A couple’s Halloween costume

A couple's Halloween costume (Photo by Dean Drobot on Shutterstock)

Halloween isn’t just a time for children to dress up as their favorite superheroes or princesses. Adults get in on the fun, too! With Halloween right around the corner, couples will start to plan what they want to dress up as while either taking their children trick-or-treating or going to a party. Looking to sport a matching look with your S.O.? StudyFinds has done the legwork to find the best Halloween couple costumes this year.

Couples dressing up for Halloween is a delightful tradition that adds an extra layer of fun and creativity to the holiday. It’s an opportunity for partners to bond over selecting and coordinating their costumes, often aiming for complementary or themed outfits that reflect their shared interests or humor. Whether they choose to be classic duos like Bonnie and Clyde or venture into pop culture references, the joy of dressing up together adds an exciting element to the spooky festivities.

Some may opt for a cute costume with your better half, but Halloween is the perfect time to embrace your scary side. A poll of 2,000 Americans with streaming subscriptions finds Freddy Krueger is the favorite horror icon among 54 percent of respondents. Other spooky icons people love include Chucky (39%), Ghostface (34%), and Jack Torrance (31%). Despite stealing people’s hearts and dreams, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is not the most iconic horror movie. That title belongs to “Friday the 13th” (41%), followed by “Carrie” (35%) and “An American Werewolf in London” (33%). For less scary and more “spooky” picks, the most iconic family-friendly films are “Coraline” (40%), “Casper” (37%), and “Ghostbusters” (37%).

Are you and your partner ready to show your spooky spirit? After scouring the internet, StudyFinds has found the top five best Halloween couple costumes. Did we miss one? Sound off in the comments below!

Couples dressed as ghosts
Couples dressed as ghosts (Photo by Katerina Holmes on Unsplash)

The List: Best Halloween Couple Costumes, Per Experts

1. Barbie and Ken

Barbie took the world by storm during the summer and she will be doing the same for Halloween. “The only downside to this look is that you likely won’t be the only couple dressed as the duo,” writes Good Housekeeping. “If you can get past that then this is seriously the best couples costume of the year. Put any spin you want on the iconic rollerblading scene from the film.”

“Come on Barbie, let’s go party! Get out of the box with these creative costumes from this iconic couple,” notes Oprah Daily. “You can purchase premade Barbie boxes—but it’s also surprisingly simple to DIY your own. Just remove the bottom panels from a tall cardboard box, cut out a window, wrap it in pink paper, and use some white paint to add the Barbie and Ken logos.”

Woman’s Day has a different idea of how to dress up as Barbie and Ken. “As one of the most-hyped movies of the year, we’re confident that Barbie costumes will be everywhere for Halloween 2023. Stand out in a sea of Barbies and Kens by taking inspiration from these immediately iconic photos of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, where Gosling is sporting a shirt that reads ‘From Director Greta Gerwig‘ in the Barbie font.”

2. Mario and Luigi/Princess Peach

If you’re going for the Mario and Princess Peach couple’s costume, it’s easy to make yourself. “Add a few store-bought extras to items you already have in your closet—a pink dress, a pair of overalls, a red shirt—and you’re well on your way to becoming Princess Peach and Mario. Easy!” writes The Pioneer Woman.

Mario character figurines
(Photo by Ryan Quintal on Unsplash)

“To recreate this Mario and Princess Peach costume, all you need are a few accessories!” notes By Sophia Lee.

Instead of Princess Peach by Mario’s side, you can also be Luigi! “Sure, Mario and Luigi have been done before, but the star of the show is Mario riding on Yoshi (as a one-piece costume!)” says New York Post. “We couldn’t think of a more fabulous duo for your and your partner because, if we’re being honest, we love all things Nintendo.”

3. Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree Painting

Who doesn’t love Bob Ross? Now you can dress up as him while your partner is his happy little tree painting. “It may be the artist in me, but I simply love this idea. Bob Ross is a pretty easy costume to pull off,” writes The Wonder Forest. “Just grab yourself a wig and button-up shirt and you man is pretty much done. The ‘happy little tree’ adds that extra unique touch that any Bob Ross fan would recognize.”

Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree Painting
Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree Painting

“The painter and one of his beloved ‘happy trees’ are a clever combination—and if you’re expecting on Halloween, add a squirrel!” says Country Living.

“Bob Ross is painting his happy tree and showing off his canvas around the town,” notes Oprah Daily.

4. Scooby-Doo

There are multiple costume combinations you can use for Scooby-Doo and his friends. “The crowd favorite pair in the Scooby Doo movie – Fred and Daphne! You and your partner only need a few key things for this costume and everyone is guaranteed to know exactly who you are,” writes By Sophia Lee. “You can easily do this costume on a budget and can order everything straight from Amazon!”

"Scooby-Doo" logo and characters
“Scooby-Doo” logo and characters (Photo by Muza DS on Shutterstock)

“Yes, we see ‘Scooby-Doo’ looks far and wide each Halloween, but there’s no finer duo than Velma and Daphne,” says New York Post. “From the chic school-girl look to the stylish wigs, you’ll feel comfortable and fashion-forward this October with your partner. Oh, and Daphne’s costume comes in plus sizes in addition to its XS-XL roster.”

You also can’t forget about best buds Shaggy and Scooby! “This Scooby Doo idea is priceless! It will make for some cute pictures and have all the couples jealous!” notes By Sophia Lee.

5. The Little Mermaid

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” has always been popular for Halloween for decades, from its animated film to its live-action version. “If you STILL haven’t got the new Little Mermaid soundtrack out of your head (because same!), then make the most out of it with this cute couples Halloween costume!” says Green Wedding Shoes about Ariel and Prince Eric. “Bonus points for breaking out into song at random moments.”

Ariel mermaid tail costume
Ariel mermaid tail costume

“Time to head…under the sea!” says The Pioneer Woman. “Emulate your favorite Disney characters’ style—without stepping into a costume shop!—with this fun DIY.”

The Wonder Forest suggests an Ariel and Flounder couple’s costume. “You may have seen photos of Ariel and Prince Eric, but have you considered teaming up with her BFF, Flounder instead? I love this idea because a ‘couple’ doesn’t always have to mean a love interest!”

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About Matt Higgins

Matt Higgins worked in national and local news for 15 years. He started out as an overnight production assistant at Fox News Radio in 2007 and ended in 2021 as the Digital Managing Editor at CBS Philadelphia. Following his news career, he spent one year in the automotive industry as a Digital Platforms Content Specialist contractor with Subaru of America and is currently a freelance writer and editor for StudyFinds. Matt believes in facts, science and Philadelphia sports teams crushing his soul.

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