Scariest Halloween Costume Ideas: Halloween is just around the corner and it is the time when everyone’s inner artist comes out to play. People all around the world go to great lengths to make their outfits stand out and look the best. One of the most popular and well-known themes of Halloween has to be scary outfits. They are the most commonly worn category of outfits and have so many different possibilities.
People may choose from their own scary outfit creations or perhaps a scary rendition of their favorite characters from pop culture. This article will be all about how you can also style to scare this Halloween. From the young to older people, everyone loves the best halloween costumes. There are endless possibilities when it comes to outfits.
What To Wear For Halloween This Year
There is obviously no set dress code for Halloween so you can go absolutely crazy with your scary outfits! You do not need to necessarily purchase anything from the store, although if you are not in the mood for DIY, many stores also have some amazing clothing options for Halloween costumes.
You can use dresses, especially dark or black ones to create a scary gothic base for an outfit or perhaps even a white dress to add fake blood splatters to it to make it look eerie and bone-chilling. You can even take normal everyday clothing like jeans and a t-shirt and rip them up for a zombie-like outfit! The possibilities are truly endless.
Do’s and Don’ts for Scary Costume Styling:
- Do not opt for costumes that have fake blood printed on them. It gives off a very low-effort look which will not be the best to make your outfit stand out. To make your outfit as realistic as possible, opt for using fake blood to splatter it on your clothing yourself. It seems so much better and will definitely be scream-inducing!
- Do opt for different materials. A flat outfit will not be very interesting and layering different materials like fishnet and tulle may help you achieve a very dimensional look.
- Do not be afraid of clashing colors and patterns. While in terms of fashion they may not look very elegant or sophisticated, they can bring about your inner artist, and what better time to get creative than Halloween? So wear those clashing colors, this is no time to second guess yourself.
- Try to opt for DIY outfits, especially for kids halloween costumes, instead of sourcing whole sets of themed outfits from the store. While it may be convenient, most of those outfits are very unrealistic and can ruin the entire effect you are going for.
15 – Dead Bride Dress With Long Hair Extensions and Scary Makeup
This outfit, without any makeup or context, would look like an ordinary white bodycon dress, with intense wedding vibes. However, that is not the case, and this bodycon dress is the perfect option for a scary Halloween costume to become an undead zombie bride.
The very iconic Kourtney Kardashian is seen wearing this dress for a Halloween party and is wearing a matching white net veil to complete the look. In this outfit, she did not opt for any blood splatters on the dress or any other dirt or gunk effects to give the undead look, she kept that limited to the makeup. Instead, she kept her outfit pristine and white which gives off an even eerier effect and makes the undead part of her makeup more prominent, hence making this outfit so creative and scary at the same time!
14 – Gothic Vampire With Black Lacy Dress and Silver Jewelry
Vampires and Dracula are one of the most commonly worn costumes on Halloween. This one in particular is very well done, as a simple black dress is used which has a crisscross effect on the neckline. This adds a touch of modernity to the outfit. This is contrasted with the lacey sleeves of the dress, which adds the gothic element to the outfit and makes it look more vampire-like.
The whole outfit is further accentuated by the addition of silver jewelry, some of it like the rings, being bejeweled with dark or black stones. This creates a whole gothic vibe which is perfect for Halloween and to create a scary costume that will definitely wow everyone.
13 – All Black Witch Outfit with Different Materials Overlapping
This outfit is a very simple one to pull off, but it is made complex by the different materials and types of clothing that are overlapping. There is a simple black ruched top, which is worn with a mini black everyday skirt. It is paired with fishnet stockings layered under thigh-high suede boots and finally topped with a floor-length, chiffon black cape.
This is a lot of layering but it looks very simple and coherent when put together, not only because of the monochromatic color but because of the dark, gothic and scary effect that it ultimately creates.
12 – Flowy Dress With Leather Corset To Create Scary Ghost Outfit
This outfit is relatively simple, due to the fact that there are only a few elements that can make this whole outfit come together nicely. There is a long black dress with large hemmed sleeves which creates a gaping and scary effect. Furthermore, there is a raw hem at the bottom of the dress which accentuates the roughness of the character. This is tied with a black leather corset which will give some shape to your body, considering that the dress is very flowy and the image of the ghost may get lost due to it. The corset matches the leather boots that tie the whole look together and complete it to give it a frightening effect. Topped with a mask, you have the perfect Halloween outfit.
11 – Scary Clown Outfit With White Tulle Dress
This is a very scary outfit but there is minimal effort that goes into creating the perfect costume for this specific look. Just get any fluffy tulle dress, and attach three pom poms to the front to create that classic clown look. The only thing that you may need to buy from the store is the clown collar which makes an ordinary tulle white dress turn into a clown outfit. With the right halloween makeup idea and outfit, you will have yourself an eerie clown outfit that will definitely scare people.
10 – Clown Outfit With Clashing Patterns
Another really great way to create a clown outfit without it going on the feminine side with a tulle dress (as mentioned above) may be with the usage of clashing patterns and colors in your outfit. For example, in this outfit, the main top is checkered with three red pom poms attached to the front for the classic clown look. Also, the pleated skirt worn has a clashing pattern on the main parts and in between the pleats and is also differently colored.
