With Halloween just around the corner, we list our top 20 Game of Thronesinspired costumes to dress up as this year. Whether you’re aiming for terrifyingly creepy, (I’m talking blood, guts, severed limbs; the whole GoT shebang) or if you’re just wanting to look fabulous this October, we’ve got it all your Halloween costume inspiration here.

The Unsullied

The unsullied army from Game of Thrones Halloween costume idea

The Unsullied is definitely a costume for the “lads” night out on Halloween. It’s pretty simple too. Get your mates to join in or, if you’re pairing up with your Mrs. this Halloween, why not try a Grey Worm and Missandei joint costume.

What You’ll Need:

  • Black clothing (black pants and sleeveless black top)
  • Armour pieces — these could be made from card
  • Captain America-ish shield covered in aluminium foil
  • Massive-ass spear
  • Helmet — spray-painting a Roman gladiator helmet black could work

The Crows and The Wildlings

Game of Thrones Jon Snow leading a boat-load of men across water

Just hope that it’s cold on Oct 31 because otherwise, you’re going to be roasting in this costume. If there’s a costume competition going on, split into two teams, one team dressing as Free Folk and the other dressing as The Watchers on the Wall, and fight to the death over who gets to be Jon Snow.

What You’ll Need:

For the Wildlings

  • Grey trousers and top
  • Winter coat (even customise a regular coat with pieces of furry material)
  • Snow boots — walk around in the snow for 30 years and then you will get the perfect, antique, gritty look. If you don’t have 30 years to spare, go traipsing around in the snow and mud in your street for a bit to scuff them up.

For the Night’s Watch

  • Black leather (most importantly gloves and belt)
  • Super long black cape with the furry hoods
  • Accessorise with Jon Snow’s Valyrian steel sword which you can find online

The Sparrows

game of thrones the sparrows wearing robes and wielding weapons

You may say that this costume is “boring” but the word I would use is “easy”. Don’t forget to shave your head and confess all your sins. The importance of this look is the detail in the fake blood that should sit on your forehead in the shape of a seven-pointed star, the symbol of the Faith of the Seven.

What You’ll Need:

  • A black or grey robe (which can even be a dressing gown)
  • A chain wrapped across your chest on both sides — this can be card painted black or actual chains, although the real thing will likely be a bit heavy
  • A rubber mallet or mace
  • Fake blood. The more real and gruesome the scar looks, the better!

Reek

Game of Thrones character Reek Halloween costume idea

If the look you’re going for is a dying soul with a distorted body, then be inspired by good ol’ Theon Greyjoy. Mentally deranged facial expression, no self-awareness; all the usual bright and cheerful stuff. If you perfect this look, you will scare everyone you see. However, definitely don’t try method acting or you may slowly slip into depression.

What You’ll Need:

  • Old dark clothes; Puncture holes and tears in old t-shirts to make them look like rags
  • Thick dark jacket, with lumpy and patchy areas that you can create with extra material
  • Curly, tangled wig with a bit of grease
  • A ribbon/old scarf to tie around your neck
  • Use a brown or red pencil liner to draw scars on your face and arms

Poisoned Joffrey

You will make more than a few people uncomfortable dressed as a poisoned, dead man walking. Focus on the make-up for the dying Joffrey here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Blonde colour wash-out hairspray — the lightest one you can get your hands on
  • Some trousers, top and jacket in light colours (golden, silver, yellow, orange) to show royalty
  • If you’re good with a sewing kit, add detail with some elegant, gold embroidery on your sleeves or chest
  • Pale, dried foundation to show that you’re dead
  • Bloodshot contacts
  • Fake blood for your nose and mouth

The Mountain

the mountain from game of thrones gold metal armor

Gregor Clegane; yet another dead man. If you have the right build and height, this Halloween costume can be very intimidating. Remember not to talk too much to make your costume even more spooky. This can be a terrifying zombie outfit.

What You’ll Need:

  • A shiny helmet spray painted gold
  • Armour pieces. These can be made out of card, again sprayed gold (the shoulder pads and torso are the most important)
  • Red contact lenses

Tyrion Lannister After the Battle of the Blackwater

Tyrion Lannister After the Battle of the Blackwater

With this look, you want to focus all your attention on that ghastly scar Tyrion received during the Battle of the Blackwater in season two. Make this cut your pride and glory which should spread right across your face. Wear it freshly slashed or healing slowly with the Medieval-style stitches and dressing. Bandaging half your face like Tyrion had after the battle would also look incredibly creepy. This classic scar is a big part of Tyrion’s character and would turn Game of Thrones fans’ heads. The scar on its own is really all you need to make a big impact.

