Halloween – the time of year cosplayers are always the most prepared for, especially over the general population. But if you decide you’re going to cosplay for Halloween rather than just being a policeman or a vampire or a zombie, deciding on exactly what to be can be a serious challenge! Some people want to be recognized by as many people as possible, some want to keep to some kind of Halloween theme, and some just want to have fun being their favourite character for the day outside of a convention – and all of those are fine! It did make creating a Top 10 Male Characters to Cosplay for Halloween list quite a challenge, though, but we tried to cover all of those things as best we could.
Our list, therefore, has characters from shows that have a good Halloween theme to them, some with easier and some with more challenging outfits, and some that are still good no matter how old they are. And of course, we will give our reasons for why we chose each one of them as well! No matter what you decide to cosplay this year, we hope that you’ll have fun and that this list can at least give you some inspiration to get started.
10. Genos from One Punch Man
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
One Punch Man is a new twist to a superhero story. Instead of a small group of superheroes fighting back to protect the world from evil, often with super powers of some kind, in One Punch Man anyone can have a trial to be labeled as a superhero - and it's treated like a job. But with the number of strange creatures and monsters constantly attacking everyone, it's a good thing there are a lot of heroes around to fight them off. One of them is Saitama, a bald man that people typically underestimate at first glance. But the reality is he can defeat any monster with just one punch! Studying under him - against his wishes - is a young cyborg named Genos, who is determined to learn Saitama's strength.
Genos is our next choice for the Top 10 Male Cosplays for Halloween! Be ready for a challenge, though - most of his visible skin is metal because, as previously mentioned, he is a cyborg. Wearing a sleeveless shirt, both of his metal arms are showing, and his cybernetics extend up his neck leaving only his face as "normal." His eyes are solid black with yellow irises as well, which could be done with some awesome sclera lenses. Luckily, after you finish all those challenges, his clothes are a simple black shirt, black trousers, and boots. But believe us, the focus will be on your awesome armour anyway! For a challenge that still isn't difficult to wear when you go out, Genos is our pick!
9. Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Oct. 2003 – Oct. 2004
Fullmetal Alchemist is a favourite anime amongst new and old anime fans alike. Its setting is a pseudo-European world where alchemy exists under the strict rule of equivalent exchange - for whatever you want to create, an equal price must first be paid. The brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric learn the hard way that ignoring this rule can have dire consequences when they try to bring their mother back from the dead. Alphonse loses his entire body; his soul attached to a massive suit of armour is all he has left. And Ed loses his arm, which is replaced by "automail," an advanced prosthetic. While the brothers quest to get back what has been taken from them, they discover there is a much bigger problem in the world to deal with that is threatening to destroy everything.
Edward Elric's cosplay is nothing less than iconic amongst anime fans. But at the same time, it's simple enough that beginner and advanced cosplayers can wear it! Starting with simple black trousers and a black shirt, the most important part is his long red jacket. And don't forget the symbol on the back of the cross with the snake wrapped around it! Finish with white gloves and a blond, braided hairstyle and you've got a Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay ready for Halloween this year. Ed is especially perfect for smaller guys or cross-playing girls because his character is canonically short. You can be an accurate size without having to worry about spending the day on massive platforms! Fullmetal Alchemist may be old, but it's never forgotten.
8. Zero from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: Oct. 2013 – Apr. 2014
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch is a gripping and intense story about political intrigue, conspiracies, coupes, and terrorism. Its setting is a future dystopian Japan where the country has been taken over by the empire of Britannia, and ruled with an iron fist. Lelouch Lamperouge is a high school student with a lot of secrets. Firstly, he's actually a prince of Britannia, though he rejects everything about that part of him. Secondly, he's actually the tactical mastermind known as Zero, the leader of a rebel cell known as the Black Knights. Because no one has ever seen Zero's real face, Lelouch is able to keep his identity a secret as he runs the rebellion against his own father's empire.
Specifically, we have chosen Lelouch's outfit when he is Zero as a great cosplay for Halloween. The outfit is very intense and will definitely draw attention to its use of purple and black, and it's high coloured cape. What makes Zero's outfit the most intriguing is the helmet he wears to protect his identity. The helmet covers his entire face behind a bubble similar to a motorcycle or diving helmet but is coloured with the same garish scheme as the rest of his outfit. If you're looking to me both mysterious, while making quite a scene at the same time, Zero is a great choice. Code Geass may be growing older, but it's no less beloved and recognised. Lelouch is cooler and smarter than any of us could ever hope to be, so why not have that glory yourself for a day?
