Costume Ideas Starting with the Letter "M"
In costume party season, the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One idea that can help you come up with a fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet.
Here are some ideas on how to do that:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow down their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, you should explain the idea thoroughly since if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they may not attend your party.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "M," some based on famous characters or people.
If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too.
Have a fantastic party!
MC Hammer — This famous American rapper became popular in the late '80s and '90s. MC Hammer's trademark outfit is either a black shell-suit or baggy trousers and shirt, coupled with black round-rim glasses.
Macbeth — The Scottish king Macbeth was a real person, born around 1005, but he is probably more widely known through the play by William Shakespeare, which takes a few liberties with the actual story. A male medieval costume would be suitable for this character.
Mad Hatter — Popular character from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The Mad Hatter's signature costume is a tail or frock coat, checked waistcoat, trousers, and a large top hat (with a white 10/6' label tucked inside the band which is wrapped around the hat). Following the recent Tim Burton film, a new version of the Mad Hatter has become popular with wild red hair and spooky white skin.
Madame Pompadour — Mistress of Louis XV of France and fashion icon of the eighteenth century, she introduced a golden era of elegance and luxury clothing to the century. Georgian costumes would be suitable to portray this role.
Madonna as Inspiration for Your Halloween Costume
Madonna — This pop star rose to fame in the 1980s and remains popular today both as a cultural and musical icon. A fashion leader, Madonna's style has evolved through the decades. She started in the '80s with looks that included:
- Black or white netted tops and skirts
- Footless tights
- Crop tops
- Laced tops
- Crucifix or beads
In later years she became famous for the conical basques designed by Jean Paul Gautier, which she wore along with fishnet tights before changing to a more elegant style reminiscent of 1940s evening gowns for her song 'Vogue.'
Although she has been less prolific in the 2010s, her more recent incarnations have included the white cowgirl outfit for 'Music', an S&M fencing instructor for 'Die Another Day,' and aerobics-style outfits in videos for her album, Hard Candy.
These were made up of tight leggings with boots and various strappy tops. For all the brave ladies out there, you could try wearing a high-cut leotard! Personally, if I turned up to a party wearing just a leotard, the place would empty before you could say 'Madonna'!!!
Mae West — A rather buxom film star of the 1940s, she was so famous that a life-jacket was named after her! To dress as Miss West, you could be a saloon girl madam or wear 1940s-era evening gowns. Quite the seductress, she is known for her one-liner double-entendres on film.
Mafia Man or Woman — To get the mafia look, don a pinstriped suit. If she prefers, a woman can go with a pencil skirt. Other must-haves include a Trilby hat, a cigar or cigarette, and a Tommy gun.
Magda — Featured in the James Bond film Octopussy, Magda was the ring mistress in Octopussy's circus. To get the look, all you need is a black top hat and a glitter tailcoat with a leotard and fishnet tights.
Magenta — Magenta is the maid-servant to Dr Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and her main costume was a black dress with a white apron and headdress, which is easily mimicked by a French maid costume. Magenta's hair is red or ginger and frizzy looking, and she also has dark eye makeup with a pale face. There's is an official wig and costume that you can buy, or you can DIY (do it yourself).
Magician — A modern magician costume can be made easily with a tailcoat, top hat, bow tie, waistcoat, and white gloves. Accessories like a stuffed white rabbit, playing cards, hankies tied together, and a bunch of plastic flowers can also be fun to have at the ready. To make it a couple costume, pair the magician with an assistant (who can wear a leotard and tights), or a white rabbit.
For a medieval look like Merlin's, a simple pointed hat, robe, cloak, and beard would be ideal.
Magistrate — To portray this stuffy legal figure from a bygone era, a black long cloak (perhaps a teacher's gown), a Peri-wig, and gavel would be ideal. A magistrate appeared in Kenneth Grahame's story Toad of Toad Hall, and there are also magistrate characters in the 1999 film, Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp.
Abel Magwitch ("The Convict") — Abel Magwitch is a convict from Great Expectations, a novel written by Charles Dickens. A classic black-and-white striped convict costume with ball and chain will work for this character.