What You’ll Need:

  • Even if you’re not a master of prosthetics, you can easily use adhesive glue to stick some black cotton or string to your face to make it look like stitches
  • Fake blood — obviously
  • Bandages (blood soaked and aged)

The Sand Snakes

Game of Thrones sand snakes

Bastard daughters and deadly assassins, this can be pulled off with two of your friends and some stunning colour co-ordination. All three of you will look irresistibly poisonous as Dorne‘s Sand Snakes for Halloween.

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown boots
  • Gold or brown dress — you can even buy some gold material to wrap around yourself. Remember it’s warm in Dorne so make sure whatever you wear is thin and loose
  • Embroid some gold detail on a brown belt
  • Very long spears, knives, whips and machetes

Jaqen H’ghar

Game of Thrones Halloween costume idea character Jaqen H’ghar

Follower of The Many-Faced God, this character is the pinnacle of mystery, so don’t forget that less is more. Don’t worry too much about your makeup here; plain and pale complemented with a vacant expression is all you need. A man is no one without this costume.

What You’ll Need:

  • An oversized cloak with a large hood. Make it look dirty and aged by spraying it grey or soaking it in coffee for a day or so
  • A reddish wig with the all-important silver highlight which you can paint on yourself

The Hound

Game of Thrones Halloween costume idea the hound

Whether you want to go all-out armour gear, complete with Sandor Clegane’s dog helmet, or just dress in a casual villager’s outfit, the symbol of this costume would be the burn that covers almost half of The Hound’s face. Make the scar gruesome, realistic and gross to make a big impact.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rough, brown waistcoat or sleeveless jacket with a cream shirt and trousers
  • If you have the skills, utilise latex and pink face paint to create that awful scar and it will look even better if it spreads beyond your hairline (use a bald cap)
  • If you’re not that creative, even sticking small pieces of foam or paper on your face and painting it will give your skin that patchy look
  • It seems most of these Game of Thrones Halloween ideas are not complete without a greasy hair piece, and Clegane’s is very tangled and messy
  • Throw a ragged beard in there if you have time

The Sons of the Harpy

the son of the harpy Game of Thrones character wearing gold face mask

The dangerous underground society formed to overthrow Daenerys and bring slavery back to Meereen are prominent for concealing their identities with their spooky golden masks. The formation are notorious for their shocking and brutal murders, so don’t forget your knife!

What You’ll Need:

  • Posh robes held together with old scarves or rope
  • The golden mask can easily be made with a template card mask painted gold (ensure you add pointed horns to the mask)
  • Your knife — decorate a plastic knife with fake blood

Melisandre

Game of Thrones Halloween costume idea Melisandre

Want to dress as a witch this Halloween? You still can with Melisandre’s style. You don’t need a witch’s hat or broom for this look but swap those for red hair, red boots and a red dress. Basically, the colour theme this year is red. With this outfit, you’ll have the sexiest costume at the party.

What You’ll Need:

  • A long, red wig or extensions
  • Rosy cheeks, red lipstick, and on fleek eyebrows
  • Red boots and dress
  • To make fellow Game of Thrones fans notice, wear a replica of Melisandre’s beautiful, ruby gem choker to perfect the look

The Dothraki

the dothraki game of thrones

You may be confident enough to dress up as the buff Khal Drogo, complete with blue body paint, but, if not, there are millions of Dothraki extras you can draw your inspiration from. Bonus if you own a horse.

What You’ll Need:

  • Armoured kilt — you can attach pieces of card to an old medium-length skirt
  • Card torso pieces and wrist cuffs
  • Bandages to wrap around your knuckles
  • Spears and large swords
  • A stick-on black beard plaited or in a pony tail
  • Dark liner to define those deep eyes
  • Finish off the look with casual sandals

Blind Arya

blind arya stark game of thrones

Arya while she was blind could be a very creepy costume with the right contact lenses. You will just need to add a scruffy, I-live-on-the-street themed outfit.

What You’ll Need:

  • A rough, old blanket to throw around yourself — make it look worn out by tearing or fraying the material
  • Cloudy contacts (apparently they’re hard to see out of so be careful)
  • A scrawny wig. You can even grease up your own hair
  • Pale foundation/face paint
  • Fake blood for your bloody nose, split lip, and small cuts
  • Grab yourself a wooden or bamboo stick on the way out!