7. Yuusuke Makishima from Yowamushi Pedal
- Episodes: 38
- Aired: Oct. 2013 – July 2014
Since its initial release, Yowamushi Pedal's fame has been slowly spreading beyond Japan where it has always been incredibly popular. Another anime in the ever growing sports anime genre, Yowamushi Pedal is the story of high school cycling teams. The story focuses both on long marathon races between the main teams, as well as the life and relationships of all the characters. With how many episodes it has, Yowamushi Pedal has had plenty of time to flesh out many interesting and unique characters. One of the most popular is Yuusuke Makishima, a green-haired, gangly, admittedly odd boy from the main team.
Yuusuke Makishima is very different from the rest of the characters on our list of the Top 10 Male Cosplays for Halloween, but that means he's a unique option! As you can probably predict, he wears sports clothes - specifically, a yellow and white cycling uniform for his high school. It's easy and comfortable, and another good option for cosplayers living in warmer places for Halloween or going to more active events and parties where mobility is important. What makes Makishima extra fun to cosplay over the rest of his teammates with the same clothes is his long orange-streaked, green hair. When else will you get the chance to have long, flowing hair in that unique of a colour scheme? Plus you get to spend the whole time pulling ridiculous and fun faces in every photo because Makishima's expressions are always uniquely him. His character will not be in the new season of Yowamushi Pedal either since he graduated, so cosplay Makishima while you can!
6. Levi, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2013 – Sep. 2013
Most anime fans know the story of Shingeki no Kyojin by now, but in case you need a quick refresher - humans have been forced to live in walled cities to defend themselves from Titans, giant human-like creatures that feed mercilessly on humans. They're very hard to defeat because of their size and resilience, but humanity has been trying to fight back as much as they can. Hoping to find more answers about how to defeat the Titans once and for all, the brave Survey Corps under the leadership of Captain Levi do regular recon missions beyond the walls. And now it seems that there are humans that can become Titans within the walls too!
Shingeki no Kyojin swept not only Japan but the world by storm when it came out. And in many countries, despite a large cast of fantastic characters, Levi was often the most popular. Whether it's is amazing ability to fight Titans or his cold and mysterious demeanour, he was quick to become a fan favourite despite not being in the first half of the series. His Survey Corps uniform is out next choice for Top 10 Cosplays this Halloween season! Especially with all the complicated belts that make up his 3D maneuver gear, Levi's outfit is definitely unique and super fun to wear (though perhaps a bit uncomfortable in reality, but that's part of the reality of cosplay!). Levi will definitely earn you a lot of attention, and you get to act like you're better than everyone else for the duration of the day. What could be more fun than that?
5. Ryuunosuke Akutagawa from Bungou Stray Dogs
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Jun. 2016
Bungou Stray Dogs was a big hit this year, and on top of an interesting story concept, it also had great art. And of course, that makes it good pickings for cosplayers! But before that let's talk about the plot. Bungou Stray Dogs follows several characters with supernatural abilities. They use these abilities for many different purposes. Some are simple, like running a business - others much darker, like carrying out hits for the mafia. Mostly the story is about the Armed Detective Agency's agents and what happens in their lives.
Most of the characters of Bungou Stray Dogs are named for literary writers or their famous works, and our choice for a great Halloween cosplay is no different. Ryuunosuke Akutagawa, named after the famous Japanese author of short stories, is a member of the Port Mafia. His supernatural ability is the terrifying power of being able to rip apart anything, even space, through a coat that turns into a black beast called Rashomon (named for one of Akutagawa's short stories). Ryuunosuke's outfit is incredibly classic - a long, high-collared black jacket, black trousers and dress shirt, and a striking white cravat. Reminiscent of a historical gentleman wearing this cosplay will make you not only suit the Halloween season well with all the black, but you're also going to look classy and smooth. Some people might think you're a vampire but at Halloween, it's not really a bad mistake.
4. Ikoma from Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Jul. 2016
What's Halloween without a good zombie story? And Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is the newest zombie anime to catch everyone's attention. With a setting of feudal Japan had it been open to the industrial revolution, it has a unique spin on the traditional zombie tale. Humanity has been forced into walled cities connected by massive train lines manned by koutetsujou, or massive iron trains. When Ikoma's city is taken over by the zombies, known as kabane, he is infected but is able to save himself - or kind of at least. Ikoma becomes a kabaneri, or half-human, half-kabane. And he's stuck between both worlds, not trusted by humans but with too much humanity to be a mindless beast. But he may be everyone's only hope...
