Halloween 2022 is just around the corner and anime fans are debating which of their favorite anime characters they should dress up as this year. Are you torn about which of your favorite characters you should dress up as? Then, you’re in luck. My Top 10 anime cosplay ideas for Halloween include my favorite picks for anime-inspired costumes that will definitely turn heads while you are out trick-or-treating or having fun at a Halloween party.
My Top 10 list also includes the most talked-about anime characters of 2022! These anime characters blew up Twitter a few times with some controversy or just fan love. Some of my picks are also popular anime characters that no one has ever cosplayed before, so if you really want to stand out among your fellow anime fans this article is definitely for you.
As anime continues to grow in popularity it has become much easier to find Halloween costumes inspired by anime characters at local Halloween stores and websites like Amazon.com and Spirit Halloween. Present day, it’s really down to making the right decision.
10. A scout – Attack on Titan
Are you an Attack on Titan anime fan, but not sure which character you want to dress up as? Then, you should simply go as a nameless “scout”. The Scout Regiment in Attack on Titan is the driving force of the plot and story due to the fact it is a Military branch active in Titan combat, Titan study, human expansion, and outside exploration. The members of the Scout Regiment are known for being skilled in using omni-directional mobility gear (who wants cool props?) and are better fighters when compared to the other two divisions of the Military.
Centuries ago, mankind was almost driven to extinction by monstrous humanoid beings called Titans. The surviving humans were forced to hide behind enormous concentric walls out of fear of these terrifying monsters that appeared to enjoy eating humans even though they didn’t need to do that in order to survive. The remnants of humanity were able to survive peacefully behind their defensive walls for 100 years without an encounter with a Titan.
The story begins when a Colossal Titan manages to breach the outer wall and Titans flood into one of the human cities. All of a sudden, it’s a fight for survival against the man-eating abominations. A young boy named Eren Yeager watches as his mother is mercilessly consumed by a Titan, and vows that one day he will kill everything single one of them.
In order to make his dream a reality Eren decides to enlist in the Survey Corps (Scout Regiment) – an elite military unit that combats the Titans outside of the protection of the walls. Eren teams up with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and brilliant childhood friend Armin Arlert to join the brutal war against the Titans. Together the trio tries to discover a way to defeat the Titans before the last of the walls are breached.
9. A Straw Hat Pirate – One Piece
Are you a One Piece fan? Do you love pirates and wearing big hats? Then, you should dress up as one of the Straw Hat pirates this year. You really can’t go wrong with dressing as any one of the Straw Hats since they each have their own unique style and flair. Luffy is known for wearing casual pirate clothes, but with bright red accents. Nami is known for wearing sexy pirate outfits consisting of short skirts and bikini tops. Nico Robin dresses “pirate chic”. Franky is usually dressed as a “Hawaiian pirate”. Ussop is definitely the “steam-punk pirate” of the group. Zoro dresses like a Japanese pirate samurai. Sanji is a slick pirate in his tailored suits. Chopper presents the perfect opportunity for some genderbending – may I suggest dressing up as Lady Chopper? And don’t forget Brook with his rock-in-roll look.
Gol D. Roger was known as the “Pirate King” – the strongest and most infamous pirate to have sailed the Grand Line. When the World Government captured and executed Gol D. Roger it triggered a change throughout the world. With his dying breath, Roger revealed the existence of the greatest treasure in the world – One Piece.
Roger’s words sparked the Grand Age of Pirates as men set out to find One Piece in order to amass untold wealth, and gain fame and glory. The pirate who finds One Piece will be dubbed “The Pirate King”. The story revolves around a young 17-year-old boy named Monkey D. Luffy, who dreams about being a pirate – but not your typical version of one.
Most pirates are wicked, hardened, toothless men that gain joy in ransacking villages and raiding other ships. Luffy doesn’t set out with the intention of hurting anyone, his reasons for leaving his village are to find adventure, meet interesting people along the way, and ultimately find One Piece before anyone else so he can win the title of “The Pirate King”.
Luffy gathers a crew of like-minded individuals and they sail across the Grand Line, having crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries, and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach the greatest treasure of all – One Piece.
8. Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto
Are you a fan of ninja? Are you a fan of the anime Naruto? Then dressing up like Naruto Uzumaki may just be for you. Naruto has many different looks to choose from – his beginner blue and orange ninja outfit, his black and orange ninja outfit after the Time Skip, his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, Kurama Chakra Mode, and Six Path Sage Mode.
Moments prior to Naruto Uzumaki’s birth, a yokai fox (demon fox) known as the Kyuubi attacked the Hidden Leaf Village, known as Konohagakure, and chaos ensued. The leader of the village, known as the Fourth Hokage, came up with an idea to stop Kyuubi’s rampage and save the village – sealing the monstrous beast inside of a newborn baby. Unfortunately, this cost the Fourth Hokage his life, and Naruto was forced to grow up on his own.
Years later, Naruto continues to live in the village of Konohagakure and aspires to be a ninja as powerful as the Fourth Hokage. Unfortunately, the villagers, who are aware of the existence of Kyuubi inside of him, shun Naruto.
Due to being an outcast in the village, Naruto grows up with an eccentric personality and hyperactive tendencies from wanting to get people’s attention. He struggles to find his place in the village and maintains his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure. On his path to becoming a leader he manages to make some new friends, but also some deadly enemies.
7. Akatsuki member – Naruto
Speaking of Naruto’s enemies – the members of the Akatsuki are some of the most dangerous and deadly ninja Naruto is forced to face. If you don’t want to be a “hero”, then why not dress up as a villainous ninja and member of the Akatsuki. Basically, all you have to do is throw on a black cloak decorated with red clouds and you’re good to go.
The Akatsuki (Red Moon, Rising Dawn) are a group of shinobi (ninja) that operate outside of the hidden villages that exist in the world of Naruto. The criminal organization operated for many years in the underworld of shinobi society, and was led by different leaders, who all strove to make the world a “better” place, in their opinion. The Akatsuki were almost impossible to track down due to their many hidden lairs.
6. Hyuuga Hinata – Naruto
Although, Naruto had some tough enemies to deal with he also managed to find true love. A fellow ninja named Hyuuga Hinata, who loved Naruto since childhood, was eventually able to convey her feelings to him when they became older. It took a while for the dense Naruto to realize that Hinata was in love with him, but when he did finally figure it out he also realized that he loved her back.
If you want to dress up as a sexy female ninja this Halloween, Naruto’s one true love Hinata is a great option to consider!
Tanjiro – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Are you a Kimetsu no Yaiba fan? Do you like yokai and samurai? One of the most fashionable characters in the anime is the hero – Tanjiro. I mean, who else could pull off those earrings? Am I right?
The story centers on Tanjiro Kamado, who after the death of his father has worked hard to support his family. Although the family is impoverished they maintain a happy and peaceful life on a remote mountain. One day, Tanjiro decides to head to the local village in order to make some money by selling charcoal. On his way back home, night falls and Tanjiro is forced to take refuge inside the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that prowl the woods at night.
When Tanjiro returns home he is met with a horrifying sight – his entire family has been slaughtered by a demon. Only his sister Nezuko survived, but she’s been changed into a bloodthirsty demon. Filled with hatred towards demons, Tanjiro swears to avenge his family. Instead of abandoning Nezuko, however, Tanjiro vows to stay by her side until he discovers a way to return her back to being a normal human.
In order to achieve his goal, Tanjiro decides to join the Demon Slayer Corps – a group of elite demon hunters. Tanjiro sets out to become stronger so he can defeat the demons, protect humanity, and most of all protect his sister.
4. Nezuko – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Although, Nezuko is no “damsel in distress.” Tanjiro’s sister may have been turned into a demon, but after the first time, she went berserk and almost killed Tanjiro she has since learned to control her bloodlust. In fact, anytime Tanjiro is in danger Nezuko is able to power up and fight demons in order to protect her brother using equal strength. Not only is Nezuko powerful, but she’s also extremely stylish!
If you like wicked she-demons and sexy “yokai”, why not consider dressing up as Nezuko this Halloween 2022. A Nezuko cosplayer picture is featured as the header of this article.
