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The promise of a pillowcase full of free candy is enticing, but for many, costumes are the most memorable part of Halloween. After all the miniature candy bars are eaten, what you dressed up as is the only memory that remains for years to come. Deciding what to be for Halloween can be the most stressful part of the holiday. But you can put your worries aside, because we’ve put together a list of the perfect costume ideas for everyone in the family.

Movie Themed Costumes


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The year’s top movies are the perfect inspiration for finding the right costume for Halloween. You can find a number of costume manifestos on the web that lay out exactly how to create your favorite characters from scratch, or you can head to the store and purchase a ready-made costume at various price points. If you’re looking for a costume from one of this year’s box office hits, Jurassic World and The Avengers: Age of Ultron offer some popular options. Fast-forward to the end of the year, and you can choose something from the new Star Wars or Hunger Games films. If you’re looking for something old school, look to your favorite childhood film or a timeless classic.

Group Costumes

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Speaking of movie costumes, you can create a whole cast of characters by recruiting your friends or family to dress up with you. Group costumes are also a great option if you want to celebrate the day in the office with your coworkers. You can extract ideas from television shows, video games or your favorite book.

Easy-to-Make Costumes

Easy Costume

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Whether you’re invited to a last-minute party, or procrastinating is just your style, an easy-to-make costume is your best option. Just because you don’t have time to plan doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a decent costume before you head out. Grown ups can raid their closets for some classic options, while parents can make original costumes for their children with some simple supplies and easy steps.

Pun Costumes

Pun costume

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If you want to add some wit to the day, or just enjoy watching people scratch their heads while trying to figure out what you are, try a pun costume. You can be anything from a “deviled egg,” to a “ceiling fan.” They’re easy to construct and can be a good conversation starter at a Halloween party.

Pet Costumes

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Don’t forget your four-legged friends on Halloween. If you enjoy dressing your pets in little outfits every other day of the year, Halloween is the perfect excuse to go all out. There are plenty of options for dogs, cats and more to make at home, or to purchase.

Budget Costumes

Budget Costume


If Halloween isn’t really your cup of tea, or you don’t care to spend loads of money on something you’re only going to wear for one day, you can still participate in the festivities with a budget costume. You can either shop for discounted costumes on your favorite retail websites, hunt for options at your local thrift store or make something cheap and easy with things you already have in your home.

Whether you’re trick or treating with your family, heading to a party with your friends or dressing up for the office with co-workers, we’ve got the perfect costume ideas for every situation.

What are you going to dress up as this year? Share in the comments below!

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