Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Well, why not narrow down the search and choose something from the 80’s? The 80’s was a decade full of amazing and scary movies, bad fashion and iconic celebrities. So, there is a lot of inspiration. With that said, we have 21 of the best 80s Halloween costumes. We have creepy characters, cult classic movies, pop stars like Madonna and more. Take a look and see which 80’s icon


    The first idea features a costume inspired by 80’s icon Madonna. This one is based on one of her popular looks and it is both stylish and fun. Something like this is great for those who want to dress up but also look cool. A similar costume to this is quite easy to recreate. Try this costume or choose one of her other 80’s outfits.

    Source: @elettracoppolino


    If you are looking for 80s Halloween costumes that are easy to create, fun and ones that you can wear with your squad, then this is perfect. As you can see, this group are all wearing neon workout gear. This is a fun look and it is something you would have seen in the 80’s. You can, of course, wear this as a solo costume, too.

    Source: @laurentrivison


    Many horror films came out in the 80’s and one that still has a large following is the Evil Dead. This costume is based on the character Ash. Now, there are three movies and this one with the chainsaw hand is from Evil Dead 2. It is such an awesome and scary costume. You can be any version of Ash in movies one and two as three was released in the 90’s. We love this costume because it’s… groovy.



    Another classic 80’s horror movie is The Lost Boys. This vampire film is both scary and fun as a little comedy is thrown in. The costumes below are based on the Frog brothers who hunt vampires. This is a fun idea and it is a must-have for fans of the movie. Try this or you can be any of the vampires, they are all pretty creepy.

    Source: @deadinhawkinscosplays


    If you love the movie Beetlejuice, then this next costume is for you. This costume is based on the character Barbara Maitland when she is wearing the wedding dress in the movie. We love this one because the costume is creepy but also you get to wear an 80’s wedding dress. Amazing. You could even do this as a group or couple’s costume and include other characters.

    Source: @shoplastrites


    Next, we have 80s Halloween costumes inspired by the Ghostbusters movie. This one is a family costume idea and features two Ghostbusters with a baby ghost. It is a fun idea and these costumes will suit any Halloween event. You can buy Ghostbusters costumes online and try it is a family like this or go solo.

    Source: @reematkhalid


    The next costume is inspired by Dirty Dancing. The costume is simple and is based on Baby. It is a fun idea and everyone will love your costume. Try this one or try the iconic dress from the end. You can even try a couples costume and have your other half dressed as Patrick Swayze.

    Source: @antiquesugar


    The Shining is one of the scariest movies of all time so we have to include this in our list of the best 80s Halloween costumes. These two are dress up as Wendy and Jack Torrance. Costumes like this are quite easy to put together as you just have to find similar clothes, but it is one of the costumes that most people will recognize. Recreate this or try other scary characters such as the twins.

    Source: @lini_hdz


    This next costume is inspired by the movie Gremlins. Fans will instantly recognize cute little Gizmo and the gremlin who got fed after midnight. This is an amazing costume idea and you can recreate this with similar clothing and Gremlin toys. If you want a group costume there are lots of other characters to base costumes on and lots of Gremlins as well.

    Source: @darthmitsy


    We have gone back to the Evil Dead movies now and here we have another Ash costume but this time he is a Deadite. This evil version of Ash is from the second movie and the makeup is just awesome. This is the perfect costume for fans and for those who want to be very scary! Makeup like this will take time but it is all about fun, so give it a try.

    Source: @livingdeadboy


    Back To The Future is another iconic 80’s movie and the costumes are perfect for those who want to dress up without being scary. These two are dressed up as Marty and Jennifer. It is such a fun idea and there are many Marty costumes that you can choose from. You can add other characters to this such as Doc, so it could be a great group idea.

    Source: @mynameissnickerdoodle


    If you really want to give people a fright, then why not dress up as killer doll Chucky? Here is a great costume that you can be inspired by. She has the creepy stitched makeup with the doll outfit. This is a scary idea and there are lots of Chucky makeup tutorials online. You can buy the costumes online.

    Source: @karenlimaoficial


    Love the movie Labyrinth? Then check out these costumes. These are inspired by the main characters and they both look so cool. You can create similar costume to these yourself if you like DIY projects or you can buy costumes online. Maybe even go for the ball gown if you want to look glam.

    Source: @ali_sones


    Next, we have another Madonna costume. This one is based on her character in the movie Desperately Seeking Susan. It is a super cool costume and it is great for those who want to dress up without being scary. A costume like this is perfect for parties. You can buy similar costumes online or you can DIY it.

    Source: @zoe_st_jude


    ET is another classic and here is a fun costume inspired by the movie. She is dressed up as Elliot and it looks like she has the alien in a bicycle basket. Something like this is perfect for those who want a DIY costume. You can, of course, recreate this with an ET toy if it is easier.

    Source: @judithbaggins


    Bring the ultimate scare to Halloween by dressing up as Michael Myers. Now, the first movie was not in the 80’s but the second one was so you can totally wear this for an 80’s theme Halloween. This costume is scary, easy to create and wear. You can buy Michael Myers costumes online.

    Source: @smilexfergus


    If you and your squad are looking for a Halloween costume, then this could be perfect. For this, each person is dressed up as one of the Golden Girls. This is such a fun idea and it is the perfect 80’s costume as you will be able to wear some amazing clothes. It is another great DIY idea.

    Source: @vanity.bystacygodwin


    We couldn’t have an 80’s list without mentioning Stranger Things. While this isn’t an 80’s original as fans will know, it is set then. This costume is inspired by Eleven. It is just perfectly 80’s and it is perfect for parties. Recreate this or choose any Stranger Things character. You can also get the squad involved and all of you can be a Stranger Things gang.

    Source: @papa_wheelie_cos


    Next, we have another amazing Evil Dead inspired costume. This time we have deadite Linda. As fans will know, Linda appears in the first movie and she is one of the creepiest characters. If you and your other half are fans of the movies, then you can be Ash and Linda. You will be the grooviest couple at the party.

    Source: @livingdeadboy


    If you loved the Back To The Future idea, then you will love this, too. Here we have the whole family and each one is dressed as a character from the different movies. This a great idea for families and friends to dress up together. The last movie is 1990 but you can still include it, we won’t tell!

    Source: @mynameissnickerdoodle


    Be the ultimate villain this Halloween, be Darth Vader himself. Star Wars 2 and 3 came out in the 80’s so you can be any characters from those. This costume is one of our favorites and it is perfect for Halloween parties. It is a must-have for any Star Wars fan and you can buy Darth Vader costumes online.

    Source: @darth_burkhard

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