Halloween Costumes with Scars

Scars can be iconic, and often show up in various Halloween costumes. Even though there are some scars on yourself that you may be embarrassed about, there’s no doubt that some scars can be pretty cool – especially in Hollywood. From Freddy Krueger to your garden-variety zombie, here are a few ideas of costumes involving infamous scarring. Happy Halloween!

Scar: Lion King

There are a few theories as to how Scar from the Lion King got the jagged scar above his eye. One such theory says that when he was younger, and went by his given name of Taka, he was slashed by a buffalo’s horns. To forever remind himself of the shaming incident, he renamed himself Scar.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands, an iconic movie character, has visible scars all over his face, presumably due to accidentally nicking himself repeatedly with the scissors his hands are made of.

Freddy Krueger

The horrifying sleep-stealing villain of “The Nightmare on Elm Street” series, Freddy Krueger’s terrifying claim to fame is the horrible disfigurement he suffered as a result of burns.

The Joker: “The Dark Knight”

The Joker tells two contradicting backstories about how he received his scars, contributing to the mystique and manipulating nature of this iconic character.


While Al Pacino portrayed the mobster Tony Montana in “Scarface,” the real Scarface (Capone)

earned the nickname because of three large scars on his face that he reportedly received in a bar fight. 

Harry Potter

The Half Blood Prince sports a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead, which he received when Lord Voldemort tried to kill him in the first book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” but failed. His parents, however, were not quite so lucky to escape this fate. His scar isn’t just visual; it throbs and hurts him when He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named is threatening to appear.


When he was granted his healing ability from cancer, the process made Deadpool’s normal cells as well as his cancerous cells unable to die, resulting in a heavily scarred appearance underneath his suit.

Aldo Raine: Inglourious Basterds

Aldo bears a large scar around his neck, rumored to come from an attempted lynching while in a fight with the KKK. His nickname “The Apache” originates from his practice of scalping Nazis.

Of course, you don’t have to dress up as a specific movie or book character this Halloween to show off some scars. There are plenty of miscellaneous things you can go as, such as a zombie, monster, werewolf, or deranged maniac. The fun part about this holiday is that there are no rules. Show off your natural scar or even augment it. Be proud! And then add a few fake ones to round out the mix.

But on a serious note, if you have a recent wound that looks like it may scar, take the steps now to make sure it doesn’t. Scarfade can help you minimize those scars and boost your self confidence.