3. Hollow Ichigo – Bleach
With the long-awaited conclusion to Bleach titled Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War about to premiere on October 10, 2022 (On Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ Internationally) Bleach fans are hyped, which means it’s the perfect time to show your love for the anime by dressing as its iconic hero – Kurosaki Ichigo. (Yes, boys, that means you get to hold a gigantic sword!)
Similar to Naruto, Ichigo has many different “forms” as he grows more powerful throughout the series including Shinigami, Bankai, Hollow, Final Getsuga Tensho, Fullbring, Soul-Forged Shinigami, Fully Awakened Shinigami Rebuild, and Final Pure Ichigo. This gives you many options to choose from and all of them look amazing.
Kurosaki Ichigo begins as an ordinary high school student until his family is attacked by a Hollow – a corrupt spirit that seeks to consume human souls. It’s at that moment that he meets Rukia Kuchiki, who is a Soul Reaper. Rukia is injured while trying to protect Ichigo’s family from the Hollow, and in order to save his family, Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer of taking her powers and becomes a Soul Reaper as a result.
However, afterward, Rukia is unable to regain her powers, which puts Ichigo’s hometown in danger from the Hollows that begin to plague it. Ichigo is forced to step up to the plate and use his new Soul Reaper abilities to hunt down Hollows and protect the people in his town. Joining Ichigo in his fight against the Hollows are his friends and classmates, who happen to have unique abilities of their own: Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryuu Ishida.
Ichigo and his comrades struggle to get used to their new responsibility and support each other on and off the battlefield. Unfortunately, the Hollows aren’t the only threat to the human world that Ichigo is going to have to deal with.
A picture of a Hollow Ichigo cosplayer is featured in the header of this article.
2. Bakugo – My Hero Academia
Do you like heroes and villains? Are you a fan of My Hero Academia? If so, dressing up as one of the most stylish heroes from My Hero Academia – Bakugo, just might be your best bet. Katsuki Bakugo (also known as Kacchan) is Deku’s childhood friend, and a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, who is training to become a Pro Hero in a world where people have developed “quirks” – super powers that grant humans abilities from manipulation of the elements to shapeshifting. His hero name is “Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight” although most just shorten that down to Dynamight”.
If you’re a My Hero Academia fan you’re probably aware that in the manga’s final story arc there was some worry over whether or not Bakugo was killed. Recently, according to raw page images and fan translations leaked to Twitter the Pro Hero Edgeshot intends to reduce himself down to a paper sheet small enough that he can cover the damaged portion of Bakugo’s heart. Best Jeanist will then be in charge of sewing the damaged portions of Bakugo’s body together and resuscitating him – though we still don’t know if this plan goes off without a hitch or not!
At any rate, some My Hero Academia fans are still worried about poor Bakugo and think he might be dead, so if you decide to dress up as him for Halloween you’re sure to get some great reactions from loud exclamations of his name (Bakugo!!!) to people bursting into tears.
Another My Hero Academia character that stirred up some controversy this year was the Invisible Girl, Toru Hagakure.
1. Toru Hagakure aka Invisible Girl – My Hero Academia
Toru Hagakure (also known as Stealth Hero: Invisible Girl) is a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, who is training to become a Pro Hero. Her character was obviously inspired by Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm, who has the ability to turn invisible. My Hero Academia’s 34th volume cover featured a cute naked girl surrounded by “keep out” tape. At first, My Hero Academia fans were baffled about who she was until they noticed Invisible Girl’s familiar gloves.
At first, the response on Twitter was positive since everyone was happy they finally got to see what Invisible Girl looks like. Then, the comments on Twitter began to grow heated as people complained that Invisible Girl is “almost naked” and only a “15-year-old” hence the controversy.
At any rate, if you’re in the U.S. the trend is for women’s costumes to be sexy rather than scary – so what could be sexier than wrapping yourself up in some “keep out” tape?
This cosplay idea is definitely for the daring otaku and not the faint of heart! It’s so daring in fact that I was unable to find a picture of anyone cosplaying Toru Hagakure yet. Do you dare?
If you don’t think you can pull off the “keep out” tape, then you should also consider cosplaying Froppy. She’s adorable!
Do you agree with my Top 10 anime cosplay ideas for Halloween 2022? What anime characters do you think I’ve missed? What anime character are you planning to dress up as this Halloween? Let us know in the comment section below!