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The Best Queer Halloween Costume Ideas For a Hot LGBT Holiday Season

by | Oct 16, 2023

Every queer knows we can toss on a wig and walk out the door on all hallow’s Eve. But if you want a great Halloween costume idea, there’s more than grabbing a sash, leg warmers, or bodysuit that makes you look like Velma from Scooby-Doo.

Particularly gay couples find it difficult to find a list of queer couple costumes. We’ve all seen the result of a horrible costume – an instantly recognizable black dress, rainbow wings, a red wig, perhaps a headband or fishnet hoses. 

We don’t want you to embarrass yourself this Halloween season. We know how important it is for you to choose a good gay costume for the most queer Halloween bash. 

We’ve compiled our top tips for a last-minute costumes and get-ups that require a bit more planning. Nonetheless, we’ve got something here for everyone, and we will be separating this into a few categories:

  • Couple Halloween Costumes
  • Costumes for men
  • Made for twinks
  • Easy-peasy but super-sexy

Now, let’s jump into it! And if you haven’t already chosen your gay Halloween costumes and need some drinkspiration for your party, check out our fall drinks which are absolutely to die for.

Couple Halloween Costumes

Let’s get one thing straight before we jump into this section of our article. We are not gonna share what most people expect you and your partner to wear to Halloween costumes. No pride outfits like Abba jumpsuits, no flamboyant Daphne and Velma suits. Every couple knows how cliché these can be and that nobody really enjoys these types of costumes.

Our goal is to give you costumes that will seem unique, niche, and true to what it means to be gay. Genderqueer couples, we got you covered here too! We are a community that does not discriminate.

1. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist from “Brokeback Mountain”

About the Characters: This classic 2005 film directed by Ang Lee is about two cowboys who share a deep and complicated love for each other. The film beautifully captures the struggles and nuances of their relationship in a conservative society.

Why They’d Make a Good Halloween Costume: Their cowboy outfits – including denim jackets, cowboy hats, and boots – are instantly recognizable. By dressing as Ennis and Jack, not only would you be evoking a sense of nostalgia and respect for an important piece of LGBTQ+ cinema, but you would also be making a statement about love, acceptance, and the challenging journey many face in coming to terms with their true selves.

2. Elio Perlman and Oliver from “Call Me by Your Name”

About the Characters: Directed by Luca Guadagnino, this 2017 film tells the story of a passionate summer romance between a young Italian boy named Elio and an older American scholar, Oliver, who comes to stay at his family’s villa.

Why They’d Make a Good Halloween Costume: The film is set in the 1980s Italian countryside, so the costume options have a vintage European flair. Think of short shorts, loose shirts, and iconic dance scenes. Their costumes are breezy, cool, and instantly reminiscent of a sun-soaked romance. Plus, you can carry a peach as a cheeky reference to one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

3. Hugo and Kevin from “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”

About the Characters: This 1994 Australian film is a cult classic and follows two drag queens (Anthony “Tick” Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra and Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow) and a transgender woman (Ralph/Bernadette Bassenger) as they travel across the Australian Outback to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Why They’d Make a Good Halloween Costume: This film is all about flamboyant, extravagant, and colorful costumes. From glitzy dresses to feathered headdresses and everything in between, the wardrobe from this movie is a treasure trove of inspiration for Halloween costumes. Dressing as characters from this film would be a celebration of drag culture, fabulousness, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Gay men’s Halloween costumes

Let’s move on to costumes for men. We didn’t forget about those of you who prefer to enjoy all hallow’s eve single and ready to mingle. Nor can we blame you, it’s a night where everyone is looking for action. 

Halloween parties are fun, and for most in our community, Halloween is their favorite day of the year. How can we ensure we are expressing LGBTQ greatness without making fun of others in our community? 

We do is with Halloween costumes! Here are our top picks for men’s get-ups that anyone will love. 

4. Freddie Mercury:

Description: As the flamboyant front man of Queen, Freddie Mercury is an icon not only in music but also within the LGBTQ+ community. His style is both distinctive and unforgettable.

How to Achieve the Look: Wear a white tank top with light-wash jeans, a thick mustache, and a studded armband. Add a microphone as a prop. Bonus points for a faux chest hair and a half-mic stand, referencing his famous Live Aid performance.

5. James St. James:

Description: Legendary club kid and author James St. James has always sported a vibrant and out-of-the-world look, especially during his club days in New York City.

How to Achieve the Look: This look is all about creativity. Think bold patterns, sequined tops, eclectic makeup designs, and wigs in wild colors. The more avant-garde and glamorous, the better! You can take inspiration from his book “Disco Bloodbath” or from the film “Party Monster,” where Macaulay Culkin portrayed him.

6. Liberace:

Description: Known for his extravagant costumes and flamboyant lifestyle, Liberace was a piano virtuoso and a significant figure in the entertainment world. His stage outfits and charisma make him an excellent choice for a Halloween costume.

How to Achieve the Look: Go for a glitzy, sequined jacket or robe, a ruffled shirt, and lots of chunky jewelry. A candelabra prop would be a great addition, referencing his signature stage setup. Don’t forget a slick, styled hairdo and flashy rings!

