Man With Beard In Costume

With Halloween fast approaching, you might want to consider wearing beard costumes to complete your ensembles. If you already have a full beard, you can style it using beard oil and a beard shaper to resemble that of the character you are dressing up as.

However, beard costumes are mostly made using materials you can usually find in craft stores, like yarn beards. The great thing about this is that you can create all beards, from funny beard styles to Victorian hairstyles. Your imagination is the only limit.

25 Best Ideas

ZZ Top

There are not many other beards in the music industry that are as iconic as that of ZZ Top. To achieve the iconic facial hair of Billy Gibbons and the late great Dusty Hill, you have to make a beard that reaches down to your chest.

You can also make it longer for a more comedic effect and put on a pair of shades and a hat.


To achieve the same look as Thor in the MCU, you need a blonde beard and crop the strands to just around an inch long. If you are going as “fat” Thor, get a long blonde beard and braid the bottom half.


As Zeus is a Greek god, you should make a white beard and give the hair tight curls.


Which depiction of the God of War protagonist are you trying to emulate? In the earlier games, Kratos only sported a simple, long goatee. However, in the last installment, he grew a full beard and mustache.

If you want the latter, the beard should be black, around 3 to 4 inches long, and have tight curls.


Dumbledore’s beard is quite similar to that of Gandalf. However, you will need to comb it a bit, as the headmaster always ensures his beard is well-kempt.

Beard Costumes of Dumbledore and Hagrid

Captain Obvious

If you are dressing up as the comedic Captain Obvious, you will need a full beard trimmed to around an inch in length. You should then give it the salt-and-pepper treatment.


If you are going as Gandalf the Grey, you need to have a long, gray (or graying), scraggly beard and mustache. The beard should reach your chest and ensure the strands are scraggly. You can also pair this with a wig using Victorian hairstyles.

Khal Drogo

Aside from the black eye makeup, the other thing that can transform you into Khal Drogo, chieftain of the Dothraki, is a full pitch-black beard of around 5 to 6 inches. Tie the bottom of the beard with a couple of rubber bands and you are good to go.


If you are going for the comic-accurate portrayal, you will need a full blonde beard and mustache. However, if you will be dressing up as Jason Momoa Aquaman, you can use a black beard that is 2 to 3 inches in length.

Jack Sparrow

To become the infamous pirate captain Jack Sparrow made famous by Johnny Depp, you will need a long goatee. Divide the beard into two sections and braid each of them tightly.

Jack Sparrow Costume

James Harden

To emulate the look of The Beard, you need a kinky-haired beard around 3 to 4 inches in length. Have the bottom trimmed to a uniform length.

Mr. T

If you want to dress as Mr. T from his A-Team days, you should have a full close-cropped beard. Shape it crisply and then connect the sideburns to a horseshoe hairstyle. Don’t forget the iconic mohawk.

Forrest Gump

If you want to look like the fully bearded Forrest Gump, you will need two long brown wigs. One should be for your head, while the other should be fashioned into a scraggly beard that reaches down to your chest.


If you want to look like Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North and loyal servant to the true emperor, all you will need is a 3-day stubble and a Caesar haircut.


Apart from the parted spiky hair, capture the look of Wolverine with the help of thick, bushy sideburns and a stubbly mustache and chin.


To recreate a lumberjack look, you need a plaid shirt, a wool beanie, and a full beard (preferably a ginger beard).

Bearded Hipster Holding an Axe


Just like his closely cropped hair, Drake’s beard is always immaculate. You will need a complete and thick black beard to get this look. Trim it until the hair is around half an inch long.

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled’s beard looks so uniform that you might swear it is fake. If you want to achieve a caricature of this outlandish music producer, get some black felt paper and cut it into the shape of a full beard.

Chuck Norris

If you like to get a taste of how it feels like to have a full beard in the universe, you only need a full golden blonde beard. After that, trim it to around half an inch in length.

Jon Snow

Aside from the long black hair and the furry cape, have a chin strap and a somewhat wispy mustache to make you look like the King of the North.

Bob Ross

It is easy to capture the look of master painter Bob Ross. All you need would be a light blue dress shirt, a pair of bell-bottom jeans, the signature ginger afro, and a scraggly beard and mustache.

Santa Claus

Not many people would dress up as Santa for Halloween, but if you want to go down that route, any white beard style can work.

Man in Santa Claus Costume

Conor McGregor

Slap on a couple of large fake tattoos on your chest put on a bald cap, and wear a full ginger beard. After doing all that, you can expect to turn your look into one of the most entertaining MMA fighters.

Ragnar Lothbrok

Turn into everyone’s favorite Viking king with a long, dark blonde full beard. The key here is to keep it scraggly. It will make you look like you have just come from the battlefield.

Bearded Lady

Any beard will do if you are going as a bearded lady. However, a scraggly chin strap will work if you want to make it look realistic. If you’re going to make it funnier, use a fake handlebar mustache for a comedic effect.

How to Make at Home

Step 1 – Get a disposable face mask

Of course, you still have a couple of face masks at home. This will be the base for your costume beard. It would be better for you to use a surgical mask, so you can quickly wear it under your nose. You can cut a hole in the mask for your mouth if you want.

Step 2 – Start gluing yarn

Grab a bunch of yarn and start gluing it all over the mask. Make sure all the strands are going in the same direction, which is downward. The length of the pieces of yarn should be more than the final length, as you will trim it later. Concentrate on the bottom of the mask.

Step 3 – Make a mustache

Get a bunch of long pieces of string and then tie them in the middle. Glue the yarn mustache on the top part of the mask. It should be just over the mouth hole.

Step 4 – Trim and shape 

If you make funny beard styles, you can leave the yarn strands and trim them to the correct length. On the other hand, you can make your beard costume somewhat realistic by combing through the yarn to unravel them into individual strands.


How do I make a beard for the costume?

There are many ways you can make a beard costume for Halloween. The simplest way is to use a surgical mask as a base and glue a bunch of yarn or strings on it for hair.

Can you get a fake beard?

Yes, you can find a lot of different types of beard costumes online. You can get the longer ones and trim them to make them look like whatever you want.

How do I make a realistic beard for Halloween?

You can make a somewhat realistic yarn beard using wool yarn. Comb through the yarn to unravel the strands, making it look like real hair. Make sure to use longer yarn than you need to provide extra leeway.

Also, start combing from the bottom and work your way up to prevent the yarn from breaking.

Jay - Barber

About the author: Jay – Barber

Jay is one of the members of the Beardoholic writers team and NFL, celebrity barber. As a master barber with years of experience, Jay can make your beard look any way you envision. Jay’s specialty is black men’s hair and beard styles, but he also has deep knowledge on how to create a perfect neck and cheek line, short or long beard and virtually any beard and hair shape and style.

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