We know what it’s like to have our favorite holiday approaching, and yet we somehow haven’t settled on a costume idea yet. This year, we’re looking for something timely, relevant, and exciting, so these Halloween costume ideas for 2023 may just help as all settle the matter.
If you’re asking us, we hope it’s number eight. Or number 10. Or number 20 for that matter. Heck, we put the list together. We stan all the options.
So check out these 2023 Halloween costume ideas and get stoked for spooky season with us. These range from today’s pop culture hits like Taylor Swift and Princess Peach to classic favorites like Cruella de Vil.
And if none of these inspire you, you can always be a ghost with a sheet over your head. All the easier to nap in.
22 Halloween Costume Ideas for a Bloody Good Halloween 2023
1. Phoebe Bridgers
If you’re in your Sad Girl Era, odds are that Phoebe Bridgers is your queen. So, putting this costume on will be like a beacon to all the other Sad Girls at the party. May your Halloween be filled with heart-wrenching songs and then a candy coma to bring up the mood.
2. Olive Penderghast (Easy A)
Give me an A! Hey, that’s also what we said to our physics teacher in high school. (She didn’t listen.)
Oh well, at least we can give ourselves an A with this costume inspired by Olive from the 2010 teen movie Easy A.
3. Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries)
Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of. Oops, wrong iconic 2000s movie. To be fair, they all sort of blur together at a point.
Anyways, with this outfit inspired by Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries, you can bend and snap your way to the top. What? Still wrong?
4. Boo (Monsters Inc)
Boo! Did we scare you? This Boo from Monsters Inc costume probably isn’t your best bet if you want to scare someone. But the scariest thing about Disney is the park ticket price, and we couldn’t come up with a costume for that.
5. Taylor Swift (evermore era)
Do you exclusively live on the side of TikTok where everything is vintage tea cups, ivy-covered walls, and Taylor Swift’s evermore album playing on a loop? You might be suffering from Cottagecore.
The cure? Wrap yourself in a luxurious cape and call us in the morning after your cup of tea. Or when you score Eras Tour tickets.
6. Taylor Swift (Fearless era)
“You Belong With Me” is what we whisper to our boyfriend’s fries every time he orders some for himself and doesn’t offer to share. Oh, and it also happens to be one of Taylor Swift’s most well-known songs.
Pay homage to Taylor’s Fearless era with this outfit inspired by the music video. Fries not included, but you can have some of our boyfriend’s, too. He totally doesn’t mind.
7. Taylor Swift (1989 era)
Okay, just one more. Let’s be real: Taylor was 2023.
If no other album could fill the blank space in your heart, there’s this 1989-inspired look. Go perfectly vintage with this Polaroid costume, complete with Taylor’s iconic seagull shirt. Or go all out and pay some real seagulls to follow you around at the party. The fries may help.
8. M3GAN (M3GAN)
There are some who say M3GAN is just Chucky for Gen Z. To that we say…well yeah, sure, a little. But has Chucky ever done a hilarious dance while chasing down his victims? Didn’t think so.
Meanwhile, M3GAN is out here absolutely serving. Are we villains if we say we were rooting for her?
9. Roy and Keeley (Ted Lasso)
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by the end of Ted Lasso. Yeah, we’re just gonna pretend it never happened. Ted’s still the coach, and Roy and Keeley lived happily ever after.
You too can live in La-La-Lasso Land with us by acting out Roy and Keeley’s relationship with this costume.
- Roy Kent AFC Richmond jersey
- White athletic shorts
- Blue soccer cleats
- Yellow knee-high socks
- Fake facial hair
10. Peach and Mario
Ever since the Super Mario Bros. movie came out, it’s been all about Team Mario or Team Bowser. On the one hand, you have a nice guy who’s a bit of a klutz. On the other hand, you have a maniac with the voice of an angel.
So, yeah, we’re Team Bowser, too.
11. Misty (Yellowjackets)
What do you get when you cross a people pleaser with a people killer? Misty! You’d think this dichotomy would keep the second part at bay, but you’d be very wrong.
But hey, she’d do anything for her friends. So there’s that.
12. Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)
Folks, Game of Thrones has returned. But this time, there’s no Team Stark or Team Dany or Team Joffrey (like anyone was Team Joffrey). Instead, we’ve got Team Turner and Team Jonas.
Show off your side—you are on the right side, aren’t you?—by donning Sophie Turner’s best Sansa Stark look. We ride for the Queen of the North. Duh.
13. Cruella de Vil (Cruella)
Out with the old and in with the new. This applies to many things in life, like that day-old coffee we put in the fridge, telling ourselves we’ll drink it iced in the morning. But it also applies to Cruella, who got a major revamp with her prequel movie.
So, if you need us, we’ll be thinking about the future…and getting Starbucks again because you and I both know we’re not drinking that sludge.
- Black and brown eyeshadow and medical tape (and this makeup tutorial)
- Black and white wig
- Black leather jacket
- Leather pants
- Moto boots
14. Louisa (Encanto)
Pop quiz: What’s pressure? A. Trying to find a prom date. B. Physical force exerted on an object. C. Disney’s best song in years.
If you answered B, you’re a smartypants. But the correct answer is actually C. Rock Louisa’s signature look, and you’re guaranteed to feel no pressure when putting together your Halloween costume this year.
15. Dolores (Encanto)
Last year, there was a sea of Mirabels and Isabelas. This year, we’re aiming to make it the Halloween of Dolores. This overlooked Madrigal deserves some time in the spotlight.
She kept Bruno’s secret for years. While Mirabel couldn’t shut up about Bruno, Dolores stood by her uncle, and for that we stan the true hero of the movie. And we’re ready to work her red bow into our daily fits.
16. Maddy (Euphoria)
We can all agree that Maddy deserved better in pretty much every aspect in Euphoria. Though she was often portrayed as the Mean Girl, we see her as a Sad Girl, too. Get you a girl who can do both, and look this hot along the way.
17. Scarlet Witch
Pay homage to WandaVision with this Halloween costume inspired by Wanda’s Halloween costume. Which, itself, was inspired by Scarlet Witch’s original costume. Which we assume was inspired by a comic book writer who wanted to make her look hot.
Mission accomplished, babe.
18. President Loki
Look, a lot of people would say that the upcoming presidential election season doesn’t sound fun. But you know what would make it more fun? If President Loki entered the race.
Would he be a good president? Probably not. Would it be more entertaining than the old guys running? Definitely yes. Would I vote for him? No comment (absolutely yes).
19. Pink Ladies
Pink Ladies are our favorite apples, which is fitting because these Pink Ladies are the apples of our eye. If you watched Grease and (correctly) recognized that Rizzo was the best character, this costume is for you.
Sandy can ramma lamma lamma right outta here in that flying car. Is that really how it ended?
20. Original Barbie
There are bound to be quite a few Barbies out there this year, but you can rock the original look to stand out in the crowd. Because everyone knows the OG is the best.
Unless you’re talking about Oreos. In which case, Double Stuf or bust.
21. Britney Spears
“Oops, I Did it Again” is what we say every year when we eat all the Halloween candy before the trick-or-treaters arrive.
It’s also what we say when we don this red Britney Spears look. Now, does anyone know if Target still has candy on sale? We can’t deal with a TP’ed house again this year.
22. Snow White
In the long line of movies Disney has decided to give a live-action version to, Snow White is next on the list. If you want to embody her original look, now is the time to do it before we get a major revamp.
But for real, what’s next with the live-action reboots? A Lilo and Stitch where Stitch is terrifying af? What? They’re doing that already? Add that to the reasons we have nightmares.
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