Costume Ideas for Couples
Nothing is sadder to me than seeing a couple show up and they didn't coordinate.  I mean, you don't even know that Wonder Woman and the Zombie are together.  It's like a cry for marriage counseling or something.  Okay, maybe no one is into Halloween like my partner Dani and I are, but for those who are, here are some ideas for couples we have been compiling since our first Halloween.



Note: These are most of these hetero couples ideas, but you can always modify them for two guys (e.g., Batman and Catwoman becomes Batman and Robin) or two girls (e.g., Batgirl and Catwoman) or just gender-bend.  For example, go as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  Mick's already meeting you halfway there.

Update: As a parent (which I wasn't when I started compiling lists of costume ideas many years ago), I can now see a lot of these working as "single-parent and child" costumes as well.

 

Note:   I used to keep these in categories, but there's just too much overlap now due to comic book movie adaptations, cartoon spin-offs, etc.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: Dave Bowman and/or HAL and/or a monolith
  • 300: King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo
  • Abbott and Costello
  • Absorbing Man and Titania
  • AC/DC: Angus Young and Brian Johnson
  • AC/DC: Angus Young and Malcolm Young
  • Adam and Eve (or Steve, if you prefer)
  • Addams Family: Morticia and Gomez
  • Addams Family: Wednesday and Pugsley
  • Adventure Time: Finn the Human and Jake the Dog
  • Aerosmith: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
  • Akira: Tetsuo and Kaneda
  • Aladdin and Jasmine
  • Alice in Wonderland: Alice and the Cheshire Cat
  • Alice in Wonderland: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • Alien Nation: The Newcomers
  • Alvy Singer and Annie Hall
  • Angel and Devil
  • Anna Nichole Smith and J. Howard Marshal (that old guy)
  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Archie with Betty or Veronica
  • Austin Powers and Dr. Evil
  • Avatar: Jake Sully and Neytiri
  • Back to the Future: Lorraine and George McFly
  • Back to the Future: Marty McFly and Doc Brown
  • Barbarella: Barbarella and Pygar
  • Barbie and Ken
  • Batman and Catwoman
  • Batman and Poison Ivy
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman and Two-Face
  • Battlestar Galactica: Apollo and Starbuck
  • Battlestar Galactica: Baltar and Number 6 (re-boot)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Lucifer and Baltar (original series)
  • Beatnicks
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beavis & Butthead
  • Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice and Lydia
  • Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters
  • Bill and Ted
  • Black Hole: V.I.N.CENT. and/or B.O.B. and/or Maximillian
  • Black Widow and Iron Man
  • Blade Runner: Rick Deckard and Rachael (or Roy Batty)
  • Bo Peep and her Sheep
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (and their brood)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Buck and Twiki (and Dr. Theopolis)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Buck and Wilma Derring
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy and Angel
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Drusilla
  • Bullshit! Penn and Teller
  • Burger King and Ronald McDonald
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Captain America and Bucky
  • Captain America and Red Skull
  • Captain and Tenille
  • Captain Britain and Meggan
  • Casablanca: Rick and Ilsa
  • Caveman and Cavewoman
  • Cerebus and Jaka
  • Charles and Di (or Camilla)
  • Cheech & Chong
  • Chinatown: J.J. Gittes and Evelyn Mulwray
  • Chucky and Bride
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming
  • Clash of the Titans: Perseus and Andromeda
  • Clash of the Titans: Perseus and Bubo, the mechanical owl
  • Clash of the Titans: Perseus vs. Medusa
  • Clash of the Titans: Zeus and Hera
  • Cleopatra and the Mummy
  • Cop and Crook
  • Cowboy (or John Smith) and Indian Princess
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Creature and Julie Adams
  • Cyclops & Marvel Girl
  • Cyclops and Dark Phoenix
  • Cyclops and Phoenix (green costume)
  • Cyclops and White Queen
  • Cyrano and Roxanne
  • Daft Punk
  • Daredevil
  • Daredevil and Bullseye
  • Daredevil and Elektra
  • Dareseid and Desaad
  • Day the Earth Stood Still: Klaatu and Gort
  • Devil and Demon Girl
  • Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli
  • Doctor and Nurse
  • Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Donald and Daisy Duck
  • Donnie and Marie Osmond
  • Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Octopus and Aunt May
  • Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat: Thing One and Thing Two (Dani and her co-worker Melanie did this in 2006)
