16 Red-Dress Halloween Costume Ideas

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When it comes to Halloween costumes, you obviously want to nail your spooky (or stylish) look, but that doesn't mean practicality has to go out the window. If you're unsure of what to wear or who to dress up as, we recommend making use of a crimson-colored fashion item that's likely already a staple in your fall wardrobe: aka a classic red dress. A red-dress Halloween costume provides a wide range of styling options that'll allow you to easily look the part of your favorite pop culture figures or fictional characters this spooky season — and all on a budget, no less.

Landing on a costume idea for a red dress may seem daunting, but there are many reasons such a bold piece can work. The color alone exudes confidence, edge, and power, making red dresses a wardrobe staple. You can go the classic red-dress costume route with ideas like Pebbles from "The Flintstones" or Lydia Deetz from "Beetlejuice." Or you can get creative and channel an icon like Lil' Kim or a cartoon character like Didi Pickles from "Rugrats."

Need an extra push? Many costume options require a red dress while allowing you to stick to your authentic style. If you're obsessed with sultry silhouettes, take Heidi Klum as the perfect example. As the unofficial queen of Halloween, she's nailed the fiery color multiple times, including the Betty Boop spaghetti-strap dress she wore in 2002 and her jaw-dropping transformation into the iconic Jessica Rabbit in 2015. If you're a more laidback dresser, master Zoë Kravitz's tired vampire look with a simple silk robe, or channel the classic Little Red Riding Hood like Beyoncé did with a Carolina Herrera hooded minidress for her "Renaissance" World Tour. Want something more glamorous and red carpet ready? Opt for Christian Siriano's breathtaking gown when the designer dressed up as Sia back in 2020.

Ahead, you'll find plenty of unique red-dress costume ideas, plus affordable red dresses you'll want to purchase for this Halloween and beyond.

— Additional reporting by Kyley Warren

Sia

Little Red Riding Hood
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Little Red Riding Hood

Tired Vampire
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Tired Vampire

Pebbles From "The Flintstones"

Lydia Deetz From "Beetlejuice"

Jessica Rabbit

Evil Bride

Lil' Kim

Fire Fairy

Didi Pickles From "Rugrats"

Cher Horowitz From "Clueless"

Red Dress For Halloween Costume
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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Leg Avenue Women's Beetle Bride 80s Halloween Costume ($41-$79)

Use this tulle dress to be Lydia Deetz or a red devil. Add the right accessories and hairstyle, and you're good to go.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Lovers and Friends Carina Slip Red Dress ($68)

There's no better way to nail Betty Boop than with a sultry red minidress that pays homage to the iconic character. This style even comes with a lacy detailing that adds a subtle sexiness that's sure to help you achieve costume supremacy.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Club L London Leticia Red Halter Dress ($85)

This classic red halter can not only help you nail Cher from "Clueless" for Halloween, but it's also a great option to have for future nights out. It also has a cool halter neckline that's flexible, so it won't feel like a pain to wear.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Finesse Trisha Vegan Leather Mini Dress ($36)

Whether you want to channel an alluring Santa Claus or Betty Boop, this vegan leather little red dress is so versatile, you'll want to rock it beyond Halloween.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Sau Lee Penelope Gown ($494)

This head-turning satin number is not only perfect for a Jessica Rabbit costume but also for galas and even weddings during the holiday season.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Miss Circle Quilla Red Feather Blazer Dress ($175)

This blazer dress just lives up to its name. Figure flattering as ever, the plunging neckline and button detail offer an alluring vibe that you can't beat. Consider platform heels to make even more of a statement with your costume.

Red Dress For Halloween Costume
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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

Marcella New York Manhattan One Shoulder Gown ($128)

This sleek, one-shoulder gown is not only perfect for an unconventional approach to Halloween, but it also serves as an ideal piece for nights out in the fall, or even a holiday party.

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Red Dress For Halloween Costume

House of CB Shani Red Satin Corset Maxi Dress ($285)

In case you wanted to go with a piece less obvious, this corset maxi number is bound to become a closet staple. It can help you become the chicest Jessica Rabbit.