Halloween Costume Ideas: By ethnicity
Looking for costume ideas?  Here's a list of mostly character-based costumes to choose from or as inspiration for your own ideas.  I believe in working within your body type and features to cast yourself in a costume that is convincing on you.  For example, I previously made lists for couples (because I was half of one) and bald guys (because I am one), but
I also compiled the following lists because I felt like my original lists failed to offer enough choices specific to people of other ethnicities.


Asian characters
  • Akira: Tetsuo, Kaneda, or Akira
  • Astro Boy
  • Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Sharon/Boomer
  • Bruce Lee
  • Charlie Chan
  • Crow (Brandon Lee)
  • Dalai Lama
  • Dragonball Z: Goku
  • Geisha (We did this one in 2004)
  • Genghis Khan
  • Goonies: Data
  • Harold & Kumar
  • Indiana Jones: Shortround
  • Jackie Chan
  • James Bond: Odd Job
  • Jubilee (X-Men)
  • Karate Kid (DC)
  • Karate Kid: Mr. Miyagi
  • Kill Bill: O-Ren Ishii or Gogo
  • Kim Jong Il
  • Kim Jong Sun
  • Kung Fu: Caine
  • Lady Deathstrike (X-Men villain)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub
  • Lost: Sun and Jin
  • Mandarin (Iron Man villain)
  • Mantis (Marvel)
  • Mulan
  • Ninja (We did this one in 2004)
  • Psylocke (X-Men; yes, originally British, but...)
  • Quick Kick (GI Joe)
  • Robotech: Macross: Rick Hunter
  • Robotech: Southern Cross: Dana Sterling
  • Robotech: The New Generation: Scott Bernard
  • Sailor Moon
  • Samurai
  • Samurai (Superfriends)
  • Samurai Jack
  • Silver Samurai (X-Men villain)
  • Speed Racer, Trixie, Racer X, Pops, Spridle, Chimp Chimp, etc.
  • Star Trek: Sulu
  • Storm Shadow (GI Joe)
  • Sunfire (one-time X-Man)
  • Sunpyre (Sunfire's sister)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder
  • Tiger Woods
  • Tila Tequila
  • Twin Peaks: Josie Packard
  • Yellow Power Ranger
  • Yo Yo Ma
  • Yoko Ono

Indian/Arab characters
  • Aladdin or Jasmine
  • Ali Baba
  • Battlestar Galactica: Tory Foster
  • Cleopatra
  • Gandhi
  • Harold & Kumar
  • House, MD: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
  • Lost: Sayid
  • M*A*S*H: Klinger
  • Mummy
  • Simpsons: Apu
  • Sinbad the Sailor
  • The Office: Kelly Kapoor

Black characters
  • Battlestar Galactica: Boomer ('70s version)
  • BB King
  • Black Panther
  • Black Power Ranger
  • Black Vulcan
  • Blacula
  • Blade
  • Bob Marley
  • Brother Voodoo
  • Candyman: The Candyman
  • Captain Marvel/Photon/Pulsar (Marvel)
  • Catwoman (from the crap movie version)
  • Cloak (and Dagger)
  • Cyborg (Teen Titans)
  • Deathlok
  • Dr. Who: Martha
  • Falcon
  • Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Russel, etc.
  • Fifth Element: Ruby Rhod
  • Forrest Gump: Bubba
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Frozone (The Incredibles)
  • Ghostbusters: Winston
  • Green Lantern (John Stewart)
  • Hancock
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Ford Prefect (movie version)
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Malcolm X
  • Martin Luther King
  • Matrix: Morpheus
  • Men in Black: Agent J
  • Michael Jackson
  • Misty Knight (Marvel, Heroes for Hire)
  • Mr. T
  • Nick Fury (Sam Jackson version)
  • Pam Grier in any role (Foxy Brown, etc.)
  • Peanuts: Franklin
  • Power Man/Luke Cage
  • President Obama
  • Prince: Purple Rain era, etc.
  • Princess and the Frog: Princess Tiana
  • Pulp Fiction: Jules Winnfield or Marsellus Wallace
  • Roadblock (GI Joe)
  • Rocky: Apollo Creed
  • Sam Jackson in pretty much any role (e.g., Snakes!)
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Sanford and Son: Fred Sanford/Red Foxx
  • Scary Spice
  • Seal
  • SNL: Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy)
  • SNL: Nat X
  • SNL: Ladies Man
  • South Park: Chef
  • Spawn
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf, Geordi
  • Star Trek: Uhura
  • Star Wars: Lando Calrissian
  • Star Wars: Mace Windu
  • Steel (DC comics)
  • ThunderCats: Panthro
  • Tiger Woods
  • Tina Turner
  • Transformers: Autobot Jazz
  • War Machine (from Iron Man)
  • X-Men: Bishop
  • X-Men: Storm

Latino characters
  • Addams Family: Gomez and Morticia
  • Armadillo (Marvel villain)
  • Bane (DC; Batman villain)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Captain Adama (reboot)
  • Blade Runner: Gaff
  • Blue Beetle
  • Che Guevara
  • Cheech & Chong
  • El Dorado (Super Friends)
  • Frida Kahlo
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: Santanico Pandemonium
  • Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  • Juan Valdez
  • Machete
  • Modern Family: Gloria Delgado-Pritchett and Manny Delgado
  • Nacho Libre
  • Napoleon Dynamite: Pedro
  • No Country for Old Men: Anton Chigurh
  • Pancho Villa
  • Scarface: Tony Montana
  • Spider-Girl (Marvel)
  • Spider-Man 2099
  • Spy Kids
  • Star Trek: Next Generation: Troi
  • Sunspot (New Mutants and other X-teams)
  • The Question (DC; new one)
  • Ugly Betty
  • Warner Brothers: Speedy Gonzales
  • Wildcat (DC)
  • Zorro

Other costume ideas

Many of these ideas can be expanded to work for couples or groups.  See these pages for additional costume ideas:





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