Since way back in 2007, we've been rounding up our favorite Halloween costumes each year. If you're looking for a costume idea, here are some of the best!
1. Sputnik 2
In 2010, Flickr user vietnamted put together , the that took the dog Laika into space. As you can see, Laika is aboard and ready for liftoff. However, this Laika survived the mission. See the costume at .
2. Yip Yips
Sesame Street's popular aliens, the always appear in twos, so this is a costume that should be worn with a buddy. It take two people to properly fit one according to , so you may as well help each other out and into a great costume!
3. Optimus Prime
Instructables member dannyeurena turned cardboard, duct tape, and hot glue into a satisfyingly authentic . According to the accompanying video, it was comfortable enough to dance in!
4. Death Becomes Her
Evan Booth's costume for Halloween 2006 seemed to be a nondescript "dude in a wig" until you looked at the in his midsection! This was accomplished with a camera in the back of the shirt that recorded a background scene and fed it to a travel-size DVD player in the front that displayed the backdrop. In 2008, artist used the idea for a costume recreating a scene from the movie Death Becomes Her where Goldie Hawn has a hole blown through her body. The creation process is , and the is available if you'd like to try this yourself.
5. Hovering Boba Fett
Linkfilter member Reapre had considered a Rocketeer costume when he hit on the idea of . He used a purchased Boba Fett costume and converted it using a homemade jetpack. The column of flame below hid his legs. Reapre wore platform shoes made from roller blades to make himself several inches taller.
6. Helmet Cat
Flickr user Alida Saxon's brother put this together at the last minute. The helmet is a basketball painted green, and the fur was salvaged from a stuffed toy. Make your favorite into a Halloween costume and half the folks you encounter will laugh; the other half will scratch their heads and wonder.
7. The Wild Things
A group of five friends dressed as the monsters plus Max from the Maurice Sendak's book Where The Wild Things Are for Halloween 2008. Craftster member sjeanette made . The eyes glow in the dark! I can't really tell how one would see while wearing these, but I assume they made a great impression.
8. Mega Man
Kevin made a for his 3-year-old son a few Halloweens back. What made this so awesome is the with working lights and the authentic fashioned from a bike helmet. See more pictures of the .
Chris Miller made his own back in 2005. The eyes moved by a servo controlled by his hands! He was a finalist in a costume contest, but I can't imagine what costume could beat this.
The hides your face but displays emoticons instead. This helmet was created by the Digital Media Design Dept at Hongik University in Korea. What emoticon is shown is controlled by the wearer's body actions. If you want to make your own, the has design specifications and video. It will help if you can read Korean.
Katie Mello of LAIKA House in Portland made this for her dog Bones.
Bones has , where you can see more pictures: in this costume, other clothing, and as nude as other dogs. In fact, there's that takes you through the process of building this costume.
12. Death Star
Image by Flickr users .
Anditron always dresses up for Halloween, but when she was pregnant, she wanted to incorporate her bump without being too traditional. So . Or rather, her round belly was the Death Star, with small x-wing fighters attached. The rest of her was dressed in black. The Darth Vader helmet was incidental, but worked well. Take a look at the Death Ray deployed:
Image by Flickr user .
It appears to be some fiber optics and a few light sticks, but the effect is, um, not earth-shattering, but Alderaan-shattering!
13. Coppertone Girl
It's a logo everyone knows from as far back as we can remember. The little Coppertone girl's tan line is revealed when her puppy dog pulls on her swim pants. dressed her adorable daughter in a tan leotard and tights, then reconstructed the backside to reflect the logo, puppy dog and all!
14. Leg Lamp
You can buy a referencing a prop from the movie A Christmas Story. But redditor mjr214 has a friend who has only one leg, which made so much more fitting -and awesome! You can see the comparison in .
15. Walk the Dinosaur
Alison at Mod Mischief put together a few years ago. She even wore stilts! The dino she is riding is an allosaurus made of papier-mâché. See some of the . Allison set the bar pretty high for herself after the she posted at Instructables from the previous year.
16. Flying Genie
Allison also posted an Instructables guide to recreating this one of her friends pulled off. The secret to carrying this around all night is a walker on wheels that supports the carpet!
