School spirit is all about involvement. And what better way to get involved than dressing up with your teacher bestie during Halloween or spirit week? These costumes will spark your creativity and hopefully give you some inspiration for fun school costumes.
From store-bought princess dresses to homemade costumes that show off teacher creativity, this list is sure to spark some costume inspiration! Some of these get-ups even come with fun movie viewings and game ideas!
Just A Little Play-Doh For the Kids
What is more recognizable to a little preschool or elementary school kid than Play-doh? Pretty much nothing. These two teachers are doing Halloween right!
It’s an easy DIY costume that the kids will love. Not to mention it’s a conversation starter with any shy students that might be in class. If you’re thinking about putting together this adorable Play-doh costume for dress-up day at school, be sure to tell the little kids that they still can’t eat you.
We Gotta Find A Paw Print, That’s The Clue!
The best part about this costume is that you can have all of your teacher friends dress up as different characters from the 1990s-2000s show Blue’s Clues. What’s this crew without the mouthy mailbox, or the notepad and crayon that made our young minds think of what the clues could mean?
As much as we love Steve, Blue, and Salt and Pepper, we recommend putting a bit of an academic edge to this costume. Hey, maybe even do a Blue’s Clues scavenger hunt as a lesson!
May The Force Be With This Costume
What’s stronger than the force? A teacher bestie who will dress up with you to bring your dreams of being a Jedi to life. “I am no Jedi, but I know the force.” Oh, Maz Kanata, don’t be so dramatic. You could have been a Jedi!
This Rey and Maz duo is the perfect costume for any Star Wars lovers. It’s also something very timeless that your students will relate to, maybe even striking up the best of geeky conversations — is Rey a Kenobi?
If You Give A Teacher A Costume Day
When you give an elementary teacher and their friends a day to dress up, you will cause them to dress like a story! If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff, is a childhood storybook staple in a lot of elementary schools.
These teachers look adorable and also smart, having brought classic characters to life for their youngsters. We’re sure the students loved the Disneyland feeling of seeing their favorite characters being embodied by their favorite teachers!
These Princesses Don’t Need A Prince, They Have A Fairy
Who needs a prince when you and your gal-gang can dress as Disney princesses and a fairy godmother!? The best part about this group costume? The gowns are accurate portrayals so they can be used in the coming years or any stage play the school might put on — if you work at a high school, that is!
We applaud you, ladies. Your students must have loved seeing the classic Disney princesses come to life. We sure did!
“Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, If She Doesn’t Scare You, No Evil Thing Will!”
Is anyone aware that her French name translates to “Cruella from Hell?” Somewhat scary, in our opinion. Hopefully, none of their students are fluent in the language! Although, it’s pretty easy to conclude the character’s evilness if you’ve ever seen the movie 101 Dalmatians.
That being said, this group costume is spot on — pun intended. It’s easy, comfortable, and the ladies who dressed up as pooches could have made those shirts, hats, and ears in the school’s art room!
A Balanced Breakfast
As simple as this costume is, these teachers are sending their students a very important message: breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Studies have shown that eating a regular breakfast is good for your health, memory, and concentration.
These are all things that a growing kid needs! Especially while sitting through morning classes. These teachers did an egg-cellent job with their costume choice. If you’re from California, maybe ask if someone in your department wants to be an avocado!
Teaching About Dental Hygiene
This is the perfect department costume for any school nurses or health teachers. Even though a lot of people lie about flossing (because who has time for that?), these two are sending their students a very good message.
Cavities are no joke for young kids, with all of that sugar and soda! Brushing their teeth and flossing should go hand-in-hand. Kudos to you two ladies for ingraining into your students’ minds the importance of dental hygiene!
These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are definitely a fierce force to be reckoned with. Although these ladies probably aren’t named after Italian Renaissance artists as is the actual TMNT team, they’re still rocking the ninja look.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael would be proud of this costume choice. For one, it’s fun! It also allows for a team of teachers to bust out their crime-fighting stance in front of any unruly students. If you’re a student, be sure to have all of your assignments done during dress-up day!
Unruly Minions With No Master
If these ladies were Minions on their own and the principal didn’t dress up as the “evil genius,” Felonious Gru, that was a completely missed opportunity. Regardless of the lack of their “master,” these teachers know how to put together a fantastic department costume.
The fact that each of them is wearing personal clothing, just adding the minion eyes to their head, speaks wonders about comfort and affordability. From this moment on, here’s to doing a DIY costume.
