Best Halloween costumes for adults 2020 from Asda, Very and more

Abha Shah
·12-min read

This year has been the stuff of nightmares but with Halloween on the horizon, it’s time for a little fun.

With most of us now au fait with the delights - or tortures - of Zoom-based meet-ups, Halloween celebrations this year are likely to go online - and with the right outfit you can thrill your loved ones from a socially-acceptable distance.

Whether you’re planning a Day of the Dead-themed evening, a fright night quiz or attempting virtual trick or treat shenanigans, we’ve got the perfect fancy dress for men and women to help you look frighteningly good.

From classic October 31 options such as witches, vampires and ghouls, to topical ensembles that take inspiration from 2020’s highlights (we see you Tiger King), there’s a host of looks to choose from and win Best Dressed this Halloween 2020.

If you’re short on time as well as inspiration, we’ve created an edit of the best fancy dress costumes for men and women below.

Use these quick links to jump to each section:

  • Movie + TV inspired Halloween costumes

  • Novelty Halloween costumes

  • Classic Halloween costumes

  • Halloween face paint and makeup

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Movie + TV inspired Halloween costumes

LuShuMaDa Joe Exotic Tiger King - Full Set

With a wardrobe as wild as his exploits on hit Netflix show Tiger King, Joe Exotic is the perfect topical Halloween outfit this year. This set has it all, from a jazzy animal print shirt that we’ve come to see as his signature look, as well as a blonde mullet wig, fake handlebar moustache, necklace and earrings.

Available in a range of colours and sizes, perfect for men and women.

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From £17.99 | Amazon

The Boys Homelander Outfit for Men

Fans of Amazon’s The Boys have plenty of dress up options from the show but if you’re going for a really sinister look, this costume inspired by anti-hero Homelander ticks all the boxes.

The details are perfect, from the stars and stripes cape to the eagle-shaped shoulders. It comes from a US vendor, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time for delivery if you want this outfit for October 31.

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From £47.32 | Etsy

Disney - Movie Maleficent Adult Costume

With Disney+ launching this year, the time is apt to dress up as one of the brand's villains. Maleficent's costume comes with a dress and of course, the distinctive headdress. Make like Angelina Jolie and finish the oh-so evil effect with a slash of blood red lipstick and plenty of dark eyeshadow.

Fits up to a size 18.

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£52.99 | Very

Back to the Future Costume

The year 2015 may have come and gone without a self-drying jacket, but you can still recreate the look of Robert Zemeckis' famous trilogy in this futuristic Marty McFly-inspired ensemble. The costume comes with a jacket that's a copy of the one worn in the second movie, as well as a “You’re Fired” fax printout and Sports Almanac. You can choose to add a hover board and baseball cap to complete the look.

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£60.99 | Halloween Costumes

Rubie's Official Harry Potter Voldemort Adult Costume

Harry Potter fever shows no sign of slowing down - and this Voldemort costume makes an ideal option in keeping with the scare factor of Halloween. The costume features a scary mask as well as a black robe.

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£30.85 | Amazon

Gryffindor Costume Harry Potter Robe

If you were disappointed to be put in Hufflepuff or Slytherin on Pottermore, then this Halloween gives you the perfect excuse to dress up in the house colours of The Boy Who Lived. The red and black Gryffindor robe features the house’s Lion crest embroidered on the breast. Add some specs and say hello to an adult Harry Potter.

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£27.98 | Amazon

Professor McGonogall from Harry Potter

A sweeping cloak is the perfect accessories for any Halloween party. Revolutionise the generic witch costume and channel your inner Hogwarts professor with this beautiful dark green McGonogall outfit. Stern stare not included.

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£22 | George at Asda

Adult Flinstones Wilma Costume

Make sure Halloween rocks this year with an outfit inspired by Wilma from The Flintstones. Available in sizes 8 - 18, this look comes complete with her auburn wig, white cavewoman dress and her necklace.

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£32.99 | Very

Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow fancy dress costume

A Halloween stalwart ever since the film's release way back in 2003, get ready to transform into the "trickster pirate of the Seven Seas", the bawdy, rum-soaked Captain Jack Sparrow.

Complete the look this year with a cutlass and plastic gun to hang on your waistband - but if you really want this to be believeable, don't forget the thick black eyeliner, the more smudged, the better.

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£25 | Asda

Adult Scooby Doo Daphne Costume

On a mission to solve a crime, dress up as one of those pesky kids this Halloween. Made from polyester, this outfit comes with her bright purple dress, a neck scarf, red wig and headband. Available in sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18, you can also get Velma, Fred and Shaggy outfits here.

