If you’re here, you’re probably like me. You’re not interested in dressing up this Halloween as a witch, ghost, or character from the highest-grossing movie of the year. You want weird costumes. Something clever or obscure or downright strange.
These aren’t generally the type of costume that you can pick up in a Halloween store all in one package. They aren’t “popular” enough to be mass-produced. When that’s the case, I’ve pulled together all the elements you’ll need to create a one-of-a-kind costume. Trick or Treat, friends. Let’s get unusual.
1. The Log Lady of Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is a classic show from the master of weird David Lynch. With the Twin Peaks: The Return remake coming out, this drama, murder mystery, comedy, surrealist soap opera is on our minds again.
The Log Lady isn’t among the main characters to be sure, but she is maybe the most unique. For a Log Lady costume, first things first–you need a log. This Kikkerland Log Micro Bead Pillow is perfect because it looks just like a log but is a fraction of the weight and won’t give you splinters. The rest is just matching her outfit from the show.
Her iconic Red Glasses here have clear lenses meant to be used as a costume so there’s no worry about straining your eyes. For the Log Lady’s layered look, begin with a dark blue Turtleneck, then a musterd yellow Plaid Button Down Shirt, and cover that with this Chunky Knit Cardigan.
If you’re going for detail, an Acorn Pin at the neckline and this Bobbed Wig are the finishing touches.
Now you’re ready to walk around dispensing the wisdom of The Log.
Buy the Log Lady Costume here.
2. Riding a Prawn
If nothing else this is unexpected.
This inflatable costume transforms your legs into the prawn’s legs and replaces yours with little fake ones so it looks like you’re riding a huge shrimp.
Being inflatable it’s light to wear around and if you bump into someone, it’s soft and bendable. You will need to bring either four AA batteries for the included fan or a USB mobile power bank.
Buy the Riding a Prawn Costume here.
3. Banana Slug
None of these unusual Halloween costumes punny enough for you yet? How about a banana slug?
These slimy creatures are the unlikely beloveds of the Pacific Northwest and extending to Northern California and up into Alaska. According to the National Park Service, they can grow up to seven inches long.
The slug mask is a latex full-head mask with nice detail and decent size eye holes. The wide eyestalks will be really disorienting to folks talking to you which I kind of love.
From there you can go full pun master with this banana costume which has a separate hat piece you can discard in favor of the slug mask. If you’re not into the pun, you could always wear something a little more straightforward like this shirt that says, “Look at me, I’m a banana slug.”
Buy the Slug Mask here.
4. The Corrupted Soul of Rusty Lake
If I were going to wear one of the costumes from this list, it would absolutely be this one. I love Rusty Lake games. I love their puzzles and I love how completely unsettling they are.
I won’t get too much into the mystery of Rusty Lake, but whenever you see the Corrupted Soul, nothing good is about to happen. For a profoundly unsettling costume, it’s easy and fairly cheap to assemble.
Start with this Black Zentai Bodysuit with holes for eyes. You’ll want to use face paint to paint your exposed skin either white or red. Add Black Antlers worn as a headband and you’ve got a creepy Corrupted Soul costume that will freak everyone out and scare Rusty Lake fans even more.
Carry around some captured memories, I mean, this White Cube or a Stuffed Parrot as a stand in for Harvey.
You can see a video of the Corrupted Soul here on YouTube.
Buy the Corrupted Soul Costume here.
Octopodes are lovable, cute, clever, and also the stuff of nightmares in the right context. This stuffed octopus body fits over your head and your arms slip into the two biggest tentacles. A velco opening lets you can stick your fingers out when you need them and slip them back into the tentacles to hide them away when you want.
There’s a black mesh opening that provides decent vision especially for this type of costume. Again, this isn’t for the very short, so you probably want to be above five-foot-three to wear this without it dragging on the ground.
For under the costume you could either get an aqua bodysuit to resemble water or a black bodysuit so when you’re walking in the dark, it looks like the octopus is floating–which would freak me out for sure.
Buy the Octopus Costume here.
6. Kids’ Zalgo Urban Legend Morphsuit
It’s not just adults who want to stand out. This kids’ Morphsuit of Zalgo is going to turn heads with the way it looks like your body disappears at the waist. Zalgo is an internet urban legend out of Creepypasta, a site that brings together stories that will never allow you to sleep again.
This one-piece body suit covers every inch of your body and even includes white claws on the ends of your fingers. This is a plus for being fully transformed, but a minus if your little one is claustrophobic.
The fabric is thin to prevent over-heating, but if you’re planning to be out at night in a colder climate, it could get chilly. This suit does run a little small, so keep that in mind when ordering.
This morphsuit is also available in Adult Sizes.
Buy the Kids’ Zalgo Urban Legend Morphsuit here.
7. Inflatable Parrot
Parrots in generally might not be at the top of the weird costumes list, but this one doesn’t have any arms and that visual pushes this one just over the line into the Uncanny Valley.
Something about it just looks unreal and will get you a lot of double-takes.
The suit covers your entire body with boot covers leaving the soles of your feet open for better grip. There’s a viewing window in place of eye holes under the beak to make it easier to see.
The downside is that the thing that makes this costume so weird and unique, having no arms, is also pretty inconvenient. If you’re willing to commit to not being able to open doors for a couple of hours, this is 100 percent worth the looks you’ll get.
Buy the Parrot Costume here.
8. Big Foot
I can’t say for sure because I don’t know your friends, but I’d wager that none of them are expecting to open the door and see a giant foot.
This might be about as unusual as it gets. Depending on the crowd this could be a funny gag or Halloween-levels of horror for people who are extremely grossed out by feet.
The costume comfortable and not too hot (which is good since no one likes sweaty feet.) It’s one size fits all, but this will work better for people who are average to tall. Shorter and younger folks might be a little overwhelmed by the foot.
Buy the Big Foot Costume here.
9. The Scariest Thing That Always Comes for You: Debt
For an unusual Halloween costume that is both funny and terrifying, show up to your friend’s house dressed as Debt. Hopefully, you’ll still be invited back.
Start with this Black Debt Tee Shirt and cover it with this Black Cloak. The cloak is open in the front so your shirt isn’t covered, but still has that traditional Grim Reaper look to it.
This Motorcycle Mask turns the lower half of your face into a hundred dollar bill in case people weren’t sure what you’re about yet. A creepy Death Scythe completes the look of doom.
Debt is coming for us all.
Buy the Debt Reaper Costume here.
Sometimes Millennials just have to embrace the stereotypes we’ve been given. This one-piece avocado costume turns you into one of Millennials’ favorite things. It’s one size fits most kind of thing so just be aware. The fabric is thin, but for a costume that’s going over your head, you wouldn’t want anything too thick or else you’ll overheat.
For a darker, more Halloween-y take on this avocado costume, show up to the party with a big bowl of guacamole, Hannibal Lector Mask, and Fake Chef Knife.
Buy the Avocado Costume here.
11. Three-Toed Sloth
For an unusual Halloween costume that no one will expect but everyone will love, try this Sloth Costume. This incredibly soft, onesie pajama-style costume is comfortable, works for lots of body types, and is great for any gender.
Your adorable sloth head is on the hood so your face isn’t covered or obstructed for when you need to dig into the Halloween candy. The arms have attached gloves for the three-toe look, but you can slip your hands out of the gloves to have full use of them.
The back has an adorably droopy butt and tiny sloth tail. This costume can almost guaranteed squeals from cute overload.
Buy the Three-Toed Sloth Costume here.