Theme ideas for a costume party

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Dressing up is not only a child’s play! We have gathered for you 50 ideas of themes for a fancy dress party. For a birthday, Halloween or Christmas, you will certainly find the perfect idea to make your party more original.

Moreover, if you are not sure yet if you want to organize a costume party, discover the different advantages for you and your guests to opt for this style of party. You will also find at the end of this article, 20 excuses to party and organize a costume party at any time of the year.

List of costume party theme ideas

Below you’ll find not only great costume party theme ideas, but also costume ideas for each theme.

Star Wars

  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Princess Leia
  • Yoda
  • Padamé amidal
  • R2-D2
  • Qui-Gon Jinn
  • C-3PO
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi


  • Soccer ball
  • Soccer player
  • Referee
  • Cheerleader

Chic & Choc

  • Jogging + shirt + bow tie
  • Suit + flip-flops
  • Suit + crest
  • Soccer shirt + tie


  • Book
  • Video game controller
  • Geek with glasses, suspenders and high waist pants
  • Superhero


  • mini
  • mickey
  • Rayponce
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin
  • Tinkerbell
  • Hulk
  • Cruella
  • Mermaid : Ariele
  • Tic & Tac


  • Classical dancer
  • Hip hop dancer
  • Belly dancer
  • Hawaiian Dancer
  • Traditional dancer
  • 70s-80s-90s dancer


  • Fluorescent clothes
  • Fluorescent makeup
  • Fluorescent jewelry
  • Fluorescent accessories


  • Matrix
  • The indestructibles
  • Batman
  • Logan
  • Spider-Man
  • Hulk
  • Super-Man
  • Thor
  • Iron-Man
  • Aquaman
  • Hancock
  • RoboCop
  • Wonder Women
  • Catwoman

Fast Food

  • Burger
  • Pizza
  • Ketchup
  • French Fries
  • Cotton candy
  • Donald MacDonald
  • Burritos
  • Ice cream
  • Sandwish


  • Octopus
  • horse
  • shark
  • cat
  • Top hat
  • Captain
  • Magician
  • Chinese
  • Signaling Cone


  • Superhero
    Mary Poppins
  • Cruella
  • E.T
  • Malibou Alert
  • Avatar
  • Tinkerbell
  • Casa de Papel
  • Edouard with the silver hands


  • Flower
  • Hippie
  • Bohemian
  • disguise themes


  • Farmer
  • Scarecrow
  • Flower
  • Peasant woman
  • Suspenders + boots + beret
  • Tavern keeper


  • Pirate
  • Gold coin
  • Treasure
  • Diamond
  • Skeleton
  • Scroll
  • Boat


  • Suede or leather pants + leather belt + plaid shirt + handkerchief around the neck
  • Sleeveless vest + cowboy boots + cowboy hat + lasso
  • Fringed skirt + plaid shirt + leather boots + cowboy hat


  • Flower
  • Hippie


  • Pharaoh
  • Cleopatra
  • Crocodile
  • Pyramid
  • Snake
  • Sphinx
  • Tutankhamun
  • Mummy
  • Akhenaton


  • Pizza
  • Italian
  • Carnival of Venice
  • Italian ice cream
  • Spaghetti
  • Tower of Pisa
  • Gondola
  • Mozzarella

Black & White

  • White shirt
  • Black Pants
  • White hat
  • Black gloves
  • White skirt
  • Black varnish
  • Black lipstick
  • Black tie
  • White bow tie
  • Black earrings


  • American Indian
  • Native American Indian
  • Wolf
  • Pocahontas
  • Horse
  • Tipi
  • Feather
  • Bison

Venice Carnival

  • Wig


  • Julius Caesar
  • Roman
  • Centurion
  • Emperor
  • Gladiator
  • disguise ideas
  • Peaky Blinders


  • Ball : soccer, rugby, volleyball
  • Racket : tennis, badminton
  • Sportsman : soccer player, rugby player, swimmer, boodybuilder, dancer, 80’s, basketball player, fitness,
  • boxer, etc
  • Cheerleader


  • Dinosaur
  • Woman/Caveman
  • Bones
  • Stone axe
  • Club

Why organize a themed costume party?

Not sure yet if organizing a theme party is a good idea or not? Here are some good reasons to opt for this type of party.

Theme ideas to break the ice at a party

If you’re throwing a large party, some guests may be a little intimidated by the idea of meeting new people. That’s why having everyone in attendance in costume is a great icebreaker.

The perfect icebreaker theme: the Rubik’s Cube! Guests show up to the party in an outfit that has all six colors of the Rubik’s Cube represented by at least one item of clothing. For example, they might be dressed in a yellow t-shirt, red shorts, blue sock, green sock and an orange headband. During the costume party, guests must swap clothes to try to complete one side of the cube. This is a fun way for people to interact and a simple and inexpensive way to dress up.

Another fun theme idea to help guests get comfortable: song titles! Throughout the costume party, attendees will have to guess what music is associated with the costume. This is also a great theme to encourage people to be creative.

Let your creativity run wild

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own costume for a costume party. Plus, you don’t have to be a whiz with a sewing machine. Your costume doesn’t have to look like a couture creation. With old clothes, a little thread, glue and a few accessories, you can easily make the perfect costume. Use Youtube video tutorials to find cheap costumes that are easy to make.
There’s no reason you can’t have fun as a kid while making an adult costume. Let your creativity run wild.

Even if your costume is handmade and doesn’t look exactly like you imagined, it will still be more enjoyable than a costume you bought ready-made. It may even make it more fun.

So hang your streamers and decorations, put on your costume and don’t forget to have fun!

Some DIY costume ideas for a themed party

You’ve finally decided on a theme for your costume party. Now it’s time to look for the perfect costume to make a splash on the big day.
You want to create your own costume for several reasons:

  • It is much more rewarding than buying a ready-made costume.
  • It saves money because a ready-made costume is often very expensive.
  • You will be sure to have a unique costume that will not look like any other.

Here are some ideas of outfits that you can easily make yourself for your costume party.

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