2020 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
|Black Widow Suit||Mad Hatter Costume||Glinda Costume||Dexter Outfit||I Love Lucy Costume|
What do the Mad Hatter, Black Widow, Lucille Ball, Dexter 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 Dexter costume, Lucille Ball or a Glinda the Good Witch costume. They're all charming characters that do not require you to wear a wig.
Villains with Red Hair
|Winifred Sanderson Costume||Adult Pennywise Costume||Queen of Hearts Dress||Adult Chucky Outfit||Poison Ivy Costume|
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 children), we urge you to check out our Winifred Sanderson costume. She's spooky, she's kooky and she's ready to gobble up some souls! Maybe you're 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!
Redheaded Superhero Costumes
|Batgirl Costume||Mera Outfit||The Flash Costume||Red Phoenix Outfit||Starfire Costume|
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. You also have DC Comics characters like Starfire from the Teen Titans, our favorite Batgirl "Babs" and who could forget Wally West as The Flash with his shock of ginger hair?
Disney Characters with Red Hair
|Ariel Costume||Merida Costume||Hercules Outfit||Toy Story Jessie||Sally Outfit|
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!” Don't forget the dudes either—guys like Peter Pan and Hercules have carrot tops too. Last but not least, one of the newer Disney redheads on the block is Merida with her very big, curly red hair. We certainly look forward to seeing more new red-haired Disney characters in the future!
Nostalgic Redhead Costumes
|Plus Dottie Costume||Rugrats Chuckie Costume||Blossom Outfit||Fry Outfit||Clueless Tai Outfit|
Nostalgic characters are a popular trend, too. There’s plenty of famous nostalgic redheads to choose from. 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 woman. 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! Then for the red-haired guys you have other classic 90s cartoon characters with red hair like Chuckie from Rugrats and Fry from Futurama.
Kids' Costumes for Redheads
|Frozen Anna Costume||Weasley Costume||Daphne Outfit||Raggedy Andy Costume||Ms. Frizzle Dress|
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. Simply grab a Gryffindor robe and your child can dress like any one of the Weasely children!
Historical Costumes for Redheads
|John Glenn Astronaut Costume||Queen Elizabeth I Costume||Vincent Van Gogh Costume||Anne Bonny Pirate Outfit||Erik the Red Viking|
We already took a look at a ton of fictional redheads, but there are tons of famous redheads in history too! (Some a little bit more on the infamous side, but that's history for you.) Throw gender norms aside as Anne Bonny the pirate or become the first American to orbit the Earth as John Glenn. Queen Elizabeth I was also one of several crimson-haired queens of England. Then you have the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh (props if you can pull off his bandaged ear portrait), and Erik the Red, the Viking known for discovering Greenland. (And what a sneaky name he gave the place!)
So what costume will you pick out to compliment your flaming locks? There are tons of other fabulous redheads in the movies and on TV if you're looking for more redhead costumes. Pick out your favorite and let us know what you decided on in the comment section below. And don't forget to include a picture because we want to see the final look, too!