Once a boy gets to his teenage years, costumes become more of a chore. Teenage boys start to care more about looking an adult (especially in front of the girls), so they are less likely to enjoy the idea of dressing up like something interesting – and instead will want to dress up in a costume that still shows others that they’re testosterone driven adults.
Costume ideas for teenage boys can be tough, because you’re limited in what your son will wear. Here are several costume ideas that you can run by your teenage son the next time they need to dress up for an event or Halloween.
Teen Boy Costume Ideas
If your teen boy is into anime or manga, dressing up in an anime costume is a good choice. The costumes are surprisingly elaborate, but are often designed to help your son look “cool,” which is a persona he’s probably going to want to pull off. Still, it’s go big or go home here – it’s impossible to make a cheap, hastily thrown together anime character outfit. You need to pay attention to every detail, because every detail matters.
The Undead Kid
Zombies are pretty popular these days, so if you’re short on cash you can throw some clothes together and a mask and turn your teen boy into a zombie. Add some blood and a some toy brain and you’ve got a zombie with a full stomach.
Scary but true – well known serial killers (or serial killers in movies) are pretty popular with teen boys, because that added level of scariness makes up for the fact that they have to wear a costume. It may be a little creepy dressing your teen boy up as a killer, but it’s probably better than them dressing up as Justin Bieber.
Zombie Michael Jackson? Serial killer Ronald Reagan? Teen boys like clever costumes, so combining two separate types of costumes may be popular. You can also consider adding in modern day internet memes. Perhaps a Gary Coleman LOLCat (“I can haz cheezburger Willis?”)? The possibilities are endless.
Pimp costumes are still pretty popular with teen boys, because they can pretend to be the confident, manly man they want to be while still dressing up in a unique and interesting costume with a lot of different colors.
Be Ready to Be Uncomfortable
As a parent, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not going to be in love with whatever costume your teenage boy chooses to wear. But talk to your son, use the above ideas, and you should be able to find something he’ll be happy to wear while he tries to win over the girls that will break his heart in a few years.