It’s that time of the year again when we are all rushing to find the perfect Halloween costume that stands out. To help you find the perfect one, here are 70+ Black Halloween Costumes that you could wear this year!
You have a wide variety to choose from as there are costume ideas that are from Black movies or TV shows, cartoons, and Black culture all together!
65 Black Halloween Costumes You Can Wear This Year
Being that Chadwick Boseman recently passed, I think it’s safe to say we will already have many T’Challa’s running around for Halloween.
But, this is a reminder for anyone that wants to pay homage to him, but also look super cool that this is a perfect Halloween costume for 2020!
Storm is from the movie series ‘X-Men’ (one of my favorites!!) which anyone can slay because the platinum hair will make you feel like you got the power!!
Tether from ‘US’
Looking for something a little more creepy? Then try dressing up as a tether from the movie ‘Us’. It’s the perfect combination of easy, spooky, and creative!
Have you ever seen Dead Presidents? If not log off right now and go make time to watch it!!
This movie has one of the most infamous bank heist movies in Black cinema and the look is really simple to achieve.
All you need are black clothes from heel to toe and some black & white face makeup! Voila!
Akasha from Queen of the Damned
Want a look that’s more feminine, but is still on the spooky side? Dress up as Akasha from Queen of the Damned!
You’ll scary, yet enticing the whole time!
Dressing up as Django would probably make you feel like you’re about to start a revolution! This would be a fun and educational costume to wear!
Although the movie is not based on a true story, it would bring awareness to those who are unaware of what the concept of the movie is!
Who else loves Orange is the New Black?! If you do then try dressing up as Crazy Eyes!
All you would need is a brown jumpsuit and to put some bantu knots around your head!
If you can be in character too that would be amazing! (If you do I will personally hand you an Emmy!)
Compton Clover Cheerleader
You can’t mention Black Halloween costumes without bringing up The Compton Clovers from Bring It On!!
We all wanted to be a Clover as kids and that doesn’t mean we can’t dress up now!!
Buy the outfit online or craft it yourself and yell at the top of your lungs:
BRRRRR! IT’S COLD IN HERE! THERE MUST BE CLOVERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE!!
Also, although I put this in the ‘single’s costumes’, you can definitely dress up as a group! Fill up the whole squad!
Some of you may not know who Blade is, but I am here to tell you he is a baddddd mothasucka!
Trust me, if you want to feel like a bada** then Blade is a great choice!
The Matrix is ICONIC!! Surprisingly though, not many Black people have watched the movie to know that Jada Pinkett Smith played Niobe!
If you’re looking for an easy Halloween costume this is a perfect choice since you just needs a leather jacket, black sunglasses, and your hair needs to be in bantu knots!
Foxy Brown is a Blaxploitation movie that was made in the 70’s! If you don’t know about it then ask ya momma about it!!
She’ll tell you how fly you would be if you dressed up as Foxy Brown!!
Morpheus is another Black character from The Matrix that could be an option for those who want to be part of the Resistance, but are looking to be more masculine!
Pirates of the Caribbean use to be so popular!! Do you remember Calypso from the last two movies of the franchise?
I was always so mesmerized by her, so maybe if you dress up as Calypso you’ll mesmerize everyone you come in contact with!
Nissie or Mickey
BAPS is such a legendary movie! If you haven’t watched it, I highly suggest go watching it immediately!!
Nissie and Mickey are the main characters and dressing up as either would be fabulous!!
If you have a right-hand man then just make it a duo costume!!
Did you know that Shuri has been named the smartest character in the Marvel universe?!?
Who wouldn’t want to have that title!! SIGN ME UP!
Speaking of the MCU, who loves Guardians of the Galaxy?!
Gamora is played by Zoe Saldana who is gorgeous and I think you would be just as beautiful if you chose to dress up as Gamora!
Who else couldn’t keep their eyes off of Halle Berry when she was Cat Woman?! She was so captivating!!
Get you a leather jumpsuit with a cat mask and your favorite black heels, then you’re all set to go to be the sexiest Cat Woman the street’s ever seen!
HONEYYYYY, WHERE’S MY SUPER SUIT?!?!
I mean come on, I want to dress up as Frozone just to say that line all day!!
The only Black princess in Disney needs some representation this Halloween!
Whether it is you, your kids, or your dog, don’t let Princess Tiana down!!
