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9 Halloween costume ideas to scare (or tear!) the pants off your crush

It’s finally October, witches, so you know what that means: Welcome to the spooky season!

Ah yes, the most magical time of the year is here. And Halloween is right around the corner.

Not sure exactly what it is about wearing a costume and feeling the fantasy, but it’s intoxicating. It can also boost your confidence, and that boost can give you the courage to shoot that special someone.

Whether you’re trying to cuff it (like Beyoncé taught us) with a new cutie or you’re ready to make moves on that longtime crush, there’s no time like Halloween to dress to impress. We are here to help!

Here are some fun, sexy, and perfect 2022 costume ideas that will have your crush treating you to all your tricks in no time.

1. The struggling cast of Don’t Worry Darling

The delicious off-screen drama surrounding Olivia Wilde’s cast and crew Don’t Worry Darling is full of costume opportunities.

Be comfy-chic and channel your inner Florence Pugh in a purple set. Just don’t forget the ever-full Aperol spritz and no-f*cks attitude. Go petty spaghetti and wear a “Miss Flo” tee with some of your besties, like Pugh’s glam team. Get a little kinky, wear a Harry Styles-approved suit and find your own Chris Pine to (conciliatory) spit.

Does 2022 get any better than this? No, no, darlings.

2. Literally anyone from Euphoria

In Euphoria High, there is someone for everyone. You just have to pick your poison.

There is Rue and Jules if you want to give the main character energy. But that’s just the beginning: you can put on some heavy eyeliner and channel your inner feistiness as maddy; put on your best curly blond wig and teardrops as Cassie; shave your head and transform into attractive Fes. Up to you!

However, while any of these should get your attention, we cannot endorse you writing a play about all your friends and sharing it with the world. That’s too scary, even for Halloween.

3. A snack dressed up as…an actual snack

Okay, hear us out here: Think of your crush’s favorite foods (in a non-creepy way, of course). Then, give them a version that’s so good they’ll want to eat you right away.

Does he like chicken wings? Well, skip the feathers and be bold as buffalo sauce. Does he like dessert? Be an ice cream sun-bae so decadent she has to try all your flavors.

The world is your oyster here, so steer clear. Oysters are an aphrodisiac, after all.

4. Anything from the Everything Everywhere All at Once multiverse

Speaking of snacks, how do you feel about hot dogs as fingers? Giant, world-changing all bagels? Tasty, yes, but too much on brand this year, granted Everything Everywhere Everything at once.

The movie, which exists in a twisted series of universes, has dozens of costume ideas that are perfect for Halloween. They can range from goofy to sci-fi to glamorous—all with plenty of iconic details you can add to make yourself instantly recognizable.

Just try to stay away from the dogs. Don’t want to lose a processed digit of meat.

5. A character from a Jordan Peele classic

Is it really Halloween if you don’t refer to a new Jordan Peele hit? No, no… uh, this year, Nope, this is. (We don’t want to give away any spoilers here, so skip this section now if you don’t want to know. 3…2…1. Okay, you’ve been warned.)

Transform yourself into Jean Jacket with just a few white sheets cleverly covered with some cables, body tape, and a prayer. You can even make it sexy with white lingerie and be a flirty alien superstar (+1 for another Bey reference) so hot your crush can’t resist a good investigation.

6. The ultimate girl of their dreams

Regardless of your gender, we all aspire to be the last woman. You know, the last one standing—often gasping and bleeding—at the end of a horror movie.

There’s something oddly sexy about survival, isn’t there? Catch your crush’s eye by leaning in Not Campbell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lupita Nyong’oor any other scream queen you feel connected to.

They are legends for a reason, and they can open the door to fun and maybe even some role playing.

7. A mouse


8. A seriously troubled queen or princess

In House of the Dragon is in full swing, why not channel your inner Westerosi as one of these two leading ladies this year?

You can be the perfect queen and be Alicent: a strong-willed, brooding aristocrat with a dash of delicious villainy. Or you can be the shining princess and heir to the Iron Throne, Rhaenyra. This one is perfect for anyone who loves dragons, craves power, or just wants an excuse to dye their hair the iconic Targaryen blonde. All bleaching; not in an emotional crisis.

9. Something naughty

Not necessarily a costume type of person? We get it, elaborate costumes aren’t for everyone.

When in doubt, say so and turn your crush on a smart or clever costume wearer. Think the classic quarterback approach (aka putting the quarter on your back) but with a little creativity. If you can think it, you can do it, and you’ll save some money along the way.

There you go, ghoulies! May this Halloween bring you all the treats and all the tricks your heart desires.

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