Once almost exclusively a holiday for kids, Halloween is being celebrated by more and more adults every year. In fact, Americans are projected to spend an whopping $9 billion on the macabre holiday in 2018, and uptick in sales can be traced to more adults dropping their hard earned dough on high-quality Halloween costumes, decorations and of course, mountains of tasty candy. Though some dispirited grownups cling to the notion that this spooky celebration should be reserved for children, many others are getting decked out in scary, cute, sexy or funny Halloween costumes and going out on the town. Here are some reasons why adults should get in on the Halloween action:
Be Someone Else for a Night
Whether you’re hitting up a bumpin’ costume party, chilling out at the local bar or club with your pals, or terrorizing trick or treaters as they roam your neighborhood, Halloween gives you a chance to play someone else for the night. Be a freak, be a monster. Show off a little skin or let your twisted sense of humor come out to play. Costumes are a great conversation starter, making it easy to meet new people. You’ll find it can be extremely liberating to play someone else for the night. You may even discover something about yourself.
Let Your Creativity Shine
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Look, candy is delicious. From silky smooth chocolate, to crunchy, crispy candies, to the classic and somewhat nutritious candy apple and the lowly candy corn, there’s something for every adult’s sweet tooth. You know what they say: everything in moderation, including moderation. Halloween is your chance to go to town on a bag of fun size candy bars or whip up a batch of cookies that feature bats, pumpkins, skeletons, and other frightening frosting characters. You’ve been good for the rest of the year, reward yourself with some Halloween sweets.
Relax for Once!
The modern world is full of stress and every now and then, you need to relax and do something downright silly. Forget about your worries for just one night and enjoy a nationwide party with your fellow revelers. Singles will have a great chance to mingle with each other, and couples Halloween costumes offer a chance to socialize as a team. Sip some spiked punch, hit the dance floor and make new friends, or greet the neighborhood kids with a bone-chilling look that will give them nightmares for months. Make the most of this unique holiday, because once the sun rises, it’s back to business as usual.
Trying to find the perfect look for October 31? Check out this large collection of cinema-quality Halloween costumes from The Horror Dome.
Study: Dressing Up in Halloween Costumes at Work Makes Us Happier
A survey of 953 full-time adult employees found that dressing up for Halloween at work is a popular tradition, openly encouraged at 45 percent of workplaces. Of those who dressed up at work, 73 percent of workers said they were “highly motivated to contribute to the success of the organization.” Just 58 percent of non-costumed employees said the same. Among the survey’s other findings:
- 68 percent of costumed workers are proud to tell others where they work (vs. 58 percent of the non-costumed)
- 65 percent of costumed workers would recommend their place of employment (vs. 49 percent)
- 73 percent of costumed workers fully support the values of their organization (vs. 58 percent)
Unless You Work at a Costume Store, Here Are a Few Hard & Fast Rules for Dressing up at Work
If you work at a costume store or on a filmset, you can never be too outlandish. The rest of us have to abide by some rules of basic decency. Before choosing your poison, consider these tips for dressing in costume at work:
- Dressing as “Sexy Pocahantas” or “Frito Bandito” could be viewed as culturally insensitive.
- If you work in a healthcare setting, angels are cute, but avoid the Grim Reaper, Devils, or Skeletons.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a simple prop. (We’ve got amazing ventriloquist dummies!)
- Avoid unsafe dimensions that may get in the way of your work. (Inflatable T-Rex costume, we’re looking at you.)
- Costumes like flesh-eating zombies and “Pinhead” from Hellraiser are probably too sadistic and scary for work.
- Halloween or not, there’s still a basic “keep it covered” dress code, so ladies – no super-sexy lingerie costumes.
- Leave religious or political statement costumes at home. Popes, Jesus, Moses, or Donald Trump are bad moves.
- We have meat cleavers, chainsaws, and sledge hammers available, but you’ll have to leave these at home.
