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Top 20 Best Halloween Costumes 2016: The Heavy Power List

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Halloween is a great time to reflect on cultural highlights for the year, and this year has seen some fantastic moments. Both new and returning characters took the spotlight. Celebrities have risen, and musicians have passed away. Memes rose to greatness.

Many of our favorite costumes embody 2016, but we also have a soft spot for some pervasive classics this year. Whatever you will decide on is up to you, though.

Check out our twenty favorite adult Halloween costumes below, which range from DIY affairs to easy last-minute costumes to wear out partying.


1. Bojack Horseman Costume

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A costume of everyone’s favorite washed out alcoholic ’90s TV horse is the perfect guise to don for some Halloween debauchery. Dressing up as Bojack is as simple as matching his matching his casual Hollywoo[d] wear with the classic rubber horse mask from Amazon fame.

You can make the mask look even more authentic by following this DIY guide for repainting it.

The rest of his outfit can easily be recreated from clothes lying around the house. His normal apparel includes a blue crew neck sweater, a grey blazer, some blue jeans, and classic Red Chuck Taylor shoes.

Buy the Accoutrements Horse Head Mask here.

Buy the Anvil Men’s Ringspun Crewneck Sweatshirt here.

Buy the Allegra K Men’s Classic Notched Lapel Blazer here.

Buy the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Sneakers here.



2. Purple Rain Prince Costume

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The music community still reels from the loss of Prince in April 2016, and artists and celebrities continue to celebrate his legacy of eclectic rock music. You can celebrate Prince as well, with cosplay quality costume of his iconic outfit from the film Purple Rain.

The costume comes with the purple coat and the ruffled jabot shirt. You will need to supply your own pants, shoes, and wig if needed.

Buy the Purple Pain ’80s Pop Star Wig here.

Buy the Purple Rain Plus Jacket Adult Costume here.



3. Zombie Donald Trump Costume

Donald Trump is the perfect combination of topical, scary, and hilarious that makes for a quality Halloween costume. But in an effort to mix things up, we’d suggest an easy variation on your Trump costume: zombify him.

You’ll want to go thrift shopping for a business suit that you can shred to tatters, and to throw in a red power tie for good measure.

Alternatively, if the above shirt design by Brian Allen inspires you more than any makeup would, you can buy a shirt with his original design on it.

For the head, you can go with a Trump wig and some zombie makeup. If you don’t want to wear the makeup yourself, you can start with latex Trump mask and use paint to modify it instead.

Buy the Mr. Billionaire Wig Adult Costume Accessory here.

Buy the Deluxe Zombie Makeup Kit here.

Buy the Mens Solid Color 2″ Skinny Tie here.


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4. Deadpool Costume

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This year, Deadpool turned superhero movies upside down by tearing at their tropes in his own film. Antihero Wade Wilson gets to combine comedy with fighting prowess, making him an incredibly fun character to dress as. You can snap between badass and goofball in a second.

If you only want a simple costume, this classic Deadpool costume kit from Rubie’s is a decent option that comes with all the necessities.

If you want something that’s a little more wearable, however, you can combine a Deadpool mask with this classy red and black leather jacket, which turns Deadpool’s weathered red jumpsuit into more casual streetwear.

You can also browse the rest of Angel Jackets’ Halloween Collection for other costumes turned jackets.

Buy the Rubie’s Men’s Marvel Universe Classic Muscle Chest Deadpool Costume here.

Buy the Rulercosplay Deadpool Game Cosplay Mask here.

Buy the Deadpool Leather Jacket here.


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5. Sans from Undertale Costume

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If you played Undertale this year, you will remember Sans as a lighthearted hotdog salesman who likes to play trombone and make bad, skeleton-related puns. His role varies based on which route through the game you take, but no matter what he is always willing to hang out and play pranks.

Dressing up as Sans is easy, as all you really need is a nice quality Sans mask. The body is as simple as combining a blue zip-up hoodie, and undershirt, black running shorts, and some sneakers.

If you really want to look the part, you can also add a skeleton morphsuit to transform your hands and legs, but the mask will definitely be the center of onlookers’ attention.

If you’re more of a spaghetti man than a hotdog head, you can instead go as Sans’ younger brother Papyrus.

Buy the Sans Mask Prop for Halloween here.

Buy the Independent Trading Co. Unisex Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt here.

Buy the Men’s Skeleton Man Bone Skin here.