Maharajah — To embody this character, be sure to wear plenty of red and gold, as these colours indicate wealth. Accessorize with a large, ornate turban and plenty of jewellery worn on the neck and fingers.
Mahatma Gandhi — To make this costume you could use a loincloth-like dhoti garment, carry a staff (easily made by a long branch or walking stick), and wear wire-rimmed glasses. For a cheaper dhoti, a plain sheet might work.
Maid — A traditional costume for a maid is a black dress or skirt and top, along with a pinafore and headdress. If you enjoy going the extra mile for your look, try accesorising with a feather duster. This is a costume that can get as sexy as you want it to.
Maid Marion — Maid Marion is a character from the Robin Hood stories. Robin Hood and Maid Marion could go as a couple to themed parties. She can also go along with Friar Tuck or the Sheriff of Nottingham or by herself. Any green or brown medieval costume would be suitable, as these are typically the colors she's known to dress in.
Majorette — These costumes are similar to cheerleaders' outfits. Use a smart pleated skirt, a long- or short-sleeved top, a pillbox hat, and a baton.
Maleficent — Maleficent is a Disney character from the film Sleeping Beauty. As the wicked fairy-cum-sorceress, she wore a voluminous black and purple dress and enveloping cloak with a large collar and horned headdress. Her makeup is green with dark eyes and accentuated slanted eyebrows. To imitate the more recent Angelina Jolie look from the live-action film, lose the green face, make the horns extra large, and put on some black wings.
Mandarin — A mandarin is a senior bureaucrat within the Chinese empire. Wear an ornate oriental robe, a long black droopy moustache, and a black plait that is tied back.
Marathoner — Wear athletic running gear and a piece of paper pinned on the front or back that has the name of the race and the racer's number. Alternatively, wear a costume and be a fun-runner!
Marc Bolan — Marc is the lead singer of a band called T-Rex. Marc Bolan was known as the 'God' of glam rock. He wore flamboyant clothing which paired nicely with his long curly hair, and he always accessorised with feather boas.
March Hare — The March Hare from Alice in Wonderland who mainly wore a brown jacket and trousers, a white shirt, and a large bow tie. Disney's take on the March Hare was to portray him with yellow hair, long pointy ears, a red jacket with brown trousers, and a large orange bow tie. You could get the look with a rabbit or hare mask, a face bop, or face paint.
This costume could also be used for couple- or group-themed parties with other characters such as the Mad Hatter, Alice, the Queen of Hearts, or the White Rabbit.
Three Famous Marias
Maria (Sound Of Music) — Maria was a novice nun who becomes a nanny for the Austrian Von Trapp family. To dress as Maria, wear a novice nun outfit, which is simply a black dress, a white wimple, and a collar with a cross to accessorise.
Maria (West Side Story) — Created by Arthur Laurents, this story is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet. Set in Manhattan, Maria was a fashionable '50s Puerto Rican teenager who wore halter neck and vest dresses with petticoats and flat pump shoes. To get the hairstyle just right, try a short black wig with the top layer of hair tied back.
Marie Antoinette — Marie Antoinette was the wife of Louise XVI famous for her overindulgent, elaborate style of living, and arrogance. Any extravagant Georgian dress would suit this character. Her most famous quote is "Let them eat cake," in response to the impoverished people of France protesting that they had no bread to eat.
Marilyn Monroe — Marilyn's signature outfit was the white pleated dress seen to blow up over the subway vent in The Seven Year Itch. An alternative outfit is a pink dress modelled on the gown worn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. You can also easily find costumes to buy and to hire. There is an official wig, but any blonde, short, curly wig will do.
Mark Antony — Famous lover of Cleopatra, Mark Antony was a Roman politician and a general. His outfit would have been similar to that of a typical Roman Centurion. You could also wear a toga or gladiator clothing, which would consist of a breastplate, shields, helmets, tabards, arm and leg protectors, and sandals. Mark Antony costumes are available to hire and to buy, but if you're looking for a cheap option, a simple bed sheet will do the trick!
