Halloween is quickly approaching, and with it comes costume planning. And you probably need multiple nights of college Halloween costume ideas if you’re in school!
Everybody knows that Halloween is one of the biggest events of the fall semester for college students. With this in mind, you want to go all out. Struggling to come up with cute, unique, but not over-the-top college Halloween costume ideas? We’ve got you covered!
We’ve compiled 80+ of this year’s hottest college Halloween costumes. Hopefully, this list will give you a few ideas!
HERE’S A QUICK LIST OF THE HOTTEST COLLEGE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR 2023:
Barbie: Obviously, Barbie is huge. I included like 6 different versions of the Barbie costume in this post so you’ll see plenty of variations!
Wednesday Adams: Another awesome spooky option, Wednesday will definitely be everywhere this year. Again, there are tons of variations included in this post.
Princess Diana: Yup, with all the Meghan Markle drama, Princess Diana is getting tons of action this year.
Of course, there are plenty of other hot costumes that we’ll cover here, these are the top 3 you’ll see the most this year.
Hottest College Halloween Costumes:
Here are ALL of our favorite hottest college Halloween costumes for 2023. Enjoy!
The Classic Devil
The Devil is a classic Halloween costume for a reason, and it’s definitely one of the hottest college Halloween costumes this year. Whether you want to go for a totally sexy version of the outfit or a more conservative one, there are endless possibilities for creating the perfect Devil costume.
For a sexy Devil costume, you can start with a red mini dress or jumpsuit and add some black fishnet stockings and high heels. Add some devil horns and a tail, and use makeup to create a smoky eye and bold red lips. You could also add some red glitter or sequins for an extra touch of glamour.
With the Barbie movie being so popular this year, I can assure you that you will see so many Barbies this year as everyone’s hottest college Halloween costumes. This means it’ll be so much more fun to dress up as Barbie! You’ll feel like Barbie in Barbieland!
This is what I mean when I said you’ll feel like you’re in Barbieland! You can tell your girlfriends to be different versions of Barbie. This is definitely one of the best college girl Halloween costumes for groups, too!
But if you’re not going together with a friend group, you can simply take inspiration from an outfit from the Barbie movie like this classic gingham dress! This is one of our favorite college girl Halloween costumes for anyone who wants to dress a bit more conservatively and still be on-trend.
Who could ever forget the iconic cowboy Barbie costume? It’s utterly gorgeous and you’re sure to turn heads at any Halloween party you go to!
Feeling like life’s a joke? Then why not go for a clown costume to lighten up the mood? This classic Halloween costume is always a hit at college Halloween parties and events. Whether you want to go for a creepy clown look or a more lighthearted and playful one, there are endless possibilities for creating the perfect clown costume.
With the recent popularity of the Joker movie, a clown costume could be your chance to have your own Joker moment. Dress in a colorful jumpsuit and add some clown makeup to create a unique and memorable look. You could also add some fake blood or scars for a more sinister effect.
Clown college Halloween costumes are also great for group costumes. Get your friends together and create your own circus troupe. You could have a ringmaster, acrobat, and clown costumes to create a fun and cohesive group costume.
Three Blind Mice
Going together with your two besties for your Halloween party? Then these three blind mice are a cute and quirky idea to have matching college girl Halloween costumes.
These fairy costumes are utterly stunning, just take a look at Kylie Jenner here! You can totally DIY your costume or buy one from your local store. Add as much sparkle as you can and don’t forget the fairy wings!
There’s been a trend lately of people going as influencers for their Halloween costumes and it’s actually a lot of fun. All you need is to take reference from an iconic look your fave influencer has worn and put it on for your Halloween party!
The Playboy Bunny costume is a classic and controversial Halloween costume that has been a popular choice for college girl Halloween costumes for many years. While some people may find it controversial, there’s no denying that the Playboy Bunny look is an attractive and sexy option for Halloween night.
The Playboy Bunny costume typically features a black bodysuit with a white collar and cuffs, along with a pair of bunny ears and a fluffy tail. You can customize the look by adding fishnet stockings, high heels, and some bold makeup. You can also add some props like a cigarette holder or a tray of drinks to complete the look. This is one of the most classic college girl Halloween costumes that isn’t going anywhere!
