103 Best Halloween Costume for Men
Halloween. It’s the night when Christian traditions mix with pagan folklore, when evil clowns, French maids, and superheroes mingle and get in trouble together. Halloween purges the banalities of our everyday existence and transforms us into whichever characters and creatures we desire.
It’s the one night when that old saying comes true: You can be anything you want.
Celtic people considered Halloween (or Samhain) to exist at the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. In this in-between time, the boundary between our world and the Otherworld wavered, and the Aos Sí, the spirits, roamed freely across the border.
These days, we still treat Halloween as a night when anything can happen. Party traditions like bonfires and apple bobbing stem from the divination rituals that occurred in Ireland and Britain. We open our doors to debauchery and anonymity in the form of costumes.
Scary men’s Halloween costumes are the norm, but funny and topical getups can easily win the night. Manly, muscle-bearing outfits are also a huge draw. These best Halloween costumes for men offer something for everyone: humor, fear, fandom, or sex appeal. Whether you own Halloween, or you’re just looking for a last-minute idea, these creative costumes have you covered.
1. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Shock your friends by transforming into Patrick Bateman, the suave serial killer from American Psycho. Wear a long plastic jacket over a suit, and don’t forget the fake blood splatter. It’s something a little different while still fitting in with Halloween’s scary traditions.
2. Jedi (Star Wars)
Transform yourself into a Jedi if you are feeling like the force is particularly strong with you this Halloween. Look out for a long hooded black robe that will help you look like you came straight out of a galaxy far, far away.
Batman is timeless: a rich man who can live a comfortable life, yet chooses to be a vigilante fighting evil. Discover your own dark side by becoming the Dark Knight. Once you have the costume, all you need to do is put on that gravely voice for a whole night!
4. Post Malone
If you’re looking to costume as one of hip hop’s hottest acts, you need to have the proper (temporary) face tattoos and your best sloppy clothes. For extra authenticity, consider holding a can of Bud Lite.
5. Peter Fonda (Easy Rider)
Got a spare bike helmet? Spray paint an American flag onto it, throw on a leather jacket, and you’re Wyatt, Peter Fonda’s rough-n-ready biker from the 1969 film Easy Rider.
6. Ace Ventura
You don’t need to be a private detective to dress like one. You certainly don’t have to be Ace Ventura to dress like Ace Ventura, either! Carrying around a stuffed animal is a great way to truly tie together the whole P.I. look.
7. Jon Snow (Game Of Thrones)
In a chaotic, dragon-filled world, Jon Snow stood resilient. Your fellow Game of Thrones fans will be telling you “You know nothing!” all night, but the costume is worth it.
8. Toy Solider
Remember when you’d spend hours arranging plastic soldier battles as a kid? Now you can take that to the next level as an adult with a hilarious plastic soldier costume, complete with an underfoot base.
9. Gru (Despicable Me)
Of all the characters Steve Carell has blessed us with, Gru is one of the funniest. Transform into the Despicable Me supervillain in a black jacket and skinny striped scarf.
There are few patterns as iconic as the black and white stripes of a Beetlejuice suit. This costume is easy to put together and sure to be recognized by a wide variety of people, which makes it extra fun at a costume party. Don’t forget the spooky face makeup for a legendary Halloween costume!
11. Bender (Futurama)
Enter the 31st Century as the one and only human-hating mortal robot with “swarthy Latin charm”: Bender. The Futurama character’s bulging eyes and tubular body are surprisingly easy to replicate and you’ll get plenty of laughs.
12. Clark Kent / Superman
A Clark Kent/Superman hybrid costume shows that you’re versatile and on the plus side, you don’t have to wear tights! Bare the “S” logo under an unbuttoned shirt and don’t forget the nerd glasses. It’s a great twist on the classic costume.
Do the carebear countdown with this cozy adult-sized care bear costume. This look will be easily dear to the hearts of all children of the ’80s and ’90s who grew up with the carebear characters. Grumpy bear is a fitting choice for many of us!
The skeleton is a Halloween mainstay, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good one. Skeleton getups will always be fun, and just creepy enough to turn heads. This one is especially sharp and a stylish take on the classic costume.
15. Mario (Super Mario Brothers)
Mario and Luigi, with their huge mustaches and overalls, are demigods in the gaming universe. They make fun, noticeable costumes. This is the perfect Mario outfit and one that all your guests will fall in love with. Get your best friend to go as Luigi to get even more laughs!