Marlene Dietrich — Dietrich was an American film actress and cabaret performer. She is well known for her role in The Blue Angel which brought her fame and stardom as a sexy cross-dressing cabaret star, wearing a tuxedo and a top hat. She also dressed in glamorous and exotic gowns in other works, and in one film she was even painted gold, predating the Goldfinger Girl by several decades! For conventional Dietrich, any '50s dress will do, and you could also accessorise with some feather boas, cigarette holders, or fur shawls.
Marlon Brando — Marlon Brando is usually associated with The Godfather because of the instant popularity the film brought him. However, his first role was as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. In this film he simply wore a white t-shirt tucked into jeans. After that, he starred as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront wearing a bomber jacket with a fur collar and dark trousers.
In The Godfather years, Marlon wore a tuxedo and bow tie with a red rose pinned to the jacket. The majority of people who come into the shop to look for a costume for The Godfather, however, tend to choose a standard gangster costume.
Mars — The Roman god of war after whom the planet Mars was named. He is usually depicted wearing gold, silver, or red armour and was said to have been the the well-honoured guardian of Rome.
Marshal — Another term for a sheriff, marshals uphold the American justice system. A typical outfit could be a white shirt and smart black trousers with a bootlace tie, a cowboy hat, and a marshal badge. A more original look could be a long trench coat with a waistcoat and white shirt, accessorised by a cowboy hat, neckerchief, badge, and gun holster.
Marx Brothers — Though there were six brothers, only five performed comedy acts in films, television shows, and stage plays. Many of the costumes they wore were simple, like matching doctor's coats. One of the famous brothers, Groucho, had a thick moustache and eyebrows while Harpo, the silent one, wore a long coat and sported a strawberry blonde afro-style with a battered top hat. He also carried a motor horn!
Martial Arts Girl — Wear a white karate suit and belt. For a model, a martial arts girl appeared in the Bond film Man With the Golden Gun and Rush Hour One and Two starring Jackie Chan.
Martial Arts Man — Wear a black or white ninja outfit that only shows your eyes. Ninjas appear in fllms such as James Bond's You Only Live Twice and Moonraker. To accessorise, use swords, bandannas, or face paint.
Mary Hopkin — A Welsh folk singer from the '60s and '70s and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Wear any A-line dress and black wedge shoes as well as a long blonde wig.
Mary Poppins — A Victorian or Edwardian outfit will work to become the famous English nanny. You could also go with a tailored jacket with a long black skirt and a white blouse. The key elements are a small hat with flowers and a carpet bag with a parrot-head umbrella. Any dark short-haired or a bun wig will do to finish off the outfit.
Mask, The — The Mask is a film from 1994 starring Jim Carrey. The story begins with Stanley Ipkiss, a mild-mannered bank clerk who wears an office suit and looks very plain. The alter-ego of Stanley is 'The Green Mask,' who dresses in a yellow zoot suit and matching fedora. For the green face, you could use either makeup or a latex mask.
Mary Tudor — The Queen of England and Ireland, she was famous for restoring England to Roman Catholicism. Any Tudor dress (available either to hire or to purchase) would do for the Queen.
MA$H Personnel — A film from the 1970s that was later adapted to a television series about medical personnel stationed at a mobile army surgical hospital. To be one of the MA$H crew, you could wear a khaki uniform, a surgeon's gown, or a military nurse's uniform.
Mata Hari — Known as a femme fatale, spy Mata Hari was an exotic Dutch dancer who began her career in Paris in the 1900s. Belly dancing outfits or slinky vamp-dresses are perfect for this costume.
Matador — The bullfighter tasked with killing the bull, his traditional look is a black bolero, jacket, and trousers, which are all detailed with gold trimming. To accessorise this costume, you could add a red cummerbund and a red cloth or cape with coloured socks.
Maximus (Gladiator) — A huge amount of Roman soldier costumes are available on the market to purchase or hire. Roman accessories are also easy to obtain and include helmets, arm guards, swords, breast plates, and skirts. If you use these accessories, you don't need to purchase the entire costume. Instead, use an old bed sheet as a base and put the costume together over it.
