13 Super Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween

Forget the sexy nurses and sparkly vampires – this Halloween, score more treats as a living Marvel character or a 3D paper model of yourself.

It’s tough coming up with a truly creative Halloween costume, but these 13 ideas are fantastic. Some are simple and some are crazy complicated, but hopefully they’ll inspire you to go design your own awesome Halloween costume.

Photo from Sunshine Asian Stuff

3D Paper You

It took me a few seconds to realize no photoshopping was involved here. Don’t know how easy it is to breathe in these things, but you’ll sure turn some… heads! Check out Secret Labs to learn about their Giant Paper Head Costume workshops.

Eaten Alive

This is a great idea for those evil adults who like to pose as a prop outside their home, waiting for innocent kids to approach the porch on their first candy-hunting excursion. Imagine the trauma you could inflict by zipping yourself in a bear costume, then busting out of the chest before they’ve even had a chance to say, “Trick or….” Halloween truly is for children.

Go Low Tech
This is a simple but brilliantly executed idea. The low resolution effect will have people checking their contacts when they spot you from a distance.

Walking Wordplay

A million puns, a million potential costumes. Think “One Nightstand,” “Smarty Pants,” or even “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.” My favorite though is this: “Vegging Out!”


Pregnant Belly Brilliance

Clever and gorgeous. If you’re interested in painting your pregnant belly as a pumpkin, globe, bowl of fish or anything else this year, check out the ProudBody Pregnancy Belly Painting Kit on Amazon.

And Next Year, For the Baby

Baby costumes abound out there. Dressing them as tacos, sushi rolls, hot dogs and other munchies is particularly popular (and disturbing), but I’m a fan of those costumes that let parent and baby dress as a duo. Other than a Cat in the Hat pushing Things 1 and 2 in a double stroller, this is the cutest idea I’ve seen:

Living Marvel Character

Dressing as a comic book character is old news. But this makeup job – well, it’s just exquisite. Who knows how long it took to do, but it was well worth it.

Amazing Anime

Another one for those with a skilled hand for make-up. I came across lots of costumes like “Sexy Sailor Moons,” where the focus was on the clothes. But with a proper paint job, you really can look like live manga from a distance. Sunshine Asian Stuff has a few video tutorials if you’re interested.

Social Media

As you’re essentially walking around showing your face through a cutout in a large piece of poster board, this costume could easily appear half-assed, but the status update is brilliant. (If you can’t read it: “Greg…is wearing his Facebook page as his Halloween costume”.) Social media is great for Halloween costumes: think “live” YouTube, or all the groping fun you could have if you went as a Facebook poke!

Caged Up

Can’t say this would be the most comfortable way to spend the evening – looks like you’d be walking with a slight hunch – but it’s certainly creative.

Kidnap Yourself

What I love about this is it’s infinitely cooler than your regular sexy mermaid. Allison has a detailed how-to on making this costume yourself on Instructables. And look – no hunching necessary, unlike the previous costumes. Genius.

See-through Gear (Literally, Not Sluttily)

Gadgets used for gory effects. What’s not to love? Evan created this effect with a travel DVD player and a digital camera.

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