The ultimate guide to Halloween costumes


A bunch of Jack o' Lanterns lit up in the dark.
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Even though Halloween is still a few weeks away, it’s never too early to start thinking about the best way to enjoy the holiday! Whether you want to plan a costume for yourself, with friends or a significant other, and look cute or be the funniest person at your Halloween party, here is a list of potential costumes that are sure to be the talk of campus:






Costumes for couples:

• Lilo and Stitch

• Angel and Devil

• Dora and Boots

• Cowboy vs. alien

• Mike and Sully from "Monsters, Inc."

• Dress as each other

• Wendy and Peter Pan

• Beetlejuice and Lydia

• Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable

• Jim and Pam from "The Office"

• Ron and Hermione from the "Harry Potter" series

• Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter from the "Captain America" franchise

• Tony Stark and Pepper Potts from the "Iron Man" franchise

• Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown from "Back to the Future"

• Carl and Ellie from "Up"

• Leia Organa and Han Solo from the "Star Wars" franchise

• Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker from the "Star Wars" franchise

• Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks from "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

• Danny and Sandy from "Grease"

• Johnny and Baby from "Dirty Dancing"

• Astronaut and alien

• Wanda and Cosmo from "The Fairly Oddparents"

• Slinky from "Toy Story" (one person is Slinky’s head and the other is his tail, with both attached with a slinky toy in between)


Costumes for groups:

• Characters from "Scooby-Doo"

• Donna, Tanya and Rosie from "Mamma Mia!"

• The Powerpuff Girls

• The Avengers

• Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo from the "Star Wars" franchise (and don’t forget Chewbacca!)

• Characters from "The Wizard of Oz"

• The Power Rangers

• Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet

• Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bo Peep from "Toy Story"

• Characters from "That 70’s Show"

• Characters from "Breaking Bad"

• Characters from "Orange Is the New Black"

• The Blue Man Group

• Charlie’s Angels

• Disney princesses (and princes!)

• The Incredibles

• Characters from "Super Mario"



A pile of pumpkins stacked on some hay.
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Last-minute costume ideas:

• M&Ms—take a simple t-shirt in a plain color and use white paper or tape to add the letter "M"

• Witch—use a neutral or black color scheme and combine a black dress with tights, dark eye makeup and a hat. Extra props if you can find a witch’s broom to use!

• Mickey or Minnie Mouse—wear anything red, black or polka-dotted with some Mickey ears or a bow

• Decades—choose which past decade encapsulates you best, like floral or psychedelic clothes with lots of hanging fringe or sleeves for the 70s or bright neon disco gear for the 80s

• Ghost—channel your inner TikToker and have a photoshoot wearing a white sheet under a pair of sunglasses

• Dunkin’ Donuts—dress up in a jersey or workout gear and add a basketball and an inflatable innertube

• Cat—similar to the witch: find some plain black clothes and accentuate with a cat-eye makeup look and drawn-on whiskers with a pointy-eared headband

• “Spice” Girls—print out an image of a McCormick spice of your choosing, like thyme, cinnamon or anything else, and carry it around with you

• Mummy—wear an all-white outfit and take a long strand of white cloth, or, if you’re really running out of time, toilet paper, and wrap it around yourself—optional: use neutral brown and gray powdered makeup to give the cloth a dirtier look


Trending costumes:

• Soldiers from "Squid Game"

• Contestants from "Squid Game"

• Wanda and Vision from "WandaVision"

• The five moms from TikTok

• Characters from "Handmaid’s Tale"

• Characters from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

• Grogu and Din Djarin from "The Mandalorian"

• Loki and Sylvie from "Loki"

• Willy Wonka

• The viral “Berries and Cream” character from Starburst commercials


Have a happy Halloween from KRNL!