Max Miller — Max is a 1930s music hall star known for outrageous, colourful, checkered suits and cheeky humour.
Max Wall — Max is a comedian and funny-looking person from the 1930s. His outfit consisted of a tailcoat with jack-up black trousers, a bow tie, and long black hair with a receding hairline.
Medhbh — A divine sorceress and Queen according to Irish folklore. Wear a sorceress or witch outfit with a crown. A version of Disney's Maleficent witch with a horned headdress could also work.
Medusa — A character from Greek mythology who could turn you into stone with one look. This costume is quite popular and there are several off-the-peg versions available for purchase. Or, if you want a DIY option, take a wig and wrap rubber snakes in and around it, and then you can either use an old bed sheet or purchase a toga or Greek dress. Complete the look with stylised green or grey makeup and body colour.
Men in Black — To fight the scum of the universe, you will need a smart black suit with a pair of black Ray-Ban glasses.
Merchant of Venice — The Merchant of Venice is also known as Shylock, the Jewish merchant from the play by William Shakespeare. A standard Tudor costume will suffice.
Merlin — Merlin was the legendary wizard from King Arthur's court. He is normally portrayed wearing a full-length tunic with oversized sleeves and a long silver beard with a pointed cap.
Mermaid — A mermaid is the half-human, half-fish creature of seafaring legend. A conventional mermaid has long blonde or green hair, a seashell bra, and a scaled fishtail. Famous mermaids include Disney's Ariel, Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid, and Madison, played by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 film Splash. Mermen (male mermaids), are also available and tend to wear long floaty tunics or cloaks.
Old West Mexican — Wear a poncho and sombrero (both of which are easy to find at low prices). Sport a gun and a bullet belt to complete the look.
A Hit or a Miss??
In this section, we explore all the costumes that involve hitting, missing, misses, Mrs, or mis-(something).
...Santa — This costume has similar colours to Santa Claus. Mrs Claus costumes come in all styles, from super sexy to a more traditional dress with boots. They are easy to purchase in the lead up to Christmas, so you might want to plan ahead one year and buy one for Halloween the following year.
...Mistletoe — Mistletoe has green leaves with white berries, so a light green dress with white polka dots would work just fine for this costume. A green dress with mistletoe attached to your toes or climbing up your arms is another creative way to do this concept. Beware: You may have to spend the entire evening kissing all the eligible bachelors!
...Muffet — Miss Muffet is a traditional nursery rhyme character. Wear a floral dress and petticoat with a mop cap and accessorise by adding a spider with a dish and spoon. (Or find a friend willing to dress as a spider.)
...Snowflake — This is an all over white outfit with a pale blue wig and glitter. Make it more effective by wearing white gloves and shoes.
...Whiplash — You can get this look with an S&M outfit comprised of high black knee-length boots and a nice leather bull whip paired with a basque or catsuit. Heavy makeup also helps create the dominatrix look.
...America — Any smart dress with a tiara and a sash works for this costume - the flashier, the better.
...Liberty — This is a variation of the iconic Statue of Liberty. The symbolic headdress, torch, and book in one hand should be easy to get hold of, along with a light green sheet to use as a toga.
...Autumn — Any outfit with a leaf theme and different autumnal shades will work for this concept, along with fall-themed makeup and a wig. Add leaves and twigs to the wig to create your own look.
...Haversham — Miss Haversham is a character from the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations. She was a jilted bride, so a yellowing white dress would be perfect for the costume, or if you don't have that any white Victorian or Edwardian dress and petticoat. Wear a whitened face and cobwebs to complete the outfit.
...Holly — Wear a red or green dress, or top and skirt with red boots. For a couple of girls going to a party, the villain Poison Ivy from Batman would be a good partner.
...Moneypenny — Miss Moneypenny is the secretary from the famous James Bond films. James Bond had a bit of a teasing interest in Miss Moneypenny. Wear a two-piece suit with skirt and reading glasses along with a dark bob wig. The recent Bond film Skyfall has a more updated take on Miss Moneypenny as a field agent.
