Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween costume that will also stand out? You’re in luck! These 20 movie-themed costumes are not only timely, but also time-savers to put together. Plus, if you post a picture of your movie-themed Halloween costume on Twitter and Instagram, you could have a chance to win a $100 AMC gift card. Make sure you tag @AMCTheatres and use #AMCHalloween.
Scary: The Tethered, It
‘Tis the season to be frightened, and this year the great news is that there are some awesome horror movies that can inspire your Halloween costume. For example, with just a red jumpsuit and a raspy voice, you can successfully freak out all of your friends by taking a cue from Jordan Peele’s US and the terrifying Tethered. Or, if you want to go a completely different route, IT CHAPTER TWO offers fans many different incarnations of the titular monster, and any of them could make for a fun get-up.
Funny: The Girls of Booksmart, the Boys of Good Boys
This past summer was a whole lot of fun when it came to hilarious coming-of-age stories, and what better way to show appreciation for all of the laughs than by celebrating with a Halloween costume? Both Kaitlyn Dever's Amy and Beanie Feldstein's Molly both have unique albeit replicable styles for those who want to take a page out of BOOKSMART, and the same can be said for Jacob Tremblay's Max, Keith L. Williams' Lucas and Brady Noon's Thor from GOOD BOYS. The movies provide cool individual ideas or couple or possibly group collaboration.
Nostalgic: Dumbo, Rick Dalton/Cliff Booth
With the original Disney film having been released all the way back in 1941, DUMBO has actually been the source of Halloween costume inspiration for decades now — and fans can once again strap on a pair of giant elephant ears and grab a feather with the recently released Tim Burton remake in mind. Or, you could always transport people back to 1969 Los Angeles by mimicking the individual styles of either Rick Dalton or Cliff Booth from ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Iconic: Pikachu, Godzilla
Thanks to the success of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Pokémon is definitely “in” when it comes to 2019 trends, and one of the best aspects of that fact is that it will surely lead to plenty of adorable costumes this Halloween, with surely many set to dress up as the movie’s eponymous yellow fuzzball, complete with Sherlock Holmes hat and magnifying glass. But if that maybe isn’t your style, you could also go in an equally iconic, but much more monstrous direction by becoming the giant Kaiju at the center of this year’s GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.
Couples: Shazam!/Billy Batson, Men in Black
Do you and your significant other want to do a costume together, but aren’t quite sure what to do? The films of 2019 can definitely help out in that department. For example, what if one of you went as young, rebellious Billy Batson and the other plays the superheroic Shazam? Thanks to the release of MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, there also exists the opportunity to really make yourself look good this Halloween, with you and your partner wearing matching suits and dark sunglasses.
Groups: The Avengers, a Swedish Cult
AVENGERS: ENDGAME did audiences everywhere a huge favor for this Halloween, as it is the ultimate movie from which you can take costume ideas for a giant group. No matter how many people you have in your party, there is a character for everybody to play. Or, if you and all your friends want to do something a bit different, you could also go the MIDSOMMAR route and have everyone put on a flower laurel and loose white cotton to become a member of a Swedish cult.
Families: Toy Story 4, Abominable
Thanks to the size of the ensemble of characters at its center, TOY STORY has been an inspiration for thousands if not millions of Halloween costumes dating back to the mid-1990s, and now the concept is totally back in fashion thanks to the release of TOY STORY 4 (which also provides some fresh new concepts for you and your young'uns, with new heroes like Duke Kaboom and Bunny and Ducky). There is also the option to take a cue from the recently released ABOMINABLE and go out trick-or-treating as a family dressed as Everest and friends.
Musical: Elton John
Thanks particularly to the success of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, many people had fun last year dressing up as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and in 2019 there’s another pop culture icon fans can take inspiration from. Earlier this year, audiences loved seeing Taron Egerton totally transform into Elton John in the movie ROCKETMAN, and now folks everywhere have their chance to replicate one of the legend’s many, many iconic outfits. (Or, if you want to go over the top with it, maybe you can do multiple costume changes throughout the night.)
Rebels: Alita, Saraya Knight, aka Paige
Do you want to really exercise your creativity and costume-making abilities this Halloween? Well, then dressing up as the titular heroine from ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL might be a fun direction for you, as there are some complex, but also seriously badass looks that could be lifted from the blockbuster. If you want to capture a similar rebellious spirit with less effort, you could also transform yourself into wrestler Saraya Knight, aka Paige, played by Florence Pugh earlier this year in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY.
Furry Friends: Max, Simba
Wanna let out your wild side this Halloween? Well, 2019 cinema has some cute choices for you to choose from. For example, you might want to go with something from THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 and maybe channel the heroic energy of Patton Oswalt’s pup, Max. Or, if you want to go even wilder, there is also the menagerie of creatures from the recent LION KING remake, with Simba sure to be a popular choice for little kid get-ups.