horrorcostumesThroughout the years some of the most iconic horror film villains have become the most popular Halloween costumes. It makes sense that these figures, who have defined the horror genre for decades, are still some of the most popular Halloween costumes chosen by Halloween fans every year. Some of the characters who are considered be horror icons have been around for over a hundred years and some are relatively new in the horror genre. But all of them have terrified and thrilled audiences and inspired thousands of people to dress up for Halloween. Check out these horror film icons whose costumes are still in high demand today:

Dracula – The image of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is indelibly printed in the cultural consciousness. The handsome but fierce looking man wearing a tuxedo and a long flowing black cape is an inescapable figure on Halloween. Every Halloween people still enjoy dressing up in formal wear and wearing the long black cape of Dracula. Dracula’s makeup is always a dead white face with deep gray and black eye makeup and bright red lips. Fangs are a must have for this costume. Costume fangs have come a long way since Bela Lugosi put on his to play Dracula. Now fans of the original Hollywood vampire can wear costume fangs that are so realistic you could really bite and injure someone with them.

Elvira – For women one of the most popular costumes is still Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. Elvira’s cleavage baring body conscious dress and long black wig are found in every Halloween shop. Heavy black eye makeup is also a big part of Elvira’s signature look.  Elvira fashioned her look after Morticia Addams from The Addams Family, another iconic female in the horror world.  Even though 80s slasher films fell out of fashion a few years ago the fans love for the 80s starlet who introduced so many of those films is still strong. Women who want a dark and sexy Halloween costume can’t go wrong with an Elvira costume. Add black high heels and spiderweb or fishnet stockings to pull the look together perfectly.elvira

Chucky– Another 80s icon on the list of the most popular costumes is Chucky, the demonic doll that starred in several popular 80s slasher films. Chucky costumes are more popular than ever thanks to the current wave of 80s nostalgia that hasn’t come close to peaking yet. People can’t get enough of the 80s, and that includes 80s villains that had a major influence on horror films like Chucky.

Pennywise– Clown costumes are a great way to scare people because so many people are terrified of clowns. The most terrifying clown of all is instantly recognizable. Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is easily the scariest clown in horror film history. Anyone who sees the red Pennywise wig is bound to be a little disturbed by it no matter how many times they have seen it in the past.

Pinhead– One of the more disturbing costumes on the list is that of the S&M demon Pinhead from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series. The Cenobite’s pin studded face and black leather S&M style clothing is a Halloween staple for horror fans. Every year Pinhead masks are some of the most popular masks that are sold. Pinhead’s depravity is darkly attractive, which is why so many people decide to see what it would be like to be a Cenobite for a night on Halloween.

Jason Voorhees/Michael Myers – Many of the most popular horror based Halloween costumes are based on the villains of 80s slasher films. Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers from the Halloween and Friday the 13th series’ are villains that you will find out running around every Halloween. These classic horror figures are as much a part of Halloween as ghosts and witches. It wouldn’t seem like Halloween without them.

Freddy Krueger – If you asked people on the street what they would think the most popular horror inspired Halloween costume would be they would probably say Freddy Krueger. Freddy’s striped sweater, hat, and knife studded glove are some of the most recognizable horror icons in the genre. A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of the first slasher films and it really defined the entire genre. Because of the influence that it had it’s not really a surprise that Freddy Krueger can be found roaming neighborhoods all over the country on Halloween night.