Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Attention, all teachers! If you’re looking for the best Halloween costumes for teachers in 2023, that are school appropriate, then look no further! There are ideas for team teachers, DIY costumes, book and movie characters, and great puns that your students will LOVE. Keep reading to check them out for yourself.

Why should students get to have all the fun on Halloween? As if you needed another reason to add in some fun, Halloween falls on a Monday this year. So get out your crafting materials, or get your online ordering finger ready, because you are definitely going to want to have one of these teacher costumes for yourself!

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2023 Halloween Costumes for Teachers

👀 at these awesome teacher costumes in action!

Halloween hits a little differently when you’re a teacher. Gone are the days when you stayed up all night checking out the candy stash you scored during trick-or-treating while wearing the latest, coolest costume. Now the holiday means trying to keep your overexcited students focused for the day, and managing a class party. So much fun, and totally worth it, but a LOT of work! Why not add in some excitement for yourself by showing off your awesome Halloween costume, perfect for teachers? Check some out:

Group Costumes

  • Sound Wall: By this time of year, your students are super familiar with the Simply Kinder Sound Wall in your room and love learning with it! How fun is it to have every teacher on your team BECOME a piece of the sound wall? Easily done with cardboard and colored prints of the sound wall! Make a bulletin board crown and you have an easy, cheap, creative team costume!
  • M&M’s: Everyone wears a different colored shirt and pastes a giant M to the front of their shirt. So simple but your students will get a kick out of it.
  • Super Teachers: Everyone knows what a SUPER teacher you are, so make it an easy DIY costume with an S and shield on your shirts, and a simple cape and mask. It’s the whole Justice League of Super Teachers!
  • Cowboys: Another super simple team costume. Grab a flannel shirt, bandana, and hat from your local value or thrift store and you have matching team teacher costumes. Yeehaw!
  • Storm and Weather Person: You can be your own creative costume from “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, or pair it with the teacher who doesn’t really want to dress up and call them the weatherman! Either way, it’s an inexpensive but FUN costume!
  • Decades: What a great history lesson to teach your students when you come dressed up from the 80’s, 60’s, 20’s, or any other decade. They’ll love learning about the different fashions from that era, and you will love getting to rock the side ponytail and neon colors!

Book/Movie Characters

For safety or education purposes, some schools will only allow costumes that represent a book (or appropriate movie) character. We LOVE books, as do your students, so we have some amazing ideas for you there, too! Check out these character Halloween costumes for teachers below.

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: A kindergarten FAVORITE! Every student is guaranteed to recognize this colorful costume that is so easy to make! Construction paper, glue dots, and a green or brown top, and you look just like the famous alphabet tree!
  • Lyle Lyle Crocodile: This is a classic children’s book that is also being made into a movie this year, so students will love seeing this friendly crocodile brought to life! This costume was found at a consignment shop but would be simple to recreate with a green shirt, felt, construction paper, and bobbly eyeballs to make a toothy croc head!
  • Pete the Cat: A beloved character with all students, Pete would be really easy to put together! A blue shirt, red shoes, cheap black cat ears, a blow-up guitar (or one cut out of cardboard!), and drawn-on whiskers will recreate this cool cat in a jiffy!
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See: “I see a red bird looking at me!” An adorable red bird made easily with a fun feather mask and red clothing. Your students will love reciting this book to you when you dress up as one of the colorful characters! You could even get one of the cozy adult animal onesies to be a character.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A popular kindergarten book and learning unit, this cute butterfly costume is a great reminder of when the hungry caterpillar “nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and was a beautiful butterfly!”
  • Elephant & Piggie: Almost anywhere that sells costumes has really simple masks or kits for elephants and pigs! Wear one with gray or pink clothing and carry around your favorite book from Mo Willems’ beloved series.
  • Ms. Frizzle: A favorite among teachers to show during a rainy day, or as an addition to a science lesson, The Magic Schoolbus is a great series. This Ms. Frizzle costume complete with her sidekick Liz is amazing!

Funny Punny Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Everyone loves a good pun, and no one has quite the same sense of humor as a kindergarten student (or teacher!) These costumes are sure to get a giggle out of your class.

  • Spelling Bee: Everyone wants to be the spelling bee champ, so see which students can spell the words on your shirt! Recreate this with bee wings and antennae, and a black shirt. You can paste construction paper on the shirt with your spelling bee page, use yellow tape, or order one online already made for you.
  • Smarty Pants: Your students will laugh hysterically when you walk in with smarties candy glued all over your pants! Add a dictionary or encyclopedia, and see who is the first to figure out that you’re a “smarty pants!”
  • Brown E: “Why do you have a giant brown letter E taped to your shirt?” Oh, that’s simple, it’s because you’re a BROWNIE! Get it? Ha!
  • Smart Cookie: Another cardboard cutout idea is to make a giant cookie to wear. Add a graduation cap or carry around an encyclopedia, and you’re a “smart cookie!”

Other Costume Fun

If you want to involve your students, you can have them choose what costume you should dress in! Or take a poll and graph the results. Don’t forget to ask them what their dress-up plan is this year.

Check out this free printable for a writing activity that gets your students’ creative juices flowing. They can draw, or cut out magazine pictures, and then write about their costume ideas!

Halloween can be such a fun time for the students, but wearing one of these costumes can make you shine on that day too. (Especially if you dress up like the shiny star!)  Did you find a great idea for this year? We would love to see it! Be sure to post a picture of your teacher Halloween costume on Instagram and use #simplykinder. Make sure to join our Facebook group and share if you have any other teacher Halloween costume ideas as well.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out these two articles here and here! Happy Halloween and happy teaching!

This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!

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