Harry Potter Girls
These Harry Potter costumes may be a little flirtier than the usual costumes but this solely depends on your preference! If you want to stay true to the costumes from the film, you can definitely wear that too!
A sexy nurse will never go out of style and this just proves it! You can be as sexy as you like or as conservative as you like with your Halloween costume!
Can’t decide between an angel and a devil? Then why not find a perfect balance and mix the two costumes? You can even do a fallen angel costume!
This referee costume is one of the easiest costumes to do on this list. You might even already have these clothes in your wardrobe!
Who wouldn’t want to emulate Princess Diana? She’s a gem and a true icon. Personally, I love her revenge black dress, but her casual fits are just as great as a Halloween costume. More comfy to wear too!
Wizard of Oz
Tell your friends to go as the characters of Wizard of Oz and make your way down the yellow-brick road this Halloween season!
This Cruella costume is an icon for a reason, and it’s a great choice for college girl Halloween costumes. We may not like her for what she does, but it’s hard to deny that her fashion is unmatched. With her signature black and white hair, fur coat, and bold makeup, Cruella is a standout character that’s sure to turn heads at any Halloween party.
For a DIY Cruella costume, you can start with a black dress or jumpsuit and add a white fur coat or stole. Use temporary hair dye or a wig to create the signature black and white hair, and add some bold red lipstick and smoky eye makeup for a dramatic effect. You could also carry around a stuffed Dalmatian as a prop to complete the look.
Cruella is just one example of a great college girl Halloween costume. Other popular choices include Disney princesses, superheroes, and classic Halloween staples like witches, vampires, and zombies. The key is to choose a costume that reflects your personality and interests, and to have fun with it!
One of my favorite costumes to do every Halloween is a Bratz doll. I can simply pull out the trendiest outfits and even ask my friends to be Bratz dolls with me! This is one of my favorite college girl Halloween costumes with a group.
I love Clueless as much as the next person and I can’t deny that their iconic plaid outfits have really made an impact on my personal fashion. So if you like to wear plaid or simply want to be as stylish as Cher, this is one of the best college girl Halloween costumes to choose!
Be otherworldly and opt for this cute alien look this Halloween season! All you need are some metallic outfits to get that sci-fi aesthetic!
Alice in Wonderland
This Alice in Wonderland costume is definitely sexy but if you prefer to stay with her classic dress from Disney, it’s a cute option to go for!
These law enforcement costumes are so playful and stylish! You can opt for a police costume or go even as a traffic enforcer!
This Bunny costume is pretty easy to do as your college Halloween costume! Just take out a one-piece lingerie, a pair of fishnet stockings, and bunny ears and you’re good to go!
Who can ever forget Judy Garland as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz? It was such an iconic look and would make a great costume for your Halloween party!
This Maleficent costume is a bit on the sexier side but it’s also much easier to achieve. Though if you want to go all out, I highly suggest opting for the costume in the movie!
For a batty, vampy look, this simple costume is pretty easy to recreate! You might even already have these pieces in your wardrobe or you can switch out certain pieces that would work just as well!
I’m loving this more feminine version of a military uniform. It’s much easier to achieve and dresses are just a lot more comfy to wear. You can also pair this with some fishnet stockings to elevate the whole look.
Live your Million Dollar Baby dreams and wear these cute boxer outfits with your friends! You can even use fake blood and put fake little wounds around your face to mimic the aftermath of a boxing game.
This racer girl outfit is utterly cute! You can even take inspo from actual racing uniforms and style it up to match your personality.
Wearing a mermaid tail is not the most ideal when it comes to Halloween costume parties but you can always mimic fish scales with the fabric of your outfits or even paint it around your skin!
Going to a Halloween party with your significant other? Why not have matching couple costumes by being an astronaut and an alien? It’s such a quirky yet fun idea!
This cupid costume is utterly adorable! Even if it’s spooky season, who says you can’t add some romance to the night?
This classic vampire look is a classic for a reason! It may be a little more common than the other costumes here, but it’s a costume that never goes out of style! You can wear any outfit you like because vampires come in all shapes and sizes! Just don’t forget the faux fangs!
Killer twins would be such a cool idea for your Halloween college costume this year. Take your bestie along and strike fear into the hearts of your peers!
