9 Halloween Costumes That Are Perfect For After-Party Role Playing

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to introduce role playing into your sexual relationship(s). Everyone is already in costume, many of which fall under the “sexy Halloween” umbrella, and wearing a mask seems to almost universally give people permission to act out of character — and into a new one. Whether your fantasy involves a sexy nurse, some serious vampire role playing, or just an opportunity to wear your favorite BDSM gear in public, you may want to consider some role play this Halloween.

Role playing is a great way to change things up with a long-term partner. Makes sense, right? Contrary to popular myth, which would have us all believing that women only ever want to have sex with people they’re in love with, one study found that as many as 60 percent of women are turned on by the idea of sex with a stranger. When you add on the idea that humans may not be made for monogamy, it totally makes sense that role playing is a popular move in the bedroom.

But role playing isn’t just for couples, of course. Kinky people know that “play parties” are not about child’s play, but rather spaces for likeminded people to get their freak on — coupled or single — often while playing different roles. BDSM often involves some kind of role play, even if it’s as simple as one person acting much more dominant than they are in their daily life or the other acting much more submissive.

So if you’re interested in trying out some role playing this Halloween, consider one of these couple costumes options. Oh, and for what it’s worth, none of these have to be for a specific gender: The beauty of role playing is that any gender can play any role. And you could also definitely do any of them even if you're single. All that matters is your fantasy.

1. Teacher/Student

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It’s a little creepy, sure, but there’s a difference between fantasy and real life. If you’re both of age and it turns you on, go for it!

2. 50 Shades Of Grey

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Easy costumes and easy roles to fall into if you’re new to this kind of play. Just remember to actually talk about your limits (and respect those limits) beforehand, unlike in the story.

3. Doctor/Nurse

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McSteamy, anyone? Or sexy nurse? Or just some fun boss/employee dynamics? The possibilities are endless.

4. Oliva Pope/President Fitzgerald

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Because who doesn’t want to get it on the way those two do??

5. Little Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf

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Being “overtaken” by a stranger is an extremely common fantasy for women. And there’s just something so delicious about a big, hairy wolf, don’t you think?

6. Football Player/Cheerleader

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High school fantasy, obviously. For extra fun, make this one a gender bender.

7. Claire And Frank Underwood (Plus Meechum, If You Want)

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This fictional power couple has a healthy sex life, with each other and with others. Put on that Frank voice, head out into the Halloween night, and find yourselves a Meechum!

8. Marc Antony/Cleopatra

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Classic for a reason. Both are commonly understood to have been super hot and super sexy. Plus, how much fun are the costumes?

9. Cat Woman/Bat Man

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Latex, whips, leather, yes please! Another sexy classic.

Now get out there and have a sexy Halloween.

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