Anime Halloween costumes


Spooktober is round the corner and it’s time to start sourcing for your Halloween costumes, makeup, and props. Japanese anime and manga are a great source of inspiration for Halloween costumes because of the sheer number of characters and costumes.

We know there’s a lot to sift through so we’ve compiled a list of 20 Halloween costumes inspired by Japanese anime and manga for you and your friends to choose from.


1. Spirited Away – Kaonashi (No-Face)


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Kaonashi (No-Face) from Spirited Away is quite an easy look to achieve as it doesn’t require complicated face painting or an intricate costume. If your kid is obedient enough to allow you to paint their face, you can twin with them during Halloween and be an adorable No-Face family.

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Hair:

Put your hair back using a hairband or hair net. You don’t have to do anything else to your hair because it should be neatly hidden under your costume.

Makeup:

【本気】カオナシメイクでプリクラ撮った結果・・・
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【本気】カオナシメイクでプリクラ撮った結果・・・

 

You will need face paint in white, purple, black and grey, all of which are available on eBay. Alternatively, you can use pigmented high-quality eyeshadow applied with a wet brush. If you’re using eyeshadow, be careful as there might be fallout and you might have to touch up on the white base again after you’re done.

  1. Use the white face paint and a small brush to map out the areas that will be coloured purple.
  2. Then, cover your face with white face paint, avoiding those areas that have been marked.
  3. Fill in the marked up areas with the purple face paint or eyeshadow.
  4. Use black face paint or eyeshadow to colour in the eyes and mouth.
  5. Use grey face paint to create some shadows around the eyebags and mouth.

anime halloween costume - no face
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Costume

The costume is very simple as well. You can purchase the costume on eBay or from the Ghibli store. These costumes come with a Kaonashi mask, so you can choose to skip the makeup and put on the mask instead.

Alternatively, you can dress in a full-black outfit with black gloves and a black cloth covering your hair and neck if you don’t want to buy a costume. 


2. Attack on Titan – Female Titan


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The Female Titan is a formidable character because of her unique anatomy which gives her speed, endurance, and control.

Hair:

The Female Titan’s human form is Annie Leonhart, who has short blond hair. When she transforms into the Female Titan, her hair doesn’t change so you’ll need a blond bob wig.

Put all your hair into a hairnet to keep it in place. Put on the wig and ensure that it covers all your hair. Make sure that a section of the fringe slightly covers one of your eyes. 

Makeup:

女型巨人メイク方法(化粧)【進撃の巨人】 Female Titan Makeup Tutorial【Attack on Titan】
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女型巨人メイク方法(化粧)【進撃の巨人】 Female Titan Makeup Tutorial【Attack on Titan】

 

As the Female Titan body consists of exposed muscle tissue, you will have to use face paint to recreate the details.

  1. Outline the eyes, mouth, and muscle linings using a brush and white face paint. Put on a pair of blue contact lenses.
  2. Apply a layer of foundation to your face, avoiding the parts that you’ve outlined above. Set it with translucent powder.
  3. Use a brown contour shade to create definition around the chin and cheekbones.
  4. With red face paint, fill in the eyes. Alternatively, use a wet brush and pigmented red eyeshadow.
  5. Add the details under the eyebags using a thin brush and black and white face paint.
  6. Contour around your nose and lips, then blend it out. Apply light pink or nude lipstick.
  7. Fill in the muscle linings using red face paint and make them more defined with black and brown shadows.
  8. For the finishing touch, add a few streaks of brown eyeshadow around the cheeks, forehead, and chin.

anime halloween costume - female titan
Image credit: Attack on Titan

Costume:

To look like the Female Titan, you’ll have to put on a skin-tight suit with an exposed muscle tissue design so that you look like you’re skinless. You can purchase the suit from AliExpress or eBay


3. Attack on Titan – Ymir’s Titan


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Ymir’s Titan form, the Jaw Titan, is smaller than most Titans and bears little similarity to Ymir’s human form. Her Titan body is not well-proportioned because her head is too big for her body. Besides messy hair, the key to this look is an extra-wide mouth that contains sharp fangs.

anime halloween costume - ymir titan
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Hair:

Ymir’s Titan form has mid-length dark brown hair. Add curls and muss up your hair to get volume and texture. But if your hair isn’t of the right shade or length, you can get wigs here and here.

