2019 Update: We've updated this post to add newer costumes.
Redheads are widely known to be feisty, sassy, unpredictable, and a lot of fun, so it's not surprising that your group of pals are begging you to go out in costume this Halloween. Why not dress up in a way that will compliment one of your best features: your flaming locks! It's a great way to show off one of your favorite traits while looking like the pop culture character you love. We've rounded up some of the most recognizable characters who proudly sport a crimson mane, so pick out your favorite and don the costume. You'll love the freedom of not wearing a pesky wig while receiving compliments on your adorable hairdo. Don't be surprised if you hear, “Oh wow, your wig looks perfect.” You'll love smiling and saying, “It's not a wig... I'm a natural redhead!”
Good Guys with Red Hair
What do the Mad Hatter, Black Widow, Lucille Ball, and Glinda all have in common? Yes, they're all spirited redheads, but they also share another essential characteristic: they're good guys! They're door-holding, truth-telling, honest to goodness good guys who want to do the right thing, so why wouldn't you want to dress up as one of them? The Mad Hatter, although a little bit insane and strikingly odd, is a friendly character who just wants to aid Alice on her journey through Wonderland. You'll love sporting the bandolier, bow tie, and especially the top hat, since it'll bring attention to your natural fiery hair. This is a great costume idea for both men and women. Redheaded ladies who love kicking butt and wearing zip-up jumpsuits will flock toward embodying the Avengers assassin, Black Widow. You'll love looking like Natasha Romanoff’s stunt double while playing up your red hair. If you'd rather dress as a timeless and comical redhead, we recommend a Lucille Ball or Glinda the Good Witch costume. They're both charming characters that do not require you to wear a wig.
Villains with Red Hair
Okay, so we already know that there are a lot of heroic redheaded heroes out there, but what about the villains? Are there fiery-haired bad guys out there too? You betchya! If you've always been slightly smitten with the nefarious type, you'll love playing up your red hair as a vile villain. Superhero-obsessed ladies will love hunting down the Dark Knight while being wrapped in vines and wearing an all-green ensemble, so a Poison Ivy costume is perfect for redheads who want a viciously sexy look. If you rather swing a flamingo mallet while bellowing “Off with their heads!” we recommend wearing a regal, yet evil, Queen of Hearts costume. The crown will look flawless on top of your beautiful crimson strands. If you're in the market to dress as a red-haired character who will send shivers down the spine of everyone (especially men), we urge you to check out our Medusa costume. Interweave some toy snakes into your fiery mane to embody the gorgeous Gorgon. Maybe your more of a Stephen King fan who idolizes Pennywise? Who wouldn’t want to float! Last but not least, there's the murderous and diabolical Chucky doll. This look is feasible for both men and woman, just tease your mane and be sure to practice your best sinister laugh!
Okay, we mentioned there are plenty of heroic redheaded heroes out there. But who are they, you say? We’ve seen a surge of female heroines making their appearance on the big screen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has led the way in giving females the superhero strength they deserve. That includes Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, plus Dark Phoenix from the X-Men film series. Then from the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman introduced us to Mera, Princess of Xebel, who risks herself to save her people. Okay, this last one isn’t really a superhero but one nerdy champion we couldn’t resist adding, Britannica from Glow.
Disney Characters with Red Hair
Think back to your childhood. Who was your favorite Disney character? We bet it was a character who had red hair just like you! Have a magical time this Halloween dressed as your favorite fiery fictional Disney darling. Of course, one of our top picks for you is Ariel from The Little Mermaid. She's spunky, sassy, and she also has a healthy crop of thick foxy locks. Clip a starfish barrette into your mane as a cute piece of flair that will draw even more attention to your noteworthy hair. If you rather channel a slightly spooky character, we recommend dressing as Sally, the rag doll creation from The Nightmare Before Christmas. You may not be able to detach your limbs like the incredibly clever character, but you will be able to achieve her red hairdo. Just straighten your hair and get out there to find your very own Pumpkin King. Having a rootin' tootin' good time will be a piece of cake as long as you dress up as Jessie, the rowdy wrangler from the Toy Story movies. All you'll need to do is put on your cowboy boots, hat, braid your hair, and practice saying, “Howdy partner!” Last but not least, get in touch with your inner lounge singer diva by wearing the purple gloves, sky-high heels, and sparkly red dress. It will transform you into the most tantalizing bunny in Toon Town, Jessica Rabbit. Just put some rollers in your long red locks and you'll be ready to serenade the crowd while simultaneously stealing hearts!
nostalgic redhead costumes
Nostalgic characters are a popular trend, too. There’s plenty of famous nostalgic redheads to choose from. When people think of Grease, they think of Sandy. But why not stand out as Frenchy with your natural red hair? Or maybe you dream of being a valley girl. Then Tai from Clueless is the perfect valley girl for you! “There’s no crying in baseball.” Who doesn’t know that line? Dottie Hinson from A League of Their Own is a take-charge kind of women. Demonstrating this time and time as the team's leader. Another great leader is Blossom from Powerpuff Girls. She may be level-headed but watch out, she’ll freeze you!
Kid's Costumes for Redheads
When you're a kid, it's tough blending in when you have red hair. Don't spend time trying to blend in, just stand out! Kids will feel special and proud if they have a costume that complements their hair. If solving spooky mysteries is your child's passion, a Daphne costume would be delightful on her. After teasing her hair, she'll be ready to hop in the Mystery Machine van with Scooby and the rest of the crime-solving squad. Carrot tops who love adventures will also enjoy wearing a Ms. Frizzle costume from The Magic School Bus. They'll love looking like the eccentric teacher! Girls will look adorable as Frozen’s cutest princess when they wear a Princess Anna costume. Just braid pigtails and they'll be ready to save Arendelle. For the wizard fans, there is none other than the famous Weasley wizarding family. She may be the youngest, but Ginny is tenacious and brave.
So what costume will you pick out to compliment your flaming locks? Here's a link to some of the costumes for redheads that we talked about above. Pick out your favorite and let us know what you picked out in the comment section below. And don't forget to include a picture because we want to see the final look, too!