Huey or Riley Freeman
Huey and Riley Freeman are the best costumes for you if you want to give people a little chuckle because everyone loves The Boondocks!!
Choose whichever brother is your favorite! They are both outspoken and don’t care what anyone thinks, but they both portray it in different ways!
“Sometimes it saddens me to see my people so brainwashed.” – Huey Freeman, The Boondocks
Huey is more witty and careful while Riley is more impulsive, so which one suits you the most?
Only the OGs remember Codename: Kids Next Door and if your favorite wasn’t Numbuh 5 then you need to reevaluate your taste!
Numbuh 5 had so much swag and was so relatable!!
Rugrats is one of those shows that all 90’s babies hold dear to their heart.
If you want a cute costume idea, dress up as Susie Carmichael!
Did anyone else love Strawberry Shortcake or was that just me?
If you don’t know what Strawberry Shortcake is that’s okay, just know that she has an adorable friend names Orange Blossom that you should dress up as this Halloween!
Gerald Martin Johansen
Hey Arnold is another one of those 90’s babies cartoons that we have all watched!
We all know the main Black friend Gerald who was known for his super tall flat top!!
Jimmy Neutron was such a fun cartoon that drew so much creativity to young kids watching it!
Libby Folfax was the first Black character to feature on the series and she was the best friend of Cindy on the show!
Were you a Bratz baby? I collected so many Bratz dolls and loved them more than Barbie because it was a doll that I actually found relatable!
Sasha is the Black Bratz of the collection and she is fierce honey!
Speaking of Barbie, if you were a Barbie baby instead no shame at all!
The Black Barbies are gorgeous and it is a cool idea to get dressed up and just call yourself a Barbie!
It’s a simple costume idea, but it will always have heads turning!
Black Panther Member
The Black Panther Party was created by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in Oakland, CA in 1966!
What better way to show your pride in Black history and culture than to dress up as a Black Panther member?!
Tommie Smith was an Olympic athlete who is widely known for his protest against racism and injustice against Black people when he won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics.
He was accompanied by John Carlos, who got 3rd place in the same race.
So, if you have someone that needs a costume idea you can pitch the idea of you being Tommie Smith and John Carlos!
Jack Johnson was the first Black boxer to win the world heavyweight championship in 1908!
Not many people know about Mr. Johnson, but if you choose to be him you would be bringing honor to his name!
Some question whether or not Queen Nefertiti was Black, but she is referred to a Black Egyptian Queen! So let’s take pride in that!
She is well known for being extremely beautiful and has been known as an icon of beauty and power for many generations!
Bob Marley was very famous for his music, but if you listen closely he was all about equality for the people!
He was a big advocate for injustice and raised awareness about people in poverty!
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley, Redemption Song
Everyone will know who you are if you dress up, but make sure to also educate them on how he was working for change in the system as well!
Angela Davis is one of the most well known female activists out there!
She was the face of many protests because she knew that her fair skin would receive more mercy than her peers with darker skin tones.
Now if you want to be seen as a beacon of power, then this is your costume!
Some may argue that Kaepernick shouldn’t be in this list of legends, but he has made such an impact on the current revolution.
He has been pushing for change since the beginning and didn’t stop whatsoever because he stood by what was right!
If that’s not Black power then I don’t know what is! Put some respect on Kaepernick’s name!
Frederick Douglass was an ex-slave who once free became an abolitionist to help end slavery altogether! He also was an advocate for women’s rights and so many other movements!
Everyone knows his name, but we definitely need to acknowledge how much he was able to achieve during such a tough time!
“Baby” Esther Jones
Did you know that Betty Boop was based on a Black jazz singer by the name of Esther Jones?
I put this in the Black Power section because I wanted to take the power behind the name of Betty Boop back.
Bring awareness to this by dressing up as Betty Boop and letting people know who is behind it!
Muhammad Ali was not only one of the greatest boxers of all time, but was also an activist!
He is also known for being a philanthropist and taking part in the Special Olympics and Make a Wish Foundation!
Queen of Sheba
There is not much known about the Queen of Sheba, but it is stated in the Bible that she was of African descent.
Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress as well as the first Black woman to run for President!
The perfect costume for someone who is all about empowerment!
Jackie Robinson was the first Black major league baseball player!
