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55 Scary Halloween Costumes That Will Spook Everyone

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55 Scary Halloween Costumes That Will Spook Everyone

Scary Halloween costumes put the scream in Halloween

There’s so much to love about Halloween. The creepy aesthetic, the spooky traditions, the spine-chilling stories and, of course, the plethora of awesome Halloween costumes available make it a beloved holiday. It’s a time where we can transform into pretty much anything, including the creepier things in life—and the afterlife. If you’re looking for a costume that really delivers the scares (in good fun, of course), check out the scary Halloween costumes below.

These scary Halloween costumes have a little spooky something for men, women, kids and even those looking for a petrifying group Halloween costume. Pair them with twisted makeup ideas and you have some seriously spooky gold.

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M3GAN Halloween costume

What’s creepier than a murderous doll? Probably one powered by AI. You might be the most avoided person at the party in this outfit, but you’ll have the best scary Halloween costume, sure to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2023.

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Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey Halloween costume

A lot of weird stuff happened when this beloved children’s series came out of copyright, but this seriously scary movie was probably the weirdest. Ruin your friends’ childhood memories by donning this ghastly mask, and don’t forget the red T-shirt beneath.

Here, these Halloween memes will take your mind off things.

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Us Halloween costume

Director Jordan Peele really knows how to make a horror movie. Us hit cinemas in 2019, but it still gives us shivers to think about. This scary Halloween costume is super simple: Just slip on a red jumpsuit, grab some scissors (preferably fake ones) and keep an eye out for yourself. Plus, it’s a great couples costume idea for spooky lovers.

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Wendigo Halloween costume

Creatures from folklore and mythology make the best horror Halloween costumes, and this Native American frightfest is no exception. At the very least, people will cross the street to avoid you in this getup.

If you can’t decide what to wear, why not let the stars guide you to what you should be for Halloween based on your zodiac sign.

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Jack the Ripper Halloween costume

One of the most notorious murderers in Victorian London walking down the street in modern times? You’re sure to get a few shrieks with Jack’s cape over your shoulders.

And while Jack probably won’t need these pumpkin carving tips, you might.

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The Nun Halloween costume

Dress up as the terrifying villain in one of the scariest Halloween movies to give your friends and family a real fright.

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The Grabber Halloween costume

The Black Phone is easily one of the best scary movies—and the film’s masked killer, The Grabber, is extra sinister. If you’re looking for a costume that really brings the scare factor, dress up as The Grabber, complete with that terrifying mask and eerie getup.

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Sith Halloween costume

Feel like going to the Dark Side for a night? This simple Sith costume is perfect for Star Wars fans.

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Carrie Halloween costume

Turn Halloween into prom night gone wrong by dressing as Stephen King’s unforgettable protagonist in Carrie. All you need is a white slip dress doused in fake blood and a corsage (telekinesis optional).

For real-life nightmares, check out these ouija board stories that are actually true.

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Kids Grim Reaper Halloween costume

If you’re looking for a scary Halloween costume idea for your kids, this Grim Reaper getup will do the trick. The creepy glowing eyes really add to an already spooky costume. It’s a pretty easy Halloween costume to throw together too.

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Vecna Halloween costume

Vecna has made his mark in the villain world after terrorizing the town of Hawkins in season 4 of Stranger Things. Pay homage to the Upside Down’s biggest bad guy this Halloween by donning this eerie mask. Bonus points if you carry around a clock to really sell the character.

Now, if you really want to scare people, try telling some of these spooky Halloween stories that are equally creepy and entertaining.

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Zombie bride Halloween costume

Scary and romantic—what’s not to love? This eerie zombie bride costume is pretty easy to put together. Do your face paint, put on a bridal-esque white dress and you’re on your creepy way down the aisle. Need help picking your wedding soundtrack? These creepy Halloween songs should do the trick (or treat!).

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Scream Halloween costume

Dress up in this simple but scary costume and pay tribute to one of the most iconic slasher movies. You’re sure to get a couple of screams with this one! It’s also a good last-minute Halloween costume idea—all you need is the mask and some black clothing.

If you’re in the mood for streaming something scary, check out these Halloween movies on Netflix.

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Scary skeleton Halloween costume

This is one of those scary Halloween costumes that’s pretty easy to DIY. All you need is black clothing (like leggings and a long sleeve shirt) and some black and white face paint, and voilà—you’re a scary skeleton. Feel free to carry around a fake skull for an added spooky effect.

