12 travel-themed Halloween costume ideas

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Halloween is just a few short days away, and if you’re still looking for the perfect costume to satisfy your wanderlust, we have you covered. Check out these 12 travel-themed Halloween costume ideas.

Pilot

Pilot costume (Image: rbrwr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Pilot costume (Image: rbrwr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

An old standby, the pilot costume is one of the safest choices you can make for a travel-themed Halloween costume. Most stores also carry pilot costumes, too, so this is a good choice if you don’t have time to craft your own costume.

Tourist

Break out your best Hawaiian shirt, strap your camera around your neck and grab the biggest paper map you can find. Don’t be afraid to get in the way, and be sure to walk very slowly wherever you go. This year, you’re the tourist everyone loves to hate.

Backpacker

The outfit of the backpacker is simple but flexible: You can go with shorts and a tank top if you’re going for the summer-y backpacker look or bundle up in a coat if you’re more of a cold-weather backpacker. The most important thing is to keep the look simple and the backpack large. Bonus points if you can stick a variety of flags or patches all over your pack.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse (Image: mricon used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lighthouse (Image: mricon used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)


Be a beacon of light this Halloween by dressing up as a lighthouse. You could go the simple route with a white robe and a intricate lighthouse hat or go the whole nine yards by crafting an entire lighthouse costume out of cardboard.

Suitcase

Most travelers have dealt with the dreaded lost suitcase scenario at least once in their travels, so why not ease the pain by dressing up as one of those lost bags? If you have a large enough suitcase that you don’t mind ruining, just cut out holes for your arms, legs and head, and voila – instant costume.

Airplane

Channel your inner five-year-old and dress up as an airplane this Halloween. Use a box around your mid-section as your plane’s body, decorate in honor of your favorite airline and strap it over your shoulders. Ready for take off!

Snow globe

Pay homage to your favorite destination in the world by dressing up as a snow globe in its honor. Build yourself a bubble and a small scene from your chosen destination, and watch as people try to shake you.

TSA Agent

Run wild with authority on Halloween by dressing up as a TSA agent. With your new-found power, you’re free to confiscate food, candy and drinks as you see fit.

Queen’s Guard

London guards (Image: joey.o used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
London guards (Image: joey.o used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)


You can’t go to London without taking a trip to the palace to see these royal guards, who are best known for their steadfastness and concentration no matter how hard people tempt them to break their stance. For Halloween, you can dress up as one of these guards and put your poker face to the test.

Eiffel Tower

Feeling romantic? Then why not dress up as one of the most well-known romantic landmarks in the world? Top your costume with a French beret.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty costume (Image: mac_ivan)
Statue of Liberty costume (Image: mac_ivan)

Show your patriotism this Halloween by dressing up as one of America’s most famed icons, the Statue of Liberty. You may want to start working out your right arm now, though, so you can hold that torch high all night long.

Mt. Everest

Make yourself the greatest challenge of all by dressing up as Mt. Everest on Halloween. Be prepared to hold your own!

(Main image: rbrwr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

12 travel-themed Halloween costume ideas was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.