20 Scariest Horror Movie Costumes for Halloween

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Ready to start planning for one of the year’s most exciting and frightening events? Halloween that is.

Here at Tell Tales, we have concocted for you a list of the best and most creepiest costumes on the market.

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We’ve got masks and outfits that are bound to scare the heebie-jeebies of your passers by whilst trick or treating or throughout your Halloween party.

From the horrific Pennywise to the iconic Freddy Krueger, here are 20 of the best and most scariest horror movie costumes that will make you the best dressed this October…

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1. Pennywise Costume (IT the Clown)

Inspired by a forever popular and frightening character, this IT the Clown costume will quench the most hardcore horror fans’ thirst with its impeccable reproduction of the iconic clown. Whether it be to go trick or treating or have a fun time with friends, this is certain to be a success!

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2. The Nun Costume

If you’ve seen the Conjuring movie featuring our favorite ghost hunters, Lorraine and Ed Warren, you’d have definitely seen The Nun, one of the scariest horror characters to date. If you want to send shivers down the spines of your fellow friends, here’s a Nun costume that’ll make you the most terrifying at the party!

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3. Slender Man Costume

An iconic figure of the indie video games world, Slender Man is the best idea one can have for a perfect Halloween night. Coming in various sizes and capturing the sober and terrifying essence of the character, it will suit anyone keen to make their friends gasp every time they lay eyes on you.

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4. M3gan Mask

Give everyone the heebie-jeebies with this latex mask that’s designed to look just like the famous M3gan doll. Pair this mask with the M3gan dress and you certainly won’t be anyone’s greatest companion! Creepy wig included!

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5. Michael Myers Costume

An essential item for any fan of the classic Halloween franchise, this Michael Myers costume provided with the signature mask and wig will make you the life and (dead) soul of the party, guaranteeing you a night to remember. Knife included!

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6. Jason Voorhees Costume

What better way to walk the streets on Halloween night than by embodying one of the most panic-striking characters ever portrayed on screen? The infamous Friday the 13th protagonist, Jason Voorhees, with its ensemble complete with the signature hockey mask and wretched pants, is the ideal adult costume for a long night of jump scares…

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7. Freddy Krueger Costume

One of the best horror movie costumes that’s up there with the classics. You can’t do no wrong with a Freddy Krueger mask and t-shirt. Nightmare on Elm Street is up there in the pantheon of classic horror movies, and this outfit promises to make you the most deliciously terrifying protagonist this Halloween.

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8. Pinhead Mask

If you want people to run away at your sight (which is what everyone wants at Halloween, let’s be honest) this Pinhead mask inspired by the notoriously creepy Hellraiser character is a fantastic choice that will make you the most photogenic monsters of all.

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9. Scream Costume

We all remember the iconic Scream movies and its emblematic ghost masked killer. As excessively worn as this spooky costume is, it is never a bad choice and will fit right in the perfect Halloween selfie!

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10. Hannibal Mask

No one can forget Anthony Hopkins’ shiver-inducing performance as the evil genius and killer Hannibal Lecter, but above all no one can forget his signature muzzle. Here comes your perfect pick for this Halloween. Simple, minimalistic, but nonetheless horrifying!

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11. Chucky Costume

There is no way you can’t beat any scary Halloween costume competition with this frighteningly, well-rendered costume of the infamous killing doll, Chucky! Just slip right into this outfit and terrify even the most unwavering of your friends.

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12. Jigsaw Mask

The SAW franchise is by far one of the bloodiest, most graphic horror franchise in existence, and it wouldn’t be as notorious without its genius antagonist, Jigsaw. Here is a horror mask so equally scary and lifelike that you’ll automatically win Halloween!

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13. Annabelle Costume

This Annabelle horror costume is so perfectly rendered that one may wonder if it wasn’t snatched off the doll itself. With this dress and mask provided with its creepy blonde braided wig, people will think you came straight out of the Conjuring franchise to haunt them…

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14. Exorcist Costume

No Halloween is complete without a crazily, believable rendition of Regan, the super scary possessed little girl from the cult 1973 movie, The Exorcist. With this horror movie character costume, it will be hard for you not to get a few screams out of even the most prepared horror aficionados.

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15. Frankenstein Costume

A costume of Frankenstein’s monster is probably the greatest idea you could come up with, and here is the most perfect ensemble to bring this wish to life. Complete with a jacket, inset shirt, pants, shoe covers and a headpiece, put on your best monster suit and go get your well-deserved Halloween standing ovation.

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16. Alien Mask

For the children determined to get as many treats and jump-scares as possible, there’s no better way than doing it all with this beautifully detailed mask inspired by the unforgettable creature of the Alien franchise.

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17. Headless Horseman Costume

An essential figure of European folklore made famous by the legend of Sleepy Hollow and its Tim Burton adaptation, here is a Headless Horseman costume that will make your Halloween night memorable. Sold with its headpiece and a cape, this is an essential ensemble to make sure that people know how much of a horror fan you are!

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18. The Purge Mask

Halloween night is the best time to pretend you’re running the streets during “the Purge”. Truly channel you’re inner killer by slipping on this mask and haunting everyone around you.

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19. Us Costume

If you want to replicate the horrific character from Jordan Peele’s Us, grab ahold of this red jumpsuit. One of the coolest horror movie costumes, this comes with the scissors and a glove to truly nail the look and jump scare everyone at the party.

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20. Samara Costume

What is Halloween without The Ring? If you make it an annual thing to watch the horror classic, consider dressing up as the main character herself. This scary Halloween costume comes with the decayed dress and wig that’s detailed enough to make anyone whisper “seven days.”

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You don’t want to rush for a last-minute Halloween shopping spree and get the least interesting horror movie costumes, right? So hurry up and get these amazing outfits to frighten and impress your friends, and make great memories.

Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments what you thought of these scary movie costumes and if you already have an idea of which one you’d like to get!

This article was originally published in April 2020.


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  • Maria Supplisson

    Maria is a screenwriting student at the London Film Academy with a Bachelors' degree in English & Creative Writing, blogger and storytelling-obsessed, from literature to TV shows, movies to documentaries. During her time at the London Film Academy, Maria wrote two short films that were produced by the school, one of which was showcased at the BFI for graduation, and she is now working on multiple projects from a short film to a play, while also translating articles from English to French about film, series, and celebrities for a London-based entertainment news agency. Unhealthily addicted to Game of Thrones lore.

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