Pull up your seat, grab a bowl of snacks and get ready to watch your favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters come to life with these cartoon character costume ideas! While streaming has made it easy to watch your favorite cartoons 24/7, the animated heyday of the 80s and 90s is still fresh in our minds. Kids will love dressing in cartoon costumes, and adults will love it as well.
There are plenty of 90s cartoon costumes, sexy cartoon characters or other animated stars to sate anyone's taste. If you're ready to check out the best animation costume ideas, buckle up—and let's get dangerous!
1. Batman Costumes
|Batman Costume||Boys' Robin Suit||Harley Quinn Outfit||Toddler Batman||Girls' Catwoman Costume||Poison Ivy Cosplay Outfit|
While Batman has had his share of time on the silver screen, there are also a number of great animated Batman TV shows worthy of mention. Batman: The Animated Series surely comes to mind, as the show introduced us to Harley Quinn. (And Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame voiced the Joker!) Some newer series still manage to keep Batman and his cohorts relevant, even if they're not Batman-specific. (Teen Titans, Young Justice and DC Super Hero Girls, anyone?) You literally can't go wrong with any of these Batman costume ideas!
2. Pikachu Costumes
|Pikachu Onesie||Child Pikachu Costume||Pikachu Accessory Kit||Pikachu Kigurumi||Pikachu Dress|
Is it a video game costume? What about an anime costume? While both of these are true, Pikachu is also a cartoon character costume—one of the very best, like no Halloween costume ever was! This electric yellow rodent is easily recognizable, and a Pikachu outfit will also make you stand out in a crowd. Don't be surprised if you get approached for pictures either. Everyone loves the Pokémon mascot!
3. Velma Costumes and the Scooby-Doo Gang
|Velma Costume||Scooby-Doo Costume||Men's Shaggy Outfit||Scooby-Doo Onesie||Daphne Costume|
Scooby-Doo might be the star of the show, but fans just can't help but love the smart, bumbling Velma. (We definitely called dibs to include her on our team for the next trivia match!) Scooby and the gang have been taking over the cartoon scene for decades, but we honestly don't mind because he's so well-known and loved by generations of people. This is one family costume idea you can easily pull off without forcing the kids to wear Halloween costumes they don't like!
4. Kim Possible Costumes
|Adult Kim Possible Costume||Child Kim Possible Costume||Shego Outfit||Monkey Fist Outfit|
What's the sitch? You're still looking for more cartoon Halloween costumes? This one's definitely for the ladies, as iconic female cartoon characters don't get much better than this! Kim Possible is the action hero that we only wish we could be, while Shego is that extremely snarky yet completely relatable supervillain that we'd love to have on a shopping trip. Guys can still get in on the action as characters like Ron Stoppable and Dr. Drakken, but an easy costume to put together would be Monkey Fist. All you need is a black ninja outfit and some heavy eyeliner, and you're all set!
5. Sailor Moon Costumes
|Women's Sailor Moon Costume||Toddler Sailor Moon Costume||Adult Luna Kigurumi||Women's Sailor Mercury Uniform||Adult Sailor Mars Outfit||Tuxedo Mask Suit|
If you're looking for cartoon costumes with an entire cast of epic leading ladies, you don't need to look any further than Sailor Moon costumes. Named after the planets in our solar system, this team of crime-fighting girls keeps the Earth and the cosmos safe. The ten main Sailor Scouts easily make for one of the best Halloween costumes for groups of 10, but you can easily go over (or under) that number to accommodate a group costume idea of virtually any size. Just make sure to get their taglines and transformation poses down, and your group will be a hit at any convention or Halloween costume party!
6. Mickey Mouse Costumes
|Pluto Kigurumi||Child Roadster Mickey Outfit||Mickey Mouse Dog Costume||Toddler Mickey Mouse Outfit||Minnie Mouse Dress|
One of the oldest and most internationally-known cartoon characters of all time has to be Mickey Mouse. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and the gang have been on TV for decades, and they're still making new Mickey Mouse cartoons! You can outfit your entire family in Mickey outfits (including the dog), or you can mix and match by adding some of the other classic Disney characters seen on TV. If you ask us, one of our favorite Mickey Mouse costume ideas is a flip-flop outfit with your dog dressed as Mickey while you wear a Pluto costume!
7. SpongeBob Costumes
|Inflatable SpongeBob Costume||Child SpongeBob Outfit||Kids' Patrick Costume||Adult SpongeBob Outfit|
One of the newer cartoon costumes on this list, SpongeBob SquarePants made a big splash in 1999 and has ridden that wave ever since. He's well-loved by pop culture and has spawned countless memes and gifs, making everyone's day just a little bit brighter. Of course, SpongeBob wouldn't be anything without his best pal, Patrick Star. F is for friends who do stuff together! (If you smell what we're stepping in, get some SpongeBob costumes for your next BFF costume.)