16. The Most Interesting Man In The World
“The Most Interesting Man in the World” advertised Dos Equis beer and ended up spawning thousands of memes. Now his dapper appearance makes for an understated yet hilarious Halloween costume.
Deadpool has earned its place in the cultural psyche, and there is no better time to take advantage of this fact than at Halloween. This form-fitting Deadpool costume is sure to make you the center of many conversations. The inner mask reveal is sure to make everyone at the party laugh.
18. Gomez Addams (The Addams Family)
Gomez Addams is a seasonably gothic costume choice for Halloween. The Addams Family patriarch always looks sharp in his striped suits, pencil ‘stache, and ever-present cigar. Go find your Morticia.
19. Bob Ross
And put some happy little trees here, some happy little mountains here, and a happy little costume here. Dressing up as Bob Ross is easy, just look for a pair of dad jeans and a collared white shirt to go with that legendary afro.
20. Dracula Vampire
Sucking blood never goes out of style. We all know the ladies love a good vampire, but it doesn’t have to be Twilight-style. Go Dracula in a sweeping black cape.
21. Safari Hunter
You probably already own boots and khakis. Why not express a taste for danger as a safari hunter? You can play it serious or go comical with a fake mustache.
22. Edward Scissorhands
Snip snip! Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Edward Scissorhands is notable for several reasons, with one of them being how theatric it was. With a costume this illustrative, though, you won’t need to have the acting chops to pull off Edward Scissorhands. Your outfit will do the talking for you.
23. Sherlock Holmes
From the deerstalker cap to the glass pipe, Sherlock Holmes’ outfit is itself a symbol of mystery. Emulate the world’s best detective in dignified tweeds (the magnifying glass is optional).
Halloween is the one night of the year you can indulge your uncivilized side. Do it as Tarzan in a suitably torn animal print cloth–the wilder you look, the better.
Honor the King of Pop this Halloween with this rockin’ Elvis costume. You could either bring a microphone and put on impromptu singing shows, or you could take the Vegas Elvis route and pretend-marry your friends. Blue suede shoes are optional.
26. Bill Lumbergh (Office Space)
Show your love for pointless paperwork and TPS reports with Office Space’s most clueless corporate figure: Bill Lumbergh. Walk around with a coffee mug, two-tone shirt, suspenders and belt buckle while you “Mmm-kay” at every chance possible.
27. Brawny Man
Brawny Man’s manly grin has been selling us paper towels for years. The muscular mascot is a funny and unexpected costume, and basic enough to create at the last minute.
28. Ferris Bueller
BUELLER!? If you show up to the party sporting this Ferris Bueller costume, don’t be surprised if you get a lot of roll calls directed your way. Whether or not you were cool enough to skip school back in the day, you can still rock this look on Halloween.
29. Bruce Lee
As an actor/martial artist, Bruce Lee inspired us with his toughness and wisdom. Honor his legacy with a yellow Kill Bill ensemble or just a stretchy pair of pants.
30. Captain America
Show love for the ol’ stars and stripes in a Captain America costume. Keep it low maintenance with a long-sleeved blue shirt and that iconic red, white and blue shield.
Aladdin, the scoundrel with enough swag to bag a princess, is an instantly recognizable costume. It’s as simple as pairing a purple vest with baggy white pants and red cap.
32. Cap'n Crunch
Win laughs by becoming the mascot of childhood, the champion of questionably healthy breakfasts – Captain Crunch! You’ll be the only one brave enough to don the bushy mustache and blue uniform.
33. Flying Monkey (Wizard of Oz)
There are many characters from the Wizard of Oz that get to make an appearance every Halloween, but what about the lesser-thought-of but still noteworthy options? Before you consider a Dorothy or Tin Man, considering something a bit different, like a flying monkey!
Grab your lasso, hat and boots. HBO’s Westworld renewed our obsession with the Wild West. On Halloween, you can forget the daily grind and get rowdy as a cowboy.
35. Curious George The Man With The Yellow Hat
The Man in the Yellow Hat is one of the most mysterious, enduring characters in literature. Imitate Curious George’s keeper in an eye-catching yellow 10-gallon hat with a matching outfit.
36. Danny Zuko (Grease)
The spirit of the ’50s heartthrob will never die. Danny Zuko from Grease made the girls melt with his voluminous hair, white tee, and leather jacket, and so can you.
37. Forrest Gump
Fortunately for you, this Forrest Gump costume offers breathability and flexibility so that you can gather some good speed when your friends inevitably go “RUN FORREST RUN!” This is the next best thing to inviting Tom Hanks to your get-together.
