If you're anything like us, October needn't even be in sight for you to get excited about Halloween. The merest drop of rain in August gets you thinking Jack-o'-lanterns, autumn leaves and matching Halloween attire for you and your partner.
If you're stuck for that perfect fancy dress idea this year, fear not. We've scanned the biggest eCommerce sites like Argos, eBay and Amazon to find ten scarily good couples costumes to buy this Halloween. Many of them work for best friend duos, too. Whether you opt for creepy classics like vampires, werewolves and zombies or more unusual couples cosplay is up to you!
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Buying a ready-made couples costume saves you time and stress. But picking a good one isn't straightforward. Below we'll take a look at the different factors worth considering while you shop.
First of all, it's important to think about what overall vibe you want to achieve this Halloween. Maybe it's important to you to be faithful to the scary theme we in the UK have come to associate with October the 31st, or maybe not. Decide first so you can narrow down the types of look you might like.
If you love the idea of the nights drawing in, the air getting chillier and the dead returning to Earth in celebration of All Hallows' Eve, we suggest a costume that fits the bill.
You might choose something subtly spooky, to nod to the brush with death that October 31st once represented. Or you might go full-on horror movie gore; the choice is up to you. Spooky costumes allow you to embrace a character as well as just dressing up.
If you are a social media addict then a well-known character always draws in the likes and comments on Halloween. Choose your favourite horror-movie lovers or the most sinister villain and their right-hand-man.
These costumes make it easy for everyone to know who you're supposed to be as the shapes, wigs and fabrics are instantly recognisable. You can also make an evening of it by watching the film your characters are from as a Halloween hangover treat.
Not-so-scary characters give your fellow party guests plenty of laughs, are the easiest to re-use and recycle on other occasions and don't require intense make-up tutorials or excessive fake blood; unless you want them to!
It really is a matter of taste, but novelty costumes allow you to celebrate cartoon characters you love or make a comment on topical issues that year.
Check out our spec tables for each costume so you can see what fabric it's made from. Each have different benefits. It's also important to be sure the costume you're buying is safe to wear around open flames – a popular decorative touch for Halloween that can be extremely dangerous.
If you're off to a house party that'll be packed with people and include lots of games and dancing, choose a costume made from a lightweight fabric like nylon which is extra breathable. That way, you won't work up so much of a clammy sweat.
Another benefit of nylon is the fact it is flame-retardant so you need not worry about wearing it to a party decorated with glowing Jack-o'-lanterns.
Another bargainous option is a costume made from polyester, which is cheap to produce but creates a smart, stylish overall look. This fabric is very durable so you can re-use this costume and lend it to friends without too much visible wear-and-tear.
It's also easy to wash in a machine at a regular temperature and won't shrink or lose its shape too easily. The final pro of polyester is that is burns slowly, unlike some cheap fabrics which catch fire extremely fast making them dangerous to wear.
Take a look at our specification tables so you can see exactly what you're buying – some costumes will require you to add colourful socks or a bold wig, whilst others come with everything you need!
To save time, opt for a costume which includes everything. For those of you who enjoy shopping around for affordable or customisable extras to make an outfit your own, costumes which come with the main component such as a dress or bodysuit should represent a fun challenge.
Lastly, have a look at what sizes the costume can be bought in. Some of the options on our list are 'one-size-fits-all' which is great unless you are particularly tall or tiny.
Look out for the specific measurements listed by the seller if you're unsure. We have added the sizing details to our picks so you can choose a costume that will fit snugly and be extra comfy, leaving you to enjoy your night!
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Possessed Punch and Judy Costume
That's the Way to Do it!
Adult Horror Clown Couples Halloween Costume
Sheer, Unadulterated Terror
I Love Fancy Dress
Ghost Bride and Groom Costume
The Unhappiest Day of Your Lives
I Love Fancy Dress
Couples Dalmatian Halloween Costume
Dotty Disney-Esque Dalmatian Duo
Voodoo Witch Doctor Couples Costume
Put a Spell on Fellow Partygoers
Adult Breakfast Bacon and Egg Costume
Mouthwatering Costume to Be Re-Used All Year Round
I Love Fancy Dress
Priest and Nun Fancy Dress Couples Costume
Super Mario and Luigi Plumber Brothers Costume
Just-a What-a You Needed!
Gomez and Morticia Addams Costume
Cara Mia! Mon Cher!
Couples Matching Beetlejuice Costume
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
If in doubt, freak them out. These spooky costumes are easy on your budget, but will play havoc on other people's heart-rates. The two are sold separately but will set you back a tame thirty pounds or so in total, and for the simple pieces they include, they are blinking terrifying.
For couples who really relish the fear factor at Halloween, this darkly sinister matching costume is a great pick. The latex masks save you time and messy makeup and the polyester garments are light and easy to wear. Make your movements puppet-like for added terror points.
