Add These Jaw-Dropping Costumes to Your Halloween Bucket List

Sep 30 2014 - 5:40pm

While homemade budget costumes [1] are the perfect option for savvy Halloween [2] lovers, sometimes it's OK to go a little crazy. At least once in your life, dressing up in an over-the-top getup for Halloween is an absolute must! Whether you spend a pretty penny to become a realistic mermaid or devote 30 hours to building the perfect light-up Tron costume, allow yourself to splurge on an insane costume before you die. Here are some amazing ideas to inspire your Halloween bucket list:

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Zombie Elizabeth Bennet

With the recent announcement of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' casting [6], this detailed costume is more relevant than ever. The getup requires a vintage dress and intricate special effects makeup, but you'll definitely steal the show on your all-out Halloween [7]!

Gandalf the White

By the time you're able to dress as Gandalf, it'll definitely be time to start ticking things off your bucket list!

Storm Trooper

If you can get your hands on white battle armor, this Star Wars costume is an incredibly impressive Halloween [8] costume.

Michonne From The Walking Dead

To truly pull off this tough character's costume, you'll need a large katana sword . . . or a replica, anyway! Whether you buy one or spend the time to build your own, this costume is a worthwhile commitment.

Captain Jack Sparrow

The greatest aspects of this Pirates of the Caribbean protagonist are found in the tiny details of his appearance, so make sure to include every little characteristic.

Loki and Thor

These two Marvel comic characters have been rewritten as both men and women [9] and therefore make seriously fierce Halloween [10] inspirations for any costume-lover.


"We are Groot," so consider dressing as this gentle giant for your Halloween [11] splurge.

Leeloo From Fifth Element

While this sci-fi character's costume is skimpy, pulling it off properly is a complex challenge.

The Joker

There are many interpretations of the Joker, but each makes for an insanely great costume.

Quorra From Tron Legacy

To capture the essence of Tron, you have to include real lights in your costume. While the preparation process is time-consuming, your peers will never forget your futuristic Halloween [12] getup.

Batman, Bane, and Catwoman

Do we even need to explain why these DC characters should be on your ultimate bucket list?

The Corpse Bride

This costume calls for full body paint, white contacts, and a bridal gown — in other words, it's not for the faint of heart! But when done properly, the results of this Tim Burton getup are stunning.

South Park Gang

These funny cartoon characters are iconic, so nailing every aspect of the group's appearance is a must. Get your friends together for a group attempt at this bucket list costume!


Many trick-or-treaters opt to dress as Ariel for Halloween [13], but your mermaid costume doesn't have to stick to Disney limitations. Go for a full tail, real shells, and some scale makeup!

The Engineer From Prometheus

To dress as a Prometheus Engineer, you have to commit to physical fitness as well as an intense body painting session. Worth it!

Storm From X-Men

This fierce comic book mutant dons a large cape and a recognizable head of white hair, so make sure to focus on those parts of the costume.

Jules and Vincent From Pulp Fiction

Potentially expensive because of the suits and hairpieces needed to portray these Tarantino characters, a Jules and Vincent group costume is sure to turn heads.

Poison Ivy

Attaching hundreds of leaves to a costume is a huge undertaking, but channeling this powerful Batman villain for Halloween [14] is worth it.

Ned and Catelyn Stark From Game of Thrones

The heads of House Stark live in Winterfell, which means heavy furs and long cloaks. If you're willing to put in the effort for this once-in-a-lifetime costume, you won't regret it!

Daenerys Targaryen From Game of Thrones

Because of the Khaleesi's signature silver plaits and silken gowns, you could drop a pretty penny on this stunning Halloween [15] getup.

Ursula From The Little Mermaid

There's no dressing as Ursula without tentacles, so this costume is a time commitment . . . however, imagine all the pretty young mermaids who will be dying to lend you their voices once it's complete!


This "merc with a mouth" carries swords, guns, and other weaponry in his custom suit, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from the challenge of a Deadpool costume!

Queen Amidala

One look at this getup will tell you that this Star Wars costume is an intricate one, but the time you spend building the detailed outfit will be paid off quickly by shocked friends.

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