Makeup:

☆ Ymir Titan Cosplay Makeup Tutorial Attack on Titan 進撃の巨人 コスプレメイク ☆
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☆ Ymir Titan Cosplay Makeup Tutorial Attack on Titan 進撃の巨人 コスプレメイク ☆

 

Ymir’s Titan has extra prominent brow bones and cheekbones that protrude out of her face. This will require extra face and body wax to accomplish. You will also need face paint on hand to draw in the mouth and fangs.

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face, including your lips. Make sure the foundation can cover the colour of your lips.
  2. Put on some black sclera lenses.
  3. Outline Ymir Titan’s mouth using black face paint. Then, draw in the fangs using white face paint. Finish up the mouth and lips using black and red face paint.
  4. Because Ymir’s Titan has very defined features, including her nose and cheekbones, you should go in with a dark brown contour shade to draw and carve out the defined features.
  5. Put on 2 layers of double-eyelid tape to make your eyes look extremely deep-set and enhance the protruding brow bone.
  6. Apply some face glue on your eyebrows and stick on face wax in the shape of your eyebrows. Make sure they stick well, then blend it in with the rest of your face with a layer of foundation.
  7. Contour and define the protruding brow bone even more. Fill up the eyelid area with black face paint and draw streaks from the bottom of the eyes down to the cheeks.

Costume:

Ymir’s Titan doesn’t wear any clothes so you should dress in a flesh-tone bodysuit. You can get it from eBay or AliExpress.


4. Tokyo Ghoul – Ken Kaneki


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Ken Kaneki is a half-ghoul who wears a mask and an eye patch to hide his ghoul identity. 

There are 2 ways to accomplish this look – you can either put on a mask and eye patch or use face paint to paint the mask onto your face. If you don’t want to use too much paint on your face, opt for the mask and eye patch option. With the pandemic still going strong, you should be wearing a mask anyway.

Do note that using face paint will require more preparation so only go for that option if you have sufficient time to prepare before your Halloween party.

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Hair:

Ken Kaneki has short silver-white hair. You can easily purchase a similar wig on eBay and Amazon. You might need to do some trimming so that the hair is of the right length and style for your face. The length of the fringe should fall just above your eyes.

Makeup:

If you’re putting on the mask and eye patch, you only need to do makeup for your left brow and eye.

  1. Put on a red contact lens on your left eye.
  2. Draw a thick and black eyebrow. Darken and define the crease of the left eye. Put on the mask and eye patch and you’re done.
Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Makeup Tutorial & Collab feat. Michelle Phan & JkissaMakeup
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Tokyo Ghoul Kaneki Makeup Tutorial & Collab feat. Michelle Phan & JkissaMakeup

 

Alternatively, follow these steps if you’re painting the mask and eye patch onto your face.

  1. Sketch out the outline of the mask and eye patch. Refer to a photo of Ken Kaneki and follow accordingly. 
  2. Then, fill in the mask and eye patch with black face paint. 
  3. Draw in the mouth and teeth. Make sure that the teeth are all approximately of the same size and shape.
  4. Fill in the lips with red face paint. Use white or silver face paint to highlight the high points of the face, such as the nose, cheekbones, and chin, to make the face look more 3D.
  5. Finish up by darkening the left eye and give it an extra smokey cat-eye.

Costume:

Ken Kaneki wears a form-fitting inner bodysuit under a black shirt and knee-length black shorts. You can use similar pieces from your wardrobe if you have them, or purchase a ready-made costume on Amazon or AliExpress


5. Tokyo Ghoul – Juuzou Suzuya


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Juuzou Suzuya from Tokyo Ghoul has a distinctive look with his white hair adorned with red hairpins, dark red eyes, and stitches on his neck and arms.

In addition to the hair, makeup and costume, you can also make or buy props like a scythe or a sword, which are often carried by Suzuya.

