The spooky season is finally upon us, which means unless you want to be caught without a costume when Halloween rolls around, you’ll want to start shopping now. To lend you a hand ahead of the witching hour, we’ve collected some easy and affordable costumes based on our favorite games, shows, and movies.
Between movie and TV hits like John Wick Chapter 4, Oppenheimer, and Good Omens, 2023 has been a banner year for dapper dudes in suits on the big screen. However, if you don’t feel like splurging on a new suit this Halloween, there are plenty of low-cost options for impersonating your favorite on-screen characters whether you’re looking for something simple, snuggly, or stunning.
The Bear costumes
Funnel your overwhelming personal anxiety into an inspired Halloween costume this year. Just pair some one part existential dread with an equal parts apron, quart container, and authentic Chicagoland Beef t-shirt, and you’ll be looking like Carmy from The Bear in no time.
While costumes for Barbie and Ken will undoubtedly be the most popular costumes of the 2023 season, let’s try to remember that for many of us, Halloween takes place during a brisk time of year. With that in mind, here are some high-viz options that are sure to get you noticed whether you’re a Barbie, a Ken, or an Allan.
Super Mario Bros. costumes
The brothers Mario and the various members of the Mushroom Kingdom have always been fantastic costume fodder, but feel free to add an elephant mask this year for an especially cursed look in honor of Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
If you’re already a member of an amateur soccer team, good news, you’re just one unfortunate plane crash away from a screen-accurate Yellowjackets costume. However, if you’d prefer to skip the second part, there are plenty of navy blue uniforms and letterman jackets to show off your loyalty to the senior-year survivalists.
One Piece costumes
The live-action Netflix adaptation of One Piece, the popular manga that spun out into an anime, is actually awesome. Whether you’ve just discovered the show or you’re an established member of the Straw Hat Pirates, there are plenty of costumes available for you to dress up as your favorite characters.
What We Do in the Shadows costumes
Vampires are a Halloween staple, and they’re more relatable than ever thanks to What We Do in the Shadows. While there’s nothing stopping you from dressing up as Nadja, Lazlow, Nandor, or Guillermo, if you want to be truly terrifying, try dressing up as Colin Robinson instead.
Our Flag Means Death costumes
Every costume in Our Flag Means Death is a top-tier choice, whether you’re a fan of pirates, a proud member of the queer community, or both. Just in case you’re not confident enough to dress up as the sea goddess Calypso, any of the following Victorian coats or puffy shirts will let you impersonate your favorite homosexual swashbuckler.
The Last of Us costumes
One of the easiest costumes of 2013 has made a triumphant return thanks to The Last of Us TV series on Max. Put on a plaid shirt and backpack for Joel, or a weathered red t-shirt and hoodie for Ellie, and you’re good to go.
If you want to be the very best, you’ve got to dress the part. However, if you’d prefer a costume that leans head first into the autumnal aesthetic, there are plenty of toasty pajama onesies for you to dress up as your favorite sleepy, spooky, or sassy pocket monster. Who’s that Pokémon? It’s you, you’re the Pokémon.
Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse costumes
Whether you’re a Peter Parker, Gwen Stacey, Miles Morales, or any of the other characters from Across the Spider-Verse, impersonating your favorite web-slinger involves little more than donning a hoodie and an optional mask.
Over the Garden Wall costumes
For some of us, Over the Garden Wall is a year-round favorite, but it resonates particularly strongly during the cozy, spooky season. This limited animated series is full of memorable characters and looks — none more recognizable than that of main character Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and his pointed red hat. For bonus points, you can complete the look with an adorable amphibious companion (or small child if one is available).
Let’s not forget that the people who deserve to have the most fun during Halloween belong in the 12 and under demographic. If you’re looking for an easy costume to deck out the little nerds in your life, we’ve rounded up some selections so they can dress up from their favorite characters from Fortnite, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Apex Legends, and more.