Halloween costumes have come a lonnnnggg way since the olden days of molded plastic face masks and Superman costumes that looked neither super nor manly.
Some of the best Halloween costumes for 2023 are Barbie, the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, South Park and Killer Klowns — seem familiar?
Kudos to Spirit Halloween for celebrating their 40th season of taking over empty strip mall shops and turning them into temporary spooky zones! Oh, and yeah — also kudos for laying down the roadmap to the most sought-after top Halloween costumes this year.
If you’re on the prowl for that perfect costume, they’ve got a blend of the classics we loved growing up, along with ways to dress up like the newer kids on the block.
Decades of Barbie
Living the Dream: Remember when vintage Barbie and Ken dolls were just about Malibu? Well, the huge success of the Margot Robbie/Ryan Gosling Barbie movie means that you can dress yourself up in everything from retro skating attire to pink Western outfits. (The Classic Barbie Bodycon minidress sounds would have been at home in the 60s & 70s, and is so popular there’s a limit of 2 per customer.)
Animated nostalgia: We might’ve grown up with the Flintstones, but kids these days are all about Bluey (an Australian cartoon puppy). Keeping everyone in mind, you’ll find costumes out there spanning from the retro to modern favorites — plus things that are a little of both, like The Little Mermaid.
Group dynamics: Whether you’re channeling characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas or the latest Disney+ series, there’s something for every member of your crew.
Klown cult: As Killer Klowns From Outer Space turns 35 (feel old yet?), its celebration has turned digital with a new video game. You can revive this wacky horror favorite with lifelike costumes and quirky accessories.
Timeless terror: Remember Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger as the faces (or masks) we hid from as kids? Now, they’re back in action with new shows, movies, and streaming options.
Stream kings: Characters like Huggy Wuggy from Poppy Playtime and the cute-but-deceptive beans from Fall Guys (btw, that’s not the old The Fall Guy TV series with Lee Majors) are taking over YouTube and console alike.
Cinematic turn: For the mini gamers, Five Nights at Freddy’s is hitting the big screen. Time to gear up!
Streaming magic renewed
Magic renewed: Remember when the Addams Family was all about being “crazy and kooky,” and its macabre fun presented in black and white? Well, the Netflix show Wednesday has taken the spooky theme and run with it, sprinkling it with a touch of viral TikTok stardom.
Harry Potter, redux: Hogwarts is getting a new lease on life with the Hogwarts Legacy video game and upcoming TV series, so kids and adults can dress up themselves and their party rooms with the Harry Potter theme once again.
Cartoon rewind: With a renaissance in cartoons thanks to streaming, we’re seeing a new love for everything from SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) to the classics like Scooby-Doo and, yes, our beloved Flintstones.
Popular 2023 Halloween costumes/characters
- Barbie (Various versions)
- Ken (Various versions)
- Nightmare Before Christmas characters
- Little Mermaid characters
- Freddy Krueger
- Michael Myers
- Universal Monsters (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man)
- Killer Klowns (Shorty, Jumbo)
- Poppy Playtime’s Huggy Wuggy
- Fall Guys characters
- Five Nights at Freddy’s characters
- Wednesday Addams
- Harry Potter characters
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- South Park characters