Planning a Halloween costume that accounts for your beard may seem limiting, but those whiskers actually open up a whole new world of possibilities. From a Paul Bunyan-esque lumberjack to a Norse warrior viking, there are plenty of classic options available for bearded guys to pull off with style. What’s more, your beard will be 100% natural, making your look even more authentic. Stumped for cool costume ideas this Halloween? Let us help you out. Here are our 13 top costume picks for our facial-haired heroes.
Nothing like a true classic. This one is pretty simple, as the iconic wizard costume has been around long before your own beard was even a little patch of peach fuzz. Don’t think you’re limited to going with a generic wizard look, either—there are plenty of wonderful wizards to choose from in popular culture. Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, Dumbledore from Harry Potter, or simply Merlin himself... the choices are numerous. Grab a long stick, a pointy hat, and a full-length bathrobe, and you’re out the door. Just remember to wear something under the bathrobe, or else your party might get a little... breezy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to be insanely popular, but surprisingly the costume choices it offers for the bearded among us are few and far between. Luckily, one of the prime choices is the mightiest Avenger, the God of Thunder himself. Who wouldn’t want to be compared to a god? (Or Chris Hemsworth, for that matter?) Whether you buy a costume from a local Halloween store or create one yourself from scratch, you’ll light up the party once your awesome Asgardian might arrives.
“Sure,” you think, “Thor is great, but I don’t really have the physique to match. I’d look more like Thor’s cousin, the God of Pizza.” That may have been true until Avengers: Endgame smashed the box office. The Thor we see here has been through some hard times, and he’s taken on a more, shall we say, approachable look. Lebowski it up this Halloween and you can still be the God of Thunder, without having to look like a supermodel. Thanks, Marvel!
Another classic costume archetype, the Pirate is simple: Bandana, sword, raggedy pants, and button-up shirt. If you want to go the extra mile, an eyepatch or hook hand can serve as a nice complement. Best of all, the pirate look works for any type of facial hair, from the pencil-thin mustache to a waist-long behemoth of a beard. Make this costume your own!
Genie of the Lamp
With the live-action release of Disney’s Aladdin earlier this year came a new spin on the iconic Genie costume thanks to Will Smith’s blue-hued appearance. It’s a perfect Halloween look. Grow out that goatee, get some silk pants and a vest, and you’re ready to make some Halloween wishes come true. Extra points if you paint yourself blue!
Demon or Devil
Another costume with plenty of creative flexibility. The right pairing of outfit and beard cut can make you feel downright devilish. Do you want the old-school devil look with the mustache and goatee, or are you trying to put your own fresh spin on it? The world is your deviled egg with this choice, though you’ll probably want to work in a classic red-and-black color palette for maximum recognizability. (We can’t think of many devils out there wearing pinks or yellows.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things, but he is not a liar. He said he’ll be back, and he’s keeping his word with an appearance in the upcoming Terminator sequel Dark Fate. Now’s the perfect time to dress up like everyone’s favorite Connor-hunting robot, since this new robot model shipped from the factory with a sweet-looking goatee.
Halloween parties can sometimes be raucous affairs, but if you’re looking to be the calm, level-headed one of the group, this costume will set the tone. Channeling the beloved PBS painting powerhouse not only makes for a great costume, but it also opens up an opportunity for a great dual costume with your partner: Just have them dress as a Happy Little Tree.
Mr. T is a hard man to impersonate. The man behind The A-Team’s B.A. Baracus has been a pop culture mainstay for decades, and many have tried to fill those sizable shoes on All Hallows’ Eve. The secret is in the combination of mohawk and facial hair, obviously: If you can nail that signature look (enormous golden heck accessories optional, but recommended), your Mr. T will be the best at the Halloween bash. We pity the foo’ that doesn’t focus on the face!
Look, there are a lot of choices for bearded costumes when it comes to Game of Thrones. Most go with Jon Snow. Tyrion Lannister and The Hound are also popular choices. But if you want to go with a truly impressive look, we have to recommend red-haired ruffian Tormund. If you have a shaggy beard already, the look shouldn’t be too difficult to pull off—you just need to dye your mane red. Just think about how many people will be delighted to see ol’ Giantsbane instead of the played-out Lord Snow. Go big or go Hardhome!
For those among us with truly epic beards, a ZZ Top costume represents the pinnacle of bearded Halloween fun. Two of these three classic rockers have sported the greatest beards in music history for years now, and if you can pull off the look yourself you’d be just as legendary. Now’s your chance to prove that every woman’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.
One bespoke suit, one head of shoulder length hair, and one mean looking goatee is all you’ll need to pull off one of the best action movie characters in the last decade. Plus, you’ll also be dressing as Keanu Reeves, and who doesn’t want to be Keanu Reeves? Everyone at the party will be sure to treat their pets with extra kindness while you’re on the scene.
2019 is a huge year for Star Wars, with the final movie in the new trilogy due out just before Christmas. That means the Jedi costume will be a popular one this year, and it’s not too late to grow out a beard to upgrade your look from Padawan to Master. Whether you’re inspired by Clone Wars-era Obi-Wan Kenobi or Luke Skywalker from The Last Jedi, it’s a great look. And while he’s not a Jedi per se, if you’ve got the fuzz to pull off Chewbacca… go for it.