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8 Ways To Help You Choose The Best Halloween Costume For You

Updated on January 21, 2017

How can you choose the perfect or the best Halloween costume for you?

Halloween costumes come in different styles, shapes, sizes, colors and designs, which makes it really hard to choose what kind of outfit you should wear for said holiday.

Should you dress up as a witch, vampire, zombie or something else entirely? Should you be scary and terrifying or sweet, nice and lovely?

Should you go with glamorous and magnificent or creepy and sinister? How can you choose the right and most suitable Halloween costume for yourself?

What kind of costume should you wear for Halloween? How can you decide what the right costume is for you? Do you want to dress up as a beautiful nymph? Or should you be something or someone else entirely?
What kind of costume should you wear for Halloween? How can you decide what the right costume is for you? Do you want to dress up as a beautiful nymph? Or should you be something or someone else entirely? | Source

Categorizing Halloween Costumes

If you're faced with way too many choices, the best way to deal with this is to categorize Halloween costumes.

This makes things easier for you because it helps to narrow down your choices so that, instead of having to choose from what seems like millions of different outfits, you only have to choose from a few. But in what ways can you categorize the millions of Halloween costumes out there?

In what ways can you categorize or choose what kind of costume you might want to wear for Halloween?
In what ways can you categorize or choose what kind of costume you might want to wear for Halloween?

1. Scary Costumes

Are you aiming to be frightening?

There are many different kinds of scary costumes out there for all those that wish to strike fear and terror in the hearts of people.

These costumes can look downright creepy not to mention horrifyingly scary especially depending on what kind or what design you choose to get.

For instance, the Rubie's Costume Lady Gruesome does look spooky with the tattered effect of the dress as well as its color, but there are many other costumes that look spookier and scarier than this.

Is this costume scary enough for you? Some will say, 'yes,' but others will want something much scarier and even creepier than this like a zombie costume or something
Is this costume scary enough for you? Some will say, 'yes,' but others will want something much scarier and even creepier than this like a zombie costume or something | Source

It all depends on how frightening you want to be. It's up to you just how scary and frightening you want to be on Halloween.

You could even go for a creepy and haunting look if that's what you prefer. But remember that your costume isn't the only thing that can frighten people.

It's also in the way that you act as well as the makeup and props that you make use of to make yourself look and seem scarier to others.

2. White-Colored Costumes

What do you think about the color white?

At first glance, white may not seem at all scary to people. It comes across as a nice and light color, which would certainly not get people to think about darkness and evil and other such things.

However, even white has the capability of instilling fear in people. What would you feel like if you find yourself in a place where every single thing that you see is colored white?

InCharacter Costumes Corpse Countess Costume
InCharacter Costumes Corpse Countess Costume

Who says white is only for the light side, that it's only the color of purity and innocence and angels and heaven?

Even an all-white getup can be creepy and scary. Imagine walking around all by yourself in a place that's completely covered in white and you can't see anything but an endless sea of white and more white. Not exactly comforting, is it?

If you're going for an all-white look, then I recommend this corpse countess costume. Just look at how elegant and beautiful it is with its intricate design and with the way the dress reaches down to your feet.

You can even wear this to creep people out and try to scare them. Complete the look by donning a white wig and putting on white makeup.

And, remember, just because the costume says "corpse countess" doesn't necessarily mean you have to be one if you're wearing this outfit. With the way this dress looks, you can be a princess or a queen or even a goddess.

Just add the appropriate props and accessories to complete your look. For instance, you can get a white-colored crown if you want to be royalty for Halloween.

 

What would you feel if you encounter someone who is white all over, from their hair, to their face, to their clothes and right down to their toes?

Scenarios like this can get people frightened as well as wary of possible danger lurking around. White can also mean silence and if everything is much too quiet, it can also be cause for alarm.

Scare or creep people out with an all-white corpse or ghost costume this Halloween. On the other hand, you can also wow people with your elegant full-length gown. It's all up to you
Scare or creep people out with an all-white corpse or ghost costume this Halloween. On the other hand, you can also wow people with your elegant full-length gown. It's all up to you

The dress featured above can definitely creep people out with how white it is but, aside from that, it can also help you stand out in a crowd especially if you're the only one who's prominently dressed in white.