17. Zombie Cat
Cyriak Harris and Sarah Brown made an animation featuring zombie cats called . Dawn Weast and Suzy Gruber were inspired by the video and made a for Weast's 5-year-old daughter Bell. The handmade costume is a dead ringer for one of the cartoon cats that gets turned into a zombie.
18. Shark Attack
has a young cousin who has no legs. He and his little sister trick-or-treated in these clever costumes portraying .
19. Pregnant Zombie
Image (cc) by Flickr user
was the pregnant zombie that stood out from the crowd at the 2009 Texas Frightmare Zombie Walk. Be assured, it was totally fake. give you some idea of the work that went into this costume. See more photos from the 2009 Texas Frightmare Weekend Zombie Walk in Flickr user .
Sam's brother had a that set him in a Port-a-Potty in 2010. Seven-year-old Ben could walk around and "sit" at the same time! The brand name in their area is Honey Bucket, so Ben's door was labeled the same.
21. Chomping Pacman
Matthew Varas built a Pacman costume a few years ago, and this decided to improve upon the idea by building a The project took six weeks, but as you can see, the results are awesome. See the building process at .
22. Robot Couple
Instructables member onebrokenneck made a robot couple for a costume competition. These are made of aluminum, but according to the build process at Instructables, you can probably use cardboard instead if you don't have a metal shop. The arms and legs are dryer ducts, and various LED gizmos were used to give them an electric personality.
Shawn Thorsson has made a bunch of . He planned a Halo-themed build for Halloween 2008, but then was deployed to Afghanistan. The project was finally completed the next year. Thorsson fabricated armor from the video game world of Halo, painted them in different colors, and dressed his friends as the characters from the series. He posted to show you the process.
24. The Birds
A few years ago, redditor CampingIsInTents posted and got a rousing response. The idea references a , but you won't see other people wearing it at the same party. She bought the birds, but had to alter the wings to make them just right. The idea has been used by creative costume-makers a of times , even on .
Melissa Dunphy made her husband a for Halloween 2010. is a cartoon villain who vexes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The costume required a lot of foam rubber, repurposed electronics, and duct tape. See some still photos at .
26. Headless Marie Antoinette
Nicole Magne, who wore a gaping abdominal hole in the Death Becomes Her costume above, made this awesome Marie Antoinette getup a few years ago. Of course, it wouldn't be so awesome if she hadn't been decapitated! See at Etsy.
27. 8-bit Gary
created this 8-bit costume out of foam cubes glued onto a cardboard suit for in which the "real" Gary was pixelated into a low-res version of himself. The in photographs.
28. LEGO Minifig
Instructables member Kaged Konbat made himself into . The head is made from a tube sold as a form for concrete -strong but still lightweight. The wearer sees through the facial features, which are covered with mesh speaker fabric. Your buddy could accompany you as a .
29. Darth Vader TIE Fighter
(Image by Flickr user )
I was blown away by this spotted at Downtown Disney in Anaheim for Halloween 2007. Someone took a lot of care in constructing a TIE fighter around a wheelchair. See more Halloween .
30. Steampunk Iron Man
won the at Comic Con in 2010.
31. Double Rainbow
was inspired by the meme from awe at seeing a double rainbow at Yosemite.
32. Mad Max
has been from the Mad Max movies. He became a fan as a teenager, and over the next twenty years turned his enthusiasm for Mad Max into a career as a costume designer, and now organizes . Bartoszynski runs the fan site , where you can draw plenty of inspiration. Imagine showing up looking like this at your local Halloween party!
33. Reverse Trick-or-Treat
The greatest Halloween costume idea ever was one related in . Apparently no pictures were posted from that Halloween long ago, but Doc Pop took the idea and . You can see . I hope someone picks this up and runs with it this year.
34. Umbrella Bat
Have you ever looked at a broken umbrella and thought about how it resembles a flailing bat? Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories made this out of one umbrella and a hoodie, and posted instructions so you can do the same.
35. Trash Can
This Trash Can costume is also a prank!
When I was a kid there was a guy in our neighborhood that used to jump out of the bushes in a gorilla suit and scare the bejeezus out of us. It was one of my fondest memories of halloween. One year I decided to be that guy.
