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As the temperatures drop all over the country and we move into the fall holiday season, it’s officially time to start thinking and planning for the first of these holidays: Halloween! Finding the perfect Halloween costume that manages to be on-trend as well as comfortable and warm can be tricky, so here are some of our favorite warm costume ideas to get you started.
The Abominable Snowman
For one of the most classic monsters of all time, try rocking an Abominable Snowman costume this Halloween. The Abominable Snowman, also known as the Yeti, is a large ape-like creature said to live in the Himalayas.
Thanks to this mythical creature’s thick brown, gray, or white hair, your storebought or homemade Yeti costume is sure to keep you warm on even the chilliest of Halloween nights. Plus, a bulkier costume makes it easier to layer thermals and sweats underneath for even more warmth.
Chewbacca from ‘Star Wars’
For ‘Star Wars’ fans, another favorite fantastic creature with thick fur is the iconic character Chewbacca. Chewbacca Halloween costumes have been popular since the first ‘Star Wars’ movie came out in 1977, so this is an easy last-second pick-up if you forgot to plan for Halloween or if the weather ends up being colder than you had expected. For bonus points, have a friend come with you as another ‘Star Wars’ character like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or even C-3PO.
The Queen’s Royal Guard
Of all the world’s military uniforms, one of the warmest-looking options is the uniform of the British Queen’s Royal Guard. These notoriously straight-faced guards are the primary force assigned to protect the Queen and her home, Buckingham Palace, and they wear a uniform of a decorated bright red jacket, black slacks, and the iconic tall black bearskin hats.
While purchasing a real bearskin would cost close to $700 and probably isn’t feasible or necessary for your Halloween costume, faux fur Queen’s Guard hats can be purchased online and at many Halloween costume outlets.
Another classic monster costume that’s easy to pull off is a mummy, and which fabric you use for the multiple layers of white cloth can be chosen based on how cold you expect your Halloween to be. For bonus points, make your costume more specific by adding a headpiece and some jewelry for an Egyptian pharaoh mummy costume, or by dressing up as the mummy-inspired Marvel character Moon Knight.
How to add warmth to another costume
What if you need to add warmth to your Halloween costume last-second or you’re set on a certain costume but just aren’t sure if it’ll be warm enough? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make sure your costume is nice and cozy without sacrificing style.
This might be as simple as adding a stylish on-theme jacket to a Barbie or Ken costume (these will be popular this year), or just adding a thermal shirt and tights and some thick socks underneath your costume. If you have no other options, just wear a coat over your costume. Staying safe and warm is the most important thing ensuring you have an enjoyable Halloween, and everyone else out in the cold will understand.