October 29, 2010

Halloween Costumes for Metalheads

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I’m off to a Halloween party this weekend, as I’m sure most of you are, too. It seems strange to me, being that Halloween is essentially a harvest festival, to celebrate it at the beginning of summer, but mostly it’s an excuse to dress up in costume and have a BBQ.

If you’re in need of a last-minute costume idea for the weekend, I have a few ideas for a “metal” Halloween costume:



Alice Cooper

An oldie but a goodie. Find yourself a suitably Alice outfit, paint dark circles around your eyes (if you’re a hipster, you might already have practice at this) dig out a top hat and proceed to throw fake spiders at everyone all night before hanging yourself ceremoniously from the ceiling fan.


Dead (for obvious reasons, I didn't include a certain bootleg album cover)

Zombie Dead

I thought it would be a laugh to go as “Dead” from Mayhem to a Zombie Walk a few years ago, so I ripped up an old white t-shirt, painted “I Y Transylvania” on the front (this was written on the t-shirt Dead was found dead in, and “Excuse all the Blood” on the back, which was his suicide note. I added gore all down one side of my face and on the shirt, and a bullet hole in my forehead. Morbid, but metal.



Ozzy Osbourne

Get really drunk, take a whole bunch of drugs, wear lots of silver rings and a crucifix, and sit in the corner babbling incoherently all night.




Dress up in your best medieval garb and find yourself a folk instrument (it doesn’t matter if you can’t play it). Then, proceed to get completely trashed and start a sing-a-long.


Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

A white shirt stained with blood, a pair of shaving knives and wild glint in your eyes is all you need for a convincing Sweeney costume. This works even better if you can rope a friend into being Mrs. Lovett, and bring along a tray of meat pies.




My favorite character from Repo! The Genetic Opera. All you need is an old duster coat, some ribbons in your hong hair, some pale face paint, and a talent at speaking in well-articulated but terrible verse.


Tim, attempting not to stab his own nuts


Tim, as Dimebag

Dimebag Darryl

Last year, my mate Tim made himself a Dimebag costume, consisting of a Pantera shirt, a pair of shorts and a guitar he cut from a cardboard box (nearly stabbing himself in the testicles in the process).




Buy a tarzan costum from the shop and wear it with your favorite black leather vest. Spend the entire night loudly denouncing false metal.



Odin / Thor

A good basic costume, some viking garb, and a giant-ass hammer to smite your enemies. And probably a drinking horn or two.




A bushy moustache, a German accent, and a tendancy to spout blashphemous and offensive critiques of Christianity, morality and the state of the Halloween party’s candy bowl.

What are YOU dressing as this Halloween? I have my costume all figured out (it’s a surprise – you will find out on Monday).

11 Comments on “Halloween Costumes for Metalheads

July 12, 2016 at 1:56 am

This year’s Halloween costume is going to be an elaborate one (which is why this comment is being posted in July) – I’m going as Vulvatron from GWAR, lol. It’ll be a good excuse for excessive drinking and obscenities! :)

July 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

@Jordie – that costume sounds AMAZING. Link to pics if you end up doing it!

This year I think I’m going to be Seven-of-Nine from Startrek Voyager. Just finished watching the series and it’s awesome. My favourite Star Trek yet.

April 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Toki Wartooth would be a sweet costume!

July 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

@Jordie – hell yes! \m/

April 20, 2013 at 12:03 am

what about Abbath?

ive always been keen to hold an “ABBATHday party” where everyone who comes gets the corpse paint.

November 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

I went as Otis B Driftwood from the devils rejects this year

September 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

King Diamond

September 17, 2011 at 2:17 am

Maybe i’m a little late for last years Halloween costume ideas, but i’m planning to dress up as Sweeney Todd for this year. It’s a true classic!

September 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hi Chucky! It definitely is – I’ve got two friends who are doing Sweeney and Mrs Lovett this year. They’re costume designers so they’re going to look AWESOME. And they get to eat pie all night. A perfect costume, I reckon!

October 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Oh I can’t wait to see your costume! I bet it will be awesome.

We don’t celebrate Halloween here. There are a few scattered parties thrown by either trendies who take the opportunity to dress as slutty as they can or small groups who gather together and dress up. But there’s not the Halloween tradition of house decoration, children trick-or-treating, nothing like that.

I did attend a few years ago, a metalhead cosutme party. It was june so it was not hot, which is great if you’re gonna dress up. I went as a metalhead lady Mad Hatter. I put on a white wig, a home made top hat with the 10/6 sign, very high shoes and drank beer with my little finger up all night. I had taken some black face-paint to do an Alice Cooper like job on the eyes but I dodn’t get to do it so I settled with some eyeliner.

October 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

@Altáriel – I love the Metal Mad Hatter costume! We took some awesome pictures at the party – I’m just waiting for friends to wake up, nurse their hangovers and put them on Facebook so I can show you guys :)

We don’t really celebrate halloween here, either. It’s starting to become a bigger deal, and for the last three years or so we’ve started to have Halloween decorations in shops and things. And some yeaars we even have kids trick or treating, but it’s definitely not a NZ-thing. My friends love an excuse for a party, though :) Especially a costume party.

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