Will You Be a Superhero or Villain This Halloween?
Love debating Marvel vs. DC? Is Arrow your favorite TV show, and is Supergirl your new favorite TV show? Then this Halloween, channel your favorite superhero — or supervillain! We've got ideas from the big and small screens, whether you're a guy or a girl. One thing you may need for all of them? Some tights.
The Flash From The Flash
- What to wear: TV's newest superhero requires a dark red suit that covers your head and whole body. Don't forget the black flash symbols over the ears.
- How to act: Kind of naive but ready to kick butt.
Gamora From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A black leather vest, black pants, and leather gloves. Most importantly: paint your face green.
- How to act: Like a killer — and don't be that friendly. Not at first, anyway.
Nebula From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A tight purple bodysuit. Slick your hair back (or wear a bald cap) and paint yourself blue.
- How to act: Evil and unfeeling.
Nick Fury From Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- What to wear: Black pants, black dress shirt, long black leather jacket, black gloves, and here's the moneymaker: a black eye patch.
- How to act: Be cool, calm, and collected. Look at people with your exposed eye and give them your best Samuel L. Jackson impression.
Star-Lord From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A long, red leather jacket, a t-shirt, and boots with a crossbody bag. Extra points for the Walkman or mask.
- How to act: Cocky, heroic, and charming.
Rocket From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A raccoon suit with a little vest and pants over it.
- How to act: Inappropriate and bossy. Swear a lot.
Electro From The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- What to wear: This one's pretty easy: blue face paint and a black hoodie.
- How to act: Like you're electrified!
The Collector From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A fancy-looking suit under a fur-lined cape with a white wig and white eyebrows.
- How to act: Pompous. Sneer a lot, and look at everyone and everything as if you're appraising its value.
Groot From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A body- and head-covering tree costume. Time to get creative with the DIYs.
- How to act: Lumber around and only say one thing: "I am Groot."
Loki From Thor: The Dark World
- What to wear: Go totally DIY with a long-sleeved shirt and a long coat with big shoulders. Add spray-painted gold chest plates and arm shields. Carry a large stick and tell people it's a scepter, and don't forget your elaborate headpiece (with horns).
- How to act: Like you're here to take over the planet. Take no prisoners.
Black Widow From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: Just your typical skintight pleather suit will do. You'll need a utility/weapons belt. A wig with short, wavy, red hair is a must.
- How to act: Casual, but armed with the knowledge that you could kick anyone's ass if you wanted to.
Quicksilver From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: A silver jacket to match your silver hair and some cool goggles.
- How to act: Very, very, very fast. One more very: very fast!
Falcon From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: A t-shirt and jeans will fit nicely under your gigantic wings.
- How to act: Trustworthy and solid.
Batman From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- What to wear: You can build your own Batman costume or buy a premade one and spruce it up. The most important components are a very long and dramatic cape and a badass bat helmet.
- How to act: Dark and mysterious. You're in charge, and you're the nightmare that lurks in the shadows. Just creep around people like a crazy person all night and you'll be good.
Iron Man From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: Red leggings, chest plate, and shields for your extremities painted gold and crimson. Don't forget a helmet; it's dangerous out there. If you don't have the time for DIY on this one, you can always buy the costume.
- How to act: Cocky. Remember, under that metal suit is a handsome, billionaire genius.
Pepper Potts From Iron Man 3
- What to wear: A shoulder-length strawberry-blond wig with bangs and a professional gray business suit with a skirt.
- How to act: Check your phone constantly and tell people Mr. Stark is busy.
Captain America From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: Blue pants and a red, white, and blue shirt with gloves and boots, plus a blue skull cap (or make it easy on yourself and buy it ready to go). Paint a shield with red and white stripes with a star in the center.
- How to act: Like a '50s hero: lots of confident smiles and fist clenching.
Agent Coulson From The Avengers
- What to wear: A professional suit, but Coulson is in the details so make sure to put on your visitor's badge (if you're going for Thor-era Coulson), and either go with an earpiece or a walkie-talkie.
- How to act: Like a friendly Secret Service agent. Whip out your shades when necessary.
The Hulk From Avengers: Age of Ultron
- What to wear: No shirt and a pair of shredded pants. Paint yourself green.
- How to act: Use broken but direct English to describe your emotions and needs. Smash stuff.
Agent Maria Hill From Avengers: Age of Ultron
- What to wear: Black everything: black boots, black leggings, black motorcycle jacket. Slick back your hair in a low ponytail and put in an earpiece.
- How to act: Very serious. Resist the urge to crack a smile and intone that the world is in peril.
