The 40 Best Halloween Costumes for Every Kind of College Guy (Easy, Funny, & Last Minute Ideas)

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College Halloween costumes guys can rock this year

In this post I rounded up all the coolest Halloween costumes for college guys.

three colorful halloween masks: a vampire, a witch and a squirrel

While college girl Halloween outfits tend to get more attention on this Spooktacular day, they’re not the only ones out there having fun. Dudes love brainstorming clever ideas and dressing up just as much (if not more) than their female counterparts!

And when it comes to being a college student, Halloween is an event you look forward to all year long.

Dressing up, going to parties, eating candy and painting the town red with friends – what’s not to love about All Hallows’ Eve?

To help you pick out something kickass to wear:

I put together a list of 40 Halloween costumes for college guys. Below are some of the best ideas to copy this year.

Best College Halloween Costumes for Guys

First up on this list are the most impressive college Halloween costumes ideas.

If you have the time and want to go all out, you can’t go wrong with recreating one of these amazing examples.

1. Inflatable Dinosaur Suit

guy in dinosaur Halloween costume
Via Twitter @DoubleBeam

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I’m sure you’ve seen the popular inflatable T-Rex costume running around.

But a Diplodocus suit? Nah – now that’s a little more creative.

2. Max from Where The Wild Things Are

college guy dressed at Max from Where The Wild Things Are
Via Twitter @Advil

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This nostalgic Where the Wild Things Are idea is easily a top choice for college guys.

First and foremost, this outfit is practically pajamas which means you get to be comfy all night long. And secondly, I don’t see how being a Wolf King for Halloween isn’t badass.

3. Creative Portal Halloween Costume

two men with glowing hula hoops
Via Imgur

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This Portal inspired costume idea is genius.

It also gets points for being easy to DIY with a friend. Now you just have to decide who’s going to be which half.

4. Skeletor (from the 80’s show, He-Man)

Skeletor Halloween costume idea
Via Instagram @joshua.vroo

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Everyone knows there’s nothing cooler than a bad boy.

And Skeletor is the ultimate bad boy.

5. Giant Whoopie Cushion

guy wearing a whoopee cushion for Halloween
Via Instagram @monsieur_weirdo

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This costume is an easy segue into all those fart jokes you have up your sleeve.

It’s tons of fun for not only you, but also everyone you’ll be interacting with!

7. Dwight from the Office

couple dressed as Dwight & Angela
Via Instagram @kingdewey_thepersian

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The Office is still relevant which is why dressing up as Dwight is a great choice.

If you have an Angela to go with you – even better.

8. Pointing Spiderman

two guys dressed as spiderman pointing at each other
Via Twitter @TerrenceJCruz

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Look no further for an easy idea to coordinate with your best friend.

Get two of the same Spiderman costumes, then simply point at each other every so often and you’re set. Talk about a spiderific duo costume for guys!

9. Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri Halloween costume
Via Twitter @DaniCim

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This look will have all the ladies asking you to take them to Flavor Town. As far as men’s Halloween costumes go, Guy Fieri is a pretty wholesome dude to dress up as.

10. Rod Kimble from Hot Rod

man in jumpsuit with a cape on a scooter
Via Instagram @byoncep

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The perfect choice for all the college guys who like to party.

P.S. Here’s how you can fully DIY this Hot Rod costume (if you’re feeling crafty).

11. McLovin

College guy wearing a McLovin costume for Halloween
Via VSCO @ryanheroux

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Speaking of parties:

Don’t forget to bring your I.D. so everyone knows you’re old enough to party.

12. Oscar the Party Animal

dude in an amazing DIY Oscar Halloween costume

This crazy good idea is easily one of the best college Halloween costumes for guys. Oscar even moves in the trash can.

It’s creative, funny, and you can be sure that no one else will be wearing it.

Video: Oscar the Grouch Mens Costume

Copy the idea with these step-by-step instructions.

13. Wes Anderson Halloween Costumes

two guys in Wes Anderson character Halloween costumes
Via VSCO @nathanschiro

Wes Anderson movie buffs will understand the look these two college guys were going for.

14. Van Gogh

guy in a Van Gogh costume
Via Imgur

If you already have a red hair and beard, a Van Gogh costume is a shoo-in. Patience is key, but boy do the efforts pay off!

Video: How to Be Van Gogh for Halloween

Easy Halloween Costumes for Guys

Fun ideas to go with when the path of least resistance is the one you want to take.

15. Charlie Brown

charlie brown's face drawn on bald man's head, he's wearing a yellow shirt
Via Twitter @SupportUofM

Some men lose their hair earlier in life than others.

Take advantage of it by using this idea!

16. Clark Kent

guy showing off super man suit under unbuttoned shirt
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You probably already own a suit of some kind, so all you really need is the Superman tee and some glasses.

17. Jake from State Farm

man wearing a red shirt, name tag and slacks while on the phone
Via Instagram @603_tacoma

A red shirt of any kind will work for this easy college Halloween costume idea. Secure yourself a name tag paired with a trusty pair of khakis and you’re golden.

For the uninformed – this is a reference to a commercial which has transcended into various memes and parodies.

18. Baseball Player

guy dressed as a baseball MVP
Via Instagram @beau__pearson

Got a friend who plays baseball?

Borrow their uniform for the night to save money on this look.

19. Math Nerd

man dressed as a nerd for Halloween
Via Instagram @dommi__salami

Get ready to hear a lot of bad jokes if you go as a nerd for Halloween…

Better yet, beat them to the punchline with a barrage of calculator gags and Big Bang Theory quips.

