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Fall officially starts in about a month, which means there’s plenty of time to start planning for the spooky season. Even if you’re not a Hollywood costume designer or a DIY type, not all ensembles need to be generic — that’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best Halloween costumes that don’t look like your standard out-of-the-bag outfit.
Even better: All of our Halloween costume picks are under $100, and most of them require accessories that you likely already have in your closet. From Bridgerton ballgowns and dresses fit for Salem’s Sanderson sisters, to classic monsters and ensembles for those who want to stay socially distanced at parties, check out our favorite women’s and men’s costumes below. (We’ve also gathered our top superhero Halloween costumes if you’re into that, too.)
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The Best Women’s Halloween Costumes Under $100
CosplayDIY Women’s Ball Gown
From Daphne Bridgerton or Lady Whistledown to Marie Antoinette, this versatile ballgown can serve dozens of looks from Rococo to Regency for Halloween (even if your fashion history-obsessed friend says otherwise). If you do decide to dress up as Bridgerton, don’t forget to stay in character with some good neck acting.
Tipsy Elves Women’s Skeleton Costume
Whether you’re going for the classic bare-bones look, or you’re recreating the Silly Symphony’s “Skeleton Dance,” this women’s skeleton costume is one and done.
Space Jam Women’s Lola Bunny Costume
LeBron James fans can rep team Tune Squad this Halloween with this Lola Bunny costume from Space Jam: A New Legacy. Costume designer Melissa Bruning revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was a “mathematical nightmare” to design the original looks — thankfully, this Halloween costume of the charming animated rabbit won’t be a horror to wear.
Hocus Pocus Sarah Sanderson Witch Costume
Hocus Pocus 2 isn’t arriving until fall 2022, but you can conjure up the ditziest witch of them all with this official Sarah Sanderson costume. Run amuck (amuck, amuck) in her satin dress with a printed bodice, mesh sleeves and gold petticoat; there’s also a matching wig and hooded cape for those who want to go all out.
Women’s Beaded Flapper Dress Costume
Ma Rainey, Clara Bow or Gatsby girl — if you pair it with the right accessories, the options are endless with this beaded flapper dress costume. It’s great for all of those Roaring Twenties parties and New Year’s Eve soirées.
Clueless Cher Halloween Costume
As if Cher Horowitz ever goes out of style for Halloween! Pay homage to the ’90s movie icon in this Clueless-inspired costume, which includes the entire yellow plaid jacket and skirt outfit, a sweater top and two kilt pints.
Women’s Hippie Costume
Whether you’re dressing up as a Band-Aid á la Almost Famous or reliving Woodstock, this women’s hippie costume can be worn for Halloweens to come. This four-piece outfit includes a floral bell-sleeved mini dress with an attached fringed vest, a headband, glasses and a choker.
Women’s Day of the Dead Costume
Keep the Halloween spirit alive with this Día de los Muertos costume inspired by the two-day Mexican holiday that celebrates those who’ve passed on. This women’s Day of the Dead outfit includes a floral-embroidered black satin dress, black lace gloves, a floral headband and a black lace fan for a complete spooky-chic ensemble.
Handmaid’s Tale Women’s Costume
Fans of the Margaret Atwood novel-turned-Hulu Originals series can pretend to live under his eye with this stunning recreation of the show’s iconic scarlet uniforms. This Handmaid’s Tale costume comes with a red hooded dress and white bonnet, so all you need is a pair of your best revolution-ready boots.
Women’s Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume
If you prefer a more optimistic feminist Halloween costume, raise a fist in this stylish Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume. All you need is a pair of black combat boots to pull off the WWII-era cultural icon’s look, as this set comes with denim-inspired jumpsuit with a “Rosie” name tag, a red belt, and a polka-dotted head scarf.
Women’s Devil Costume
A sexy devil is one of the most popular Halloween costumes, but not everyone wants to wear a skin-baring outfit. This Princess of Darkness look comes with a fire-red jumpsuit, matching elbow-length gloves and a horned headband — wear your comfiest heels and bring your devil pitchfork and you’re set for your night of devious debauchery.
Women’s Minnie Mouse Costume
It doesn’t get any cuter than this Minnie Mouse costume. It includes an adorable polka-dot fit and flare dress with puff sleeves, a matching headband and a black bow belt.