Choose this costume if you're prepared to actually make some of your fellow party-goers cry. These outfits are bold and eye-catching, and with a little sprucing up can create a fantastic overall effect. The men's clown mask in particular will strike chills through the faint-hearted – so best not answer the door to fragile trick-or-treaters!
You will need to add wigs to both these costumes, and unfortunately the clown shoes are sold separately by the brand, but with a splash of red blood on some white tights and your creepiest clown makeup, we think you'll be the toast of the... clown. That doesn't really work, does it?
This spooky look comes as a set so you needn't pay twice. It isn't overly expensive, particularly considering the finished look which, when dolled up with some of your own chalky white makeup, actually creates a very high-quality, horror-movie look for you and your partner.
While technically this costume isn't suitable for same-sex couples, who's to say one of you can't drag up? It's Halloween after all. The dress and veil look convincingly tragic and Gothic, while the top hat is velvety-soft and the bow tie adds a heartbreaking and creepy touch.
Cruella DeVille, Cruella DeVille... If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will. Now, we're not sure this costume is officially affiliated with the Disney franchise, and we certainly don't remember this dalmatian-dotted fellow from the original movie, but either way, these outfits are cool.
They're available in a pretty decent range of sizes, made of a mix of polyester and nylon plus Velcro fastenings, and can be bought as a pair meaning the price tag is affordable, too. All the key components pictured are included in the price which saves you time and energy. Woof!
This bone-trembling costume is darkly magical without being a full-on horror costume. The jackets are adorned with bones, beads, needles and hand-sewn voodoo dolls, bringing your costume to life. These costumes are sold separately, but for the price the quality is high.
The spooky half-skull masks save you adding layers of face paint and the red tops – included in both versions of the costume – mean you need only add bottoms, shoes, and any other creepy extras to complete the look.
We particularly like this bacon and egg look because it's cheap, cheerful, can be used on other occasions and requires the bare minimum of effort! You can forego the fake blood and skin-clogging makeup too, if that happens to be a cause of Halloween stress for you.
You'll need to root out some black garments of your own to wear with these simple pieces which shouldn't be hard, and for the price you get a fun look which can be recycled. The egg in particular could definitely work as a solo look! It's highly rated by reviewers on eCommerce sites too.
We like this costume idea because it straddles the boundary between a novelty costume and one with a horror-movie twist. You needn't be caked in fake blood (ideal if you have sensitive skin or allergies) but you can still creep out fellow guests with sinister gestures and voices if you like.
Available in a fairly good range of sizes, this costume is comfortable and lightweight to wear and can be re-used for murder mystery parties and other fancy dress events outside Halloween. Ideal!
Next up, a gender neutral option for Nintendo fans who want to avoid the fake blood and white face paint that often comes hand in hand with Halloween. Though this look isn't scary, you do have the option of adding some gruesome makeup should you so wish.
A possible downside of these costumes is the one-size-fits-all label, which, despite sounding like a very inclusive title actually won't be appropriate for everyone, but these dungarees are such a simple shape they should be fairly accommodating. Perfect for best pals too!
The Addams Family are what Halloween is all about in our book. These costumes are super simple, but sold separately, so you'll be spending around £50-60 for both looks. The size range isn't very broad, which is what keeps these costumes from climbing higher up our list, but many reviews reference the fact that they are good quality.
The jacket isn't quite as glamorous as what Raul Julia wore in the iconic movies, but the silhouette you or your partner will strike in this dress is unmistakable – though a little more stylised than what Angelica Houston wore, if we're being picky!
If you are big fans of this iconic movie, why not go for this ghoulish candy-stripe look that instantly conjures Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in all their glory. Note that while the costumes themselves are well-made, the wigs and socks are not included, though they shouldn't be too hard to locate.
The women's sizes available for this costume are perhaps a little limited, but the biggest perk is that this stripey look can totally be re-used at murder mysteries, with your local am-dram society, or at other fancy dress dos!
If you're keen to find a unique look for the rest of your coven this Halloween, we have some other great ideas for men, women and children below. Check out our links which rate costumes from all the best-known shopping sites so you can celebrate All Hallow's Eve in spooky style.
If you and your partner take pride in choosing this most exciting couples Halloween costume you can think of each year, we think we've found some of the best and most fun options across the internet. Queue wolves howling and, what the heck, let's throw in an evil laugh too. Mwahahahaha!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: Smiffy's | Possessed Punch and Judy Costume | Priced per Item
No. 2: Smiffy's | Adult Horror Clown Couples Halloween Costume | Priced per Item
No. 3: I Love Fancy Dress | Ghost Bride and Groom Costume | Set of 2
No. 4: I Love Fancy Dress | Couples Dalmatian Halloween Costume | Set of 2
No. 5: California Costumes | Voodoo Witch Doctor Couples Costume | Priced per Item
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