Halloween is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to buckle down and really think about your costume. Gone are the days when you could just throw on a Fred and Wilma Flinstone getup you got last minute at Party City and expect to wow everyone at the party. Nowadays, you have to be inventive, original, and even a little over-the-top in order to impress people, and if you’re wearing a couple’s costume, the stakes are even higher.
Read on for some totally genius couples’ costume ideas for Halloween this year that will seriously impress your friends. And for advice on what not to wear, make sure you read up on How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation This Halloween.
Bob Ross and Painting
The endlessly optimistic ’80s painter has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, especially since his super-chill show became available on streaming services.
Punny costumes are very much in right now. And for more genius Halloween ideas, see these 15 Great Costumes You Can Throw Together at a Moment’s Notice.
Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch
This one is super-easy, and its implications have an added element of romance.
Jessica and Roger Rabbit
It’s also really popular to reverse gender roles this year, especially when one of the costume’s is “sexy.” That’s right: Cross dressing has never been more fun!
The Chef Couple in Ratatouille
If you have a baby or a puppy that you can dress up as the endearing little rat with big culinary dreams from the 2007 Disney film, it’s a real win.
The Old Couple from Up!
Name a couple more romantic than Carl and Ellie from Up!
Tom Hanks and Wilson
There’s just something wonderfully hilarious and oddly enduring about the relationship between Tom Hanks’ marooned character in the 2000 film Castaway and the volleyball that was his only friend. Bonus: It’s a cultural reference literally everyone will get. And for more cultural references, check out the 50 Famous Movie Lines That Were Definitely Ad-Libbed.
Netflix and Chill
It’s kind of a lazy costume, but still cute because it’s such a Millennial phrase. And if you’re not aware of its secret meaning yet, you should brush up on these 20 Online Dating Terms Older People Don’t Know.
Fifty Shades of Grey
This one gets points for being both punny and crafty.
Zombie Barbie and Ken
Because why not?!
Ghostbuster and Ghost
In addition to being a great ’80s reference, it’s also now a nod to the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
90’s Rock Bands
Behold “Alice in Chains” and “Blind Melon.”
Morrigan Aensland and Captain America
Video game fans will love this allusion to Marvel vs. Capcom.
Popeye and Olive Oyl
What a great throwback!
Dancing Girls Emoji
Provided you’re aware that this is one of those emojis that has a secret meaning.
Mary Poppins and Bert
Given all of the current excitement surrounding the new remake, this one is very timely. And if you can dress your pet up as one of the dancing penguins, even better!
Offred and Commander Waterford
Just make sure you do the real handmaid costume and not the “sexy” version of it!
Han Solo and Princess Leia
It’s an old standby, but you can make it more 2018 with a gender role reversal.
Bacon and Eggs
As the photo above proves, this works especially well if one of you is pregnant.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Spongebob Squarepants
You’ll easily be the cutest couple at the party with this one.
“Operation” Board Game
What can be spookier than dressing up as the creepiest children’s game in history?
Double Stuff Oreos
Because we’re all just looking for our equally delicious other half.
Low Battery and Low Wifi
Because in today’s age of tech addiction, nothing could be scarier.
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