Remember when Harley Queen got so popular when Suicide Squad came out? That was such a fun moment for girlies and who says you can’t relive it?
Another classic Batman villain is Catwoman. She’s actually a favorite of mine, especially Halle Berry’s version! But whether you want to do Halle’s costume, Anne Hathaway’s, or Michelle Pfeiffer’s, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices!
This Ice Princess look is so ethereal! If you don’t like to go for a spooky look this Halloween season, then this costume might be more to your taste!
This Playboy Bunny outfit looks like a lot of fun to wear for Halloween night! It also kind of reminds me of Regina George’s outfit from Mean Girls.
Frankenstein & Bride
For a spooky couple costume this Halloween, you might want to try out this Frankenstein theme with your partner!
The Shining Twins
The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time and the twins in the film still give me the chills every time. So if you want to scare your peers at your college Halloween party, this is a great way to do it!
Add some 70s flare to your Devil costumes for a very stylish ensemble that’s both scary and chic!
White Claw Seltzer
Whether you want to promote White Claw or you simply like this particular costume, this is a cute Halloween costume that’s pretty unique!
Angels are often associated with purity and innocence but this dark angel is definitely good at being bad! It’s such a sexy and edge costume that’s perfect who want to embrace their dark side.
This Firegirl costume is such a fun look for this Halloween season! You can make it sexy, flirty, or wear the jumpsuits that actual firemen wear!
If you didn’t get to be a girl scout when you were young, then you might want to try out these costumes for a change! They’re so cute and fun!
Dressing up as a Bratz doll this Halloween season would be so much more fun if you have your friends tagging along and being Bratz dolls with you!
Victoria’s Secret Angel
Who doesn’t want to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, right? As a VS Angel, you get to wear all these sexy ensembles and don a pair of gorgeous wings!
Here’s a modern version of the Wednesday Addams costume. With the latest Netflix show being such a hit, I won’t be surprised to see a lot of Wednesday Addams this Halloween season.
A fairy costume would be so perfect for those who want to feel like Tinkerbell during the Halloween festivities.
For a spooky moment with your partner, why not opt to be Pennywise and Billy from IT? It would be such a cute yet scary moment for you two!
The Flintstone girls would create such cute costumes and a fun throwback to the prehistoric ages. Wear those animal print outfits and personalize them to your style!
For a simple costume that you and your girlfriends can wear, you can opt for these cute football tees. Pair them with some adorable kneesocks and some football-themed face paints!
I honestly have not gotten over the disco sequence from the Barbie movie. If you want to incorporate their disco outfits into your Halloween costume, then you’ll love these!
Dress up as pirates with your best girlfriends for a fun theme this Halloween season! You can don eye patches or pirate hats and even fishnet stockings to complete the look!
One of the best costumes you can try out this Halloween season is this sexy angel! You can wear a tight-fitting corset for a sultry look or a dress for a more feminine aesthetic.
Lara Croft is one of the most iconic female leads in media and if you want to get in touch with your inner badass, this is the way to go!
These mummy twins are such a fun way to make things a lot more spooky at your Halloween party. If you want to have matching college Halloween costumes with your bestie, this is a good idea!
This Barbie outfit is such a slay! And the best thing about going as Barbie for Halloween is that you can incorporate your style into any Barbie-themed outfit you choose.
This dark angel concept is one of my favorites for college Halloween costumes! This is what I imagine is sitting on my shoulder as the good angel sits on the other one.
The Incredibles will always have a special place in my heart. And their costumes will remain forever iconic in my opinion. So if you want to add some nostalgia to your Halloween costume, this is it!
American Horror Story: Coven
Coven will always be my favorite American Horror Story season and if you want to recreate the spooky witches of this show, prepare those monochrome black outfits!
These shark bite costumes are totally filled with humor and quirkiness! If you don’t mind wearing swimsuits in the middle of the fall season, go for it!
These space aliens are so much fun to do for your college Halloween costumes. You and your besties can be a group of aliens trying to invade the Earth!
Sandy From Grease
Grease has so many fun costumes to try out for the Halloween season, and Sandy’s particular outfit here is totally unforgettable!
The mummy twins are a cute and spooky look you can try out this Halloween season with your best girlfriend! But let’s ditch the toilet paper and use a stronger fabric so that the costume doesn’t tear apart mid-dancing!
