27 Best '50s Costumes for the Coolest Cats out There

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50s costumes 

Halloween's always fun—but don one of our favorite '50s costume ideas, and you'll be in for an even bigger treat this year. From the telltale red wig of an I Love Lucy getup to the flowy white dress of a Marilyn Monroe look, each and every one of our fun 1950s Halloween costumes is a serious blast from the past. And whether you're a millennial who just loves the vibe of those way-back-when days, or a baby boomer looking for a chance to relive your glory days, odds are, you'll be jumping at the chance to take a couple cues from the decade.

Throw on a pretty pink poodle skirt, try a daring (but glamorous) pin-up girl style, or throw your cares to the wind and rock a full-on rockabilly outfit à la Grease. These costume ideas aren't just for women either; men can—and totally should—get in on the fun as well. We assure you, your guy will look beyond dapper in a 1950s-style suit, and you'll look positively fantastic by his side. Just make sure you know how to hand jive, and you're on your way to being the talk of this year's Halloween bash.

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Camille Styles
Pink Ladies Group Costume

Traveling back in time's a whole lot more fun when you do it together. With a few pink jackets and your coolest black outfits underneath, you'll be on your way to "Pink Lady" status before you know it.

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Brit + Co.
Frenchy Costume

Calling all beauty school dropouts with a penchant for the color pink! We're pretty sure we just found your dream costume...

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Aww Sam
Fuzzy Dice Costume

Did you know that fuzzy dice originated all the way back in the '50s? Here's a fun costume idea that's a little less expected than your typical poodle skirt ensemble.

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Brit + Co.
Bad Sandy and Good Sandy

No, you don't have to have a split personality to rock this hilarious costume—you just need a friend! The only hard part will be deciding who's who.

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Theme Me
Rizzo From Grease Costume

Move aside, Sandy! Grease may be the name of the game when it comes to '50s costume ideas, but that doesn't mean you have to play it safe. This Rizzo outfit—inspired by that very movie—takes the cake.

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Lucille Ball Costume

Don't have time to DIY? Buy this cute costume inspired by I Love Lucy.

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'50s Pet Costume Idea

Your dog doesn't need to be a poodle to rock this classic '50s costume idea for pets.

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Men's Mr. '50s Costume

Your dude will look dapper in this 1950s-style suit.

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diy prince charming costume
Make It & Love It​.
Prince Charming from Cinderella

The Disney film came out in 1950. Why not make your little man Prince Charming?

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The Freckled Fox
'50s Pinup Hairstyle for Halloween

Channel a pretty pinup from the 1950s with this retro hairstyle.

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50s couples costume housewife milkman
Hearts & Sharts via Real Housemoms
'50s Couples Costume Idea

Two iconic figures of the '50s—the housewife and the milkman—come together in this cheeky couple's costume idea.

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'50s Car Hop Costume for Boys

The '50s were the days of diners with milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and jukeboxes—and classic car hop uniforms!

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50s poodle skirt costume
My 719 Moms
DIY '50s Poodle Skirt Costume for Girls

A poodle skirt is probably the most classic take on the '50s Halloween costume.

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johnny and june couples costume
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Couple's Costume

Though Johnny and June wouldn’t tie the knot till 1968, they each were making music in the '50s, which is also the decade in which they met.

RELATED: More Country-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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50s barbie costume
Vintage Vandalism
'50s Barbie Costume

Rock this retro look for Halloween; Barbie dates back to 1959!

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i love lucy 50s costume
Your Homebased Mom
I Love Lucy Halloween Costumes

This '50s sitcom duo is a fitting costume for couples.

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marilyn monroe 50s costume
Little Lovelies
Marilyn Monroe ’50s Costume

One of Marilyn’s most iconic looks? The white dress from 1955's The Seven Year Itch.

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50s grease group costume
Bri​t & Co.
'50s Grease Group Costume

The 1978 film is set in the '50s, so get the whole gang together for a group Grease costume.

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Courtesy of Smarties
Breakfast at Tiffany's Costume

Audrey Hepburn may not have iconized the character until 1961, but Holly Golightly was introduced in 1958, through Truman Capote’s book.

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diy alice in wonderland costume for halloween
Say Yes
Alice in Wonderland Halloween Costumes

This family Disney costume idea fits in with the ‘50s theme; the animated film came out in 1951.

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'50s Cheerleader Halloween Costume

You can also easily DIY this cheery '50s costume with a , , and a —we're rooting for you!

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elvis costume
Sew Much Ado
Elvis Halloween Costume

Sure, the King of Rock didn't debut this snazzy suit until the '70s, but he started out in the '50s. And with a face like that, we think people would forgive you!

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singing in the rain costumes
Say Yes
Singin' In the Rain '50s Costume

What a glorious feeling! Whatever the weather, you'll be happy again in these costumes inspired by the 1950 musical.

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mickey mouse club mouseketeer costume
You Are My Fave
Mickey Mouse Club Halloween Costume

Every kid in the '50s watched The Mickey Mouse Club. A Mouseketeer costume is as simple as writing your name on a white t-shirt and throwing on a Micky Mouse hat.

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mr potato head halloween costume
Arts & Crackers
Mr. Potato Head

Would you believe the traditional toy was invented in the '50s?

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easy frida kahlo costume
Stars + Field
Frida Kahlo Costume Idea

Pay homage to the famous painter, who passed away in 1954, with this easy costume for women.

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dennis the menace costume
Costume Works
Dennis the Menace

Dress your town troublemaker as this beloved cartoon. The comic strip started in 1951.

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