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8 Portuguese Inspired Halloween Costumes

Let your Portuguese pride shine this Halloween. Channel your inner Amália, Ronaldo, and more with these creative costume ideas!

Carnaval may be the biggest day of the year to dress up in costume in Portugal, but Halloween, or Dia das Bruxas, is picking up steam! And for those of us in the U.S., Halloween is the one day of the year we can dress up and be anything we want to be.

Brown and black cat walks along cobblestone street in Portugal

Some of us dress up in classic costumes like pumpkins, ghosts, and witches. Others embrace the scarier looks of Halloween (is anyone else terrified of yet another Halloween full of IT clowns?!). Some tap into their favorite superheroes. Some look to fantasy and Disney characters for inspiration. And yet others choose funny costumes layered with inside jokes and puns.

But, if you've ever wanted to bring out your Portuguese cultural roots on Halloween, we've got you covered. And to be honest, we had to get a little creative. Google isn't set up to give you Portuguese costume ideas — not yet anyway.

These Halloween costume ideas showcase some of the Portugal's greatest icons and promise to snag you a costume award at your next Halloween party. Get ready to make this Halloween your most luso inspired yet!


1. Amália Rodrigues, Queen of Fado

Costume Award: Greatest Diva

Portuguese regional scarf


Layer this traditional Portuguese Viana scarf over a black skirt or dress and pull your hair back into a low bun. Add winged eyeliner and accessorize with a Portuguese mandolin (even a ukelele could play the part). In no time, you'll be feeling the spirit of a seasoned fadista.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Greatest Soccer Player of All Time

Costume Award: GOAT

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Portugal's Euro 2020 soccer kit


Euro 2020 Portugal Away kit, Cristiano Ronaldo #7

Dress like a champion with Ronaldo's away soccer kit from Portugal's Euro 2020 championship appearance. To really nail the look, wear a blue, captain's armband and style your hair with a healthy amount of gel. If you want to go the extra mile, apply five-minute teeth whitener to mimic Ronaldo's pearly whites. Soccer skills come separately.


What child doesn't want to dress up as their hero for Halloween? With this Ronaldo soccer kit, every Portuguese little one can fulfill their dream and be the living legend for a day!


3. Azorean Cow, Happiest of All Cows

Costume Award: Best in Show

Cows grazing on the island of Terceira (Azores)
PHOTO: hcwphotography/Shutterstock


Two adults wear cow onesie costumes

Pay homage to the world's happiest cows, those that roam far and wide across the Azores and whole milk produces the famous Queijo de São Jorge. Carry an Azores flag while donning these cow onesies and you'll achieve a look that's sure to be amoo-zing — especially among a crowd of Portuguese friends.


4. Yourself, in a Punny T-Shirt

Costume Award: Least Effort Applied

"This is My Portuguese Costume" t-shirt


Nothing says "I don't care, but I kind of care just a little bit" like this to-the-point t-shirt that says "This is my Portuguese costume." It's a completely uninspired look. But hey, at least everyone will know that you're Portuguese!


5. Fernando Pessoa, the Poet of Many Names

Costume Award: Most Intellectual

Fernando Pessoa against a yellow background


Pull out that black tie and polished peacoat that have been sitting in the back of your closet for years. Add a self-adhesive mustache and this flat-rimmed black hat. Borrow a pair of glasses with round frames. And you’ll be a dead ringer for Fernando Pessoa — you may even get asked to recite an original poem.

Self-adhesive mustaches
Flat-rimmed black hat similar to what Fernando Pessoa wore


6. Little Portuguese-American Dancer, the Quintessential Luso Kid

Costume Award: Most Adorable Child

Traditional Portuguese folklore girl's outfit


Were you a Portuguese folk dancer as a kid? Or maybe you watched them twirl from the sidelines and secretly wanted to join in on the fun. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to dress up your kid in the cutest Portuguese folklore outfit, all without the commitment of taking them to weekly dance practice.


If you were a proud Portuguese folklore dancer, or even a forcado in a stateside bullfight, now is the chance to pull out your traditional “uniforms” and don a truly unique Halloween costume guaranteed to win you "Best Repurposed Attire" in a costume contest.


7. Portuguese Explorer, the Greatest Seafarers in History

Costume Award: Most Lost in Time

A drawing of four Portuguese explorers


Man wearing a Christopher Columbus costume

Channel the great seafarers of Portuguese history for an epic costume — you could take on the name of Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias, Fernão de Magalhães, to name a few. This Christopher Columbus costume would make for a great base to a Portuguese explorer costume. Or hey, dress up as Columbus himself — it's been contested that he was actually Portuguese.


8. Ronaldoggo, Best in Four-Legged Soccer

Costume Award: Most Team Spirit

Portugal soccer jersey for dogs


Don't leave out your furry friend from the Halloween festivities! Show your friends just how much of a Portugal soccer fan you are with this Portuguese soccer jersey adapted for dogs.


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