Uhura From Star Trek
- What to wear: A red dress and tall black boots. Check out the makeup tips for pulling off her mod look.
- How to act: Powerful and confident. Learn a few Swahili phrases to bust out throughout the night.
Thor From Thor: The Dark World
- What to wear: A long blond wig, black pants, and a red cape attached to an armored chest plate. You can fashion a winged helmet out of a bike helmet, cardboard, and tinfoil. And don't forget to carry around a huge, heavy hammer.
- How to act: Like an arrogant Norse god; use formal speech and kiss the hand of any lady who comes within striking distance.
Ronan From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: Dark blue fact paint and a close-fitting green shirt with shoulder pads. Fashion a loose hood.
- How to act: Cruel and villainous.
Oliver Queen/Arrow From Arrow
- What to wear: A black hooded jacket, pants (leather is ideal if you have it), and gloves. Wear the hood up and paint a thin green mask over your eyes. And like with many other costumes in this slideshow, carry a bow and arrow.
- How to act: Like a secretive vigilante.
Hal Jordan From Green Lantern
- What to wear: A green, long-sleeved leotard with matching gloves and a little green mask. Wear a ring big enough for people to notice from across the room.
- How to act: Cocky, but pretty excited by all your superhero powers.
Spider-Man From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: If you're really wanting to perfect the look, we suggest getting a Spidey suit for the occasion.
- How to act: Dorky, yet lovable. Stick out your palms at people like you're going to shoot out a web.
The Winter Soldier From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: A suit of armor with a metal arm, long, greasy hair, and a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- How to act: Don't speak, but do seem extremely tough and threatening.
Hit Girl From Kick-Ass
- What to wear: Get a purple bobbed wig, black mask, plaid skirt, cape, gloves, and whatever fake heavy artillery you can get your hands on.
- How to act: Tough. Swearing like a sailor is optional.
Hawkeye From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: A black vest, black cargo pants, and black work boots with a S.H.I.E.L.D. badge on your chest. Strap your arrows to your back, and carry your bow around.
- How to act: Stoic and strong.
Drax the Destroyer From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: Wear no shirt and paint your body green with an orange design on top of it. Yellow pants complete the tough look.
- How to act: Tough and fierce. When you speak, be very direct and literal and confused when anyone else uses sarcasm.
Gwen Stacy From The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- What to wear: Gwen's blond hair is a must, and she usually wears it pulled back with a ribbon. Her style is preppy, so a tight sweater (or sweater vest) and miniskirt will help keep you in character. Finish it off with tall boots or high socks and a backpack.
- How to act: Geek chic. Gwen's no damsel in distress.
Mystique From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: You don't have to go naked and paint yourself blue like Jennifer Lawrence did (props to you if you do), but rather, you can just paint your face and wear head-to-toe blue — a leotard, tights, gloves. Top it off with a little red wig.
- How to act: Like a badass. You might want to start training now to perfect your martial arts moves.
Korath From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A bald cap with a headpiece to look like Korath's skull, plus elaborate body armor and bright blue contacts.
- How to act: Robotic and cruel.
Nova Prime From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A dark blue suit and jacket with a white blouse underneath. Style your white hair or wig up into an elaborate updo.
- How to act: Chilly and efficient. You run this world.
Superman From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- What to wear: This is a classic, but to sync up with the Man of Steel version of Superman, be as handsome as possible. Or just more stoic.
- How to act: Super, duh.
Britt Reid From The Green Hornet
- What to wear: A black three-piece suit, a black fedora, leather gloves, and a black mask.
- How to act: Like a carefree playboy who occasionally has to act responsibly and fight crime.
Selina Kyle From The Dark Knight Rises
- What to wear: All-black everything; if you can't get your hands on a skintight suit, some black leggings and a tight black top will suffice. You can pick up a black mask and some cat ears at a costume shop. Finish it off with bright red lipstick.
- How to act: Flirty but coy; you're a cat burglar, so bonus points if you can stealthily pickpocket one of your unsuspecting friends throughout the night — before returning it, of course.
Aquaman From Justice League
- What to wear: First of all, you need to find a way to get that godly mane and beard. If you haven't grown one yourself, it's time to get hunting. Pair the look with lots of silver armor, and don't forget your trident.
- How to act: Angry and brooding. Aquaman is not here to have fun or mess around. Don't be afraid to enter nearby pools, bathtubs, and other miscellaneous bodies of water.
Wonder Woman From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- What to wear: You know the classic Wonder Woman look, but the modernized version is a bit darker. Get your hands on a shield, a lasso, and some arm cuffs. As for the armor, it's very reminiscent of a gladiator, so if you don't want to settle for any old premade costume, collect the pieces yourself.
