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It’s a new year, so you want to check out some couples costume ideas. No same old, boring here!

While dressing up is one of the best parts of Halloween, sometimes coming up with the perfect couples’ costume idea can be a chore. What if you’re a LGBTQ+ couple, pregnant, or a couple with a dog? (Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered). Maybe you want to play with gender, you’re non-binary, or perhaps your couple is a throuple? I’ve got tandem and group costume ideas for you, too.

To decide on the best costume for you and your sweetie, think about your shared interests and passions: are you superheroes or medieval characters from a romantic play? Matched opposites, wannabe celebrities, fantasy role players or something different?

I compiled all of these suggestions to cover all of these ideas, and more, suitable for all occasions. If you think I’ve missed some crucial couples costumes ideas, or want to share something you and your partner concocted, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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DIY Couples Costumes

Not all the items on this list will offer up specific how-to instructions (but if they do, I’ll mention it). Instead, I’ve collected a list of ideas that would be relatively easy to re-create with some time and ingenuity. None of the links in this section will send you to a pre-made costume. Nope! This is all about DIY in this section, folks. Scroll on down if you’d prefer a couples Halloween costume you can buy and not piece together yourself.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s [link goes to a copy of the movie] – Holly Golightly (wig) and Paul Varjak – this one is simple if you know the movie well. Holly needs a black dress, crinoline, white gloves and a tiara, while Paul only needs a suit with a thin tie.
  • Netflix and Chill [link goes to a Pinterest image for inspiration] – literally as simple as two adult onesies with the names ‘Netflix’ and ‘Chill’ written on the front.
  • Bob Ross and his painting – This pre-made Bob Ross painting costume should give you an idea as to what I’m thinking of. Inventive, and easy to recreate on your own Bob Ross costume kit with an impressive wig, a paintbrush, a large sheet and someone with awesome painting skills. Alternatively, there’s a paintbrush costume (seriously, who thinks of these things), Bob Ross leggings, and a Bob Ross blazer.
  • Lock & Key [link goes to a pre-made set] – Okay, this is silly, but so easy to do. Hit up the dollar store and find some crazy string or a chain to put these around your necks, and you’ve got a subtle costume that folks will have to put together. Yea, Halloween makes me corny. Alternatively, you could try what’s pictured in the pre-made costume link with some gold fabric, a decent sewing machine, and a bit of polyester fill.
  • Lady and the Tramp [link goes to a set of ears and collar; here’s the other set] – okay, so there’s another way to make this costume. Let’s assume this version (see a great Pinterest shot) is tame. Two puppy costumes (here’s a fluffy dog) with one holding a plate full of spaghetti (string) and the two connected by your mouths? Genius.
  • Pooh and Honey Pot – amazing if you need a pregnant couple’s costume. She dresses as Pooh Bear (see Pinterest for an idea, this is the cutoff red top, and this is the long, yellowish orange form-fitting dress), he dresses as the Honey Pot. Simple and easy. Or… one of you wears the Pooh Bear costume and another paints their belly as the honey pot?
  • Cards Against Humanity [link goes to a copy of the game] – the simplest of all the costumes, especially if you own a deck (or, like me, made one from scratch). Two pieces of cardboard, one painted white, one painted black. Holes around the tops for a string to wear around your neck, and then, two cards, one for each of you: “I drink to forget____” and “Me”. Or, “What do you call a one-night stand that stuck around,” and “[write down just your first name]”. You get the gist. Make it sassy!
  • Voodoo Rag Doll Couple – admittedly, this one is a bit work. You’ll need some sewing skills, or at the very least an understanding of what ‘burlap’ us. Still, it’s a stunning result, and the author / creator has explained in great detail how they made these two matching couples costumes.
  • 99 Problems – A simple DIY couple’s costume, where you either create your own personalized t-shirts, or you have them printed. One of you wears a jersey that reads the number 99, with the name “Problems,” while the other wears jersey number 1, with the name “Ain’t”.

Famous Couples Costume Ideas 

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Gisele and Tom celebrity Halloween costume idea, courtesy of Pinterest

Some, we all know and love (sort of). Others, you might be all… huh? But if someone’s made a Hallowe’en costume for couples imitating celebrities, you’d think they were famous enough, right?

80s Couples Costumes

Okay, I love the 80s. Truly. I kind of miss them…. and thus why this section is likely the most fleshed out of the bunch. You’ve been warned!

90s Couples Costumes

I’m not as huge of a fan of the 90s, but, there are some really solid costume offerings from this era. A recent “I Love the 90s” concert I attended (seriously) gave me some great ideas…

Fairytale Couples Costumes

C’mon. You know you want to. Really, really want to. Be the Prince Charming your partner always wanted! Or, perhaps Snow White? Bro White? Yea, it’s an option…

Movie Couples Costumes

A quick dinner and a movie date night will help with your idea creation here, but in case you’re still wondering…

‘Old’ Couples Costume Ideas

You know, ‘old’. From a former time, but all lumped into one. 😉 I know, I’m so scientific. Just go with it.

