Can you remember the last time you saw a bearded vampire? Or a ghost? Or ghoul? Or monsters? It's hard to say, isn't it – the answer is it looks too odd. Beards are incredible 364 days a year, but the real horror lies in thinking up bearded Halloween costume ideas.
That's a real beard scratcher!
Nor do you want to end up as some obscure reference no one's ever heard of. Never fear! We've got your back. We've compiled a list of last-minute bearded Halloween costume ideas that will best use your chin whiskers.
Let's get started!
Kicking off the list is a classic of the genre. Pirate costumes are easy to find and always a lot of fun. While it's not the most original idea on the list, all you need is an eyepatch, shirt, skull and crossbones cap, and a waistcoat for good measure.
Of course, if you fancy being a little more extravagant, you could go for the full Blackbeard – complete with the beard tendrils he'd light before heading into battle. Now that'd make an explosive impression!
Few characters have achieved the instant recognizability of Bryan Cranston's Walter White – the star of Breaking Bad. His impeccably trimmed goatee and pork pie hat might sound like an odd combination, but they're not easy to forget – in fact, it's downright menacing.
Plus, you get to greet your party host at the door with the infamous line: "I am the one who knocks."
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"I pity the fool" who doesn't want to be Mr. T. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) Instantly recognizable and forever the epitome of cool, Mr. T is a classic bearded Halloween costume for a reason.
You'll need a cut-off t-shirt, an incredible mohawk, and some gold bling. Oh, and it helps to start pumping iron about four years in advance.
Bob Ross: the man, the myth, the legend. Arm yourself with his legendary afro, his crisp blue shirt, and a pallet as big as you can manage.
And remember, if you get too drunk, it's not a mistake – "it's a happy little accident."
Okay, okay, it's about two months too early. But really, who doesn't love Santa Claus? You can always give the fat fella a Halloween twist. Think zombie Santa or even evil robot Santa Claus a la Futurama.
Santa Claus is never hard to find when you're hunting for a last-minute costume.
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Unleash your inner beast with Wolverine. If you're willing to go all in – shaving your beard into mutton chops – then Wolverine is the costume for you.
You'll need a wifebeater t-shirt, a cigar, a year's supply of hair gel, and some kitchen cutlery. Of course, if you don't fancy holding knives between your fingers all night, you could always glue some popsicle sticks to a pair of old biker gloves. It works a charm every time!
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From the moment the first shot was fired, John Wick became an instant classic. Keanu Reeves's impeccably-groomed beard, sleek back hair, and refined black suit say all you need to know about his no-nonsense attitude.
For the complete look, carry a toy dog and practice your best death stare…
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"I have a bad feeling about this."
Back in pop culture fashion after his Disney+ show, Obi-Wan is among cinema's most recognizable characters. Master the side parting and don the beige robes to become the greatest Jedi of all time.
And with Obi-Wan's incredible catalog of quotes, from "Hello there" to "Use the force, Luke," you're sure to have a blast(er) of a night.
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No outfit is more last-minute than Forrest Gump. You don't even have to wash for this bearded Halloween costume idea.
Alongside the hat, yellow polo, red shorts, and shaggy wig, it's perhaps the easiest outfit on the list – but also one of the best.
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Whether you opt for Grey or White, Gandalf is our ultimate Halloween costume for men with beards. Spend the night blocking everyone's path and proclaiming loudly, "You Shall Not Pass."
Of course, to properly master this costume, you need the beard to match. With your wizard's staff, flowing grey robes, and pointy hat, it's the quintessential wizard. No outfit comes as iconic as this.
What outfit will you choose? Let us know in the comment section below.