Adult Halloween costumes play an important role in Halloween festivities each year. From most kids' perspective, there's nothing better than trick-or-treating at a home that is decked out with scary Halloween decorations and then being greeted at the door by an adult dressed as a scary witch or monster. Adult Halloween costumes are a just one part of Halloween, but they are an important part. In order to carry on the tradition of making October 31 a scary yet fun holiday each year, grown ups can show their spirit by dressing up and having a good time.
Differences Between Kid and Adult Halloween Costumes
There is not a huge difference between Halloween costumes for kids and ones for adults, except the size. However, young kids tend to want to dress as their favorite cartoon character or superhero, and many older kids and teenagers enjoy scarier costumes.
There are plenty of good ideas for Halloween costumes that adults may choose from. Adults tend to pick their costume depending on where it will be worn. For example, if the costume is going to be worn to a party, a funny, crazy or even sexy costume may be worn. If the costume is going to be worn with the purpose of scaring kids who come trick-or-treating, a witch or monster costume may be desired.
Costume parties are a popular way for kids as well as adults to spend Halloween night. For adults, there are a few different types of Halloween theme parties. One type of common party is a couple's party where two people arrive at the party in matching or corresponding costumes. Another type of popular Halloween party for adults is a party where the best costume wins some sort of prize. At these types of parties, adults have been known to spend days (if not weeks) creating a unique, original, and intricate costume.
Top "Couples" Halloween Costumes
For couples wanting to wear coordinating costumes, following are some ideas that have been popular over the years:
- Catsup Bottle and Mustard Bottle
- Salt Shaker and Pepper Shaker
- Boy Baby and Girl Baby (Twins)
- Prom Queen and Prom King
- Police Officer and Prison Inmate
- Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein
Top Scary Halloween Costumes for Adults
Anyone wanting to dress in a costume that is sure to scare young trick-or-treaters, here are some ideas:
- Grim Reaper
- Freddy Krueger
- Jason from Friday the 13th
Other Costume Categories for Adults
The choices for Halloween costumes are endless. However, most costumes fall into one of many categories. Following are a few popular costume themes:
- Television Characters
- Movie Characters
- Historical People
- Funny Costumes
- Sexy Costumes
- Classic Costumes
Where to Buy Adult Halloween Costumes
It is not at all uncommon for adults to make Halloween costumes for themselves or their children from scratch. There are patterns available from fabric stores such as Joann Fabrics and Crafts and Michaels which come with specific instructions and a list of required materials. There are also many stores, both on the internet and within shopping malls or strip malls in most cities, which sell a wide selection of Halloween costumes for adults and children alike. Stores on the internet (such as Buy Costumes.com and Halloween Costume Boutique) usually sell costumes year-round. However, physical stores that sell Halloween costumes often appear in temporary locations during the month of October and only stay open for a short period of time.