Finding the perfect Halloween costume for a movie buff can be a difficult task. It is even more difficult to choose from the most recent selection of films to stay up to date. However, 2022 has been a great year for movies to draw Halloween costumes from. Whether you’re a horror fan or looking to reference the most recent action blockbuster, there are several fantastic options.
Pearl of ‘Pearl’
Mia Goth as Pearl | A24
A24 made another big statement in the horror genre in 2022, providing more ideas for Halloween costumes. Ti West wrote and directed X, then revealed the secretly filmed prequel, Pearl. This major feat has consumed many genre conversations over the year, making it an instantly recognizable source for Halloween.
Mia Goth gave a haunting performance in the lead role of Pearl. She wears a few iconic outfits, but the one in all red is definitely the centerpiece of the show. Complete the look with a faux ax and the mascara lines and you’re good to go.
Art the Clown from ‘Terrify 2’
David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown | Cinedigme
Terrifier 2 did more than just open in major theater chains as an unrated farcical film, which was impressive enough. The low-budget slasher film generated plenty of social media conversations (both positive and negative), as well as an impressive box office. Art the Clown has become a modern slasher icon, earning loyal fans around the world.
Art the Clown from Terrifier 2 is a great costume idea. Those who recognize him will be clear fans, while others will always see a horrifying clown. Add splashed blood for an even more brutal costume. Plus, the Pale Girl in the sequel is another great idea for those looking for a slightly different aesthetic.
Black Adam from ‘Black Adam’
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Black Adam | Pictures from Warner Bros.
The superhero craze is still in full swing. Black Adam features the anti-hero, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It received mixed reviews from critics, but it’s still sure to spark all the conversation for the rest of the year. Some previous DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe characters already have all-too-common Halloween costumes in 2022. However, this one is different.
Those who wanted a slightly bolder comic book character to dress as they found their match. It’s a pretty basic costume compared to other hero looks, but other people at social gatherings will instantly recognize this legendary anti-hero. Black Adam just got his origin story, so he’s a new choice.
Pinhead of ‘Hellraiser’
Jamie Clayton as Pinhead | Spyglass Media Group.
The Hellraiser franchise got a modern new feature in 2022. It went straight to streaming on Hulu, but it still generated plenty of conversation on social media. Plus, any horror fan will instantly recognize any appeal to Pinhead. The new version takes on a bit more of an androgynous look than previous iterations.
Jamie Clayton gave a wonderful performance as the new Pinhead in Hellraiser. The new design gives a very different take on the character, while preserving what Clive Barker wanted. This one will require a gnarly mask, but if you manage to get your hands on it, you’ll definitely make a statement with it.
Elvis Presley from ‘Elvis’
Austin Butler as Elvis Presley | Hugh Stewart / Warner Bros. Pictures
Biopics are always in the awards season conversation, and this year is no different. Some Halloween costumes from 2022 movies may also be inspired by real people. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is in the conversation at the Oscars thanks to Austin Butler’s fearless performance. Hyper-stylized visuals also have their part to play.
Big fans of Elvis Presley will already have this costume idea in mind. But, the film certainly gives another nudge to go. There is a wide variety of looks and aesthetics to choose from. The hair is particularly certain to reveal exactly who you are dressing.
Buzz Lightyear from ‘Lightyear’
Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans) | Disney/Pixar
Disney/Pixar is always a great place to look for awesome movie costume ideas. Lightyear didn’t impress in the same way as many previous Pixar projects. However, it features a slightly different look for one of their most iconic characters, Buzz Lightyear.
Even for those who haven’t seen Lightyear, everyone would recognize the character himself. The Toy Story character is a favorite of many viewers around the world. Lightyear gives another opportunity to compose a costume, but with a slightly different aesthetic.
Maverick from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Tom Cruise as Maverick | Paramount Pictures
Top Gun: Maverick topped the box office in 2022, making Maverick himself one of the best Halloween costumes. The film broke records and is one of the most commented films of the year. Plus, the fact that this is a legacy suite only reinforces a great vacation option.
