20 must-have Halloween costumes for adults this year
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Halloween season is here!
If the pumpkin and maple-flavored lattes clogging up the barista line at coffee shops everywhere didn’t tip you off, the influx of spooky costumes and decorations in grocery and drug stores certainly should have. Whether you get to go trick-or-treating to escort little ghosts and goblins around for the night or not, you may still want to get into the ghoulish spirit to go to a party, at your office, or to greet the neighborhood kids at your door. Because shopping in person at the party stores can be the most frightful part of an already-spooky holiday, we compiled this list of the most popular grown-up-sized Halloween costumes on Amazon.
An inflatable dino suit for a scary costume that won’t weigh you down
Bring your fave dino back from extinction for one night only with this larger-than-(human)-life inflatable costume, in your choice of Pteranodon, Triceratops, T-rex, or Velociraptor. The T-rex and Velociraptor have optional sound effects, which is great if running around making screeching sounds at the neighborhood kids is your idea of Halloween entertainment. Reviewers have a lot of fun with the costume—seriously, if you need a laugh, just take a look at the customer images on Amazon—which they say gets a little hot with prolonged wear but is worth it for the goofy dinosaur photo ops it provides. Amazon lists this as a men’s costume, but anyone can wear it, as it’s available in plus and teen sizes in addition to its “standard” size.
Get the Rubie’s Adult Inflatable Dinosaur Costume on Amazon for $43.46 to $46.92
A banana suit that’s totally a-peel-ing
There’s always money in the banana stand, and, by the law of food-based anthropomorphization (that’s a law, right?), this banana costume is sure to be a hit. It’s comprised of a large polyester, one-size-fits-all banana suit, but you can match it with any item of clothing to make it as warm or, depending on what you're into, as sexy as you’d like. Reviewers love the costume, with one going so far as to say it’s become a “valued member” of her household. According to reviews, it should fit most adults.
Get the Rasta Imposta Lightweight Banana Costume on Amazon for $13.02
A simple suit to become everyone’s favorite fast food
It is a generalization, but probably not an inaccurate one, to say that everyone loves tacos. (Right?) Take advantage of this love by dressing up as a living, breathing, walking taco, with this costume. It’s simple—a one-size-fits-all item that slides on over clothes you’re already wearing. Reviewers say it fits people who are five feet tall, people who are over six feet tall, and everyone in between.
Get the Rasta Imposta Taco on Amazon for $34.95
Flapper accessories for a swell and swanky night out
The year 2020 is right around the corner, so it’s no surprise that many people are flocking to emulate the roaring (19)20s this Halloween, no? One of Amazon’s most popular costumes is this set of flapper accessories, which comes with a long strand of faux pearls, a cigarette holder, fingerless gloves, and a feathered headdress. Reviewers say that, for the price, it’s hard to outmatch the quality of the set. You’ll have to get the flapper dress separately, but Amazon has many of those, too—or head to a thrift store and pick out the best fringed, drop-waist frock you can find.
Get the 1920s Accessories Set on Amazon for $17.99
A 1920s ensemble to bring out your inner Gatsby
Always want to call your friends “old sport,” but never quite feel the moment is right? With these choice 1920s-style accessories—including suspenders, a hat, a plastic cigar, a pocket watch, and a bow tie—you’ll have the opportunity to look the part of Jay Gatsby or an old-timey gangster with ease. Reviewers say that everything about these accessories, other than the cigar (which is intentionally fake), look and feel era-appropriate.
Get the BABEYOND 1920s Accessories on Amazon for $17.99
A Wonder Woman tee for some power posing
Halloween is a fantastic excuse to broadcast your inner superhero to the world—and this simple t-shirt, with a cape attached, is an effective, comfortable way to do so. It comes with a yellow headband, which makes it easy to create a low-key, even office-appropriate costume when paired with some jeans. For a more dramatic Wonder Woman look, combine with a blue skirt, blue or red tights, over-the-knee boots, and gold cuffs. The tee comes in women’s sizes XS to 2X, which runs slightly small, according to reviewers.