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Scary clown Halloween costume

The killer-clown mask is the key element of this scary Halloween costume, of course, but it’s helped along by a disturbingly cheery outfit with slash marks and a weapon of your choice. Bloody cleavers, flailing spiked balls—the options are endless and disturbing.

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Scary mummy Halloween costume

Get wrapped up in the Halloween spirit with this ghoulish mummy costume. Leave the toilet-papered mummy for the kids—you’re going all-out this Halloween with these well-worn, tattered bandages that are actually very sturdy (the secret is, they’re attached to a jumpsuit).

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Evil jester Halloween costume

This guy’s no joke. But he has a whole routine of Halloween jokes to tickle your friends’ funny bones. And with those bells on his scary Halloween costume, at least you can hear him coming!

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Swamp skeleton Halloween costume

You don’t have to live by the bayou to get some swamp frights this Halloween. Kids will love dressing up in this scary swamp skeleton getup, especially when they see everyone’s faces while trick-or-treating.

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Victorian bride Halloween costume

This can be a truly terrifying vintage costume if you do your Halloween makeup right. After all, what’s scarier than a long-term commitment? Pin on that veil, and let the screams ensue!

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Spooky ghost Halloween costume

This freaky, faceless reaper in the ghastly white robe and pointy black gloves will have trick-or-treaters running in the other direction. Add clanking chains to announce your arrival from the afterlife—or a set of lighter but realistic-looking plastic chain links—and carry a light-up skull lantern for a truly spooky effect.

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Headless Horseman Halloween costume

People will lose their minds over this scary Halloween costume. Have you ever seen a more realistic severed neck? Plus, you can get a kid version if you want to dress up as a headless brood.

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Dreadful vampiress Halloween costume

You’ll be the talk of the town (or the Halloween party) in this scary costume. Plus, you’ll be toasty warm in this outfit. Pair it with a scary vampiress makeup look and you’re all set. Get extra creative by making up a vampire legend for your ghastly character.

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Scary ringmaster Halloween costume

Be the twisted host of the scariest event in town in this unhinged three-ring circus look. If you’ve been searching for a best friend Halloween costume, they can dress up as a creepy clown, creating a terrifying circus duo.

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Shadow demon Halloween costume

With this head-to-toe, all-black costume, you can’t see any other identifying details either—and you can blend into the darkness, making it even more frightening. Add a pair of gloves with way-too-pointy fingers, demonically glowing eyes and some stealthy moves, and you have a recipe for pure terror as you creep up on unsuspecting friends.

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Ghost pirate Halloween costume

This is a scary Halloween costume idea that’ll leave an impression. The hand may be ghostly, but the cutlass is very real (real plastic, that is). Avast, me hearties, if ye wish to live out the night!

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, browse through these punny Halloween costumes.

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Scary scarecrow Halloween costume

You’ll be scaring way more than crows in this horror Halloween costume. If your friends wanted to find you, though (they don’t), they could just follow the trail of straw you’ll leave.

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Classic witch Halloween costume

Go for the classic Wicked Witch of the West look with green face paint and a black witch costume. Make it really believable by bringing a broom, and don’t forget the evil cackle!

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Sam Halloween costume

There’s just something so … eerie about this costume. Maybe it’s the bright jumpsuit or the button eyes—either way, you’ll be spooky dressed up as this Trick ‘r Treat character.

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Jigsaw mask

Feel like playing Halloween party games this Oct. 31? If so, dress up as Jigsaw, the frightening mastermind of horrific games in the Saw series. This mask is sure to get some gasps.

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Scary pumpkin Halloween costume

Dress up as the scariest gourd in the pumpkin patch this year and see how many shrieks you get.

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Slenderman Halloween costume

Halloween is the perfect time to dress up as Slenderman, the creature at the center of a creepy urban legend. It’s a simple costume that’ll inspire plenty of scares.

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Kids’ Eyeless Jack Halloween costume

This is another scary kids’ Halloween costume to consider for your little ones. They can dress up as a creepy urban legend for the night and (innocently) frighten those in their path.

Then, they can settle in for the night and watch these Halloween movies for kids (accompanied by plenty of candy, of course).

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Classic Pennywise Halloween costume

This costume pays tribute to classic Pennywise from the 1990 IT miniseries. It’s just as scary as the new Pennywise look, and it’s unique too. You can easily stand out in a sea of Pennywises (which sounds terrifying, for the record).