He had to endure a lot of discrimination as it was not normal for Black people to play in the league.
He paved the way for the many Black professional athletes out there today!
Create your own uniform or order a pre-made Jackie Robinson uniform and swing away!
Martin Luther King Jr.
We all know who the infamous Dr. King is! It shouldn’t even be a question to consider dressing up as him if you want to make a statement!
I HAD A DREAMMMMMMM…. That this was your costume this year!
Rosa Parks is another well-known activist that we all hear about young!
Wear a classy dress with a delicate hat with her booking number in front of you and you are set!
The last of the Black Power Halloween Costumes is Harriet Tubman! We have to pay homage to her because she is on a whole other level of brave!
The Proud Family
Have you been watching The Proud Family lately on Disney+?
I sure have and the whole cast would be such a great group costume idea!
Muses from Hercules
The Muses have so much flavor and soul!! If you have a group of ladies that need a costume this si the perfect fit!
It’s a plus if you can sang too (not sing, SANG!)!
Love & Basketball
For those lovers out there, who wants to be Monica and Q?!?!
Love & Basketball is one of the best Black love stories and this would be such a cute couples outfit!
If you really want to bring some old skool into your costume, dress up as the hip hop group Run DMC!
You will get a lot of cred for this especially from the OG crowd!
So grab the flyest tracksuit, a gold chain and a bucket hat and you’ll be telling everyone it’s Run’s House!
DON’T GO CHASIN’ WATERFALLS!
Find some 90’s fashion and bust a move with ya girls with this fun and easy costume idea!
Set it Off
Set it Off could be in the movie section, but it’s so much better in the group section because each of the characters in Set It Off deserves a spot in your clique’s costume!
Destiny’s Child is another one that can be a quick and easy costume to put together!
Once you are done fighting over who wants to be who, y’all will be having everyone say ya name!
It’s up to you on if you want the old age or new age Destiny’s Child!
What does Kriss Kross make you do?
This is a perfect costume for a duo that loves to have fun! Have fun walking in your pants backwards!
Lately, I have been watching Girlfriends on Netflix and thought that this would be a cute costume idea for a group of friends!
Each character has their own style and personality, so pick who you’ll be and enjoy your GIRLLLLLLLFRIENDDDDDDS!!
Beyonce has so many iconic looks that you can make into an outfit!
Coachella, Formation, Crazy in Love! There are so many looks to choose from!
The easiest being the ‘Hold Up’ video Beyonce!
All you need is a yellow dress, pretty curls, and a bat! Get to swangin’ girl!
Prince is what you hear when you think funk! He has so many looks that will have everyone taking a double take!
You know if you do this you have at least sing ‘Purple Rain’, right?
Missy Elliot is known for being very unique and has a style that is very original.
If you decide to be Missy, everyone will know! (In a good way!)
The King of Pop is always a perfect go-to costume for Halloween!
Make sure you have your moonwalk down before you step out!
Lil’ Kim was such a force to be reckoned with back in the day!
She spit crazy bars to where she could keep up with the men and is extremely beautiful!
She helped paved the way for female rappers in this generation today!
Go take a look at her music videos and choose a look, trust me every single one is a 10/10!
Scary Spice is such a cute, fierce costume idea that will have you feeling like your back in 1996!
Tupac is another easy costume idea to do because he had a very uniform look!
Slap on that bandana and draw a few tattoos and your practically good to go!
Janet Jackson is another iconic female that has hundreds of looks that you can choose from that will have you ready to perform an entire show at Madison Square Garden!
GIVE ME TWOOOO PAIRS!!!
Nelly was such a big influence in the hip hop community in the early 2000s!
Go ahead and grab your baggiest clothes with your freshest air force ones and head out!
Solange has become known for being original and showing her unique style!
She is always slaying and I think that the easiest costume for Solange would be her cover of ‘A Seat at the Table’!
And make sure when you dress up you tell everyone to not touch your hair mmkay!!
If you want to be a true diva on Halloween, you should be Diana Ross!
She is one of the few women who was influential in R&B and pop during the ’70s!
So grab your biggest lashes and pick that fro because you’re coming out!
I hope you found some inspiration for your Halloween costumes this year! Comment down below which costume idea was your favorite!
Also, make sure to share this on your socials to help others find a Halloween costume because Halloween is right around the corner!!