3. Black and Mystery

Look mysterious in your black costume

The color black can give off a sense of mystery and intrigue because, with everything so dark, how can you see anything? You would certainly be curious to know what is going on or what is happening.

Intrigue people and make them guess which character you're portraying with a black-colored costume like the one featured below.

Which character or creature can you portray with this dark black costume?
Which character or creature can you portray with this dark black costume? | Source

With costumes like these, you can be anything you want to be like being a dark princess or queen, warrior, goddess or anything and anyone else you want to be. You could easily add a dark angle to anyone or anything you choose to dress up as.

For instance, if you want to portray a goddess with this dress, you could be a goddess with the powers of darkness or you could even be a goddess of death. Get a scythe and you could even be the Grim Reaper.

You'll just need to add the appropriate and necessary props and makeup to complete your look such as getting a crown if you want to be a dark queen.

4. Elegant Costumes

Look spectacularly awesome

Just because we're celebrating Halloween doesn't mean that you have to look scary and creepy or even disgustingly horrifying.

If you don't want to go the scary route and would instead prefer to still look beautiful and fabulous for the holiday in question, you can go with costumes like the beautiful vampire outfit featured below.

Who says you have to wear a scary outfit just because it's Halloween?

You can be a scary and yet beautiful vampire for Halloween with this costume. Just look at all the intricate details that make up the dress as well as the lovely shades and hues that scream vampire
You can be a scary and yet beautiful vampire for Halloween with this costume. Just look at all the intricate details that make up the dress as well as the lovely shades and hues that scream vampire | Source

These kinds of costumes look supremely elegant and stunning with the way they are styled and designed.

You can find ones that look like ball gowns or ones that are cut differently or even ones that have patterns and shapes on them.

5. Traditional Classic Costumes

Want to go with the usual?

When you speak of characters or creatures for Halloween, the ones that would usually come to mind are witches, zombies, ghosts and the like.

These are the classic and traditional creatures that people most often dress up as for Halloween.

If you want to stick with the usual, then go with these types of costumes. You're sure to find plenty of these available in varying styles and designs.

For instance, aside from black-colored witch costumes like the one you can see below, there are also other colors for witch outfits such as black and red or even black and orange.

You can be a traditional witch while still looking gorgeous and elegant thanks to this unique-looking black-colored witch costume with ruffles.
You can be a traditional witch while still looking gorgeous and elegant thanks to this unique-looking black-colored witch costume with ruffles.

Black would be the classic and traditional color for witches' outfits. But, just because you're going with something usual doesn't mean you can't look gorgeous in it.

Take the FunWorld Gothic Witch Costume you can see above for example. It's colored black just like how a traditional witch costume should be, but it's also got ruffles and that adds to its unique look, which is why I recommend this particular outfit if you want to be a witch for Halloween.

The ruffles and the way this dress has been made can really help you stand out from all the others who opted to wear the usual witch costume. You're still a witch, only with much more flair and style. How's that for elegant?

6. Blood-red Costumes

For a bloody and chilling look

Love isn't the only thing that can be associated with red. Blood also comes in a red color.

Red may be a bright color, but this isn't the only shade of red around. There are darker shades of red.

Red-colored costumes can be reminiscent of blood, depending on what kind it is, and this can make you look downright creepy and terrifying.

But, of course, there are costumes that may appear blood-red in color but can still look beautiful and gorgeous just like the outfit that you can see featured below.

You can wear scary, creepy-looking blood-red costumes or, if you prefer, you can wear stunning outfits like this one and be a queen or princess for Halloween
You can wear scary, creepy-looking blood-red costumes or, if you prefer, you can wear stunning outfits like this one and be a queen or princess for Halloween | Source

The minimal black colors of this outfit just serves to accentuate and highlight its blood-red color, making it look even more appealing.

Look stylish and stunning with this dress costume. You can be a princess, queen, etc. Because Halloween doesn't have to mean scary.

