10 Lesser-Known Horror Villains to Dress Up as at Halloween

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Angela Baker ('Sleepaway Camp')

Felissa Rose as Angela Baker in 'Sleepaway Camp'.
Felissa Rose as Angela Baker in 'Sleepaway Camp'. © American Eagle

Your Back Story: Having been raised by a domineering aunt after the death of your father in a motor boat accident, you are painfully shy and introverted, making you an easy target for bullies at summer camp. But unbeknownst to them, you have an ace up your sleeve (SPOILER ALERT)—you're a killer—and one in your pants (BIG SPOILER ALERT): you're a dude.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • Shoulder-length brunette wig with '80s bangs
  • '80s short shorts and white Camp Arawak t-shirt
  • Bloody (toy) butcher knife
  • Mannequin head (doubling for decapitated head of boyfriend)
  • Rolled-up tube sock, strategically placed

How to Act*: Be timid and mute, sitting and staring at people silently. When someone comments on your odd behavior, bulge your eyes, bare your teeth menacingly and let out an ungodly screech as you lunge at them with the knife. If time permits, strip naked.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

02
of 10

The Tall Man ('Phantasm')

Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man in 'Phantasm II'.
Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man in 'Phantasm II'. © Universal
Your Back Story: You are a tall (natch), gaunt otherworldly mortician who harvests dead bodies, turning them into pint-sized, hooded servants who toil for you in another dimension. Your funeral home eschews an alarm system in favor of flying steel balls that burrow into trespassers' heads.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • A snug black suit and tie
  • A gray, wispy wig
  • A pair of steel relaxation balls
  • A sidekick dressed as a Jawa

How to Act*: Lurk ominously, standing in a corner and staring stone-faced at people. When anyone walks past, follow them, taking long, brisk, yet stiff strides. When they ask what you want from them, toss your balls at them and yell "Booooooyyyy!!!" at the top of your lungs. (Try not to sound like Flavor Flav.) Have your sidekick gnaw on their legs.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

03
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Pazuzu ('The Exorcist')

Eileen Dietz as Pazuzu in 'The Exorcist'.
Eileen Dietz as Pazuzu in 'The Exorcist'. © Warner Bros.
Your Back Story: You are an Assyrian/Babylonian wind demon who brings famines and plagues of locusts. When a statue devoted to you is uncovered by an American priest named Merrin, you end up possessing a 12-year-old girl in Merrin's stomping ground, Washington, DC, making her do all kinds of nasty stuff.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • Powdered white face
  • Black makeup accentuating the eyes, cheekbones and lips
  • Red bags under the eyes
  • Pointy fake teeth

How to Act*: Speak in a raspy voice; think Eileen Brennan, but more evil. Put on extreme airs, looking down your nose at people and insulting their significance as living entities. Use more profanity than is called for in polite company, making disparaging comments about the morality of someone's mother whenever possible. "Possess" people by standing behind them and moving their arms and mouths like a ventriloquist's dummy.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

04
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Belial ('Basket Case')

Belial in 'Basket Case'.
Belial in 'Basket Case'. © Analysis Film Releasing

Your Back Story: You are a malformed conjoined twin, little more than a head and two small arms. You and your brother, Duane, were separated as children, and you're pretty darn bitter about it. You rely on Duane to carry you around in a basket and feed you, and you get jealous if he shifts his attention towards women. You might not have a body, but you're strong and more than capable of chewing and clawing someone to death—and more than willing.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • A rectangular wicker basket with a lid
  • Flesh-colored papier-mache applied liberally to the face, roughly in the shape of Mount Rushmore
  • Mr. Potato Head arms attached to both sides of your head, with claw-like fingernails glued on
  • Fake hillbilly teeth, filed to a point
  • A black body suit to hide your torso and legs (since you don't have either)

How to Act*: This works best as a two-person job. Your partner would dress as Duane (dark curly hair, naive, unbalanced) and would escort you around with the basket on your head. He would act nervous and shifty, guarding the basket when anyone approaches. If people talk to him, you lift the basket off your head and, snarling unintelligibly and twisting your head back and forth to make your arms flail violently.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

05
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Santanico Pandemonium ('From Dusk Till Dawn')

Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium in 'From Dusk Till Dawn'.
Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium in 'From Dusk Till Dawn'. © Dimension
Your Back Story: You are the queen of a nest of vampires who run a bar atop an ancient Mayan temple in the Mexican desert. The daughter of an early 20th century hangman and his vampire lover, you've inherited your mother's birthright and now spend your days luring men with your seductive, snake-accentuated dance before turning into a serpentine bloodsucker that eats them alive.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • A red velvet bikini
  • A bright yellow and white snake, boa constrictor-sized
  • A feathered headdress
  • Vampire fangs
  • A snake mask
  • A personal fitness coach

How to Act*: Slink around, doing a slow, gyrating dance. Take someone's beverage and pour it down your leg as you stick your (pre-washed) foot in their mouth. Take a swig and spit it out onto them. If no one punches you, pull on your snake mask and nibble on their ears. Keep all dollar bills stuffed in your g-string.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