- How to act: Like a total badass. This woman doesn't take sh*t from anyone.
Cyborg From Justice League
- What to wear: Much like the other members of the Justice League, you have to get that armor together. Since Cyborg is a bit more robotic, the more mechanical you are, the better. And if you can find a way to get that glowing eye, more power to you.
- How to act: Like a member of the team who's ready to kick ass, take names, and have a good time doing it.
Amanda Waller From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: A pair of black slacks, a white tank top, a red blazer, and pearl accessories.
- How to act: It isn't enough to just act like you're the baddest boss in town, you need to be the baddest boss in town.
Harley Quinn From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: When it comes to Harley Quinn's getup, the devil is in the details. You'll need some blue and red shorts, a baseball tee that reads "Daddy's Lil Monster," and a pair of black and white heeled sneakers. As for accessories, grab a pair of fishnet tights, a studded black belt, and a blue and pink wig. Don't forget your trusty baseball bat!
- How to act: On the verge of insanity. Constantly talk to strangers about your "Puddin'."
Enchantress From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Think Britney Spears's "I'm a Slave 4 U," only much darker. You'll also need a long black wig and a crescent-shaped headband.
- How to act: Like you're being possessed by an ancient witch.
Katana From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Aside from your sword, you should don black leggings, a white tank top, a black leather jacket, and black combat boots. You will also need a white mask and a red sash to tie around your waist and shoulders.
- How to act: Incredibly stealthy with a hint of badass. Have a conversation with your sword every once in a while.
Boomerang From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: You'll need a blue track jacket that reads "Captain," a pair of jeans, a gray overcoat, and black combat boots with duct tape holding them together. If you're wanting to go over the top with your costume, you should also consider getting a gold chain and a matching cap for your front tooth.
- How to act: Aside from faking an Australian accent, you should be on edge about everything. Be ready to snap back at any moment just like your weapon of choice.
Deadshot From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Deadshot is basically DC Comics' version of Deadpool. Aside from your shooting gear, you'll need a red Under Armour shirt, black pants, and matching boots. You should also consider getting a bald cap.
- How to act: You're one sharp shooter with a strong hatred for anything Batman-related.
Killer Croc From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Aside from covering your hands and face in scales, you'll also need a brown hoodie and black leather jacket paired with some casual black slacks. Go the extra mile by wearing fake sharp teeth.
- How to act: Like a crocodile with killer tendencies. Isn't that obvious? You're a real animal.
The Joker From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Pulling from the Joker's signature colors, you're going to need a purple trench coat and black pants. You should also draw some creative tattoos on your body to offset your green hair and red lipstick. Don't forget to channel Jared Leto's version of the character by wearing a full grill.
- How to act: Mentally insane. Better start perfecting your maniacal laugh now.
Mr. Freeze From Batman & Robin
- What to wear: Aside from wearing a bald cap, you should definitely paint your face and hands silver. Accent your frosty hue with a light blue robe.
- How to act: Be cold toward everyone you meet, both figuratively and literally.
Bane From The Dark Knight Rises
- What to wear: Gray cargo pants, black combat boots, and a military-style vest. Don't forget Bane's signature mask.
- How to act: Like a total brute. Talk in a breathy voice.
Poison Ivy From Batman & Robin
- What to wear: A green spandex suit, a bright red wig, and fake leaves all over your body.
- How to act: Incredibly seductive. Try to enchant those around you with your mind-controlling pheromones.
Batgirl From Batman & Robin
- What to wear: A black suit, a cape, yellow gloves and boots, and a matching belt. You should also grab a black mask with pointy ears.
- How to act: Don't take any nonsense.
Sugar From Batman Forever
- What to wear: White lingerie, knee-high stockings, and a fluffy, white jacket.
- How to act: Super sweet. Get on people's good sides.
Riddler From Batman Forever
- What to wear: If you're wanting to channel Jim Carrey's Riddler, we suggest spraying your hair red, putting a thin green mask over your eyes, and wearing a green suit with question marks all over. Don't forget your cane shaped like a question mark.
- How to act: Quite puzzling. Confuse people by talking in riddles.
Robin From Batman & Robin
- What to wear: You'll need green pants, a green shirt, a red vest, and a yellow cape and belt. Hide your identity with a green mask.
- How to act: A little naive, but you always have your best friend's back.
Spice From Batman Forever
- What to wear: Black lingerie, fishnet stockings, black gloves, and a flowing black wig.
- How to act: A little saucy. Bring out people's dark sides.
Two-Face From Batman Forever
- What to wear: A suit that is party on the right and sophisticated on the left. You should also get some makeup to make half of your face look like it was melted off.
