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Halloween Costumes for Couples

Updated on September 24, 2008

Halloween is looming once again and with it the potential (even for grown-ups) to don some pretty interesting costumes. Most grown-ups are hesitant to do so though. No one wants to look stupid, after all. So if you're gonna do it, go all out -- and bring a buddy!

Dressing as a couple is a great way to get psyched up for Halloween and to keep from looking quite so stupid. So where do you begin?

Are you a history buff? Whether you are or not, you can certainly take advantage of the costume opportunities provided by famous couples throughout history. And what a wide range of styles these couples provide! Embrace Ancient Rome and Egypt as Antony and Cleopatra. Take the regal route as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Take charge as Napoleon and Josephine or George and Martha Washington. Or go skimpy as Adam and Eve. Other recognizable historic couples include: Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, Elvs and Priscilla Presley, Jack and Jackie Kennedy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Capitalize on pop culture by becoming your favorite book, movie or TV couple. Couples from the pages of classic and popular books usually don't require you to carry a copy of the book to the party. However, be sure to choose characters and costumes you're confident everyone will recognize. Here are a few classic and recognizable examples: Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, King Arthur (or Lancelot) and Guinevere, Jack and Jill, Romeo and Juliet, Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, Tarzan and Jane, Robin Hood and Maid Marion.

Movies can provide ample ideas as well as some really fun and even over-the-top costumes. Styles range from fairly simple - Danny and Sandy from Grease - to a bit crazier - Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. Dorothy and the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion or Wizard could be fun too. Other movie favorites are: Princess Leia and Han Solo or Luke Skywalker, Trinity and Neo from The Matrix, Harry Potter and Hermione, Austin Powers and Felicity Shagwell.

And the last - and probably most abundant and recognizable - pop culture category is television. All sorts of characters make themselve available here - cartoon, dramatic, comedic, kid-friendly, adult-friendly. You name it, you can probably find a character to suit you among the television population. Here are a few examples: Gilligan and Mary Ann or Ginger, Lucy and Ricky from I Love Lucy, Lily and Herman Munster, Mulder and Scully from The X-Files, Jeannie and Major Nelson from I Dream of Jeannie, Marge and Homer Simpson, Morticia and Gomez from The Addams Family, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy (or Daphne, Velma or Freddy).

Other well-known pairs couples can take advantage of for Halloween are: M&Ms, bride and groom, dog and cat (or fire hydrant), angel and demon, Republican elephant and Democrat donkey, doctor and nurse (or patient), priest and nun, police officer and prisoner, magician and rabbit, prom king and queen, salt and pepper shakers, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Whatever you decide to become for Halloween, be creative! And be realistic. Choose a costume and a couple that you can manage. Consider your budget and the amount of time you'll be able to commit to putting it together. And don't forget props! Across all costume categories, many work best with props. Dorothy works best with Toto at her side. Luke Skywalker needs his light saber. Jack and Jill need their pails. Some of these items make the difference in having a recognizable costume.

Visit your local Halloween or party store for a pre-made costume and props. Check out stores like Wal-Mart and Target for those as well but don't forget that you may find pieces at these stores or others (like thrift stores) that will allow you to create your own costume at a great price. Don't forget to check your own closets either. You may already have everything you need for a great costume!

So as Halloween approaches, get geared up (and don't forget to get your partner on board) for Halloween this year!


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    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Good ideas, but I'm afraid that my wife and I are approaching the ages of Mr. & Mrs. Howell!

    • JasonPLittleton profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow. Nice hub. I'll apply your ideas. This is gonna be a romantic halloween..Hahah

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      8 years ago

      I wonder is there any couple costumes like Franklin stones couples? It would be interesting to dress up the stone ages with the bone type of accessories. I'd be daring enough to show off the costume right away.

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      8 years ago

      It is rather difficult to pick the couple costume from the movie character. First it is the size problem, sometimes the chosen costume does not have the fit size for the men or women types. Second, some character simply do not have the counter part, such as Iron man, Transformer, etc.

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      10 years ago

      great advice

    • bladeguy profile image


      10 years ago

      This year it's a safe bet there will be plenty of Pres/VP candidate costumes. Nice hub!

    • catalonia profile image


      10 years ago from Barcelona Spain

      some great Halloween tips - idea of couples is cool

    • katiecouture profile image


      10 years ago

      I love couples costumes!! :] My husband and I are still trying to decide what to be!!

    • sister zito profile image

      sister zito 

      10 years ago from the A.Z.

      i like the idea of john lennon & yoko a big fan..i think im gunna use that one 4 me & my boyfriend...thanks alot!

    • Amber Korn profile image

      Amber Korn 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles County

      I know this is going to sound horrible but, a few years back a friend and I got 2 white trash bags cut holes in the sides and bottom, got white tights and put our legs and arms through the holes we cut out a hole for our faces and stuffed the bags with newspaper around us and taped around our faces. White makeup and closed the top of the bag. We went to the party as White trash.

    • deea_n profile image


      10 years ago

      great tips!

      thanks a lot!

    • shimmergoddess profile image


      10 years ago from Bay Area

      A few years ago I needed a fun costume for my boyfriend and I to go out in San Francisco but my boyfriend Hates to dress up!! I came up with the perfect solution.

      I was Strip Club Barbie and he was HitMan Ken. I was happing wearing the 4 inch platform lace up white boots with pink mini and barbi wife beater with bra showing, while he was totally comfy in his black Ken tank , black pants, trench, and sunglasses. We got so many awesome comments.

    • leonbc profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      I thought this page was pretty cool

    • JonathanB profile image


      10 years ago from Ohio

      I love the plug and socket!


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