The overall skirt also does not match the top, which creates a very visually chaotic look. This under normal circumstances, may not be the ideal outfit to wear, but on the creative day of Halloween, this type of chaos is perfect to create the scary psycho-killer look that is needed to frighten your friends!
9 – Undead / Zombie Outfit With Lacey Corset and Fishnet Stockings
While this specific look is mostly based on the green makeup that is applied all over the skin, the pieces of clothing used for the outfit are also very important to complete the look. The corset is a lace one, which is tied with black denim shorts, that are layered over fishnet stockings. The different materials in this outfit add dimension and create a really creative way to make a zombie look scary.
8 – Scary Nun Outfit With Black Dress, Fishnet Stockings, and White Turtleneck
This is one of those outfits that is so simple to pull off as it has easily accessible everyday items that you could use to layer over each other. Take a simple mini-black dress and layer it over a white turtleneck. Add fishnet stockings and black chunky heels, and finally, top it off with a prominent cross necklace to complete the look. Of course, added elements like blood splatters and other grotesque-looking makeup can accentuate the look, but even with this alone, you have yourself a scary outfit for Halloween.
7 – Scary Nurse Costume With DIY Blood Splatters
This one is for DIY lovers who love to add their own little touches to an outfit. This outfit is a classic nurse dress, that is paired with sheer white stockings and red heels to match the hospital themed detailing on the dress. The thing that truly makes this look horrific enough for Halloween is the DIY blood splatters that push this look to a whole new level. This one is extremely easy to pull off and will definitely work for this coming Halloween.
6 – Frosty Ice Queen Outfit With Metallic Body Suit and Glittery Corset Top
A frosty and icy look like this will definitely be an attention grabber at your next Halloween party. This outfit is made of a shiny metallic bodysuit in silver, which is layered under a glittery corset top. Furthermore, to add a dramatic effect to this outfit is a grey tulle skirt, that creates dramatic flair in this outfit.
5 – Scary Doll Costume With Peplum Style Short White Dress and Striped Tights
This frightening doll outfit is so easy to pull off. All you need is a small peplum-styled dress that you can wear with a red bow around your waist to cinch your body and give you that doll-like silhouette.
This is layered over a full-sleeved white shirt to give the doll costume an even more innocent child-like effect that will make the end product look that much eerier. This can be a great last minute costume idea because its that easy!
4 – Wednesday Addams Outfit With Black Tunic Dress and White Collared Shirt
This is such a popular outfit and for good reason. It is the easiest outfit to wear and pull off as it requires minimal effort! Pair a black tunic dress layered over a white collared shirt with some striped black and white knee-length socks.
Wear big chunky leather boots and put your hair in two braids, and you have yourself a frightening replica of Wednesday Addam’s iconic outfit. So easy to try but so effective for Halloween.
3 – Skeleton Queen of Hearts Outfit With Baby Blue Tulle Mini Dress
This mini dress is a unique color to wear especially for a costume that is based on the queen of hearts, but it goes well with the skeleton element of the costume character. The white corset-like detail cinches the waist and gives more of a comical look by accentuating the figure and the tulle underlay adds texture to the different patterns that already exist in the outfit and gives it a unique look.
This is such a dimensional look and the clashing patterns again work to complement the clashing ideas that form the creative character for this Halloween look.
2 – Creepy Dracula Look With Tight Fitted Black Outfit and Lacey Cover Up
This is a very basic black-based outfit with a ribbed off-the-shoulder black top that is matched perfectly with a black pair of jeans. The gothic look is created with the lacey cover-up that is draped on the shoulders and the red pop of color on the head by the flower crown, making the outfit stand out even more.
This is a great outfit to wear if you are trying to look both stylish and scary. The overall gothic effect of this relatively simple outfit can be perfect for a simple yet scary Halloween look.
1 – Maleficient / Vampire Look With Dark Dress and Scarf Draped to Look Like Bat Wings
This outfit is very dimensional. It may seem plain at first glance as the main element is the plain black dress that is worn for dramatic flair. This is further accentuated by the addition of a sheer scarf that is in red and brown colors that will make the outfit come alive.
The strategic draping over the scarf at the shoulders is perfect because it makes it seem like bat wings. The overall image may seem confusing, but that is the best part because it creates a monstrous look that is perfectly terrifying to wear to your next Halloween!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is blood necessary for a Halloween costume to be scary?
Ans. Absolutely not! There are many ways you can make a Halloween costume more eerie and scary looking and it does not necessarily have to be the use of fake blood splatters all over your outfit. Many outfits such as vampire ones, which ones, and some even clown ones can be made to look scary without the use of fake blood.
You can even get a halloween inspired tattoo to look scary enough without using blood. While they are all associated with gruesome images relating to bloody scenes, with the right amount of creativity and styling techniques, you can make any outfit look scary!
Q. How to DIY for Halloween?
Ans. Anyway you want to! Add blood splatters, rip up some clothes, and layer over different textures and patterns. This is the time to let your imagination run wild!
I’m Sarah, and currently doing my A Levels. Writing is one of my passions and keeping up with the latest, and ever-changing fashion trends is one of my favorite pastimes. My two hobbies combine here at OutfitTrends to create fun and creative articles which hopefully will help anyone seeking any outfit inspiration.