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Get in the Spirit! 6 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Seniors

October 22, 2019

Halloween and all the spooks, scares—and OK, the Snickers and Skittles—that come along with it are lurking right around the corner. While you may have hung up your trick-or-treat bag decades ago, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one minute of the frightening fun!

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, it’s not too late to find that perfect costume for the big night. By taking some inspiration from other seniors as a starting point and letting your imagination run wild, you can feel like a kid all over again!

The classics

The National Retail Foundation reports that witches, vampires and pirates continue to be among the top costumes for adults. But to be the hit of your Halloween party, you need to add your own spin. Try boas, tutus or homemade hats to capture your quirky personality.

Superhero

One thing grandparents and their grandkids have in common is their love of superheroes! Many of the most popular caped crusaders of today first made their appearance in the 1940s and 50s, including Wonder Woman who started saving the world in 1942.

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Superstar duets

Sonny and Cher. Johnny and June. Ken and Dolly. If you’re looking for a couple’s costume, look no further than your record collection to spot your doppelgängers. Or, really make a statement at the costume bash by summoning the superstars of today. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, anyone?

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Rosie the Riveter

Since WWII, Rosie has symbolized female empowerment for millions of women in the workplace. You can honor her legacy (and that of her inspiration, Naomi Parker-Fraley who passed away in 2018) by throwing on a denim work shirt, breaking out the bandana and swiping on some black eyeliner.

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Your favorite movie cast

Nothing is sweeter than a Halloween costume theme that includes every member of the family, especially when three generations are swept up in the fun. Dress up as the Cowardly Lion to trick or treat with the little Dorothy in your life. If your grandson in a scout, grab a cardigan and a cane to go as Russell and Carl from Up. Be the Fairy Godmother to your young Cinderellas.

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Lady Olenna Tyrell

Games of Thrones may have ended this year, but its place in pop culture continues to live on in the hearts of fans. One 87-year-old grandmother transformed her wheelchair into the iconic iron throne, thrilling DragonCon attendees and setting the Internet on fire.

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While this costume is among the most popular for wheelchair users, great ideas abound for the young and the young at heart. For the kids, consider Spider-Man or Mario. Seniors will love the Queen of Hearts for a lighter costume, or this spooky Head on a Platter.

We’re looking forward to the tricks and treats of Halloween. With one of these spooktacular costumes, you’ll be ready for an amazing time! We wish you a fun, safe, and faBOOlous holiday! 

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