Back in the old days, Halloween costumes were worn so ghosts and spirits would think you were 'one of them' and not bother trying to haunt you. If you think that's clever, then bear in mind that without the best Halloween costume, the same spirits and ghosts would have likely brought you back with them to the underworld in a hunt for fresh meat. So basically, the saying about necessity being the mother of invention comes to play hugely when talking about the first Halloween costume ideas.

These days, however, costume ideas have morphed into anything and everything you could imagine, and are as likely to be 'sexy' as they are scary. Are you still looking for last minute inspiration before your Halloween party? Well, these creative Halloween costume ideas, compiled in a list by Bored Panda, are seriously ingenious, and you probably won't have time to pull them off. The ideas though... They show you that if you think outside of the box and are smart about it, the possibilities are literally endless! So get scrolling and start thinking about your own DIY Halloween costume!

#1

My Super Adorable Headless Maya

My Super Adorable Headless Maya

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

Headless Maya is super creepy! I suspect she's going to hunt me in my dreams!

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#2

My Grandpa And Dog

My Grandpa And Dog

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varwenea
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2 years ago

Up!

C.Marrero
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2 years ago (edited)

...Vote!

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Ginge
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2 years ago

This needs more UP votes...

FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago

Very Punny

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

"Squirrel!"

JessG
Community Member
2 years ago

" my name is Doug, and I LOVE YOU!"

Gigi Baldez
Community Member
2 years ago

Doug!!!!

Mark D
Community Member
2 years ago

SQUIRREL!!!🐿

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Stacie Frost
Community Member
2 years ago

Adorable

LUISANGEL ANAYA
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG UP!!!!!

Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG! Too, too cute!

PeachPossum
Community Member
2 years ago

Good boy, Dug!

A Dog Person
Community Member
2 years ago

Love it!!!

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

The dog is already in costume too!

Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Perfect

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
4 months ago

I loved this picture. Have seen it a couple of times.

Josh Tall
Community Member
4 months ago

Grandpa and Dug!

Chukwuma Jonathan
Community Member
2 years ago

Totally nailed it.

Heather Resendiz
Community Member
2 years ago

This man could have all my candy...

Karrington Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

From the movie up! Such a clever idea!

Larry Dahle
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice couple ! Look like good friends ...

Claire Sylvester
Community Member
2 years ago

#sogorgeous Makes my heart melt 💓

Alina DaJusta (Student)
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG wow

Bob Collins
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww. I hope his wife is still alive.

FortnitePlayerGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Fair enough

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D R Lambert
Community Member
2 years ago

That's GREAT!

Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

SQUIRREL !!!

Bobbie West
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice picture but how does it relate to Halloween?

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
2 years ago

On the up and up

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

love this!

Junjun Villafuerte
Community Member
2 years ago

Cutie

Joelyn Kitzmiller
Community Member
2 years ago

LOVE this!

Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

Grey one!

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 years ago

AMAZING

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

So ironic

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#3

Our Daughter, Claire, Dressed Up As Grandma Completed With A “Granny” Style Clothes, Homemade Wig, Pearls And A Walker Built By Daddy. Claire Walks Well Without Assistance, But Stroles Along With Her Walker

Our Daughter, Claire, Dressed Up As Grandma Completed With A “Granny” Style Clothes, Homemade Wig, Pearls And A Walker Built By Daddy. Claire Walks Well Without Assistance, But Stroles Along With Her Walker

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

That is completely adorable.

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#4

I Am The Pumpkin King!

I Am The Pumpkin King!

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

Sally approves!

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#5

Halloween Is Christmas For Us Amputees

Halloween Is Christmas For Us Amputees

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Nash Nopper
Community Member
2 years ago

BÄM! Looks awesome!

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#6

Halloween Costume Made From Halloween Decorations

Halloween Costume Made From Halloween Decorations

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Ginge
Community Member
2 years ago

Great outfit. Love the bats!

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#7

Picasso Painting Halloween Costume

Picasso Painting Halloween Costume

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Crooked! Nailed it.

