It can occasionally seem that the older you get, the less exciting holidays become. Are birthday parties ever going to be as fun as when they were hosted at bowling alleys? Well, speaking as someone who continues to adore each and every celebration no matter my age, yes. Furthermore, what’s Halloween without a bag of hard-earned candy? Good news again: Holidays can get even better with age—birthdays, New Year’s Eve and Halloween included. New Year’s Eve can become a more sophisticated soirée hosted at your apartment, and birthdays are the perfect excuse to treat yourself for an entire day (or weekend… or week), as if you needed an excuse.
Halloween, on the other hand, is a time to lose your inhibitions, forget your daily stressors, and become whomever you want to be for one night. Who wouldn’t want to take part? That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 easy, fun Halloween costumes to wear in your 30s to prove that holidays are just as fun as ever, though if we’re being honest, each of the following costume ideas would be perfect at any age.
It is indisputable that Cindy Crawford was, and remains, a classically elegant icon. With a simple white tank, jeans and a blowout, you too can pull off her effortless beauty.
Punk rock Patti Smith is a superstar in all rights. With an epic rock career and a literary legacy to boot, her style is just the cherry on top of a perfect Halloween costume.
Retrospectively the coolest member of the gang, Velma is the Scooby-Doo character I wish I’d looked up to when I was young. We can right those wrongs with a modern-day Halloween costume.
Jane Fonda in her workout video from 1982 will never stop being relevant, and neither will this costume.
Isis, the captain of the East Compton Clovers cheerleading team, is a force to be reckoned with. Plus, she has a cute outfit.
A character and a costume that never cease to be crowd-pleasers. It’s easy to put together and even easier to wear out on the dance floor.
A fur shag coat is the key piece you need to transform into Penny Lane, and you too can be almost famous.
Mia Wallace is a popular choice on Halloween for a reason—all you need is a white button-down and a black skirt (and a little red face paint if you’re going to commit).
Truthfully, any member of the Addams family is a perfect fit for Halloween. With their dark and spooky appearance but Morticia’s particularly stylish look, you’ve got the ideal costume.
The most complex costume yet, a Sally costume can be simplified for those of us not willing to paint our bodies. Simply throw on a rag dress, a red wig and draw some stitches on your arms and legs and—voilà.
Looking for some last-minute Halloween inspiration? Try these costumes you can wear with jeans.