There are plenty of films and TV shows on Netflix that will make your skin crawl, with some very distinctive characters that would make perfect Halloween costume choices. From Vecna and Eleven from Stranger Things to the simple but deadly nurse Mildred Ratched from the TV series Ratched, developed by Ryan Murphy, there are so many antagonists and protagonists to draw inspiration from.
Finding the right costume can be a challenge, but a challenge most people enjoy, but you can even make the costumes yourself with some of these ideas. For the artists out there, there are some challenging ideas that will get your creative juices flowing if that’s what you prefer.
We have compiled a list of Halloween costume ideas based on Netflix horror movies and TV shows. It’s up to you which of these scary or striking characters you want to dress up as.
Halloween Costume Ideas Based on 12 Netflix Horror Movies and TV Shows
Each of these movies and TV shows can feature a variety of different characters, some of which would be easy to create or buy and others would take some time to design.
In this black teen horror comedy, a 12-year-old boy discovers that the babysitter he’s in love with is the leader of a satanic teenage cult. He must escape before they sacrifice him.
Cult group Bee (Samara Weaving), Sonya (Hannah Mae Lee), Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne) and John (Andrew Bachelor) have their own distinctive outfits that would make great Halloween costumes.
Two mysterious women are picked up by a college student who works part-time as a chauffeur for a night of partying in Los Angeles. But soon he discovers her bloodthirsty intentions and her dangerous mysterious world and must fight to stay alive.
Judging by the name, it’s pretty clear what this movie is about – vampires. So why not dress up as Blaire (Debby Ryan) and Zoe (Lucy Fry) for Halloween, or even dress up as chauffeur Benny (Jorge Lendeborg Jr).
Fear Street Part One: 1994
In this supernatural slasher film, a teenager and her friends must confront an evil force that has cursed their city for centuries after a series of brutal murders.
At the beginning of the film, we see a masked person kill bookstore clerk Heather (Maya Hawke), known as Skull Mask. No further explanation is needed. The skull mask is an easy costume to put together and looks terrifying at the same time.
This sci-fi horror TV series has all the characters to emulate this Halloween. In the first season we have Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in her pale pink dress, her blue coat, a buzz cut and a box of Eggos on our hands. Simple, economical, perfect for a child to dress up for Halloween. We also have Jim Hopper (David Harbour) in his police chief’s uniform.
In Stranger Things 2 we have ‘Mad Max’ (Sadie Sink) on her skateboard, four best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gate Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Will (Noah Schnapp) in their Ghostbusters Halloween costumes (that would be great for a group of four) and Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) in his 80’s style hair.
For Stranger Things 3, Eleven and Max go shopping and dress up in all kinds of 80s looks that would go great with a Halloween costume. You can also dress up as Robyn Buckley and Steve Harrington in their sailor uniforms.
In the fourth season there are many characters that you can dress up as. If you’re ambitious, why not dress up as Vecna? You can also dress up as Max, listen to Kate Bush’s hit Running Up That Hill through her headphones, get an 80’s style wig, create your own Hell Fire t-shirt and dress up as newcomer Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn). or come as Jonathan Byers’ friend Argyle (Eduardo Franco).
So many possibilities with Stranger Things.
A chain of unfortunate events
This TV series remake of Lemony Snicket’s children’s book of the same name is inspired by the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey.
There are many characters to choose from for your Halloween look including Count Olaf himself (portrayed by Patrick Neil Harris), Esme Squalor (Lucy Punch) and the White-Faced Women (Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins).
The Curse of Bridge Hollow
In this horror comedy, a man and his daughter come together to save their town after an ancient and annoying ghost brings their Halloween decorations to life.
There are many clowns and witches starring in this movie which will give you lots of ideas for fun Halloween costumes.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
With her 16th birthday approaching, Sabrina must choose between her family’s witch world and her friends’ human world in this supernatural horror TV show based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. This comic series is a darker take on the characters and setting of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka), Hilda (Lucy Davis), and Zelda (Miranda Otto) are all characters with eccentric personalities and outfits perfect for Halloween.
Both sister Mildred Ratched and her brother Edmund Tolleson are great characters to dress up for Halloween.
Ideas from this fantasy drama TV series are Lord Morpheus/Dream (Tom Sturridge), the embodiment of dreams and nightmares and the “ruler of the dreamers”, and Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie), the ruler of Hell.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022 film)
The ninth installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, this slasher film follows a group of influencers as they attempt to bring a Texas ghost town back to life, but encounter the legendary killer Leatherface, who wears a human-skin mask.
I think you know what I’m getting at with this. Leatherface has been the Halloween costume of choice since his first film in 1974.
The synopsis for this fantasy horror TV series, according to Netflix, reads: “After three years in a coma, Vanessa awakens in a world ravaged by vampires. Now she and a ragtag band of other survivors are fighting to stay alive.”
One of the characters, Samuel ‘Sam’ (Christopher Heyerdahl) is a vampire and a great choice for your Halloween costume. Although it may take some time to assemble it.
No, I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about the psychological thriller TV show.
The synopsis is described by Netflix as: “A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man takes extreme measures to fit into the lives of those he is fascinated by.”
In the second season, Joe Goldberg is introduced to aspiring chef and health guru Love. The two are a married couple in Season 3 and have some awesome outfits to copy for Halloween. These costumes would be perfect for a couple in a relationship.