Unfortunately, I don't have any bushes. An alternative would be to build a trash barrel disguise. I built the disguise below and then sat in it right on the front lawn. Not one single kid realized that It wasn't a trash can and I scared so many of them that I lost count.
36. Caterpillar Power Loader J-5000
You might not recognize the name Caterpillar Power Loader J-5000, but surely you remember the mechanical power suit Sigourney Weaver used to fight the alien queen in Aliens. Ben Hallert built this one for Halloween in 2006. with links to photos and a video. Hallert previously made an from The Matrix, and a .
37. Rubik's Cube
Flickr user built a Rubik's Cube costume and posted the process in . He wore it to a costume parade in New York, and heard "Can I solve you?" all night long.
38. Flaming Carrot
The Flaming Carrot is one of the more bizarre comic book characters you'll ever encounter, but it's the look that makes a great costume, rather than the backstory. RoG posted details on .
39. Tron Guy
Jay Maynard, the Tron Guy, shows you step-by-step that made him an internet legend.
Honus at Instructables posted instructions for , complete with goggles and weapons. The backpack really makes this; I hope it isn't as heavy as it looks!
41. Big Daddy
Graphic designer Harrison Krix made a costume of the character from the video game Bioshock. This is a work of a serious propmaster. It took seven weeks of sculpting with foam, cardboard, and fiberglass. The finished product, complete with a working drill arm, is a work of art. The post includes many more pictures and a couple of videos of the drill arm in action.
Every year, people amaze me not only with their ideas, but with their talent and dedication at bringing the best costumes to life for Halloween (and other occasions). I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
42. Plastic Army Man
Rebekah Tennis made this costume for her son in 2011. He wanted to be an Army guy, but with a little work and a lot of green paint, he's a soldier straight out of Toy Story! She then posted .
43. Cherry Darling
Photograph by Flickr user .
The character Cherry Darling from the movie Planet Terror startled folks when they saw that one of her legs was a machine gun. Then it inspired some women to recreate the scene. Now, if you are a beautiful amputee like Lacey Henderson, who gained note as a few years ago, you can make hay by cosplaying the character at . Henderson has for those who aren't amputees on how to recreate the Cherry Darling look, and an annual competition is held for the best machine-gun-leg costume.
44. Jack Skellington
DeviantART member Mnemousyne created this super-tall by making a suit that fits over stilts. The head is built over a helmet, making it more stable, but still a bit hard to see from. Her sister is modeling the costume here; Mnemousyne is in the .
45. Weeping Angel
The Weeping Angel is a scary character from the Doctor Who episode "Blink." Livejournal user of the Weeping Angel to wear at DragonCon. You can follow the process of building it .
46. The Ginger Bread Man
The , but would work for Halloween for any redheads out there.
47. Dorian Gray and his Picture
The party was literary-themed, so Heather and David came up with right out of the novel The Picture of Dorian Grey. Heather is Dorian, of course, and David is aged up and framed to be …his picture! Photograph by Flickr user .
told the story of how he made this mousetrap costume for his 3-year-old daughter. Being trapped is a very good excuse for not walking house to house, but a set of wheels got her there anyway! He cut the wood and mounted it to a wagon, welded on the metal hardware, and made the back half of the mouse to work as a cushion for the child's back. Adorable!
49 & 50. Bob Ross and the Orbit Gum Lady
Jake Meek said his Bob Ross attire was purchased in the ladies department at a local thrift store, "which I can only assume is where all men's clothing from the '70s currently resides." He's posing with the Orbit Gum Lady.
51 & 52. The Hamburgler and the Sunmaid Raisins Lady
Here's that same pair, this time as The Hamburgler and the woman on the Sunmaid Raisins box.
53. The DC Metro
Longtime mental_floss contributor Scott Allen won season tickets to the Washington Wizards for this!
54. The Firefox Logo
You can even dress up as a browser logo. Firefox is the preferred costume, as it has recognizable features. was entered in Crunchgear's contest last year.
55. Rock & Roll Witch
Or you could go as me! (Going as a rock & roll witch.)
56. Cheshire Cat
Etsy member made an award-winning costume for her daughter last year and posted it at reddit. She gave us of how it was made.
