Costumes and Masks You Can Drive for Halloween
For Halloween, we dress up in costumes that we hope are unique or scary enough to cause the entire neighborhood to shriek in terror. Cars, like costumes, come in all shapes, sizes, and appearances, so you can easily complement that costume. Vampires and robotic amphibians, Darth Vader and jelly beans—pretty much everything is represented in automotive form, which gives you plenty of choices to pick the perfect costume to match your ride for your spectacular night on the town. Here are the vehicles we think look the most like they’re wearing a mask or a costume.
2016 Scion IA catfish
No one will mistake the Scion IA thanks to its catfish like front end, which is exaggerated by that giant gaping grille. Underneath all that, though, is plenty of substance. The IA is essentially a rebadged Mazda2 sedan, so it’s fun to drive and allows you to forget you’re driving something quite polarizing. Getting past that snout and angry fishy face, however, will take some time.
2015 Nissan Juke cybernetic frog
In the truest spirit of being weird and futuristic, the Nissan Juke challenges the conventions of car design with its extroverted, cybernetic frog exterior. Nothing on the road today looks like our amphibious-looking friend. Add to that engaging driving dynamics, and you have a mini crossover that’s agile and fun to pilot down your favorite winding road or through town for some spectacular festivities.
2016 Fiat 500c sardine can
Although its adorable personality and Italian charm define it, the Fiat 500c’s folding roof (read: not a true convertible) makes it look like a sardine can when it goes topless. The fact that the B- and C-pillars don’t fold away along with the roof for the sake of extra structural rigidity makes the 500c look even more like a sardine can. The 500c Abarth should give you plenty of fire for your adventure, and also comes in vibrant colors for maximum visual pop.
2016 Lexus LX battering ram
For 2016, Lexus made its flagship LX SUV more aggressive by refreshing the exterior design and adding a version of its spindle grille. As a result, the behemoth now looks like a battering ram that’s ready to plow through the castle gates and dethrone the emperor. Make sure to get the LX in a color that’s not dark because it gives the SUV an even more imposing presence.
2015 BMW i3 golf ball
Sure, the BMW i3 may look futuristic, but its exterior also screams golf ball because of its rounded shape and silhouette. Opt for it in white, and it becomes even more golf ball-like. Just don’t expect engaging driving dynamics, because this is a purpose-built city car designed to please the tree huggers rather than drivers.
2016 Toyota Mirai Darth Vader
“Star Wars” fans, rejoice! You can now drive a futuristic sedan that looks and sounds exactly like Darth Vader, provided you get it in black. The Toyota Mirai’s aggressive front end looks like the Dark Lord himself is staring you head on, and because it’s a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, it comes with the requisite air-breathing sounds to truly make it a Vader mobile.
2016 Hyundai Veloster jack-o’-lantern
If you’ve ever seen a Hyundai Veloster in the vibrant Vitamin C exterior, the first thing that comes to mind is a jack-o’-lantern. This is especially evident in the Veloster Turbo with its gaping grille, LED daytime running lights, and HID headlights, which means you can turn it into decoration for your Halloween haunted house.
2016 Toyota Prius house cat
No, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius isn’t beautiful, and although it’s certainly aggressive, the car looks like a house cat. With the way its headlights are designed and how the front end emanates out of the blue-hued Toyota badge up front, the Prius’ front end looks like a feline ready to pounce on troublesome vermin.
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV egg
Rounded and stubby, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the least expensive EVs money can buy. For less than $25,000 USD, you get a car that’s dressed up as an egg for Halloween and comes with an adorable face to boot. Just try not to turn the i-MiEV into a getaway car if the party goes downhill. You won’t have much juice to get you far.
2016 Kia Soul EV box with lipstick
Quirky remains the best description for the Kia Soul even in its EV variant. Standout colors with contrasting roof colors and accents ensure that. The black exterior color with a red roof makes the Soul EV look like a box with lipstick thanks to the bright red highlights around the car’s grille. Sadly, it still doesn’t come with dancing hamsters.
2016 Lexus RC F shark
When it was first unveiled, the Lexus RC F‘s style became the polarizing and aggressive talk of the town. Complete with a more extroverted version of the brand’s spindle grille and LED headlights that look like razor-sharp teeth, the RC F looks like a shark on the hunt for German automotive prey.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe attack armadillo
Essentially another unusual—and impractical—crossover with a coupelike roofline to destroy your rear visibility and all sense of practicality, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is your personal attack armadillo. In GLE63 S Coupe guise, the car becomes a complete monster thanks to that 577-hp, twin-turbo V-8 and an exhaust note loud enough to send everyone into a wild frenzy, as if your armadillo has necromancy powers and somehow summoned a zombie apocalypse.
2016 Nissan Maxima vampire (aka “Count” Maxima)
Although it’s not the four-door sports car that Nissan claims it to be, the Maxima is a standout large sedan with a front fascia so aggressive, it looks like a vampire. With the LED daytime running lights on, the car looks like it has elongated fangs ready to feed on an innocent bystander under the cover of darkness.
2016 Fiat 500 jelly bean
When a car is available in every color known to humankind, it’s only a matter of time until you think of it as a jelly bean. Thanks to its adorable rounded shape and extensive exterior color palette, the Fiat 500 hatch is exactly that, and when you gather an entire convoy of little Fiats for an event, you’ll surely make the roads glow vibrantly, just like a box of jelly beans poured into a bowl. Should you want your bubbly Italian city car to breathe some Calabrian fire, you can now get the 500 Abarth in a pastel light blue and bright yellow exterior colors.
2016 Smart Fortwo Rubik’s cube
With so many available color combinations between the safety cell and the rest of its exterior, the Smart Fortwo is essentially a Rubik’s Cube with wheels. There are three safety cell colors and 10 body colors to add plenty of visual pizzazz, so you can personalize your Fortwo into a vibrant urban warrior that’s as unique as you are. Now if only Smart would bring the more practical Forfour to this side of the pond with the same extensive exterior color palette