It’s the final countdown (cue Europe’s “Final Countdown” song)! To Halloween, of course. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve been racking your brain for the funniest, scariest, prettiest, or best costume around. And if you ask us, the best costumes this year come straight to you from the beach. So here are a few of our favorite beach-inspired Halloween costumes.
Your Little Mermaid
If the aspirations of your daughter’s Halloween adventures involve looking incredibly adorable and like an angel of the sea, then how can you not opt for this custom-made mermaid costume? The outfit comes with all you need, but pictures you’ll use to blackmail her with as she gets older or show at her wedding are NOT included. Make sure to snap those yourself!
DIY Scuba Diver
Maybe this is the costume for the kiddo that loves to explore (read: get into everything). If this is case, why not give them a costume that represents that? This DIY Scuba Diver costume from parenting.com is a creative take on a simple idea, and we’re big fans. Using household items, you’ll transfer your little guy or gal into a sea explorer who vows to see the entire ocean floor. And who knows, maybe it’s a glimpse into their future just in case they pick up the real hobby of diving when they get older (much, much older).
Okay…whether you’re looking for the perfect group costume or simply want to stand out on your own, this Chiquita Banana costume is near-genius (not to mention easy). Whip out that sunny, tropical tunic you have (you know, that one you wore on summer vacay this year) a hand full of bananas, a headband to secure it all too and voilà – the most vibrant costume of the pack. Oh, and don’t forget to rock pretty much every bangle you own and the most obnoxious earrings in your jewelry box to truly complete your look.
Day of the Dead
For something that pays tribute to the heritage and culture of Mexico, one of our most popular beach vacation destinations, consider a Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) costume. The true meaning behind the face paint and mask comes from paying tribute to those that have passed on October 31st and November 1st (All Saints Day), and is a way to celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer present.
We can’t deny that the masks are beautiful and also relatively easy to do on your own. This makes for a great last minute DIY costume, while still participating in a sacred Mexican tradition. We love this make up tutorial from CesiStyle Magazine and can’t wait to give it a shot ourselves.
Parrot Head/Beach Bum
Quite possibly the easiest costume on this list, show up to your Halloween party as a resident beach bum. It’s the perfect way to grab a few laughs and still be comfortable. Take that tropical printed shirt you have in the closet and pair it with a lei or seashell necklace, and you’re on your way to looking like you belong with your toes in the sand. Take it one stop further with a (fake) sunburn using some red make up. Make sure to leave space around your eyes where your sunglasses would have been. We also encourage you to drink margaritas all night and constantly request “Cheeseburger in Paradise” when someone asks for music recommendations.
Ah, and here’s another spin on this costume. Go for the typical tourist look by adding some sunscreen to your nose, a large and obnoxious camera around your neck, and any other accessories that really sell you’re following a strict itinerary and only have a few minutes before heading off to the next excursion.
So when you end up being the most creatively dressed this year, we only ask a few things. 1) a huge SHOUT OUT if you win any sort of prize or title in a costume contest (find us on twitter & Instagram at @cheapcaribbean). 2) Because you’ll be in such a state of wanderlust, take a look at all the spectacular beach deals that await at CheapCaribbean.com. Oh, and we’ll all either of these to happen if you don’t win that costume contest. Already have your costume planned out? Let us know what you’re dressing up as in the comments below.
Brittany Innes is the try-anything-once spontaneous type with a knack for exploring new places and embracing her inner food-lover. She's also a big fan of college football and instagramming everything she eats, as she eats it (she's that girl).