Best Halloween costumes for adults 2021: channel Cruella, Kim K, James Bond, Squid Game and more

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This year has been the stuff of nightmares but with Halloween on the horizon, it’s time for a little fun.

With most of us now back into the normal rhythm of things, Halloween celebrations are back on the cards. After the zoom-based celebrations of last year, it’s time to go all out IRL.

Let’s face it, this year’s headlines have provided a bounty of inspiration, from a frisky Matt Hancock to Kim K’s morph bodysuit on the Met Gala red carpet. With the latest Bond blockbuster No Time To Die out, you could also look to the world’s favourite 00 operative for your Halloween look.

Then there are the classic October 31 options such as witches, vampires and ghouls. The options are frighteningly good and ready to have you crowned Best Dressed this Halloween 2021.

If you’re short on time as well as inspiration, we’ve created an edit of the best fancy dress costumes for men and women below.

Use these quick links to jump to each section:

  • Movie + TV inspired Halloween costumes

  • Novelty Halloween costumes

  • Classic Halloween costumes

  • Halloween face paint and makeup

Shop our favourites and have them delivered to your door in time for your fright night antics.

Movie + TV inspired Halloween costumes

Squid Game Costume, Squid Game Cosplay Jumpsuit

It's the Netflix show we can't stop watching. The Korean drama is drawing in more and more viewers, thanks to its gory scenes and emotionless ruling class. Don the red tracksuit and become one of the soldiers in this head-to-toe costume. It doesn't come with gloves or the face mask though - but you can get one through this Etsy vendor.

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£33.98 | Amazon

Orion Costumes Men's 007 James Bond Formal Spy Black Suit Film Fancy Dress Costume

With Bond finally back on our screens, pay homage to the world's most famous spy with a Halloween costume. For those without a tux, this costume will help you look the part.

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£35.59 | Amazon

Smiffys Evil Madame Costume, L

Make Disney's most stylish villain your own. This old school Cruella De Vil costume comes in sizes 8 to 18 and includes the form-fitting dress, Dalmation spotted cape, gloves, cuff and choker. It seems like you'll have to get the distinctive wig separately; we've found a glamorously askew one here for £11.99.

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£24.98 | Amazon

Back to the Future Costume

With the Back to the Future musical delighting audiences at Adelphi, Robert Zemeckis’s famous trilogy is enjoying a revival (although its genius never faded in our eyes). The year 2015 may have come and gone without a self-drying jacket (sob), but you can still recreate the look in this futuristic Marty McFly-inspired ensemble. The costume comes with a jacket that's a copy of the one worn in the second movie, as well as a “You’re Fired” fax printout and Sports Almanac. You can choose to add a hover board and baseball cap to complete the look.

£53.99 | Halloween Costumes

Grand Heritage Black Widow Costume for Women

The one thing we love more than dressing up? A bargain, of course! This Black Widow costume is down a whopping 77 per cent, from £269.99 to £62.99. Available in S, M and L, the officially licenced set comes with the jumpsuit with a back zipper, a belt, gloves, elasticated wrist cuffs and a wig.

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£62.99 | Halloween Costumes

Rubie's Official Harry Potter Voldemort Adult Costume

Harry Potter fever shows no sign of slowing down - and this Voldemort costume makes an ideal option in keeping the scare factor of Halloween. The costume features a scary mask as well as a black robe.

£39.24 | Amazon

Gryffindor Costume Harry Potter Robe

If you were disappointed to be put in Hufflepuff or Slytherin on Pottermore, then this Halloween gives you the perfect excuse to dress up in the house colours of The Boy Who Lived. The red and black Gryffindor robe features the house’s Lion crest embroidered on the breast. Add some specs and say hello to an adult Harry Potter.

£28.98 | Amazon

Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow fancy dress costume

A Halloween stalwart ever since the film's release way back in 2003, get ready to transform into the "trickster pirate of the Seven Seas", the bawdy, rum-soaked Captain Jack Sparrow.

Complete the look this year with a cutlass and plastic gun to hang on your waistband - but if you really want this to be believeable, don't forget the thick black eyeliner, the more smudged, the better.

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£20.99 | Amazon

Star Wars The Mandalorian adult costume

Available in a choice of standard and XL sizes, this costume channels the look of Din Djarin, the Mandalorian bounty hunter who plays the lead in the Disney+ series. The set includes graphic printed jumpsuit complete with padded armour, belt and bandolier, cape and of course the signature Mandalorian mask.

