Best Last Minute Halloween Costumes for 2023
Believe it or not, a lot of people actually spend months and months (and months) preparing perfect Halloween costumes. However, if you’re not that way inclined, just look in your wardrobe ahead of the evening and work with what you’ve already got.
There’s plenty in there that can form the basis of an easy, digestible men’s Halloween costume that requires minimal damage to the bank account. And so, we’ve rounded up the best low-hanging fruit from the realms of film, fashion, and beyond to make your costume—and your night—a successful one. (A word of advice: If you’re concerned that a person of your complexion can’t pull off one of these costumes, you’re probably right.) Happy Halloween, folks.
John Wick: Did John Wick die? Is he still alive? While we may never know the answer (at least until the spinoff Ballerina releases next summer), there’s never been a better time to suit up as the Baba Yaga.
Lionel Messi: Even if you’re not all that into soccer, chances are you’ve been swept up in the Lionel Messi hype. Earlier this summer, the Argentine icon joined David Beckham’s MLS side Inter Miami, leading them to their first-ever Leagues Cup trophy.
J. Robert Oppenheimer: This time last year, if you told us that one of 2023’s hottest Halloween costumes would be a theoretical physicist, we probably would’ve just laughed in your face. But thanks to Cillian Murphy’s stellar performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer, we’re all dressing up as seductive science nerds this year.
Travis Kelce: Let’s be honest: Up until the end of September, most non-sports fans didn’t have a clue who Travis Kelce even was. But a lot can change in the space of a few days, and all of a sudden, he’s primed to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes for 2023.
Frasier Crane: For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Frasier Crane was played by Kelsey Grammer in 1982’s Cheers, and he was so good that he eventually got his own spin-off show in 1993. Fast forward three decades, and he’s back once again, this time in 4K.
Phil Knight: If you didn’t already know the story of Michael Jordan, Ben Affleck’s Air did a good job telling it. Not only was it a great film about how the best basketball player of all time became, well, the best basketball player of all time, it was also 112 minutes of pure nostalgia, especially from Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s fits.
Thomas Magnum: Even though they remade Magnum P.I. a few years ago, nothing will ever beat the OG series from the ’80s. Back in the day, the crime drama was consistently ranked as one of the best TV shows ever, but that might have just been because of how sexy Tom Selleck was.
Cocaine Bear: If you’ve got a really, really tight budget this Halloween, then going as the Cocaine Bear is simple, effective, and kind to your bank account. Not only will it be a proper meme machine, it’ll also be one of the more memorable costumes at your office party.
Just Ken: Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is, by far, this year’s most-hyped movie (if you haven’t watched it yet, wyd?). So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Ryan Gosling’s Ken is one of our favorite Halloween costumes of 2023.
Joel Miller: Back in January, The Last of Us was the show that literally everyone talked about. In the post-apocalyptic drama, Joel Miller (played by the infinitely talented Pedro Pascal) is a smuggler who also happens to be a bit of a fashion god, because we all dress like it’s the end days now.
Kendall Roy: After five years on air, Succession came to an end earlier this summer. If you want to channel your inner Eldest Boy this Halloween, it’s time to put those quiet luxury fits to good use.
Joey Tribbiani: Widely regarded by critics as one of the best Friends episodes of all time, season 3’s The One Where No One’s Ready also has one of the more meme-able moments in the sitcom’s history.
Forrest Gump: Forrest Gump will forever be known as one of the greatest films of all time. In the 1994 classic, Forrest dons plenty of memorable fits, but there’s one that’s definitely more iconic than the others.
Carmy Berzatto: Thanks to The Bear, Jeremy Allen White’s Carmy Berzatto has quickly become everyone’s favorite hot chef. Known for his blond curls, icy gaze, and giant biceps, if you don’t have any of these, don’t worry, as there are other ways that you can channel your inner Carmy.
Marty McFly: It’s wild to think that Back to the Future first hit the silver screen almost four decades ago, and even after all this time, Marty McFly’s fit is still one of the most popular Halloween costumes out there.
Augie Steenbeck: Without a doubt, Asteroid City has got to be the most Wes Anderson-y movie that Wes Anderson has ever made. Taking the symmetrical shots and deadpan humor to the next level, it also happens to be the celebrated director’s most fashionable film to date, with Jason Schwartzman’s Augie Steenbeck being one of the coolest-looking dudes that we’ve ever seen.
Eddie Munson: Set in 1980s Indiana, for the past seven years, Stranger Things has become the go-to show for Halloween inspo thanks to its huge selection of vintage fits. We guarantee that you’ll see countless Elevens and Dustin Hendersons this season, so why not opt for a more underrated character?
Harry Styles: We just can’t get enough of Harry Styles. While we’ll never ever be as cool as him, we can at least try and dress like him