How to keep warm on Halloween night and not ruin the costume

How to Stay Warm During Halloween Night

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While it's fun to dress up for Halloween, if it's a cold night, your costume might not be adequate for keeping you (or your kids) warm. Catching a cold is the last thing you want from this fun night, so staying warm should be your priority. In this article, you'll find various suggestions for keeping warm, from fixing your costume to keeping moving, along with a list of ideas for choosing warmer costumes.


Making your costume warmer

  1. Choose a warm costume over a skimpy one.Think ahead to what the weather is usually like where you live. If it's likely to be cold, always choose warmer costumes, such as furry animals, full-length sleeves and pants or layered effects. Some ideas for warmer costumes are listed in a section below.
    • If possible, choose a costume that allows for boots. That way, you can keep a good portion of your legs nice and snug.
    • Costumes with a hood are a good choice, as the hood will keep your neck, head and face warm all at once.
  2. Buy a costume that is larger than normal.Wear layers underneath and it will both fit and keep you nice and warm.
    • With a larger costume, you can even wear your normal clothes underneath, such as jeans and a sweater, then add the costume.
  3. Update your usual costume for warmth.Consider what you might be able to add to the costume without detracting from it. What would the character wear in cold weather? For example, an elf or a superhero might don a cloak, a fairy might wear longer sleeves or an animal might have grown a thicker fur coat for the colder season.
    • Add a cloak or cape in place of a jacket for a more elegant addition to the costume. If the costume's own cape is only thin, swap it out for a wool or polar fleece version.
    • Add tights, leggings or pantyhose for warm legs. These are often a very easy way to increase leg warmth without ruining a costume. Match the colors either to your legs (skin-colored) or to the costume.
    • Wear a skin-colored unitard. If your costume is skimpy and requires showing some skin, a unitard can keep you warm while still giving the appearance of skin. Check for it at dance supply stores. Simply wear it under your costume.
    • Wear a turtleneck sweater under the costume. This will add warmth to all of your upper body region, which helps best for keeping you warm.
    • Wear gloves or mittens. Match the color of the costume or choose skin-colored gloves or mittens.
    • Wear socks in a color that matches the costume, or simply ones that fit inside your shoes, enough to keep your feet warm.
  4. Wear a wig.A wig can both improve the look of the costume and keep your head and ears warm.
  5. Add a mask.A mask will help to keep your face warm and you won't have to bother with adding makeup either.
  6. Make use of thermals or fine merino layers under the costume.Slimline merino tops and pants or thermals can be placed underneath a costume to keep you warm. Choose the lengths of the sleeves and legs according to the costume; there are thermal shorts as well as short- or long-sleeved thermals.

Keeping warm in other ways

  1. Bring a jacket along anyway.Regardless of what it looks like when you wear it, having it ready for when you really start to feel cold will allow you to stay out for longer and keep warm.
    • You could even wear the jacket between houses, then take it off when trick and treating, and pop it back on again when off to the next house.
  2. Carry a thermos flask with hot chocolate or warm apple cider inside.Have a hot sip now and then.
    • Be sure it is at a temperature suitable for safe sipping.
  3. Carry hand warmers.You can purchase hand warmers at drugstore. They are usually snapped or bent to make them work; just follow the instructions. Keep them tucked in the pockets of your jacket or carry them in a bag and use them now and then to warm up your hands again.
  4. Bring along a blanket.Wrap it around you whenever you feel coldest, for a quick warm up. By the end of the evening, you will probably find wearing it like a cape is preferable to freezing anyway.
  5. Keep moving.Walk briskly and do exercise. Keep up a cracking pace as you trick and treat, to increase your warmth. Try a few jumping jacks, lunges or other on-the-spot exercises to help you warm up. Constant movement should help to keep you warmer.
    • Your costume might not be suitable for jumping or doing strenuous exercise in; be cautious in case you rip or spoil it.
  6. Take the car.Ask your parents to drive you around the different streets. Hop back in the car now and then to get a blast from the heater before you head off for a few more house visits.
  7. Stay indoors.Have a fun indoor party for Halloween rather than going outside door-to-door.

Warm costume ideas

  1. Choose a costume that's both fun and warm.Here are some ideas for costumes that may be warmer to wear:
    • Mummy
    • Medieval clothes
    • Full length dress - queen, princess, bride, etc.
    • Ghost - one white bed sheet with eye holes and all your normal clothes on underneath
    • Clown
    • An object such as a cell phone, a Rubik's cube or a Lego block - one box with sweater and jumper
    • Any furry animal
    • Fruit or vegetable - food item for your body, with sweater and tights of the same color underneath
    • Care bears
    • Zombies in everyday clothes - just toss fake blood all over some warm thrift store clothes and add zombie makeup to your face
    • Santa or the Easter bunny
    • Ethnic costumes - many of these are modest, so they're ideal for keeping warm too
    • Gnome, dwarf or any other fantasy creature that always wears long sleeves and pants and a beard to go with it
    • The Michelin man
    • Any character that has ever worn a puffy jacket or vest (Marty McFly), a big warm coat (Dr. Who), or other really warm gear (check out your favorite snow and ice movies).

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I have already planned my costume but I don't want to look weird with a jacket on it, and my family does not like to buy a bunch of stuff. Any suggestions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Bring along a blanket. Wrap it around you whenever you feel coldest, for a warm up. There are more alternatives in part 2.
  • Question
    I have a costume and I want to wear something underneath but my costume has a cold shoulder. What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Wear a skin-toned tight top underneath.
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  • Keep longer hair out; it will cover your ears and neck, keeping these areas warmer.
  • Ear muffs might work for some costumes. Consider clever ways to make the ear muffs look a part of the costume, such as turning them into part of the hair or ears for the costume.
  • Visit a friend who lives and celebrates Halloween somewhere warm or even hot.


  • If getting a larger-than-usual costume in order to allow for wearing clothes underneath, check that it fits well enough to prevent tripping. If not, sew in needed adjustments before the event.
  • Be careful if you choose a costume with fabric that causes you to feel warmer than your usual clothing. If you go indoors, such as to a party, there is a risk of overheating, so be aware of how you're feeling.

Things You'll Need

  • Additional layers of clothing
  • Thermals or merino tops and pants
  • Warm cape or cloak
  • Larger costume
  • Boots
  • Tights, leggings, socks, etc.

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