- How to act: Like you have split personalities. Never reveal your true self.
Penguin From Batman Returns
- What to wear: Black pin-striped pants, a white button-down, a silver vest, a bow tie, black gloves, and a long black coat. You should also carry around an umbrella.
- How to act: Pretty shady.
Supergirl From Supergirl
- What to wear: A red skirt, matching boots, a gold belt, and a blue long-sleeved shirt with the Supergirl logo placed on your chest.
- How to act: Despite being superhuman, you're still not completely confident in your abilities.
Lex Luthor From Smallville
- What to wear: You should don a sophisticated suit along with a bald cap.
- How to act: Power-hungry. Act awkward in social settings.
Scarecrow From Batman Begins
- What to wear: Match your gray suit with the creepiest burlap mask you can conjure up.
- How to act: Deranged. Try to exploit everyone's biggest fears.
Fish Mooney From Gotham
- What to wear: A skintight silver dress with a red streak in your hair.
- How to act: Like a total mob boss.
Scarlet Witch From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: A black miniskirt and tank under a red leather jacket. Black knee socks, boots, and leather arm warmers.
- How to act: Speak in a stilted Russian accent and lock eyes with people, staring at them enough to weird them out.
Deadpool From Deadpool
- What to wear: A black and red suit with a matching mask. Have your weapons harnessed on your back.
- How to act: Mentally unstable. Don't forget to make meta references about Ryan Reynolds.
Doctor Strange From Doctor Strange
- What to wear: A dark-wash denim shirt and matching jeans, a blue shawl, a red cape, black boots, a black belt, and a gold pendant necklace.
- How to act: Like one of the most powerful sorcerers on the planet.
Jessica Jones From Jessica Jones
- What to wear: This superhero is the easiest costume to put together. All you need is a gray tank top, casual boyfriend jeans, black combat boots, and a leather jacket.
- How to act: Determined. Don't let anyone get in your way.
Luke Cage From Luke Cage
- What to wear: You'll need a fitted yellow t-shirt, black pants, and matching boots.
- How to act: Unbreakable. Casually show off your biceps when you get a chance.
The Purple Man From Jessica Jones
- What to wear: In case the name didn't tip you off, you're going to need some purple body paint for your hands and face. You should also look dapper in a fitted suit.
- How to act: Constantly command people to do things for you. Get incredibly agitated when they don't do what you say.
Professor X From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: Aside from a wheelchair, you'll need a classic black suit, a white button-down, and a tie. Also consider getting a bald cap.
- How to act: Extremely powerful. Press your hand to your temple every once in a while like you're reading someone's mind.
Professor X From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: You have to go full '70s. Wide-leg flared corduroy pants, a matching jacket, and a classy sweater with a button-up underneath.
- How to act: You're in charge of a school full of kids with crazy powers, so you are pretty busy. You're also in charge of making sure the world doesn't explode, so basically your head hurts all the time.
Magneto From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: An all-black ensemble with touches of red. You'll definitely need a cape and gloves.
- How to act: You're an incredibly powerful mutant. You have the power to control magnetic fields, but you're also a deep guy with a sensitive side.
Magneto From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: A maroon Under Armour shirt with matching chest armor and a cape along with black pants, black boots, and black gloves. Don't forget your helmet!
- How to act: Intelligent, but very stubborn. You're also deeply wounded by the deaths of your family members, and you're out for vengeance.
Jean Grey From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: You'll need to get decked out in a deep blood-red suit. Grab a long maroon wig or dye your hair for the night.
- How to act: You are arguably the most powerful of the X-Men, and you know it. You have the powers of telekinesis and telepathy — just don't demonstrate them at a party. It (probably) won't work.
Jean Grey From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: You can either wear cool '80s clothes (if you're Jean Grey the student) or a skintight blue suit that zips down the front. Long red hair is a must.
- How to act: You're still getting used to your powers. You feel responsible for the destruction you can create and your guilt carries into your everyday life.
Storm From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: A black suit and cape along with a white wig. Grab some white contact lenses for extra measure.
- How to act: Like a force of nature. Get it?
Storm From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Good luck putting together this costume with things from around the house. You need a full rubber bodysuit, complete with a cape and a white mohawk.
- How to act: You have a chip on your shoulder, and you're out to dominate the world.
Cyclops From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: Jeans, a leather jacket, and of course, sunglasses. You can probably find a similar pair from Oakley.
- How to act: Collected and in control, except if someone threatens your fiancée, Jean Grey.
Cyclops From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Honestly, you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt, as long as you wear some special sunglasses to protect your red eye beams from getting out and severing trees.
