Halloween costumes aren’t just for the young.
Seniors who want to should be able to dress up as anyone they want and join the fun – whether at home, in a senior center, or even in long-term care.
However, choosing appropriate and safe Halloween costumes for seniors and the elderly should be the priority. This is a challenging task as most costumes are made for the young.
But look no further because, by the end of this article, you will have lots of costume ideas to choose from for a fun and spooky Halloween that seniors and elderly people will enjoy.
Halloween Costume Ideas for Older Adults
From movie characters from the 1900s to superheroes and famous figures — there is an endless variety of costume ideas to consider – even as an older adult.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Charlie Chaplin Halloween Costume
Transform into the 1920s silent movie actor Charlie Chaplin and show off your weird acting, dancing, and comedic talents with this Charlie Chaplin Costume.
Inspired by the famous movie icon, this costume comes with:
- Black jacket with an attached vest
- Shirt front with an attached tie
- A pair of pants
- Black hat
- Fake mustache
This costume will be easy and convenient for seniors to wear on Halloween night. This costume idea could also be made at home DIY easily as well
Because Charlie Chaplin was famous for his cane, this is an excellent costume for seniors who may use canes as walking aids. If not, you can buy a walking cane accessory to fully immerse into the character if you don’t have one.
2. Mary Poppins and Bert, the Chimney Sweep Halloween Costume
These Halloween costumes are lovely and fun, too, especially for older couples. Becoming Mary Poppins and Bert, the chimney sweep from the iconic movie Mary Poppins is a rememberable way to enjoy a Halloween party.
Mary Poppins Halloween Costume
The Mary Poppins Halloween costume comes with:
- White dress
- White hat
- A pair of gloves
Bert, the Chimney Sweep
While the Bert, the chimney sweep Halloween costume comes with:
- Gray shirt
- Pair of pants
These costumes are ready to wear and easy to put on, making them a great choice for more elderly seniors. And since the movie came out in 1964, seniors are sure to relate to the costumes.
If you choose this costume, start practicing saying “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” because you know people will ask you to sing it!
3. Wicked Witch Halloween Costume
Feeling a bit darker this Halloween? Then, become the Wicked Witch from the west from the classic movie — The Wizard of Oz.
Since witches are stereotypically associated with older women, dressing up as a witch is a perfect costume for your grandma. But, it would be quite an experience if your grandpa showed up to the party dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West too!
The Wicked Witch Halloween Costume comes with:
- Black buttoned dress
- Witch hat
- A pair of black boots
- Broom accessory
You can also paint your face green if you really want the full Wicked Witch experience. Seniors can disguise any medical equipment they use as a broom and join in the celebration.
4. Wizard Halloween Costume
If witches are often associated with older women, then the male counterpart would surely be in a Wizard Costume. You can be Gandalf, Merlin, or Wizard of Oz — there are multiple wizard characters you can dress up as.
This Wizard Halloween Costume comes with:
- A tunic
- A robe
- A wizard hat
You can also have a wizard staff, just like this Gandalf Staff, and shout, “You shall not pass!”. A cane would be used as a staff as well for a magical Halloween night!
5. Wonder Woman Halloween Costume
Who says that the elderly can’t be superheroes? Become the superhero you always wanted to be with this Wonder Woman Costume.
Wonder Woman, a famous superhero by DC Comics, is an Amazonian warrior princess who fights crime with her superpowers.
The Wonder Woman Halloween costume comes with:
- A red and blue mini dress
- A cape
- Red boot tops with white stripes
- Wrist gauntlets and a golden headpiece
With this costume, I’m sure you will feel powerful even at your age. If you aren’t up for exposing that much skin, a nude-colored body suit could be worn under this costume.
6. Ghostbusters Halloween Costume
“Who are you gonna call? Ghostbusters!”
With this Ghostbusters Halloween Costume for Senior Citizens, get ready to hunt all the haunting ghosts around Halloween night.
The Ghostbusters Halloween Costume comes with:
- a Khaki zip-up jumpsuit with zippered pockets with Ghostbuster logo patches on the sleeve and the left breast
- Inflatable backpack accessory
- Inflatable wand accessory
Because it’s only a jumpsuit, even elderly Halloween participants shouldn’t have much trouble getting this one on and off. It is a comfortable choice as well!
7. Doc Brown from Back to the Future Halloween Costume
Dress up as Doc Brown from the 80s movie “Back to the Future” and travel to the future and back with this Back to the Future 2015 Doc Brown Costume.
Doc Brown is an old scientist who invented a time machine in the movie, so it is fitting for seniors to dress up as him during Halloween. White-headed older men won’t even need to wear a wig!
