Embrace Your Inner Goth With These Creepy Character Costumes!

Is your closet full of black clothes? Do you get tired of summer around mid-June? Are you constantly quoting the work of Edgar Allan Poe? For those of us who have a prominent dark side, Halloween is the best time of year. Not only is the weather more suited to dark clothing, but it’s also the perfect chance to dress up like some iconic Gothic characters. If you can’t even begin to decide on which character to masquerade as, never fear dark souls, we’ve got the perfect list for you!

Wednesday Addams

From her first appearance on television’s “The Addams Family” in 1964, to Christina Ricci’s unforgettable portrayal in the 1990s films, Wednesday Addams has become one of pop culture’s favorite Gothic characters. This costume is ideal for any dark soul because it’s classy, easy, and cheap to pull off. You can find a variety of affordable, Wednesday-appropriate black dresses online. Once you’ve got the dress, you can just braid your hair (if it’s already dark and long) or find a cheap braided wig. For an extra creepy touch, purchase a pretend poison bottle and casually sip out of it all day long. Add a glower, bored tone of voice, and morbid sense of humor, and congratulations, you’re an Addams!

Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams in "Addams Family Values."

Morticia Addams

If you want an “Addams Family” themed costume but you’d prefer something a little more dramatic and chic, dress up like this creepy matriarch. With long, sleek black hair, a form-fitting, bell-sleeved black dress, and vampy makeup, Morticia Addams is a glamorous and spooky character that always makes a statement. As lavish as this costume looks, it doesn’t have to break the bank. However, you can find stunning Morticia-inspired dresses online at a variety of prices if you do have more of a budget. If you do want to keep it more affordable, just head to your local thrift store and find something similar. All you need is a long black dress (or a skirt and top), with flowy sleeves. The rest of the details are up to you! Those with long, dark, straight hair just need to part it down the middle and leave it as is. Otherwise, there are tons of affordable wigs for purchase. As far as makeup goes, this tutorial will show exactly what to do– and don’t worry, it only takes a few products! After you’ve finished, find your perfect Gomez and enjoy a romantic night of dancing in a cemetery beneath the moonlight.

Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family".

Lydia Deetz

Ever feel like your life is one big, dark room? Then you have something in common with moody Goth-girl Lydia Deetz from the movie “Beetlejuice”. Winona Ryder’s delightful portrayal of the quirky, angsty teen has been a Halloween costume favorite for the last few decades. Whether you want to wear Lydia’s signature black outfit, complete with a huge black hat and veil, or you like her red “wedding” dress, you’re sure to pack a costume punch with this one. Lydia’s standard outfit is easy to DIY because you probably have a black dress and black boots in your closet already. To complete the look, you just need a wide-brimmed black hat and a camera (or fake camera) to carry around your neck so you can capture photos of the dead. As far as the hair and makeup goes, it’s the Goth standard of a super pale face and dark eyes. But no worries, the Internet has you covered. There are dozens of YouTube tutorials to watch if you want to get it just right.

Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in "Beetlejuice".


Looking to turn some heads this Halloween with a witchy yet elegant ensemble? Dress as Maleficent (AKA The Mistress of All Evil) from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and spinoff film “Maleficent”. This iconic villain is not only one of the most popular Disney characters, she’s also a Gothic icon. Now, you might be panicking about how labor-intensive this costume seems, but not to fret, pets. A Maleficent costume can easily be DIY-ed. First, you need a long black dress or cloak, preferably with a pointy collar. You can find these items at a Halloween store, or online on websites like Amazon. The most important part of Maleficent’s costume is her signature horns. You can create these yourself with cardboard, hot glue, a headband, and electrical tape for under $10! Once you’ve got your horns and outfit ready to go, get started on that ghoulish yet glamorous makeup. We can’t all have Maleficent’s cheekbones, but you can create the illusion of them by following this makeup tutorial. Complete the look with an enchanted staff, a wicked cackle, and a pet raven to do your bidding.