A helmet isn’t even necessary, but those who can get their hands on it will make the look even more recognizable.
Wide Eyes or Hot Dog Fingers from “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”
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A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once is a great movie with so many laughs. However, he also has a heart that managed to bring many viewers to tears. The movie really has it all, including intense action sequences with stunning fight choreography.
There are a few Halloween costume ideas to take from the movie. Go for some googly eyes and replicate Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn battle aesthetic. Or, go for the hot dog fingers and prance, which will get you plenty of attention.
Alice from ‘Bodies Bodies’
Rachel Sennott as Alice | A24
Another A24 winner comes in horror-comedy Bodies Bodies. It was especially a big choice among young audiences, as it mercilessly mocks Gen Z culture. However, there were some characters that really grabbed viewers’ attention, becoming a social media phenomenon.
Rachel Sennott’s Alice makes one of the best Halloween costumes for a 2022 movie pick. It’s not even the clothes that make it recognizable. Rather, it’s the neon glow sticks and lollipop that set it apart.
The Grabber from ‘The Black Phone’
Ethan Hawke as The Grabber | Universal images
The Dark Phone has moved release dates several times, but audiences got scared when it finally hit theaters. The Grabber makes a great costume choice, with the mask itself being the instant giveaway of who you’re disguising.
Add a bit of performance to your costume to really sell this one, as it can get incredibly expressive with its body language.
Ghostface from ‘Scream’
Ghost face | Paramount Pictures
The Scream franchise also made a big comeback to the big screen this year. Wes Craven’s franchise has divided many audiences over its sequels, and the new installment is no different. It brings back legacy characters including Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).
Ghostface is a classic serial killer and the costume is a frequent favorite. Nonetheless, this is one of the Halloween 2022 costumes that everyone will instantly recognize. Plus, the mask is easily removable if it starts to get a little too hot.
Bikini Burger from ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’
Linda Belcher (voiced by John Roberts) | 20th century workshops
The Bob’s Burgers movie was long overdue, especially after its delays due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It brings back the Belcher family and all their antics for the big screen and gorgeous animation. Those who love the series have thoroughly enjoyed seeing their favorite characters doing their thing on the big screen.
A frequent gag in The Bob’s Burgers Movie involves a burger mascot costume with a bikini on it. This one obviously isn’t going to be scary, but it’s a comedic option that’s sure to excite any other fans of the animated TV show.
Mei panda from ‘Turning Red’
Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang) | Disney/Pixar
The other Pixar movie released in 2022 was Turning Red. Unfortunately, he went straight to Disney+ and he didn’t get a chance to star on the big screen. Nonetheless, many audiences have bonded with its coming-of-age story wrapped up in the studio’s famed yet heartfelt package.
The main character, Mei (Rosalie Chiang), turns into a red panda when she gets too excited. It would be very easy to make a more simplistic version of it with a red hoodie, ears and a tail that would make an adorable outfit.
Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch or America Chavez from “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw a few different superhero characters hit theaters earlier this year. The main character (Benedict Cumberbatch) must face the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who has become all-powerful when she decides to pursue America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) for her multidimensional powers.
The Doctor Strange aesthetic is cool for anyone looking to have a cape. But, Scarlet Witch has a new legendary costume that’s perfect for anyone looking for a bit more devilish appearance. America Chavez needs the signature jacket, but it’s a pretty simplistic and easy-to-wear look.
Thor or Mighty Thor from ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
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This year’s Thor: Love and Thunder brought back the titular character in a solo movie for the first time since Thor: Ragnarok. Thor must face off against Gorr (Christian Bale) in high stakes that could spell out brutal consequences for the gods. It also features the rise of Jane Foster in Mighty Thor.
Thor, Mighty Thor, and Gorr are all possible costume ideas for those looking for a cool comic book aesthetic. Couples looking for matching costumes could make a Thor and Mighty Thor pair to really steal the show.
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