Much of the fun of Halloween is dressing up in costume. For couples, that fun can be intensified by dressing up as a duo. While couples are common in films, not all movie duos translate well to Halloween costume. For any type of costume to work, people need to recognise it. That means that while doing Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn from "African Queen" might seem like a good idea, translating it into a recognisable costume might not work.
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There have been many superhero movies in recent times, and some can yield couple costumes. Daredevil and Elektra are an obvious duo, but Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl) from the Fantastic Four would also work. Spiderman can be paired with red-haired fireball Mary Jane Watson. Even Batman and Catwoman would work well as a couple costume. For a petite woman with short hair, a vintage 1960s styled Robin could be paired with Batman.
Cartoon-based films can also serve as fertile inspiration for couple costumes. Be Homer and Marge Simpson with masks and costume pieces from a Halloween store to make yourselves look like the cartoon. However, yellow make-up, a wig and clothing could bring a different approach. Freddie and Velma or Daphne from "Scooby Doo" could make a good pair of costumes, and again, you can recreate the live action version, but pure cartoon style costumes work, too.
Classic Movie Monsters
The classic monster movies create opportunities for couple-oriented Halloween costumes. Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein are obvious. The Creature from the Black Lagoon can be paired with a woman wearing an old fashioned one piece swim suit. The classic Lon Chaney, Jr.-style Wolfman could be teamed up with the gypsy fortune teller from that famous film. Dracula is another of the classic movie monsters. Add in a female with make-up to look pale and drained and bite marks on the neck with period clothing.
Period Styled Couples
Various period-styled films provides inspiration for a number of other couple costumes. 1920s clothing paired with machine guns and pistols can create the look for Bonnie and Clyde. Robin Hood and Maid Marion is another strong contender. Tarzan and Jane works exceptionally well. Although based more on a genre of film than a specific movie (but references abound), a male and female pair of pirates or a cowboy and cowgirl (or even saloon girl) make fun options.