This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a couple of Halloweens now. Guys, need some help putting together a Halloween costume that will attract the ladies? Wonder no more, dudes, for I’ve got your back.
First rule of the Fight Club: don’t talk about the Fight Club. First rule of Halloween: wear the costume. Tear up your cool card now, friend, and put on the fake fur. Wearing a costume says that you’re joining in the game, that you’re fun, playful, and have a sense of humor. In study after study, women consistently cite those qualities as the top things they look for in a mate.
Suit up. Seriously, a two or three piece suit in a dark color is one of the best costume foundations you can have plus it comes in handy for dates, job interviews, and meeting the parents. For some ideas on how to dress up a suit, check out the following:
Men in Black Halloween costume by Honus (Instructables)
The Men in Black costume above is basically a dark suit (ideally black) with a black tie and dark sunglasses set off by some excellent sidearms. You can purchase a commercial MiB costume through most Halloween costume sites or put your own together. As a compromise, I would recommend sourcing the suit from home or a thrift store and purchasing the props.
If you want to upgrade, get a tux. You can probably rent one of these bad boys if there is wedding or prom shop near you. The black-and-white tuxedo is the basis for a number of cool looks such as the classic Bela Lugosi vampire (just add fangs and a cape) or a Phantom of the Opera costume:
A Phantom costume is nothing more than a tux with a cloak and a half-mask. If you feel the yen to sing “Music of the Night”, go right ahead.
Bad, bad, bad boys (they make us feel so good). Ladies love a dashing outlaw and there are a number of possibilities here:
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
Pirates have both a dressed up and a dressed down version. See my post here for costuming information. Commercial costumes and props are readily available. Again, I would recommend sourcing as much of the clothing from your closet or Goodwill as you can and buying the props.
The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride.
If a pirate costume and a Zorro costume had a love child, it would be the Dread Pirate Roberts. Classic black here, guys–black shirt, black head scarf, black mask, black pants, black sash, you get the idea–topped off with a rapier.
Men in uniform. It’s true, women love a man in uniform and this is a category open to a wide range of interpretations from the quick and easy to the very complex. A Viking warrior or a Roman centurion are easy to do and costumes and props are readily available. A historically accurate costume is much more difficult, but can be very striking.
Jason Isaacs as evil Colonel Tavington in The Patriot. Possibly the only film about the Revolutionary War in which the audience was rooting for the British.
Last, but not least, go for an iconic character like the American cowboy. A cowboy costume can be very simple or complex, sourced from your closet or purchased at a store, historically accurate or totally Hollywood. It doesn’t take much to make them look distinctive and the costume works well for all age groups.
Gary Cooper in High Noon. Add a string tie and a tin star to your costume and you’re the sheriff.
John Wayne in True Grit. Add an eye patch and you’re Rooster Cogburn. Just a kerchief and you’re a regular working cowboy.