9 Iconic Halloween Costumes Ideas for Black Men

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9 Iconic Halloween Costumes Ideas for Black Men

Embrace your Blackness with these cool costumes.

Published October 19, 2016

Still looking for a Halloween costume? Look no further than these strong Black men for your inspiration.

  1. Doughboy

    He might have lived in LA, but Ice Cube’s character in Boyz n the Hood was rarely seen without his Detroit Tigers hat. Wear one — plus a black sweatshirt or button-down and a curl wig — and it will be 1991 again.

  2. Michael Jackson
    Michael Jackson performs during halftime of a 52-17 Dallas Cowboys win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII on January 31, 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California.
    (Photo: Steve Granitz/Getty Images)

    Pick your favorite era, then head online to find the perfect ready-made costume. Or keep it simple with black-and-white pieces from your closet.

  3. Dollar Bill

    Bernie Mack’s attention-grabbing character was hands down the best part of The Players Club. Grab a brightly colored jacket, a bowler hat and a dollar sign pendant and there’s “gon' be trouble, trouble.”

  4. Dave Chappelle as Rick James

    All you need is a zebra-print jacket and a cornrow wig with beads and you too can be Chappelle’s hilarious take on the “Super Freak” singer.

  5. Luke Cage
    Marvel's Luke Cage (Photo: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)
    (Photo: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)

    Rock a bald head, a holey hoodie and a pair of jeans and you can be Marvel’s breakout star of the season, as portrayed by Mike Colter.

  6. Prince
    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 10: Prince performs live on stage at  Rosemont Horizon in Chicago on December 10 1984 during his Purple Rain tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
    (Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

    Pay tribute to the Purple One with a frilly shirt and a jacket in his favorite color.

  7. Prince Akeem
    Publicity still portrait of American actor Eddie Murphy in the comedy film 'Coming to America' (Paramount Pictures), 1988. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)
    (Photo: John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

    Who can resist being the star of Coming to America when there is already a ready-made costume?

  8. Randy Watson

    Coming to America is the gift that keeps on giving. Why not don a thrift store powder blue tux and a Jheri curl wig and be Mr. Sexual Chocolate himself?

  9. Spider-Man
    (Photo: Marvel Comics)
    (Photo: Marvel Comics)

    The latest incarnation of Spider-Man is Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teen. Pick up a costume and represent.

Written by Kenrya Rankin

(Photos from Left: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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