06
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Matt Cordell ('Maniac Cop')

Robert Z'Dar as Matt Cordell in 'Maniac Cop 3'.
Robert Z'Dar as Matt Cordell in 'Maniac Cop 3'. © Shapiro-Glickenhaus

Your Back Story: You're a hulking, no-nonsense New York City cop who shoots first and asks questions later, which leads to an indictment on charges of abuse and violation of prisoners' rights. You're sent to jail, where you're knifed and killed, but you don't a little death slow you down. You return from the grave to seek vengeance on the cops and politicians who sent you to prison by terrorizing the city.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • A police uniform, with leather or pleather jacket
  • White gloves
  • Layers of Play-doh to replicate facial scars from prison brawls, fires, car crashes, shotguns to the face, etc.
  • A padded muscle suit
  • Baton with (toy) sword concealed inside
  • Late '80s mullet

How to Act*: Don't speak; just walk around menacingly slapping your baton in your palm. Get a friend to run around and steal people's belongings, at which point you stroll up, stab the thief, then turn around and pummel the victim.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

07
of 10

Candyman ('Candyman')

Tony Todd as Candyman in 'Candyman'.
Tony Todd as Candyman in 'Candyman'. © TriStar
Your Back Story: You're the ghost of an 18th century black man who was lynched (your hand cut off and your body covered in bees) for having an affair with a white woman. Now, you're a murderous urban legend who appears when anyone says your name five times in a mirror.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • A fur-lined trench coat that would make Huggy Bear proud
  • A (toy) rusty hook
  • 18th century-styled suit
  • Bees, or some semblance thereof

How to Act*: Pull your right hand into your sleeve while holding the hook, so it looks like you have a hook for a hand. Sew a vest made of bee carcasses (this could take some time, so plan ahead). Speak in a seductive voice as deeply and slowly as possible, like Barry White on barbiturates. Stalk white women.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

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Tarman ('Return of the Living Dead')

Allan Trautman as Tarman in 'Return of the Living Dead'.
Allan Trautman as Tarman in 'Return of the Living Dead'. © Orion Pictures
Your Back Story: You're a poor dead sap who's been rotting in a barrel full of an experimental military gas called 245 Trioxin for two decades, sealed inside after an accidental release of the gas made your corpse come to life. As such, you are skeletal and covered in a tar-like residue. When you're accidentally released by two bumbling workers in a medical supply warehouse, you roam the area searching for brains to eat.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • Skull mask
  • Barrel (approximately 55 gallons), stenciled with "Property of Army" and an 800 phone number in case of emergency
  • Black garbage bags, cut and made into a shirt and pants
  • Maple syrup, about 10 gallons' worth
  • Black food coloring to turn the syrup black, which is then poured liberally over your body

How to Act*: Limp around, wobbling as if you haven't used your legs for 20 years (because you haven't). Speak in brief, drawn-out sentences with short words, like Frankenstein or The Hulk. Limit your conversation to brains and how much you crave them. For example, "Braaaaaiiiinnnsss...", "Send more brains" or "For love of God, where brains?"

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

09
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Angela Franklin ('Night of the Demons')

Amelia Kinkade as Angela Franklin in 'Night of the Demons'.
Amelia Kinkade as Angela Franklin in 'Night of the Demons'. © International Film Marketing

Your Back Story: You're a 17-year-old bad girl who dresses in dark "goth" clothing and black fingernail polish and is rumored in school to be a witch. Your interest in the supernatural has led you to conduct a seance in a haunted house during which you become possessed by an evil spirit that causes you to kill those around you with sharp pointy things.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • Black lace wedding dress with tiara
  • Brunette wig
  • Fake teeth—sharp, animalistic
  • Yellow contacts
  • Silly Putty to build up Cro-Magnon forehead
  • A boom box with Bauhaus' "Stigmata Martyr" cued up
  • Roller skates

How to Act*: Set down the boom box and play the Bauhaus song. Do a seductive, twirling dance for someone. When you're finished, lean in to kiss the other person. If they reciprocate, bite them on the face. Glide around on roller skates, looking cool.

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

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Vincent Smith ('Motel Hell')

Rory Calhoun as Vincent Smith in 'Motel Hell'.
Rory Calhoun as Vincent Smith in 'Motel Hell'. © United Artists
Your Back Story: You're a farmer and proprietor of the Motel Hello whose smoked meats are renowned in the area. The secret ingredient? Human flesh. You set up booby traps around the area to catch unsuspecting victims, then cut their vocal chords and plant them in a "secret garden" up to their necks until they're ripe enough to eat.

What You Need for a Costume:

  • White-haired wig
  • Straw cowboy hat
  • Denim overalls
  • A hog's head or pig mask
  • A (toy) chainsaw
  • A cardboard cutout of a cow

How to Act*: Act friendly, folksy and "down homey," inviting people to "eat your meat" or sleep in your comfortable bed just around the corner. When they refuse to go and try to walk away, place a cardboard cow in their way. If they still resist, put on your hog head, pick up your chainsaw and git 'r dun!

*For entertainment purposes. Use common sense, people.

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