  • Dr. Who: Dr. Who and [insert fav companion]
  • Dr. Who: The Doctor and the Master
  • Dr. Who: The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond
  • Dr. Who: The Fifth Doctor and Teegan
  • Dr. Who: The Fourth Doctor and Leela
  • Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor and Donna
  • Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor and Martha
  • Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor and Rose
  • Dr. Who: The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith
  • Dracula: Count Dracula and Mina
  • Dracula: Count Dracula and Renfield
  • Dracula: Count Dracula and van Helsing (think Christopher Lee vs. Peter Cushing)
  • Dukes of Hazzard: Bo and Luke Duke
  • Dune: Paul and Chani
  • Dune: Paul and Jessica
  • Edward Scissorhands and Kim
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe (dead icons?)
  • Eurythmics: Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox
  • Excalibur: King Arthur and Guenevere
  • Exorcist: Regan and Fr. Merrin
  • Farscape: D'Argo and Chiana
  • Farscape: John Crichton and Aeryn Sun
  • Fifth Element: Corbin Dallas and Leeloo
  • Fight Club: Jack and Marla Singer
  • Fight Club: Tyler Durden and Marla Singer
  • Flash Gordon and Dale Arden (or Princess Aura)
  • Flash Gordon: Ming the Mercilous and Princess Aura
  • Flintstones: Barney and Betty
  • Flintstones: Fred and Wilma
  • Forrest Gump and Bubba
  • Forrest Gump and Jenny (as Hippy, stripper, etc.)
  • Frankenstein and the Bride
  • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • Galactus & Silver Surfer
  • Galactus and Nova (or another herald)
  • Gambit and Rogue
  • Ghostbuster and Slimer
  • Ghostbusters: Venkman and Ghozer
  • GI Joe: Destro and the Baroness (We did this one in 2008)
  • GI Joe: Zartan and Zarana
  • Gilligan's Island: Gilligan and the Skipper
  • Gilligan's Island: Ginger and Mary Ann
  • Godfather: Don Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone
  • Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Mothra, or other monsters
  • Gone With the Wind: Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara
  • Goonies: Chunk and Sloth
  • Goths
  • Graduate: Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson
  • Grease: Danny and Sandy
  • Greek/Roman gods: Vulcan and Venus
  • Greek/Roman gods: Zeus and Hera
  • Green Arrow and Black Canary
  • Grinch and Cindy Lou Who
  • Gumby and Pokey
  • Guns 'n' Roses: Axel and Slash
  • Hall and Oates
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Harold & Kumar
  • Harold and Maude
  • Harry Potter and Hermione
  • Havok and Polaris
  • Hawkeye and Mockingbird
  • Hawkman and Hawkgirl
  • Heart: The Wilson sisters
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Hedwig and Yitzak
  • Hellboy: Hellboy and Liz
  • Hellraiser: Frank and Julia
  • Hellraiser: Pinhead and female Cenobite (Dani vetos this one every year, but I bring it up anyway every time we talk about costumes.)
  • Hippies
  • Hipsters
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect
  • Hulk and Betty Ross
  • Hulk and Leader
  • Hulk and She-Hulk
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame and Esmerelda
  • I Love Lucy: Lucy and Ricky
  • Iceman and Firestar
  • Ike and Tina Turner
  • Incredibles: Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl
  • Inhumans: Medusa and Black Bolt
  • Inspector Gadget and Penny
  • Iron Man and War Machine
  • James Bond and Moneypenny (or any Bond Girl)
  • Jaws: Chief Martin Brody (Scheider), Sam Quint (Shaw), Matt Hooper (Dreyfuss), and/or The shark
  • Jay and Silent Bob
  • Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra (his cousin)
  • Jesus and Mary (the virgin or the other one)
  • Jetsons: Elroy Jetson and Astro
  • Jetsons: George and Jane Jetson
  • JFK and Jackie
  • JFK and Marilyn
  • JFK and Oswald
  • Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin (ditto)
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • Joker and Harley Quinn
  • Jonny Quest and Hadji
  • Jurassic Park: Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler
  • Ka-zar and Shanna
  • King and I: King Mongkut of Siam and Anna
  • King Kong and Fay Raye
  • Knight and Princess
  • Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
  • Labyrinth: Jareth the Goblin King and Sarah
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Ladybug and Bumble Bee
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • Lawrence of Arabia: T.E. Lawrence and Sherif Ali
  • Lethal Weapon: Riggs and Murtaugh
  • Little Bo Peep and Sheep
  • Little Mermaid: Ariel and Eric & Scuttle (or Flounder)
  • Little Miss Muffet and Spider
  • Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks
  • Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