The Doc Brown Halloween costume comes with:
- Shiny tricot jacket and pants
- Hawaiian print shirt
- Clear vinyl necktie
- Reflective plastic sunglasses
8. Sherlock Holmes Halloween Costume
Solve crimes and mysteries during Halloween Night as the best detective of all time — Sherlock Holmes.
This costume will definitely look adorable on our seniors, wearing Sherlock Holmes’ iconic brown trench coat and hat.
There is also a Female Sherlock Holmes costume for all our grandmas who are fans of the thriller and mystery novel.
The Sherlock Holmes Halloween Costume comes with:
- Brown coat
- Detective’s hat
While the Female Sherlock Holmes Halloween Costume comes with:
- Jacket with attached capelet
9. Colonel Sanders Halloween Costume
Become Colonel Sanders, the founder of the KFC Fastfood restaurant, with this Colonel Sanders Halloween Costume.
This is a practical costume for older distinguished gentlemen. Wear his iconic white suit and make finger-lickin’-good chicken on Halloween night.
The Colonel Sanders Halloween Costume includes:
- Jacket with handkerchief
- Shirt front
- Fake goatee
- Fake eyebrows
- Fake mustache
The product includes prosthetics that would make you look like Colonel Sanders, but nature may have already provided you with white hair and a white mustache. This is another wonderful costume idea for people who use canes.
10. Popeye and Olive Oyl Halloween Costume
This is another Halloween costume for our senior couples out there. Become Popeye and Olive Oyl from the classic cartoon Popeye the Sailor Man and enjoy Halloween night together with your loving partner — and don’t forget to eat your can of spinach to power up!
Popeye Halloween Costume
The Popeye Halloween Costume comes with:
- Sailor shirt with square back collar flap
- Muscle arms with anchor tattoo
- Sailor hat
While the Olive Oyl Halloween Costume comes with:
- Petal collar dress
- Bun back wig
DIY and Homemade Costume Ideas
If you don’t want to spend much money on a costume but still want to enjoy Halloween festivities, don’t stress!
Here’s a list of DIY and Homemade Halloween costume ideas that are guaranteed to be easy and affordable for our seniors at home!
1. Farmer Costume
Farmer costumes are easily one of the most classic Halloween costumes. They are easily recognizable and only require a few things that you might already have at home.
Here is what you need for your farmer Halloween costume:
- Flannel or plaid shirt
- Handkerchief or bandana
- Shovel or pitchfork (optional)
All you have to do is get dressed and carry a few farming items around for this costume — which is very convenient and cheap.
2. Popeye and Olive Oyl Costume
I already mentioned a Popeye and Olive Oyl Halloween costume above. However, several options are available if you still want to dress up as the two cartoon characters without spending a dime.
Dressing up as Popeye and Olive Oyl is a classic Halloween costume with nostalgic roots for many seniors with your spare clothes found in your closet.
Here’s what you need for your costume:
- Brown shoes
- Black t-shirt
- Red bandana
- Captain’s hat
- Brown shoes
- Black skirt
- Red blouse
3. Mr. Monopoly Costume
Milburn Pennybags, lovingly known as Mr. Monopoly, is a great Halloween costume — especially if you want to impress the kids.
Here is what you need for your costume:
- Black suit jacket
- Black pants or blue pants
- White dress shirt
- Red tie
- Wooden cane
- Iconic white mustache (real or fake)
- Bag of money (optional)
Hmmm… Wait a minute…. Where’s the monocle?
We didn’t list it because Mr. Monopoly never actually officially wore a monocle.
It may be shocking, but this is an example of the Mandela Effect that has bewildered many people for decades. However, it’s still your choice if you want to wear a monocle.
4. DIY Cat Ears Costume
This DIY homemade cat ears costume will be a bit more complicated than just wearing spare clothes and some props.
This will require some basic arts and crafts skills you may have obtained over the years, but don’t worry because it will be an easy and creative craft worth your time.
This cat ears headband can be worn by itself, or you can wear it with a simple black shirt or dress. You can make your own headband in about 10 minutes.
Here is what you need to do to make your own cat ears costume.
- Glue gun
- Glue gun glue sticks
- 1 Headband
- Black chenille pipe cleaners
- Step 1: Cut your black chenille pipe cleaner to about 12 inches long. This will leave you plenty of room to mold your ears, no matter what size you want them. Make sure to pull off any loose chenille of the ends of the pipe cleaner where you made your cuts.
- Step 2: Evenly fold the pipe cleaner in half. This will help you estimate where to place the cat ears once you start bending and molding them.
