It may be over six months until Halloween, but it is never too early to plan your costumes. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with 60 college Halloween costumes for guys ranging from the most popular to even last-minute costume ideas. Now, before you continue reading, I suggest that you save this article somewhere, just in case you decide to go the last-minute route.
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Best Halloween Costumes for Guys
Tiger King was the most popular Netflix Documentary during the first half of quarantine and who doesn’t love the wacky personality of Joe Exotic? The Tiger King was one of the most popular Halloween costumes last year, even during a global pandemic. All you truly need to pull off Joe Exotic is a terrible tiger print button-up long sleeve and the embodiment of Joe Exotic, (though one person can pull off the Tiger King and that is Joe Exotic).
Look, I do not think that I am the only one who loves The Office and Dwight Schrute who is well known to be the Assistant to the Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin and part owner of Schrute Farms. Dwight Schrute is a perfect college Halloween costume guys! To pull off the mysterious Dwight, all you need is a button-up short sleeve in a terrible shade of mustard yellow, dark brown pants , and a matching ugly mustard yellow tie.
Schitt’s Creek was one of the most popular television shows of 2020, and we were all disappointed to learn that its sixth season would be its last. The show is filled with so many memorable characters that anyone can dress up as come next Halloween, including—you guessed it—Johnny Rose. All you truly need is some pronounced eyebrows, and if you weren’t born with them, that is totally fine! Either color them in with a marker or buy some really poofy eyebrows to truly conquer the look. Do not forget a nice suit and high hopes, as the man is all about principle and morals, or you will end up back at the Rosebud Hotel.
Deadpool has truly earned his place in the cultural psyche, and there is no better time to take advantage of this fact! This form fitting Deadpool costume will surely make you the center of any conversation, like the series itself. It’s the best costume for any college guy trying to make a statement next Halloween, especially in preparation for the third installment of such a great franchise.
There is nothing more iconic than Bob Ross and his hair and beard. Oh, and let’s not forget his soothing voice as he teaches all wannabe artists the joy of painting. If Bob Ross is your next idea for a college Halloween costume, then look no further, as Amazon has you covered with his signature look. All you truly need is some dad jeans to pull off the look.
2006’s and 2021’s films from the Borat franchise feature the outrageous situations that Borat himself encounters as he visits America to tell the world how great the United States is. All you truly need to pull off this curious traveler is a black curly wig and a moustache. Also, don’t forget the cheap blue suit he wears to make himself look professional while he is out and about working on his film.
Breaking Bad may have ended in 2013, but the show is still a major pop culture icon that has already spawned a Netflix sequel and epilogue with El Camino. There are many different ways to portray Walter White: Walter before his impending cancer diagnosis, Walter after his diagnosis, or Heisenberg. Honestly, I would go with the Heisenberg look, as it is truly a simple costume. All you will need is some wired glasses, a nice black brimmed fedora hat, and a goatee. When you go out on the town in this costume, everyone will know that you are the one that knocks.
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I think I am in the minority when I say that David was my favorite character in Schitt’s Creek over Moira, and if you disagree that is okay. Either way, David Rose is a great character to dress up as when it comes to college Halloween costumes. All you truly need is a statement sweater with a bold or intricately beautiful design. Oh, and let’s not forget make sure your hair and eyebrows are perfect, before you get ready to go out on the town.
Where’s Waldo? has been in school and public libraries for over the last 30 years entertaining young children as they are challenged to find Waldo in the group. Waldo is easy to recognize in person as he dons his red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses. However, I don’t think you will have an easy time spotting him at Halloween parties or in the multiple books that are published under the Where’s Waldo? title.
Forrest Gump is one of my most favorite movies growing up as I would pretty much watch it every other week during the summer months. Now, if you loved the movie and also the book series then next Halloween is the time to dress up as Tom Hanks most lovable character. If life truly feels like a box of chocolates, then you should definitely think about owning a Forrest Gump costume.
Hot Halloween Costumes for Guys
If you are the type of guy who enjoys watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and you happen to burst into a smile the minute that Nick Offerman’s character appears, well then, this costume is for you! Ron Swanson is truly a simple human who wants to avoid boring work and who knows the library is the source of pain and desires to craft all things he might use himself. This is a great college halloween costume guys! Especially, if you are a big fan of Ron Swanson.
Ransom Drysdale, played by Chris Evans in Knives Out made waves back in late 2019 for how the actor played off the character’s signature sweater. Now, if you have never seen the hit mystery film, Ransom, is the main antagonist who conspired to murder his grandfather out of anger for him removing from his will and his sweater is a killer, if you know what I mean.
I’ll admit that I am not the biggest fan of Will Ferrell’s early works, such as, Talladega Nights, but the movie is truly a classic and a great costume for any college student. All you truly need is a simple race car driver outfit to pull off this look and don’t forget to act like Ricky Bobby himself.
If you haven’t seen Superbad, then I am ashamed of you, but to explain, Fogell uses a fake ID to buy alcohol for a party. However, his ID is not too subtle, issued by the state of Hawaii to a man simply named McLovin. But on the upside, the fake ID makes a great accessory if you plan to dress up as the lovable McLovin next Halloween.