Silly Couples Costume Ideas

Some of my favorites in this entire article sit in this section. I LOL every year at some of the options here.

To note, this is probably the best section for throuple costumes, group costume ideas, or unusual pairings.

Without further ado…

Scary Couples Costumes

This is the whole point of Halloween, right? To scare each other? Well, here’s a few suggestions for particularly spooky dress up options.

Superhero Couples Costumes

A long-standing favorite among readers, the superheros make some, uh, really fun combinations.

TV Couples Costumes

Yep, there are lots of options here, too. Some new, some not-so-new, some just plain weird. I love you, readers… you’ve added some really fun suggestions to this specific list that I’d never heard of!

  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon and Amy, Penny and Leonard, Bernadette and Howard, or (please!) Howard and Raj, or Sheldon and Will Wheaton. – I beg you, if you do this last one, post pictures in the comments.
  • Chips: Ponch and John
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter: Dog & Beth
  • Flintstones: Fred & Wilma, Betty & Barney Rubble
  • GI Joe: Baroness and Duke
  • I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie & Major Nelson
  • I Love Lucy: Ricky and Lucy
  • Magic School Bus: Miss Frizzle and the Bus – there’s also a Magic School Bus handbag, and a Liz Lizard handbag.
  • The Muppets: any combination of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal or maybe the two older gents in the nosebleed seats?
  • Orange is the New Black: Alex and Piper (really, any of the characters…)
  • Reno 911: Deputy Johnson & Lt. Dangle
  • Rugrats: Angelica and Reptar
  • Saturday Night Live: Spartan Cheerleaders
  • Sesame Street: Bert & Ernie, Oscar and the Cookie Monster, The Count and the Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Snuffalufagus
  • Simpsons: Marge and Homer, Duffman & Duff Woman
  • Star Trek: Klingon Male & Klingon Female
  • Teletubbies – any combination (or a group costume!) of Po, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Tinky Winky.
  • Walking Dead: Rick Grimes & Pajama Zombie
  • Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen

Unique Couples Costumes

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The Stanley Cup and Your winning hockey team, anyone? Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Need something a bit… different? These options will leave you wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?!” Or possibly, “Uh, I could never do that…”

  • CSI: CSI Agent and Lady Heather (Dominatrix) – if you ever watched the original CSI, you remember Lady Heather. Oh my goodness. Any CSI lover will remember these episodes, and the relationship she had with some of the main characters.
  • Cougar and a piece of meat – hilariously, this was suggested by a man whose wife is 16 years older than him
  • Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat
  • Ghoulidolocks and Psycho Teddy Bear
  • Hunter and the Hunted (so, a hunter with a deer, etc – great Pinterest picture here), or a Great White Hunter and a Tiger.
  • Naughty fairy tales – Pimp Nocchio and Little Bo Peep Show
  • Paper Bag Princess and the Dragon
  • Stanley Cup and Winning Team (see pictured above) – this was a DIY costume, and it isn’t terribly difficult to recreate. Tinfoil over a bowl for the bowl/hat, this sequined silver dress, the NHL jersey of your choosing, and a printed NHL logo attached to cardboard and then to the dress. Voilà!
  • Zorro and the Spanish Fly (yes, the pills!)

Ideas From Your Favorite Celebrities

That’s right, celebrities wear Halloween costumes too, and some of the more, uh, unusual ideas come from there. Here’s a sampling, with ideas on how to make it your own. Linked celebrity names go to an image or article showing their couples costume, whereas individual costume links go to a place to purchase the costumes or the supplies to make it.

  • Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan: Cats in the Hat – okay, so they’re no longer together. It’s still a cute idea.
  • Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber: Bikers
  • Chrissy Teigen and John Legend: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
  • Fergie and Josh Duhamel: Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette – yep, Fergie went as Lagerfield’s cat
  • Katy Perry and Riff Raff: Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Sea Captain and Mermaid
  • Kim Kardashian and Jonathan Cheban: Sonny & Cher
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessical Biel: Trolls
  • Heidi Klum and Seal: Eve and the Forbidden Fruit
  • Seal and Heidi Klum: Robots
  • Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman: Nurse and Doctor
  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: Firefighters

Even More Couples Costumes Ideas

I realize this is a massive list, and it’ll take some time to go through. I hope you used the handy navigation list up there at the top!

Have more suggestions to add? Post your photos, links to photos and ideas in the comments, or the ideas you used from this list.

  • shannon lampman says:

    Do you know where to get the NHL Stanley Cup dress?