Made for twinks

Let’s get on to talk about those costumes that are made for twinks. Does it mean you cannot choose these outfits if you aren’t a twink? No. You can wear these to a costume party, even if you aren’t a twink!

In the LGBTQ+ community, the term “twink” is used colloquially to describe a young gay man with a slender build, little to no body hair, and often with youthful, boyish features. While Halloween costumes can be suited for anyone regardless of their body type or subculture identification, some outfits may cater to the twink aesthetic by highlighting the fun, playful, and often cheeky nature associated with the term.

Here are three costume ideas that we think resonate with the Twink aesthetic:

7. Peter Pan:

Description: Peter Pan, the evergreen symbol of eternal youth and adventure from J.M. Barrie’s iconic tale, perfectly encapsulates the twink aesthetic. His ensemble, combined with his mischievous nature, makes for a delightful and playful Halloween choice.

How to Achieve the Look: Begin with a short-sleeved green tunic, complemented by green tights or fitted shorts. Brown shoes or booties can represent his classic footwear. Top the outfit off with a triangular hat featuring a bright red feather. Toy daggers can serve as props, and for those looking to sprinkle a bit of Neverland magic into their night, a touch of glitter as “fairy dust” would be the perfect finish.

8. Robin (from Batman):

Description: Robin, Batman’s loyal sidekick, presents a youthful vigor and energy that fits seamlessly with the twink aesthetic. Beyond the context of Gotham’s crime-fighting, Robin’s outfit, characterized by its vibrant colors and sleek design, is both recognizable and stylish.

How to Achieve the Look: Opt for a red vest or fitted shirt adorned with the signature “R” emblem. Pair this with green briefs or shorts, worn over green or black tights. Add a yellow utility belt, black or green gloves, and a black domino mask to keep your identity a secret. And of course, don’t forget the flowing yellow cape, which adds a touch of drama to the ensemble.

9. Mad Hatter (from Alice in Wonderland):

Description: The Mad Hatter, with his eccentric and whimsical flair, is a standout character from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Embodying both charm and a touch of madness, the Mad Hatter’s outfit is a collage of colors, patterns, and textures, making it a visually arresting and fun choice for Halloween.

How to Achieve the Look: Start with a vibrant, mismatched suit or ensemble – think bold stripes paired with checkered patterns. A large, oversized bowtie and lace-edged shirt cuffs can enhance the Hatter’s quirky vibe. The key piece is, of course, the top hat. Ensure it’s oversized and affix a card with “10/6” written on it to the band. For makeup, play with bold eyeshadows and maybe even draw exaggerated eyebrows. Finish with a pocket watch or a teacup as props, reminding everyone it’s always time for tea.

Easy-peasy but super-sexy

These gay Halloween outfits have been for things that outline importance, special characters or specific body types. Let’s jump into the sexy outfits we all love. 

Halloween is the time for creativity, mystique, and sometimes a touch of allure. However, not every attention-grabbing costume requires extensive effort or elaborate preparations. For those looking to combine a hint of sexiness with simplicity, there are numerous ideas that are easy to put together yet undeniably striking. Here are three such costume ideas that balance allure with effortlessness.

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Now back to the costumes…

10. Naughty Nautical

Description: Sail into the heart of the party with this maritime-inspired look, echoing both the discipline of the navy and the freedom of the open sea. A little bit classic, a little bit risqué, this is a timeless pick.

How to Achieve the Look: Opt for tight white shorts or pants, coupled with a form-fitting, blue-and-white striped t-shirt. Accessorize with a sailor hat, anchor tattoos (temporary, unless you’re committed!), and a pair of boat shoes or white sneakers. If you have a white rope, coil it over your shoulder for that authentic sailor vibe.

11. Daring Disco Dancer

Description: Relive the joy of the glittering era of disco by stepping out as a dancer from the flamboyant ’70s. 

How to Achieve the Look: Wear a tight-fitting sequined shirt or tank top paired with equally tight satin pants or shorts. Platform shoes would be a great addition. Accessorize with oversized aviator sunglasses, a chunky gold chain, and perhaps even a disco ball pendant. Don’t shy away from glitter on your face or body.

But beware, if anyone from the 80s recognizes you wearing this, they may assume you are John Holmes (think Boogie nights) and turn into a big ole bottom!

12. Risqué Ringmaster:

Description: Command attention with the charisma of a circus ringmaster, adding a touch of sultriness to this traditional character.

How to Achieve the Look: Sport a tailored red jacket (open to showcase a bare chest or a tight black or white shirt beneath). Pair this with black pants and knee-high black boots. The essential accessory? A black top hat. Add a whip or a gold-tipped cane as props to underscore your position as the master of ceremonies.

What do you think of these LGBTQ costumes? 

So, that’s our hot take on gay Halloween costumes. We know that you could agree or disagree with our recommendations. That’s why we love when you interact with our content and let us know what you think. The more you share the easier it is for  us to curate content you will love, and avoid that which you think we should not talk about.

Before you go, let us know what you think in the comments section below and have a happy Halloween!

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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