There's nothing that generates quite the same amount of joy as a costume party. The opportunity to become someone you're not – someone you've always wanted to be – just for one night is undeniably desirable. Thankfully, Halloween comes around every year to curb our 'dress-up' appetite; but with so many potential costume contenders to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to start.
To save you time, we've decided to do the heavy lifting for you, searching through the archives of Halloweens gone by to collate the 20 best Halloween costumes of all time – regardless of budgets and time restrictions (we all know someone who leaves it to the last minute).
From pop-culture icons, to your favourite artists of the 21st century, and of course, a touch of spooky-chic to keep you on trend, here's our list of the best, most timeless Halloween costumes that are sure to win you best dressed every year.
The Addams Family
Classic, chic and absolutely theme appropriate; you can never go wrong with an homage to Halloween's resident family, The Addams Family. The perfect solution to couples dressing, pull out your best black gown and pinstripe suit for a look that will never fail to impress.
Thanks to Tik Tok and a skateboard-riding, cranberry juice-drinking viral video, the 70s are having a greater resurgence than ever. There's no better opportunity to jump on the back of the hype and create a Halloween outfit inspired by one of the era's most iconic nightclubs – Studio 54.
Bring It On
Certainly, dressing up as a cheerleader for Halloween may seem like an obvious choice, but this seemingly simple costume leaves a lot of opportunity to get creative. Take inspiration from your favourite cheer-icons and take your costume to the next level with a perfectly rehearsed routine for the final touch.
A women who lived life like every day was a dress-up party, Marilyn Monroe is a fool-proof option for any Halloween celebration. There's never an inappropriate time to pop on a gorgeous blonde wig and an elaborate diamond necklace.
An iconic TV reference, step back in time and give The Flintstones a modern twist with a playful rendition of the show's signature fashion style. Bone chain belt and all.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
The Queen B and Jay-Z – a Halloween costume that will turn heads and is incredibly simple to recreate. Especially this matching suit moment, which we are absolutely loving by the way.
For a Halloween outfit you can pull together without a second thought, you can't look past the 90s duo that is Cher and Dionne from Clueless.
Princess Diana – off duty
Bike shorts, oversized jumpers and chunky sneakers – the unofficial uniform of 2020. Now, it's time to turn your WFH look into a Halloween costume, following Hailey Bieber's footsteps and taking ultimate style lessons from Princess Diana.
Scarface and Elvira
Nail Halloween couple dressing and take inspiration from Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer's characters in Scarface.
A black dress, tiara and croissant in hand – Holly Golightly from Audrey Hepburn's iconic film, Breakfast at Tiffany's is exactly who we want to be for Halloween this year.
The Modern Vampire
If you've ever wanted to go to a Halloween party dressed in your pyjamas, here's your chance. This modern take on the classic vampire is perfect for party-goers who want to slap a costume together on the day.
Do you take Halloween pretty seriously? Here's your time to shine, with an elaborate Marie Antoinette costume that could see you take Kirsten Dunst's place in Sofia Copolla's 2006 film.
Beetlejuice and Lydia
One of film history's most bizarre unions, Beetlejuice and Lydia is always a crowd-pleasing costume idea. That is, if you're into "The Whole Being Dead Thing."
An all black outfit, cat ears and a strong red lip are all you need to recreate Catwoman's signature outfit this Halloween.
FemBot and Austin Powers
Halloween is definitely the chance to go all out on pink feathers and matching silk gloves, courtesy of the Austin Powers character, FemBot.
Game of Thrones
One of the most divisive series in television show history, one thing we can all certainly agree on is that the characters in Game of Thrones make for great Halloween inspiration.
We'll admit, this one requires a lot of commitment, but there's something so playful about Gigi Hadid's modern iteration of The Mask.
A regular appearance during Halloween, Jessica Rabbit is one of animations most memorable characters and she certainly makes for a great costume.
The Trendy Witch
Last minute Halloween party? Look no further. Dig into your wardrobe for a classic denim skirt, polo top and 90s mule for a modern take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
If you're wanting to make an impact this Halloween, upgrade your childhood Tinkerbell costume with this fashion-forward approach to a forest fairy. Don't hold back on the glitter.