It’s that time of year again… Spooky season! Every year it comes around and every year, we’re sure that your teenager ends up in a rut trying to decide what it is they want to dress up as. With so many different options out there — some good and some that are just okay — it’s hard to decide on what will truly make Halloween night the best it can be. Whether they’re heading out to a party, attending a costume contest, going trick or treating, or even just dressing up to hand out candy, the costume you choose is always important. The one thing that seems to be common amongst most teens is that no one wants to dress up as something that someone else might be, because there’s nothing more embarrassing than bumping into someone with the same exact costume as you. Not only is it awkward, but it brings about a sense of unoriginality… Something that you definitely don’t want to feel on Halloween night!
In order to make sure your teen is dressed to the nines for their creepy day or night out, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to seek out the best, highest-quality, and most extravagant costumes out there. Anything from terrifying to silly and all that’s in-between, we’ve got it covered. Whether it’s a favorite character your teen is after or something a bit more eerie and scare-inducing, we’ve searched high and low for that one of a kind costume that is sure to make their evening that much more fun. With a little bit of face paint and maybe even a wig, there’s no stopping them once they get their hands on one of these brilliant designs. We’re breaking away from the trends, throwing out the days of dressing up as a witch, vampire, or mummy and bringing to you the hottest new trends and choices for the 2018 Halloween season. Standy by and prepare your spooks for some of the greatest costumes out there right now!
Table of Contents
- 10 Best Teen Halloween Costumes Reviewed
- 1. Rubie's Women's Wizard Of Oz Dorothy
- 2. Star Wars Deluxe Princess Leia
- 3. HEYMA T-Rex Inflatable
- 4. California Costumes Howling at the Moon
- 5. California Costumes Girls Mad Hatter
- 6. California Costumes Mysterious Mummy
- 7. Rubie's Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy
- 8. Disguise Girls Uma
- 9. Spirit Halloween Connor Assassin's Creed
- 10. Forum Novelties Victorian Ghost
- Criteria Used in Evaluating the Best Halloween Costumes for Teens
- Teens Aren’t Too Young to Trick or Treat
10 Best Teen Halloween Costumes Reviewed
Authentic and comparable to the movie Includes hair ties and basic outfit Comfortable and breathable material Sizing is fairly accurate It's a classic costume Does not include Toto, the basket, or the ruby slippers
1. Rubie's Women's Wizard Of Oz Dorothy
You can't get much more innocent than Dorothy and she's a beloved character for fans of the movie as well as the original storybooks about the land of Oz. It's an easy costume that features plenty of detail and never gets boring, not to mention, it's great for any age.
What We Like About It
Although it seems like a simple costume, many costume companies don't often get the details right or put out cheap imitations of what it should be. Rubie's has taken the care to create an outfit that's authentic and looks the part and they even have options for the rest of the characters, too!
Authentic and comparable to the movie
Includes hair ties and basic outfit
Comfortable and breathable material
Sizing is fairly accurate
It's a classic costume
Does not include Toto, the basket, or the ruby slippers
Comfortable fit The costume is breathable and lightweight Accurate to the movie Sizing is on point Includes all the basics Props are not included
2. Star Wars Deluxe Princess Leia
For fans of Star Wars, this costume can't be beaten. There are plenty of choices for Princess Leia out there, but none of them is as true a classic as this outfit.
What We Like About It
The bit of stretch in the fabric used when creating this costume is a great touch that was added by Rubie's. Even if the sizing is a tad off, it still allows for a great fit due to the bit of leniency in material flexibility.
The costume is breathable and lightweight
Accurate to the movie
Sizing is on point
Includes all the basics
Props are not included
It's fun and hilarious Easy to operate and keep inflated Towers at a height of seven feet The fan blower is small and easily turned on and off It's breathable and not too stuffy There are no batteries included and the power pack needs to be purchased separately
3. HEYMA T-Rex Inflatable
This is a super popular costume right now and we can almost guarantee that your child will definitely be the hit of whatever party or festival he or she attends. Not only is it a great, original idea for a costume, but it's also hilarious!
