15 Halloween costume ideas for travellers

October 16, 2017
Urban Adventures

Heading out for Halloween and looking to put a little wanderlust into your costume? Don’t just be a Bavarian beer girl or a French mime, pump your costume full of originality! We’ve pulled together a list of 15 less-than-predictable travel-themed Halloween costumes to help inspire you!

Mexican luchadore

Lucha Libre is basically a religion in Mexico, and it’s easy to see why! You get to dress up in a crazy costume, come up with a name like Rey Mysterio (here’s a name generator to find you own), and be the hero the world needs! Spandex not included.


Tacky tourist

Break out your Hawaiian print shirt, zip off pants-shorts, fanny pack and money belt, dangle a camera around your neck and clutch a map in your hand, and ask people for directions. All night.

Venetian gondolier

Icons of tourism in Venice, gondoliers are classic, and easy to dress up as. Don some black pants, a stripy shirt and a hat, and spend the night serenading people in Italian (whether you know it or not).


If you’re going to a bar, this might be a tad cumbersome, but hey, the world’s a big place!

A famous landmark

Grab some cardboard and get creative. The Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower are classic (read: frequent) costumes, so if you want something a bit less predictable, how about The Sphinx of Egypt? Or the Great Wall of China? Or maybe the Burj Khalifa of Dubai? (Just don’t make your costume so tall that you can’t get out your front door.

Harajuku girl

There’s more to Harajuku than the Gwen Stefani song. This Tokyo neighbourhood is a street fashion capital, with the streets acting more like runways for the young and fashionable. Harajuku fashion is all about having fun, so just head to your local thrift store and hunt down the craziest outfit you can find. The more accessories the better!

Harajuku Girl - Tokyo

Paddington Bear

Oh that little darling. Red wellies, a blue coat, a red or black hat, and a battered suitcase are key, but the costume won’t be complete if you don’t have a tag around your neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

Day of the Dead Catrina

The Day of the Dead dolls are beautifully haunting, and make for a perfect travel-themed Halloween costume because they’re a bit spooky, and because Day of the Dead starts on October 31.

Catrinas Day of the Dead


We’ve seen people dress up as their Facebook profile page, so why not their passport! Create a flat board with a cutout for your head where the passport picture goes, and boom. Just maybe don’t write your actual passport number on there…you know, just for security purposes.

Inca Trail porter

These guys are tough, so you better be prepared. You’ll need leather sandals, and all the backpacks and bags you can find. Wrap them all up in a poncho, tie them to your back, and go climb a mountain. Okay maybe not, but good luck getting to the bar.

John Lennon

Dressing up as this famous Beatle might seem like more of music lover’s costume…until you learn about the wall dedicated to him in Prague. A pair of round glasses and a wig complete this costume, but covering a shirt in peace messages and graffiti is a surefire way to travel-ize this costume.


Matryoska doll

Rosy cheeks, red lips, headscarves and floral patterns are what characterise these iconic Russian nesting dolls. If you have a group of friends who are all different heights, dress identically and then stand in order of shortest to tallest. Then send us a picture, because we would LOVE to see this done well.

Russian Nesting Dolls

Amelia Earhart

We think Amelia Earhart is the coolest female costume around (and she was a real person!). Grab a leader jacket, a white scarf and sweet goggles, and talk about exploring the world. Just maybe try not to get lost at the end of the night…


Just disrupt the whole evening and make people find alternate ways home.

Iceland's volcano that blew up

Urban Adventures guide

We couldn’t help ourselves with this one. But hey, it’s easy when you’re a passionate local. Just throw on a red t-shirt and show people the Best. Day. Ever!

Prague Urban Adventures Guide