  • Loki and the Enchantress
  • Lord of the Rings: Gandalf the Grey and Saruman
  • Mad Magazine: Spy vs. Spy
  • Mario and Luigi (or Princess Peach)
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • Masters of the Universe: He-Man and Tela (or She-Ra)
  • Matrix: Neo and Trinity (We did this one in 2003)
  • Meatloaf and Mrs. Loud
  • Men in Black: J and K
  • Mermaid and fisherman
  • Miami Vice: Crockett and Tubbs
  • Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin
  • Mick Jagger and David Bowie
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Mike Nichols and Elaine May
  • Monsters, Inc.: James P. "Sulley" Sullivan and Mike Wazowski
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: King Arthur and The Black Knight
  • Mormon bike annoyances
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
  • Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman
  • Munsters: Herman and Lily Munster (We did this one in 2012)
  • Muppet Babies: Kermie and Piggy
  • Muppet Babies: Scooter and Skeeter
  • Muppets: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
  • Muppets: Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old men
  • Namor and Marrina
  • Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro (or Deb)
  • Nerds
  • Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan
  • Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington and Sally (We did this one in 2007)
  • Ninja and Geisha (We did this one in 2004)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: R.P. McMurphy and/or Nurse Ratched, and/or Chief Bromden
  • Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
  • PacMan and Ms. PacMan
  • Page and Plant
  • Peanuts: Charlie Brown and Lucy
  • Peanuts: Linus and Lucy
  • Peanuts: Linus and Sally
  • Peanuts: Snoopy and Woodstock
  • Peter Pan and Wendy (or Tinkerbell or Capt. Hook)
  • Peter Parker and Spiderman
  • Phantom of the Opera and Christine
  • Pink Floyd The Wall: Schoolmaster and Girlfriend
  • Pink Panther and The Inspector
  • Pinky and The Brain
  • Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
  • Pirate Captain and Wench
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space: Eros, Inspector Clay, the Ghoul Man, and/or the Vampire Girl
  • Planet of the Apes: Your favorite primates
  • Pocahontas and John Smith
  • Popeye and Olive Oil (We did this one in 2009)
  • Power Man & Iron Fist
  • Priest and Nun
  • Princess and the Frog
  • Princess and the Pea
  • Producers: Bialystock and Bloom
  • Professional: Léon and Mathilda
  • Professor X and Lilandra
  • Prohibition-era Gangster and Flapper
  • Psycho: Norman Bates and his mother
  • Pulp Fiction: Vincent and Jules
  • Pulp Fiction: Vincent and Mia
  • Quicksilver and Crystal
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy (I veto this one every year, but Dani brings it up anyway every time we talk about costumes.)
  • Raging Bull: Jake La Motta and Joey
  • Ramones: Johnny and Joey Ramone
  • Red Dwarf: Lister and Rimmer
  • Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby
  • Robin Hood and Maid Marian
  • Robin Hood and Maid Marian
  • Robotech: Macross: Ricky Hunter and Lynn Minmei
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Boris and Natasha
  • Rocky Balboa and Adrian
  • Rocky Horror: Brad and Janet
  • Rocky Horror: Eddie and Columbia
  • Rocky Horror: Frank -N- Furter and Brad
  • Rocky Horror: Frank -N- Furter and Columbia
  • Rocky Horror: Frank -N- Furter and Eddie
  • Rocky Horror: Frank -N- Furter and Janet
  • Rocky Horror: Frank -N- Furter and Rocky
  • Rocky Horror: Riff Raff and Magenta (butler and maid costumes) (We did this one in 2006)
  • Rocky Horror: Riff Raff and Magenta (gold costumes)
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Ronald and Nancy
  • Royal Tenenbaums: Richie and Margot Tenenbaum
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Scooby Doo: Daphne and Fred (We did this one in 2013)
  • Scooby Doo: Shaggy and Velma (or Scoob) (Our kids did this one in 2013)
  • Seinfeld: Jerry and Elaine
  • Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie
  • Shawshank Redemption: Andy and "Red"
  • Sherlock Holmes and Watson
  • Shining: Jack Torrance and Wendy Torrance
  • Shining: The Twins
  • Shrek and Fiona (or Donkey)
  • Sid and Nancy
  • Silence of the Lambs: Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling
  • Silver Surfer and Nova
  • Simon and Garfunkle
  • Simpsons: Bart and Lisa
  • Simpsons: Homer and Marge
  • Simpsons: Itchy and Scratchy
  • Siskel and Ebert
  • Sisters of Mercy: Andrew Eldritch and Patricia Morrison
  • Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
  • Smokey and the Bandit
  • Smothers Brothers
  • Smurfs: Smurfette and any other one
  • SNL:  The Coneheads (We did this one in 2010)
