Take the Plunge in These Polar Plunge Costumes

by |January 11, 2019
Categories: Costume Guides

Polar Plunge Costumes

It’s about that time of the year again, Polar Bear Plunge season! So what is the Polar Bear Plunge (also known as the Polar Plunge)? Essentially, teams across the country will get together to jump into a body of freezing cold water, usually to raise money for a charitable cause. If you’re wondering what to wear for the Polar Plunge, rest assured that just about anything is fine. Though not a requirement, most teams will dress up in matching costumes and/or apparel. Since it can be tough to make decisions with a group, we picked out some of the best outfits for Polar Plunge.

Polar Bear Costumes

Polar Bear Costumes

Polar Bear CostumePolar Bear GlovesGraftobian White MakeupWomen's White BodysuitWhite Furry Boot Covers

If your team wants to take the Polar Bear Plunge quite literally, you could always dress up as actual polar bears. If you’re going to be doing the bodysuit version, we suggest you bring a robe with or some blankets to warm up in afterward, we don’t want you getting frostbite! Since everyone will most likely be dressing up in crazy costumes, sticking to this very straight-to-the-point costume is an easy choice and hilariously fitting.

Frozen Costumes

Frozen Adult Costumes

Olaf CostumeDeluxe Kristoff CostumeTraveling Anna CostumePrestige Elsa Costume

Though it’s been a while since Frozen was released, the Frozen theme still makes for great and ironic Polar Plunge costumes. If you're planning on doing the plunge with your little ones as well, this is a perfect family theme. (We also have Frozen costumes in children's sizes as well!) While we can’t fact-check this, we’re sure Anna and Elsa already have experience with the Polar Plunge back home in Arendelle. We just hope Olaf doesn’t melt when he hits the water!

Avengers Costumes

Avengers Adult Costumes

Thanos CostumeIron Spider CostumeBlack Widow CostumeBlack Panther CostumeIron Man CostumeCaptain America Costume

With Avengers: End Game not far from release, the hype to see our favorite heroes on the silver screen again is rapidly growing. With some Polar Plunges, you have time to do a few poses or even a tiny skit before plunging into the icy waters. If you and your team are in the mood to go all out, you could act out a mini-skit of Thanos snapping his fingers before the rest of you jump into the freezing water. Or throw everyone for a loop and have the Avengers throw Thanos in. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to tag us on Instagram (@fundotcom_) so we can see! 

Inflatable Costumes

Inflatable Costumes

Inflatable SantaInflatable Han SoloInflatable BaymaxInflatable Pickle RickInflatable Jurassic World T-Rex

If you’re brave enough to jump into the water with an inflatable costume, more props to you! Who knows, you and your team might end up becoming the next viral video. To liken your chances of going viral, we’ve selected a few costumes from some of the most iconic characters in pop culture. Think of how wild the internet would go if they saw six Pickle Ricks jumping into the freezing cold water together? Or for the Disney fans, six Baymaxes? To make it even odder, if you have a team of five, just wear one of each of the costumes above. People will be whipping out their phones in amusement. Just be careful while jumping in an inflatable costume because although we have not personally tried putting one on and jumping in a freezing cold lake, we can imagine it could be easy to lose your balance.


Penguin Costumes

Adult Penguin Costumes

Adult Penguin OnesieAdult Penguin CostumePenguin KigurumiWomen's Penguin Costumes

Animals that live in cold climates like the polar bear are always a hoot, but how hilarious would it be to see a colony of penguins waddling off to jump in a frozen lake? (We can just about picture it now!) There are quite a few penguin costume styles, so pick whatever your polar plunge group feels the most comfortable with. Most of these penguin costumes for adults are unisex (other than the sleek ladies' costume), so you can look and feel your best at the event!


Wizard of Oz Costumes

Adult Wizard of Oz Costumes

Wicked Witch CostumeScarecrow OutfitGlinda DressDorothy CostumeLion Costume

Look what you've done! I'm melting...melting! The Wicked Witch of the West has a famous intolerance for water, which is what makes this polar plunge group costume idea truly great. (Bonus points if you can get your witch to "melt" at the plunge!) There are quite a few characters in the Wizard of Oz, which makes this a great group costume idea for polar plunge groups of any size. Just make sure to include at least one wicked witch.


Baywatch Costumes

Adult Baywatch Costumes

Baywatch Lifeguard UniformWomen's Baywatch Lifeguard UniformBaywatch Muscle CostumeWomen's Baywatch CostumeMen's Baywatch Costume

What better costume for jumping into water is there other than a Baywatch lifeguard outfit? You can't deny the cheese of the show (or the movie, although we'd rather not talk about it), so there's always the option to up the ante with a cheezy muscle suit costume. Just make sure to pretend to run in slow motion on your way to jump into the water!


Little Mermaid Costumes

Adult Little Mermaid Costumes

Prince Eric OutfitLittle Mermaid CostumePoseidon OutfitUrsula CostumeCrab Costume

The seaweed might be greener in somebody else's lake, but these Little Mermaid costumes belong in the lake at your next Polar Plunge! If you can wear costumes related to water or the ocean they're great—but if you can sneak in that pop culture reference, they're amazing.


Bath Time Costumes

Adult Bath Time Costumes

Ferris Bueller BathrobeWomen's Loofah CostumeShower Curtain CostumeThe Big Lebowski Bathrobe

Believe it or not, there are a few famous bathrobes and movie scenes that would make great polar plunge costume ideas! Ferris Bueller and The Dude rocked some of the most famous bathrobes in the movies. Then there's the Daniel LaRusso shower curtain costume—an 80s movie classic! However, anyone looking to round out their array of bathtime costumes should consider the famous loofah costume. It's sooooo cute!


Like we said previously, the water will be cold! You probably won't be keeping your costume on after getting out of the water, so please be sure to bring blankets and some dry clothes to change into to help keep you warm. If you’re in need of additional ideas for Polar Plunge team outfits, check out our full collection of group costumes.

Ross Hewett-Smith
Ross Hewett-Smith

Ross Hewett-Smith is the Public Relations Specialist at HalloweenCostumes.com, where he gets coverage on national entertainment media like Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan, and People. He has also been interviewed by a variety of world news outlets.

His past costumes include a genderbent Ariana Grande, a zombie cop, and a Beanie Baby. He enjoys making music and pampering his dog, Miley, while dressing her in dog costumes now and then. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @rosswalkersmith.