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Best Ideas for Car-Themed Halloween Costumes

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Picking a clever Halloween costume that will impress your friends without costing you an arm and a leg (unless that’s the look you’re going for) can be a challenge. Even more difficult, the influence of blockbuster-oriented pop culture has left a void of amusing automotive-themed outfits.

Luckily, we’re here to help spark a creative storm in your mind with a list of our favorite automotive-themed Halloween costumes. The majority of these can be used for adults or children and adjusted accordingly.

Automotive-Themed Costumes for Gearheads Young and Old

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Brand Mascot

You can’t watch an hour of television without being bombarded with wacky, recognizable mascots touting a variety of products, and the automotive advertising industry is no exception. Why not bring that gusto and pop culture awareness by picking a character from the multitude of car insurance and automotive company personas?


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Used Car Salesman

There are a lot of occupation-themed options out there (like mechanics or crossing guards) but this is our preferred choice because it involves energetic character-acting, too. With a comb-over wig, tacky plaid suit, and a rubber cigar, you’re ready to sell every décor item at the party to anyone nearby—regardless of if you own it.


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Driver’s License

It doesn’t take more than a large cardboard or poster board sheet, a pair of scissors, and a handful of markers to create an over-sized driver’s license. Just cut out a square for your real head where the photograph would normally go and fill the rest with goofy personal information. The best part? A bad hair day, awkward facial expression, or lack of makeup will only enhance the “embarrassing photo” aspect.


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Photo: © General Motors

Race Car Driver

Who doesn’t picture themselves strutting into a room as if they’ve just won the Daytona 500? Make those dreams come alive by dressing as a race car driver for your holiday celebration. Piecing together this costume is a cinch because of the variety of colored clothes and patterns that can be used.  If you’re going with a friend, this pairs well with a pit stop crew member or over-sized checkered flag.


Road Sign

Nothing says, “I’m here to party!” like a giant STOP sign. Another costume that utilizes cardboard, colored paper, and some creativity, the road sign is only limited by what you see on the street. Consider a geeky “You Shall Not Pass,” a scandalous “Dangerous Curves Ahead,” or a hilariously frustrating “Road Closed/Detour” sign. Or, take a different route altogether and select a local interstate constantly under construction and bring along a friend dressed as an orange safety cone.


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A Car

With the abundance of cardboard boxes you have in your basement, why not add some wheels and cruise around to the local Halloween bashes? With so many famous television, film, and real-life cars at your creative disposal, you’re bound to select one that fits your personality. It also pairs well with any of the other previously-mentioned costumes.


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Movie Character

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Puns Never Fail

If you’re tagging along with a couple of friends who are romantically involved, your costume is practically picked for you: the third wheel! Now you just have to dress the part…

Last but not least, perhaps you’re looking for something a bit scarier for your serious Halloween party? Easy solution. Dress yourself as a deranged maniac in an oblong silver cylinder who calls himself “The Muffler.”