The name is Bond. James Bond. This James Bond costume is such an easy costume for any college Halloween costume! All you truly need is just a simple black tuxedo and some famous James Bond quotes memorized to pull off the look. Also, there are over 25 movies in the franchise, including the unreleased No Time To Die, so there is a lot of reference material, as you can go as any James Bond from any movie.
Rick and Morty is truly our generation’s pop culture icon, as the show chronicles the adventures of the Smith household through multiple dimensions and Rick’s own flying car. This costume is definitely a hot Halloween costume for any guy who loves anything pop culture and who loves recreating the adventures and dare I say misadventures featured in the Emmy award winning show.
I bet I am not the only one who remembers Ed from the 1997 classic Good Burger and reciting the classic line, “Welcome to the Good Burger. Home of the Good Burger. What can I get for you?” But, if you somehow have been living under a rock, the movie is about a dim-witted teenager and his new coworker trying to save their old burger joint from failing. This is a great costume for anyone who truly remembers the comedy and the signature duo of Ed and Dexter.
The blockbuster superhero film spawned some of the most popular get-ups for Halloween after it premiered in 2018 and as the sequel is in the works, it is time to relive defeating Kill monger and Thanos with this Black Panther costume. This is such a hot costume for the next Halloween season for any college guy!
“Uh, khakis.” That, in addition to a red polo shirt and a name tag, is all you truly need to pull off this costume. Now, people may not remember that phase back in the early 2010s, but they may assume that you are just a Target employee. Jake from State Farm has made a comeback in recent years as Jake was featured in a State Farm commercial with Drake, so it’s a no brainer to dress up like him this Halloween.
Superman has appeared in countless comic books and even has his own movies and video games. Superman is the hero of all superheroes, and he is recognized by millions across the world. With this costume, you can swoop in from the skies and make a grand entry at any Halloween party.
Easy & Lazy Halloween Costumes for Guys
Twister the game has entertained families for decades, as it is truly a game of physical skill that will tie you up in knots. Moreover, the game works as a quick cheap costume: all you need to do is attach some construction paper circles to a plain white shirt. Also, if you actually have Twister in your college dorm, then use the spinner to complete the ensemble.
I miss the movie theaters, and we all can relate to the moment when the lights turn back on, and we scramble out of the theater to go back to our cars. However, you would need to watch out for all of the trash that would be strewn on the floor, especially the spilled fountain drinks. All you truly need to pull off this college Halloween costume is just some movie theater candy to tape on a black shirt and black pants to recreate theater floors.
I love puns and I will be honest there will be a lot more pun themed costumes in this list, because it is such a cheap costume look to create. All you really need to replicate this look is some cardboard, a black shirt, bright yellow spray paint and a sense of humor to truly pull off this college Halloween costume!
Have you ever seen the Melissa McCarthy movie, Identity Thief? It is an old one, I know, but this costume has nothing to do with that movie other than the name. All you need to be an identity thief next Halloween is just some name tags and a Sharpie. This costume involves so much creative freedom that you can come up with any name to fill up those name tags before you stick them onto your shirt. Just don’t forget those name tags!
I feel as if this is one of the easiest costumes that anyone can do. Get a blanket (it does not matter what color), pig ears, and a pig’s nose. A piggy tail is also a nice added touch.
This costume is such a cheap costume to make, because you may already have all of the items you need. You will need a green sweater, and some dry macaroni to attach to it. Wear some brown pants or shorts to make yourself look like a potted cactus.
So not everyone knows what a hanging chad is, unless you are a big fan of How I Met Your Mother or you are a big political science nerd who knows about the controversy that surrounded the 2000 Presidential Election. This costume can be easily made with a white poster board designed like a ballot and some yarn to hang around your neck, just like Ted in How I Met Your Mother.
Do you already have a white ensemble? If so, buy some black electrical tape and some paper plates to use to create a face and become a stick figure! It is truly the cheapest costume that money can buy and the easiest costume to make.
I think we all remember the old Brawny paper towel commercials that featured a lumberjack- looking man narrating the advertisement. This costume is an easy look to accomplish as all you truly need is a beard (and if you don’t have one, I suggest growing one or buying a fake beard) along with a red flannel that can be easily found on Amazon.
I have said before that I love puns and weird sayings, such as, the phrase: “when life gives you lemons.” This costume is such a cheap costume as it involves just a simple white shirt that you can just write “Life” in sharpie while you carry some lemons around to make the phrase come to life.
You can become the world’s greatest pet detective next Halloween by dressing up as Ace Ventura. Figure out all kinds of animal mysteries, chase after lost parrots, endangered rhinos, or somehow get caught up in some bizarre NFL scandal. It is all in a day’s work for Ace Ventura, and you can definitely recreate the essence by dressing up as the pet detective himself. Although please don’t wrap yourself into an NFL scandal.
If you have ever dreamed about becoming a full-fledged wizard, then you should definitely consider dressing up as Harry Potter next Halloween. With your Gryffindor robe and Harry Potter wand, you’ll look like you just took the train in from Hogwarts. Oh, and don’t forget to bring along a broom and golden snitch, in case anyone is playing Quidditch where you’re going.