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anime halloween costume - juuzou suzuya
Image credit: @stalessia_

Hair:

Suzuya has short white hair and wears red hairpins, which form the Roman numeral XIII, to keep his bangs secured. Put your hair back using a hairnet and don a white feathered bob wig. You can find wigs that are sold together with the hairpins on eBay and AliExpress.

Makeup:

Tokyo Ghoul Collab- Juuzou Makeup Tutorial
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Tokyo Ghoul Collab- Juuzou Makeup Tutorial

 

Dressing up as Suzuya doesn’t require a massive makeover with face paint and wax. It can be accomplished with just regular makeup.

  1. Put on a pair of red contact lenses.
  2. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face, making sure to cover your eyebrows as well. 
  3. Prime your eyes with a nude eyeshadow. Define the eyes using a cool-tone brown shade across the whole crease. Create a smokey eye with a maroon shade.
  4. Using eyeliner, draw a thin line on both the top lid and the outer half of the bottom lid.
  5. Add some white eyeshadow to the inner corners and inner half of the bottom lid.
  6. Use red eyeshadow on the outer half of the bottom lash line for a pop of red.
  7. Use a white eyeliner to line the bottom lash line to make the eyes appear larger.
  8. Add 2 small stitches under the eyes using a small brush and some red face paint or lipstick.
  9. Contour the face with a maroon blush. Apply a red blush across the apples of your cheeks. Highlight your nose and cheekbones to make your features more defined.
  10. Put on nude lipstick and add small stitches below the bottom lip. Add more stitches along the neck and on the arms as well.

Costume:

Suzuya wears a white or light pink button-down shirt with blue or red suspenders and black knee-length shorts with a yellow pattern on the hem. You could probably dress up as Suzuya with things that you already have in your wardrobe. Alternatively, the whole costume is available on eBay as well.


6. My Hero Academia – Izuku Midoriya (Deku)


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anime halloween costume - deku
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Izuku Midoriya, also known as Deku, is the main protagonist of My Hero Academia. The highlights of his look are his green hair, green suit, and freckles. 

Hair:

You can get a green wig similar to Deku’s hair on Amazon, Wish, and eBay. Style the wig into the desired shape and style first before putting it on. Secure your hair in a hair net before putting on the wig.

Makeup:

DEKU/IZUKU MIDORIA Makeup Tutorial | My Hero Academia / Boku No Hero Academia
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DEKU/IZUKU MIDORIA Makeup Tutorial | My Hero Academia / Boku No Hero Academia

 

  1. Put on a pair of green contact lenses.
  2. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face.
  3. Use a brown shade to deepen the crease and create the illusion of big round eyes, like that of Deku
  4. Use dark green eyeshadow with a wet brush and fill in your eyebrows. Follow your natural brow shape but make them thick and slightly arched.
  5. If needed, contour your face to make it appear rounder as Deku has a slightly chubby face.
  6. Put on a light blush. Try applying it horizontally across your cheeks to further create the illusion of a rounder face.
  7. Use a dark brown pencil eyeliner and lightly dab onto your cheeks to create freckles. Deku has 4 freckles on each cheek but you can add more freckles if you prefer a more natural look.
  8. Apply a layer of foundation over your lips to tone down the redness. Set your makeup with setting powder and you’re done.

anime halloween costume - deku
Image credit: @kiomeme_

Costume:

Deku wears either the standard U.A. uniform or his green hero costume. The U.A. uniform consists of a grey coat with green trimmings, white shirt, red tie, and dark green or black dress pants. Amazon and Wish stock the whole outfit excluding the shirt, but you can use similar pieces in your wardrobe to complete the look.

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For the hero costume, you can get the whole set on eBay or Wish. Pair them with red high-cut sneakers. Put on a grey or green mask to protect you while partying during Halloween and it’ll fit right into Deku’s look as he wears a grey mask along with his costume.


7. My Hero Academia – Himiko Toga


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Hair:

Himiko puts her blond hair up in 2 messy buns. She has bangs and longer pieces on each side to frame her face. Style your blonde hair according to her hairstyle or get a wig on Amazon.

