60 of the Best Group Costume Ideas for Every Occasion
Nothing beats picking out a fancy-dress theme with your friends and rocking up to the party in the same style. Group costumes are great for themed birthday parties, student nights, stag-dos, Halloween and any other excuse to dress up. The only difficult part is deciding who gets to be the best characters!
We’ve assembled our top 60 group costume ideas for men, women and a mix of both! Get inspired to pick out your favourite costumes and prepare for the party in style!
1. Super Mario
Possibly the most popular group fancy dress idea of all is Super Mario and friends. Everyone’s played the original Super Mario Nintendo game and Mario Kart is essential at every party! Choose male or female versions of Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi, then get game ready.
Get colourful with your friends and become every child’s favourite colouring utensil! Available in a rainbow of colours, from primary, to vibrant and exotic, crayons costumes are great for groups of girls on a hen party or a mix of girls and guys for Halloween.
3. The Beatles
There’s no doubt that The Beatles are one of the most well-known and influential bands of all time, and now you can relive their glory days dressed as the band in their ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ album cover attire.
4. Fast Food
Completely random but fun and easy, dressing as fast food items is a quirky choice for food festivals, music festivals or Halloween. Become your must-have condiment, a hotdog, or delicious bacon double cheese burger. Mmm…
5. The Wizard of Oz
You may have dressed as a Wizard of Oz character in your childhood, however it’s never too late to celebrate this iconic movie. Walk the yellow brick road with friends, dressed as Dorothy, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Wicked Witch of the West.
6. Circus Performers
Circus is one of the trending fancy dress themes, inspired by The Greatest Showman and the latest Disney Dumbo movie. Become an original circus performer such as a Ringmaster or Jester, or get wacky and weird dressed as a clown.
7. Traffic Cones
Completely random but hilarious, traffic cone costumes will definitely cause a few cautions at the party. Have fun standing in obnoxious places and directing traffic on the dance floor. This idea is great for stag-do’s!
8. Mexican parade
Viva la Mexico, it’s time to party! Mexican fancy dress couldn’t be a better theme for a party. Crack open a bottle of tequila, gather your friends and create a Mexican posse to head to the bars. Mexican group costumes are great for holidays abroad, student nights, sports team tours and practically any other event that calls for sombrero’s and good times.
9. Countries of the World
Celebrating on a global scale is easy as there’s so many countries to choose from. Portray the traditional (and stereotypical) dress of many international countries and have fun guessing what country your friends are supposed to be. It’s a great choice for festivals and street parties!
10. Bathroom companions
Gross but glorious, our ‘bathroom companion’s’ idea is hilarious for a stag-do, or giving your guests a barrel of laughs at a birthday party. Grab your two best mates and decide who gets the poopy end of the deal. Chances are, it’ll be all three of you with these costumes!
The Addams Family
Perfect for families and a firm choice for Halloween, the Addams Family characters of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Cousin Itt are instantly recognisable and the costumes look great!
What better way to party than dress as your favourite tipple? Are you a beer lover or do you have a soft spot for tequila? Beer bottle hats and full outfits are calling your name! You’ll fit right in at the pub with your ensemble of alcohol friends.
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Star Wars heroes
Save the galaxy with your buddies dressed as everyone’s favourite Star Wars heroes! Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Yoda and Jedi’s all make the perfect team, ready to bring down the empire. It also makes a cool idea for a cosplay event such as Comic-con.
Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers
If the villains of the galaxy are more your style and you want to unleash the dark side of the force, Darth Vader and his loyal Stormtroopers is the way to go! Go all-out movie authentic with replica costumes or do ‘dark side on a budget’ with lower cost options – you’ll have just as much fun regardless.
A bowl of fruit
Another wacky idea for any occasion is to dress as a delicious yet healthy piece of fruit. Choose an outfit for each of your mates to perfect the fruit bowl appearance. And yes, you’ll definitely catch the eye of someone special…
Trekkies at Comic-con and groups of friends that want to relive the iconic days of the Starship Enterprise on TV, will revel at the sight of these authentic Star Trek costumes. Pick your favourite characters and represent the crew!
Go-go power rangers! The mighty morphin’ Power Rangers were popular in the 90’s and they’ve been re-imagined in modern movies. It’s a super group costume idea for a mix of guys and girls. Choose your favourite colour ranger and dress to impress.
Cops and Convicts
Who played cops and robbers as a kid? Bring back those age-old memories and sprinkle them into your adult life by conjuring up a cop’s and robber’s theme for the party. Great for large groups with no limits, split the group into good and bad and get ready for a dance-off.
Wild animals and safari park rangers
If you like jumping around and having a wild time, this one’s for you, and it’s great for large groups! Dress half of your sports team or friend group as South African safari park rangers, and the other half of your squad as wild animals.