Ikoma's outfit is really unique, with a traditional and modern fusion of elements. An Ikoma cosplay would consist of ripped blue trousers, and a lot of belts and metal straps covering his shoulders, arms, and chest. With the kabane virus spreading through him, Ikoma also has visible red lines or scars covering his arms and chest that would be really fun to replicate with makeup or body paint. His outfit definitely looks like he's been through some serious fights - which he has, clearly - and you'll definitely look hard-core this Halloween. After all, you're a half zombie fighting in a steampunk zombie apocalypse! You've got to admit that's cool, and a great Halloween cosplay even for a non-anime Halloween event.
3. Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man
- Episodes: 103
- Aired: Oct. 2006 – Sep. 2008
D.Gray-Man originally was an older anime, but with the new season just finished airing its back on everyone's minds! And just in time for Halloween, too. D.Gray-Man takes place in an alternate world where demons exist - in fact, they are created by humans who cannot bear the loss of their loved ones and enter a contract with the Millennium Earl to bring them back. But the reality is they come back as a horrible, tormented demon. The only force that can defeat these demons is Innocence, and the wielders of this substance usually become exorcists at a branch of the Order. Allen Walker is one of these exorcists trying to protect humans from demons and to defeat the Earl once and for all. But of course, there is a lot more to this white-haired anime boy than meets the eye...
Allen Walker's Black Order uniform is a perfect cosplay this Halloween - and you have three different ones to choose from! All involve a jacket, trousers, and gloves in either a black and white or black and red colour scheme. And don't forget to practice your makeup skills adding Allen's unique facial marking across his eye and down his cheek. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can even create his Innocence arm, which dramatically changes into a weapon when he activates it - definitely a cool prop to create and have! D.Gray-Man is coming back with new episodes right now, so it's incredibly timely to cosplay Allen this year and take advantage of the anime's upsurge of popularity once again!
2. Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2014 – Sep. 2014
Tokyo Ghoul is already an anime with a great story to enjoy during Halloween time. In a future Tokyo, humans live alongside creatures called ghouls. These ghouls look just like humans, but they can only eat human flesh to sustain themselves - any other food makes them sick. Ken Kaneki is a university student who gets into an accident, and unbeknownst to him, has some ghoul organs transplanted into him to save his life. This changes Kaneki into something between a human and a ghoul, and he has to learn how to adapt to how this will affect his life. Will he be a human or a ghoul? Or can he somehow be both?
The themes in Tokyo Ghoul are dark and terrifying, and the violence quite gory. Kaneki's character design reflects this. His ghoul form makes a great cosplay for Halloween time if you're looking for a recent anime character whose outfit will also suit the spirit of the Halloween season, even if someone doesn't know the character. It's also not too difficult! Kaneki simply wears a black shirt and shorts, both ripped along the edges, with black finger and toenails. Don't forget his white hair - and perhaps most importantly, his mask which covers most of his face with a zippered grin and eyepatch. You'll definitely be creepy, even if someone has no idea that you're cosplaying - but other anime fans will easily recognise what you're doing, too!
1. Guts from Berserk (2016)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Berserk is a story perfect for the Halloween season with plenty of dark magic and demons to go around. It follows the swordsman Guts, a powerful warrior who has been cursed and constantly has to fight off the undead and all of Hell's darkest occupants. Originally a cut-throat mercenary, he does what it takes to survive in a gritty, medieval world ruled by a cruel and corrupt church. Guts' fate is consistently tragic as he loses everything he cares for, and fights with all his strength to try to get it back. His story shows that the world is not a black and white one with a clear cut between what is right and wrong, but rather a world that exists in the grey in between.
If you're looking for an intimidating, challenging, but undeniably cool outfit to cosplay this Halloween, Guts is perfect. Known as the Black Swordsman, he wears all black armour and a long, billowing black cape. He also has quite short and simple hair, especially for an anime character, which means if you want to skip having a wig for Halloween you can get away with it a lot easier. That doesn't make Guts an easy cosplay though because his armour will definitely be a challenge, but if you take it on, you'll definitely have a cosplay that will leave people impressed and surprised. And did I mention he carries a massive sword that is more like a steel beam? Now that's really cool. With the new season just finished and another to come out next year, now is a great time to bring this cosplay back!
Do you feel inspired yet? From the simple to the complex, from old to new, from iconic to more trend-setting, we think we’ve covered a lot of ground in our Top 10 Male Characters to Cosplay for Halloween. Whether you decide to go the route of cosplaying something that really is in the spirit of Halloween, or are just happy to have an excuse to wear a cosplay out and about without anyone being able to judge you no matter what you’re wearing, we wish you luck and hope you have a lot of fun this Halloween season!
So what are you going to be cosplaying this year? Do you have a cosplay just for Halloween, or are you bringing something out of your closet to do double-duty at the Halloween party this year on top of regular conventions? Do you think we should have put something else on our list? Please leave a comment below, we’d love to hear all your cosplay opinions!