Makeup:

☆ Himiko Toga Cosplay Makeup Tutorial My Hero Academia 僕のヒーローアカデミア   コスプレメイク ☆
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☆ Himiko Toga Cosplay Makeup Tutorial My Hero Academia 僕のヒーローアカデミア コスプレメイク ☆

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face.
  2. Put on a pair of yellow contact lenses.
  3. If you have naturally thick brows, cover them up with a concealer and set it with powder. Using a light brown eyebrow pencil, draw brows that are straight, thin, short and arched.
  4. Use an eye primer all over your lids. Draw a thin winged eyeliner.
  5. Apply a mauve brown eyeshadow in your crease, as well as along the bottom lid. Blend it out.
  6. Put on doll-like false eyelashes to make your eyes appear bigger.
  7. Touch up your base, especially underneath the eyes, in case there’s any fallout from the eye makeup. Set with translucent powder. Remember to cover up your lips with a layer of foundation as well.
  8. Add coral-orange eyeshadow under your eyes and blend it into the brown eyeshadow.
  9. Put on nude lipstick only in the inner ring of your lips and blend it out.
  10. Gently dust on light pink blush on your cheeks, nearer to your cheekbones.
  11. Highlight the high points of your face like the nose, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow.
  12. Put on 2 fake fangs using denture adhesive. Alternatively, file down 2 fake nails to your desired shape and attach them to your teeth with denture adhesive.

anime halloween costume - himiko toga
Image credit: @monkey_d_lussy

Costume:

Himiko wears a navy seifuku (sailor uniform) and an oversized beige cardigan. You can recreate the look with similar items in your wardrobe or get the entire costume on eBay and Amazon. Wish even stocks the whole set including the wig, socks, and shoes.


8. My Hero Academia – Mina Ashido


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Hair:

Mina has short pink hair with 2 yellow horns protruding from her head. You can find a Mina wig which includes clip-on horns on Wish or Amazon

Makeup:

☆ Mina Cosplay Makeup Tutorial My Hero Academia ☆
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☆ Mina Cosplay Makeup Tutorial My Hero Academia ☆

 

Mina has pale pink skin so you will need to use pink face paint to cover your entire face and neck.

  1. Put on a pair of yellow and black sclera lenses.
  2. Use pink face paint to cover your entire face, ears, and neck.
  3. Draw on thin eyebrows using black eyeshadow or a black eyebrow pencil.
  4. Draw a short winged eyeliner and brush on some mascara.
  5. Apply pink eyeshadow all over the lid, focusing on the crease to deepen it. Then, apply a silver shimmer shade on the lids, nearer to the waterline. 
  6. Use dark brown eyeshadow to line the outer half of the bottom waterline. Blend around the eye bags with a pink shade. 
  7. Put on false eyelashes on both the top and bottom lids for doll-like and dramatic eyes.
  8. Lightly dab a terracotta red matte lipstick onto the lips. Lighten the lower lip and the sides of the lips with a concealer and a sponge.
  9. Highlight the nose with a highlighter and the look is complete.

anime halloween costume - mina
Image credit: @cosplayurway

Costume:

Mina wears either the standard U.A. uniform or her hero costume. The uniform consists of a grey coat with green trimmings, white shirt, red tie, and dark green or black short skirt. Wish stocks the whole set sans white shirt but the look can be accomplished with items you already have in your wardrobe. Put on a pair of knee-high socks and brown shoes to complete the look.

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Mina’s hero costume is a turquoise and purple camo skin-tight bodysuit with a fur-trimmed cropped vest ending above her waist, and knee-high boots. You can buy the costume on Amazon and eBay.


9. Bleach – Ichigo Kurosaki (Hollow form)


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Ichigo Kurosaki is a human who has Shinigami (grim reaper) powers and a Hollow inside his soul.

Hair:

Ichigo has spiky orange hair and you can find similar wigs on Wish and Amazon. Style the wig using hair gel to secure the spikes before putting it on.

anime halloween costume - ichigo hollow
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Makeup:

Ichigo Hollow Inspired Mask | BLEACH | Cosplay Makeup Tutorial
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Ichigo Hollow Inspired Mask | BLEACH | Cosplay Makeup Tutorial

 

Refer to a picture of Ichigo’s mask while recreating the look.