The Stone Men

the stone men game of thrones

Whether you’re dressing as Princess Shireen Baratheon or Stone man number three, this one is guaranteed to freak people out. You may want to think about having crazy eyes and yellow teeth if you want to look fully infected with the greyscale disease. However, make sure to keep the infection subtle but shocking on one side of your face if you’re dressing as lil’ Shireen. Tip: don’t moisturise for a couple of weeks.

What You’ll Need:

  • It’s all about the makeup here; apply a dusty, grey foundation to start
  • Make your skin and lips look dead and cracked with liquid latex or even try applying toothpaste to your entire face and leave it to crack up. Make sure to paint it grey afterwards!
  • Grey, loose shirt, trousers/leggings and gloves
  • Colour your teeth with yellow teeth stain if you are dressing as an infected Stone man and maybe even add some bloodshot contacts

Handless Jaime

handless jaime game of thrones

What would look amazing here is a bloodied, infected, bandaged right arm, with a severed right hand hanging around your neck and blood everywhere! You want to look tired and battered as if you’re about to faint. You can even delve a little deeper into the character and present a “loss of all hope” expression like Jaime adopted after the shocking amputation scene.

What You’ll Need:

  • A messy, greasy, blonde wig and stick-on beard to give an unshaven appearance
  • Fake blood (obviously). Make a fist with your right hand and wrap white, blood-soaked bandages around it to give the impression that it has been chopped off
  • A sling
  • You can get a plastic, fake hand to tie around your neck but make sure to cover this with blood as well

Children of the Forest

children of the forest game of thrones

This costume can be incredibly intricate but you will look supernatural, alien-like and scary all at the same time. If trees could walk and talk, they would be The Children of the Forest. So, we want to go for the natural, green look.

What You’ll Need:

  • Start with plain underclothes — shirts and leggings can be brown, green, grey or cream coloured
  • Use brown rope as vines and wrap them around your legs, arms and torso (you can even get real leaves or flowers to stick to these ropes)
  • Braided/plaited hair
  • Green face paint; you could draw trunk-like patterns on your skin with a makeup pencil
  • Black or dark green lipstick
  • Green contacts

The King in the North-Wolf Hybrid

The King in the North-Wolf Hybrid game of thrones

Sounds easy enough. All you need is a formal wedding costume, fake blood, and the head of a direwolf. Robb Stark, The King in the North, was stabbed in the stomach before his head was chopped off and replaced with his wolf’s head. Good luck to whoever gives this a go. If you can pull this look off, you will be the talk of Halloween.

What You’ll Need:

  • A wolf mask – for this to look real the mask would need to cover your whole head, not just the front of your face
  • A dark suit, fit for a wedding
  • Fake blood to smother on your abdomen (even try glueing crossbows to your costume as Robb was shot at multiple times before his death)
  • Thick rope to wrap around yourself

Daenerys Targaryen

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Why dress up as a monster, when you can dress up as the stunning Queen of Dragons? Work that long, silver wig, and draw on those thick eyebrows. If the look you’re going for this year is less sexy and more gory, then maybe a blood covered Daenerys after she ate that horse’s heart would be perfect for you. Anyone who can persuade their mate to wear a dragon costume alongside this gets bonus points.

What You’ll Need:

  • A gorgeous dress (preferably full-length and blue)
  • Red Riding Hood-like cloak but in blue
  • Add more detail with dragon symbols on jewellery and don’t forget Dany’s wedding ring
  • Blue contact lenses
  • Long, wavy blonde wig
  • Thick eyebrows and extreme lashes

White Walkers and Wights

white walkers and wights

This is the ultimate zombie costume. The ticking time bomb antagonists to the entire series, the cold, dead, bloodied figures, the terrifying White Walkers and their reincarnated slaves, Wights, are the pinnacle of horror. White Walkers will obviously be more complicated to replicate, with their silver skin and icicle-looking hair, but if you want to pull off looking like a Wight, you will need to have obvious, open wounds and even missing limbs. Wights always appear dirty, so don’t forget to roll around in the mud to develop the decaying flesh look. The more blood, the better.

What You’ll Need:

For the White Walkers

  • Silver, shiny face paint
  • Battle armour — this can be made out of grey card
  • Bright, blue contact lenses
  • Icy horns and claws
  • A long silver wig

For the Wights

  • Pale foundation
  • Contact lenses (a bit of a duller blue than the White Walkers’)
  • Fake blood to cover yourself with
  • Create open wounds with latex, makeup, and blood — even lodge some weapons into these to make it look more gruesome. Have blood seeping from your mouth and nose
  • You can also wear a skeleton costume. After all, you’re dead
Evie Taylor