween staple for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re making an appearance at a party with your buddies or want to match your own little sidekick, Iron Man is a solid choice. Here are more Halloween costume ideas for families if you want a say in planning your ensemble for the big night.

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Loki for President Halloween costume

Halloween is the perfect time to dress up as the god of mischief. Get ready to trick-or-treat (but mostly trick) while you campaign for president. Loki horns, a very clear (and patriotic looking) name tag and a suit pull this idea together easily. Considering the runaway success of Loki on Disney+, this is a particularly great option for a teen Halloween costume.

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Men in Black Halloween costume

Time to break out that suit you only wear once a year. Grab a buddy, print some ID badges and throw on your favorite sunglasses to pull off this costume. Or try one of these best friend Halloween costume ideas for the big night.

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Jerry, Kramer or George Halloween costume

From Kramer’s retro style to Jerry’s infamous puffy shirt, there’s no shortage of inspiration to draw from if you’re looking to dress up as a character from this beloved ’90s sitcom. In fact, you can opt for all the best looks and turn the cast of Seinfeld into a hilarious group costume!

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Jack Skellington Halloween costume

Is it a Halloween movie, or is it a Christmas movie? Either way, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of our all-time faves, which is why we love these Jack and Sally ensembles. Even better, all you have to do is buy the costume and you’re ready to go.

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Evel Knievel Halloween costume

Wish you could be a real-life daredevil? Well, you can! At least for a day. Put on Evel’s signature white suit, and hop on your bike for a stunt-filled Halloween.

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Plague doctor Halloween costume

If you want to give trick-or-treaters a good scare, then this plague doctor costume is sure to do the trick … especially after the last few years of pandemic life. It may be a bit more subtle than some of the other scary Halloween costumes that are all about gore, but it’s no less creepy.

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Dr. Strange Halloween costume

Take to the streets this Halloween as our favorite Sorcerer Supreme. (Sorry, Wong!) Putting an outfit together from your wardrobe should be pretty simple if you want to adopt Dr. Strange’s casual look, or you can go all-out with his more traditional superhero getup. Either way, don’t leave home without your Eye of Agamotto and Cloak of Levitation.

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Bill and Ted Halloween costume

This is one of those Halloween costumes for men that you can have a ton of fun with. If you’re feeling nostalgic this year, then party on as Bill and Ted from the 1980s cult classic Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. For most of this simple costume, you can shop in your own closet, but you’ll definitely want to pick up a Ted vest (if you don’t already have one) and Bill and Ted wigs to take this to the next level. And don’t forget the air guitar!

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Teen Wolf Halloween costume

Seriously, it doesn’t get any cooler than Scott Howard, aka everyone’s favorite teen wolf. And if you’re looking forward to the upcoming reboot of this classic 1980s film (yes, it’s happening in October!), then this costume is a no-brainer. Feel free to howl when you get your favorite Halloween candy!

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Bob from Bob’s Burgers Halloween costume

If you’re a fan of Bob’s Burgers, then this one’s for you! Just put an apron over your clothes, add a mustache and you’re good to go. Haven’t watched it yet? It’s one of the best shows on Hulu … and, as you can see, terrific Halloween costume inspiration!

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Guy Fieri Halloween costume

Whether you’re trick-or-treating or spending Halloween night at your favorite diner, drive-in or dive, you’ll have a blast cooking up this fun costume—complete with spiky platinum hair, goatee, sunglasses and flame-print shirt!

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Green army men Halloween costume

Report for duty as these unsung heroes from Disney’s Toy Story. Add a pair of green coveralls and some face paint to your cart for a quick, easy and inexpensive costume.

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Clue Halloween costume

Was it Colonel Mustard with a rope in the hall or Professor Plum with a knife in the library? Fellow party guests will have a blast trying to figure out which of your friends is the most suspicious. But the key to these costumes is in the colors and the old-timey vibe. For your own spooky soiree, these Halloween party games will guarantee a frightfully good time.

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Mario Kart Halloween costume

Calling all gamers! Go old-school with the characters from everyone’s favorite classic racing game. Some creativity, colorful shirts, hats and cardboard boxes are all you need to create this group costume that’s perfect for kids and adults.

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Captain Jack Sparrow Halloween costume

If you were waiting for the opportune moment to try the Jack Sparrow run that was trending all over TikTok this year, this is it! You can grab a few pirate accessories for your high-seas Halloween adventure, or splurge on the full costume to turn heads. Speaking of the good captain, did you know that there’s an actual holiday called Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrr-righty, then!