6. Harambe Costume

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Perhaps Harambe’s remembrance is a joke gone too far, but like it or not, the death of this lowland gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo has sparked a conversation that many of us will truly never forget.

His story is one of an animal rights narrative that spun out of control, and now he is perceived as a Christ-like figure, having died for mankind’s sins.

To recreate Harambe, you will need a gorilla costume, and a delicate halo headband. Nothing more.

If you are on a budget and want to scare the hell out of people, you can instead opt for this disturbing silverback gorilla morphsuit.

Buy the California Costumes Men’s Adult Gorilla Costume here.

Buy the Light-Up Angel Halo Headband here.



7. Chillary, Meme Queen Costume

Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy has been a little less exciting than that of Trump’s, but the Internet has found its niche for making Hillary hilarious. The apex of this is the Super Deluxe Video, Hillary Clinton: Meme Queen 2016.

You can follow Mike Diva’s directive genius in combining a basic Hillary wig or Hillary mask with a great meme to match. You may or may not need sunglasses and a sensible pantsuit to match.

As for what Internet reference to go with, you have a world of options. I won’t even mention any, as not to stifle your creativity. Don’t let your memes be dreams.

Buy the Hillary Clinton Costume Wig Adult Accessory here.

Buy the Hillary Clinton Mask here.

Buy the Le Suit Womens Country Club 2PC Long Sleeve Pant Suit here.


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8. Eleven from Stranger Things Costume

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Stranger Things embodies all things ’80s horror, but the mysterious young girl Eleven gets to steal the show with her psychokinetic powers. Dressing up as El for Halloween is an easy task, as her wardrobe is made up of old clothes you might have lying around the house.

For this costume, you will need an oversized pink dress, a blue windbreaker, white tube socks, and sneakers. Top the whole outfit off with some Eggo waffles.

Complete the look with some red face paint to give yourself a nose bleed, and a box of Eggo waffles. Blonde disguise wig optional.

Buy the Adorox Red Face Painting Makeup here.

Buy the Lady Plus Size Chiffon Lapel Collar Dress here.

Buy the First Class 100% Nylon Windbreaker here.



9. Harley Quinn Costume

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Harley Quinn is always one of the most popular costumes of the year, but this year in particular, given the release of this year’s Suicide Squad, HQ should be even more well recognized.

The Joker’s insane girlfriend certainly looks the part this time, with her multicolor outfit. This costume kit from Rubie’s includes the jacket and attached shirt, sequin shorts, fishnets, and the belt.

You can complete the outfit in any number of ways, but you will definitely want the wig, the choker necklace, and the baseball bat. The high heel high top shoes are optional.

Buy the Rubie’s Women’s Suicide Squad Deluxe Harley Quinn Costume here.

Buy the Pink and Blue Ponytail Cosplay Wig here.

Buy the OUTEXPERT Fashion Neck Collar With Arm Tattoo Set here.

Buy the Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Bat here.


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10. Jurassic World T-Rex Costume

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Really stumped as to what you should dress as? Have all of your friends claimed your preferred pop culture references? My suggestion would be to go as a dinosaur and devour them whole.

This oversized inflatable T-rex costume is just the right vehicle to do so, as it stands tall and intimidating over all over costumes. This one piece costume inflates with a battery-powered fan, and is plenty breathable and comfortable.

Buy the Men’s Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume here.



11. Snapchat Puppy Filter Costume

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Snapchat really stepped its filter game to the next level this year, introducing a rotating lineup of different transformation tools to use with your pictures.

The dog face filter is among the most iconic of these filters, and now you can recreate it with this headband and latex nose. Just don’t try taking a selfie over this, otherwise you risk starting a refractory filter loop.

Buy the Puppy Filter Costume here.



12. Minions Costume

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Minions. Either you love them or you hate them. Or maybe both. But no matter your thoughts on them, minions are on the rise as of late, and they even got their own film this year.

I am not here to tell you that a grown human being dressing up as a minion is wrong. In fact, I guess I am making it easy for you by letting you know that there is a simple an inexpensive costume for women and men. Just so you know, though, some people might find it so very wrong.

Buy the Rubie’s Women’s Despicable Me 2 Minion Costume here.

Buy the Rubie’s Costume Co Men’s Minion Kevin Costume here.



13. Alexander Hamilton Costume

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History has its eye on you, and you want to look good. If you haven’t heard about Lin Manuel Miranda’s latest Broadway sensation Hamilton, you might be living under a rock.