What We Like About It
While this T-Rex might look like a pain to set up, it's really quite simple. Once the inflation device is set in place, nothing else needs to be done -- Your child will be good to go for the night!
It's fun and hilarious
Easy to operate and keep inflated
Towers at a height of seven feet
The fan blower is small and easily turned on and off
It's breathable and not too stuffy
There are no batteries included and the power pack needs to be purchased separately
The costume comes in one piece It's easy to take on and off Can be paired with any type of bottoms Authentic and decently scary Allows for some creative freedom The mask might be a bit wrinkled upon unboxing but can be remedied with a hairdryer set on "low"
4. California Costumes Howling at the Moon
This costume is about as simple as it gets without sacrificing quality in the slightest. It leaves a bit of room for creativity as well, allowing your child to pair it with whatever outfit choices they want.
What We Like About It
The fact that the entire top half of the costume is one fluid piece makes for an easy-on, easy-off approach, which is great when you're in a time crunch. It also cuts down on the frustration that most costumes produce when it comes time to looking perfect before walking out the door.
The costume comes in one piece
It's easy to take on and off
Can be paired with any type of bottoms
Authentic and decently scary
Allows for some creative freedom
The mask might be a bit wrinkled upon unboxing but can be remedied with a hairdryer set on "low"
It's a comfortable costume overall Playful and fun The colors are bright and vibrant It's a nice variation on a traditional character Features a classic Mad Hatter look It does not come with the Mad Hatter's shoes
5. California Costumes Girls Mad Hatter
The coolest thing about this outfit has to be its coordinating colors as well as the adorable mini top hat that comes with it. It's perfect for kids who love a bit of playfulness about their costumes and are silly and fun when it comes to dressing up.
What We Like About It
This costume didn't sacrifice anything when it came to designing something that's as comfortable as it is fashion-forward. No details have been lost although this costume is probably among one of the more comfortable options and that's something we really love.
It's a comfortable costume overall
Playful and fun
The colors are bright and vibrant
It's a nice variation on a traditional character
Features a classic Mad Hatter look
It does not come with the Mad Hatter's shoes
It's a great updated version of an old-school costume Looks realistic Features great details that help to sell its realism Comfortable Allows for a flexible fit Buyers should be aware that the gloves are two different lengths
6. California Costumes Mysterious Mummy
It's the details that really make this costume rock. You wouldn't think that something such as a mummy would make such an impression, but with gloves that feature old, stained bandages and pants and a shirt that is just as appropriately aged, this costume really takes "mummy" to a whole new level.
What We Like About It
The re-imagining of this costume is truly creative and that's something we love to see when it comes to preteens and teens. Every costume needs a bit of updating now and then and this one is easy to wear, comfortable, and can totally be dressed up with the right makeup and hairstyle.
It's a great updated version of an old-school costume
Features great details that help to sell its realism
Allows for a flexible fit
Buyers should be aware that the gloves are two different lengths
Comfortable and breathable Features accurate Foxy details Easy to put on and remains in place The mask isn't too heavy Great option for a "scary" costume Some thought the costume was a bit cheaply made The hook is made out of fabric rather than plastic
7. Rubie's Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy
This is a great, trendy option if your child is looking to be something scary this year for Halloween. It's fun to see how costumes grow and evolve and now that video games are taking center stage, it's nice to see some variety in them as well.
What We Like About It
For being a full-body costume, this outfit is surprisingly comfortable for teens. Not only is it easy to put on and wear, but it'll likely keep them warm in the event that you get a chilly Halloween night... Which will only add to the creep factor!
Comfortable and breathable
Features accurate Foxy details
Easy to put on and remains in place
The mask isn't too heavy
Great option for a "scary" costume
Some thought the costume was a bit cheaply made
The hook is made out of fabric rather than plastic
Highly detailed costume The colors are on point Sizing is accurate Includes all the basics for the costume Great option for a pirate costume in general The hat can be a bit flimsy
8. Disguise Girls Uma
This costume allows kids to dress up as their favorite characters while still having a bit of creativity to make the costume their own. Disguise provides you with the basics but it's up to your child to bring it to life!