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#8

My Wife Have Been Waiting For This Halloween Since We First Heard We Were Having Twin Girls

My Wife Have Been Waiting For This Halloween Since We First Heard We Were Having Twin Girls

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Jean van der Merwe
Community Member
2 years ago

Perfect! Love this.

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#9

Frodo!

Frodo!

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Dolicious
Community Member
2 years ago

Sweeet X-)

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#10

I Think My Aunt Nailed This Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler) Halloween Costume

I Think My Aunt Nailed This Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler) Halloween Costume

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

She totally nailed it!

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#11

My Daughter’s Wheelchair Made The Perfect Foundation For Her Halloween Costume

My Daughter’s Wheelchair Made The Perfect Foundation For Her Halloween Costume

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

Your daughter rocks (just like the notorious RBG)!

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#12

Hijabi Harley Quinn

Hijabi Harley Quinn

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Catherine Hankinson
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this looks awesome. I love how you've done the "hair" it's really clever. Cosplay is for anyone, anywhere.

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#13

The Costumes We Made

The Costumes We Made

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Angela Turrall
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep.

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#14

Mother And Son 'Black Panther' Halloween Costume

Mother And Son 'Black Panther' Halloween Costume

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Yay Black Panther!

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#15

Brought Along My Little Drogon To A Halloween Party

Brought Along My Little Drogon To A Halloween Party

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Marta Puig
Community Member
2 years ago

I want this dragon for myself!!

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#16

My Daughter's Maleficent Costume Made By My Wife And Mother-In-Law

My Daughter's Maleficent Costume Made By My Wife And Mother-In-Law

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FloC
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautifully made. I like the little Diaval :)

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#17

My Sister Needed A Costume For Her And Her Friends So I Put Together This For Them

My Sister Needed A Costume For Her And Her Friends So I Put Together This For Them

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ShiftyLookinNinjaPandaGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

good job at making those!

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#18

Halloween This Year

Halloween This Year

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Red
Community Member
2 years ago

XDD

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#19

Our Couple’s Costume

Our Couple’s Costume

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope you won!

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#20

Harry Potter Family Costume

Harry Potter Family Costume

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Dolicious
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahaha, lovely!

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#21

Dressed Up As An Anti-Vaxer For Halloween Party. It Was A Hit

Dressed Up As An Anti-Vaxer For Halloween Party. It Was A Hit

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Catherine Hankinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Bravo.

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#22

We All Bark Down Here

We All Bark Down Here

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Ginge
Community Member
2 years ago

Puppywise the clowndog! Scary!

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#23

My Sister-In-Law Made The Best Costume I Have Ever Seen. Mr. Boogey Man. Ironically, She Is A Therapist And Helps Folks With There Personal Boogey Mans

My Sister-In-Law Made The Best Costume I Have Ever Seen. Mr. Boogey Man. Ironically, She Is A Therapist And Helps Folks With There Personal Boogey Mans

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Ava Ford
Community Member
2 years ago

This is Halloween this is halloween

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#24

My Name's Borat

My Name's Borat

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Dolicious
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2 years ago

Laughing hard being speechless and confused

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#25

My Friend Didn't Really Have A Name For It, But She Made It Herself

My Friend Didn't Really Have A Name For It, But She Made It Herself

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Dolicious
Community Member
2 years ago

La Catrinka?

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#26

Well We Were Supposed To Be Cleopatra And Caesar.. Classic Case Of Miscommunication

Well We Were Supposed To Be Cleopatra And Caesar.. Classic Case Of Miscommunication

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Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG hahahahahahah :D The girl's face

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#27

Portal Halloween Costume

Portal Halloween Costume

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

Simple and ingenious!

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#28

America In 2018

America In 2018

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Ouch. This one's close to the bone, isn't it.

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#29

My First Full Costume Build. My 7-Year-Old Is Thrilled

My First Full Costume Build. My 7-Year-Old Is Thrilled

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Shelley Kidby
Community Member
2 years ago

Your little one is so proud of you. Soak it in!