  • SNL: Hanz and Franz
  • SNL: The Ambiguously Gay Duo
  • SNL: The Blues Brothers
  • SNL: The Roxbury Guys (Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell)
  • SNL: Wayne and Garth
  • Snow White and Dopey
  • Snow White and The Prince
  • Sonny and Cher
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet: Space Ghost and Brak
  • Spaceballs: Lone Starr and Barf
  • Spaceballs: Lone Starr and Princess Vespa
  • Speed Racer and Racer X
  • Speed Racer and Trixie
  • Spiderman and Gwen Stacy
  • Spiderman and Mary Jane (or how about Aunt May?)
  • Spiderman and the Black Cat
  • Spiderman vs. Green Goblin
  • Star Trek: Capt. Kirk and Spock
  • Star Trek: Capt. Kirk and that green chick
  • Star Trek: First Contact: Borg Queen and Borg (or Pikard)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ryker and Troi
  • Star Wars: Anakin and Sebulba
  • Star Wars: Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader
  • Star Wars: Emperor vs. Yoda (We did this one in 2005)
  • Star Wars: Fode and Beed
  • Star Wars: Han and Chewie
  • Star Wars: Jabba and Bib Fortuna
  • Star Wars: Obi wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
  • Star Wars: Princess Leia and Han Solo (or Luke?)
  • Star Wars: R2-D2 and C-3PO
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Superfriends: The Wonder Twins
  • Superman and Lois
  • Superman and Wonder Woman
  • Supernatural: Sam and Dean
  • Tarzan and Jane
  • Techno goths
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo and April
  • Temple of Doom: Indiana Jones and Shortround
  • Tenacious D: Jack Black and the other guy
  • Terminator 2: T-800 and T-1000
  • Terminator and Sarah Connor
  • The Cramps: Lux Interior and Poison Ivy
  • The White Stripes: Jack and Meg White
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Thin Man: Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta)
  • Thor and Jane Foster
  • Thor and Loki
  • Thundercats: Lion-O and Cheetara
  • Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Top Gun: Maverick and Goose (or Iceman)
  • Torchwood: Captain Jack and Gwen
  • Tortoise and the Hare
  • Tron: Tron and Yori
  • True Blood: Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse
  • Twelve Monkeys: Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) or James Cole (Bruce Willis)
  • Twin Peaks: Ben and Jerry Horne
  • Twin Peaks: Big Ed and Nadine Hurley
  • Twin Peaks: BOB and Laura Palmer
  • Twin Peaks: BOB the Man from Another Place
  • Twin Peaks: Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer
  • Twin Peaks: Dale Cooper and the Man from Another Place
  • Twin Peaks: Harry Truman and Josie Packard
  • Twin Peaks: James Hurley and Donna Hayward
  • Twin Peaks: Laura Palmer and the Man from Another Place
  • Twin Peaks: Leland Palmer and Sarah Palmer
  • Twin Peaks: Leland Palmer and the Man from Another Place
  • Twin Peaks: Pete Martell and Catherine Martell
  • Twin Peaks: Shelly and Leo Johnson
  • Twin Peaks: Special Agent Dale Cooper and Harry Truman
  • Twin Peaks: Twin Peaks: Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne
  • U2: Bono and the Edge
  • Underworld: Selene and Michael
  • Up in Smoke: Cheech and Chong
  • V for Vendetta: V and Evey
  • Van Halen: Diamond Dave and EVH
  • Viking and Valkyrie
  • Vision and the Scarlet Witch
  • WALL-E: WALL-E and EVE
  • Warner Brothers: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
  • Warner Brothers: Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
  • Warner Brothers: Pepé Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat
  • Warner Brothers: Porky Pig and Petunia Pig
  • Warner Brothers: Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
  • Watchmen: Silk Spectre and The Nite Owl (or Doctor Manhattan)
  • Wayne's World: Wayne and Garth
  • Wheel of Fortune: Pat and Vanna
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Moishe and Tzippy (We did this one in 2011)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: Roger Rabbit and Jessica
  • Willy Wonka and an Oompa Loopma
  • Winnie the Pooh: Christopher and Pooh
  • Wizard of Oz: Good Witch and Wicked Witch
  • Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch and Flying Monkey
  • Wolverine and Sabretooth
  • Young Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein and The Monster
  • Zorro and Catherine Zeta Jones
  • ZZ Top: The guys with the beards

Other costume ideas

Many of these couples ideas can also be expanded into group ideas by reaching a little farther into the mythology of that universe.  For example, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger might be a great one for a couple, but can always be extended to cover more of the cast of the books/movies.  See these pages for additional costume ideas:





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