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Shrek Halloween costume

Grab some green face paint, an old T-shirt with a pillow tucked underneath, some brown pants and a green-ear-adorned headband, and dress up as everyone’s favorite ogre. This also makes a terrific couples costume with your very own Princess Fiona.

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H.I. McDunnough from Raising Arizona Halloween costume

Calling all Nicolas Cage fans! Grab a Hawaiian shirt and a pair of jeans to recreate this goofy and memorable Cage character. If you have a family, have your partner dress up as a cop, and bring your baby along to turn this into a hilarious family costume. Regardless of what you choose, though, make sure to have these Halloween Instagram captions on hand for the perfect social media post.

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Steampunk Halloween Costume

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creating this vintage and Victorian sci-fi look. Once you find your favorite steampunk getup—complete with intricate retro goggles—take a stroll through one of these spooky towns.

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Stranger Things Halloween costume

While Eleven usually takes center stage, there’s a whole cast of characters who deserve a little love too! Go as fan favorites Steve (or as Robin!), Dustin or Billy, and play up all the ’80s throwback goodness. Demogorgon optional.

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Scream Halloween costume

Scream 5 hit the big screen this year, which makes this the perfect time to dress up as a character from your favorite scary movie. Billy Loomis, Dewey and the murderer all make quick and easy Halloween costumes for men. Looking to amp up the scare factor? Here’s how to make fake blood.

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Arthur Halloween costume

It doesn’t get any more wholesome than dressing up as Arthur. Jeans, a yellow sweater and Arthur’s signature red sneakers are all you need to pull off the beloved aardvark’s look.

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Wayne or Garth Halloween costume

Children of the ’80s and ’90s will appreciate seeing the dynamic Wayne’s World duo strolling through their neighborhood on Halloween. You’ll definitely get some attention on the big night … as well as encouragement to party on. While you can simply go grunge for this iconic look (especially if you have Garth’s signature ‘d0), a Wayne’s World hat truly seals the deal.

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Talladega Nights Halloween costume

If you’re a guy who loves a good movie quote, not to mention a good Will Farrell movie, have we got the costume for you. Live out your NASCAR dreams for one night as Ricky Bobby in his distinctive Wonder Bread jumpsuit or hat, and if you have a group, add on BFF Cal Naughton Jr., racing rival Jean Girard or any other racers dressed in full competition garb. Then, shake and bake!

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Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble Halloween Costume

Yabba dabba do! Relive your fondest childhood-TV memories with your favorite modern Stone Age family. The Flintstones offers Halloween costumes for men with options for Fred and Barney, and you can make it a group effort with Wilma, Betty, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.

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Sherlock Holmes Halloween costume

Track down those missing files, staplers and the office candy stash while dressed up as the world’s most famous detective. A newsboy cap, pipe and magnifying glass are the accessories you need to pull off this work-appropriate Halloween costume.

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Willy Wonka Halloween costume

Who better to dress up as on Halloween than the candy man himself? Some khakis, a busy vest and a purple coat will take you to a world of pure imagination. While we’re on the subject, don’t miss the best deals on Halloween candy this year.

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Westley or Inigo Montoya Halloween costume

Halloween costume ideas for men that you can throw together in a matter of minutes? As you wish. The Princess Bride provides excellent fodder for costumes … made all the more perfect by the characters’ famous quotes. It is inconceivable that someone won’t know who you are when you get into character. Westley’s ensemble, in particular, is super easy to create with head-to-toe black and a mask.

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Michael Myers Halloween costume

It’s a classic for a reason! Dress as the famous fictional killer by donning coveralls and the unmistakable mask and grabbing a (fake) kitchen knife, then scare the pants off your pals. And here’s some Halloween trivia to regale those same friends with on the big night: Did you know that Michael Myers’s mask was actually a Captain Kirk mask that he picked up at the store before going on his murderous rampage? Weird but true!

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Walt Disney Halloween costume

On October 31, the streets are filled with Disney characters. For a more original take, go as the man behind the mouse. All you’ll need for this costume is a sweater vest or sports coat and, of course, the mouse! Rather go as a character? Check out these DIY Disney costumes.