  1. Put on a pair of yellow or red contact lenses.
  2. Using a white liner pencil, sketch out the mask on the left side of your face. Remember to leave spaces for the areas that you want to colour black. Fill in the rest of the space with white and set it with powder. Use a q-tip to clean up areas that should be black.
  3. With black eyeshadow and a wet brush, or black face paint, fill in the areas that should be black. 
  4. Using black eyeshadow, line the top and bottom waterline of your left eye. Wing out the cat-eye to your temples, creating an extra-long winged eyeliner. Drag out the inner corner downwards along the nose. Apply bright red eyeshadow using a wet brush all over the lid.
  5. Darken the eyeliner and black areas with a gel liner if required.
  6. Using black eyeshadow and an extra-thin brush, draw the teeth starting from the centre of the lips. Smoke out the lines to create shadows. Repeat until it looks as 3D as possible.
  7. Cover the remaining areas of your face with foundation.
  8. Contour your face and highlight your cheekbones.
  9. Using a dark brown shade, add more shadows around the white outline of the mask. You can also add hairline cracks along the outline.
  10. Prime your right eye with an eye primer and set it with translucent powder. Using the same red eyeshadow as the left eye, cover the whole lid. Outline the red lid with black eyeshadow and use the black eyeshadow to create a similar cat-eye shape as your left eye. Smudge the cat-eye out until it reaches your temples.
  11. Draw a few streaks from the eyes down to the cheeks using black eyeshadow and smudge it out.

anime halloween costume - bleach ichigo
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Costume:

Ichigo dresses in the standard Shinigami attire which consists of a black kimono-style robe, a white undershirt layer, a long black skirt with pleats, white tabi socks, and straw sandals. Sometimes he wears a strap across the waist as well.

You can purchase the whole costume, including the wig, clothing, socks, sandals, and mask,  on Wish or purchase only the clothing items on Amazon.


10. Inuyasha – Inuyasha


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Hair:

Inuyasha has long, straight white hair and furry ears. You can get a wig with clip-on ears from eBay or purchase only the clip-on ears from Amazon

Makeup:

이누야샤 코스프레 메이크업 INUYASHA(犬夜叉) cosplay tutorial │ VREE
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이누야샤 코스프레 메이크업 INUYASHA(犬夜叉) cosplay tutorial │ VREE

 

  1. Put on a layer of foundation and set it with translucent powder. 
  2. Draw dark and arched eyebrows.
  3. Contour your face to make it look sharp and defined.
  4. Darken your eye crease with light brown eyeshadow and draw a thin winged eyeliner.
  5. Put on a pair of light brown contact lenses and fake fangs for a more accurate look.
  6. You can also draw a crescent on your forehead using maroon eyeshadow. 

anime halloween costume - inuyasha
Image credit: @chopper_cos

Costume:

Inuyasha wears the Robe of the Fire-Rat – a bright red robe with a tight waistline. You can find the outfit on Amazon. A whole set, including the clothing, wig, ear clips, and the necklace, is available on Wish. For an even more exaggerated look, apply long fake fingernails.


11. One Piece – Monkey D. Luffy


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Luffy is the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates and the main protagonist of One Piece. Thanks to his childish appearance and disposition, he is often underestimated by his opponents and this has proved to be advantageous for him.

Hair:

Luffy has short black hair and wears his signature straw hat with a red sash. You can buy a similar black wig on Amazon and trim and style it. The hat is also available on Amazon and eBay.

Makeup:

Cosplay makeup: Luffy (One Piece)
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Cosplay makeup: Luffy (One Piece)

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face. Make sure to cover up your eyebrows as well. Set with translucent powder.
  2. Using black eyeshadow and a wet brush, draw thin and straight eyebrows.
  3. Darken the crease and outer third of your eyelids with light brown eyeshadow. Draw a thin line close to the waterline.
  4. Using dark brown eyeshadow, line the bottom lid and smudge it out.
  5. Luffy has a scar with 2 stitches under his left eye. Recreate this using eyeliner.

anime halloween costume - luffy
Image credit: @akira_ikebukuro

Costume:

Luffy wears a sleeveless red top, blue shorts, and sandals. He also has a yellow sash around his waist. These are items you might already have in your wardrobe so you can work with what you have. Alternatively, the whole sethat, wig, clothing, and sandalsis available on Wish. If you don’t need a wig, you can get this set on Amazon.


