The Best Costume Ideas for Halloween 2022 (Part 1)

by Max Tabiaat

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 26, 2022

The Best Costume Ideas for Halloween 2022 (Part 1)

With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to get your creativity flowing and plan precisely who you'll be dressing up as. You certainly don't want to end up with the same costume idea as everyone else; you'll likely want to stand out amongst the ocean of witches and Spidermen that will undoubtedly flock in hoards to every costume party and Halloween event.

With nods to timeless classics, characters from popular shows, and some real-world icons, we'll have you looking fabulous and distinct this Halloween. Check out some of the ideas below.

HIM, from "The Powerpuff Girls"

Probably the first androgynous character many of us were introduced to as children, this stylish tutu-downing villain is terrifyingly fleek and guaranteed to catch the eyes of everyone around you. You'll be an absolute menace to both the Powerpuff Girls and your fellow costume wearers as they realize you have them beat.

David Bowie

As an international LGBTQ+ music icon, David Bowie touched the lives of millions everywhere. He also pulled off so many eccentric looks and styles that he's practically a well of Halloween costume ideas. From his striking red lightning bolt to Jareth the Goblin King, you'll find no lack of inspiration here. And with the new biopic "Moonage Daydream," serving Bowie will be super relevant.

Fiona, from "Adventure Time"

A gender-reversal of the main character Finn from "Adventure Time," Fiona fights all kinds of monsters alongside her greatest friend and pet cat, Cake. "Adventure Time" makes for a fantastic place to find fun and animated characters that will have others thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?!"

Specter the purple cyclops, from Disney's "Onward"

Being the first openly gay character in any Disney movie, Specter the purple cyclops finally took the first steps towards creating representation in future films. As a police officer and an eye-catching purple cyclops, she's the perfect blend to create a fun, memorable, and easy-to-DIY Halloween costume that will get compliments.


Another female monster, but this time she's green — and an attorney at law! Starring Tatiana Maslany, She-Hulk is one of Disney's latest in their string of Marvel shows, and it blends power and beauty all in one. Look no further if you're looking for something easy to pull off. All you need is to paint yourself green and wear your most excellent lawyer-looking suit!

Elton John

Who better to dress up as than the personification of flare and flamboyance himself? Some might consider Elton John to be the most well-known LGBTQ+ icon alive, and his colorful suits, ginger hair, and red tinted shades are sure to make you the celebrity of the party — and the best dressed too!

The guards from "Squid Game"

The uber popular South Korean drama "Squid Game" made a splash on Netflix last year, becoming one of the greatest modern television success stories in the world. The exciting series had many memorable moments and characters, including the nefarious pink tracksuit-wearing guards. With creepy black masks that hide their faces, this recognizable costume will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Toloco Inflatable Alien costume

You weren't sure what to be this Halloween, but that doesn't matter now; you've been dragged to the party by a giant green alien! This inflatable costume is light-hearted, fun, quick, and easy to set up. If you'd rather skip the makeup and DIY costume making, this costume by Toloco will light up the smiles of everyone around you.

Ursula, from "The Little Mermaid"

One of Disney's most iconic villains, Ursula the sea witch from the 1989 classic "The Little Mermaid" might be one of the fiercest Halloween costume ideas on this list. Inspired by the late drag queen legend Divine, Ursula is powerful with fabulous white hair and purple skin (Out actor Colton Haynes slayed his Ursula look in 2017). Your makeup skills might need to be on point with this look, but dressing as her is an excellent nod to the classics many of us watched as children. Also, because of the new "Little Mermaid" film being set for 2023, with singer Halle Bailey portraying Ariel, this costume is wickedly relevant again!

The Babadook

After being christened a modern LGBTQ+ icon in 2017, the Babadook is still a relevant and spooky costume idea for 2022. The horrifying queer demon's existence defies the set limitations of the world around him and ignores what is "acceptable'' to the traditional world. Starting as merely a fun meme, the creature at the center of Jennifer Kent's 2014 film has become a legitimate symbol of queerness in the eyes of many in the community. In any case, he's terrifying. What more could you ask for in a Halloween costume?

Alucard, from "Castlevania"

What's better than vampires? How about a heroic, world-saving one that happens to be bisexual. The popular Netflix anime "Castlevania," based on the Japanese video game, follows John Belmont, the last in a line of vampire slayers. Alucard, a handsome icon of strength, joins John on a mission to destroy his father, Dracula. With all of its demons and ghouls, "Castlevania" is totally riveting and worth a watch that will help inspire you with your Halloween costume.

Harry Styles' 2022 Coachella look

A loud and modern voice of love and support, Harry Styles isn't afraid to show off who he is. His 2022 Coachella look is full of pink fluff, which will garner you all the attention a giant flamingo deserves. With some temporary tattoos on your chest and a little thrifting, you'll have yourself the ultimate Harry Styles costume. Maybe carry around a watermelon to really complete the look.