A Complete List of Dreadlock Costume Ideas

Orc costume with dreadlocks

October 31st is fast approaching and while the world is currently on shutdown, some people are eager to dress up — if not for 2020, then at least for 2021. 

If you have dreads, you’re probably wondering how to make your costume even more awesome with the help of your locs. For this, I went to Facebook to see what cool and creative ideas my fellow dreadheads had come up with in previous years. Thanks to them and a little thinking outside the box, I was able to put together this comprehensive list of dread-friendly costume ideas. 

Whether your inspiration comes from movies, books, video game characters, musicians, or some other place, this list will surely help you brainstorm your next outfit so you can impress your friends at the next costume party.

95+ Ways to incorporate your dreads into your costume

Pop art character costume with dreadlocks
Pop Art Character
Credit: Christine Dorle

Creative costume ideas

1. Dreadlocked Jesus or John the Baptist

2. Reggae musician

3. Pirate

4. Egyptian pharaoh

5. Medusa

6. Gypsy

7. Jester

8. Zombie

9. Vampire

10. Steampunk

11. Grunge rocker

12. Rock star

13. Cybergoth

14. Viking

15. Warrior or shieldmaiden

Credit: Shandiline

16. Witch

17. Alien

18. Scarecrow

19. Hippie

20. Mother Earth

21. Tree

22. Bird’s nest

23. Deer

24. Mythical forest creature, like a woodland fairy

25. Winter elf

26. Rag doll

27. Pop art character

28. Pineapple (shape your locs into the leaves and paint your face)

29. Reindeer (shape your locs into antlers)

30. Octopus

31. Squid

32. Jellyfish

33. Mermaid (weave seashells into your locs)

34. Unicorn

35. Porcupine

36. Lion or lioness

37. Caveman or cavewoman

38. Plate of spaghetti

39. Mop

40. Old school troll

Scar Lion King costume with dreadlocks
Scar from Lion King
Credit: Mike and Ash Nicole Grider
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Costumes inspired by characters from books, movies, TV series, and video games

41. White Queen from Narnia

42. Tarzan

43. Jane of the Jungle

44. Scar from the Lion King

45. Chuck Noland from Cast Away

46. Poison Ivy from Batman

47. The Predator from Alien vs Predator

48. The twins from the Matrix

49. Captain Jack Sparrow, Calypso, or Davy Jones from Pirates of Caribbean

50. Laurent from Twilight 

51. Princess Leia, Kit Fisto, or a Wookiee (Chewbacca) from Star Wars

52. Maleficient

53. Avatar

54. Edward Scissorhands

55. Cousin Itt from The Addams Family

56. Beetlejuice

57. Sheri Moon Zombie from The Lords of Salem

58. Michonne from The Walking Dead

59. Papa Legba from American Horror Story 

60. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

Orc costume with dreadlocks
Credit: Ky Mirabel

61. Senua from Hellblade

62. Leeloo from Fifth Element

63. Sara Wayland from Gone in 60 Seconds

64. The cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz

65. Alice in wonderland (style your dreads into a bow)

66. Lurtz from Lord of the Rings

67. Hagrid from Harry Potter

68. Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn

69. Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas

70. Chucky from the Rugrats

71. Cynthia, Angelica’s doll, from the Rugrats

72. Otto Rocket from Rocket Power

73. Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus

74. Celia from Monster’s Inc. 

75. Te Fiti from Moana 

76. Greta from Gremlins

77. The house with balloons from the movie Up (attach helium balloons to your dreads)

78. Super Saiyan 3 from Dragon Ball

79. Donnie from the Wild Thornberrys 

80. Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog 

81. Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons

82. Pippi Longstocking 

83. Raggedy Ann

84. Old Gregg from The Mighty Boost

85. Jekyll and Hyde

Greta from Gremlin costume with dreadlocks
Greta from Gremlin
Credit: Kim Mills

Costumes inspired by musicians

86. Bob or Damian Marley

87. Stevie Wonder 

88. Lil Wayne

89. Wiz Khalifa

90. Rob Zombie

91. Brian Welch from Korn

92. Adam Duritz from Counting Crows

93. Linda Perry from 4 Non Blondes

94. John Moyer from Disturbed 

95. Milli Vanilli

How have you incorporated your locs into your costume? Do you have any cool ideas that weren’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments!

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