It's quite spooky to think how much we rely on trends these days. Who knew there were trendy and not so trendy ways of scaring the living daylights out of your friends? Although it seems like most of us will have to put up with trick-or-treating via FaceTime, we're sure the die-hard Halloween fans will be seeking an excuse to dress up, nevertheless. If you're stuck for ideas, OnBuy has your back! We've looked at recent trends produced by internet memes, creepypasta (widely shared horror stories) and popular horror shows on streaming services to come up with the top 10 Halloween costume trends.
Some are not as fresh as we'd like, but we certainly wouldn't call them "rotten"! While these characters have been around for a while, their relevance is kept alive by both TV show producers and their fans. We're also excited to report a few completely fresh Halloween costume trends like Sputnik or anime Halloween costumes. The latter trend has spiked recently because the pool of characters is so wide that anybody can find a character or a storyline to adapt for their upcoming Halloween costume.
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The Joker Halloween Costume
A classic costume idea for all comic book and movie fans, The Joker is a staple creepy character that feels right at home during Halloween. Between the ghostly pale face paint and manic grin, Batman's arch-nemesis will always make a creepy and effective Halloween costume idea. Whether you're dressing up as Heath Ledger's infamous Dark Knight version, Joaquin Phoenix's 2019 portrayal, or if you're choosing to dress up as a more classic comic book or Arkham games version, the beauty of going to a Halloween party dressed as The Joker is that it is guaranteed to creep fellow party-goers out no matter if you are the only one there, or multiple show up.
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Vampire Halloween Costume
We don't think Bram Stoker knew the impact he was having on the future of Halloween when he wrote the infamous Count Dracula story. A quintessential costume idea, the vampire has become a staple at all Halloween events and parties and who could blame you for wanting to dress up as this blood-sucking monster? Typically donning a cape, slicked back hair and a pair of fearsome, blood-soaked fangs, a vampire is an easy and instantly recognisable Halloween costume idea for anyone of any age!
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Zombie Halloween Costume
Is there anything more terrifying than the thought of the dead coming back to life? Images of decaying hands clawing their way free from the earth and undead people roaming the world in pursuit of only one thing (brains!) have haunted the nightmares of many since the 17th century. Always a popular option for parties and haunted houses, zombies have since become a Halloween staple and the rise in popularity of shows like The Walking Dead and films such as Zombieland has made the shambling undead even more popular to dress up as for Halloween. It's easy, effective and turning up in hordes just makes it even scarier!
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Saw Halloween Costume
While researching upcoming Halloween costume trends, we were in doubt whether those who searched for "saw halloween costume" were looking for ideas based on the horror franchise from 2004, or comedy saw-through-the-head headbands. But don't let that dismay you. If you're a fan of the twisted series of movies and want to dress up as the creepy Jigsaw doll, or you're just looking for some fun, novelty gorey accessories, OnBuy has you covered.
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Beetlejuice Halloween Costume
Legend says if you say his name three times, Michael Keaton will bless you with a spooky costume. Okay, maybe not, you might have to bless yourself with a costume but whether you're going to that Halloween party dressed as the green-haired, stripey-suited trickster himself or as another character from this creepy cult classic film, you'll be sure to turn heads and cause a stir at your event.
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Sputnik Halloween Costume
There's nothing quite like a good independent horror film that pitches humans against otherworldly creatures. Sputnik is just that - a real out-of-this-world nail-biter. Released in 2020, it follows Russian scientists researching and trying to save an astronaut who has been infected by some kind of alien parasite. We won't spoil it for you but if you love films like Alien or series such as Stranger Things, consider going a bit further this Halloween and dressing up as a character from Sputnik to really terrify your friends!
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Anime Halloween Costume
Once something that was considered strange or inaccessible to Westerners, the growing popularity of anime is making dressing up as your favourite anime characters easier and easier. From Pokemon to Naruto and Sailor Moon to Spirited Away, why not take inspiration from your favourite anime and choose a character to dress up as? Will you go cute or creepy - or a mixture of both?
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Candyman Halloween Costume
Is there anything in this year's trends that would have your friends running scared? Yes, there is - hook them in with a costume of arguably one of the most terrifying horror villains ever created. You're spoilt for choice as you can go for the 1992 version or the new 2020 version of the franchise. You'll have people avoiding mirrors all night!
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Gretel & Hansel Halloween costume
All Halloween costume trends surrounding the classic fairy tale by Brothers Grimm are more or less inspired by one of the many screen adaptations. There are cool and not so cool ways to re-enact this age-old storyline and the 2013 adaptation of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" didn't produce a tangible costume trend. It's a different story with the 2020's version titled "Gretel & Hansel". Apparently, swapping the siblings' names around did the trick! This film has the perfect dark vibe making it an ideal source for Halloween inspiration. Those who make their own Halloween costumes will appreciate the simplicity of the costumes and the fact that Gretel's attire can be described as unisex. Those who are looking to re-enact the witch will appreciate the collection of Halloween contact lenses that we have on offer.
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Insidious Halloween Costume
There are a plethora of terrifying characters for you to portray from the Insidious franchise. Whether you decide to go to your Halloween party dressed as the Bride in Black, the Lipstick Face Demon or any of the other positively petrifying demons depicted in this cult movie franchise, you'll be on to a winner.
No matter what you are looking to dress yourself (or any little monster) in for your Halloween costume this year, you'll be sure to turn heads, raise the dead and send chills down everyone's spine by finding inspiration in these top 10 Halloween costume trends.