12. One Piece – Tony Tony Chopper


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Tony Tony Chopper is the youngest member of the Straw Hat Pirates. He is an adorable toddler-sized character.

Hair:

Chopper’s hair is hidden under his big fuzzy top hat. Tie your hair into a firm bun or secure it in a hair net before tucking it under the hat. The hat can be purchased on Amazon or Wish.

Makeup:

Halloween Makeup☆One Piece Tony Tony Chopper Makeup☆トニートニー・チョッパーになってみた
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Halloween Makeup☆One Piece Tony Tony Chopper Makeup☆トニートニー・チョッパーになってみた

 

  1. Using a thin eyebrow pencil, outline the shape of Chopper’s nose and big round eyes.
  2. Fill in the eyes with black face paint and set it with black eyeshadow powder. Then, create a white border around the black eyes.
  3. Use blue face paint and blue eyeshadow to fill in your nose.
  4. Apply some concealer on the upper lip, then draw the mouth using a thin eyebrow pencil.
  5. Go over the outline of the eyes with an eyeliner.
  6. Extend 2 brown lines from the nose to make the nose look more 3D.
  7. Apply bright pink blusher on the apples of the cheeks. 
  8. Apply lip gloss to the bottom lip and the adorable look is complete.

anime halloween costume - tony tony chopper
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Costume:

Chopper is commonly seen wearing a pair of maroon or orange shorts. You might already have something similar in your wardrobe. Alternatively, you can purchase one on Amazon. Pair it with a beige or a yellow striped top. To look even more like Chopper, carry a blue backpack as your prop.


13. Sailor Moon – Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon


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Hair:

Sailor Moon has iconic long blonde hair that she wears in 2 odango buns. You can find the wig on Amazon and Wish.

Makeup:

SAILOR MOON TRANSFORMATION | Makeup Tutorial
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SAILOR MOON TRANSFORMATION | Makeup Tutorial

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face.
  2. Put on a pair of blue contact lenses.
  3. Contour your face and nose to make it look sharper and more defined.
  4. Apply a coral-pink blusher. You can be slightly heavy-handed because you want it to look obvious.
  5. Create a peachy-coral eye look and draw a winged eyeliner as well. Apply mascara and put on a pair of false eyelashes.
  6. Fill in your eyebrows.
  7. Highlight the nose and cheekbones.
  8. Apply a dark red lip tint and top it off with a gloss.

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Image credit: @andaira29

Costume:

Sailor Moon wears a white top with a blue striped collar, white gloves, a blue pleated short skirt, and a red bow on the chest and back. She also wears red knee-high boots. You can shop the whole outfit on Amazon, Wish and eBay.


14. Pokemon – Ash Ketchum


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Hair:

Ash has slightly long black hair that can be seen even with his cap on. You can find a similar wig on Amazon or style your hair with some hair gel to make it look like his.

Makeup:

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face. Set with setting powder.
  2. Using light brown eyeshadow, darken the crease to make your eyes appear larger.
  3. Fill in your brows.
  4. Tightline your upper lid waterline with brown eyeliner. Then, tightline the bottom waterline with white eyeliner to make your eyes appear bigger and rounder.
  5. Apply a thin layer of mascara.
  6. Use a thin eyeliner to draw on Ash’s distinctive lightning bolts under each eye.
  7. Go in with a nude lipstick.

anime halloween costume - ash ketchum
Image credit: @tipsy_pig

Costume:

Ash wears a red and white cap in all his outfits. The most common outfit is a blue shirt with a white collar and white sleeves, a black undershirt, blue jeans, red sneakers and green fingerless gloves. You can get the blue shirt with a white collar and white sleeves together with the cap and gloves on Amazon and eBay.


15. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. – Saiki Kusuo


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Hair:

Kusuo has pink hair and 2 antennas on both sides of his head that limit his power. You can get a pink wig with the 2 clip-on antennas from Amazon and eBay. Trim and style the wig to create a short, choppy, and shaggy look before putting it on.

