How To Dress Like Your Favorite AHS Characters for Halloween


Halloween is one of our favorite times of year, but it’s really hard to find an original and fun costume. And what about us girls who have to choose between scary, sexy, or funny?  Here’s some Halloween inspiration that gives you all of those options– and more: American Horror Story. There are so many ideas from this series alone for a great solo or group costume. Let’s start with the endless possibilities: want to be really scary? Be Tate Langdon from season 1 or the white nun from Asylum. Need a sexy costume? The red-headed housekeeper, Moira O’Hara from season 1. Want to be a buttoned-up, but still hot? Try out Sister Jude from season 2. Looking to dress for a decade? There’s always Nora Montgomery from season 1. Want to dress for a decade as a couple? Go as Psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson and Lana Winters from Asylum. Check out some of our favorite character’s looks and how to achieve them this Halloween.

Tate Langdon

Tate Langdon American Horror Story

For Tate’s costume, the makeup is the most important component. The rest is just dressing in all black and slicking back you hair. This costume is great for both sexes. 

  • Demonia Rocky 10 black boots, $115.50 at Hot Topic
  • H&M black hooded sweatshirt, $19.95
  • Dobliju wool double slim black trench coat, $54.99
  • H&M black stretch t-shirt, $9.95
  • Topman black skinny jeans, $50
  • L’Oreal Paris Studio Line Melting Gel, Strong Hold, $3.97 at Amazon

Makeup Tutorial:

Psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson

Dr. Thredson American Horror Story

For Oliver’s costume, the glasses are very important.  Aside from that, you can probably use what you have at home to make the rest of the costume– but don’t forget a pen or 2 in your pocket and that slicked back 60’s hair! Here’s what you need to dress the part: 

  • Xhilaration metal clear lens glasses, $12.99 at Target
  • Merona gray suit, $90 from Target
  • Merona classic point collar dress shirt, $24.99 at Target
  • 60’s skinny Rockabilly necktie, $14 at The Rusty Zipper
  • H&M Lace-up shoes, $29.95
  • Casio dress watch, $22.92 at Walmart
  • Black basic lined journal, $8.95 at Barnes & Noble
  • L’Oreal Paris Studio Line Melting Gel, Strong Hold, $3.97 aAmazon

Lana Winters

Lana Winters American Horror Story

  • Medline Angelstate StepIn Scrub Dress
  • BDG Twist-Back Shaker Cardigan, $69 at Urban Outfitters
  • Keds Champion white leather sneakers, $47

Nora Montgomery 

Nora Montgomery American Horror Story

Sister Jude

Sister Jude American Horror Story

You can buy a Sister Jude costume at Party City, including the scandalous red lingerie for underneath! Add these accessories to complete her look:

  • Gold Cross necklace, $3.99 at Party City
  • Perri’s Black Crop whip with Loop Handle, $5.99 at Amazon
  • Black Mary Jane platform shoes, $29.99 at Party City

Young Moira O’Hara

Moira O'Hara American Horror Story

You can buy the young Moira outfit at Party City, but you’re going to need a couple of other things to complete your sexy housekeeper costume. 

Rubber Man

Rubber Man American Horror Story

You can buy the complete costume at Party City, but you’ll need some gothic boots, like these Volatile Stash Combat Boots from Hot Topic.

White Nun

White Nun American Horror Story


You can buy the complete costume at Party City [which includes the face makeup], but you’ll also need a few other things:

  • Keds Champion white leather sneakers, $47
  • White cotton gloves, $2.99 at Party City
  • Merona opaque white tights, $8 at Target

Makeup Tutorial:

Larry Harvey

Larry Harvey American Horror Story

For Larry’s costume, the mask is the most important component.  Just put on a suit, grab your fedora, and voila: you’re Larry Harvey.

  • Latex Mask, $27.98 at Party City
  • Zara hat with ribbon and feather, $35.90
  • Merona gray suit, $90 from Target
  • Merona classic point collar dress shirt, $24.99 at Target
  • The Tie Bar Draper Stripe tie, $15
  • H&M Lace-up shoes, $29.95

Zoe Benson

Zoe Benson American Horror Story

This costume is great because you can do it as a group costume; everyone needs black skirts, white button-downs, black hats, black ankle socks and black ankle boots. Simple, right? And if you don’t have any of these items, the best part about this costume is that they’re worth the splurge: they’ll become a crucial part of your wardrobe since they’re basics.