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5 Tips That Will Help You Choose The Right Halloween Costume

Updated on January 21, 2017

What is the right Halloween costume for you? It's pointless to ask how many Halloween costumes are out there because the number is practically infinite.

Simply put, there are millions of costumes that you can find and choose to wear for Halloween. These outfits all come in different and varying designs, styles and colors.

You can be anything you want to be for the holiday in question. You can dress up the way you want to.

But with so many dresses to choose from, how can you decide what the right costume is for you?

Too many Halloween costume choices can be stressful

Having many costume choices for Halloween should be a good thing, right? With a wide selection of outfits, you're sure to find the 'best' and the 'right' dress for you. But there's such a thing as 'too many.'

If you have so many options to choose from, you're more likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed out as you struggle to find something to wear before Halloween arrives.

What to do if you have too many Halloween costumes to choose from?
What to do if you have too many Halloween costumes to choose from?

Possible choices for Halloween costumes

Let's take a look at some of the many costume choices that you have for Halloween:

  • You can dress up as whoever you want to be
  • You can choose from a wide variety of many different characters from books to movies and the like
  • You can choose to wear scary outfits
  • You can choose to wear beautiful and elegant dresses
  • You can create your own character and go as him or her for Halloween
  • You can choose to buy a costume
  • You can choose to make and design your own costume

There's no way you'll ever run out of Halloween costume choices. Remember that you can be anyone you want to be for Halloween.

How to get even more Halloween costumes to choose from?

Of course, that's not all since you have many more options to choose from. You can even break these up and get even more choices. What does that mean?

Let's say that you want to dress up as a character from a movie or book or anime series.

But which character should you dress up as? Should you go as your favorite character or someone else entirely?

What if you have more than one favorite character? Or what if you decide you want to be a scary monster for Halloween?

Do you want to be a scary, creepy monster for Halloween?
Do you want to be a scary, creepy monster for Halloween? | Source

Which frightening creature should you dress up as? Should you go as a zombie, vampire, etc?

Or what if you decide that you want to be a witch for Halloween? It's easy enough to decide to be a witch for Halloween, but choosing what kind of costume to wear is a different story.

What kind of outfit should you wear? What color should it be? Should you be a dark witch or some other kind? How can you possibly decide if they all look so gorgeous and perfect?

But what if you don't have an idea what you want to be for Halloween? That's even worse, isn't it, because you'll be presented with so many different ideas to choose from?

Do you want to be a witch for Halloween? This black-and-purple outfit isn't the only witch dress out there. You have plenty more costumes to choose from
Do you want to be a witch for Halloween? This black-and-purple outfit isn't the only witch dress out there. You have plenty more costumes to choose from | Source

Having choices for Halloween costumes is not a bad thing

Don't get daunted or turned off with having too many choices for Halloween costumes.

A few options to choose from is not bad at all; it's only when you have too many that it can seem like a bad thing.

Having a few choices can be a good thing because this means that you're sure to find the costume that you're looking for.

With so many different kinds of costumes out there, how can you decide which one to wear for Halloween?
With so many different kinds of costumes out there, how can you decide which one to wear for Halloween? | Source

It also means that you don't have to be stuck with just one character or creature and you can easily change your mind.

For instance, you initially wanted to be a princess or a queen for Halloween but then you saw, say, a Disney villain costume or a grim reaper costume and now you want to dress up as that character for the holiday in question.

Or what if you initially wanted to be a ghost but you can't find a costume that will fit you or you don't like any of the ghost outfits that you can see? In this case, you might decide to be something else for Halloween.

How to solve the problem of having too many choices for Halloween costumes?

The best way to solve this problem is by narrowing your Halloween costume choices down so it will be more manageable for you.

If you categorize things, it will be more organized and you won't have to feel so overwhelmed at having such a wide selection of outfits to choose from. So, how can you do that?

Narrow down your choices

This is Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture and harvest. Her Roman counterpart is called Ceres. She has a daughter named Persephone (also known as Kore, which means maiden), the goddess of spring and the queen of the Underworld
This is Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture and harvest. Her Roman counterpart is called Ceres. She has a daughter named Persephone (also known as Kore, which means maiden), the goddess of spring and the queen of the Underworld | Source

What or who do you want to be for Halloween?

The first thing you should do is think about exactly what or who you want to be for Halloween.

Having a good or clear idea of which character or creature you want to dress up as can easily help you narrow down your choices.

Do you want to be a witch, fairy, vampire, ghost, zombie, etc? Do you want to be a superhero or a villain?

Do you want to be a character from Greek Mythology (like Athena, Artemis, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, etc), your favorite anime series, book, TV show or movie?

Want to be a goddess for Halloween? Which one do you want to dress up as? Do you want to be a goddess from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, etc Mythology? Or do you want to make up or create your own character?

What if I can't decide?

Another method that you can try to help you narrow down your Halloween costume choices

What if you still can't decide what character you want to be for Halloween? What if you can't choose between going as your favorite hero or your favorite villain?

What if you can't decide if you want to be a witch or vampire, fairy or elf, angel or devil, etc?

If you can't decide by character, don't panic. You can decide by using another method.

