9 Worst Halloween Costumes

Marjorie Bogart
June 8, 2017

Real moms reveal the scary truth about their Halloween costume nightmares as part of the Care.com Interview Series.



Halloween is a time for harmless tricks, sugary treats and, of course, costumes. Who doesn't love dressing up for Halloween parties or trick-or-treating with the kids? Some people spend months brainstorming creative ideas, while others slap on a witch hat and call it a night. But not every costume goes as planned.

Whether your outfit was a last resort, your mother's choice or an obscure pick that left everyone asking "what are you supposed to be?" we've all had a costume nightmare.

We asked some of our favorite bloggers to fess up about the worst Halloween costumes they ever wore. And, we must admit, they're pretty scary -- and not in a Halloween monsters-and-spiders kind of way!

For more bad costumes, check out 6 Worst Kid Halloween Costumes 

  1. Dead Cow
    Jenny Schoberl, from Holdin' Holden, claims she was a strange little girl. However, when she told us her one dream to take her dead cow costume to the next level was "for the teats on the utter to squirt blood," we knew she wasn't kidding! Thankfully, her parents squashed that idea.

  2. Housewife
    When she was twelve-years-old, Kiss My List blogger Dana Hemelt wore her mother's old bathrobe, fuzzy slippers and hair curlers to complete this look. Reflecting back, she questions, "How was this OK with my mother? If one of my children came up with this idea, I would be outraged. After all, I spend my days in yoga pants and a baseball cap -- I wouldn't be caught dead in curlers."

  3. Tomato
    For Nicole Knepper, of Moms Who Drink and Swear, this tasty fruit sounded like a great costume opportunity. "My grandma used a big lampshade and used stuffing and red fabric. I wore green tights, a leafy necklace and a beanie with a stem." But this costume was better in theory than reality. "When anyone pushed me down, I was like the kid from a Christmas Story -- 'I can't get up!!'"

  4. Pregnant Nun
    Teri Biebel, from Snarkfest, donned a nun's habit and black dress, complete with a pillow stuffed inside to pull off this controversial holy look. "All my friends prayed for me, but none got too close to me that night in case God struck me down."

  5. Baby Spice
    In college, Mom of the Year blogger Meredith Spidel channeled her inner Spice Girl. She confesses that, "wearing that teeny white dress -- I felt hot. Too bad [in] my dreams is the only place I'm ever fitting into that again."

  6. Nurse
    As a kid, Cloudy With a Chance of Wine blogger Dani Ryan was forced into this costume every year by her mother. "She even had my costumes tailor-made once we moved to Asia so they looked more authentic and matched the uniforms at the local hospitals". She might have been miserable at the time, but, years later, Ryan regrets tossing all those costumes in the trash. "They would've looked much better (and shorter!) on me in my early 20s".

  7. Frau Farbissina
    My Life as Lucille blogger Lucy Ball thought she'd be the hit of the party when she decided to imitate Dr. Evil's villainous sidekick from the Austin Powers movies. "It seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, most people didn't have a clue who I was supposed to be. Can you imagine?"

  8. Cat Woman
    Channeling her inner feline, Robyn Welling from Hollow Tree Ventures thought two-inch claws were essential. She quickly regretted this idea after gluing on a set of fake nails for the first time. "I thought I was going insane from the pain of those fake nails crushing my nail beds, and the industrial-strength adhesive ensured I couldn't take them off until I got home (believe me, I tried)."

  9. Skeleton
    Most girls dream of being a princess or a fairy on October 31st; however last-minute shopping made that dream a nightmare for Alexandra Rosas, of Good Day, Regular People. "All that was left for a tall and lanky 8-year-old girl was a skeleton. I had dreams of ice blue acetate and tulle, but instead I had the sheen of pitch black night polyester with a skull and cross bones scratchy mask".

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