20 Warm Halloween Costumes That Will Keep You From Freezing All Night Long

Sure, all of those revealing costumes will probably get you some free drinks on Halloween. But, if you live in a cold climate, it's usually pretty darn frigid by the time the holiday rolls around. So, while those skimpy outfits might seem cute, you're probably searching for some warm Halloween costumes that will keep you from freezing your butt off.

I live in Wisconsin, which means the weather isn't always so great for Halloween. So, picking out my Halloween costume when I was younger wasn't easy. Of course, there were plenty of adorable princess dresses to choose from. But, once you had to layer turtlenecks and snow pants underneath your outfit, you didn't exactly feel like royalty.

Needless to say, putting together a great costume over a thick layer of insulation can undoubtedly be a bit of a challenge. So, you're usually better off picking out a costume that's warm on its own. And, while there is no doubt that the majority of Halloween costumes don't feature a lot of, uh, material, there are still plenty of options that are creative and warm.

Still not convinced? Here are 20 costumes that will keep you warm on a cold Halloween. But, fair warning, some of them might be a little too warm for a crowded bar. 

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

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Pretty much any costume that involves a full-on onesie is sure to be warm. So, this Ninja Turtle costume will definitely keep you cozy. If you can't find an existing Ninja Turtle onesie, see if you can find a plain green one, or even a green sweatshirt and sweatpants. Then, use fabric paint for the details. Top it all off with a headband, cape, and some face paint, and you're good to go!

2. Where's Waldo

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A red and white striped sweatshirt and a knit hat are the perfect ingredients for a warm costume. So, Waldo is a fitting — and simple! — choice for a costume that's toasty and comfortable. Grab a pair of thick-rimmed black glasses, and your outfit is complete.

3. Santa

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It's already chilly out, so you might as well dress like you're in the North Pole. That wooly red coat and big, bushy beard provide perfect insulation. Doing a DIY version? All you need are some red sweatpants, a red bathrobe, a black belt, a fake beard, and a Santa hat.

4. Mario and Luigi

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With a thermal red or green shirt, overalls, white gloves, and a hat, it's no wonder that this costume choice is so popular. Plus, you get to dress up with a friend!

5. Mummy

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What could be warmer than wrapping yourself up in a bunch of fabric? Plus, it's super easy. All you need is a cut-up sheet or some other fabric, and a friend to help you wrap up. What won't be so easy? Needing to use the bathroom. 

6. Pumpkin

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Alright, so maybe this costume is a little more common for babies. But, that's probably because it's super cozy and warm. Layer some warm black clothes underneath this easy pumpkin topper, and you're good to go!

7. Marty McFly

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What's so great about this memorable Back to the Future character? He wears lots of layers. Grab some jeans, a blue button down shirt, a jean jacket, and a red puffer vest. You're sure to be warm and easily recognizable.

8. Olaf

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Perhaps you think this adorable Frozen character costume is just so last year. But, let's face it, this costume will always be popular. There are a number of different ways you can pull this costume off, but for extra warmth wear a white sweater, white leggings, and a white tulle skirt, and use black and orange felt to attach the details. 

9. Carmen Sandiego

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With a red trench coat, a floppy hat, and a yellow scarf, this Carmen Sandiego costume is stylish and sure to keep you warm all evening! Plus, paired with Where's Waldo, it's a perfect couples costume.

10. Three Blind Mice

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If you're searching for a warm group costume, this literal translation of a classic nursery rhyme fits the bill! Use a black or grey sweater and leggings, some mouse ears, a pair of sunglasses, and a cane, and you've pulled off the costume! Top it off with a fun tulle skirt for a little extra flair.

11. Orange Is the New Black

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Whether you're heading out for Halloween dressed up alone or with a group, Orange Is the New Black is a fitting — and easy — option. What do you need? Just some bright orange scrubs, a pair of black converse, and a set of handcuffs. Wear the scrubs over a few warm layers if your Halloween plans involve a lot of outdoor time.

12. Deer

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If you're looking to stay warm, why not dress as something that actually lives outdoors? Use a brown onesie or some other warm clothes, and glue some lighter brown fur onto the belly. Top the look off with some antlers and ears, and some fun makeup!

13. 50 Shades of Grey

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The book series was hot, so it only makes sense that the costume would be warm. What do you need to pull this look off? A grey long sleeve top and pants, and a ton of different grey paint chips. Fasten them to your top, and you're all set! 

14. Unicorn

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Taylor Swift dressed as a unicorn, and you can too! Wear some fuzzy white clothes, and fasten some angel wings and a tail. For the hat? Cover an existing cap with some white fur, and then attach some ears and the horn. 

15. Mickey or Minnie Mouse

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These beloved Disney characters make for a costume that's adorable and warm. Start with some red bottoms, and a long sleeve black top. Add a pair of ears and some white gloves for extra warmth, and you've got a costume that's equal parts iconic and comfortable.

16. Witch

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Witches aren't really known for showing a lot of skin, so you can bet this classic Halloween costume will keep you warm. Wear a long black skirt or dress, and grab a classic witch hat and a cape. Steal the broom from your house, and you're out the door!

17. Cruella De Vil

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What could be warmer than a fuzzy fur coat? Dress up as this Disney villain by wearing a long black dress, red gloves, and a furry white coat. Spray half of your hair white, and the other half black to finish off the look.

18. Garden Gnome

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With the requisite hats, furry beards, and socks needed to pull this look off, this costume is the perfect choice for a chilly Halloween. Make your own hat from felt, buy a beard from any Halloween store, and dress up in your cutest (and warmest) gnome-like dress. You're all set!

19. Rockstar

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Dressing up like a hardcore rocker involves a lot of layers. So, it's sure to keep you warm and comfortable! Grab everything from leather pants or ripped jeans, to tattered t-shirts, jean jackets, and bandanas, and layer it all together for a sassy — and warm — costume.

20. Lumberjack

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Dress up as a lumberjack for a costume that's both easy and warm. Wear some jeans, suspenders, a flannel shirt, and a knit hat. Bring along a plastic axe to finish off the look!

Images: Nathan Rupert/Flickr

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