Beetlejuice Halloween Costume

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Are you sure you want to say it a third time? Because you know what’ll happen. Or, maybe you don’t. So go ahead, let’s hear it a third time; let ‘er rip and unleash the Ghost With the Most. Beetlejuice!

Tim Burton’s 1988 horror/fantasy/comedy features Michael Keaton as a grotesque, obnoxious, and very funny ghost who hires himself out as a ‘bio-exorcist’ to rid haunted houses of their living occupants. The house in question is the New England home of Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a happy, adorable couple who just happen to be dead.

According to the rules of the afterlife, as laid down in The Handbook for the Recently Deceased, they are required to haunt their home for 125 years. The new occupants are Charles, Delia and Lydia Deetz, played by Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder. Step-Mom Delia, a would be artist, wants to tear the old house apart and remake it as a modern art monstrosity, something Charles is desperate to avoid. Lydia, a black-clad goth teen, is just oooky and spooky enough to be able to see the ghosts haunting her new house.

Beetlejuice poster

Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice is the star of the show, and you can be him this Halloween!

Beetlejuice Costume Elements

  • A suit – either his signature black and white stripe or a dark dingy one


  • A black and white check shirt/khaki pants combo

The magic for Beetlejuice really is all in the make up:

  • White face
  • Blacked out eyes
  • Wild, big greenish hair
  • Dirty, all-around dead look

These guys have done a great job with this costume, showing each of the two ways to do this look!  And, we love the group costume idea, adding in the Lydia and Miss Argentina characters.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Group Costume

There you go: one of the most classic ‘80s movie characters ever for your Halloween costume! Now go put on a little Day-O, do a dance around the dining room table, and enjoy your night.


Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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