Best Horror Movie Halloween Costume Ideas

Horror Movie Costumes

There are two types of people in the world: those who enjoy horror movies year round and those who wait until October 1st before watching such films. While we enjoy our favorite slashers all year long, we certainly understand that during the month of October all the way to Halloween, the villains of these movies are the stars of the show. Speaking of Halloween, what better time than now to dress as your favorite scary movie characters? Here are some easy movie character costume ideas featuring some of our favorite maniacs from horror movies.

IT: Pennywise Costumes

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It’s stated in the mythology of Stephen King’s IT that Pennywise returns to feast on children every 27 years, so it was fitting for him to return to the big screen in 2017 since the IT mini series premiered in 1990. You may see some clowns and scary clowns out every Halloween, but Pennywise figures to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes of the year after breaking all sorts of box office records for horror movies. Whether you like the classic Tim Curry look or the 2017 version, you'll certainly be able to lure children to the sewers dressed as Pennywise. He's one of the most prolific horror movie characters around!

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger Costumes

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One two, Freddy's coming for you. Freddy Krueger is an iconic horror movie character and one of the most terrifying horror villains of all time! Unlike other characters like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, it's not his towering stature that makes him scary. He's quite diminuitive compared to them. Instead, what makes Freddy so scary is that you can't get away from him. Freddy haunts dreams, so if you think you've outrun him, he'll just turn up again. You'll be the man (or woman) of everyone's dreams if you dress as Freddy Krueger this Halloween.

Halloween: Michael Myers Costumes

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Say what you want, but Michael Myers is the official king of Halloween. Not only was he the inspiration for many other slasher franchises, his movies are named after the holiday! Michael Myers is most known for his iconic mask and his ability to stalk his victim with ease. He inspires fear in his victims by approaching them in a slow and stoic manner (seriously, why can't people just outrun him?) and is tough to bring down.

Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees Costumes

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Another horror powerhouse, Jason Voorhees! Did you know that the Friday the 13th franchise was created to capitalize on the success of the Halloween franchise? While he wasn't featured in the first film (spoiler alert: the killer was actually his mother!), he became an unstoppable force once he rose from the depths of Camp Crystal Lake. As an added bonus, Halloween is right around the time hockey season starts, so you'll be ready to head to a game in your horror hockey mask. Just be sure to leave the machete at home.

Child's Play: Chucky Costumes

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What’s another way to strike fear into people? Dressing up as a murderous toy doll ought to do the trick. Chucky was introduced in Child’s Play nearly 30 years ago and has since been a popular horror movie character. If you’re going to be Chucky for Halloween, all you’ll have to do is pick out one of these costumes. No need to use voodoo to transfer your soul into a doll’s body!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Leatherface Costumes

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While John Carpenter’s Halloween set a precedent for horror movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is known for originating the slasher subgenre as well as being one of the most influential horror films of the century. Leatherface was the original slasher and he was downright relentless. Unlike Myers, who would follow his victims at a steady pace until they holed up in some hiding place, Leatherface throws all subtlety out the window and chases his victims at full speed with a chainsaw blaring. You need to be so loud if this becomes your Halloween costume. Your gruesome look will be enough to get noticed on October 31st.

More Horror Movie Costume Ideas

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Horror movies are well-known for the variety of frightening characters whose image remains with the viewer long after seeing the movie. It could be someone creepy who briefly appears like the twins in The Shining or Billy the Puppet from the Saw films. Or it could be other villains like the ghost face killer from Scream or Regan from The Exorcist. Better yet, dress up as Billy the puppet from Saw and host a spooky game night. Anybody who comes to that party is a true friend.

Who is your favorite horror movie villain? Are you planning on a horror movie costume for Halloween? Tell us what your favorite horror movies are or which ones you plan on watching this year in the days leading up to Halloween. If you're looking for something terrifying, check out our full selection of horror movie Halloween costumes and make someone's nightmare come true on October 31st.

Devin Rubink

Devin Rubink is an Inbound Marketing Specialist for He is a film fanatic who enjoys watching anything from action, to comedy, to horror, and even movies that are so bad, they’re entertaining. Devin also enjoys dressing up in costumes with his daughters, although he finds it difficult to fit into some of the princess dresses. He studies Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, to buff up his knowledge and help him achieve his dream of being a game show contestant.