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Superhero Mickey Halloween costume

If you’re looking for a Disney couples costume that’s a little different than the rest, get creative with a themed Mickey and Minnie. Captain America Mickey and Spider-Man Minnie are easy, fun and affordable to put together. For your part, you’ll just need a few strategic items, including a Captain America shirt and mask, red shorts, Mickey ears and oversize gloves. Talk about the perfect Disney/Marvel mashup!

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Party pooper Halloween costume

There’s always one! Poke fun at the resident party pooper with this hilarious inflatable costume. For more laughs, check out these Halloween jokes that will tickle your funny bone.

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Homelander Halloween costume

They say nice guys finish last, so why not try your hand at being the villain this Halloween? Grab your crew, and lead them to the party as Homelander from The Boys.

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T. Rex Halloween costume

This quirky inflatable dinosaur costume has become a Halloween favorite. It comes in adults’ and children’s sizes, so making the neighborhood scream—or, let’s be honest, laugh—can be a family affair. If you’re going for a scarier vibe, first check out the origins of the creepiest Halloween monsters.

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Dr. Alan Grant Halloween costume

If you’ll be the one chasing dinos around this Halloween, then you might as well do it while dressed as famed paleontologist Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park. It makes for an easy DIY Halloween costume for men too: Pair some khakis with a denim shirt, safari hat and red bandana, and you’re ready to hit the streets.

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Black Panther Halloween costume

Get ready: The release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is just a few months away! And that means it’s the perfect time to dress as this iconic character and pay homage to the actor who so brilliantly portrayed him. A head-to-toe costume and a superhero pose are the way to go here.

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Billy Butcherson Halloween costume

You’re bound to come across a Sanderson sister (or three) on Halloween night. (Who doesn’t love a good Hocus Pocus costume?) A black jacket, a wig and some face paint are all you need to become Winnifred Sanderson’s ex-boyfriend. Well, that and a few choice Hocus Pocus quotes.

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Elvis Halloween costume

Shake, rattle and roll your way through Halloween dressed as none other than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself. You’ll need the full sparkly getup for this one, and then you can add your favorite pair of aviators to complete the look. Fun fact: Did you know that Elvis Presley was the most popular Halloween costume in 1970? Check out these other popular Halloween costumes from 1950 to 2005.

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Thanos Halloween costume

With a snap of your fingers (or, perhaps more accurately, the click of a button), you can create the perfect costume as Marvel über-villain Thanos. Grab your favorite Avengers for a night out with your friends or family members.

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Bob Ross Halloween costume

Who doesn’t love some happy little trees? This Halloween costume for men is both easy and affordable to create. Throw on your favorite jeans, a blue button-down shirt and the perfect wig to turn yourself into this beloved artist. Here’s an interesting fact for you to share at your costume party: Bob Ross made three copies of every painting on his show.

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Soda jerk Halloween costume

Halloween costume ideas for men can skew toward horror, but this is a great family-friendly option. Just grab a toy ice cream cone and some card stock to make a hat, plus white clothing and a yellow bow tie, and you’re good to go. If this has you feeling nostalgic, you might also like these vintage Halloween costumes.

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Frank from Jungle Cruise Halloween Costume

Some khakis, a striped button-down and yellow suspenders will turn you into Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson … at least for a night. Buy the full costume, or just pick up the captain’s hat to DIY the look.

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Randy Watson from Coming to America Halloween costume

Dress up as your favorite soul singer this Halloween, and get your crew to join you as Prince Akeem and King Jaffe Joffer for the ultimate ’80s group costume.

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Area 51 Escapee Halloween costume

Whether you’re a true believer or a skeptic when it comes to Area 51, there’s no doubt that this alien costume is out of this world. We love this clever twist on the traditional alien costume, and the all-in-one orange jumpsuit makes things easy.

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Retro mail carrier Halloween costume

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop them from delivering the mail … though a pit stop to get a cocktail on Halloween night might delay them a little. This mail carrier costume will add some retro flair to the big night, and you can have some fun delivering the “mail” to party guests. You can even incorporate a clever Halloween pickup line in one very special delivery.

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Marisa Hillman
Marisa is a freelance writer and product expert covering product reviews, gift guides, and sales for RD.com. She is a former educator turned professional shopper dedicated to finding the best sales and products on the market. When she's not on deadline, she can be found exploring the East Coast or curled up at home with her nose in a book. She lives in New England with her husband, three children, and two dogs.