If you’re looking for the perfect Halloween costumes for the perfect pair, here are 10 iconic horror movie couples to inspire creative costume coupling.
Halloween is a great excuse for horror fans to publicly flaunt their dark, creepy, and macabre loving nature. Some fans enjoy getting bloody, funny, or even sexy with their costume. And some horror loving couples may even want to dress together in a way that reflects their combined love for the genre and for each other. While romance may definitely not be the first thing you think of when it comes to horror films, the genre has given us plenty of great couples to love over the years — from the perfectly matched pairs to the disastrously doomed duos.
If you and your significant other are searching for the perfect couple’s costume, here are ten twosomes (some romantic, some not so much) to inspire your creativity.
1. Gomez and Morticia Addams, The Addams Family (1964-present)
I don’t think this list would be correct without starting off with this couple. The love between Gomez and Morticia Addams is a love that many couples strive for. They are parents to Wednesday and Pugsley Addams (and Pubert Addams in Addams Family Values). These two would do anything for their family, as well as for each other. It is clear to see why, even to this day, so many couples choose to dress up as Morticia and Gomez Addams for Halloween.
If you’re a couple with children, you can make this a family affair by including the kids in the action (including a baby dressed up as Pubert). The Addams Family is a classic family that has grown in popularity due to the many adaptations (television show, movies, and comics) of it. You can even gather the entire brood to watch the new animated adaptation, The Addams Family — getting you in the perfect frame of mind for this year’s costumed Halloween festivities.
If you’re short on time, you can find costumes for the Addams couple at Party City, Amazon, and even Walmart.
2. Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring series (2013-present)
Ed and Lorraine Warren were real life paranormal investigators who inspired The Conjuring movie series. While the stories told in these movies might have been dramatized, the love that Ed and Lorraine have for each other seemed to be very real. Lorraine mentions in the movies that Ed was the only person to ever understand her clairvoyant abilities and did not think she was weird for it. No matter how dangerous the situation is, Ed and Lorraine are always there for each other and will save each other no matter what it takes.
This costume idea isn’t likely to be mass produced, but there are plenty of places where you could find outfits for it, such as vintage shops and even raiding the wardrobes of parents or grandparents. It wouldn’t be hard to come up with a great looking costume on a budget if you choose this couple of paranormal paramours.
3. Chucky and Tiffany, Bride of Chucky (1998)
Any list of Halloween couples’ costumes would be incomplete without including this infamous pair. While this couple may not be as traditionally romantic as the previous two, this killer pair is well known and adored among the horror community. They are a couple known to turn some heads. Thus, if you want your costume to be a little more on the creepy side, this duo of deadly dolls would be a great choice.
Both characters have a very distinct looks that can be recreated by visiting almost any Halloween store. You can find a pretty solid Tiffany costume here. But this is also an easy one to DIY with a cheap wedding dress and a leather jacket. Or, if you want to switch it up a bit, you can even swap the genders and have a female Chucky and a male Tiffany.
4. Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal (1991, 2001)
These two may seem like an odd pair to include in this list of horror couples, since Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling were never romantically involved. Nevertheless, the two had a great onscreen chemistry and are an iconic horror duo. In the first two Hannibal Lecter films, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, we see the strange relationship that these two have. When Starling comes to visit Lecter to question him about a case, Lecter becomes infatuated with and a little bit obsessed with Starling.
While Clarice Starling does not seem to reciprocate any feelings, Hannibal Lecter enjoys her company and mistakes his feeling of obsession for love. He would even go as far as to convince a man to kill himself, as he did in The Silence of the Lambs, when one patient disrespects Clarice. They may not be the perfect match, but these two are inextricably linked in horror history.
For this couple’s costume, consider getting a business-casual outfit for Clarice and a straitjacket for Hannibal. But of course, don’t forget the iconic face mask, which can be found in several Halloween stores and online.
5. Jack and Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton fans were introduced to these two in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). And to this day, they remain definite fan favorites and icons of horror love. Jack and Sally show that even if the whole world misunderstands you, as long as one person loves and understands you, it’s all you need. And one thing’s for sure, if you dress up as these two, you’ll be easily recognizable and sure to turn heads — even if you’re not surrounded by fellow hardcore horror fans.
It will not be hard to find these two in any Halloween store. Spirit Halloween is just one of the many places you can find great costumes to embody this sweetly spooky duo. But if you want to try your hand at a creative project, consider trying to sew Sally’s dress yourself. You can find some great DIY tutorials and sewing patterns online to help you out.
