Halloween is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone. While it can be easy to fall into the rut of safe costumes year after year, (yep, we're talking about your DIY cat costume), taking a risk and going as something new is part of the fun and magic of the holiday. Now that we are in October, time is ticking for the largest dress up contest of the year and it's time to start drawing up some spooky costume inspiration.
The easiest way to figure out a unique costume for Halloween is to take notes from the best of the best, so we’ve rounded up some of the most innovative celebrity costumes, costumes for women, funny DIY ideas, couples costumes, best friend getups and more to get your creative juices flowing. You and friends could recreate Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella performance dressed as her backup dancers (with matching white boots!) or you could draw inspiration from a funny pun and go as a "Bread Winner." If you have kids you might be looking for kids costumes that can be easily made at home with few supplies or quickly purchase in time for Halloween. You may even be inspired by a look that features an outrageous wig or even by your favorite Disney Halloween movies. No matter your Halloween vibe, if you're dressing up in any of these costumes, you’re sure to have a hair-raising good time.
Use cupcake liners in a creative way to DIY this mermaid costume! To make the tail, you'll need a green apron, green and gold metallic cupcake liners and hot glue.
First, you'll want to fold the cupcake liners in half. Start by adding a line of hot glue to the straight folded part of a cupcake liner and attach at the bottom of the apron. The rounded part should be facing down.
Then, continue to fill out the entire width of the apron and alternate the cupcake liner colors. Next, you'll want to continue by adding another layer, making sure that they overlap the first line. Continue until the entire apron is covered.
To complete the look, throw on a colorful pink wig and dress up with a green shirt and leggings.
This adorable plant costume is too cute not to make this Halloween. Take a grasscloth basket and cut a hole in the bottom for hips and legs to fit through.
Download a leaf template and trace onto green paper. Trim and fold in half. Next, you'll want to get craft wire and cut at different lengths. Create stems by threading with green straws, dabbing hot glue as you thread to hold in place. Once you finish threading, you can hot glue the leafs to the end of the stems.
To attach the stems, hot glue them to the inside of the basket and reinforce with duct tape if needed. Avoid attaching on the sides.
Then, make the shoulder straps by cutting green ribbon and attach to the inside front and back of the basket with velcro tape or safety pins.
As for finishing touches, bend the stems around you for a realistic look!
Fly door to door collecting candy on Halloween night with these amazing DIY wings.
First, take coffee filters and cupcake liners and fold in half. With leftover cardboard boxes, cut out two oval wings. Start with one wing and attach the coffee filters with tape, making sure that they overlap to create a feathered look. Next, add in a few white and metallic cupcake liners to add texture and create depth to the wing.
Create a tube out of cardboard that fits the circumference of your arm. Fasten to the back of the wing and secure with duct tape. Cover with more cupcake liners and coffee filters to hide where it attaches. Now, all that is left to do is the second wing!
If you're planning to take on Halloween as a couple, draw inspiration from Bella Hadid and The Weeknd's flawless portrayal of Beetlejuice and Lydia.
Halima Aden's fierce version of Disney's Maleficent was a very memorable moment from Heidi Klum's 20th annual Halloween party.
A good throwback never gets old! This fun interpretation of the classic light box and peg toy is sure to brighten up your Halloween night.
This costume deserves all of the infinity stones! Once you nail down the purple face paint and either DIY or buy an Infinity Gauntlet, the rest of the gear you probably already have at home.
Clueless may have been released in 1995, but Lupita Nyong'o recently breathed new life into Dionne. From the hat to the nose ring, this costume is spot on!
Channel your inner Agatha Harkness this year to honor the awesomeness that was WandaVision. Honestly, once you find the right dress, you can outfit the rest of the look however you want.
The '90s are back, so why not dress as one of the most iconic characters from then? Who knows, maybe it's just the shake up you need.
Serena Williams is known for serving up some serious fashion moments on and off the tennis court. Take a page out of her book with this effortless DIY black bodysuit and black tutu tennis costume.
So we may not have gotten a Lizzie McGuire reboot, but any fan of the Disney series will instantly recognize this look. It was one of several looks Hillary Duff's character tried on in 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie and, needless to say, it still works.
