Halloween is just a few weeks away, and that means it’s costume crunch time. If you don’t have a costume yet, you’ll want to purchase one ASAP. Halloween costumes are often available in limited quantities, and you don’t want to find out that your desired costume has sold out the day before Halloween. If you’re not sure what costume you’ll wear to this year’s Halloween party, we’ve rounded up 20 awesome costumes you can choose from. Our list is broken down into four sections: Women’s costumes, Men’s costumes, Girl’s costumes, and Boy’s costumes. Each section on the list includes five of the best costumes for that category. We’ve got some inexpensive costumes, as well as some premium costumes that will really make a dramatic impact. Read on to see our favorite costumes for Halloween 2015. And if you have a family pet, get them into the spirit of things with our post on the best Halloween costumes for dogs.
There are all kinds of women’s costumes on sale this year. Some ladies like to use Halloween as an excuse to bare it all, while others prefer costumes that are designed to keep them warm during long trick or treating walks. Some of the big women’s Halloween costume trends this year include mermaids, comic book heroines, and Game of Thrones. We’ve also recommended a couple of classic costume options for women who want to re-use their costume over multiple years. In addition, you can browse the most popular costumes for women here, or read our guide to the best couples Halloween costumes.
1. Leg Avenue Women’s Deep Sea Siren Costume
Mermaids are a really popular costume choice this year. We think it might have something to do with the colorful mermaid hair trend that peaked in 2015. This particular mermaid costume is great for any woman who wants to do an homage to Disney’s The Little Mermaid, or for any one who wants a mermaid costume that doesn’t bare the stomach.
If you don’t want to do the whole “Ariel” thing, you could grab this green sea siren wig to create a different look.
Price: $52.12 – $100, depending on size selected
2. CosplaySky ‘Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen Costume
Every woman wants to feel like a queen, and there’s no hotter queen that Daenerys Stormborn right now. This professionally-made costume is perfect for any Game of Thrones fan. If you don’t have blonde hair, you’ll need to pick up a wig to complete the look. We recommend this “Barbarian Bride” wig. Don’t forget to grab a plush dragon or dragon egg, as well.
Price: $89.99 – $119.99, depending on size selected
3. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Wanda Maximoff Scarlet Witch Cosplay Costume
The Avengers are incredibly popular in 2015. Most women are likely to go as Black Widow, which is why we recommend that gals who want to stand out from the crowd go as the Scarlet Witch instead. Plus, the Scarlet Witch costume is a lot more comfortable and figure-flattering than a latex catsuit. This costume consists of the dress, two gauntlets, and jacket.
Price: $109.25 – $129.25, depending on size selected
4. Charades Archer Jacket Adult Costume
With the final installment of the Hunger Games films hitting theaters next month, it’s no surprise that Katniss Everdeen is a popular choice for women’s Halloween costumes right now. While it’s kind of hard to find a Mockingjay costume, it’s pretty easy to find a “classic” Katniss costume. Pair the jacket with a pair of warm pants and a prop bow, and you’ve got a costume that’s perfect for trick of treating with the kids.
Price: $29.60 – $64.99, depending on size selected
5. Rubie’s Adult Super Deluxe Cleopatra Costume
Are you tired of buying a cheap Halloween costume every year? Maybe it’s time to invest in a quality piece that’s made to last, and designed to turn heads. This high-quality costume is designed for stage shows or performances, so it’s made with a lot more care than your average costume. The Cleopatra costume comes with the dress, wristbands, armbands, headpiece, collar, and cape.
If this costume is too rich for your blood, you can check out other Cleopatra costume styles here. You may also want to check out our guide to the most awesome Halloween costumes, which focuses on deluxe costumes.
Price: $266.45 – $344.04, depending on size selected
Some guys like to go all-out for Halloween, while others just want a costume that’s quick and cheap. This year’s top picks for men include costumes inspired by politics and movies. Whether you’re looking for a costume that will blow everybody’s minds, or a simple piece you can add to your existing wardrobe, there’s something on the list below that will work for you. You can also shop more popular men’s Halloween costumes here, or read our guide to the best funny Halloween costumes for 2015.
6. The Donald Trump Billionaire Costume Wig
Looking for a funny costume on a shoestring budget? Pair this funny Trump wig with a suit from your own closet, and you’re good to go. Want more costume ideas in this vein? Check our guides to Trump Halloween costumes and Hillary Halloween costumes.
7. Rubie’s Supreme Darth Vader Costume
If you’re a serious Star Wars fan who loves to attend cons and costume parades, then you have good reason to invest in a premium Halloween costume that can stand up to normal wear and tear. This Supreme Edition Darth Vader costume from Rubie’s includes a jumpsuit, cape, gloves, injection molded armor pieces, and full mask & helmet. There’s a voice modulator in the helmet, and the belt really lights up. This small touches make this costume feel more like a real film costume than something anyone could buy at the drug store. Wear it this October, and at any other fun events you attend in the years to come. Prices may vary depending on the size selected.
