It’s never too late to start planning your Halloween costume. Sure, you can put on a pair of cat ears and call it a day—or, you can lean into the spooky spirit of the holiday and go all out. I’m not judging your decision but I guarantee that whoever is voting on “best-dressed” at your party’s costume contest is. If you need a little extra help determining a winning look, I’ve got you. These 10 men’s Halloween costume trends for 2023 are sure to place and can be thrown together last minute.
To narrow things down, these Halloween costume ideas come from relevant film and TV moments from the past year or so. This increases the chances of people actually knowing what you’ve dressed up as when you walk into the party. Let’s be real, nobody is voting for a costume that they’ve never heard of. There’s still plenty of room for personal and creative interpretation—a great example would be dressing as the title character from the hit horror movie Cocaine Bear. I’ll let you figure that one out.
While there are easy costume options, like dressing as Oppenheimer which just requires a top hat, a surefire way to score bonus points is to opt for something that takes extensive effort. Dressing as a character from Avatar: The Way of Water will give you a chance to show off your hidden stage makeup talent and maybe your love for the color blue.
Keep reading for 10 TV and film-inspired men’s Halloween costume trends for 2023.
It was a box office hit, and now it can be a hit at your Halloween party. Grab a top hat and brush up on your theoretical physics knowledge because J. Robert Oppenheimer is sure to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes this year.
If you’re looking to add some color to your Halloween look (and score major bonus points), Ken is the costume we can’t get “kenough” of. Whether you’re wearing the “I Am Kenough” sweatshirt that Ryan Gosling wore in the Barbie movie or take some creative liberty with our Ken doll look, this costume is sure to be a hit.
“There’s Only One Allan”
If Ken isn’t your thing, have you considered dressing up as Allan? Micheal Cera’s character in the Barbie movie was a fan favorite and the hype is sure to translate into IRL reactions. Plus, it’s pretty easy to find a striped polo shirt.
Namor from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Namor can fly, breathe both water and air, and is the ruler of an underseas nation—do you need much more of a reason to bring this character from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to life this Halloween? Didn’t think so.
Well, this one seems pretty self-explanatory. Once you’re in the bear suit, it’ll be pretty obvious what pop culture moment you’re referencing. Choose your accessory (I’d suggest baking flour or sugar) accordingly.
If you’re a fan of the show Yellowstone, lean into your inner cowboy for Halloween this year. Chances are, you already have a button-down and a vest in your closet so all you’ll need to achieve the look is a quality cowboy hat and some boots.
Avatar: The Way of Water
It’s time to bring your Avatar (or Blue Man Group) costume back from 2009 and give it a little Way of Water revamp. This look can be achieved by simply purchasing a morph suit, or if you’re feeling ambitious, a large supply of blue body paint.
Ted Lasso has been a popular Halloween costume for the last few years and you can bet it’s coming back for the win again. You can finally wear a tracksuit out of the house with confidence. This is also a great group costume idea!
A great Elvis Presley costume will get everyone at your Halloween party all shook up. If you’re going to wear the costume, you have to commit to the bit. Pull out your best impersonation and be ready to sing at least one hit.
Top Gun: Maverick
You know that outfit you wish you could secretly wear every day? The full Top Gun look is probably one of them. Halloween is the one night a year you can be whoever you want to be—and if that means copying Tom Cruise or Miles Teller, go for it.
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