20. DIY Ghostbusters

group of guys in easy Ghost Buster's costumes
Via Twitter @handslikehouses

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A simple way for you and the boys to show that you’re all part of the same crew.

Get a printable Ghostbusters logo here.

Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Guys in College

Let’s be real:

Procrastinating is wayyyy too easy.

Just because you didn’t plan ahead doesn’t mean you can’t dress up, though.

These clever college Halloween costume ideas have your back. Because they can be slapped together in no time at all.

21. Mean Girls Homage

guy wearing a hoodie and a sign "she doesn't even go here"
Via Instagram @ttocs330

You can literally throw together this look in minutes, score!

22. Sticky Notes Everywhere

guy covered in pink sticky notes
Via Instagram @erikbergrin

Just put sticky notes all over your body and call it good.

23. Freddie Mercury Halloween Costume

Guy in a last-minute Freddy Mercury Halloween costume
Via Reddit u/oligarchyoligarchy

Kill two birds with one stone:

Get a head start on No Shave November and look cool on Halloween.

24. Lonely Island Throwback

shirtless guy wearing a sign saying he came in his pants
Via Instagram @scott.haro

I think this has to be my favorite last minute Halloween costume for guys.

Throw it back to when times were simpler and YouTube was still in its infant years. The Lonely Island video still holds up 14+ years later.

25. DIY DoodleBob

DIY doodle bob Halloween costume
Via Twitter @haileyrbrookes


It’s amazing how far poster paper and markers will take you on your journey for a last-minute outfit.

26. Jeff Spicoli

college guy with bagel in front of pants
Via Instagram @chest_rockwell_jr

Fast Times at Ridgemont High fans can appreciate the bagel in the pants look.

27. John Cusack in Say Anything

guy in a trench coat holding a cardboard boom box
Via Instagram @matthewxbacchus

Guys in college can replicate an iconic movie moment with minimal efforts. Nail the look with a trench coat and the help of a cardboard box!

Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Guys with Beards

Amazing Halloween ideas with absolutely no shaving required.

28. The Dude

cguy in blue bathrobe, flip flops, holding a carton of milk
Via Twitter @TheNicksterDA
man with shoulder length hair and a beard dressed at the dude for halloween
Via Twitter @TheNicksterDA

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“I’m not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski.

I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me.”

This costume is 100% cool and 100% attainable on short notice.

29. Alan Garner from The Hangover

man with beard and sunglasses, baby doll strapped to chest
Via Pinterest

References to The Hangover always slap.

With this last minute Halloween costume for guys you’ll be able to embrace your eccentric side and your facial hair all at the same time.

30. Drake

The beauty of this Halloween costume:

You only need jeans and a striped tee to go with your bangin’ beard. Get tips on how to style your beard like Drake here.

31. Marathon Runner Forrest Gump

guy dressed in red running shorts and a yellow shirt
Via Instagram @schmal_world

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An idea for the college guys who just felt like letting their beard grow out. It’s a whole mood, run with it!

32. Lumberjack

lumberjack costume idea for college guys on halloween
Via Twitter @PeachJames_

“There’s like 7 costumes you can pull off with a beard.”

So you might as well face the facts:

Lumberjacks will always be perfect last-min costumes for men with beards.

33. Aquaman

beared guy with aquaman costume
Via Twitter @thewaynegarner

Most superheroes are clean shaven:

But Aquaman is one you can rock with hair on your face.

Funny Halloween Costumes for College Guys

Do you want to really let your sarcastic side shine?

Try one of these college Halloween costume ideas. They’re witty as hell.

34. Woman Bent Over Squinting Meme

guy bent over squinting mimicking woman
Via Instagram @jeffstagramm

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The hardest part of putting together this costume might be finding heels in the right size.

35. Ron Swanson

guy dressed as Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec
Via Reddit u/KaleYeah87

Make sure to get all the bacon and eggs you can while dressed like Ron. I must stress not a lot of bacon and eggs, but all of the bacon and eggs.

36. Russell, the Kid from UP

russel from UP guy costume for halloween
Via Twitter @@UCMCareer

Don’t be afraid to let everyone know what your favorite Pixar movie is.

Recreate this idea with a DIY sash and a DIY ascot.

37. How do you do, fellow kids?

guy with a backwards hat and skateboard
Via Twitter @realRUSTYCAGE

This idea will help you seamlessly blend in with the cool crowd at college parties.

Bonus points if you can do any sick skateboard tricks, and especially if it’s a Onewheel.

38. The Royal Baby

man dressed at the royal baby
Via Reddit u/TheRealFreshy

Prince William’s kids are a little bit older now…

Update the idea by using Prince Harry’s face instead! Or insert the Royal family member of your choice.

39. Old Greg

guy wearing a lot of green and a pink tutu
Via Imgur

One of the more obscure but still funny Halloween costumes for guys in college is Old Greg.

If you know, you know….I’ll just leave it at that.

40. Awaken With JP Costume

man wearing pink animal print leggings, purple shirt, flower head band
Via Instagram @adampearceofficial

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Halloween is the time to get ultra spiritual and bring your enlightenment to a whole new level.

And remember it is a competition, be competitively spiritual. Namaste.

Final Thoughts on College Halloween Costumes for Guys

So those are our top 40 picks for coolest costumes for college guys to wear this year.

Many have been around for years and I expect them to continue to popular for years to come. They’re favorites for a reason, after all!

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  1. Great ideas! I especially liked the “Lonely Island” one. I will be sharing this with my son so he can be the coolest kid at his parties!