10 awesome American Halloween costume ideas

Struggling for a costume to wear this year? We’ve come up with a few potential ideas inspired by the year in American pop culture. Rock up to a party sporting one of these (and bearing American Halloween sweets, of course) and you’re bound to be the most popular person at the party!

Tom Brady/Deflategate

Tom Brady

It’s the NFL scandal that just won’t go away. Did the New England Patriots cheat by deliberately deflating footballs? Did Tom Brady know about it?

Whatever the case, this is a must-try costume for NFL fanatics!

What do you need? A New England Patriots jersey and a helmet. Alternatively, you could just sport two black marks under your eyes like Brady. You’ll obviously need a half deflated American football too…

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Don’t tell us that’s not scary?!

For many Americans, the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president is way scarier than any monster could ever be. So why not give your friends sleepless nights by dressing up as one of the most controversial presidential candidates of all time?!

What do you need? The key to any good Trump costume is the wig, obviously. Donald’s hair is a wondrous thing, and apparently it’s completely real. Unless you’ve got a talented hairdresser and don’t mind looking like a bit of a numpty, we recommend buying a wig though – they’re fairly easy to find.

Once you’ve got the wig, all you need is a suit and the ability to shout down all of your friends when they try to make conversation with you.

President Kanye West and First Lady Kim Kardashian

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian

Keeping with the presidential theme, let’s jump a few years into the future and consider the possibility that Kanye West – yes, that one – might be president. He’s already announced he’s going to run for the White House in 2020 (yes, he might not be entirely serious…) so what better time to dress as President Yeezy and his lovely first lady (and queen of selfies)?

What do you need? For Kanye, we recommend a suit with a few ‘artistic’ embellishments to reflect the great man’s regular forays into the world of fashion (LEDs along the sleeves, maybe). Top it off with some shutter shades and a picture of your bezzie (and potential VP) Jay-Z.

For Kim…well, who knows what kind of outfits she’d bring to the White House? Whatever you do, don’t forget your phone as you’ll need to regularly take selfies to nail the costume. Maybe stuff a couple of pillows down the back of your skirt too…

Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn

The Joker & Harley Quinn - Suicide Squad

The guy in the Batman costume will run scared…

The world collectively lost their minds when Jared Leto’s Joker was finally revealed in the Suicide Squad trailer. We don’t know how well his performance will go down yet, but we’re willing to bet the Joker is always a popular Halloween costume and we’re willing to bet Leto’s version will be the costume of choice this AND next year.

And hey, with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, you’ve got an epic couples costume too!

What do you need? Tattoos (permanent or non-permanent, it’s a lifestyle choice!), silver crowns for your teeth and a snappy silver suit with purple shirt. Combine it with short green hair (non-permanent…) and lots of white facepaint. Fortunately, Leto’s Joker is a bit less liberal with the lipstick than The Dark Knight Joker.

For Quinn, share facepaint, red hotpants, white bomber, tight basebell shirt, black tights and some embellishments, tie your hair into two buns and carry around a baseball bat!


Jon Snow

Jon Snow


Oh, Jon Snow. We hope you’re not really dead, but it’s not looking good. Pay tribute to everyone’s favourite Game of Thrones character by dressing up as him. You could even make it extra topical and add a zombie flavour to it.

What do you need? Black clothing, a black fur shawl, a long wig and some designer stubble (draw it on if you haven’t got any to work with). A sad expression and a sword will help too.


The Raptors from Jurassic World

Raptor - Jurassic World

Be Blue…

Jurassic World became the third highest grossing film of all time earlier this year, proving once and for all that dinosaurs are awesome (but not quite as awesome as James Cameron).

The undisputed heroes of Jurassic World are the raptors, a highly trained bunch of buddies who make their cousins from Jurassic Park look positively stupid. Just don’t fight over who gets to be Blue…

What do you need? Raptor costumes are few and far between unfortunately, but this site has some instructions on how to make your own. We’ll be honest, it sounds really difficult, so you might want to buy this cute pet raptor costume and dress up as Chris Pratt instead.

Anyone from the new Star Wars film

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Chewie is ALWAYS popular.

Let’s face it: it’s going to be the biggest film of the year. Get into the Star Wars spirit and dress up as your favourite character. We’ve already bagsied Han Solo though…

What do you need? It depends, really. You can barely walk into a supermarket without seeing some kind of Star Wars costume or prop at the moment, so you shouldn’t struggle too much!

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Ronda on the left, it took her 34 seconds to knock out the girl on the right…

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey shot to stardom earlier this year when she knocked out Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds earlier this year. We guarantee no-one will mess with you while wearing this costume!

What do you need? A black sports bra, black shorts and boxing gloves, with tied up hair and a gumshield. Martial arts training is optional.

Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson

It’s all about the ‘tache.

The fantastic Parks and Recreation came to an end earlier this year, and with it went one of our favourite TV characters of all time: Ron Swanson.

What do you need? A mustache, a red polo shirt and an overpowering aura of manliness. And whatever you do, don’t get caught drinking skim milk

Twinkie Costume

Really, just awful. Don’t bother.

A Twinkie

Well, we had to include at least one food costume in here, didn’t we?

What do you need? There are loads of Twinkie costumes online, although you could always try making your own if you fancy a bit of a challenge. We wouldn’t recommend making a costume out of real cake, though…

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