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I don’t know about you all, but Halloween is my favorite holiday and I’m already plotting my costume! Everyone wants to have a show-stopping, jaw-dropping entrance to their Halloween-themed get togethers, and I’m here to give you a few ideas, whether you want to do a group costume, duo or to steal the show yourself!


A Super Mario Theme
I’m sure everyone remembers this amazing movie that dropped this summer or even just Jack Black’s iconic “Peaches” song, and it would be adorable to get your friends to dress up as different Mario characters! Mario and Luigi are a must, and then a few other iconic characters your friends can be are Bowser, Toad, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, and many more!

Disney Princesses
A timeless classic! Everyone has to have at least one favorite Disney princess. Show off your Disney spirit and walk flawlessly into your Halloween party with this idea. A few examples are Ariel, Rapunzel, Tiana, and Mulan!

Scooby Doo!
Ruh-roh! If you have a group of five, this would be perfect! You can copy the iconic looks from everyone’s favorite mystery-solving gang, but don’t forget to bring a couple of Scooby Snacks!

If you have seen the newest Barbie movie, this is a must! In Barbieland, you can be anything you want to be. If you want to be the president, stereotypical, or even a discontinued doll like Midge, you go girl! Also, you can include any Kens or Allens in your girl-world if you want to. Just make sure they stick to the beach and keep that Mojo Dojo Casa House energy at home!

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Angel and Devil
This is an oldie, but a goodie. The best part of this duo is that you have complete creativity over the style and look you want to achieve! Make it cute or spooky!

Cat Burglar
I think it would be iconic for one person to dress up as a cat, and another person to dress up like a burglar! One of you can rock the ears and the cute nose, and the other can find a cute white and black striped shirt and an eye mask.

Edward Scissorhands
If you haven’t seen this iconic movie starring Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, watch it immediately! It’s a cult classic and the main character, Edward, has a unique look (he literally has scissor hands.) Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker did this costume last year, so if you want to get some inspo, check it out on their Instagram and try it for yourself!


Carrie, the blueprint for the “female rage” main character would be a super simple costume! All you need is a dress, a prom queen sash, a crown, and a lot of fake blood!

Wednesday Adams
Another super simple costume! Grab a black dress, braid your hair into 2 braids, and lace up your black Doc Martins!

American Psycho
Grab a blazer, a fake ax, a clear poncho, and boom! You’ve just captured the iconic Patrick Bateman fit!

I hope these costumes were helpful, whether it be for the exact idea listed or an inspiration for something else! Halloween is not ready for your amazing costumes, get out there and slay the night away!

Baileigh Hannah

Illinois '25

Baileigh is a passionate English major that also loves to dabble in creative writing. When she isn't writing, you can find her rewatching The Office, reading a book, or listening to new music!