...Bigglesworth — Mr Bigglesworth is the name of the cat belonging to Doctor Evil from the Austin Powers films. Wear a mascot cat costume or face bob and be hairless.
...Darcy — Mr Darcy is the dreamy character from the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice based in the 1800s. Any Regency styled suits will be suitable to portray him, and the costume should include breeches (tight trousers), a high collar shirt, cravat, waistcoat, and frock coat.
...Gumby — Mr Gumby was a recurring character of the Monty Python shows. He typically wore rolled trousers, a shirt, a waistcoat, round-frame glasses, and a knotted handkerchief hat. Make sure to watch some videos so you can mimic his style of speech as well.
...Jinks — A cartoon cat from the minds of Hanna and Barbera, this ginger feline cat walked on two legs with a hat and scarf to finish.
...Pickwick — Mr Pickwick is a character from The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Wear a frock suit, pince-nez reading glasses, and a skin head. Mr Pickwick was also extremely overweight, so feel free to go for a fat suit or something similar.
...Smee — Mr Smee was the right-hand man to Captain Hook from Peter Pan. You could use Disney's version of the pirate with a striped jumper, pince-nez glasses, tatty, half-cut trousers, and old buckled shoes with socks. His hat looks like a red sock.
Misteltoad — Want to be the stand-out costume at a party? Be a mistletoad! Wear a frog costume with a sprig of mistletoe prominently displayed.
Mission Impossible Operative — Since these characters are secretive and remain unidentified, you could have a couple of face masks hidden away and change your face throughout the party, This is just what Tom Cruise achieved in some of the Mission Impossible films.
Mississippi Gambler — Wear a three-piece suit including a frock coat, elaborate waistcoat, and black trousers with either a Stetson or top hat and cane. You could also add chaps and a western bowtie with gun holster and gun. Don't forget your pack of cards.
Mod — The 1960s was the era of mod. For men, there was an element of Italian influence on Mod fashion, with sharp, well-tailored suits and shoes for the men. The scooter look included parka jackets and suits with straight legged trousers. Lots of mod clothing had a bulls eye design. Ladies took to wearing black and white A-line dresses with either a hat or headband. A later female mod look involved geometric designs on garments and emphasis on eye makeup, a variation of the Dolly Bird.
Mole — This could lead to a few possible costumes: either mole the animal as in the character from the book Wind in the Willows, a funny pun like Nat King Mole, or you could represent a subversive faction in an organisation.
Moll — A Moll is a female assistant or companion to a gangster. Wear a 1920s flapper dress or ladies gangster costume; these are available to hire and to buy. You can also purchase accessories such as guns, Trilby hats, and braces to make up your own costume.
Moll Cutpurse — This lady highway robber's real name was Mary Frith. The female version of Dick Turpin, she wore men's clothing when she raided horse and carts.
Moll Flanders — Daniel Defoe's Georgian heroine and a lady of dubious morals, you can use any Georgian costume to portray her.
Monk — There are many standard monk costumes available to purchase. Most costumes include a brown, hooded robe, or a robe with a separate cowl hood. Add a monk's wig (tonsure wig) and a cross to complete the look.
Monkees — 1960s pop group that wore red shirts with black trousers. Mike Nesmith also wore a striped woolly hat.
Monkey (or Chimp) — Monkey masks are available to purchase and costumes can be either hired or purchased.
Monster — With the release of Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, a range of fun monster outfits have come onto the market. For the most part, these tend to follow the look of everyone's favourite big softie monster, Sully, with horns and bright coloured spots, but variations in onesies and morph-style suits are possible.
Morris Dancer — A Morris dancer is a pre-Christian druid dancer dressed in a white, long sleeved top and trousers with a black waistcoat. In addition, wear a blue strap crossed across the chest, bells on your ankles, and a straw hat. Versions for women are now available, although purists might make a stink about it. There are many styles of Morris outfits since there are many Morris teams around the UK and quite a few variations on the dance. However, there is a standard dancer outfit on the market.
Morticia Addams — The lead female figure of the grotesque Addams family, this character is popular all year round. Costumes are available to purchase but any tight-fitting black dress and long black wig will be suitable.