Are you a group of 300? OK, maybe not, but Spartan’s as featured in the ‘300’ movie is an epic fancy dress idea where you can show off those guns to the party! Don your Greek Spartan toga and march into battle with a sword and shield, instilling fear into guests and catching a few winks from the other side of the bar.
An easy but glamorous concept for group dress-up is becoming a regal Roman artist, emperor or scholar, living the high life in Rome and having your partner feed you with grapes. Recruit your Roman friends and dress in a toga for a quick and easy costume.
Greek gods and goddesses
Do you want to emit a godly aura at your birthday party, gazing out at a crowd of Greek warriors, noble goddesses and mythical creatures? Pick out a toga and a headpiece, then march into the assembly hall with your head held high. Athena, Zeus, Hercules – who will you be?
Is gold your favourite colour? Or maybe you’ve been invited to an Ancient Egypt themed party? Egyptian fancy dress see’s you become a majestic Pharaoh, Cleopatra the goddess or a marvellous mummy. The theme is a no-brainer for Halloween.
Cowboys and Cowgirls
Swing by the saloon in Wild West fancy dress and ask for a bourbon on the rocks. Cowboys and cowgirls is a popular theme for groups of guys and girls and it can be used for almost any occasion!
Doctors and Nurses
Inspired by emergency room TV series’ such as Scrubs and ER, Doctors and Nurses fancy dress is both easy and effective. Slide into the party dressed as naughty doctors and nurses, or go for the more professional ‘scrubs’ appearance.
Firemen and Firewomen
Increase the temperature of the room ten-fold and prompt the guests to scream ‘it’s getting hot in here’. Fire Fighter fancy dress is a smouldering adult dress-up option that’s oozing with sensuality, and the profession has long been associated with looking eye-catching.
Hawaiian party hang-out
If you’re browsing for a party theme in addition to fancy dress and you want something quick and simple for guests, Hawaiian Luau is excellent. Flowers lei’s, tropical shirts and grass skirts will set the scene.
Noble Knights and Princesses
Every woman wants to think of themselves as a princess, and what’s more heroic than a knight in shining armour? Go medieval with your whole kingdom of friends and choose a costume to suit. You’ll fit in at medieval style banquets, Halloween, or a ‘royal’ themed party.
A crew of pirates
Oooargh! If ‘pirates’ isn’t a group theme you’ve already tried, you’re missing out! It’s fun, easy to do and you can invite as many friends along as possible. Lead the crew dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and plunder the party with cutlasses, eye patches and parrots.
Game of Thrones heroes
Is Game of Thrones the best TV series of all time? It’s definitely up there! Represent the noble cast of rival families and houses with your friends, including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and valiant warriors of the north.
The Avengers superheroes
The Avengers started in Marvel comics and have been unleashed on cinema screens worldwide in the latest movies. Fancy yourself as a superhero? Recruit your friends into a squad of Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and the other heroes.
Batman’s heroes and villains
Gotham City is under attack and it needs your help! Assemble your best mates and create an entourage of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, versus your lesser liked friends of The Joker, Poison Ivy and Bane. The only question is…who will be Batman?
Not just popular for little girls but for ladies of all ages, the Disney Princesses are characters that everyone loves, and you’ll all be the bell of the ball. Dress as favourite characters such as Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Princess Aurora, whilst paving a magical path into the dance hall.
For Disney on an alternative and devious scale, become one of the most loved yet despised Disney villains. Captain Hook, Cruella Deville and Maleficent are notoriously evil but have impressively quirky personalities.
Pilots and Cabin Crew
“Cabin Crew take your seats and prepare for lift off”. Take off for a party dressed in style as a group of commercial airline pilots, their co-pilots and glamorous cabin crew attendants.
Cheerleaders and Football Jocks
Relive high school highlights from many American movies by dressing as stereotypical jock football players and cheerleaders. It’s a cute high school reunion theme and the ‘go-to’ choice for hosting student house parties. Bring out the beer pong cups and wave your pom-poms!
A squad of soldiers
Army gals and guys is a common but easy and effective group idea that won’t break the bank. Suit up in green overalls, show off those guns in a vest and pop on your aviator shades. Oh, and don’t forget the camouflage face paint!
Under the sea friends
From mermaids and tropical fish to the victim of a shark attack, an Under the Sea theme gives you plenty of options to choose from and it’s great for both men and women. Blow bubbles and swim into the bar or go wild with a group of friends on a student night out.
A wedding party
You may not be getting married, or maybe you already are married, however there’s always an excuse to dress as a comedic wedding party! Celebrate a stag or hen party before the wedding arrives or simply use it as a quirky dress-up idea for Halloween (with a horror twist).
Scooby-doo and friends
Board the Mystery Machine van with your buddies and drive to an event dressed as Scooby-doo and the gang! Costumes for Scooby-doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne make this a great idea for a group of five.
Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompa helpers
What do you get when you eat too many sweets? A wacky world of candy, chocolate and sweet treats. Oompa Loompa costumes are available for both guys and girls and it’s probably one of the most popular and group fancy dress ideas. Recruit your wackiest friend as Willy Wonka to lead the band!
Unleash your loudest roar and prowl the dance floor in a giant inflatable dinosaur costume. These fun and ferocious dino-suits come in a variety of styles, from T-Rex to Stegosaurus. Enjoy being immature and chasing your fellow dinosaurs around the party.
Celebrate one of the most loved animated movie series of all time by dressing as characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. It isn’t just kids that’ll recognise you – Toy Story is known by all generations!
Brought to life in the 1960’s, The Flintstones family of the stone-age is a friendly theme that’s recognised by all. Whether you’re a family group, or mates looking for a wholesome idea, get suited up as Fred, Wilma and friends.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Spring into action as super-mutant turtles, that also happen to be ninjas. Brought to life in the 80’s and re-imagined in recent times, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is our number one choice for a group of four.
Indian Braves and Princesses
Combine this idea with Cowboys of the Wild West or as a standalone tribe of Indian braves. Dressing as Native Americans of the 1600’s is a look that will impress! Proudly show off a head-dress and beat your chest or go for the pretty Pocahontas appearance.
Alice in Wonderland fairy-tale characters
Fairy-tale fancy dress isn’t just for children’s tea parties – the adults can get involved too and Alice in Wonderland couldn’t be a better choice. Alice, the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat are amazing character costumes in their own right. Put them all together and you have a group idea that can’t be beaten!
If you want to show of those muscles on the beach, or you’re brave enough to re-create Baywatch in a bar, lifeguard costumes are the way to go. Wear bold red costumes, hold a floatation board under your arm and blow your whistle. Someone at the party is going to need mouth-to-mouth…
Gangsters and Showgirls
The roaring 1920’s was a time of glitz and glam, with Italian Mafia Kingpins ruling the streets of New York City. Arrive at prom dressed as a gangster, with a 1920’s showgirl or burlesque girl on your arm. This one is good for groups of couples.
Demand authority and look like a million dollars by rolling into the party as a group of Pimps. Excellent for a 90’s party or Hip-Hop disco, ‘pimps’ is an idea that continues to be a hit. Stand out with jazzy pimp colours, and don’t forget your cane.
Drink beer like the Germans and celebrate in epic fashion in a Bavarian costume, whether you’re attending Octoberfest in Munich or crawling the bars back at home. Bavarian traditional outfits are a great laugh, with styles to suit guys and girls.
Legendary Rock Stars
Who’s your guitar hero of the ages? Become iconic musicians such as Slash, Alice Cooper and Slade from rock eras of the past century. Create a band mash-up that you never thought would happen, with your best buddies.
Wizards of Hogwarts
Wave your magic wand and transform your colleagues or friends into fellow wizards. Harry Potter is a must-try fancy dress theme for lovers of the movies and books and it can be chosen for any occasion, from Halloween to house parties and World Book Day.
You may have seen this idea on a stag-do, but it’s also great for student nights out, birthdays and any other group event. Give all your friends a makeover as a brilliant blue Smurf and parade around as group.
March of the Penguins
You may all look the same, but a group of adult penguins marching through the city centre is a sight for everyone to see! And the more penguins the better!
Exterminate all of the supernatural ghosts and ghouls in your neighbourhood with your friends. Ghostbusters costumes for guys and girls give you everything you need to assemble a squad. One of you can even dress as Slimer.
Have you ever heard of pub-golf? It’s a drinking competition where the group tours different bars and competes to finish drinks. Dress in fabulous golf attire to look the part and boost morale! It’s a challenge that’s not for the faint of heart.
Jump around and swing your arms, generally causing mayhem! Great for groups of three that like to act ape, luminous gorilla costumes will make you stand out from the crowd at an animal or zoo themed event. They’re also good for raves and disco’s!
The Lord of the Rings heroes
When it comes to movie series, few can beat the legendary status of Lord of the Rings. Re-create the Fellowship of the Ring with your buddies and dress as the heroes from the films, including Gandalf, Legolas and Bilbo Baggins.
Peter Pan and friends
Relive your youth and never grow old by entering a world of Peter Pan. From the storybook to a hit Disney movie, the tale has some memorable characters that you can become. Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell are the favourites.
Day of the Dead parade
Dia de las Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’ is the world-famous celebration of the deceased that takes place in Mexico City every year. Gather a ghoulish group of friends and don the spooky but admirable sugar-skull look.
We hope we’ve inspired you to pick out the perfect group costume theme! Dressing up with friends is always a good laugh and the opportunities are endless. Plan your own themed party as an excuse to dress up as a particular theme or save the idea for Halloween, where you can become any character or inanimate object you wish!
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