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£54.99 | Very

Adult Scooby Doo Daphne Costume

On a mission to solve a crime, dress up as one of those pesky kids this Halloween. Made from polyester, this outfit comes with her bright purple dress, a neck scarf, red wig and headband. Available in sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18, you can also get Velma, Fred and Shaggy outfits here.

£29.99 | Very

Kill Bill Costume

For an epic costume idea on a cinematic scale, look no further than Black Mamba. The costume consists of Beatrix Kiddo’s signature banana yellow jumpsuit with the corresponding sides and badges. It also includes a sword so you are ready to exact your bloody revenge.

£33.99 | Escapade

The Purge mask

With its exaggerated grin, this sinister smiling mask is guaranteed to give anyone the creeps and is an easy last-minute costume solution. Similar to the masks worn in the Purge movie, it’s made of plastic and is designed with eye holes and an elastic strap. One size should fit most adults and teens while matching accessories are also available.

£3.99 each | Party Delights

Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn - the star-crossed lover of Batman's Joker - is a terrifically terrifying choice for Halloween, swinging her baseball bat and charming all that cross her. This costume includes all the garments, so all you need to do is whip your hair into pigtails and get ready to scare.

£38.99 | Very

Women's Ghostbusters Plus Size Jumpsuit Costume

Time to show the ghouls that this year, you ain't afraid of no ghosts. It's no surprise that the 1984 film is a classic look for Halloween each year, and this costume allows you to easily recreate the Ghostbusting look made famous by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd more than 30 years ago.

The iconic costume will ensure you're prepared to tackle any ghosts that come your way on the scariest night of the year. The plus size fits a UK 5XL and there are regular-sized jumpsuits here too.

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From £58.99 | Halloween Costumes

ABBA Dancing Queen Costume

It's fun, it's ridiculous, it's Halloween! News that ABBA is releasing a new album has raked the flames of our passion - and we’re channelling it with this Eurovision-ready jumpsuit this October.

Simply impossible not to have a good time in this one, and though it may be aimed at women, daring gents could easily carry it off too. Channel 70s-style disco fever with this one-piece that comes with flared sleeves and tiered flare lower legs. Complete the look with a long wig and platform boots.

£22.89 | Amazon

The Handmaid's Tale Cloak and Cap

The dystopian drama makes for Halloween outfit inspiration and now you can mimic the show's wardrobe with this set from Etsy. Shop the handcrafted pieces which include dress, cloak, mask and wings or get a combination. Blessed be.

From £28.51 | Etsy

Macho Man Randy Savage Costume

Oooh yeah, this attention-grabbing costume will sure to be a hit at your Halloween party. The Randy Savage-inspired outfit comes with a jacket, trousers and everything you need to pay tribute to the WWF Heavyweight champion.

£62.97 | Amazon

See the full range of Halloween costumes from Amazon here.

Novelty Halloween costumes

Smiffys Men's Second Skin Costume in Black

Inspired by Kim Kardashian's Met Gala look? It's probably one of the easiest to emulate - all you need is a black morph suit. Smiffys is one of the best around, stretchy and breathable. Just add a a 75-inch ponytail and no one will know the difference!

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£16 | Amazon

Adult Dinosaur Inflatable Costume

Take your Halloween costume to a time before, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. This inflatable costume obscures you completely, giving you the perfect opportunity to pounce on unsuspecting friends - although how you'll enjoy a spot of apple bobbing in it is anyone's guess. It can get pretty toasty inside all that polyester, so no need to layer up. Requires batteries.

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£33.99 | Amazon

President Costume

Make Halloween great again with this Donald Trump-inspired costume - he may no longer be President, but his scare factor lives on. This set includes Trump’s signature jacket and tie with the added bonus of the pin badges and a MAGA-themed cap. This is the sort of get-up that requires full commitment so get crack out the fake tan (or wood polish) for the final touch.

£19.99 | Joker's Masquerede

Sriracha Tunic Adult Costume

If you love Sriracha sauce as much as we do then you will not be able to get enough of this costume. This spicy-look costume will bring laughs and plenty of flavour to any Halloween bash. Turn it into a group costume with your family or friends in ketchup, mustard or a giant hot dog outfits.

£31.68 | Amazon

See the full range of Halloween costumes from Amazon here.