The gray and blue fur are two separate materials from Joanns. The gray was much longer and I had to trim all of it down, but it really was the best match for Cheshire. I used a pattern to make the body then altered it to fit her measurements. The blue stripes were cut, placed, pinned and hand-stitched one by one. The mask has a paper mâché base with upholstery foam to widen his face. The eyes are lenses from a pair of sunglasses that I painted w/ just turquoise acrylic paint. The blacks of the eyes are what she sees through. Narrow, but it works well enough. The mouth and nose are thick card-stock also painted and attached with a glue gun and the whiskers are actually twigs I spray painted and glued in under the fur. Took about a month to make but probably would've been less if I didn't have FT work + FT school
She gives more information about the costume construction . Yes, last year’s costume is for sale. Here’s .
Darla is the bratty dentist’s niece in the movie Finding Nemo. The bag is crucial for this costume, otherwise people would assume she’s just an orthodontically-challenged kid. But with the bag, it’s perfect! Redditor posted a picture of redditor clever Halloween costume from last year.
58. Hannibal Lecter
Andy Pixel, Imgur
Andy Pixel last year. You might think this costume would be difficult with cars, stairs, or the restroom, but ahead of time. The hand cart comes apart, so he can ditch it and the extra legs when needed, and still be left with a full costume. He’s not really in a straitjacket; crossed arms just give him the look.
59. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Alanna George made for just a couple of dollars, and it looks just like the caterpillar in the book! Her then-2-year-old son was delighted to be the character from his favorite story. It's just one of many literary costumes that put kids in their favorite books that you can see in .
60. The Governor and His Daughter
Fans of the TV show The Walking Dead will recognize the Governor and his undead daughter. Redditor wore this last Halloween. It helped that he already resembled the actor David Morrissey somewhat. A few people pointed out that the Governor didn’t lose his eye until after his daughter was gone, but who cares? It’s Halloween!
61. Baby Can't Wait
It’s not really a new picture, but this photo was showing a baby who can’t wait until he’s born to go trick-or-treating. Redditor Ghost0_ told us how he and his wife a couple of years ago, and what went into making it. You don’t really have to be pregnant to pull this off, but it’s funnier to people who know you if you are.
62. Man Being Carried Illusion
made a classic illusion costume a couple of years ago. It cost him about and took about 30 hours of work. This version of the trick looks better than most because the “dummy” is covered by a surgical mask, obscuring its fakery, and QuaziLogical wore a mask, too, to make his face look artificial. See of the legs he made.
63. Snow Globe
jpotisch via //
Flickr user jpotisch made this snow globe costume by hand! The globe is fashioned from clear acetate, and the snow is made from bits of foam hanging by thread. He posted the building process with some commentary along the way. He said it took about three days to build, but the finished product is a work of art! He also made the banana costume his son is wearing in the background—and it has , too.
64. Major Toht
Cameron Stewart, imgur
Few will ever forget the climactic scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark is opened up and Gestapo agent Arnold Toht's face is melted off. Comic book artist recreated that look for Halloween one year, .
I made the Major Toht costume in a single afternoon. I woke up that morning thinking I was going to skip Halloween (too much work in my day job as a comic artist) but all of my friends flipped out and pressured me into it. I managed to scrape all of the props together by chance. The melty face is a Captain America movie Red Skull mask with flesh-coloured paint dribbled over it.
Stewart is a , as you can see in an imgur gallery featuring Toht, Jack Torrance, Patrick Bateman, and other characters.
65. Captain Hook
Here’s one trick-or-treater that takes the classic pirate costume to the next level. This toddler is Captain Hook being eaten by the crocodile from Peter Pan! Instructables member Rachael K explains , which won the Judges Prize for Sewing in the last year.
66. Mad Max
is a cosplayer who uses a wheelchair. For this year’s Tampa Bay Comic Con, he and his group became the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. in the scene where he was strapped to the front of a vehicle in order to supply blood to the driver. He used his wheelchair in the upright position for the vehicle, driven by a friend and accompanied by other characters from the movie. They won the award . Of course they did.
67. Taco Belle
is a cosplayer and costumer extraordinaire. Her dress decorations are made from card stock, tissue paper, felt, and Taco Bell wrappers. The inspiration came from a previous costume event, when she and contemplated the inadvertent pun.
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