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The Purge Halloween costume

A big perk of this costume setup is that you can wear pretty much what you want as long as you have the masks. Scary and practical! They’re also inclusive, just like these plus-size Halloween costumes.

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Annabelle Halloween costume

A creep doll costume is bound to get a couple of gasps. Dress up as Annabelle, the demon doll who causes mischief and pure terror. Bonus scary Halloween costume points if you carry a creepy doll around all night.

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Axe murderess Halloween costume

Talk about a killer costume. This is a scary Halloween costume idea guaranteed to turn heads.

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Rotting Zombie Halloween Costume
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Rotting zombie Halloween costume

Go as the undead this Halloween in this rotting zombie costume. Just maybe don’t plan any first dates for Halloween night.

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Plague doctor Halloween costume

Get ready to send chills down people’s spines in this creepy plague doctor getup. You’ll make a scary impression—and possibly an appearance in someone’s nightmare.

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Faceless horror Halloween costume

A costume with no face? The only thing spookier than no face will be the eerie sounds coming from behind that mask. This horror Halloween costume is sure to send the scare-o-meter into red.

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Smiling ghost Halloween costume

Go as a ghastly ghoul this Halloween by wearing this sinister ghost mask around town. Pair it with a dark robe to make one of Halloween’s most legendary monsters extra spooky.

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Jason Halloween costume

You’ll make a few people scream by dressing up as this legendary Friday the 13th slasher.

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Werewolf Halloween costume

This is another low-maintenance scary Halloween costume that’s guaranteed to get some gasps. All you need is a creepy werewolf mask and a flannel shirt and you’re good to go for some spooky fun.

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Demogorgon Halloween costume

This is another scary costume option for fans of Stranger Things. Don the dreaded demogorgon look to be the scariest thing outside the Upside Down. It makes a great Halloween costume for teens too.

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Little ghoul Halloween costume

Looking for a scary DIY costume for kids? This one’s perfect for the little one who wants to be a spooky ghoul. All you need is a white dress, white face paint and black lipstick to complete the look.

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Mike Myers Halloween costume

When it comes to scary Halloween costumes, you can’t go wrong with dressing up as one of the most iconic horror movie bad guys, Mike Myers. The jumpsuit, the mask … we’re already getting goosebumps.

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Gargoyle Halloween costume

Talk about creepy! This gargoyle mask is perfect for anyone looking to get a scream (or two) this Halloween. Pair it with a simple black cloak and the eerie getup is complete.

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Jack-o’-lantern scarecrow Halloween costume

This costume is perfect for anyone wanting to show off their scary face-painting skills. All you need is orange and black face paint, a flannel and a straw hat to get the chilling look.

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Leatherface Halloween costume

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre terrified millions of moviegoers, thanks in large part to the chainsaw-wielding madman known as Leatherface. Recreate this horror villain’s look this Halloween by combining this mask with a bloody apron.

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Twisty the Clown Halloween costume

Now this is one scary Halloween costume. Dress up as Twisty the Clown (who made a horrific impression during Season 4 of American Horror Story) to really send chills down some spines at the Halloween bash.

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Bloody Mary Halloween costume

The creepy urban legend of Bloody Mary comes to life with this getup. Get creative with the face paint to really heighten the fright—just make sure you don’t say her name three times in the mirror while getting ready …

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Sweeney Todd Halloween costume

Yikes! Dress up as the demon barber of Fleet Street and you’ll terrify anyone nearby who even slightly needs a haircut.

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Frankenstein Halloween costume

You can make the monster in Mary Shelley’s classic novel come to life with this terrifying mask. Pair it with a green blazer jacket, black shirt, black pants and black boots to make the undead creature come to life.

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Vampire Halloween costume

You can’t beat this classic scary Halloween costume. Dress up as an iconic Count this year to scare the daylights out of those crossing your mysterious path. Plus, you could tone down the getup and make it a work-appropriate Halloween costume.

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Chucky Halloween costume

This costume is anything but child’s play. In fact, it’s downright menacing—just like Chucky himself.

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Frank the Bunny Halloween costume

If you’ve seen Donnie Darko, you know this bunny all too well, but even if you haven’t, it’s a deeply unsettling look. Dress up as this ghastly rabbit and turn some heads.

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Kelly Kuehn is a former editor for Reader’s Digest who covered entertainment, trivia and history. When she’s not working you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true-crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout the Finger Lakes.