25 Halloween Costume Ideas Travelers Will Love
Halloween is quickly coming out of the shadows, and you may find yourself having to put a costume together in a pinch. It happens every year: A last-minute invite sends you into a stressful fury of brainstorming and internet searching. Maybe you’re getting a head start and want to plan a thorough and detailed costume that will win over everyone at the party.
Whether you’re in need of Halloween costume ideas for adults, kids, couples, or groups, we took it upon ourselves to help guide you towards the not-so-basic costume of your Travel + Leisure-fueled dreams (or nightmares — it is Halloween, after all).
Some of these costume ideas can be as simple as adding a hat to your outfit, but we will leave the level of ambition you wish to pursue up to you. Added bonus: Most of these items are things you’ll wear and use again. You may even have them lying around the house already.
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For Guys: Jacques Cousteau
The Northern Lights
For Women: Carmen Sandiego
For Couples and Friends: Statue of Liberty and NYC Tourist
The ultimate New York City power couple costume is guaranteed to get laughs at your next Halloween party. Slip into a green maxi dress, wrap a flashlight in the green foam or felt and top it with tissue paper, and carry a green book. Your partner will simply need to pair an I Heart NY T-shirt with the cliché tourist outfit of their choice. (Note: If you don't have time or funds for a green dress, the look can easily be done by draping a bed sheet.)
Cardi B at the Airport
Back in April the rapper Cardi B, who we are all infatuated with, rolled through the airport with the best disguise. Wrapped in a custom purple Bardi Gang blanket with her face woven into it, studded sandals, and oversized sunglasses. Stun everyone this Halloween with this cultural moment costume with these similar items.
The harvest moon look can be achieved in a couple of ways. If you’re into makeup, wear a night sky–hued outfit and paint your face a shimmery orange. Alternatively, pin a large moon shape cut from thick paper or foam to your all-black outfit.
Blue Ivy on Vacation
Blue Ivy slayed the summer with an iconic photo that quickly achieved meme status by entering a swimming pool in a black ruffle one piece and cat-eye sunglasses with a tropical non-alcoholic beverage. Who wouldn't want to relive this moment this Halloween? Don a black swimsuit with a ruffle and cat-eye sunglasses and carry a cocktail all night for a successful costume.
Start with a clean white outfit and accessorize with a silver metallic belt, white or glittery boots, plastic tubes from your local hardware store for a collar, and a space helmet. If you prefer not to wear a helmet, carry a fish bowl (which has the potential to do double-duty and hold your drink for the night).
Google Maps (Single, Couple, or Group Costume)
This fun costume certainly won’t get lost in the crowd. A simple gray T-shirt can be turned into a map with some yellow tape. Print out street names and other map markers (transit, restaurant, bar, etc.) and attach with no-sew glue. Top it with a headband adorned with red drop pins.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
For friends or siblings, children or adults, this duo is undeniably adorable. The look is polished prep. For George: above-the-knee shorts with a collared shirt layered under a crewneck sweater, plus dress socks and boat shoes or Oxfords. For Charlotte: a babydoll dress, a pastel-colored sweater, and crew socks (lace ruffles are a plus) with ballet flats.
Queen Elizabeth II
Pregnant Kate Middleton
It seems as though the whole world waited with bated breath on the birth of Prince Louis, but what kept us breathing were the maternity looks Duchess Catherine stepped out in throughout her pregnancy. A great Halloween costume and solid wardrobe investment if you happen to be pregnant this Halloween, is a coat over a nice printed dress. Don’t miss the details of clean, simple make-up and a fresh, wavy blowout.
For Guys: Guy Fieri
For Couples: Safari Explorer and Wild Animal
For the safari explorer: Get yourself some head-to-toe khaki — maybe a vest, but definitely a hat. For the wild animal: Pick your favorite animal that can be seen on a safari, and paint your face accordingly. We're partial to a zebra or giraffe.
A Parade Balloon
Pick your favorite Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon and attach strings throughout. Now fly free; you’re officially an escaped parade balloon.
Serena Williams at the U.S. Open
Serena Williams is many things, and one of the world’s greatest athletes happens to be one of them. Her appearance and performance at this year’s U.S. Open was monumental. This outfit is destined to be iconic with an altered one sleeve leotard, tutu, and a racket with the sweatband and socks to accessorize. (A note: There's no need to alter your skin color for this costume.)
1960s Flight Attendant
Airport Grounds Crew Member and Airplane (Couple, Friend, Parent/Child)
A truly dynamic duo, this costume can be made several ways, so feel free to get creative. For grounds crew: an orange safety vest, two glow sticks, and wireless headphones. For airplane: use a cardboard box, cut a person-sized hole in the top and bottom, attach straps, and use spare cardboard for wings.
Control the crowd as a TSA agent this year. Dress in a cobalt blue collared shirt with black pants and blue latex gloves. Go the extra mile and print out a badge and name tag. Look serious and keep contraband out of the party, but don’t give anyone a pat-down without their permission.
This one is for the person who prefers to be clever with the least amount of effort. Simply wear a suit and attach a sign that says "case."
Emotional Support Peacock
The animal that captured our attention this year was not your typical pup, but a peacock banned from boarding a United Airlines flight at Newark International Airport. This Halloween costume is a guaranteed showstopper on a highly clever level. Two options for this costume are a subtle feather fascinator or a beautiful sheer cape with hood that can go over any outfit. Add a boarding pass or carry-on bag as a necessary accessory.
For Couples: Autumn Foliage and a Leaf-peeper
Be a seasonal favorite by attaching leaves over a dark brown or black outfit. To be a peeper, carry some binoculars or just admire your partner all night.
Easter Island Moai Statues
As one of the world's greatest mysteries, these statues make for a rock-solid costume idea. The easiest way to accomplish the look is to print the Moai-like emoji at large scale and glue it to a popsicle stick. Hold it to your face and don't move. Perfect for the lazy party guest.
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Sculpture
Travel Nightmares: Low Battery and No Wi-Fi
These looks are absolutely terrifying and will throw others into a panic. All you need is an all-black outfit and white tape to create the Wi-Fi and battery symbols. Use a sliver of red tape for the non-existent battery life, and congratulations! You’re the modern-age symbol of death.