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#30

The Royal Family Aka My Son The Queen

The Royal Family Aka My Son The Queen

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

that' s funny :-)

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#31

So My Friend Dressed Up As Buddy The Elf For A Halloween Party And Ran Into This Guy On Campus

So My Friend Dressed Up As Buddy The Elf For A Halloween Party And Ran Into This Guy On Campus

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Lara L.
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow "this guy" grew really old- what happened with time?!

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#32

My Daughter Wanted To Coordinate Costumes With Me, But I Was Already Set With A Deadpool Costume. As A Result, Here Is Negasonic Six-Year-Old Warhead

My Daughter Wanted To Coordinate Costumes With Me, But I Was Already Set With A Deadpool Costume. As A Result, Here Is Negasonic Six-Year-Old Warhead

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome (Did she shave her head for the costume? That is commitment!)

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#33

Michael Somehow Found His Way On The Ramp

Michael Somehow Found His Way On The Ramp

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Red
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2 years ago

run

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#34

He’s A Lum-Purr-Jack

He’s A Lum-Purr-Jack

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Bethany Carter
Community Member
2 years ago

And you is a dead human...

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#35

My Husband’s Halloween Costume He Made From Scratch

My Husband’s Halloween Costume He Made From Scratch

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Arietis
Community Member
2 years ago

Too many ears!

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#36

Costume Contest 2018

Costume Contest 2018

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Shelley Kidby
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent !

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#37

My Favorite Beanie Baby

My Favorite Beanie Baby

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Taylor Green
Community Member
2 years ago

Me and your dog have the same birthday :)

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#38

My Friend Dressed As Everyone's Favourite Neighbour For Halloween

My Friend Dressed As Everyone's Favourite Neighbour For Halloween

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Ned?

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#39

Best $40 I Ever Spent

Best $40 I Ever Spent

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Unlikely
Community Member
2 years ago

yeah I'd be screaming and running the other way if I saw that xD

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#40

My Brother As Edgar Allen Po

My Brother As Edgar Allen Po

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Nash Nopper
Community Member
2 years ago

HAHAHAHAAH! I like!

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#41

So My Wife Did My Son’s Makeup

So My Wife Did My Son’s Makeup

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Wow, she's good. And the son is very patient

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#42

My Wife And I Announcing Our Pregnancy

My Wife And I Announcing Our Pregnancy

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

dadadadammm!

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#43

I Think My Son Makes A Good Edna Mode

I Think My Son Makes A Good Edna Mode

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Silent Skeleton
Community Member
2 years ago

this is so well done! Nailed the expression

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#44

Mojo Jojo Costume

Mojo Jojo Costume

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Sivi
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome!

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#45

Friend Of Mine Went As Banksy's "Balloon Girl" For Halloween. Decided To Snap This Photo

Friend Of Mine Went As Banksy's "Balloon Girl" For Halloween. Decided To Snap This Photo

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Catherine Hankinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Genius.

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#46

She Won The Halloween Contest

She Won The Halloween Contest

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Dolicious
Community Member
2 years ago

Haha, great sense of humor!

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#47

Me (Fat Guy In Blue) With My Albatross. The 5 Month Obsession Of Using EVA Foam And PVC Pipe To Dress A 17 Hand High, 2000 Pound Horse As An AT-AT

Me (Fat Guy In Blue) With My Albatross. The 5 Month Obsession Of Using EVA Foam And PVC Pipe To Dress A 17 Hand High, 2000 Pound Horse As An AT-AT

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Ani Archeron
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2 years ago

oh. my. porg.

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#48

Turns Out Drunk People Have A Hard Time With Puns

Turns Out Drunk People Have A Hard Time With Puns

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Dolicious
Community Member
2 years ago

Philistines, don´t waste your time on them!

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#49

My Daughter Shaved Her Head To Be 011 For Halloween

My Daughter Shaved Her Head To Be 011 For Halloween

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

That's dedication to the cause!

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#50

Grandpa Is Ready For Halloween

Grandpa Is Ready For Halloween

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Kayla Peterson
Community Member
2 years ago

Awe cute

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