Price: $621.44 (59 percent off MSRP)
8. Rubie’s ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ Deluxe Grand Heritage Collection Costume
Batman is always cool, so this is a costume that can be worn year after year. This officially licensed deluxe costume includes shirt, pants, cape, mask and belt. It is made from latex, just like the costumes used in the films. The Rubie’s Grand Heritage collection costs more, but the resulting costumes look film-ready. You can shop more Batman costumes here, if your budget isn’t big enough for you to afford this epic costume.
Price: $287.99 – $800.34, depending on size selected
9. Costume Culture Men’s Big Medieval Cape Adult Deluxe
Want to dress up as a member of the Night’s Watch? This voluminous cape is essential to completing the look. The cape features a faux fur collar with faux leather studded straps. Since it’s a cape, it will fit a variety of sizes, though those over a size 50 may find this cape a bit snug. You can shop more Westeros-inspired costumes here.
Price: $45.86 (39 percent off MSRP)
10. Forum Novelties Men’s Secret Agent Deluxe Costume Tuxedo
This tuxedo costume costs a fraction of a real tux, and it’s really versatile. You can use this costume to become Sterling Archer, James Bond, or any other famous spy you’d like. This costume looks great when paired with a toy gun, or with a martini.
Price: $20.00 – $44.98, depending on size selected
There’s been a lot of media uproar this Halloween season, with many outlets taking aim at the skimpy and often inappropriate costumes being marketed to girls and young women. We’ve made a special effort to only include girl’s Halloween costumes that are age-appropriate, and provide enough coverage to keep them warm while trick or treating. Our costume recommendations run the gamut from Disney to zombie, so there’s a lot to choose from. If nothing on our list suits your fancy, check out these top-selling girls Halloween costumes. You should also check out our boy’s section of costumes further down the post, which has some great gender-neutral costume ideas.
11. Zombie Girls Halloween Costume
Some girls like to dress up like princesses or fairies. But for other girls, it’s more fun to dress up as something scary. This cool zombie costume is perfect for a girl who prefers “spooky” to “pretty”. This would be a great costume if your family is planning to do a group zombie theme.
Price: $34.94 (30 percent off MSRP)
12. Disney ‘Frozen’ Elsa Musical Light-Up Dress
Frozen may have come out all the way back in 2013, but it’s still extremely popular among little girls. This Elsa costume is perfect for any girl who loves the film. It lights up and plays music, which will absolutely delight her. And the lights also make her more visible after dark, which is a nice added feature.
Price: $15.66 (55 percent off MSRP)
13. California Costumes Toys Little Mermaid Costume
If your daughter really wants to dress up as a mermaid this year, this costume is age-appropriate, and also warm enough to keep her comfortable during a long night of trick or treating. Unlike other mermaid costumes we’ve seen, this one has enough give in the tail to make it easy for her to walk around in.
Price: $15.29 – $71.89, depending on size selected
14. Fun World Sweet Fluffy Raccoon Costume
Does your little girl want to be unique? If she’s looking for a costume that will help her stand out from the crowd of Disney princess costumes, this cute raccoon costume is a nice option. This costume kit comes with a long sleeve dress with faux-fur trim, attachable plush tail, hood, and mask.
Price: $30.66 – $58.88, depending on size selected
15. Rubie’s Pink Rock Girl Costume
Sure, this costume would also be easy to DIY, but sometimes you just don’t have time. This simple costume includes the dress with attached beads and chain. You’ll need to provide your own tights, boots, and guitar.
Price: $19.64 – $47.20, depending on size selected
Our list of cool costumes for boys includes Captain America, astronauts, and Jedi knights. You can also get additional inspiration from these popular boy’s Halloween costumes on Amazon. Don’t forget to pick up a trick or treat bag for your kid to store all of his candy.
16. Disguise Marvel ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Costume
This officially licensed costume is a great choice for boys who love the Avengers. This would be a great costume if your entire family is planning on going as the Avengers. You can shop more Marvel costumes for all ages here.
Price: $13.49 (58 percent off MSRP)
17. Halo Master Chief Muscle Kids Costume
With a new Halo game out later this month, Master Chief is going to be a super hot Halloween costume this year. This is a great gift for kids who love video games. If you’re into the whole matching costume thing, Dad can also dress up as Master Chief, or a Spartan.
Price: $22.24 – $71.80, depending on size selected
18. Rasta Imposta Lil’ Man-Eating Shark Children’s Costume
Great for boys or girls, this unusual costume is a great choice for kids who love Shark Week. If you like funny costumes, they don’t get more offbeat than this.
Price: $35.22 (36 percent off MSRP)
19. Aeromax Jr. Astronaut Suit with Embroidered Cap
Designed for kids from four to six years of age, this is a great costume for both boys and girls. The look includes official NASA patches (including a special commander patch), plus an official embroidered NASA cap.
Price: $33.12 (34 percent off MSRP)
20. ‘Star Wars’ Classic Luke Skywalker Child Costume
A Luke Skywalker costume is a perennial favorite. And with a new movie in the saga due out this winter, interest in Jedi knights is even higher than usual. Don’t forget to add a lightsaber to complete the look. This is a great costume for kids who want to go trick or treating with their pets, since there are a ton of Star Wars-inspired dog costumes out there. You can see some cool options in our post on the best dog costumes.
Price: $16.99 (39 percent off MSRP)