Because every Halloween party could use some "happy little trees" from Bob Ross!
This unique spin on Joaquin Pheonix's Joker from the 2019 movie is a total winner — especially with that neon green hair and spot-on makeup.
Let's just say that Ciara and Russell Wilson totally nailed it as Queen Bey and Jay-Z for Halloween.
This adorable DIY family costume calls for one farmer in overalls, alongside some of the best veggies and fruits!
She's a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world! An icon dressed as an icon when Beyoncé went as Barbie for Halloween.
We're suckers for an adorable, punny couples Halloween costume. With a green and white shirt, you're just four letters away from one of the best (not to mention, easiest) costumes ever.
This guy got a bit messy putting together his American Psycho costume for New York City's Halloween Parade.
These Fresh Prince costumes would take top prize in West Philly, Bel-Air and everywhere in between.
These two studied their Handbook for the Recently Deceased well to pull together these looks.
This fortune teller sees lots of fetch in your future.
Heidi Klum really out-Klumed herself with this look paying tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller video from her 2017 party.
Disney princesses are cool and all, but She-Ra takes the crown.
BooBoo Stewart threw together this Rorschach (Watchmen) costume for a Halloween charity event in 2010.
A little boy disguised as a robot disguised as a truck ... with working lights became the ultimate Transformer.
If you're going to dress as a teacher for Halloween, make that teacher Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. It's a costume that's as easily recognizable as it is to make.
Goofy Movie fans may recognize this look created by Brooklyn-based designer Sam Branman. An obscure Disney character like Powerline really stands out in a room.
This pop culture pun costume is also ridiculously simple to do. Just make sure you're going to a party with people who have actually seen Blade Runner.
People do mermaid costumes all the time, but not like this. If we were awarding medals for these, she gets the gold.
The Morton Salt girl is one of those instantly recognizable costumes that you might not think of right away. Supermarket product mascots also works as a great group costume idea.
A nude censored Sims costume will win over any crowd of millennials who invested hours in that game.
Did you really think we'd do a Halloween roundup without a Hocus Pocus costume?
This little pine cone creation is perfect for Halloween or just anyone who is really into fall.
The Rice Krispies elves is the kind of group costume that everyone will love. Toss in someone wearing a Michael Myers costume and then you have a cereal killer.
This little astronaut took a job with NASA hoping for some Milky Ways.
This tiny taco is just too cute to eat!
Legendary duo Bert and Ernie have never had this much swagger.
To infinity and beyond! Get the whole family involved with these fun Toy Story costumes.
Show your loyalty to Minecraft with this DIY look. Your little gamer will go gaga over our pick.
Make way for Mario and Princess Peach on Halloween! Put your sibling rivalry aside with these adorable costumes.
Your little DIY garden gnome will be sure to gather all of the Halloween candy this year.
Channel your inner diva JEM with your fam and jam out with these rockin' DIY costumes!
Share a slice of pizza with your bestie this Halloween. Delivery guy not included.
Whether you call them jimmies or sprinkles, you'll scream for ice cream with this quick and easy DIY costume. Complete the look
with a cute sugar cone topper.
Holy heist, Batman! Show off your DIY chops with this stroller-to-Batmobile transformation. Your little ones will absolutely love to go trick-or-treating in style as the dynamic duo.
This DIY LEGO look will thrill your little one this Halloween. Play-time not is over yet!
Here's a Where's Waldo? group costume idea that will satisfy each person in your family from mom and pop to tot.
Celebrating Halloween is easy with this oversized candy necklace costume. DIY your non-traditional look with this classic treat.
If you and your honey go together like milk and cookies, then couple up with this calorie-free DIY costume.
If you and your gal pal are inseparable, then team up for this fun DIY beach ball and palm tree costume.
Celebrate Halloween with this mommy-and-me DIY pasta costume. You'll flip for this farfalle and ravioli look. Your little meatball will love it too.
Celebrate Halloween with your sweetie this year with this DIY pencil and paper costume. While magic is in the air, resist the urge to transform "Paper" into a Honey-do list.
Celebrate a vibrant life with your little Picasso this Halloween.
The couple that plays Nintendo stays together. Pair up with your sweetheart for this costume.
This social butterfly is about to take flight.