16 Best Halloween Costume Ideas // Kids, Couples, and Gals

I’ve scoured the internet to bring you the best Halloween costume ideas around! These are all so fun, creative and unique, and if these don’t float your boat, I’m sure they will give you a tonne of inspiration for your own fun Halloween costume!

The best Halloween costume ideas for kids!

Clockwise from L to R: Sarah Illenberger, Oh Happy Day, Sarah Illenberger, Oh Joy

A collection of photos for best halloween costume ideas for kids

Do you all have big Halloween plans this week?  For years when I worked on a show, our itty bitty wardrobe department would costume dozens and dozens of people for our big Halloween show which taped the day before Halloween.  I’m talking racks and racks and racks of all sorts of clothing, costumes, and props!  Needless to say, by the time Halloween rolled around the next day, the last thing I wanted to do was look at another costume.  (Last year, this was my “costume”!)  Have you come across any genius costume ideas?  My dad is going to be out of town next weekend, so my mom is going to a party with another couple dressed as rock, paper, and scissors.  I thought that was pretty clever!  Here are more ideas from around the web if you’re still looking for that perfect costume…

The Best Halloween Costume Ideas for the gals!

Clockwise from L to R: A Beautiful Mess, Fashion Gone Rogue, Studio DIY, Camille Styles

Four photos of best halloween costume ideas for women

The best couples and men’s Halloween costumes!

Clockwise from L to R: A Beautiful Mess, Say Yes To Hoboken, Say Yes To Hoboken, BuzzFeed

Couples Halloween costumes

Clockwise from L to R: BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Huffington Post

4 of the best halloween costume ideas for men

Fun and unique DIY costumes!

I love how imaginative these costumes are! Some will take a bit more effort than others but they are sure to stand out in a crowd! I love the idea of going as a couples costume – so fun!

For more costume ideas for the whole family, be sure to check out these other posts!

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DIY Halloween || Paw Patrol Skye Costume

Do you know what your costume is going to be for this year yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. rachel


    phew, have it sorted… this year’s theme is Harry Potter. Am obsessing about archetypes at moment and having empty nest.. SO niece and daughter booked for trip to Harry Potter Experience (they have shared obsession), I will host trick or treat for neighbourhood kids and first year of own costume will be a toe in the ocean, purple nails, crystal necklace and white t-shirt with owl on it, (archetypes creative/visionary/intellectual) change is good. Thanks for indulging Jen!

    • rachel


      O and royal: hence purple…
      We’ve had a storm here, been in all day, note to self get out for some fresh air tomorrow!!

  2. rachel


    painted nails purple… that’s a start!

  3. Love the Bill Cunningham costume! Too cute.

    • Jen Pinkston


      Me too! You have to hop over to Oh Happy Day and see the entire kids fashion icon series that Jordan did. It’s truly genius!

  4. rachel


    you’ve inspired me! being a Brit we used to focus on Bonfire Night as children but took on Halloween when had American neighbours and do treats for kids etc, my daughter (grown up) always does great halloween party costumes, but think maybe this year will do my own…. need to get creative, 3 days to go!!

    • Jen Pinkston


      Bonfire Night sounds so fun! I need to know more about this! Good luck with your costume– keep us posted how it turns out!

      • rachel


        It’s on November 5th, people either have family bonfires,sparklers and fireworks or the whole town gather for firework displays. There used to be a ‘guy’ to burn (see wikepedia) but we never did that part… You used to see massive bonfires being built up for weeks ahead. After many accidents though the fire services encouraged councils to do pubic ones so they could be safe.

        Mum used to make amazing bonfire toffee that risked your teeth but was worth it!

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