- An 8-hour work day is different than a few hours at a party. You may not want to choose a sweaty mask.
Lastly, keep in mind some religions view Halloween as a pagan-rooted holiday they’d rather not celebrate. Avoid heckling your coworkers for failing to “get into the spirit.” Employers can offer up Halloween as a “come to work in your pajamas” day for people who don’t want to celebrate.
Cool Halloween Costumes
Not every Horror Dome costume is tame enough for work. Frankly, some of our movie-quality looks haunt us in our sleep. Yet, there are “tasteful” and “safe” options for all the “wimps” at your work party. For men’s Halloween costumes, you can never go wrong dressing as Batman. It’s a flattering suit everyone is bound to love. Vampires lean more toward handsome and alluring than creepy and disgusting. Other appropriate looks for work include circus ringmasters, baseball players, our signature Horror Dome Sasquatch, and the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland.” If you don’t mind dropping a few bucks on collector costumes, you’ll love our Superman, Darth Vader, and Halo 3.
Work-friendly women’s Halloween costumes might include: “Gatsby Girl” flappers, an assortment of queens, vampires, angels, fairies, and witches, or a “Lady in White” apparition. Our premium quality Wonder Woman costume pairs up great with Batman if you and a friend or coworking spouse want to fight crime together on your breaks. The male and female skeletons are among our more popular group Halloween costumes as well. We offer several versions of Mrs. Claus because, well, it’s never too early to start “the Christmas creep!”
Visit The Horror Dome’s cool Halloween costumes page for the latest and greatest fresh designs.
Read more about adult Halloween costumes in the workplace:
- NBC – Why wearing a Halloween costume to work may make you happier
- US News & World Report – Rules for Halloween costumes at work
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Holidappy – The dos and donts of dressing up for Halloween at work
The Case for Sexy Halloween Costumes
You’re a grown-up now, so why not act like one? If you’re going out, whether it’s a bumpin’ Halloween kegger, a ritzy masquerade ball, or a spooky night at the club, you want to look your very best. Mingle with other singles or show the world that you and your partner have it seriously going on. It’s a great chance to let go of your inhibitions and show a little extra skin.
Sexy Halloween costume ideas include the classics like nurses, maids, cops, and Chippendales, as well as popular evildoers, like vampires and devils. Come out of your shell, show off those abs or arms, and make your most wicked fantasies come true. Halloween comes but once a year, you might as well live it up!
Scary Costumes Are the Way to Go
Of course, you can look sexy every day. You can go to a music festival, bar hop with your buds, sun yourself on the beach or flex your muscles in the gym. If you want to show off that bod, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to do it all year round. Honestly, how often do you get to be a zombie, werewolf, alien, freakish accident victim, or ghastly ghoul? Unless you’re an actor shooting a movie or TV show, chances are slim you have a good reason to look grotesque and creepy. Halloween is basically the only day of the year it’s socially acceptable to dress like a murderous maniac and terrorize your neighborhood. Professional-quality adult Halloween costumes will give nightmares to anyone who crosses your path. Isn’t that more fun than just showing off the goods?
Other Options: Funny or Family-Friendly Costumes
Of course, there are other options as well. The classic gag costume is sure to be a hit and a conversation starter at the next party. If you’re dressing up with your family and trick or treating around town, you may prefer pirate, animal, clown (not the psycho-killer type), or superhero outfits that your whole clan will enjoy. For funny, and kid-friendly, as well as breathtakingly sexy and bone-chillingly scary Halloween costumes, browse the large selection at The Horror Dome today.
Best Evil Female Horror Villains
- Carrie & Margaret White (Carrie, 1976): After being doused in pig’s blood by the cool kids, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to destroy everyone in a fiery inferno. What makes Carrie a compelling villain is that her meek demeanor elicits genuine sympathy. Your heart goes out for her as a victim of bullying, from her peers and her mother. One could easily argue that Margaret White wins top honors as the better villain in this movie. Whether you see her as mentally ill, a religious zealot, or simply abusive, this off-the-rails mother tells her daughter menstruation is the result of sinful thoughts, locks her in the closet, and forces her to pray for forgiveness before attempting to murder her for the “sin” of being a young woman.