- How to act: You have no idea how to control your power yet, and it terrifies you. Despite this, you try to remain cool in front of your crush, Jean Grey.
Beast From X-Men: The Last Stand
- What to wear: Full-on blue face paint with impressive blue sideburns. Toss on a doctor's lab coat.
- How to act: You're brilliant and you have heightened senses. The fact that you're a blue beast is really just an afterthought.
Beast From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Khakis, a sweater-vest with a button-up shirt and tie underneath, a lab coat, and some thick glasses.
- How to act: Like you're still coming into your own as a scientist (and a mutant). You want to help out the team, but you're constantly distracted by Mystique's beauty.
Mystique From X-Men: The Last Stand
- What to wear: I hope you're not allergic to latex. Then again, if you don't know a makeup artist who can deck you out in head-to-toe blue, just go to a costume store, get a blue bodysuit, and draw on some weird scales. You'll also need a red wig and yellow contacts.
- How to act: You're Magneto's right-hand woman, and you would do anything for him. You can also shapeshift into other people. Again, don't try this at a Halloween party. It would be weird.
Wolverine From X-Men: Days of Future Past
- What to wear: A white tank top, jeans, and fake claw hands. You'll also need some sideburns to really pull off the look.
- How to act: A little sharp around the edges, but wise beyond your years.
Rogue From X-Men: The Last Stand
- What to wear: You'll need all black-clothing and long brown hair with a white streak down the front.
- How to act: Rogue is a fun one, since she can take on the powers of whoever she touches. Just go around touching people and imitating them. That's a good way to make friends.
Nightcrawler From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Like Mystique, you're all blue. But instead of scales, you're covered in scarred symbols. You'll also need to rock an emo haircut with blue streaks and some elfin ears.
- How to act: Get ready to perfect your German accent. You're timid, but excited to finally be with your fellow mutants.
Havok From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Jeans and a gray sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off. (You're so cool.)
- How to act: You have the ability to release energy, so just threaten people with that. On the whole, you're an alright guy.
Jubilee From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Full. '80s. A yellow jacket, pigtails, and pink glasses.
- How to act: We didn't get to see a lot of Jubilee in Apocalypse, but we do know that she has the power to create plasmoid using her hands. Just go around explaining what plasmoids are.
Daredevil From Daredevil
- What to wear: A red pleather suit with a matching mask and the superhero's weapon of choice, a billy club.
- How to act: Incredibly in touch with your surroundings.
Elektra From Daredevil
- What to wear: A sleeveless black shirt with a red turtleneck underneath, black pants, a belt, and matching gloves. You should also carry around two swords.
- How to act: Like a skilled assassin.
Thanos From Guardians of the Galaxy
- What to wear: A blue suit with a gold helmet and body armor. You should also paint your face and hands blue.
- How to act: Everything you do is superhuman.
Black Panther From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: You'll need a black morphsuit and a pair of cat ears.
- How to act: You have reflexes like a cat.
Vision From Avengers: Age of Ultron
- What to wear: Red body paint is a must. You should also wear a green suit with a yellow cape.
- How to act: Pretend to shoot fire beams from your hands.
Captain Marvel From Captain Marvel
- What to wear: A blue and red track jacket, matching blue pants, red boots, matching gloves, and a star on your chest.
- How to act: You are incredibly strong. Show off your abilities by running laps around your friends.
Mr. Fantastic From Fantastic Four
- What to wear: For the Fantastic Four costume, you'll need a blue suit, black gloves, and a number four placed on your chest.
- How to act: You're the leader of the group. Take charge, but don't stretch yourself too thin.
Sue Storm From Fantastic Four
- What to wear: Aside from your Fantastic Four costume, you'll also need a blond wig.
- How to act: Concentrate really hard and pretend like you're invisible around your friends.
The Human Torch From Fantastic Four
- What to wear: To have the appearance of fire, you should make your Fantastic Four suit red and wear an orange wig.
- How to act: A little hotheaded. Be handy if someone asks for a light.
The Thing From Fantastic Four
- What to wear: Aside from wearing blue pants, you'll need to get a shirt and mask that resemble pebbles. You should also consider wearing muscle padding under your clothes.
- How to act: Strong as a rock.
James Gordon From Gotham
- What to wear: A black and white suit will do. If you're really wanting to stick to the comic-book character, we suggest donning a fake mustache and rectangular glasses.
- How to act: You are deeply committed to your job. Do whatever it takes to stop the bad guys.
Lois Lane From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- What to wear: A white button-down, a gray pencil skirt, and a black vest. Don't forget your Daily Planet press badge.
- How to act: Incredibly strong-willed.