The very first Barbie doll was presented to the world on March 9, 1959. The toy, whose full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, has inspired the upcoming Barbie (2023) film, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken — and, given all the buzz the movie has generated and the recent Barbiecore craze, it's sure to inspire tons of Halloween costumes too. Stay ahead of the trend this Halloween season by dressing up as the ever popular doll.
Both the line of toys and the 2023 movie feature different versions of Barbie, making it a versatile Halloween costume idea. One of the best things about dressing like Barbie — besides the fact it warrants a whole personality change for a night — is that you don’t need an official outfit to make it work. The only real requirement is that it includes a whole lot of pink, but even that's up to interpretation and can be substituted in for other bright hues. While you can also save yourself time and shop full Barbie costume sets, you can also put together DIY costumes of some of your favorite Barbies. You can go as a general Barbie or channel a specific one, like Fitness Barbie, Career Barbie, ’80s Barbie, Malibu Barbie, and more. There’s no reason you can’t invent your own Barbie persona, too.
To get you started on your search for a look straight out of Barbie’s world, we gathered everything you'll need for the best Barbie costumes. We included a sash for President Barbie, a blue wig for the Mermaid Barbie, a sparkly jumpsuit to dance the night away in, and more. Now come on, Barbie, let’s go party!
Barbie Movie Costume
It’s no surprise that with the highly-anticipated movie, comes tons of new Barbie ’fits to obsess over. From President Barbie to Western Barbie to Rollerblading Barbie, there’s no shortage of Barbie costume ideas to help you transform into the iconic doll this Halloween.
Mermaid Barbie Costume
With mermaidcore making a splash, combine it with Barbiecore for one of the trendiest costumes this Halloween. While there are different iterations of Mermaid Barbie to consider, we pulled inspiration from Dua Lipa’s version from the upcoming Barbie movie which has a dreamy blue look.
Barbie Costume Accessories
Dressing in a pink outfit is a solid base when dressing like Barbie, but the accessories can really make or break the costume. From the wig to the sunglasses to the Barbie pink nail polish, these pieces will pull your look together so that you’re guaranteed to win best Halloween costume contest.
Malibu Barbie Costume
She’s ready for the beach, and you can be, too (even in October)! Whether your vibe is more tanning in the sun or hitting the waves with a surfboard, you can channel your inner summer-loving bathing beauty. If you don’t already have a pink swimsuit, that will be your first order of business to create this costume.
Fitness Barbie Costume
While you might head to the gym in leggings and a T-shirt, Barbie’s workout look is a bit more extra and ’80s aerobics-inspired. Think of shiny leggings and two-piece sets in none other than her iconic pink hue. Bonus points if you accessorize with a sweatband and weights!
Career Barbie Costume
Barbie has had many career pivots, so whether you choose Barbie in her doctor, chef, vet, or businesswoman era, putting together an office-ready costume is sure pay tribute to the doll of many talents. Who says you can’t be taken seriously in an all-pink getup?
’80s Barbie Costume
The ’80s are calling, and we’re answering! It’s all about bold and neon colors, including with your makeup. There can be an overlap with Fitness Barbie because we all know she had some fun looks for exercising. And, as it goes for all Barbie Halloween costumes, don’t forget to load up on the accessories to complete your costume.
Rockstar Barbie Costume
What would Barbie wear if she were trying to dress up like Stevie Nicks? We don’t want to speak for her, but we’d imagine it would involve a pink faux-leather jacket — for obvious reasons. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and animal prints to really take it over the top.
Vintage Barbie Costume
Break out the swing dresses and make sure to incorporate polka-dots — because Vintage Barbie is all about choosing a previous era and going all out with it. When choosing these pieces, we were inspired by the ’50s housewife, complete with collars and classic silhouettes.
Party Barbie Costume
You’ll surely be a Barbie girl in the Barbie world when you dress up as Party Barbie. You might already have pieces in your closet to use for this costume, but if you don’t, here’s some inspiration. If Barbie were going out with her friends, she would probably wear a pink dress or something sparkly … or both.
Elisabeth Narine is an Associate Editor at Best Products where she researches gift ideas for every occasion — her work can also be found on BuzzFeed and Forbes Vetted. When’s she not writing, she enjoys rewatching her favorite TV shows and cooking with her boyfriend.
As the senior editor of social and social news, Caitlyn covers the tastiest, coolest, and strangest products for BestProducts.com, and she is the lead of social strategy for Popular Mechanics, Runner's World, and Bicycling Magazine; her work has also appeared in POPSUGAR, InStyle, Stylecaster, among others. In her free time (if there is such a thing), she’s probably watching reality TV, online shopping, or cuddling with her dog, Waffle. She is a Wawa-loving Jersey girl who went to Monmouth University for communication, journalism, and interactive media.