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Clever Car Costume Ideas for Halloween & Beyond

Thinking about a costume this Halloween? Need inspiration? Any opportunity to dress up is an opportunity for fun! Even vehicles are getting in on the action. We scoured the web and compiled a shortlist of winning car costumes that went above and beyond.

Some of these costumes can be replicated at the last minute while others require a bit more planning and forethought. Take a look and tell us your favourites! Are we missing any good ones?

Ferrari Testarossa

ferrari costume

Credit: Designboom

It may be Halloween, but Christmas came early for Italian artist Benedetto Bufalino. He transformed his nondescript car into a Ferrari Testarossa and even went cruising in it. We don’t think he was fooling anyone with the cardboard exterior, but the man can dream!

The Ecto-1 (from Ghostbusters)

ghostbusters car dress up

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Is your car white? Maybe you could transform it into the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters? Would you believe this 1992 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was for sale on Kijiji for just $14,000?! Maybe you'll find the Proton Pack on eBay?

Big Mouth

car dress up with teeth and tongue

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If only you could find a vehicle you could depend on …to not swallow you whole!! And a bucket of sweets to lure candy lovers? Sweet tooths beware; this SUV may take a bite out of you!

Black Cat

car dressed up as black cat

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It wouldn’t be Halloween if a black cat didn’t at least pull up to the side of your path and parallel park.

Mutts Kutts van (from Dumb and Dumber)

van in dog costume

Credit: The Kansas City Star

Move over cat, the big dog is here! Custom car builder Joe Pace transformed a 2003 Ford Econoline van into an exact replica of the Mutts Cutts van. Made famous thanks to the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber, the carpet-covered van—which features faux fur-covered chairs, a 40” TV, and a mysterious briefcase—sold on Facebook and fetched the maker more than a few IOUs for his efforts. We'd like to think that a genuine dog groomer saw this real-life replica for sale and thought, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

Mini Airplane

Mini Copper dressed up as airplane

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Ford, Tesla, and Volkwagen are just a few car manufacturers working hard to bring us electric cars and self-driving vehicles. But what manufacturer is working on flying cars? This Mini Cooper has got us all thinking wishfully with this airplane costume! We're not sure if this Mini is roadworthy, but who needs road when you’ve got wings?!


Orange Audi with pumpkin design on the hood

Credit: My Cool Bin

Orange IS the new black, and this is spook-tacular Halloween dedication! This Audi’s pumpkin paint job is highly appropriate for at least 1 of the 52 weeks in the year.


Minivan in Joker costume

Credit: Cars.com

Sporting green hair, white makeup, and a devious grin, this 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is dressed up as Batman’s most iconic enemy. No treats. It's only tricks for the Dark Knight's most fiendish foe (on four wheels).

Lightning McQueen (from Cars)

Mustang disguised as Lightning McQueen

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It may not have been a Halloween project, but this car costume merits honourable mention. Inspired by Disney Pixar's Cars, a father in Memphis surprised his young son by transforming his Mustang into a real-life Lightning McQueen!

Happy Halloween from Canada Drives!

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