Wearing a Heart on Your Sleeve: 10 Valentine’s Day Costume Ideas

Much like Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays, Valentine’s Day is often celebrated in costume.  Countries around the world have their own unique traditions to mark this day as a tribute to love and romance. Traditionally, this includes gifting such items as bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolates, romantic candlelit dinners, and exchanging Valentine cards. There is just so much love in the air on Valentine’s Day!

It is also customary to host Sweet Valentine parties. As you can see, costumed gatherings are not out of the question, though some may just want to dress in shades of red without attending an event. Others would like to give their special someone a little something extra to remember and will choose to wear a skimpy and seductive outfit.  To help you select the right look, here are some costume ideas for Valentine’s Day:

1. Cupid – The mythological Roman god of love whose bow and arrows make unsuspecting couples fall in love when they pierce the heart.

2. Aphrodite – The Ancient Greek goddess of love & beauty

3. The Love Bug – Pick between either a red lady bug costume or the more esoteric 1963 Volkswagen Beetle costume.

4. Queen of Hearts – The ruthless ruler from Alice in Wonderland whose punishment is swift and permanent.  You can also dress as a playing card from the hearts suit.

5. A Chocolate Costume – Any of the following will make your sweetheart melt in your hands.  Try on a Life Sized Chocolate Bunny suit, a Box of Valentine chocolates or an oversized Hershey Kiss in red foil.

6. Bouquet of Roses – Use artificial red roses attached to a dress or leotards to make sure the outfit looks good after a few hours (the petals won’t fall off this way).  A Rose Tattoo couldn’t hurt either…unless you touch one of the thorns!

7. Red Alert – A sexy red dress, suit, or smoking jacket complete with red shoes and accessories will always work on Valentine’s Day.

8. A Kissing Booth – This look should guarantee you at least one peck throughout the night.

9. Pair of Big Red Lips – Also good for attending a Rolling Stones concert.

10. Big Red Heart – If you make this out of foam you can give affectionately people a piece of your heart.  Available as a prop as well.

You can also honor the love of couples throughout time with costume pairings such as Adam & Eve, Romeo & Juliet, Marc Antony & Cleopatra, Pocahontas & John Smith, Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, the Medieval love triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere & Sir Lancelot, or Jack & Rose from Titanic, among other famous flames.


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