When you think of the 1950s, the first thing that comes to mind probably includes car hop girls in poodle skirts and guys with slicked back hair in greaser jackets. While those looks are certainly a staple of the decade, they aren't your only options if you're looking for '50s Halloween costumes ideas to rock this year.
If you want to celebrate the iconic decade, there is definitely room to think outside the box! Dress as one of your favorite glamorous '50s movie stars, like Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, or embrace your kooky side by dressing as Lucy from I Love Lucy.
And since some of these costumes only require one or two specific pieces of clothing, they can be thrown together quickly if you've waited until the last minute to pull together your look. Inspired by famous faces, must-see movies, and cultural movements of the era, these 50s Halloween costumes are a fun way to let your retro spirit shine this October.
If you always wished you could have joined one of the now-retro bowling leagues with bright matching shirts, here's your chance!
Nothing says '50s quite like an old-school diner. You can dress up like a server and sip on a malted shake all night.
The trio of singing sisters rose to fame during the second World War and continued their success throughout the '50s. Their most iconic looks were matching army-inspired getups with perfectly pinned up hair. If you can grab two friends to complete the trio, even better!
If watching Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in Singin' in the Rain made you want to get up to dance and belt out a tune, then this is the costume for you.
What you'll need: Raincoat ($17, Amazon); yellow umbrella ($7, Amazon)
Grace Kelly was known for her stunning and elegant style, but this look from Rear Window may just take the cake. You can buy recreations of the dress, or, for a cheaper option, pull together a few pieces to achieve the same look.
What you'll need: Black off-the-shoulder top ($25, Express); white tea skirt ($28, Amazon); pearl necklace ($24, Amazon)
This ensemble features the 1950s pinup girl trifecta: curled hair, a sailor outfit, and heels.
Donna Reed may have seemed like the epitome of perfect mother, able to look effortlessly glamorous while running to answer the phone and whipping up a dessert for her family all in the same breath, but dressing up as the '50s TV star is thankfully very simple. Throw on a dress and pin your curls and you'll be good to go.
What you'll need: '50s-inspired dress ($30, Halloweencostumes.com)
Johnny Cash released his first number one hit "I Walk the Line" way back in 1957, making him a great choice for a '50s Halloween costume.
What you'll need: Black sports coat ($32, Amazon); white button down ($19, Amazon); acoustic guitar ($46, Amazon); sunglasses ($12, Amazon)
Though she played her iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961, Audrey made her acting debut in 1951 when she starred in the Broadway production of Gigi, and, not two years later, she starred opposite Gregory Peck in the film Roman Holiday.
Other than this T-Birds leather jacket, the only other thing you'll need to pull off this class look from Grease is John Travolta's confident swagger.
Poodle skirts are one of the most defining fashion moments of this decade, so slip one on with a pair of frilly socks and saddle shoes and everyone will know exactly what Halloween costume idea you're going for.
Fashion always comes back around, and right now this 1950s prom suit is on point.
Slip into this Halloween costume and repeat "thank you, thank you very much" all night while the compliments come rolling in.
And don't forget the rollerskates!
The teenage heartthrob who gave us songs like "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be the Day," and "Not Fade Away" topped charts in the '50s. He was known for his plaid tuxedos and youthful spectacles, which makes for quite the dapper Halloween costume.
Pay homage to the actress that defined 1950s television (and every sitcom that followed). Get your fella a Ricky Ricardo outfit and your couples costume is set.
Don't you wish that a man in a uniform still dropped fresh milk on your doorstep every morning? Those were the days.
By the end of this decade, the world had heralded in the Jet Age that was all about air travel thanks to planes being faster, more efficient, and more comfortable than ever before. Also noteworthy? Next-level stewardess fashion, which continued to evolve through the 1960s.