What Should I Be For Halloween? 20 Genius Costumes You Can Buy Now

The spooky, the sweet, and the downright horrifying.

What Should I Be For Halloween? 20 Genius Costumes You Can Buy Now
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If you’re the type of person who starts counting down the days to Halloween again on November 1st, you know that there’s a major difference between choosing a Halloween costume and choosing the right Halloween costume. And though it might seem like it’s still way too early to start shopping for Halloween, planning is key when it comes to spooky season. These genius costumes are sure to make you the main event at any Halloween party.

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1
An Alien Abductee

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$60; buy now at Spirit Halloween

Want a Halloween costume that’s spooky but not make-your-neighbor’s-kids-weep-at-the-sight-of-it scary? This alien abductee costume from Spirit Halloween is truly an out-of-this-world choice.

2
Avocado Toast

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$50; buy now at Spirit Halloween

There are so many things Millennials have supposedly killed—the diamond industry, napkins, doorbells, mayonnaise—but if there’s one thing we can thank the younger generation for, it’s for keeping the avocado toast biz afloat. To commemorate your love for the dish that’s bankrupting a generation, there’s this adorable two-person costume, perfect for couples or friends eager to dress up together without resorting to something cheesy.

3
An Inflatable Dancing Tube Guy

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$30; buy now at Target

Let’s be honest: Dancing with the wild abandon of one of those inflatable car dealership mascots seems like a pretty amazing time. And this Halloween, you can find out just how fun it is with this inflatable dancing tube guy costume, sure to delight anyone who sees it.

4
Steve from Stranger Things

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$50; buy now at Party City

If there’s ever been a cooler teenager than Stranger Things’ Steve Harrington, we’ve certainly never seen him. And this Halloween, you can dress up as Scoops Ahoy’s best ice cream slinger with this stylish tribute to the Hawkins High heartthrob.

5
A Flamingo Rider

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$30; buy now at Target

Sometimes a silly Halloween costume is simply more fun than one that scares the living daylights out of everyone around you. And if you prefer funny over freaky, then there’s this inflatable flamingo rider costume. Yee-haw!

6
A Bloody Nun

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$22; buy now at Wholesale Halloween Costumes

Of course, sometimes all you want is to terrify everyone around you and make children weep. When you’re more in the mood to unleash havoc on your neighborhood, there’s this bloody nun costume, a scary steal at just $22.

7
A Diplodocus Skeleton

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$70; buy now at Party City

If you’ve ever wished you could have a career as a paleontologist—or just still haven’t given up your childhood dream of being a dinosaur—this diplodocus skeleton costume is right up your alley.

8
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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$60; buy now at Spirit Halloween

Ghostbusters fans, start your engines—or, more specifically, get your Portable Containment Unit ready. This year, you can cause chaos on the streets of Manhattan (or at your Halloween party) with this Stay Puft Marshmallow mascot costume.

9
A T-Rex

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$54; buy now at Target

A little scary and a lot of fun, this inflatable T-Rex costume is bound to be a hit with children and adults alike. There are even inflatable raptor and pteranodon costumes available from the same series, in case you want to make a group costume out of it.

10
The Head Witch in Charge

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$22; buy now at Wholesale Halloween Costumes

Want a Halloween costume that’s a little cheeky but still appropriate for work? With this Head Witch in Charge costume, you’ll stay on the right side of your company’s HR department while still getting the point across that you’re not to be messed with.

11
A Chef and a Bun in the Oven

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$40; buy now at Party City

Who says pregnant folks can’t rock a fun costume? A steal at just $40, this two-person costume is perfect for couples expecting a little one.

12
A Headless Corpse

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$34; buy now at Target

If anyone’s ever told you you’d probably lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your neck, Halloween’s the perfect time to show them just how right they are. (And with this fun costume, you can scare the pants off them while doing it.)

13
A Ghost Bride

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$56; buy now at Wholesale Halloween Costumes

If you love the bridal aesthetic but don’t plan on getting married any time soon, then Halloween is the perfect opportunity to don your wedding whites with this ghost bride costume.

14
A Unicorn

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$60; buy now at Party City

If you’re looking for a fun costume your kids will love—and one that won’t traumatize them—there’s this adorable inflatable unicorn number.

15
Slender Man

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$55; buy now at Party City

Of course, if you’re more of a “cause strangers to seek shelter when you approach” person, there’s this horrifying Slender Man costume.

16
Annabelle

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$55; buy now at Party City

If you’re a big fan of the Annabelle movies, why not dress up as the haunted doll herself this Halloween? This set comes complete with a dress and a wig, so all you have to do is buy the makeup and you’re off to terrify strangers!

17
This Inflatable Baby

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$97; buy now at Walmart

Of course, not all terror comes in the form of horror movie characters or creepypasta villains. Just one look at this horrifying inflatable baby costume is sure to turn off anyone who sees it from procreating for at least a few years.

18
A Sexy Scarecrow

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$38; buy now at Wholesale Halloween Costumes

A little sexy, a little scary, and easily identified by anyone who sees it, this scarecrow costume is sure to be a hit this Halloween. You can even turn it into half of a couples costume—if your significant other can be convinced to wear something similar or dress up as a farmer, at least.

19
A Donkey Piñata

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$70; buy now at Party City

The pros of being a donkey piñata for Halloween: The costume is amazing, light, and unlikely to do serious psychological damage to people who see it. The cons: People may try to hit you with sticks to get candy, so make sure you’re wearing your running shoes!

20
Mario

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$42; buy now at Wholesale Halloween Costumes

A fun twist on everyone’s favorite cartoon plumber, this Mario costume is great for Halloween or year-round cosplay. There are even Bowser, Yoshi, and Luigi costumes to go along with it if you want to make it a… Mario Party.

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