Can’t decide what Halloween costume to try this season? If you’re running out of ideas, then let’s get back to basics with easy classic Halloween costumes.
Classic Halloween Costumes That Are Worth Trying
1. Classic Witch Costume
It doesn’t get as classic as this witch costume. Grab a long black dress and a pointy hat and start casting your spell this Halloween. Don’t forget the long black nails and black lipstick to match your outfit.
2. Classic Ghost Costume
Be as elaborate as you want or make it simple. Grab a white cloth and throw it over yourself. Make sure to transform the cloth into a spooky ghost dress and add some spider webs for a scarier look.
3. Classic Scarecrow Costume
Remember Jeepers Creepers? That movie sure gave me nightmares, it’s your chance to scare people as one. Recreate this creepy classic look this Halloween and win the best Halloween costume of the night!
4. Classic Pumpkin Costume
Another version of a scarecrow costume. Use a pumpkin as head, don’t let it roll off, and pull off a scary classic pumpkin costume.
5. DIY Black Cat Costume
If you grew up superstitious then you’ll surely appreciate this Halloween costume. Be a black cat and give “bad luck” this Halloween.
6. Classic Mummy Costume
This classic mummy costume is very easy to recreate. Just grab a few supplies and start wrapping yourself or your kids to look like a real mummy and have fun this Halloween.
7. The Classic Scary Clown Costume
Sometimes all you need is some great makeup, a wig, and a clown costume. Scary clowns never go out of style.
8. Classic Skeleton Costume
You don’t have to be skinny to be a skeleton. You’ll just need a nice skeleton costume, makeup, and little acting skills to portray the character.
9. Angel of Death Costume or Grim Reaper Costume
Be the Grim Reaper and strike fear in the hearts of everyone. All you’ll need is a black or brown robe and a scythe (I wouldn’t recommend bringing a real one though).
10. Classic Dracula Costume
It doesn’t get more classic than this Dracula costume. Be a vampire this Halloween. You can easily use a store-bought costume but it’s more fun if you can make your own. And don’t forget the fangs!
11. Classic Frankenstein Costume
Your toddler will look so adorable in this Frankenstein costume. You can just buy one for your kid but also try to sew one for yourself. Use this costume as an inspiration and make a big version for adults.
12. Classic Werewolf Costume
I’m sure you’ll be howling when you become a werewolf for Halloween. Little Red Riding Hood will run away after seeing you at the party wearing this Big Bad Wolf costume!
13. Classic Zombie Costume
This zombie costume is my least favorite on this roundup only because I hate blood and this idea is absolutely bloody scary! If this is your kind of Halloween outfit, then get bloody and be out for brains with this classic look.
14. Classic Pirate Costume
15. Classic Princess Costume
Halloween costumes don’t always have to be scary. This Belle costume from Beauty and the Beast is stunning! Any lady can be a princess for a day and wear this beautiful dress.
Remember, there are more Disney princesses to recreate. Who’s your favorite?
16. Classic Disney Hero – Peter Pan
Choose your favorite Disney hero and recreate their look. Peter Pan is a simple go-to. If you want to visit Neverland this Halloween then try this cute Peter Pan costume.
17. Classic Superhero Costume
Superman, Batman, Spiderman — who’s your favorite Superhero? Are you going with Marvel or DC? This costume idea will always make a hit every holiday season.
18. Angel Costume
Halo is optional but you can make the easiest angel wings. Bring light to everyone this Halloween and be everyone’s good side.
Want to be a gunslinger from the old Wild West? Then grab your sewing machine and make this your next sewing project for Halloween.
Want to know how prosthetic makeup works? Check it out in this video from nimbacreations:
Halloween costumes have definitely changed throughout the years and dressing up can become confusing at times. When you feel like you’re at a loss, it’s always easier to go back to the classics. You can never go wrong!
Which of these classic Halloween costume ideas are you dressing up with? Let us know in the comments section!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 4, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.