Batman & Joker Costume Ideas

Batman & Joker Halloween Costume Ideas

Batman was first introduced in 1939 and is a character from the Batman comic book. Bruce Wayne, his alter ego is a multimillionaire and resident of the fictional city of Gotham.

In the comic books and more recently in the movies, Batman fights a variety of psychotic characters including the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, however the Joker is his greatest rival. People often wear Batman and Joker costumes on Halloween, so I've included a few costume ideas for these characters below:


There have been many incarnations of Batman throughout the decades, some of them extremely memorable and some of them kind of lame, but regardless of what era or incarnation you want to portray, Batman is one cool dude.

• The Cape

First and foremost, he's not Batman without a cape, so this will be your first priority. Stop by the costume store or look around in thrift shops for a black cape that fits your body type and size. It should be able to envelope you easily and allow you to hide in the shadows-if it's too small for this, it'll probably look a bit awkward. If you can't find a cape, you can always make one out of black or dark blue bed sheets or curtains if you have some basic sewing skills.

• The Mask

Another essential component of the costume is the mask that keeps people from realizing that Bruce Wayne is the Dark Knight himself. For the mask, you're going to want to pick out a fabric that is a similar color as the cape, and in fact you might want to make it out of the same material.

Making eye-holes and cutting out the mouth with a little over-hang to cover the nose is straight-forward enough, but building up the little ears might be a hassle. Using the foam from inside of a pillow or something else that is similar soft, but that keeps its shape might help to prop up the ears.

• The Bodysuit

If you have the body for it, it might be easier to just get a zentai suit and modify it. They straddle that line between pajamas and super hero tights and tend to be inexpensive. If you're muscular, it will also allow you to more easily slip into the Batman persona. If you don't want to wear an all-in-one suit like this, some tight athletic pants and a similarly tight athletic shirt should work.

• The Belt

Batman needs his utility belt, and of course it should have his logo on it. For this, you might be able to modify a real-life utility belt from a hardware store, but if you want to keep things simply, you can opt for a thick leather belt with a big buckle. Make a batman logo out of foam or some other easily-workable material and super glue it to the buckle.

• Footwear

Leather boots should suffice here. Just make sure that they are dark and color and go up past your ankle. If you're on a budget and are okay sporting 1960's Batman TV Show look, some black rubber rain boots might also work. Regardless of what style of Batman you ultimately choose, these are the basic components that your costume should be include if you're looking to be Gotham's next hero.


Most people like to be the hero, but maybe you're feeling a little villainous this Halloween. Great! It's the perfect time to throw together a Joker costume and finally pay homage to the bad guys for a change.

• TV Show Joker

You remember that old cheesy Batman TV show from the 60's? Those were simpler times, when people's hearts were a little less dark, and the media reflected that. If you want to remind people of the good old days, or else just go for an ironic twist on the usual Joker costume, you might want to try 1960's Joker.

The first thing you'll need is a light purple / magenta suit (like in the comics), with a black tie and a green shirt underneath. Next, slather your face in cheap white makeup, and grab some of your girlfriend's lipstick or some bright red makeup for the clownish smile. Joker's mouth is kind of strangely shaped very pointy almost like Salvador Dali's mustache. Finally, get some green spray-on hair dye or find a wig that is bright green.

• Earlier Movie Options

There are several different incarnations to choose from when it comes to a suitable movie Joker. If you'd like, you can go with the Batman series of the late 80's and early 90's by Tim Burton. In this case, swap the black tie for a blue one and wear a gold shirt underneath your purple suit.

Your red lips will be less pronounced than TV Show Joker, but the red makeup should still come off the edges of your mouth like a Glasgow smile. As before, you'll have green hair and a white face.

• Dark Knight Options

If you are a fan of the Dark Knight incarnation of joker, then your look will be a bit more on the messy side. While green, your hair should be mussed and possibly showing roots. Your makeup job should be questionable, with smeared clown lips, and your suit, shirt, and tie should be a bit more contemporary.

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