8. Winnie the Pooh Costumes
|Adult Pooh Kigurumi||Kids' Pooh Kigurumi||Tigger Onesie||Piglet Dog Costume||Toddler Tigger Onesie||Eeyore Outfit|
Take a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood by wearing any one of a number of Winnie the Pooh costumes for adults, kids and pets! These Disney character costumes are perfect for families as well as individuals, and you'll love chatting with some of your favorite Pooh quotes. These cartoon costumes are also very comfortable—we wouldn't be surprised if you decided to use them again as pajamas!
9. Stitch Costumes
|Adult Stitch Kigurumi||Adult Angel Kigurumi||Child Stitch Kigurumi||Baby Stitch Outfit||Adult Scrump Kigurumi|
While the TV series of the same name as the Disney movie might have been called Lilo and Stitch, the blue alien agent #626 (a.k.a. Stitch) was the real star of the show. (We mean, how could you not want a fuzzy blue alien that could morph into an adorable puppy?) Stitch costumes look cute on babies, kids and adults, but there are other characters in the TV series that make for some truly great cartoon costume ideas. Scrump is Lilo's homemade doll, and later you meet another alien like Stitch named Angel. Dare we say Angel and Stitch would be a great couples' costume idea?
10. Goku Costumes
|Cosplay Goku Costume||Child Super Saiyan Goku Costume||Female Goku Outfit||Toddler Monkey Goku Outfit||Super Saiyan Goku Uniform|
If you love orange and blue martial arts uniforms and screaming at the top of your lungs until it bleaches your hair, a DBZ Goku costume has your name on it. There are tons of other characters in Dragon Ball Z, but Goku is the star of the show. His mastery of martial arts is unparalleled, although frankly, it goes beyond regular human ability into what we'd consider "superpowers"!
11. Morty and Rick Costumes
|Adult Rick Outfit||Kids' Morty Costume||Inflatable Pickle Rick||Men's Rick Costume||Adult Morty Outfit|
Alright, party people, it's time to get schwifty! One of the most recent adult cartoons to sweep the nation has been Rick and Morty of Adult Swim fame. While we might not comprehend 100% of everything that happens in every episode, it's so gloriously stupid and ingenious at the same time that you can't help but watch. if you are one of the many people that fell deep in love with this wacky show, you're the right person to be rocking Rick and Morty costumes at your next Halloween costume party.
12. Rainbow Brite Costumes
|Adult Rainbow Brite Costume||Girls' Rainbow Brite||Toddler Rainbow Brite Outfit||Toddler Rainbow Brite Sprite|
It's time to bring on that 80s nostalgia! While the 90s were filled to the brim with great cartoon shows, the 80s weren't exactly slouching in that department either. One of the most colorful shows at the time was Rainbow Brite. (As you should expect, given the name.) If you would love to go on an adventure to paint the world with color, pick up some Rainbow Brite costumes as you plan your next outing!
13. Charlie Brown Costumes
|Adult Charlie Brown Shirt||Toddler Snoopy Costume||Girls' Lucy Outfit||Boys' Charlie Brown Costume||Adult Snoopy Outfit|
If you happen to be sporting a chrome dome, Charlie Brown is the best cartoon character costume for bald dudes, no bald cap required! Charlie Brown also has to be one of the easiest Halloween costumes around, as you only need his signature yellow and black striped shirt to become instantly recognizable. If you're looking for other Peanuts costumes to include more of your posse, favorites like Snoopy and Lucy are available as well. (Just make sure not to get tricked by the football stunt again!)
14.Miss Frizzle Costumes
|Women's Miss Frizzle Costume||Kids' Miss Frizzle Dress||Magic School Bus Liz||Child Fiona Frizzle||Adult Ms. Frizzle Outfit|
Seat belts, everyone! Easily the coolest teacher of all time, Miss Frizzle, her pet lizard and the magic school bus have been taking the 4th-grade students of Walkerville Elementary School on the craziest field trips on TV. Well-known for her wacky educational outfits, she makes learning a lot more fun. (Wait, this is an educational cartoon?) Magic School Bus costumes are especially great costumes for teachers, but that's not to say that anyone in love with the show can't dress like their favorite character. As the Friz would say, take chances, make mistakes and get messy!