Still can't decide who you want to be for Halloween? You can narrow down your choices based on what you want to wear. For example, if you want to wear black, you could choose from dark outfits and be a dark witch, princess, fairy, etc
Still can't decide who you want to be for Halloween? You can narrow down your choices based on what you want to wear. For example, if you want to wear black, you could choose from dark outfits and be a dark witch, princess, fairy, etc | Source

This time, why don't you think about what kind of outfit you want to wear. What colors should your outfit have?

Do you want to wear a long or short dress? Should your costume have wings? Do you want to wear a crown? What kind of props do you want to carry with you?

You can easily narrow down your costume choices by the kind of clothing that you want to wear for the holiday in question.

Do you want a Halloween costume that comes with wings? Do you want an outfit that's colored white? Them look for dresses like this one. You could be a fairy or even an angel depending on what you want
Do you want a Halloween costume that comes with wings? Do you want an outfit that's colored white? Them look for dresses like this one. You could be a fairy or even an angel depending on what you want | Source

For instance, if you decide that you want to wear all-red or all-black on Halloween, then you can limit your costume search to only show you blood-red or dark black outfits.

If you do it this way, you can still see a number of costumes for different characters. For example, you can find witch or fairy outfits in different colors. There are some princess or queen dresses that are either long or short.

Do you want to wear a crown with your Halloween costume? What kind of crown do you want to wear? You could opt for something like this or even a circlet or a coronet, etc
Do you want to wear a crown with your Halloween costume? What kind of crown do you want to wear? You could opt for something like this or even a circlet or a coronet, etc | Source

Narrowing your costume selection further

Now that you've managed to narrow things down somewhat, let's decrease your Halloween costume selection further. How can we do that?

Since you now have an idea of what you want to wear or who you want to be for the aforementioned holiday, it will be easier to lessen your choices.

What kind of character costume do you want to wear?

For example, let's say that you've already decided that you want to be a witch for Halloween. This means that you should only be looking at witch costumes now.

But there are still plenty of witch outfits to choose from so, to narrow your selection further, you now need to think of what kind of witch costume you want to wear.

Do you want to wear traditional black-colored robes or do you want your outfit to have another color? What color should it be? What kind of hat do you want to wear? Do you want props and accessories like broomsticks and cauldrons? What kind do you want?

There are many witch costumes out there but they're all different with regards to style, color and design.

Some will come in a bundle so you can have a full and complete outfit while others will only include the costume itself so you need to get the props and accessories separately.

Some will make you really look like a witch while others will have a different look and feel to them. The same can be said for the other characters that you can be for Halloween.

What if you chose your Halloween costume by some other way?

How do you narrow your selection down?

What if you used the other method mentioned earlier? What if you chose your Halloween costume not via character but by color or kind? How can you narrow your selection further?

To illustrate, let's take another example. Let's say that you decided that you want to wear black-colored costumes for the holiday in question.

You'll now limit your search to only dark black outfits but there are still many choices to choose from.

Do you want your entire dress to be colored black or is it all right if your costume has other colors? Do you want black jewelry, props and accessories?

Want to wear all-black for Halloween? Look at outfits like this one then to help you narrow down your choices. With dresses like this, you can be anyone you want to be for the holiday in question
Want to wear all-black for Halloween? Look at outfits like this one then to help you narrow down your choices. With dresses like this, you can be anyone you want to be for the holiday in question | Source

Do you want wands, crowns, scepters, swords, etc? Do you want to be a hero or a villain? Consider the answers to questions like this to help you narrow your choices down.

For instance, if you decided that you want a crown to go with your black-colored outfit, you can look at dark princess or queen costumes.

If you want to wear all black, you can look at witch costumes in that color. If you want to be a villain, you can decide to be Maleficent or some other evil bad guy that wears black.

Do you know what kind of costume you want to wear for Halloween?

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Keep narrowing down your Halloween costume choices

As you keep trying to narrow down your wide selection of Halloween costume choices, you will soon find it easier to choose an outfit for the holiday in question.

This is because you have fewer options so you won't have to feel so stressed and overwhelmed.

This also allows you to pay closer attention to your dress options so you can really take the time to examine them and focus on the details such as the patterns in the costume, the included accessories and props, the price, etc.

Soon, you'll finally be able to select the costume that you think is perfect or right for you and that you'll want to wear for Halloween.

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      Mike 2 years ago from Harrisburg Pa

      I already decided. I went through my closet then having items that I don't wear as much it came down to a hippie, hobo (clown) and rodeo clown. Since I have everything I needed for a hippie that is my 1st choice then as a backup a hobo girl. For me after taking stock of what I already have it was a easy choice.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Great tips. I have a lot of costumes... I wear them for different things (one for Disney's Halloween party, different one for other parts, a different one on Halloween night, etc.). We like dressing up around here, lol.

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      Ceres Schwarz 2 years ago

      @WiccanSage - thanks. It's good to have lots of costumes so you don't have to wear the same thing over and over again. And it's good to be able to try to get the chance to wear new outfits.

      @MikeyPete - it's great that you've already decided exactly what kind of costume you'll be wearing for Halloween. If one already has an idea of what to wear or what they want to wear or if one already has costumes lying around their house, then they might find it easier to pick something.

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      Mike 2 years ago from Harrisburg Pa

      Definitely have lots or a few. I have 6 so if I have parties over 3 or 4 nights I don't have to worry about having a costume ready. I have a friend who has a leperchaun costume as so he has Halloween and St Patty's day covered. He wants me to help him on a homemade costume so he has a spare for Halloween and a parade he sometimes participates in.

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