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£32.99 | Very

Kill Bill Costume

For an epic costume idea on a cinematic scale, look no further than Black Mamba. The costume consists of Beatrix Kiddo’s signature banana yellow jumpsuit with the corresponding sides and badges. It also includes a sword so you are ready to exact your bloody revenge.

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£33.99 | Escapade

Queen - Official Freddy Mercury Royal Costume

Freddie Mercury’s outfits have long been considered cult so why not capture the spirit of Queen's former frontman this Halloween? Reign over your friends in this majestic look, a fabulous tribute to the Queen of our hearts.

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£48.99 | Very

Power Rangers Morph Suits

Relive the 90's in a Power Ranger-style outfit. Morph Costumes offer a range of creative options that make ideal Halloween outfits but we particularly love this option. The polyester-spandex blend outfit is offered in a range of colours so you can assemble the entire squad.

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£29.99 | Morph Costumes

The Purge mask

With its sneaky exaggerated grin, this sinister smiling mask is guaranteed to give anyone the creeps and is an easy last-minute costume solution. Similar to the masks worn in the Purge movie, it’s made of plastic and is designed with eye holes and an elastic strap. One size should fit most adults and teens while matching accessories are also available.

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£3.99 each | Party Delights

Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn - the star-crossed lover of Batman's Joker - is a terrifically terrifying choice for Halloween, swinging her baseball bat and charming all that cross her. This costume includes all the garments, so all you need to do is whip your hair into pigtails and get ready to scare.

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£45.99 | Very

Ghostbusters Halloween costume

Time to show the ghouls that this year, you ain't afraid of no ghosts. It's no surprise that the 1984 film is a classic look for Halloween each year, and this costume allows you to easily recreate the Ghostbusting look made famous by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd more than 30 years ago.

The iconic costume will ensure you're prepared to tackle any ghosts that come your way on the scariest night of the year.

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From £10 | Asda

Adult Wonder Woman Fancy Dress Costume

The first proper female superhero smashed through our screens this year to riotous success. Though we may never have Gal Gadot’s biceps or skills with a sword, this costume is guaranteed to make any woman feel strong and powerful.

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£20 | ASDA

ABBA Dancing Queen Costume

It's fun, it's ridiculous, it's Halloween! Impossible not to have a good time in this one, and though it may be aimed at women, daring gents could easily carry it off too. Channel 70s-style disco fever with this one-piece that comes with flared sleeves and tiered flare lower legs. Complete the look with a long wig and platform boots.

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£20.49 | Amazon

Clueless Cher Costume

Revive Cher for Halloween in a classic yellow check outfit. The set, which comes with a jacket, skirt and a tank top with a sweater attached to the front will leave you looking totally Clueless.

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£39.99 | Smiffys

Women's Halloween Stranger Eleven Wrap Button Down Romper Costume

The most recent series on Netflix saw Eleven grow up with a more adult costume to match - paving the way for Halloween dressing! This year don the supernatural teen's 80s look with a costume inspired from the first episodes. This retro-look romper is available in women's dress sizes 8 - 20.

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£26.99 | Amazon

The Handmaid's Tale Cloak and Cap

The dystopian drama makes for Halloween outfit inspiration and now you can mimic the show's wardrobe with this set from Etsy. Shop the handcrafted pieces which include dress, cloak, mask and wings or get a combination. Blessed be.

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From £27.50 | Etsy

Adult Bob's Burgers Bob Costume

This Bob’s Burgers costume will be a favourite at costume parties without much effort required. The outfit is made up of a white apron with the restaurant’s iconic logo and comes with the eponymous protagonist’s signature moustache.

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£24.24 | Amazon

Macho Man Randy Savage Costume

Oooh yeah, this attention-grabbing costume will sure to be a hit at your Halloween party. The Randy Savage-inspired outfit comes with a jacket, trousers and everything you need to pay tribute to the WWF Heavyweight champion.

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£58.19 | Amazon

See the full range of Halloween costumes from Amazon here.

Game of Thrones White Walker Mask

Get the White Walker look without having to spend hours in hair and make-up with this scarily lifelike mask. In honour of the final season ever of HBO’s hit show, this mask makes a great costume and will be sure to get a few scares.

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£36.33 | Amazon

Novelty Halloween costumes

President Costume

Make Halloween great again with this Donald Trump-inspired costume - with US elections looming, it may be the last time you'll get to wear it. This set includes the president’s signature jacket and tie with the added bonus of the pin badges and a MAGA-inspired hat. This is the sort of get-up that requires full commitment so get ready to crack out the fake tan for the final touch.

