Style Guide: Couple’s costumes so you don’t have to default to a decade-inspired look

Although decade-inspired looks are a favorite last-minute costume idea, with a few weeks until Halloween, it’s not too late to do more than that. There are so many cuter couple’s costumes than the basic Hippie look — Assistant Arts Editor Ari Lessard drops her favorite ideas in this Halloween-inspired style guide.


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Ari Lessard and her boyfriend pose for a portrait at Schaeffer Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. The two chose 70s style costumes for this year’s Halloween.

Ariana Lessard, Assistant Arts Editor

Dressing up has always been my favorite part of Halloween. With my boyfriend, I’ve unlocked a new realm of costume possibilities, but it can be daunting to navigate the options. Here are some of my favorite pop culture inspired couples costumes.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, DC Comics

I’m so tired of seeing Harley Quinn and Joker costumes given their relationship is anything but aspirational. This is especially true because of how cute Harley and Ivy look as a couple and how iconic their costumes are (not that a Joker costume isn’t iconic). These costumes are everything.

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, “Adventure Time”

A pink fit-and-flare dress and purple belt with a small crown would make for a perfect Princess Bubblegum costume. For Marceline: dark hair, black lipstick, a grey tank top, blank pants, and red shoes.

Raven and Starfire, “Teen Titans”

For Raven: a purple cloak, black shirt, black pants, black boots, a purple bob wig, red jewelry, and a red diamond in the middle of the forehead that could be painted on with several different makeup strategies. For Starfire: a red wig, a purple crop top, a purple miniskirt or short-shorts, green jewelry, and silver accessories.

Needy and Jennifer, “Jennifer’s Body”

“Jennifer’s Body” is an iconic film with memorable costumes and fun photo opportunities. The Jennifer costume I favor for both price and memorability is her mini-crop pink heart sweatshirt, a heart pendant, heart earrings, a dark pink tank top, low-rise jeans, and pink tie sandals. For Needy, just dressing as an early Y2K nerd is the look: glasses, low-rise jeans, a long sleeve shirt under a random short sleeve shirt with hair half up and half down. Low-rise jeans are the cornerstone of these outfits.

Ed and Stede, “Our Flag Means Death”

This pairing is more or less two typical pirate costumes, but Stede would wear bright colors while Ed would wear dark ones.

Bert and Ernie, “Sesame Street”

Go rewatch some Sesame Street for inspiration — more of a casual Halloween look.

Rocky and Dr. Frank-n-Furter, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

A classic combo; there are a plethora of directions to take these costumes. For Rocky, a golden speedo is all you need. For Dr. Frank-n-Furter: a sparkly black corset, assless chaps, black leather gloves, and a pearl necklace. For makeup: red lipstick, white concealer, and a dramatic smoky eye.

Lil Nas X and Satan

This costume based on Lil Nas X’s controversial music video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” has been all over the internet.

Jim and Pam or Dwight and Angela, “The Office”

There’s a reason why you can walk around campus any day of the week and see someone with Dunder-Mifflin paraphernalia. “The Office” was a cultural phenomenon, meaning the likelihood of it resonating with your partner is higher.

Han Solo and Princess Leia, “Star Wars”

This was a bit outside my boyfriend and I’s price range. However, “Star Wars” is another monument of pop culture. With enough money, this would be iconic.

Shrek and Fiona, “Shrek”

Gen Z sems to love Shrek. A Fiona costume is also a good way to dress up as a princess without your boyfriend having to follow suit thematically.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Another pop culture staple — my boyfriend and I love this as a concept. However, this costume can only be a crowd favorite if done respectfully.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson

For Ariana Grande: a tight ponytail, straightened hair, hair glitter, an oversized sweatshirt, boots, and small black cat ears. For Pete Davidson: a white t-shirt, oversized jeans, tattoo sleeves, and hair gel.

Danny and Sandy, “Grease”

Another classic couple’s costume, this one would be difficult to talk my boyfriend into. He doesn’t want to use grease. Still, this one could be fun.