6. Count Dracula and Mina Harker/Elizabeta, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
There have been other onscreen adaptations of this doomed but deeply romantic couple. However, this film has always stood out for me. In this adaptation of Dracula, the audience is given a glimpse into the life of the infamous Count Dracula. And we get to see exactly why he is the monster that he is. After losing his wife centuries prior, he sees Mina Harker and believes she is his beloved wife re-incarnated. Count Dracula would do anything for Mina and would do anything to be with her, even if that means having his brides nearly kill Mina’s fiancée.
This couple is perfect for anyone yearning for theatrical, show-stopping costumes. If you’re the type who likes to make an entrance, and you have a strong Gothic Victorian sensibility, you can’t go wrong by adorning yourself in the breathtaking costumes of Mina and Dracula.
I will caution anyone that does consider dressing up as this couple: These costumes could get pricey very quickly, especially if you are the type who craves authenticity. I definitely recommend hitting up some thrift stores before you buy something online. With a little tenacity, you could put together a jaw-dropping costume for a steal.
7. Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
While Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein didn’t get a chance to share much screen time together, these two have managed to cement their place in the annals of horror history as one of the most recognizable and unforgettable couples. For many, they have become pinnacles of undying love, proving there is someone for everyone. That’s true even though these two were not even technically a couple. Although the Bride was the Monster’s intended, she wanted nothing to do with them. Still, it’s interesting to think about what a power couple they would have made if things had gone differently.
This is another couple that will definitely get you noticed, and you will be easily recognizable no matter where you go. It’s also a great costume pick for those looking to save money, as you can easily recreate this look with some great makeup and a little creativity. You should be able to find everything you need in your closet or by hitting up a few thrift stores. And if you and your partner want to go as a monster couple that was a little more in love, you can also consider Lily and Herman Munster from The Munsters instead.
8. Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, the Halloween franchise (1978-present)
While Michael and Laurie were clearly never a couple (and in some films, were actually brother and sister), they (like Clarice and Hannibal) are forever linked in the minds of horror fans. They were always adversaries and had a cat-and-mouse relationship. However, you have to admire Myers’ dedication to killing this one girl, as well as anyone else that gets in his way. While it’s not romantic, Michael’s single-minded obsession with Laurie never waned…and it’s why these two could still be perfect for a couple this Halloween.
Finding the costume for Myers wouldn’t be so difficult, since all you really need is a mechanic jumpsuit and a Michael Myers mask. While you can find a lot of inexpensive Michael Myers masks, some of them look pretty bad. If you want something a bit more authentic looking, I recommend picking up this great one from Trick or Treat Studios.
Laurie can easily be recreated with a couple of inexpensive pieces that you may even already have in your closet. Of course, there are several different Lauries to choose from, and it all depends on what look you are going for. If you want to keep it modern, you can pick an outfit similar to Laurie’s in Halloween (2018). But the original 1978 version never goes out of style.
9. Beetlejuice and Lydia, Beetlejuice (1988)
Once again, these two are definitely not the best match when it comes to traditional coupling. But putting them together is complete chaos and very entertaining to watch. With the release of Beetlejuice: The Musical last year, interest in Beetlejuice cosplay has dramatically increased — and it’s easy to see why. These two have the most show-stopping, colorful outfits in both the movie and the musical. And they are both characters that are almost impossible not to recognize.
If you really want to go over the top with your costumes, perhaps you could go as Lydia and Beetlejuice when they were about to get married (Lydia’s red dress is absolutely stunning). You will definitely stand out in a crowd as this pair.
10. Jack and Wendy, The Shining (1980)
I really don’t see many couples choosing to dress up as this duo for Halloween, and to be honest, I think Jack and Wendy deserve a little more recognition. In many ways, they sort of paved the way for many other horror movie couples. The psychotic husband attempting to kill his wife and children is a common trope seen in horror films, but that doesn’t diminish the horrific impact this film made on so many horror fans.
Obviously, this tragic pair would not make a good basis for your real life relationship. But they sure would be fun to dress up as, and there aren’t many horror fans who shouldn’t be familiar with Stephen King’s most famous couple.
These aren’t really costumes you can buy pre-packaged from Halloween stores. But don’t let that stop you. That’s just an opportunity for you to get creative and put an inexpensive but awesome costume together from online shops and thrift stores.