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£19.99 | Joker's Masquerede

Sriracha Tunic Adult Costume

If you love Sriracha sauce as much as we do then you will not be able to get enough of this costume. This spicy-look costume will bring laughs and plenty of flavour to any Halloween bash. Turn it into a group costume with your family or friends in ketchup, mustard or a giant hot dog outfits.

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£33.94 | Amazon

See the full range of Halloween costumes from Amazon here.

Fortnite Brite Bomber

Undoubtedly one of the most popular games of the decade, this Brite Bomber costume from Etsy is handmade in the US but can be delivered in time Halloween. If you're looking for a ready-to-go UK only option Amazon has a few on offer, they're not as detailed as the Etsy option but a do fine job representing the Brite Bomber aesthetic nevertheless.

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£7.09 | Amazon

See all Fortnite costumes on Etsy here and more Fortnight costumes on Amazon here.

Classic Halloween costumes

Kidnap Clown Costume

This clever costume gives the illusion that you're about to be kidnapped by a sinister Pennywise character, offering maximum effect with minimal effort; arguably the best kind of costume. The outfit is made up of a black top with a stuffed clown upper body, complete with a head and arms as well as the blue mock legs and checkerboard printed trousers. We recommend trying this well before party time to make sure you know how to put it on.

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£29.99 | Fancy Dress Ball

Pick up a killer clown look here

Spellbound Witch Adult Costume

Double double, toil and trouble. Is there any costume more quintessentially Halloween than a witch's ensemble? Shake up an all black look with a splash of purple, which can in turn, inspire your makeup look. This costume includes a full length dress, choker and matching pointed hat. The ultimate spooky-meets-glam look.

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£14.29 | Amazon

Rubie's Official Superhero Womens Adults Super Girl Costume

You’ll look ready to save the day in this timeless Supergirl costume, which comes with everything you need to channel the iconic female super hero. The red-and-blue long-sleeved dress, of course, features an attached red cape – in case you need to make a swift exit.

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£27.04 | Amazon

Adult Classic Catwoman Costume

It wouldn’t be a roundup of women’s fancy dress costumes without Batman’s ever-popular Catwoman. Slip into this sleek black jumpsuit, made from polyester and foam, to transform into Gotham’s dark feline heroine. It features attached shoe covers and comes with a vinyl belt, a headband with cat ears and an eye mask.

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£45.99 | Halloween Costumes

Ladies Queen Of Hearts Costume

Off with their heads! This elaborate fairy-tale costume will help you become Alice in Wonderland's most horrible Queen. The beautifully designed dress, which comes in various women’s sizes from extra-small to extra-large, comes complete with a hooped petticoat and a tiara that will have you looking ready to rule Wonderland.

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£20.99 | Amazon

Skeleton Jumpsuit Costume

Quick, impressive and comfortable; the holy grail of fancy dress requirements. Tickle some funny bones in this skeleton jumpsuit for an effortless costume that can be easily thrown on and paired with skull makeup. Choose from three sizes.

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£19.99 | Fancy Dress

Smiffys Monster Mask

He did the mash, he did the monster mash! This Frankenstein-inspired mask is perfect for upping the spooky stakes this Halloween. Get the look by pairing it with a with a dark suit to bring a bit of macabre fun to proceedings.

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£20.42 | Amazon

Smiffys Old Witch Mask with Hair

As Halloween masks go, we find this one pretty terrifying - and not just because it's so realistic.

All you need to complete the look is a cauldron and broom and you are well on your way to scaring each and every one of your pals.

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£9.99 | Amazon

Halloween face paint and makeup

Card and Party Store Killer Clown Makeup

Keep it ultra simple and just focus on your scariest face. With this makeup set, you can complete the killer clown costume. It is comprised of a red nose, teeth, makeup tray with a sponge to apply as well as liquid latex and fake blood for a realistic and terrifying look.

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£6.89 | Amazon

Revolution Pro SFX Paint Palette

Whatever costume you decide to go with, this professional set will complete the look with its extensive range of colour options. Embody a skeleton or a creepy ghoul with this palette of 12 versatile and easily blendable cream pigments.

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£6 | Revolution Beauty

Horror Zombie Make Up Kit

If you are looking to create a truly terrifying make up look, this Zombie kit is the one for you. It contains fake skin, five different colour variations of paint and ample amounts of fake blood.

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£5.99 | Party Delights