What We Like About It
Uma was certainly a fan favorite and we were thrilled to find that this costume has all the details that are immediately recalled from the movie. It definitely has us awaiting the chance of a third movie and anxiously anticipating a return to the Isle of the Lost.
Highly detailed costume
The colors are on point
Sizing is accurate
Includes all the basics for the costume
Great option for a pirate costume in general
The hat can be a bit flimsy
Very accurate to the character Lightweight and breathable The sizing is accurate and easy to follow Designed by Spirit Halloween so the quality is high Great for older teens Does not include the pants or the boots
9. Spirit Halloween Connor Assassin's Creed
Naturally, you'd think that all of this garb would be heavy and challenging to walk around in. Surprisingly, it's quite the opposite -- This material is high-quality and very breathable, allowing kids to spend plenty of time wearing this costume without feeling uncomfortable or hot.
What We Like About It
It's all the extras that put this costume over the top, such as the belt with the traditional Assassin's Creed logo on it as well as the white hood with the silver emblem stamped on the front.
Very accurate to the character
Lightweight and breathable
The sizing is accurate and easy to follow
Designed by Spirit Halloween so the quality is high
Great for older teens
Does not include the pants or the boots
Historically accurate Highly detailed Only comes in two pieces Comfortable and not too heavy Unique The sizing might run a bit small
10. Forum Novelties Victorian Ghost
For a two-piece costume, this outfit definitely isn't what we'd expect. It's high-quality and features details that you'd normally find on costumes that are at least twice the price.
What We Like About It
It's unique! You don't find many Victorian Era-ghosts wandering around on Halloween night and this is one costume that's not likely to be competing with any other. It also allows your preteen or teen to get as creative as they want in their face makeup and choice of shoes.
Only comes in two pieces
Comfortable and not too heavy
The sizing might run a bit small
Criteria Used in Evaluating the Best Halloween Costumes for Teens
Since your teenage years are really the last ones you have where you can actually get away with trick or treating, we thought it was important to provide you with some great options for your teenager. These costumes were evaluated based on several key factors that allowed us to rate, review, and scrutinize a variety of choices before ending up with then excellent options. When it came to finding costumes for teens, we had to first decide what was appropriate and what wasn’t. In today’s day and age, there are plenty of outfits out there that can be misconstrued as inappropriate, offensive, or just not playful in the least, so those were the first to be eliminated. Once those were out of the way, we moved on to the next critique — quality. A costume had to be designed in such a way that it would hold up to things such as a party, walking, running, and even jumping around and/or dancing. These costumes all had to be made well enough that they could withstand high physical activity as is seen by teens, especially on Halloween night. Everything from the material to the details had to be top-notch and made to last for more than one night and definitely through more than one dance… And potential jump-scare. Finally, we realized that it was also important to stick with what was trending right now. We had to take a hard look at what types of games, movies, and interests teens have nowadays and factor that into what became our final list of choices before deciding on a solid ten that teens would love.
Additional Factors to Consider: Allowing for Creative Freedom
Halloween is so much more than an Americanized creepy holiday designed for horror movies, parties, and candy. When it comes to teens, it can be a way for them to express themselves in ways that they can’t on any other ordinary day. Before the days when cosplay was a popular idea, Halloween was really the only opportunity teens had to get creative and put together their own costumes, choose wigs, and work on a masterpiece of makeup before going out to show it all off. Today, that passion for creativity is still alive and well and is what makes the holiday so much fun. Whether their destination is going door to door, a party, or staying home on candy duty for the night, your teen should always have the chance to dress up as something or someone different, if only for one night. It helps to boost their confidence as well as their artistic ability and will make them feel good when they can show off what they’ve done to their friends.