Moth — A moth costume can be difficult to find since butterfly costumes are more popular. If you can find a purple butterfly, you could call it a mauve moth! You could also combine a moth costume with skull-face makeup for a death's head moth!
Michael Jackson — As with most pop stars, Michael Jackson had many looks during his career. In the 1970s he wore white suits with a black shirt, a red tracksuit for 'Thriller', a black suit and fedora with a red bow tie for 'Bad', and a military jacket with a sequined glove for 'His-tory'.
Milkmaid — Milkmaids are dairy figures that were made popular in the romantic era of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Many costumes are available and a wench costume can be adapted. Go with a friend dressed as a cow if you like!
Mime Artist — The mime artist was made popular by Marcel Marceau. You'll need a white face with black, outlined features, a black beret, a striped top, and black trousers to get the look. You could also make this spooky with blood, or combine it with a zombie look.
Minnehaha — Minnehaha is a character from Henry Longfellow's famous poem 'Hiawatha.' Use a standard Indian Squaw costume.
Costumes Inspired by the Medieval Time Period
Here are some ideas for costumes based off of the Middle Ages (or Medieval period):
- Royalty, including kings, queens, princes, princesses, jesters, etc.
- Knights and horses
- Wizards, witches, and fairies
- Peasants and riff raff
- The black plague
- Priests and court advisers
This One is for All the Mothers Out There
Mother Hubbard — Use an over-the-top pantomime style costume to create this character who has terrible luck.
Mother Goose — As this costume is hard to make yourself, see if there are versions that you can hire.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta — Most people would wear a standard nun costume, but if you can find it, go with a white robe and light blue edging as this was Mother Teresa's standard habit.
Motown Star — Men can go in a group, wearing matching suits and afro wigs. Ladies can go as Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, or The Supremes in tight-fitting dresses and afro wigs.
Moulin Rouge — Wear can-can dresses or bodices with frilly, long knickers, high heels, and makeup.
Movie Star — This is your chance to be glam! Ladies, get out your finest red carpet attire; gents, it’s time to pull that suit out of the closet. A couple of specific star suggestions are: Marilyn Monroe, Richard Gere, Johnny Depp, etc.
Mickey Mouse — Wear a white waistcoat, yellow bow tie, black tailcoat, and red trousers. Don't forget the ears!
Mozart — This 18th century musical genius wore a frock coat with a lace jabot and cuffs, breeches, and a white judges' wig. See clips or screenshots from the 1984 film Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce.
Mummy — Costumes are available to purchase or hire but do be careful if you are planning to make your own, as wrapping yourself in crepe bandages or toilet rolls is a potential fire risk. If you do want to make your own, try wearing an old long-sleeved top and trousers and sew tatty bandages on it.
Munchkins — These lovable characters from the Wizard of Oz had a quaintly ornate style of dressing, often with hats and fun shoes. Use a gnome or dwarf costume as a base.
Munsters — This comedy television show of the 1960s has several possible characters who would be great ideas for an individual or a group costume.
- For Herman Munster, use a Frankenstein-style costume.
- Lily Munster uses a costume similar to Frankenstein's Bride but has long black hair with a white stripe.
- Grandpa is based on a Dracula-style character.
- Eddie is a young werewolf.
- Marilyn, their cousin, is the only normal-looking one of the lot.
Musketeer — The Musketeers is another great group costume idea. These fellows usually go out in threes as Athos, Porthos and Aramis. D'artagnan makes up the would-be fourth! Costumes are available to hire and purchase and would typically consist of a shirt with a large collar and cuffs, a tabard, breeches, a plumed hat, a moustache, long hair, and a sword. In true Disney tradition, the addition of a mouse face-bob or ears gives you a Mouseketeer!
And Now, Over to You...
I hope these ideas were enough to get you going, but if you didn't see the perfect costume here, I'm sure you can think of other ideas.
Please let me know your costume suggestions in the comments box (which you will find at the bottom of this article) as this will help other people.
Thanks for taking the time to read!