DISASTROUS SAIKI K Wig Tutorial | Epic Cosplay Wigs
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DISASTROUS SAIKI K Wig Tutorial | Epic Cosplay Wigs


Makeup:

Completing a Saiki K. look doesn’t require much makeup at all.

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face. 
  2. Fill in your brows with pink or red eyeshadow and a wet brush.
  3. Draw a thin line close to the waterline.
  4. Put on a pair of violet contact lenses.

anime halloween costume - saiki k
Image credit: Columbia Pictures

Costume:

Kusuo wears the standard PK Academy uniform most of the time. It is a green long-sleeved top with black stripes on the hems and matching green pants. The outfit is available on Amazon and Wish. A must-have in his outfit is his green-tinted glasses, which are also available on Amazon.


16. Demon Slayer – Tanjiro Kamado


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Hair:

Tanjiro has black hair with burgundy tips, combed back to expose his forehead and scar. You can get a similar burgundy wig from Amazon or eBay. Style it with some gel and comb it back to expose your forehead.

Makeup:

【鬼滅の刃コスメイク】竈門炭治郎 COSPLAY MAKEUP VIDEO【KIMETSUNOYAIBA】with special guest 桃桃
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【鬼滅の刃コスメイク】竈門炭治郎 COSPLAY MAKEUP VIDEO【KIMETSUNOYAIBA】with special guest 桃桃

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over the face.
  2. Put on a pair of dark brown contact lenses.
  3. Contour your nose bridge and inner corners of your eye sockets with a sheer eggplant eyeshadow. This will make your eyes look more deep-set and your nose look sharper. Use the same shade to draw eye bags.
  4. Fill in your brows.
  5. Using dark brown eyeshadow, apply it all over the lid.
  6. Extend the inner corners of the eyes using eyeliner. Draw a thin winged eyeliner as well.
  7. Apply a sheer caramel-pink lipstick.
  8. Using an eyebrow pencil, outline the scar on the left side of the forehead. Use a photo for reference.
  9. Fill in the scar with a burgundy eyeshadow, going over multiple times until the colour is opaque.

anime halloween costume - tanjiro
Image credit: @kawaiikayy_

Costume:

Tanjiro wears a checkered black-and-sea-foam-green haori (traditional thigh-length top) over a white robe and black baggy pants. He wears a distinctive pair of hanafuda (flower cards) earrings with the image of a white and red flower. You can get the checkered haori from eBay and the earrings from Amazon and Wish.

If you prefer to get the full set which includes the haori, innerwear, belt, socks, and earrings, it is available on eBay, Wish, and Amazon. To complete the look, you can purchase a sword on Amazon as well.


17. Haikyuu!! – Hinata Shōyō


anime halloween costume - hinata shoyo
Image credit: @_.nelphise._

Japan’s popular volleyball boys from Karasuno High are back with their long-awaited continuation from the previous season. What better way to celebrate the release than by dressing up as your favourite character from the show?

Hair:

Hinata has bright orange hair and you can get a similar wig on Amazon and eBay. Style it so that it is unruly and spiky before putting it on.

Makeup:

【HAIKYUU!!】 HINATA SHOUYOU MAKEUP COSPLAY
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【HAIKYUU!!】 HINATA SHOUYOU MAKEUP COSPLAY

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face.
  2. Put on a pair of dark brown contact lenses.
  3. Contour your face and nose slightly. Set with translucent powder.
  4. Use light brown eyeshadow to darken the crease. Draw a winged eyeliner that makes your eyes appear larger. Line the outer half of the bottom lid and smudge it out towards the inner corners.
  5. Fill in your brows. 

anime halloween costume - hinata shoyo
Image credit: @kuurissu

Costume:

The immediately recognizable Haikyuu!! volleyball uniform consists of a black jersey with matching shorts and white and orange stripes on the side. You can get this volleyball uniform from Amazon and Wish


18. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma – Sōma Yukihira


anime halloween costume - soma
Image credit: @kami.samas

Hair:

Sōma has chilli red spiky hair and wears a headband around his forehead. You can find a similar red wig on Amazon and Wish.