I think we all knew a coronavirus-themed costume was coming! Everyone’s favorite doctor is sure to be the best college Halloween costume! The beauty of it is how easy it is to dress up as him. All you need is a regular doctor’s costume and then you can add glasses and a Dr. Fauci nametag to bring the ensemble together.
It truly isn’t Halloween unless someone is wearing a Star Wars costume, so it might not be a surprise if you’re the lucky person. But make it the Mandalorian, as he is one of the newest characters from a galaxy far, far away. You can carry around a Baby Yoda doll for extra creativity.
For years, you’ve lived in shame, knowing that you couldn’t achieve your childhood dream of being a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I’m sure that dream is shared by many adults and kids alike. Sure, no one thought you could do it. Sure, everyone called you crazy, but it was your dream, and you can live out that dream with this costume!
Are you nuts about Planter’s peanuts and their mascot, Mr. Peanut? It’s okay if you are, because this costume will make you a showstopper at your next Halloween costume party, just like last year’s Planter’s Superbowl commercial where we saw Mr. Peanut die and resurrect himself.
Who doesn’t love the Indiana Jones franchise and its multiple Lego sets? Because I surely do, and dressing up as Indiana is one of the easiest and laziest costumes to create, as all you truly need is a nice brown fedora, a whip and a nice khaki-colored ensemble. This is a great costume for any college Halloween party!
Relive Marty McFly from Back to the Future driving Doc Brown’s DeLorean through the fabric of time, going on a date with your mom from the past, or seeing what your kids are up to 30 years in the future. All you really need to jumpstart your Back to the Future adventure is a jean jacket, plaid shirt and a puffer vest. Oh, and don’t forget the time machine designed by your eccentric scientist best friend.
Pac-Man is one of the longest-running and best-selling video game franchises in history, and Pac-Man himself remains one of the most recognizable video game characters in history. Everyone will definitely recognize your costume and will reminisce on their failed attempts to finish the game.
I have been trying to find fun things you can do for Halloween costumes, and I have fallen flat. Get it? Fallen flat, like falling dominoes. No, but seriously, get some friends and all dress the same, but with different numbers and go as a set. You and your friends can participate in a trust exercise where you all fall down, except no one is going to catch you.
Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Guys
I think it is safe to say that we all have at least one black suit and tie laying around in our closets, so if you are looking for a last-minute college Halloween costume, this is the one for you. Especially if you are a big fan of the Men In Black series and you aspire to be Agent K or Agent J for next Halloween.
All you need is a Hawaiian print shirt and some khakis to pull off this look but beware that you may be mistaken as a Trader Joe’s employee if you decide to make a Trader Joe’s run in this outfit! This is a great college Halloween costume, as all you need can be found in your closet, especially if you are like me and love to wear Hawaiian shirts.
Okay, I’ll admit that I have never read any of the books or even watched any of the movies, but the jokes about the movies are more timeless than the series as a whole. If you are running out of time and you own either a black or gray shirt, just go to your local hardware store and hoard all of their gray paint chips. Another good idea is to count out exactly 50 paint chips that are different shades of gray and tape them onto your shirt, but it is all about how last minute you are.
I am a big baseball fan, but I am a bigger Atlanta Braves fan, and I don’t think that I’m the only one who owns a baseball jersey from my favorite player. If you’re waiting until the very last minute and you own a baseball jersey, then you are in luck as you can simply go as your favorite player.
Are you the breadwinner of your college dorm or apartment? If not, that is totally fine, as you can still be a breadwinner this Halloween! Simply attach medals to your shirt, carry around a loaf of bread, and your work here is done. This is a simple and last-minute college Halloween costume.
Now, this is a really last-minute Halloween costume idea, especially if you are expected to go out in less than an hour. All you really need is just a white bed sheet to pull off this super last-minute costume, and don’t feel bad if you go down this route as a lot of people do it, too.
Have you ever tried to log onto an old page that you saved on your laptop and were greeted by an “Error 404” page? Well, you are not alone, as I think we have all been there to confront the blank white page with those two words. I am sure you will receive some laughs if you go and wear a white shirt with “Error 404” sharped across your chest, because we have all been there.
I will not apologize for the abundant puns and sayings illustrated on these Halloween costumes, and you will need to accept it as I present you the “fork in the road” costume. All you truly need is a black shirt to be the road and some yellow duct tape that will be taped on the shirt to create the illusion that your shirt is actually a road. Lastly, for the final touch, you just have to either tape or hot glue on a fork to the shirt.
As college students, I feel as if it is not unusual to buy the cheap variety packs of cereal that the local grocery store or university dining hall offers. This college Halloween costume, in my opinion, one of the easiest costumes to pull off as all you need is some cereal boxes tape or hot glued to your shirt, and a plastic knife.
My university’s mascot is a lumberjack, and this costume is a great last-minute idea for any college Halloween costume! Especially if your university’s mascot is also a lumberjack, and if you dress up as your school’s mascot, there is the possibility of being featured on their socials, so it is a win-win costume!