There are a number of reasons to love Halloween. For many, it’s a time to enjoy guilt free, unrestricted quantities of candy. For others, the joy of the holiday is hosting the yearly Halloween get together with friends. And yet for some, Halloween offers a chance to petrify people with their choice of Halloween costume.
Finding the scariest Halloween costume can be a difficult yet enjoyable task for a number of reasons. There are, of course, decisions about choosing a traditional favorite, like a mummy, werewolves, vampires and more. Alternatively, one might take on a contemporary character like Pennywise from I.T. or Michael Myers to make the most of their current popularity. Secondly, going in on a group costume opens up avenues for more creative collaborations. Finally, there’s budget to consider. With amazing makeup and professional-standard costumes, it can be difficult to stick to your financial guns if you’re on a budget. If you aren’t, the sky’s the limit.
We’ve put together 10 of our favorite scary costumes for men. This list includes options for all types of scares across both classic and contemporary choices. You’ll also find quick outfits for last-minute decisions below as well as other costumes which can be added to with fake blood, wigs and other accessories for a more committed look.
Take a scroll through our favorites and find the outfit you think will score you the most scares this Halloween.
1. Morphsuits Urban Legends Creepy Pasta Costume
BEST OVERALL COSTUME
Being served undercooked ravioli is terrible, but this Morphsuits Urban Legends Costume is dealing in a whole different level of creepy pasta. Each of these full body suits is inspired by one of the many Creepy Pasta characters. From Eyeless Jack to Jack O Lantern, there’s a suit to suit everyone. The costumes are made from high-quality materials which allow for 4-way stretching. They also include double zips and reinforced stitching to further ensure durability and quality.
2. Yumian Pig Head Mask
BEST BUDGET COSTUME
A pig-headed person is always going to leave a lasting impression. In the case of this Yumian Pig Head Mask, you have a double whammy on your hands as the mask looks exactly like the one used in the original Saw film. As such, it brings back the fear the mask induced for people who have seen the film. It’s also hideous enough to scare someone who has no idea about the film reference either. This versatile option can be used with pretty much any outfit, making it a great last-minute option.
3. Heytech LED Mask
BEST LAST-MINUTE COSTUME
The Heytech LED Mask is simple yet effective. It’s available in red, blue or green and looks scary enough in the light with its cross stitched eyes and mouth. However, when the lights go off, the mask really comes to life as the wire used for the eyes, mouth and outer line is Electroluminescent (EL) Wire, delivering a haunting, in-your-face look that’s hard to miss. The mask can easily work by itself, or it can be combined with other costumes to boost the impression. This is a great choice for low-light events like discos, raves and evening events.
4. XILALU Full Head Mask
MOST KOOKY COSTUME
If you want a quick and creepy answer to your Halloween costume this year, try this XILALU Full Head Mask. In your hands it may appear just like any other weird mask, but it’s only when you put it on that you’ll realize the real beauty of the mask. The head is mounted upside-down, meaning the eyes are down and the mouth is up. It’s very much a costume which creates severe discomfort in onlookers because they are witnessing something truly unnatural. Add in a few painful screams, and you’re definitely going to give kids (and adults) some sleepless nights ahead.
5. Party America Alien Parasite Chest Piece
BEST COSTUME FOR ACTORS
Picture the scene: everyone’s disappointed you decided not to partake in the costume competition this year. Then, after just enough time passes for people to be truly convinced, you run into the middle of the room, scream loudly and rip open your shirt to reveal an alien making its way through your rib cage (*simultaneously bursting ketchup packets optional). All you need to pull off this costume is this chest piece, a disposable button up shirt and a low-level ability to act.
6. H&ZY Halloween Hooded Cloak
There are few scarier things in the world than the unknown. And by putting this H&ZY Unisex Tunic Halloween Hooded Cloak over you, bystanders will have no idea what lies beneath. Such mystique gives the cloak lots of versatility for Halloween and other occasions, like masquerades and costume parties. It also means it can be worn with no other accessories, making it a great last-minute costume idea. Alternatively, it can be paired with an even scarier mask or face paint for a truly terrifying reveal.
7. Unigds Big Tongue Head Mask
BEST HORROR MOVIE-INSPIRED COSTUME
Sometimes scary doesn’t have to be complicated or clever. You just imagine something scary and make it. Enter the Unigds Cool Funny Costume Head Mask. For comparison, it looks like a monster from Doom had a baby with that ugly thing from the Resident Evil film. Anatomically, the mask has a brain on the outside, sharp teeth and an offensively long tongue, exactly like something from a nightmare. Like we said, sometimes scary is simple.
8. FunWorld Killer Clown Costume
It seems that people tend to either love them or hate them, but surely everyone can see how clowns are at least a little bit creepy. In the case of this FunWorld Killer Clown Complete Costume, clowns are extremely creepy. By adding evil and murderous elements, FunWorld have created a clown costume to put the fear into everyone. It’s made up from a polyester jumpsuit with a ruffled collar along with a 100% latex mask. You can also add your choice of weapon for a more complete and scarier outfit.
9. California Costumes Sadistic Scarecrow Costume
BEST GROUP COSTUME
“Dorothy, where’s Toto?” It turns out Scarecrow might have eaten him, especially if this California Costumes Sadistic Scarecrow Costume is anything to go by. Of course, there’s no evidence to suggest the two are related, but this high-quality costume could easily become part of a mutated Wizard of Oz group costume. The outfit comes with a plaid shirt, a burlap style collar, a hat and a waist tie. For further gruesomeness, you could add fake blood and a pitch fork.
10. Trick Or Treat Studios Michael Myers Mask
MOST POPULAR COSTUME
Whether you see it or not, Michael Myers is scary. 11 feature films (and counting) suggest that while people remain scared by his seemingly endless love for the murder of everyone he encounters, the public simply can’t get enough of this character. This officially licensed Trick Or Treat Studios Michael Myers Mask comes straight from the 2018 film and combines with a set of his favorite overalls to give you an outfit to span the ages. Remember Michael first appeared in 1978’s Halloween.