Halloween is just around the corner, so you may be on the hunt for a costume that will work during the pandemic. With safety being a priority and facemasks required in public places, including downtown Las Vegas, it could feel like your options are limited.
But fear not, Halloween enthusiasts! We have some awesome COVID costume concepts that work with a facemask and don’t compromise on creativity. Check out these cool costume ideas:
Zombie Doctor or Nurse
This one might seem obvious because of the facemask, but you can still go all out on the gore! Take some scrubs or a nurse outfit and a facemask, and go to town with the blood red paint. You can also rip some holes in the scrubs and fray the ends of the pants to add to the look. To get the full zombie effect, try painting your face white and using dark makeup to make your eyes appear hallowed out. Best part about this costume? It’s inexpensive and you’ll be comfortable all night. Win-win!
Mummy (or Invisible Man)
Here’s another DIY Halloween costume idea that won’t break the bank but will work with a facemask. All you need to dress up as a mummy is some white sheets. Shred the sheets into strips and dye some in diluted coffee water. Once they’re rinsed and dried, wrap the strips around your legs, arms and body and secure with safety pins. Then, wrap some strips over your nose and mouth or wrap it on top of a facemask you plan to wear underneath the cloth. Easy, peasy.
Add a detective hat or fedora, sunglasses, gloves and a suit with some polished black shoes and you could also be Invisible Man!
Some might say this one is in poor taste. We say it’s an awesome walking billboard for public safety! It not only makes sense right now, but it also brings some needed humor to a really tough year. You can buy a hand sanitizer costume online that ranges from sexy to bulky, depending on your preference. And be ready with a real supply of hand sanitizer to share with your fellow Halloweeners. You might just be the most popular person at the party! On that note, remember to wear your facemask.
Billy Butcher from The Boys
The hit Amazon Prime series “The Boys” wouldn’t be that same without the bad boy character of Billy Butcher. Grab a Hawaiian shirt, a black trenchcoat and black military boots, and you’re halfway there. Then, draw a black beard onto your facemask to round out the look. If you can find a facemask with a black beard already on it, even better! All you have to do now is work on that Cockney accent.
Worker in a Hazmat Suit
If you plan to go with this cool Halloween costume concept, we guarantee you’ll be one of the safest people out on the town. If you can find a hazmat suit, goggles and mask, you really don’t need much else. The suit will cover you from head to toe in a hazardous material-proof layer of protection. Perfect, right? Add your goggles and hazmat mask, and you’re golden.
V from V for Vendetta
While the movie might not be a recent release, the cause, the fight, the revolution the movie plot was based on might be all too familiar this year. Picking up a Guy Fawkes mask is fairly easy. Add a fedora or a guacho with a black cape and driver’s gloves from a vampire or Zorro outfit, and you have assemled the V costume!
This is one that never gets old or less terrifying. The infamous killer from the Halloween movie franchise is instantly recognizable and brings a level of nostalgia. You’ll need a pair of dark blue coveralls, the expressionless white Michael Myers mask with brown wig (which will cover up your facemask perfectly) and some fake blood. Also, depending on where you’re going, double check the rules regarding a fake knife.
Nothing is quite as terrifying as dolls and children with a creepy twist. With the 2019 release of Child’s Play for a new generation, this may be a quite popular one to be seeing from the historic horror genre. Many of the best Chucky suits come with child-like head to complete the outfit.
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Again, another no-brainer. You’ll be covering your nose and mouth with this one, so you don’t have to worry about your mask throwing off the costume. Generally, this stealthy Halloween costume consists of a black bodysuit plus a black headpiece that only reveals the eyes. Although you can always make playful variations to this look, just be careful with play swords, ninja stars or other fake weapons. They may not be allowed in some public areas.
Another Netflix pop character you can dress up as this Halloween is BoJack Horseman. To be this hilariously jaded animated humanoid horse, you need a gray suit jacket or blazer, a pair of jeans, red Converse sneakers and, of course, a horse mask. You’ll have the complete outfit without having to worry about your facemask messing up the look.
Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin
If you don’t know who we’re talking about, you might as well declare a full-on #fail for 2020. The popular Netflix series “Tiger King,” featuring the now-iconic Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, has dominated mainstream pop culture since being released earlier this year. Both Exotic and Baskin have very distinct looks, so you’ll be recognized immediately, even with your facemask on.
For Joe Exotic, you’ll need some tight jeans, a tiger-print button-up shirt, a baseball cap and signature bleach-blonde locks in the form of a mullet. For Carole Baskin, any leopard-print shirt or dress will do. Just make sure you have the long hippy hair with the signature flower crown and you’re done! Now, drop that mic on Halloween 2020.
This is a classic Halloween costume that also works as a clever COVID outfit. Get some black pants, a striped black and white shirt and a black skimask to round out the look. Just make sure the skimask covers both your nose and mouth to make it work. If not, you can always wear a black cloth facemask with a bandit eyemask and black beanie, and look just as good! Boom. Halloween? Done.
Cowboy or Cowgirl
If you’re on a budget, like many of us are these days, here’s a Halloween costume you can put together using stuff you already have in your closet. Throw on some jeans, cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a flannel shirt, and you’re just about done. Just use a bandana to cover your nose and mouth before heading out to the party. Now you have more in your pocket to spend on a much-needed slushy drink or video poker in downtown Las Vegas!
Here are some runners up that didn’t quite make the COVID list, but are awesome 2020 costumes none-the-less. You’ll just have to add a facemask to the final look before heading out the door.
- A Karen or Kevin. Got a “I need to speak to your manager” shirt? Get one. Costume = done.
- Mrs. Wheeler from Stranger Things. Trust us, that ‘80s swimsuit is just what the world needs right now.
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you want to pay homage to Justice Ginsburg, you’ll need a black robe, big glasses, a lace collar and pearl earrings.
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Fremont Street Experience is the place to be for Halloween 2020. Facemasks will be required, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the fun! Try one of these costumes and head downtown for a night of socially-distanced debauchery with our special Halloween Viva Vision light show, the Slotzilla Zipline and the best bars, restaurants and casinos in downtown Las Vegas.