If you want to go for a more elegant and sophisticated look, then go for it. Instead of scaring people, you can impress them with your costume instead. You could even come up with a story that goes alongside your dress.

7. Colorful Costumes

For those that don't want to be scary in any way, shape or form

For costumes that aren't scary in the least, go with those that are bright and colorful. There are a lot of costumes with light and whimsical tones to them.

Some even have beautiful patterns and designs to them that can only remind you of the good and lovely things in life rather than the dark and gory.

These outfits usually wouldn't have a single speck of black in them such as in the case of the colorful costume you can see below.

A colorful nymph costume that's perfect for those who like vibrant and lively shades
A colorful nymph costume that's perfect for those who like vibrant and lively shades | Source

One of the good things about these costumes is that they come in a variety of gorgeous-looking colors so you can just choose to wear a dress that is made up of your favorite color.

And, just like you can see in the costumes featured above and below, these dresses can even look vastly elegant and are sure to help you stand out in a crowd.

It's in the way they are styled and designed with the colors really looking so vibrant and full of life while the cut of the dresses make them look so stunning.

Apart from being a nymph, you could be a princess or a queen with this costume or even a fairy. To add to your look, you could get a wand or scepter or even a weapon of some sort if you want to go for a more fighter or warrior type look
Apart from being a nymph, you could be a princess or a queen with this costume or even a fairy. To add to your look, you could get a wand or scepter or even a weapon of some sort if you want to go for a more fighter or warrior type look | Source

With these kinds of costumes, you could be anything that you want to be. For instance, just add some wings to these costumes and get yourself a wand of some sort and you can now be a fairy. If you get yourself a crown, you could even be a queen or a princess or even a goddess.

8. Popular Character Costumes

Dress up as your favorite book, movie, game, etc character

If you run out of ideas on who to dress up as for Halloween, then you can always consider dressing up as popular characters from books, movies, games and the like. Or maybe you really just want to dress up as one of your favorite characters for Halloween.

If so, you'll find that there are actually a whole lot of costumes that you can find for any of these characters most especially the really popular and well-known ones.

Take the costumes that you can see below as an example. At first glance, you'll know right away that they are Cinderella costumes and yet the 2 dresses look different from each other.

Want to be a Disney Princess for Halloween? You can choose to dress up as Cinderella, if you want, but there are many other princesses to choose from like Snow White, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, etc
Want to be a Disney Princess for Halloween? You can choose to dress up as Cinderella, if you want, but there are many other princesses to choose from like Snow White, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, etc | Source

These aren't the only Cinderella costumes you can find out there. There are a lot of many different variations to this costume, so you can choose the one that you like best.

You can go for one with a brighter or lighter shade of blue. You can even go for a more modern look if that's what you prefer.

Aside from Cinderella, you can dress up as some of the other Disney princesses like Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Jasmine from Aladdin.

If you're going to be spending Halloween with your lover, both of you can opt to dress up in couple costumes. For instance, you can be Cinderella while he can be the Prince Charming
If you're going to be spending Halloween with your lover, both of you can opt to dress up in couple costumes. For instance, you can be Cinderella while he can be the Prince Charming | Source

Of course, you don't necessarily have to be a princess for Halloween. You could even opt to dress up as a Disney villain instead, if you're so inclined. But there's no need to limit yourself to Disney characters.

You could dress up as a superhero, antagonist or some other character from your favorite books, movies and games like characters from X-Men or Kingdom Hearts.

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Conclusion

These are just some of the many possible categories of costumes that you could choose to dress up as for Halloween.

Narrowing things down should help make it easier for you to find what you're looking for.

It's important to have a clear idea of what you want so you could save yourself the trouble of trying to find the right costume for yourself.

So, for example, if you want to or are planning to be a vampire for Halloween, then you should limit your costume search so you'll only have to see vampire outfits instead of also having to see other kinds of costumes

Remember to go with a costume that you actually want to wear so you can truly enjoy and have fun during this holiday.

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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Great ideas. Love the all white one. I would love to go to the Disney Halloween party in that, make myself up as one of the ghostly ballroom dancers. Maybe add a few cobwebs, lol. Love the images, great hub!

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