Need a costume last minute? Then why not opt for a uniform look with your best girlfriends to have matching costumes?
This Maleficent costume is both hot and sexy! The horns on the head and the pair of wings really tie the whole look together!
Show your love for slasher films like Scream or Halloween and wear those killer masks for the Halloween season! You can also carry prop knives and pick an outfit that will suit the vibe.
These neon masks remind me so much of The Purge. They’d definitely make a creepy and scary costume for Halloween night!
I’m loving the touch of glam in these gorgeous pirate costumes! Those gold accents really elevate this ensemble!
You know what’s better than a Playboy Bunny? Two Playboy Bunnies! Pair up with your best friend and you’re sure to catch everyone’s attention!
This modern Snow White is definitely a great way to personalize a classic Disney character! The outfit is definitely a lot easier to recreate too!
Clowns are naturally creepy already, but Pennywise from IT takes the cake. If you want to spook everyone at your Halloween party, this is a costume to consider!
Let’s Get Physical 80’s Girls
Whether you’re a fitness junkie or simply want to embrace the colorful, stylish 80s with their workout fashion, this is a cool costume to try out!
A huge fan of the band, KISS? Then why not go as a groupie for your Halloween costume? Pair it with an edgy outfit and you’re all set!
Money Heist has become one of the most popular TV shows recently and I can totally see why. Apart from the great story, they inspire great costume ideas for Halloween as well!
Casual Angel And Devil Costume
Become opposites with your best friend for your college Halloween costumes by going as an angel and a devil!
Cruella De Ville
This Cruella De Ville costume has such a modern touch. I love the black and white patterns as well as the leather accents on this outfit!
Add a sexy and flirty touch to your SWAT costume by donning short shorts and form-fitting tops. You can also incorporate a few props like handcuffs to complete the look!
Having your friends dress up as different versions of Barbies would be so much fun to do this Halloween season! It’ll be like Barbieland once you guys reach the party!
Couple Of Death
Planning to go to a Halloween party with your significant other? Then why dress up as the undead for this year? You can even wear wedding costumes and use fake blood to make your costumes look extra spooky!
This Flintstones costume is so cute! Who knew a prehistoric wardrobe could look this stylish?
Dressing up as a bank robber for Halloween sound like a ton of fun. You can balaclava masks or face paint to complete your costume!
Here’s another iteration of the classic Playboy Bunny! This one has a leather one-piece and a pair of black tights.
90’s Bratz Girls
I’ve always been more of a Bratz girl than a Barbie doll. I just loved their fashion and versatility so much more and you can recreate their ensembles for Halloween!
Red and black makes such a cool color combination. Just look at this devilish joker costume! It’s sexy and totally naughty!
This version of Harley Quinn’s costume is one of my faves from the comic books! I just love the red and black color combination so much!
This witchy look is so chic and sophisticated! If you want to achieve this vibe, just wear a maxi dress, a pair of gloves, and a witch hat and you’re good to go!
This bunny costume is a little more conservative than the previous ones shown here. So if you don’t want to show too much skin, this is for you!
If you want to opt for a sexy leather outfit, this devil costume is for you! It’s edgy and you can style it up to suit your personal tastes in fashion.
Victoria’s Secret PJ Angel
Want to be a VS Angel this Halloween but you don’t want to wear lingerie all night long? Then opt for this adorable PJs costume!
Bratz Girl Group
Just like Barbie, you can also have your friend group dress up as Bratz dolls this Halloween season!
Be a boss of your own and dress up as Hugh Hefner for Halloween. Though it might be a bit of a controversial theme!
This Minnie Mouse costume is utterly cute! It’s also a classic and simple outfit you can recreate at your home!
What are the trending college Halloween costumes this year?
Wednesday Addams, Barbie, Snow White, and the Little Mermaid are all popular costume choices for college Halloween parties and events.
Wednesday Addams, the iconic character from the Addams Family, is a classic Halloween costume that never goes out of style. Her signature black dress, white collar, and dark hair make her instantly recognizable, and her sardonic wit and deadpan delivery make her a fan favorite.