Angelina Jolie as the titular character in Disney's "Maleficent".

Edward Scissorhands

Part “Beauty and the Beast” and part “Frankenstein”, “Edward Scissorhands” is the whimsical, Gothic story about a kind and gentle, yet deeply misunderstood, young man created by an eccentric inventor. To dress like Edward, you’ll need a few more props than with the other costumes, but it can still be created on a budget. Let’s start with the outfit. Edward wears a full leather suit with silver buckles throughout the movie. This costume can easily be assembled by pairing a black leather jacket with leather pants and boots. If you don’t feel like going all out with the leather look, Edward’s other outfit is a simple white dress shirt, grey dress pants, and suspenders. Most people might not have the hairstyle to create Edward’s signature look, so you can purchase a cheap wig online. The pale, scarred makeup look is easy enough to create with a combination of white face paint and dark eye makeup. As for the most important part of the costume, the scissorhands, these can be created by attaching plastic scissor blades (or real scissors covered in duct tape for safety) to black gloves. Want to make it easier? You can buy affordable scissorhand gloves online. Either way, you’ll look ready to cut some hair and turn hedges into dinosaurs.

Johnny Depp as the title character in "Edward Scissorhands".

Sweeney Todd

Hungry for a dark and vengeful costume? Going as the eponymous barber from the musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” can satiate your appetite this Halloween. To dress like the Victorian serial killer, head over to your local thrift store. Sweeney’s outfit is a Gothic, yet period-accurate combination of a grey jacket and waistcoat, white dress shirt, dark necktie, black pinstripe dress pants, and heavy black boots. This is a great costume to DIY (see number 8), as you can find these things at a secondhand store, in your own closet, or in a friend’s closet. Once you’ve got your outfit assembled, it’s time for hair and makeup. Sweeney’s hairstyle is similar to fellow Tim Burton character Edward Scissorhands, though it’s a little more tamed (he’s a barber after all) and features a signature white streak on one side. You can buy a Sweeney Todd wig but if you’ve got dark, shorter hair, just spray a white streak in with temporary dye. The makeup part is easy, you just need to look as pale and sleep deprived as possible. All you need to finish the look is a prop straight razor, a hateful scowl, and maybe a couple dozen gallons of fake blood.

Johnny Depp as the title character in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street".

Count Dracula

While this costume probably seems cliche and wildly overdone, Count Dracula is a figurehead in the world of Gothic characters. With a Dracula costume, you have dozens upon dozens of interpretations to choose from for character inspiration. Want to be campy? Gary Oldman’s portrayal from the 1992 film is an over-the-top showstopper. Feeling old-school? Go with the Bela Lugosi horror classic from 1931. Maybe you want to combine various interpretations of vampires and create your own, unique Dracula. It’s Halloween, so be creative! Whatever version of the famous Count you choose, make sure to complete the look with a long, collared cape and pair of fangs. These days, you don’t have to be bitten to be turned into a vampire. There are plenty of high-quality vampire fangs to purchase, it’s up to you how realistic you want them to be!

Bela Lagosi as Count Dracula in the 1931 film.


What’s Halloween without the afterlife’s leading bio-exorcist? Beetlejuice is an iconic character in the world of Tim Burton and he always makes for a great costume. It’s also a simple one to pull off, especially if you’ve waited until the last minute to plan. First, you’ll need that famous black and white striped suit. You can easily find pieces for this matching set online or at a thrift store. For the die-hard DIY-ers out there, you can create a striped ensemble yourself by applying paint to a white shirt and pair of white pants! Now, let’s move on to the creepy hair and makeup. Those with lighter hair can use spray-on temporary green hair dye to create Beetlejuice’s ghastly ‘do. If your hair is dark and not quite the right length, head on over to the world wide web and find yourself an affordable wig to spray paint or dye on. As always, YouTube delivers when it comes to Beetlejuice makeup tutorials. Follow one of those and you’re the ghost with the most, babe!

Michael Keaton as the titular character in "Beetlejuice".

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