Get the Rubie’s Wonder Woman T-Shirt on Amazon for $14.99 to $40
A black cloak for a wealth of spooky possibilities
You can’t go wrong with an ambiguous black cape on Halloween as a centerpiece for any number of costumes. Pair with a wand and some specs and you’re Harry Potter. Pair with a skull mask, and become a recently-risen visitor from beyond the grave. Add some fangs and fake blood, and you’re straight from Transylvania. Amazon reviewers love the cloak for Halloween as well as for comic conventions—and high-stakes Dungeons and Dragons games. It comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL (though, really, how “gendered” is a cape?).
Get the Amayar Men Cloak on Amazon for $18 to $22.99
A Lycra bodysuit to flex your creative muscles
There’s a lot you can do with this stretchy bodysuit. Get one in red, pair it with some horns, and you’re a devil. Get one in blue, get crafty with scissors, and you’re Sonic the Hedgehog. Get one in green, stand against a greenscreen, and you can be pretty much anything—or nothing at all. Like most things on this list, anyone can wear the suit—it comes in kids’ small to adult XXL, with an option to get it made-to-measure—so it’s a great option for anyone who wants to be anything, with only a little additional creativity required.
Get the VSVO Lycra Bodysuit on Amazon for $12.99 to $29.99
A superhero suit that’ll appeal to your spidey sense
Easily master the Peter Parker (or Miles Morales, of last year’s Into the Spiderverse) look with this spandex Spider-Man suit. Choose from the classic comic book-style Spider-Man or go for a darker, edgier style reminiscent of the more recent movies. Reviewers love that the spandex fabric feels high-quality and responds well to vigorous movement, just like a superhero costume should. It comes in a wide range of sizes from kids’ XS to mens’ XXL (though plenty of women in the reviews say they were able to wear it, too).
Get the Spandex Spider-Man Halloween Costume on Amazon for $39.99 to $49.99
A Woody costume for a crowd-pleasing, giddy-up getup
With the release of Toy Story 4 this summer, it should be no surprise that costumes of those lovable playthings come to life are trending this year. This Woody costume includes a hat, vest, star badge, and bandanna. Pair it with a yellow shirt and a pair of jeans and you’ll be the spitting image of Woody. Reviewers say the costume isn’t the greatest quality, but for the price, it’s perfect for a night or two of cosplaying Toy Story. It comes in one size, which reviewers say fit most people, but may be snug if you have wide shoulders.
Get the Disguise Disney Beyond Woody costume on Amazon for $16.99
A Jessie costume for living your own Toy Story
Channel the iconic Toy Story character Jessie with this cow-print jumpsuit and coordinating foam cowboy hat. The costume, which comes in women’s sizes small to XL, doesn’t need anything else to be believable, but if you want to go the extra mile, adding a red braided wig and stuffed horse can’t hurt. Reviewers say it fits as expected and is of decent quality for the price.
Get the Disguise Women’s Disney Jessie Costume on Amazon for $23.12 to $33.80
A classic German frock for a beer garden-ready look
Oktoberfest and Halloween fall oh-so-conveniently in the same month, so if you celebrate both, you can do so with just one costume: a dirndl, or a traditional Austrian and German two-piece peasant-style dress. This one, available in sizes small to XXL, comes with a dress, blouse, and apron for an authentic, “Bavarian forest” look. Reviewers say the dress is true to size, great quality, and, in addition to dressing for Halloween and Oktoberfest, is a hit at German weddings.
Get the GloryStar Bavarian Dirndl on Amazon for $48.99
Lederhosen for a jolly vibe you won’t want to bid auf Wiedersehen
Whether it’s for an Oktoberfest celebration or a Sound of Music-inspired Halloween costume (or both) this lederhosen ensemble, available in men’s sizes small to XL, should serve you well. It comes with suspenders, a detachable bib, a floppy white shirt, knee socks, and feathered cap. A beer stein isn’t included, but there are plenty of those to choose from on Amazon. Reviewers say it fits as expected and is about as authentic as costume lederhosen gets for its price.
Get the Men’s Bavarian Oktoberfest Costume on Amazon for $24.99 to $29.99
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head for an envy-inducing couples’ costume
Potatoes, much like tacos, are a pretty safe bet as a crowd-pleasing food. And this applies in toy—and costume—form as well, with these matching Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head outfits. You don’t need to get one for you and the special spud in your life, as the one-size-fits-all costumes can be sold separately (though, weirdly, it’s a little cheaper to get the couple set than the individual one). But if you do go for the matchy-matchy thing, it’s hard to think of a couples’ costume that’s more s’mashing than this.