- Step 3: Start shaping one cat ear slightly to one side of the halfway fold mark. Fold the pipe cleaner’s wire upward into a point about 1.5 to 2 inches tall, then back down to form one ear (pinch the wire between your fingers as you are shaping the ears to help define the ear shape).
- Step 4: To create your second ear, repeat this process on the other side of the pipe cleaner.
- Step 5: Prepare and heat up your glue gun. Then, place a line of glue at the center on the underside of the headband — gluing the center of the pipe cleaner to the underside so that the cat ears will still stick up above the headband.
- Step 6: Place another line of glue halfway down the inside of one side of the headband. Glue the tail of the pipe cleaner — the additional section beyond the ear — inside the headband, just like how you glued the top center. Repeat the steps on the headband’s other side using the pipe cleaner’s opposite end.
- Step 7: Use scissors to trim any excess chenille fur towards the ends of the pipe cleaner for a clean look.
And you’re done! Place the cat ears on your hair, wear a black shirt for your costume and enjoy your Halloween night.
Halloween Costumes for Seniors/Elderly Who Use Wheelchairs, Scooters, or Other Medical Equipment
If you think that having a wheelchair, a scooter, or other medical equipment will prevent our beloved senior loved ones from dressing up this Halloween, then you are wrong!
On the contrary, having a wheelchair or medical equipment adds even more opportunities to make creative Halloween costumes.
Below are ideas for you or your caregivers that bring your wheelchairs or medical equipment into the costume to showcase your creativity to everyone.
1. Throne Costume
With some cardboard, paint, markers, and adhesives, you or your caregiver can transform your wheelchair into a majestic throne.
You can use a variety of references for your throne. A medieval-themed throne like the iron throne from the TV show Game of Thrones or a more fantasy-styled throne like the heart-shaped throne of the Queen of Hearts from the movie Alice in Neverland.
Just ensure that the decorations on the wheelchair or medical equipment don’t interfere with their comfort and personal needs.
2. Mario Kart Costume
Mario Kart, the popular Nintendo go-kart racing game, can be a source of inspiration in making your costume.
You can decorate your wheelchair into a go-kart with cardboard, markers or paint, and some adhesives.
The possibilities are endless in decorating your go-kart. You can make it as simple as painting the cardboard and making a simple-looking race car, or you can make it as detailed as possible and add accessories.
After decorating your wheelchair, dress up as a Mario character and race into Halloween night with your Mario Kart Costume.
3. Wrestler Costume
If you are a fan of WWE or other wrestling or martial arts shows, then this costume is just for you!
You can customize your wheelchair and turn it into a wrestling ring. Using pipes or tubes and some rope, you make a boxing ring and attach it to the wheelchair.
Then, all you need to do is get a wrestling mask, and you can become a wrestler ready to fight anytime, bringing the ring with you
4. Dinner Costume
Have you ever wanted to have a picnic in your wheelchair? Then this dinner wheelchair costume will definitely entertain you.
It features a dining table attached at the front of the wheelchair, where you can place your classy dining utensils, complete with a glass of water or wine and, of course, dinner.
You can also dress up your caregiver as the waiter or waitress assisting you, wearing a suit to match the dinner vibes.
5. Santa Claus Costume
You can become Santa Claus this Halloween with your wheelchair or scooter as your sleigh. Use cardboard and red paint to create the shape of the sleigh around your wheelchair.
Your caregiver can dress as a reindeer or elf assisting you in giving the trick-or-treaters candy.
You can share the spirit of Christmas, even on Halloween, with this costume.
6. Spaceship Costume
If you are someone who is interested in space and astronauts, then a spaceship costume is for you!
Craft an amazing space shuttle wheelchair costume with some cardboard, paint, scissors, and tape — creating a realistic shuttle to slip over the wheelchair.
All that’s left is to wear your astronaut costume and take off.
7. UFO Costume
Go truly out of this world with this UFO wheelchair costume idea.
Using cardboard, a poster board, LED lights, and some duct tape, you can transform your wheelchair into an unidentified flying object.
Hover around during Halloween night, and don’t forget to tell the children that trick-or-treat at your house that you come in peace.
Enjoying the fantasy of a Halloween costume doesn’t have to end with your childhood.
Even as we grow old, we can still have fun and showcase our creativity by wearing Halloween costumes that best represent our personality and creativity.
We know that finding the appropriate, safe, and comfortable costumes is key to giving our seniors a pleasant Halloween experience.
We wish you a successful Halloween night full of fun!
So, we hope you found our recommendations very helpful in finding the best creative Halloween costume for seniors and the elderly. Do you have other costume suggestions we should have mentioned? Please tell us about them in the comment below!