12 Iconic Horror Movie Costumes

Witches, ghosts, and vampires might dominate the scary Halloween costume scene but check out these costume ideas from classic horror movies for a real fright.

12. Scream

Ghostface from Scream

Scream’s filmmakers may have gotten their inspiration for Ghostface from Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, but the movie version is a whole lot scarier, especially when he’s coming at you with a bloody knife.

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11. Saw


What better way to make someone appreciate their life than to have them for fight for it? At least that’s how Jigsaw sees it when he kidnaps people and forces them to survive his traps. Gotta admit though, the best thing about this costume is having an excuse to ride a gigantic tricycle.

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10. Halloween

Michael Myers

Michael Myers from the Halloween series has an unnatural obsession with killing members of his family and anyone who gets in the way. Though he might dress like the handyman, there’s no mistaking who he is when he’s wearing his stone-cold, emotionless mask.

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9. Friday the 13th

Jason Voorhees

Now don’t go mixing up Jason Voorhees with Michael Myers. Jason’s the one who kills his victims while wearing a hockey mask — it’s more breathable.

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8. Candyman


Don’t let the name Candyman mislead you. There’s nothing sweet about this killer who’s summoned if you call his name five times in front of a mirror. Well, his fur coat is pretty sweet.

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7. Child’s Play


Anyone who thinks realistic dolls are already creepy won’t like Chucky. As kids, most people wished their toys could come to life, but they might think twice about this after seeing Child’s Play.

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6. It

Pennywise from It

Pennywise the Dancing Clown would seem like an ordinary clown except for the fact that he hangs out in the drain sewer. As if clowns weren’t creepy enough, It takes it to a whole other level.

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5. The Shining

Jack Torrance

A family trip to a mountain side hotel sounds idyllic, unless the hotel is haunted by ghosts that possess you to kill your family. Of all the costumes on the list, Jack Torrance’s is probably the easiest to recreate, unless you’re going for those Jack Nicholson eyebrows.

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4. Carrie


What do you get when you mix teenage angst and hormones with telekinetic powers and a prank that’s gone too far? Carrie.

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3. Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger was the reason people were afraid to close their eyes at night. With his burned face and blade-fingered glove, he’d definitely give anyone nightmares.

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2. The Exorcist

Regan from The Exorcist

In The Exorcist, Regan is a demon-possessed girl who can projectile vomit and turn her head 180 degrees. The creepiest part about this costume is her face. As for her vomit covered nightgown, this could easily be mistaken for someone who’s partied too hard.

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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


What’s creepier than a cannibalistic murderer who likes to wear his victims’ skin? Leatherface embodies our deepest fears about people’s dark sides especially since he is based on a real life killer.

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