The Social Aspect of Halloween
It’s not uncommon for teens to attend Halloween parties, at which they’ll, of course, need a costume! Parties, whether they’re supervised at a friend’s house or put on by their school, are an important way to socialize, create new friends, and building on existing friendships. Halloween allows everyone to come out of their shell a bit more and be who they are outside of school or the confines of normal society. It’s a night full of fun and free-spirited nature (within reason) and can really help to broaden your teens’ social horizon and encourage them to get out there and mingle. This is all made ten times better if they have an awesome costume to do it all in!
Teens Aren’t Too Young to Trick or Treat
If it were up to us, we wouldn’t put an age limit on trick or treating. However, society dictates that once you’re past your teenage years, trick or treating is officially a kid’s activity. This is even more reason to encourage your teens to dress up and get out there! This is also an excellent bonding activity if they have younger siblings. With all of the safe trick or treating that can be found in most towns, it’s still very much the way most people with younger kids celebrate the holiday. Also, it’s not just candy they’ll be collecting… Exercise is also a great benefit of trick or treating! Kids and teens are often so excited about the thought of coming home with a bag full of yummy candy that they don’t realize when they’ve already burned through 300 calories, just by simply walking around. If you think about it, one hour of walking is two days of recommended exercise… That makes a difference!
Some Halloween Safety Tips
While Halloween safety isn’t something that many teens think of when they head out for the night, it’s important to discuss this with them before they walk out the door. You can never be too careful and nothing is as it seems, especially on Halloween night. For starters, if they’re going to be walking around in the dark, a safety reflector or safety reflector tape is always a good thing to have on-hand. It doesn’t even need to interfere with their costume; simply by attaching tape to the backs, bottoms, or tops of shoes is enough to reflect light back. These reflectors can even be added to bags and backpacks if they don’t come with them already.
Always go out in groups. No one should ever go trick or treating, or walking around alone, at night. It’s also a good idea for at least one person in the group to have some type of communication device just in case of emergencies.
Never leave drinks or food unattended at a party. Regardless of whether it’s at a friend’s house or at school, it’s never a good idea to turn your back on something you’re going to be eating or drinking. If necessary, ask a friend to watch your plate or cup while you run to the bathroom, talk to a friend, walk around, etc.
Always tell someone where you’ll be and don’t deviate from the plan. If the plan ends up changing, make sure to contact a parent or guardian to let them know so that someone is aware of your whereabouts at all times.
Never eat candy from an unknown source. Even if you’ve inspected it, you can never trust food that comes from a person or place that you don’t know. It’s better to be safe than sorry and throwing out a piece of candy is much better than risking finding something foreign inside.
Most importantly, remain alert and vigilant at all times. Avoid walking into and through dark areas, cutting down dimly-lit alleys, and going anywhere by yourself. It’s important that safety is the number one concern on Halloween and once that’s ensured, the fun can begin!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I get extra pieces for this costume such as a button or emblem?
A: For something like that, it’s best to check with the manufacturer’s website, in this case, Amazon. Send the brand a message and request extras — We’re sure it shouldn’t be an issue.
Q: Where can I find what type of material these costumes are made out of?
A: That can be found on the product page under the “detail” section. All materials used should be listed as well as exact measurements.
Q: Do any of these come with express shipping?
A: The shipping options are available for your choosing just prior to checking out. Before purchase, the site will prompt you to decide on your chosen method of shipping before you check out.
Q: How does sizing work?
A: Each brand offers their own sizing and measurements which can often be easily found by scrolling through the pictures on the product page. It’s good to pay close attention to these details, because some costumes may run small while others run a bit larger.
Q: Can these be machine-washed?
A: While we wouldn’t recommend it, some of them can be washed on the low setting in order to avoid ripping or tears. It’s best to spot-clean costumes, however, it only to preserve their integrity and ensure a longer life for them.
Q: Can it be sent back if I get the wrong size?
A: Yes, they are returnable. Each brand has their own return policy but Amazon will accept returns if the sizing is off in order to either send you a different size or work out a refund with the manufacturer.