Makeup:

Shokugeki no Souma: Make Up Tutorial
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Shokugeki no Souma: Make Up Tutorial

 

  1. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face.
  2. Using red or pink eyeshadow, create a light shadow around the eyebags.
  3. Use a light brown shade all over the lids, focusing on the crease.
  4. Draw on a thick eyeliner and extend the inner corners.
  5. Fill in the right eyebrow as per normal but draw a scar on the left eyebrow using concealer. 
  6. Contour the face and nose.
  7. Put on nude or light pink lipstick.

anime halloween costume - soma
Image credit: @shinryuucos

Costume:

Sōma is often seen in the Restaurant Yukihira cooking uniforma black shirt with the restaurant’s logo on the back and a white apron over his pants. You can buy the shirt individually on Amazon and pair it with your own pants and white apron. Alternatively, the whole set – which includes the shirt, apron and headband – is available on Wish.


19. Naruto – Kakashi Hatake


anime halloween costume - kakashi
Image credit: @alkamicosplay

Hair:

Kakashi has spiky silver hair – you can find wigs styled like his hair on Amazon. After his left eye was injured and replaced with a Sharingan (Copy Wheel Eye), he uses his forehead protector to cover it and protect it when it is not in use. You’ll find wigs bundled with the forehead protector on Amazon as well.

anime halloween costume - kakashi
Image credit: @nrdy_nintndo

Makeup:

[Naruto] Hatake Kakashi Makeup Tutorial
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[Naruto] Hatake Kakashi Makeup Tutorial


Kakashi wears a mask that covers the bottom half of his face so you don’t have to put foundation on your entire face. Slip on your mask onto your neck first
before starting on your makeup. Carefully pull it up to cover the bottom half of your face after completing your makeup.

  1. Put on a red contact lens in your left eye.
  2. Using brown eyeshadow, darken the crease to give your eyes more depth.
  3. Using a glue stick and a spatula, apply some glue across your left eye and eyebrow to create the texture of Kakashi’s scar. Dab setting powder on the glue to dry it. The glue has to be completely dry before moving on to the next step.
  4. Pat on brown eyeshadow to make the scar look more realistic.
  5. Line both eyes using a brown pencil liner.
  6. Use a white eye pencil to fill in your brows.
  7. Contour your nose to give your face more definition as half your face will be covered by the mask.
  8. Put on the mask to cover the bottom half of your face and you’re done.

Costume:

Kakashi wears Konoha’s standard infantry clothing, which includes a jacket, dark blue pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. He also wears fingerless gloves. You can purchase the jacket on Amazon and Wish. The full outfit, which includes the shirt, jacket, and pants, is also available on both Amazon and Wish.


20. Kiki’s Delivery Service – Kiki the Witch


anime halloween costume - kiki
Image credit: @tanzoirl

Hair:

Kiki has short black hair tied back with a red bow. Use a curling iron to create slight C-shaped curls at the ends of your bob and use your own red bow or a red headband. You can get a short black wig on Amazon if your actual hairstyle and length is different from Kiki’s

Makeup:

KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE | Studio Ghibli Tutorial | Epic Cosplay Wigs Collab
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KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE | Studio Ghibli Tutorial | Epic Cosplay Wigs Collab

 

  1. Apply a thin layer of foundation all over your face. 
  2. Using light brown eyeshadow, add more definition to your eyes in the crease. Use the same shade to line your eyes and smudge it.
  3. Fill in your brows and make them straight.
  4. Apply blusher in the centre of your cheeks. Make it look obvious and anime-like.

anime halloween costume - kiki
Image credit: @ladyblackwingscosplay

Costume:

Kiki wears a medium-sleeved black dress and red flats. The black dress is available on Amazon and eBay. Bring along a broom as your prop and your Kiki look is complete.


Halloween outfits inspiration


These Halloween outfits are just the tip of the iceberg. If you watch a particular anime and take a liking to any character, do a search for said character on YouTube and you just might find a tutorial on how to dress up as them. Even though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that we have to take extra precautions to stay safe, it doesn’t mean that we can’t dress up for Halloween.

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Cover image adapted from (left to right): @kimetsunoyaiba.os, @holaotaku_, and @_.nelphise._