Barbie, the iconic doll that has been a favorite of girls for generations, is another popular costume choice. With her perfect hair, flawless makeup, and stylish outfits, Barbie represents the epitome of glamour and beauty. A Barbie costume can be customized to suit your own personal style, whether you want to go for a classic pink and white look or something more edgy and modern.
Snow White, the beloved Disney princess, is another popular costume choice for college Halloween parties. Her classic blue and yellow dress and red bow make her instantly recognizable, and her kind and gentle nature make her a favorite among children and adults alike.
Finally, the Little Mermaid, another beloved Disney princess, is a popular costume choice for those who want to channel their inner mermaid. With her flowing red hair and shimmering green tail, Ariel is a favorite among those who love the ocean and all things magical.
No matter which of these iconic characters you choose to dress up as, you’re sure to turn heads and make a statement at your college Halloween party. So get creative, have fun, and let your imagination run wild!
What are the best DIY college Halloween costumes that don’t cost a lot?
There are many great DIY college Halloween costumes that don’t cost a lot and can be made with items you may already have at home. Here are some ideas:
Ghost – All you need is a white sheet and some scissors to make a classic ghost costume. Cut out holes for the eyes and mouth, and you’re ready to haunt the night.
Mummy – Wrap yourself in strips of white fabric or toilet paper to create a mummy costume. Add some dark circles around your eyes with makeup for a spooky effect.
Nerd – Wear some oversized glasses, suspenders, and high-waisted pants to create a nerdy costume. Add some fake braces and carry around a stack of books for an extra nerdy touch.
Cat – Dress in all black and make some cat ears out of construction paper or felt. Add some whiskers and draw on a nose with black eyeliner for a quick and easy cat costume.
Tourist – Wear a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and a sun hat to create a tourist costume. Add a camera around your neck and some sandals to complete the look.
Bank robber – Wear all black and cut out a mask from a black t-shirt or bandana. Add a money bag made from a pillowcase or drawstring bag for an extra touch.
Scarecrow – Wear a flannel shirt, overalls, and a straw hat. Use makeup to draw on stitches and a scarecrow face. Stuff some straw in the pockets and cuffs for added effect.
Robot – Wear silver or metallic clothing and attach cardboard boxes or containers to your body to create a robotic look. Add some LED lights or battery-powered lights for an extra futuristic touch.
Hippie – Wear a tie-dye shirt, bell-bottom jeans, and a headband. Add some peace signs and flower accessories for a groovy hippie look.
What are some of the best places to shop for college girl Halloween costumes?
When looking for college Halloween costumes, there are several options to consider, both online and offline. Here are some of the best places to shop for college Halloween costumes:
Amazon: Offers a wide range of costumes, accessories, and props for various themes and characters.
Spirit Halloween: A popular online Halloween retailer with a vast selection of costumes and decorations.
HalloweenCostumes.com: Provides a diverse collection of costumes, including pop culture and classic options.
Party City: Known for its extensive inventory of costumes, party supplies, and decorations.
Etsy: Great for finding unique and handmade costumes, often with creative and personalized touches.
ASOS: Offers trendy and fashionable costumes, especially for those looking for stylish or pop culture-inspired options.
Party Supply Stores: Chains like Party City and local party supply shops often have a wide variety of costumes.
Thrift Stores: Ideal for finding budget-friendly and vintage costume pieces to create your own unique look.
Costume Shops: Specialty costume stores that offer a wide range of options, from basic to elaborate costumes.
Craft Stores: These stores may have materials and accessories for DIY costumes, allowing you to create something unique.
Target: Known for offering a range of costumes for all ages and styles.
Walmart: Provides a selection of affordable costumes and accessories suitable for college students.
DIY and Thrift:
Create your own hottest college Halloween costumes by visiting thrift stores, crafting your own pieces, and using your creativity to assemble a unique outfit.
College Halloween costumes are a fun and exciting way for students to express their creativity and show off their personalities. Whether you choose to go with a classic costume or something more unique and original, there are endless possibilities for creating the perfect look. From spooky and scary to funny and lighthearted, college Halloween costumes offer something for everyone.
Overall, college Halloween costumes are a great way to bring students together and create a sense of community on campus. So whether you’re dressing up for a party, a parade, or just for fun, embrace your creativity and have a spooktacular time!