38. The Devil
One of the best Halloween costumes is one of the oldest. Yes, we mean the devil! The devil is open to your personal interpretation. You can be scary, funny, or both. This one is on the funnier side but with a dash of sexy charm.
39. President Trump
Regardless of your political beliefs, you’ll make “yuge” splash at the Halloween party as Donald J. Trump. Get a mask, or just stick to a suit and a blonde wig.
40. Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
Goku is such a recognizable character that even those who are unfamiliar with Dragon Ball Z are sure to get this one. This costume comes complete with blue boots and the iconic spiky black hair style!
41. Pokemon Trainer
Pokemon has been a phenomenon since most of us were a child, and it makes sense that it would have this kind of staying power, otherwise, how are we gonna catch ‘em all? Live out your dream here!
42. Spartan Warriror
King Leonidas led a small army to a shocking victory, but today he’s mostly known as Gerard Butler’s abs. In a Spartan warrior Halloween costume, you too can scream “This is Sparta!”
43. Gustavo Fring (Breaking Bad)
Gustavo Fring was a fearsome boss on Breaking Bad. And when it came to clothing, the Chilean kingpin never missed a step. Step into character in a suit and frameless glasses while also recreating his gruesome death.
44. Grim Reaper
Dressing as the Grim Reaper is another Halloween classic. One of the most fun things about this costume is that it has a theatrical element, scare your friends by lurking by the punch bowl in all of your Grim Reaper glory!
Gym rats, Halloween is your night to shine. Don sandals, a tunic and cape to make a convincing Hercules costume. You can go the Disney route or be more authentic.
46. Indiana Jones
Only one guy could make archaeology seem like a badass profession. Indiana Jones is a globetrotting adventurer, and all you need to become him is this incredible outfit.
47. Hugh Hefner
Although Hugh Hefner passed away in 2017, his legacy lives on and he continues to be a recognizable name today. Hugh Hefner is a creative, easy, and economical costume – not to mention comfortable! To complete this look, pull on some comfortable baggy pants and the most luxurious robe you can find.
48. Inspector Gadget
An Inspector Gadget costume gives the inventors among us a chance to show what they can do. Once you’ve got the gray trench coat on, the world is your oyster.
49. Iron Man
If you’re a playboy with a penchant for heavy metal, Iron Man is the costume for you. The beloved red and gold character fights evil and creates his own destiny.
50. James Bond
James Bond is the ultimate icon of manhood. Who didn’t grow up idolizing 007? Bond’s simple, ever-sharp tuxedo is an ideal men’s Halloween costume for those who aren’t into arts and crafts.
51. Joe Exotic (Tiger King)
Tiger King was a huge TV hit and for many, it was their introduction to Joe Exotic. Take advantage of the cultural zeitgeist by paying tribute to the series’ most iconic character. You are sure to be recognized by anyone who watched the show.
With a little creativity, you can put together a killer (get it?) Scarecrow costume. All you need is a brown shirt, some twine, and a brown felt hat. Pair it with a pair of black skinny jeans and boots and you’re good to go. If that sounds like too much effort, just grab this amazing costume.
53. Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th)
Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th is a popular and amazing choice for Halloween. If you don’t know a janitor whose closet you can raid, you can find similar bodysuits like this one on Amazon.
54. Karate Kid (Cobra Kai)
Karate Kid may have come out many moons ago, but it continues to be a favorite film for many of us. Fulfill your childhood dreams of being a karate master by dressing up as Cobra Kai this Halloween season. It will help with your costume’s authenticity if you learn a few poses as well.
55. Jim Hopper (Stranger Things)
Stranger Things quickly earned a rabid cult following. One of the show’s underrated heroes is police chief Jim Hopper. Display your fandom by imitating Hopper’s beige uniform and flat-brimmed hat.
Every actor who portrays the Joker pushes the limits further. The Batman villain has become the face of anarchy. Terrify everyone with a menacing mask and that famous purple suit.
A medieval knight ensemble shows all the damsels what you’re made of. Whether you’re a noble Ivanhoe or more of the Monty Python type, the getup will surely stand out.
Let your nostalgia flag fly (and flex your creative muscles) by dressing as a Lego man. The cylindrical yellow head and C-shaped hands will have you dominating any costume contest.
KISS is one of the most famous rock bands of all time – and they happen to be just as well-known for their attire as they are for their music. Paying tribute to Gene Simmons is easy, as all it takes is a touch of face makeup and a creative leather outfit.
