Resembles the Mandalorian with details that are accurate to the movie character. Comes in numerous sizes that are true-to-size for most wearers. Officially licensed.
Quality control issues have been reported, including broken or missing pieces. Helmet feels flimsy.
Inflatable costume that's easy to put on and inflates quickly. Customers comment on the laughs they get when wearing it. Fit is comfortable and versatile.
Fan that inflates the costume is noisy and not very durable. Battery pack is bulky and awkward to carry.
Stands out for its funny appearance that looks like an alien carrying away the wearer. Gets a lot of attention. Easy to inflate and comfortable to wear.
Longevity can be an issue, as the material tends to tear easily and the fan has been reported to stop working after a few uses.
Officially licensed Batman costume in a style that replicates the look of the superhero from the 1960s TV series. Nice detailing. Choice of sizes.
Bodysuit fits loosely on some, which detracts from the costume's appearance. Mask size runs small while gloves run large. Material isn't very durable.
Classic vampire costume with a Victorian design and ample accessories to complete the look. Crafted of quality fabric. Comfortable fit; choice of sizes.
Collar doesn't always stay up. Buttons fall off easily, requiring a quick fix before heading out to parties or trick-or-treating.
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If you’ve been invited to a themed Halloween party or want a goofy costume to wear while greeting trick-or-treaters at the door, there is a huge selection of men’s Halloween costumes to choose from.
Characters from recent and classic TV shows and movies are always a safe choice, though you run the risk of becoming just one among many of the same characters at the party. Novelty costumes are unique and entertaining. And then there are the classic costumes like pirates, Bigfoot, or cowboys that never go out of style. Finding the right costume depends on your personal taste and how complex (or cumbersome) a costume you want to wear.
There are many Halloween costumes for men to choose from for every budget. It might take a bit of research to find a costume that’s memorable, comfortable, and affordable, but a good buying guide and some recommendations can get you started.
The best place to start is to decide what character you want to be and how elaborate of a costume you want, which has a big impact on price.
If you’re going to a Halloween party with a specific theme, your options might be more limited. Otherwise, you should pick a theme or character that appeals to you and that people will recognize (unless you’re going for a deep cut or obscure reference, of course).
Couples costumes are a classic choice if you’re going with a date, and there are countless iconic duos from film and TV to choose from. You can also pair literary characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
Pop culture references are easily recognizable, which saves you the trouble of explaining your costume to everyone. Movie and TV characters are entertaining, but you run the risk of being one of many if you choose a character that’s currently trending. Iconic celebrity costumes like David Bowie and Elvis work well too.
Novelty costumes usually center around a gag or familiar character and are often inexpensive. Many are inflatable costumes that create an illusion, such as a person riding a T-rex. Try the costume on before the party so you know how comfortable and maneuverable it is.
The design of the costume can determine how comfortable you’ll be over the course of the evening.
Simple costumes that feature a few key items like a hat, shirt, and prop are often inexpensive and don’t require much effort to get right. Some options are quite clever in their minimalism and allow you to get into character easily. However, your effort runs the risk of appearing half-hearted! But if you just want to enjoy yourself while getting into the Halloween spirit, a basic option might suit you well.
Complex costumes that require face paint or include gigantic props can be challenging to get into and maneuver in, but they have a bigger impact. In some cases, people might not even recognize you. For the diehard Halloween enthusiast, this is a great way to go if you’re comfortable spending a bit more for your impressive getup.
If you’re up for it, getting into character lends even more verisimilitude to your costume.
Think about the individual parts of the costume as well as the overall design before you buy. Holding a prop like a fake sword all night can be tiresome, as can navigating in a massive dinosaur suit. Or these things might be part of the fun for you.
Inflatable costumes have increased in popularity because of their simplicity and generally low price, but traditional costumes are usually easier to get into and wear for long periods.
Inflatable: These costumes can be a lot of fun. They’re silly and hard to miss, and the polyester material is usually quite durable. They cover your whole body and are usually made of a single piece. Inflated by a fan that you’ll have to keep running the whole time, these costumes require batteries. Also, there’s no ventilation, so you can get very hot.
Traditional: These costumes come in a wide range of styles and may include hats, masks, props, shirts, pants, shoes, and even onesies. Most of the time, these costumes aren’t as bulky as inflatables and tend to have less of a “novelty” look.
A mask can quickly render you unrecognizable as you and easily identifiable as your character.
Full masks cover your whole head. They’re usually made of latex. A high-quality full mask can be startling and effective. Sometimes it’s all you need for a costume. Helmets also fall into this category if your character usually wears one, such as many favorites from Star Wars. They’re also a good choice if you’ll be wearing an N95 mask since it will be covered. Full masks are a classic choice, but they are by far the least comfortable. They can get quite hot when worn for extended periods.
Partial masks cover only the upper or lower half of your face or your whole face but leave the rest of your head exposed. Most of them can be easily removed to eat or drink. While these masks are usually fairly comfortable, take a look at the strap. Opt for a thicker elastic strap because it will fit more comfortably around the back of your head.
Not all costumes come with props, but those that do can make your outfit look more realistic. Props include swords (pirates, samurai, knights), guns (cowboys, spies, action heroes), sunglasses (hippies, secret service agents), microphones (rock stars), or a variety of other amusing items.
If you opt for a costume with a prop, note what it’s made of and how durable it is. If it’s something you’ll have to hold, choose something small that can be tucked in a corner when you get tired of holding it or need both hands for food and drinks.
Novelty costumes cost about $15 to $30 and include simple masks, onesies, and inflatable suits. If you’re just looking to participate without making a statement, one of these is a great choice and can look surprisingly good.
Spend $30 to $80 and you’ll find more elaborate costumes, many depicting popular characters. These often include a shirt or jacket, pants, and a few props for a convincing costume.
Elaborate, realistic, high-end costumes that approach cosplay quality cost from $80 to $600 and more. Some of these look like the real deal, but the high price can be difficult to justify unless you plan to wear the costume often.
Wear something thin and light under an inflatable costume. Since the costume has no ventilation, it can be quite hot, although this can be an advantage if the weather is cold.
A. That depends on the retailer and the brand. If you’re worried about fit or comfort, read the return policy before you buy.
A. Yes. You should avoid costumes that portray real-world cultures that are not your own. Even though Halloween costumes are just for fun, playing “dress up” as another culture can be offensive.
A. The earlier the better. You will have far more choices and you might even find what you’re looking for on sale. If you really like to plan ahead, you can shop in the days after the holiday for the chance to find next year’s Halloween costume for men at a huge discount.