Grease Bad Sandy Costume
One of the original good girls gone bad, Sandy from Grease is one of the best Halloween costumes that will always be a hit. This official Grease costume comes with an off-the-shoulder top, curve-hugging pants and an elastic belt, and in options with or without a blonde wig.
The Best Men’s Halloween Costumes Under $100
Buzz Lightyear Inflatable Halloween Costume
For those who still prefer some social distancing without turning down all of those Halloween party invites, this inflatable Buzz Lightyear Halloween costume might help you get a bit of space. It’s equipped with a built-in fan to keep you inflated to infinity and beyond (so long as you avoid sharp objects).
Men’s Pirate Halloween Costume
Pirates are always in style for Halloween, but you don’t have to settle for the basic red-and-striped tattered polyester shirt. Play the stylish swashbuckler instead with this deluxe men’s pirate costume, which with a flocked damask vest, a collared shirt with faux leather cuffs, a suede belt, a faux leather hat, an eye patch and a faux silver and bronze dagger.
Men’s Gray Lycan Werewolf Costume
For those who aren’t ready to give up masked life just yet, this terrifying werewolf costume lets you keep your face covered while keeping people at a distance. Now’s a good time to wear that naturally distressed pair of denim (this outfit also doubles as a grunge-loving monster with the torn flannel shirt).
Men’s Vintage Strong Man Costume
Not everyone spent their quarantine time pumping iron at their home gym, but you can dress up as the kitschy-cool version of you that did with this vintage strong man outfit. It comes with a mesh shirt and pants with faux tattoos (so you don’t need actual ink to pull this off), a striped bodysuit and faux leather belt.
Men’s Disco Costume
A shirt is optional with this Studio 54-inspired men’s disco costume. It’s perfect for all of those ’70s-themed parties during Halloween and beyond.
Classic TV Batman Costume
Holy Halloween, Robin! This classic Batman Halloween costume is for superfans of the original Adam West-era series — and the whole package costs under $100. comes with a logo jumpsuit inspired by the 1960s TV show, a yellow belt, headpiece, satin cape, gloves and boot tops.
Bob Ross Halloween Costume
Pay homage to beloved landscape artist Bob Ross (or Euphoria‘s Lexi as “the painter from PBS”) with this creative Halloween costume, which includes a curly wig, dress shirt and faux art supplies for channeling the Joy of Painting host (who’s the subject of the forthcoming Netflix documentary, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, out on Aug. 25.)
Men’s Super Mario Halloween Costume
It’s-a-you, Mario, when you wear this playful ensemble of everyone’s favorite mustachioed Italian plumber. The Super Mario costume includes the iconic Nintendo character’s signature cap, a faux ‘stache and a jumpsuit.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr. Frank N Furter Halloween Costume
Shivering with antici…pation for All Hallow’s Eve? Dress up (errr, down?) as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s iconic Transylvanian MD with this Dr. Frank N Furter costume. It includes a corset top, briefs, garter straps, stockings and fingerless gloves (you’ll need to find your Brad and Janet separately).
Back to the Future Marty McFly Men’s Costume
Flash it back to the past and suit up like Marty McFly with this Back to the Future Halloween costume — just add your favorite retro Nike Cortez sneakers and a Casio watch to complete the throwback look.
The Joker Halloween Costume
Everyone will be dressed as Jared Leto-era Joker, so why not set yourself apart from the rest of the Halloween tricksters with a vintage version of the DC Comics supervillain? This three-piece Joker Halloween costume includes a purple pinstriped suit jacket with matching dress pants and an emerald green tie.
Top Gun Flight Suit Halloween Costume
Top Gun: Maverick will land in theaters Nov. 19, just a few weeks after Halloween — and you can pay homage to the original film with this movie-inspired flight suit that comes complete with patches. All you need is a cool pair of aviators (ideally some classic Ray-Ban sunglasses).
Spooktacular Creations Men’s Vampire Halloween Costume
Sometimes a classic vampire costume is all you need to win Halloween. Whether you’re going for Interview with a Vampire or What We Do in the Shadows, this look comes a ruffled shirt with an attached vest, a cape and a cane, so you’ll just need a sharp pair of fangs.
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