- Annie Wilkes (Misery, 1990): The scary thing about Annie, a nurse and “super fan” of Paul Sheldon romance novels, is her cheery smile, friendly wave, and ordinary sweaters. Evil lurks where you least expect it. Unbeknownst to her neighbors, she’s trapped a famous novelist in her home after rescuing him from a car crash during a blizzard. She assures him that help is on the way. To thank her, Sheldon gives Annie a sneak peek at his latest novel. She views it as a radical departure from his previous work and the film takes a dark turn as she uses a sledge hammer to give him added incentive to stay and write a new novel. Kathy Bates’ performance is utterly haunting.
- Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist, 1973): Regan is just a sweet little girl who gets caught up in the occult by dabbling with a Ouija Board. Her condition rapidly goes downhill once the demonic spirit begins to take hold. She’s vomiting split pea soup, spinning her head in circles, and cursing like a sailor. Few moviegoers in the 1970s will ever forget her crab-walking, crucifix-defiling ways.
- Samara Morgan (The Ring, 2002 & Ringu, 1996): At first, the spirit of a murdered little girl is pitiable. She just wants what anyone wants, really – freedom, truth, life. Yet, she has a dark past complete with curses, genetic abnormalities, and assault. She drives her adoptive parents mad, causing her mother to throw her into a well before hurling herself over a cliff. The malevolent spirit creates a videotape curse that gives viewers seven days to live unless the tape is copied and showed to someone. It’s a terrifying concept, but it’s the scenes of the newly freed Samara climbing out of the television that lingers in the mind.
- Kayako (The Grudge, 2004 & Ju-on, 2002): Kayako led a lonely life, neglected by her parents, and eventually grew to marry and conceive a child. After reading her diary, her husband becomes convinced she’s been cheating and falls into a murderous rage. He attacked her with a knife in front of their son, chased her until she broke her ankle, twisted her head to break her neck, and left her in a black plastic bag to die. He then drowned the son in the bathtub and stashed his body in a closet. She returns as a wrathful spirit who strangles her husband with her hair and continues to haunt anyone who enters the house where she died. From her chilling death rattle to her spider walk on the walls, it’s hard to deny the creepiness of this lady. Worst of all, once she sets her sights on you, it’s the unavoidable kiss of death.
What makes female evil so scary?
Dig Deeper into the Realm of Women in Horror
- Bustle – Female Horror Movie Villains Who Will Give You Nightmares For Days
- Refinery 29 – Scary Female Villains
- Culturess – 20 Scariest Female Horror Villains
Clown sightings are no laughing matter
- The Wisconsin State Journal reports that two men, one of whom was dressed in a clown costume, scared some young children outside of Madison. Both were reportedly carrying knives.
- In Fargo, North Dakota, a creepy knife-wielding clown was purportedly spotted talking to children asking if they wanted to see a dead body.
- Police investigated claims made by a 12-year old in Pottsville, PA who says person dressed as a clown chased her through a park before disappearing in the woods.
- A group of scary clowns were spotted jumping in front of traffic in Brentwood, Long Island.
- A person in clown attire was caught on video holding on to a moving bus in Detroit. The incident gained widespread notoriety thanks to social media.
- In Phoenix, Arizona two fast food restaurants were robbed by suspects donning clown masks.
Movie-quality costumes for Halloween
- Slate, The Wave of Evil Clown Sightings Is Nothing to Worry About. It Happens Every Few Years!
- Atlanta Journal Constitutional, Scary clown sightings make a comeback with a boost from social media
- Mic.com, Creepy Clown Sightings