15. Spider-Man Costumes
|Women's Spider-Man Costume||Miles Morales Spider-Man Suit||Toddler Spider-Man Costume||Kids' Spider-Man Outfit||Adult Spider-Man Costume|
If there's anything we know about Spider-Man, it's that he's literally everywhere. Cartoon series, movies, video games, cereal boxes, band-aids...okay, you probably get the point. It's no wonder that he's all over the place, as Spider-Man is one of the most relatable superheroes. There's even an entire Spider-Verse of other Spider-Men and Women, so anyone can wear a Spider-Man costume! Just make sure to follow the guidelines when wearing your superhero suit—with great power comes great responsibility.
16. Popeye Costumes
|Adult Olive Oyl Costume||Toddler Popeye Outfit||Adult Popeye Costume||Child Popeye Outfit||Sexy Olive Oyl Outfit|
An oldie but a goodie, Popeye costumes have that timeless appeal that makes them popular for costume parties. (It's also another great bald costume idea!) What Popeye lacks in hair, he makes up for in pure muscle. Just make sure to have a can of spinach on hand in a pinch. Now, if we could only figure out how to achieve his impossibly beefy forearms....
17. Smurf Costumes
|Adult Plus Smurfette Costume||Kids' Smurf Outfit||Baby Smurf Outfit||Girls' Smurfette||Adult Papa Smurf Costume|
Anyone looking for a cartoon costume for large groups should seriously consider The Smurfs. (There was that world record-breaking Smurf rally in France with 3,500 people.) In a way, the Smurfs are similar to the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White as they're mostly named after their personal characteristics. After Smurfette and Papa Smurf, you have characters like Brainy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf and so many more! While some of these Smurf characters don't need any additions, you can always add a few costume accessories to your Smurf costume in order to channel your favorites!
18. Flintstones Costumes
|Fred Flintstone Costume||Child Pebbles Outfit||Wilma Flintstone Costume||Barney Rubble Tunic||Kids Bamm-Bamm Costume||Betty Rubble Outfit|
Meet the Flintstones—probably the best family of 3 costume of all time! (And times 2 at that!) Whether you're more of a fan of the Flintstones or the Rubbles, you can find all of these Flintstone outfits and more at HalloweenCostumes.com. These animation costume ideas are great if you know that your Halloween is going to be balmy. (Let's face it, not everyone has chilly trick-or-treat times like us up in Minnesota!)
19. Care Bears Costumes
|Cheer Bear Hoodie Costume||Funshine Bear Suit||Adult Grumpy Bear Onesie|
|Toddler Wish Bear||Women's Bedtime Bear Outfit||Tenderheart Bear Costume|
Why not revisit another classic 80s cartoon for your animated outfit inspiration? With such a colorful cast of characters, there are plenty of Care Bears costumes to fit groups of many different sizes! They're also warm and snuggly if you need a cold-weather costume for trick-or-treating, but we won't blame you if you love them for lounging or taking naps. (Bedtime Bear knows what's up!)
20. Other Cartoon Character Costume Ideas
|Steven Universe T-Shirt||The Pink Panther Onesie||Futurama Bender Costume||Bugs Bunny Onesie||Tom and Jerry Kigurumi||Courage the Cowardly Dog Costume|
Believe us when we say that there are SO MANY cartoon costumes, we could keep going like the Energizer Bunny. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and the character you know and love best. Would you be a fan of wearing Cartoon Network costumes? How about Nickelodeon or Kids WB? Feel free to lean into the nostalgia as much as you want, or pick something that's fresh and new! There really isn't a wrong way to wear cartoon costumes.
Th-th-th-that's all folks! We hope your head is jam-packed with more animated TV costume ideas than you can shake a stick at. Yet, out of the many Halloween costume ideas mentioned here, there are still many more! What are some of your favorite cartoon characters of all time? If you were to binge a cartoon series from your childhood, what would it be? Let us know all about your love of cartoons in the comments below! Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some cartoons to catch up on.
Which Cartoon Family Do You Belong To?
Have you ever watched cartoons and wished the family on screen could adopt you? Every family has its ups and down. Some families are loud, fighting over little things but overcoming great obstacles. Some families only get together when it's absolutely necessary, sitting through dinner with an unnerving quiet. But we all have a dreamy part of our minds that longs for the family dynamics we see on television.
We realize that those families are unrealistic, their conversations written by screenwriters. And you know that charming little brother was cast by a production team! So why not take those unrealistic dreams to a whole new level with this cartoon character quiz? You'll find out exactly which cartoon family would welcome you with open arms. No illustration required!
Do you feel like you're a part of something bigger? Maybe you're ready to pose for a family portrait in your Halloween costumes or you have the sudden urge to paint yourself yellow. Or perhaps you didn't like your answer? (Gasp!) It's okay, just take the quiz again until you get the results you were hoping for. Because this is cartoon make-believe and you're totally allowed to choose your own family! Like your results? Lucky you, time is precious. Share your cartoon fam with your social media fam or in the comments below!