Spooky But Stylish: Halloween Costume Ideas (That You Can Wear All Year)

Spooky But Stylish: Halloween Costume Ideas (That You Can Wear All Year)

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year, but finding the perfect costume can be tricky. Luckily, there are plenty of spooky and stylish costume ideas that you can wear all year round. From classic witches and vampires to modern takes on monsters and ghouls, we've got you covered with the best Halloween costume ideas that you can rock any time of the year. So, if you're looking for a unique look for your next costume party, look no further! Here are some of the best spooky but stylish Halloween costume ideas that you can wear all year.

Who says you can’t use your Halloween costume beyond the holiday? Being crafty in putting together your outfit can be an excellent way to collect items for everyday wear.

It’s all about how you assemble each piece: together, they can be a costume but separately, they form many different possibilities to fit into your style.

From goth and vintage outfits to spooky and cute, here are some costume ideas that can be worn year-round.

Victorian Goth and Steampunk-Inspired Outfits

Halloween Costume Ideas you Can Wear All Year Round: Steampunk Accessories

Despite how lavish and intricate these outfits are, Victorian goth and steampunk outfits can be broken apart into everyday wear. For example, spend a bit of money on a high-quality corset that fits your body like a glove and wear it beyond your Halloween party.

Add the corset to your outfit for a goth party or dance night, to a fancy date, or even paired with some skinny denim jeans for a more casual look. Additionally, the creepy Halloween accessories can be paired with your outfit in creative ways that don’t look like a costume at all. 

Skeleton and Skull Clothing

Halloween Costume Year Round: Skeleton

Despite being one of the most popular outfits ever (even in one of our favorite movies, Donnie Darko), the skeleton costumes make for a unique and creepy idea come Halloween. Think about skeleton bone leggings and hoodies—when not all worn together; they can be great additions to your everyday wardrobe.

Couple this look with edgy Halloween-themed jewelry like skull necklaces and rings for the full effect - or tone it down by simply wearing a skull-print hoodie with leggings as a relaxed winter daytime look. Or, if you want a look specifically for Halloween, you can check out our Halloween makeup ideas post for a tutorial on fierce skeleton face makeup to tie your whole spooky costume together.

Costumes for Different Decades

Decades costumes are great for Halloween wear and vintage a wardrobe

Decades costumes for Halloween are popular - as they provide plenty of choices! From flapper costume dresses of the Roaring Twenties to 1950s pinup dresses to 70s hippie fashion and more - the options for Halloween outfits and everyday wear are endless!

Taking the fashion from a particular decade and running with it is incredible because you can build it around one item that you might want an excuse to buy. See something in the thrift store that you fancy? How about the 90s grunge shirt you've had your eye on for a while? Halloween is the best time to buy new and then keep it for future outfits.

For example, flare pants and boho dresses for 70s outfits, shoulder pads work for the 80s, grungy jeans, flannel for the 90s, and a velour tracksuit or skater jeans for the 2000s. You can go with this idea so many different ways—just find that one item that screams a specific decade.

Evil Movie Character Costumes

Think about some of the most iconic and evil roles your favorite actresses have taken on. How about Veronica Sawyer from Heathers? These famous Halloween movies depict characters wearing off-shouldered sweaters, a tiered skirt, and a blazer.

How about the evilest dictator of them all; Regina George from Mean Girls? Get your hands on a pink cardigan and a pleated mini skirt, and you can't go wrong (plus, Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year - so you're all good for wearing pink!)

There are so many ideas that you can try. Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad is an overplayed but fun one - it's way too cute and easy with a baseball tee and leather shorts. 

Goth Movie Icon Costumes

If your wardrobe is full of gothic tops and lacey black dresses already, these will be easy to put together and utilized throughout the year. Black everything should always be a staple in the closet of any goth, and who's to say you shouldn't always have more?

Our favorite goths from movies are as follows: Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, Nancy Downs from The Craft, Morticia from The Addams Family, or any actor from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Go on and rock a gothic corset!

Disney Hipster Costumes 

This costume idea might be the most original and fun for your friends to guess about! Think of the color schemes of some of your favorite Disney characters: Cinderella with light blue, Ariel in purple and green, Ursula in black and purple, Snow White in yellow and blue, Tinker Bell in light green - you get the picture. 

Next, find some clothes that match the color scheme of whatever Disney character you aspire to be! Pick items like tight jeans (in bright colors), suspenders, bandanas, wide-brimmed hats or caps, oversized scarves, rimmed sunglasses or fake glasses, bowties, or whatever else might make you look a hipster as possible!

The key is to stay within the color scheme of your character and have the correct wig or hairpiece, so it's easily recognizable. Ariel, for example, would be easily spotted in skinny green jeans, a purple tube top, and a bright red wig. After Halloween, when worn separately from other outfits, these items can be great additions to your everyday look. 

These are just a few examples of Halloween costumes you can create from items you have in your closet - or indeed items you can buy for Halloween and then wear all year. The possibilities for fabulous costumes are pretty much endless if you just get a little creative and have a terrific concept in mind while you shop. 

What items have you bought for Halloween but kept to wear year-round? Comment below!

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