60. Bert Macklin FBI (Parks And Recreation)
The only thing cooler than an FBI agent is a fake FBI agent. Hence Burt Macklin, Andy’s hilarious alter-ego on Parks and Recreation. Just wear shades and an “FBI” jacket.
61. Pennywise (It)
Halloween is your perfect chance to dress up as everyone’s, er, “favorite” clown. A pair of yellow overalls goes a long way, but it’s really the face makeup and wig that pulls this look together. Don’t forget the balloon!
Aliens are always in style. If you can’t get your eyes on a full green bodysuit, consider looking for a green balaclava. Pair this with some gloves, a long-sleeved tee, as well as some tights and bam — and you’re out of this world!
63. Men In Black
Men in Black is an incredible idea for a group costume. Your crew will roll up to the Halloween party in matching suits and sunglasses inspired by the sci-fi comedy.
64. Man in Gorilla Cage
Some people prefer their Halloween costumes with a bit of a story behind them. If you fall into that category, then this one is definitely for you! The man in a gorilla costume is based on a (hypothetically) future world where gorillas rule and, as such, have decided that the best place for humans is in cages. Spooky!
65. Michael J Fox (Back To The Future)
So we’ve made it to the future, and we still need roads. But you can always find a red puffer vest and become Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Or get a specially made Marty McFly costume.
66. Monopoly Man
Also known as “Rich Uncle Pennybags”, the Monopoly Man has been rumored to be none other than J.P. Morgan. A three-piece suit, top hat and fine mustache complete the “I’m rich, powerful and ready to take over all your plazas, towers, and railroads” look. For good measure, throw in a money bag or cigar for a touch of in your face, you peasant, charm.
Marshmello is one of the hottest names in EDM music, and there hasn’t been an opportunity for a costume this good since the days of Deadmau5! For added authenticity, it’s even possible to procure a mask that lights up so you can truly pretend you are DJ’ing a festival!
68. Mr. Robot Mask
Mr. Robot is the hero we deserve. Elliot Alderson, cybersecurity engineer and hacker, is already an iconic character. Chances are, his black hoodie and backpack are already in your closet, making it the perfect last minute costume.
A ninja is one of the coolest costumes to wear and one of the easiest to make. The warriors originated in 15th century Japan, but have captured imaginations since then.
70. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
One two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three four, better buy a mask at the store! Be the scare of your next Halloween gathering by adopting the terrifying look of the star of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
71. Philip J Fry (Futurama)
You’re goofy, a little immature, and you’ve been accidentally transported 1000 years into the future via cryogenic tank. Sound familiar? Fry, the hero of Futurama, will be a hit costume.
72. Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is not only a well-known classic toy, but is also recognized as a character from popular movies like Toy Story. If you want to be a Potato Head this Halloween, you even have the option of doing it as a couple’s costume with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head!
Pirate costumes are a perennial favorite. From Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow, the self-appointed kings of the high seas don’t shy away from swords, eye patches, birds, and bling.
74. Plague Doctor
You’ll need a mask and a top hat to put together your Plague Doctor look — no MD required. This eerie steampunk costume is darkly comic in the age of coronavirus.
What is this – a costume for ants!? Zoolander is one example of a film that has had an influence long after its release date. If you have ever dreamed of being a (fake) fashion model, but have never had the proper opportunity, then this is your chance.
Togas are for amateurs. Elevate yourself to Greek god status as Poseidon, god of the sea. Switch out your white towel with a majestic blue drape, crown, and a trident.
77. Professional Baseball Player
From The Sandlot to the Field of Dreams, baseball is a crucial chapter in every boy’s upbringing. Pay tribute to America’s favorite pastime by donning the famous hat and uniform.
78. Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings)
Bearded dudes, look no further. If you’re somewhere in between a fighter and a poet, Ragnar Lothbrok is the costume for you. The Viking hero was immortalized in Norse poetry.
79. Nacho Libre
Speaking of influential movies – Nacho Libre is another classic film that has been to thank for many laughs. Channel your best Jack Black impression with this vibrant orange-and-blue “superhero” costume.
80. Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
Your Rick Sanchez (from Rick and Morty) costume will be the life of the party. What’s not to love about a brilliant scientist with a wild streak . . . and an awesome hairdo. Maybe you can find a little companion to go as your Morty.
Halloween is a circus, and you can be its ringmaster. Circus ringmasters are the boldest, most unconventional men – the ones who know how to make the show go on. Channel your inner P. T. Barnum here!
