Couples Costume Ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

If you're going to a costume party as a twosome, you might want to go as a famous couple. You can choose from hundreds of couples throughout history, from star-crossed lovers to bickering husbands and wives. Be creative and have fun, whether you pull inspiration from pop culture, literature or history.

From Pop Culture

If you choose to go dressed as a couple, you'll find plenty of ideas from popular culture. You can choose from beloved TV characters like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Herman and Lily Munster, Gomez and Morticia Addams or Fred and Wilma Flintstone. The female half of these costumes may need wigs, such as a bright red one for Lucy or Wilma Flintstone, while Morticia and Lily both require long, black wigs.

You can also choose famous cartoon couples like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck or Popeye and Olive Oyl.

Musician couples include Sonny and Cher or John Lennon and Yoko Ono. These costumes can be relatively simple and might only require wigs for the women and 1970s-style clothing for everyone.

Other famous couples include Superman and Lois Lane, Barbie and Ken or Shrek and Fiona.

From Literature

For book lovers, you may find costume inspiration in your favourite stories. While all of these couples have also appeared on the big screen, you can still find their love stories between the pages of a book.

If you choose to go as Romeo and Juliet, you may need to visit a costume rental shop for authentic details like tights and a Renaissance-type tunic for Romeo. Juliet will require a long, Renaissance dress.

A Samson and Delilah costume can be relatively simple. Samson needs a long wig and rustic tunic, while Delilah needs a sweeping gown.

If you go as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett should wear a 19th-century suit, while Scarlett should wear a full and sweeping Southern Belle dress, with her hair in long, dark curls.

Historical Couples

You can look throughout history for famous couples, as well. For a Bonnie and Clyde costume, you may already have the necessary garments on hand. Clyde needs a suit, though nothing too fancy. Bonnie requires a dress that recalls the 1920s and 1930s, with a long skirt that falls past the knees. Clyde should have a short, simple haircut, while Bonnie can wear the short, wavy bob that was popular during that time.

If you go as Cleopatra and Marc Antony, your costume may be more elaborate. Cleopatra needs a wig of black braids and a golden gown, while Marc Antony can wear a white Roman-style tunic, cloak and sandals.

If your couple's costume choice is Adam and Eve, be careful. You don't want to actually go naked. However, you can strategically place fake leaves over a flesh-coloured body stocking to create the illusion of nudity. Eve can wear a long, flowing wig and maybe carry an apple.


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Since 1996, Zoe London has written extensively on fashion, health, beauty, crafts and parenting. Her work has appeared in "Mahogany Magazine" and "The Kid Turned Out Fine".