Any sort of colonial getup works for this costume, as long as its revolutionary blue. This Hamilton costume kit includes a coat with white sleeve trim and a sewn in attached vest panel.

It also come with a cravat neck tie, and knickers-style pantaloons with a pair of black boot covers. You’ll need to supply your own tricorn hat.

Buy the Revolutionary War Deluxe Colonial Tricorn Hat here.

Buy the Adult Alexander Hamilton Costume here.



14. Men’s Pokémon Go Trainer Costume

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Despite the game having only been out for a short while, the costume designers at CG Costume have already created replica outfits for both the male and female character models. Their complete men’s costume kit includes a hoodie of one of the team colors, a pair of dark athletic shorts, a pair of fingerless trainer gloves with bracers, and a visor hat.

This fully handmade costume is not cheap, but it is definitely a great option for those who are inexperienced at making their own costume accessories. Fortunately, individual pieces of the outfit are available to accommodate more home made costumes.

Buy the Men’s Pokémon Go Trainer Costume here.

Buy the Men’s Pokémon Go Trainer Hoodie here.

Buy the Pokémon Go Backpack here.

Buy the Pokémon Go Visor here.


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15. Aladdin Sane David Bowie Costume

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Another major loss to the musical world this year is David Bowie. The Thin White Duke caught us by surprise, passing shortly after the release of his final album, Black Star. But he will still best be remembered for his classics, including Aladdin Sane, whose titular character makes for a great costume.

With a decent wig, a little facepaint, and an appropriately outrageous suit, you can easily recreate Bowie’s Aladdin. Other notable personas include Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, and Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth.

Buy the David Bowie Glam Rocker Wig here.

Buy the Halloween Party Men’s Deluxe David Bowie Costume here.



16. SpaceX Astronaut Costume

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The last few years have seen great advances in space exploration, and this year, the first privatized space program saw its launch. SpaceX, a company owned by Elon Musk, has begun to take on more bold missions, including a mission to colonize Mars.

You can use an ordinary astronaut costume for this costume. Simply replace or supplement the NASA patch with a SpaceX patch. You may also want a space helmet.

Buy the Underwraps Costumes Men’s Astronaut Costume here.

Buy the NASA Space Helmet here.



17. Willy Wonka Costume

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Beloved actor Gene Wilder was yet another celebrity to leave us this year. His memory will live on in his many classic roles, the most iconic of which is probably Willy Wonka.

This Willy Wonka costume gets you the candy man’s hat, shirt, vest, jacket, and pants. Just about everything you need, aside from the optional goggles and walking cane.

Buy the Deluxe Candy Man Costume here.

Buy the elope White and Red Hyper Vision Goggles here.

Buy the Theatrical Walking Cane Silver here.



18. Cowboy Costume

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With the new remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven coming on the curtails of recent western revivals like Django Unchained, it is clear that westerns are seeing a comeback.

Cowboy costumes of all variety will be popular this year, but our favorite pick is this gunfighter costume. This costume comes with western duster, vest, dickey with cravat, hat and holsters. Bring your own jeans, boots, and revolvers.

Buy the California Costumes Men’s Gunfighter Costume here.



19. Captain Phasma Deluxe Costume

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Captain Phasma made her first appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but we don’t know yet for sure if she will return for the next installment. One thing we do know is that her chrome battle armor is probably the coolest variation on the classic stormtrooper to date.

This costume includes a unisex full body jumpsuit with foam armor details and a belt. It also includes a two piece helmet and cape. The prop blaster intended to come with this costume is sold separately, but is quite small. You’re probably better off without it, as even the best stormtrooper has some pretty lousy aim.

Buy the Captain Phasma Deluxe Costume here.


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20. Ghostbusters Costume

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With this year’s reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise with an all-female cast, now anyone can fit right into the famed tan jumsuit. Fans of this year’s film will be able to wear this women’s Ghostbusters deluxe costume, which comes with the full jumpsuit, an inflatable proton pack and proton gun, plus five nametags to match your favorite protagonist.

The men’s classic Ghostbusters costume also comes with a jumpsuit and inflatable proton pack, which means everyone gets to look equally awesome. Bonus points if you try to evaporate little kids in ghost costumes.

Buy the Rubie’s Women’s Ghostbusters Movie Deluxe Costume here.

Buy the Ghostbusters Costume With Inflatable Backpack here.



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