82. Dr. Evil
Why not try a bit of evil with a twist. With this brilliant outfit, you can head off to a party as the arch-nemesis of Austin power, the ridiculous Dr. Evil.
A samurai costume might be more complex than most, but the effect is quite powerful. The elaborate military garb of medieval Japan will give you a commanding silhouette this Halloween.
84. Oogie Boogie Man (Nightmare Before Christmas)
It’s tempting to only think of Jack Skeleton when we conjure up images of Nightmare Before Christmas, but this classic Halloween-themed movie offers no shortage of great costuming ideas. Take the Oogie Boogie Man. Not only is this costume just spooky enough, but it’s comfortable, too! Plus, it’s so fun to say!
They say you should live every week like it’s Shark Week. Dress up as the dangerous beast of the deep sea and everyone will agree that you won the night.
With a great costume comes great responsibility. Unlike Batman and Superman, Spiderman’s powers were awkwardly thrust upon him. Replicate the unlikely teen superhero in a full red and blue bodysuit.
87. Sub Zero (Mortal Kombat)
Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat looks part samurai, part WWE. Oh, and he has the power to control ice. If you recreate this frigid fighter, be prepared to intimidate people.
88. Swedish Chef
If you prefer a humorous Halloween, don’t settle for a cringey pun costume. Try a character no one else will think of like the gloriously hairy Swedish Chef from the Muppets. Make sure you can see through the eyebrows!
89. Oompa Loompa
Oompa, loompa, doopity doo! Have we got a perfect costume for you! Sure, it’s been done many times before, but that’s only because this one is classic. There is not a single person who won’t recognize you as an Oompa Loompa, especially with the bright green wig.
90. Tinder App
A Tinder costume is a guaranteed winner. Just be yourself, plus a white cardboard frame styled to resemble a Tinder profile. You’ll get the laughs and hopefully some right-swipes too. A white t shirt and some DIY buttons are all you need for this easy Halloween costume.
91. Prince Eric
It’s no secret that Prince Eric is the most handsome of Disney princes. However, you do not need to be the most handsome royal in the land to pull off a convincing Prince Eric this Halloween. All you need is an accurate costume, with a white deep-cut shirt and some tall black boots.
92. Tom Cruise (Top Gun)
Tom Cruise’s turn as devil-may-care pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell redefined cool for a generation. His iconic Top Gun look is easy to recreate with a bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses.
93. Tony Montana (Scarface)
Tony Montana from Scarface is truly the original gangster. A crisp white suit and a low cut red silk shirt will transform you into the coolest character in cinematic history.
94. Richard Simons
Richard Simmons is one of the most memorable icons from the 1980s. Even if you have never had the pleasure of sweating to one of his workout videos, there is still reason to sport (ha) a Richard Simmons costume. Just make sure you bring the proper energy to go along with it!
95. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
Within us all is the power to become an iconoclastic figure like Tyler Durden. The costume should be basic: brown leather jacket, hair gel, and fake blood on your face.
96. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Walter White will go down in history as a spellbinding antihero. A HAZMAT suit is always going to turn heads. But be warned, people may ask you if you have the same type of chemistry skills as the legendary character.
It takes a special man to dress as Zeus, the god of all gods. Wield a lightning bolt and invest in a luxurious beard if you don’t already have one.
98. Sullivan (Monsters Inc)
Monsters Inc is one of the most beloved children’s movies to come out of recent decades, but that doesn’t mean that adults can’t pay homage to it! Dressing up as Sullivan is easy with this well-designed fuzzy costume that truly mimics his likeness.
World War Z. The Walking Dead. Call of Duty. Zombies are clearly the evil creatures of the moment. A zombie costume can be regular clothes with well-placed rips and splatters, or something more elaborate.
It doesn’t need to be a full moon for a werewolf to come out at night, though it certainly does help! Indulge in a classic Halloween costume idea with this modern take on a timeless costume idea.
101. Wesley (Princess Bride)
Princess Bride is considered by most to be a masterpiece, and what better way to honor the movie with a costume imitating one of the movie’s most notable characters, Wesley.
102. Link (Zelda Game Series)
Zelda is the favorite video game of many, but even those who have never tried to beat this (difficult) game series will appreciate a good Zelda costume. Dress up as Link, the hero of the story, and try to find a princess to save!
103. Captain Morgan
No one does mischief night like Captain Morgan. Rum’s favorite pirate is based on a real figure, the marauding Sir Henry Morgan. Plus, you’ll look epic in the red ensemble.