Get the Deluxe Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Costume on Amazon for $36.49
Get the Mr. Potato Head Costume on Amazon for $49.99
A medieval-style dress for Halloween parties and renaissance fairs
In addition to Halloween and Oktoberfest, autumn marks the beginning of what, to some, is equally (or more) important: renaissance festival season. If you are one of those people—or just feel inspired to put together an Outlander costume for Halloween this year—you’ll want this dress. It comes with a period-appropriate smock and cinched overdress that you may customize like a corset to your preferred look and comfort level. The overdress also comes in varying shades of blue, green, pink, purple, white, and black. Reviewers say the dress—available in women’s sizes XXS to 3XL—fits as expected, but if you’re between sizes, it’s best to size up. They also love that the fabric of the gown is light, so you don’t overheat in it, and it’s easy to wash.
Get the Boho Set Medieval Costume on Amazon for $47.98 to $59.98
‘80s gear straight from an original MTV video
Nostalgia for the 1980s is alive and well, if the popularity of this early Madonna-esque costume is anything to go by. The ensemble, which comes with a one-size-fits-all tutu, fishnet gloves, leg warmers, and beads, should serve you well whether you’re dressing for Stranger Things or a John Hughes-inspired costume. One reviewer writes that she normally wears a size 8 and the costume easily fit her and her teen daughter, who usually fits into a 00, though it may not fit plus sizes.
Get the Dreamdanceworks 80s Rainbow Costume on Amazon for $20.99
A unicorn pajama onesie to stay cute and cozy all night
The ultimate Halloween costume is one you don’t even have to change out of at the end of the night—or even something you can nap in as the post-Halloween days grow cooler. This comfy onesie looks more like a stuffed unicorn than a classic mythical creature, so if you decide to get the costume, you’ll be more cuddly than intimidating. (If “intimidating” is, indeed, what you are going for with a unicorn costume.) Available in adult sizes small to XL, and a variation of rainbow unicorn patterns (horn included), it’ll keep you cozy on a chilly Halloween night and provide a colorful burst of color wherever you go. Reviewers say it’s best to size up the onesie to ensure maximum comfort.
Get the NOUSION Adult Pajamas on Amazon for $16.99 to $23.99
A colorful costume to save the clown community’s reputation
Pennywise the clown of It: Chapter 2, may have been a box office star this year, but you can emulate a decidedly friendlier clown with this “Giggles the Clown” getup, which comes with a polka-dot dress, bloomers, shoe covers, and two hair scrunchies. This isn’t to say the costume can’t get a little spooky—with some sinister sad clown makeup, anything is possible—but it has a cheery vibe that won’t relegate your “clown” look to a “scary clown” one. It comes in two sizes, “standard” and plus size, and reviewers say each fits as expected.
Get the Giggles the Clown Standard Costume on Amazon for $23.81
A Luigi costume to give the other Super brother a time to shine
Surprisingly (or maybe not, to dedicated Mario Kart fans) it’s the Luigi costume, and not the Mario one, that is more popular among Amazon customers. It’s also hard to deny the appeal of this Luigi costume, which comes with a green-and-blue jumpsuit, detachable inflatable belly, white gloves, green hat, and faux mustache. In fact, you’ll likely feel compelled to yell, “It’s-a me…Luigi!” the moment you put it on. The costume is available in two sizes, medium/large and XXL. Reviewers say it runs small and is of good enough quality to last through several dress-up parties.
Get the Disguise Super Mario Deluxe Luigi Costume on Amazon for $34.07
An Elvis costume for a look you’ll love tender
Swing your hips, curl your lip, and blast your favorite classic rock ‘n’ roll song to get ready for this Elvis-esque jumpsuit, which has wide bell bottoms, and an unmistakable swagger. You’ll have to get the wig and glasses separately, but once you do, the likeness between you and the King will be uncanny. The jumpsuit comes in true-to-size men’s sizes small to XL.
Get the Elvis Deluxe Aloha Costume on Amazon for $33.99
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