Release Your Inner Emoji Keyboard
Talk about appeasing the iPhone generation! These four teachers know how to make a statement in their classroom, talking via emojis. The wide-eyed one is especially relevant to classroom management.
If you and your teaching besties are interested in making emoji costumes, we recommend skipping the two lovey-dovey faces. Can we suggest choosing ones that are accurate reactions to any silly questions? And maybe an upsidedown smiley face, obviously,
It’s an Alvin and the Chipmunk style Halloween! Even though these ladies aren’t singing “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” we can’t help but admire their comfy sweatshirts that look more suited to be worn in front of a fireplace during a snowfall.
They’re also probably the most comfortable people, sorry, chipmunks, in the entire school. We’re going to have to take a page out of their teaching manual and think of comfy costumes to wear to work!
In The Case Of A Tie, Find These Three
We would like to go on record and say that this is the most real-life game of rock, paper, scissors, shoot, ever! These three ladies did a great job embodying the age-old game that’s solved many sibling movie-night disagreements.
Do you think they went so far as to try and play a game with themselves? That would have been quite the sight. The fun part is, the costumes can totally be used as classroom decor after the holiday!
A Week Full Of Ocean Conservation And Shark Misunderstanding
Here’s to one of those favorite events that happens each year, Shark Week. These teachers probably didn’t think about it at the time, but their costume is much more than a calendar with shark hats (even though those hats are awesome).
They’re sending an important conservation message to their students. Starting in 1988, Shark Week was originally devoted to ocean conservation awareness and correcting common misconceptions about sharks. Bravo, teachers, for giving a little lesson to help our oceans!
It’s Just a Bunch Of Hocus Pocus!
What’s Halloween without the Sanderson sisters of Winston Salem? Absolutely nothing! These three teachers are all about their Hocus Pocus counterparts and are completely owning them. They even went as far as getting the crazy wigs of Winnie and Mary Sanderson, not to mention their uber-realistic outfits!
Dressing up like this calls for a Hocus Pocus viewing in class. It is a Halloween classic, after all. If you’re thinking about this get-up with your teacher friends, make sure you go all out like these three did!
Zoom Zoom Zoom, Makes My Heart Go Boom Boom
“Zetuslapetus!” If you and your teacher bestie decide to dress up as Zenon and Nebula from the Disney Channel Original Movie, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century,” then you’re going to have a lot of explaining to do to your students! Nothing like a good viewing to get them in on the awesomeness that is the 2049 Earth-orbiting space station.
The movie will also teach them the best slang words of the century. We ask for a movie invite. Keep on with your ze-selves, you supernova girls!
When A Game Becomes A History Lesson
Calling all math teachers, take note of the genius costume that is this pair of dominoes. Easy, cute, and yet very sophisticated. Dominoes, and no, we don’t mean the pizza place, is a game that has kind of been lost due to the increase in cards and video gaming consoles, but we haven’t forgotten the hours of fun this game provided.
The earliest mention of the game is from the Song Dynasty in China, found in the text of Former Events in Wulin, by Zhou Mi. So, maybe this is more of a history teacher costume?
The Day The Crayons Said They’re Done Being Used
To say we don’t appreciate the creativity that went into this group of teachers’ costume would be a lie. “The Day The Crayons Quit” is a hilarious and yet very accurate representation of the workforce.
The red crayon’s sign reads, “I even work on holidays. I NEED A REST!” This goes to show that people and things aren’t meant to be used all the time. Everyone, maybe think about using colored pencils or markers for your homemade holiday cards.
A Costume That Would Make Dr. Seuss Proud
“One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish,” is a genius of a fishy costume for literature teachers! Especially those in elementary school who celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. This 1960s rhyme is definitely one of the more well-known books out of Seuss’ lengthy catalog.
This book brings with it a great message for young kids — there are many fantastic creatures in the world that you can learn about and become friends with. Good lesson, teachers!
The 100-Acre Wood Gang Is (Mostly) All Here
Even with Christopher Robin, Rabbit, Kanga, and Owl missing, these ladies still managed to round up enough teachers to represent the main gang of the 100-Acre Woods. If they’re teachers at a preschool, the 1921 Winne The Pooh group costume was the way to go.
This is probably the only time the students will ever see Eeyore smiling, so she better chalk that up to her portraying a character before showing the little kids the Winne The Pooh cartoon!