5 Rock ‘n’ Roll Costume Ideas for Halloween



This is my favorite time of the year. It’s Halloween baby! I love this time of year because I can dress up as someone else, and no one will call me names!

Hell, here’s a picture of me dressed as King Diamond (and my coffee).

At a time where there are way too many vampires, zombies are already everywhere, and no one wants to dress up as young Elvis, I feel I should make a few suggestions. Now, you can dress however you want. Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson or Dr. Frank-N-Furter for the truly bold. But, maybe it could be time for you to impress others with something that’s not on the shelf. If you plan to be among rockers and metalheads, then here are some costume suggestions for the worthy.






Peter Steele

There are just so many iconic singers with their own and easily identifiable style. Most will be easily recognizable to everyone around. I am going to start youwith the Type-O-Negative music video “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” (which is attached at the bottom). This music video features Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda, Balls of Fury, Fanboys), dressing up as many pop singers and Marilyn Monroe. It seems appropriate because the costumes are easily recognizable to absolutely everyone, except Shawn Desman. I doubt anyone would remember him. Peter Steele (R.I.P.) himself has a distinct style, along with the band. If you know where to get your hands on dark green nurse scrubs, a black wig and good quality vampire teeth, you could pass as him. Do keep in mind, he did leave a pretty big coffin measuring at 6’8″.





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Freddy Mercury

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and if I remember right, this is a phrase Freddy Mercury used. He is another man we all love and miss. All over the world, people grow a rockin stash and impersonate him. Oddly enough Las Vegas seemed to be the exception, at least with my experience there. At one point there was a controversy about a Queen reunion tour where they wanted to use Adam Lambert instead of one Marc Martel who sounds like the very re-in-freaken-carnation of Freddy. Martel sounds like him, but you just want to look like them. If you can’t grow a mustache in a few weeks, don’t bother. Don’t feel alone though, I can’t either. Often enough, the rest of the attire is accurate.




Kiss Rock Group


Anyone From KISS

I like to try and avoid the obvious, but I will give my 2 cents here. If you are going to dress as any member of KISS, go all out. Sure this is just one night a year but those shelf bought costumes just look horrible and you are a rocker; you should know better. I would even go as far as cutting a thick piece of plywood to look like the Demon’s axe. The blood is easy, so be creative and strut down the street like the God of Thunder!








Lordi is not very well known among my social circle, so it would come as no surprise if you where none the wiser. Somewhere in Helsinki Finland, some careless fool unleashed both monsters and the dead. Some call it “Rock and Roll Hallelujah”, while others call it “The Arockalypse”. I just call it some damn good costumes. They are a band who wish to keep their identities a secret, and their beauty tips. Why would I bring it up? To give you something to aspire to.








The overall first band that comes to mind is of course Gwar, but I thought I would leave it to last. I am a fan of both their music and their live show. If you don’t like their music, then still go see the show because it is very entertaining. Now, this could be achievable because their costumes still look rather Halloween-ish. Are you going to find an Oderus Urungus mask or the infamous Cuttlefish of Cthulhu? Probably not, but if you are determined to look like him, then maybe take a stroll down to the closest plastic surgery clinic and check the dumpster. They just toss out those old stiff faces and most of them will come with. Grab one or four and stretch them out to 30.48cm (yes, you must do math) and let it sit in the sun for 43 billion years. You can rush that along with a steady coat of squirrel blood and bacon grease. That should shave off about 42,572,756,125,000.5 years.






These days, I can probably pass for the modern Axl Rose. Ozzy is a long coat, long wig and sunglasses. Get the circle ones, because anything else, you are just a very confused Neo from The Matrix. Lemmy, Slash, Cash, Manson, Snider, Malmsteen or any Ramone. Do it up and don’t half-ass it.


As an added bonus, here’s Gwar’s Oderus Urungus reading children stories:


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About the Author: Started playing bass at 15. It was Danko Jones who inspired me to play at all, and in a small town I couldn't be picky on what I can get my hands on, so I bought a squire with pride. Obtained a B.C. Rich guitar months later. Moved to the city at 17. At 19 joined my first metal band as a bassist which ended at 20. Joined a bass heavy rock band, which I loved being in whole heartily. I now wait to venture into a new project. For the time being though, I am exploring my abilities as a writer.

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