2018 has been a wild, wicked year, and it’s not over yet. Thanks to a veritable smorgasbord of viral memes, shocking testimonies, and celebrity news, there’s no shortage of funny and provocative men’s costume ideas for Halloween.
To celebrate the ghoulish day lurking right around the corner, we’ve handpicked this list of 2018’s most original men’s costume ideas. So here it is, The GentleManual’s official best costume ideas for solo party-goers, couples, best friends, and groups of friends:
Solo Men’s Costume Ideas
If you would rather do your own thing this year, we have you covered. This collection of personal costumes is sure to impress your friends and make people laugh:
Weed-smoking Elon Musk
Elon Musk, an extraordinary businessman, may just be the Einstein of our generation. With billion-dollar companies and products like electric cars, hyperspeed travel tunnels, and rockets under his belt, Musk publicly smoking weed on The Joe Rogan Experience in September was a big fat question mark.
For this clever costume, throw on a Tesla T-shirt, a pair of black headphones, and make flashcards of Musk’s most recent (and bizarre) tweets. Bring a cigar or vape pen as props, but try not to ravage your lungs for the night.
Mark Zuckerberg in Court
Mark Zuckerberg made national headlines when testifying before US Congress to discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. One of our more sartorial costume ideas on this list, dressing like The Zuck this holiday will make you the most sophisticated dude at the party.
Combine a cornflower blue tie with a navy suit jacket and a cold smirk on your face. Carry a manilla folder titled “Your Data” to perfect the Zuckerberg testimony look.
In honor of the late cosmologist who passed at age 76 in March, dressing up as Stephen Hawking will serve an homage to the brilliant works he brought to life.
All you need is a pair of glasses, a gray suit, and a linen shirt to pull the look together. Go above and beyond by communicating all night via a text-to-voice app on your smartphone.
Colin Kaepernick in Nike
Colin Kaepernick had been a big topic in politics and sports since starting a protest against police brutality, and he was launched back into the spotlight last month when featured in Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.
For the Kap look, wear a 49er’s Jersey, a wig, some Nikes, and a “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” sign. This celebrity costume is sure to make a statement (or spark a debate) at any Halloween party.
Jay-Z in a Helmet on a Jet Ski
Chances are you have seen this viral meme of Jay-Z riding a jet ski with a helmet on since it hit social media in July.
Wear a red helmet, a life vest, and possibly a blow-up jet ski, to ride your way into waves of laughter.
Couples Costume Ideas
Halloween with your significant other can be a challenge. Your partner may want to do something cute whereas you want to be ironic, crazy, or funny. Here are stylish couples costume ideas for men and women that will make you look sleek while keeping your girl happy:
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
In celebration of the Royal Wedding held in the United Kingdom last May, suit up yourself and wife up your lady as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Temporarily color your hair red-blonde, carry an English flag with you, and greet friends by doing the royal wave all night. For a classic, everyday Harry look, throw on an eclipse blue tie and suit.
Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas each have impeccable style and come together to form one of the most polished, good-looking couples in Hollywood.
Wear a black bowtie with a black patterned suit, and sport an Indian flag pin to honor their recent engagement and Mumbai visit. You’ll be the best-dressed man (and couple) at the Halloween party. If you have access to the party playlist, be sure to blast The Jonas Brothers.
Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin
So the Biebs is probably not your role model. But with rumors circling of a possible under wraps marriage last month, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are a hot topic in pop culture right now.
Rock a fitted hat, a Thrasher hoodie or T-shirt, a messy blonde wig, and a bunch of temporary tattoos to pull off this comfortable yet trendy couples costume. It’s a “No Brainer.”
James & Alyssa From End Of The F***ing World
To celebrate the August 2018 announcement that Neflix is renewing The End Of The F***ing World for a second season, dress as the unique couple, James and Alyssa.
To look like James, go to a local thrift shop for a red Hawaiian shirt and pair it with oversized denim jeans. Write the word “PSYCHOPATH” on your forehead, but please leave the hunting knife murder weapon at home.
Offset & Cardi B
Cardi B had one of the most widely discussed pregnancies of 2018. If you and your lady are expecting, you can take this opportunity to dress as Cardi and Offset at their baby shower.
Wear a black turtleneck and denim jacket with flashy jewelry, and draw some face tatts. Blast Migos from your phone all night so people know who you are (if your girl’s fancy dress, bun, and belly aren’t enough).
Best Friends Men’s Costume Ideas
Are you and your best friend going to a Halloween party together? Are you guys trying to come up with hilarious matching costumes ideas? Make everyone laugh and showcase your personalities with any of these men’s costume ideas:
Kanye & Lil Pump
“I Love It” by Kanye West (or self-proclaimed “ye”) and Lil Pump took the music world by storm last month. If you’ve seen the music video or their recent SNL performance, then you already know what this big costume idea is all about.
Purchase puffy suits, gold chains, and giant slippers for the music video look. You can also do-it-yourself by getting crafty with two large boxes. For their SNL performance attire, purchase Fiji Water and Pellegrino costumes online.
World Cup Teams France & Croatia
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was one of the biggest sports events of the year. France won the final match against Croatia by 4-2, granting the country a two-time winner of the World Cup title.
To dress up as France vs. Croatia, you and your best friend can either wear countries’ flags colors or allocate some extra cash to purchasing legit soccer uniforms. Whoever dresses up as France must wear a crown to deem himself the winner.
Group Costume Ideas
When you’re teaming up with a group of friends for Halloween, it can be frustrating to get everyone to agree on one solid idea. Here are a few group costume ideas that are sure to make each of you stand out:
Queer Eye Fab 5
Released in February 2018, Queer Eye is a series that anybody can watch and enjoy.
Recruit four other friends, dapper up with suits and skinny ties, and help spread the important message to fellow party-goers that this Emmy-winning Netflix reboot promotes: acceptance of and love for yourself and others.
Black Panther Characters
Due to its phenomenal screenplay, casting, cultural significance, and various other factors, Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion in earnings and broke box-office records after hitting theaters in February.
Squad up and transform into these five Marvel characters by getting crafty with war paint. Create the costumes yourselves with patterned silk scarves and body suits, or purchase the gear at a costume store.
Crazy Rich Asians
As the first Hollywood film in over 20 years to feature an all Asian-American cast, and the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade, Crazy Rich Asians was a knockout film.
Mirror the frills and style of this outlandishly endearing cast by sporting suit and tie. In this case, the more extravagant patterns the better. Print designer labels and stick them all over your clothing.
You can go with any of these 2018 men’s costume ideas and receive outstanding reactions when you walk into a Halloween party.
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