Fortnite Brite Bomber

Undoubtedly one of the most popular games of the decade, this Brite Bomber costume from Etsy is handmade in the US but can be delivered in time Halloween. If you're looking for a ready-to-go UK only option Amazon has a few on offer. They're not as detailed as the Etsy option but a do fine job representing the Brite Bomber aesthetic nevertheless.

£7.50 | Amazon

See all Fortnite costumes on Etsy here and more Fortnight costumes on Amazon here.

Classic Halloween costumes

Morph Costumes Piggyback Monster Halloween Costume

The zombie apocalypse is here, there's nothing for it but to clamber aboard and hold on for dear life. This walking dead costume is sure to bring screams of mirth to your friends, looking as though you've been made off with by a mummy. Flail your arms in terror for maximum effect.

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£36.99 | Amazon

Kidnap Clown Costume

This clever costume gives the illusion that you're about to be kidnapped by a sinister Pennywise character, offering maximum effect with minimal effort; arguably the best kind of costume. The outfit is made up of a black top with a stuffed clown upper body, complete with a head and arms as well as the blue mock legs and checkerboard printed trousers. We recommend trying this well before party time to make sure you know how to put it on.

£34.99 | Fancy Dress Ball

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Spellbound Witch Adult Costume

Double double, toil and trouble. Is there any costume more quintessentially Halloween than a witch's ensemble? Shake up an all black look with a splash of purple, which can in turn, inspire your makeup look. This costume includes a full length dress, choker and matching pointed hat. The ultimate spooky-meets-glam look.

£14.83 | Amazon

Rubie's Official Superhero Womens Adults Super Girl Costume

You’ll look ready to save the day in this timeless Supergirl costume, which comes with everything you need to channel the iconic female super hero. The red-and-blue long-sleeved dress, of course, features an attached red cape – in case you need to make a swift exit.

£27.04 | Amazon

Adult Classic Catwoman Costume

It wouldn’t be a roundup of women’s fancy dress costumes without Batman’s ever-popular Catwoman. Slip into this sleek black jumpsuit, made from polyester and foam, to transform into Gotham’s dark feline heroine. It features attached shoe covers and comes with a vinyl belt, a headband with cat ears and an eye mask.

£44.99 | Halloween Costumes

Ladies Queen Of Hearts Costume

Off with their heads! This elaborate fairy-tale costume will help you become Alice in Wonderland's most horrible Queen. The beautifully designed dress, which comes in various women’s sizes from extra-small to extra-large, comes complete with a hooped petticoat and a tiara that will have you looking ready to rule Wonderland.

£23.49 | Amazon

Smiffys Monster Mask

He did the mash, he did the monster mash! This Frankenstein-inspired mask is perfect for upping the spooky stakes this Halloween. Get the look by pairing it with a with a dark suit to bring a bit of macabre fun to proceedings.

£16.35 | Amazon

Smiffys Old Witch Mask with Hair

As Halloween masks go, we find this one pretty terrifying - and not just because it's so realistic.

All you need to complete the look is a cauldron and broom and you are well on your way to scaring each and every one of your pals.

£10.97 | Amazon

Halloween face paint and makeup

BRITE Semi-permanent hair dye

Coloured hair get the go-ahead this Halloween. If you're up for swapping your natural tones for something suitably lurid, head to Superdrug where you can find BRITE Hair's collection of semi-permanent instant colours, wash-in/wash-out shampoos and vegan bleach kits – including one specifically for coily and textured hair. Now's the perfect time to buy; they're all currently on offer with a third off.

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Card and Party Store Killer Clown Makeup

Keep it ultra simple and just focus on your scariest face. With this makeup set, you can complete the killer clown costume. It is comprised of a red nose, teeth, makeup tray with a sponge to apply as well as liquid latex and fake blood for a realistic and terrifying look.

£8.90 | Amazon

Revolution Beauty x Corpse Bride

Don't fancy a mask? Makeup brand Revolution has a Corpse Bride collection to help you look your most terrifying yet. From dark lipstick and highlighter in skull festooned packaging to fake blood and high pigment eyeshadow palettes, there's plenty to help you look your scariest.

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Horror Zombie Make Up Kit

If you are looking to create a truly terrifying make up look, this Zombie kit is the one for you. It contains fake skin, five different colour variations of paint and ample amounts of fake blood.

£5.99 | Party Delights

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