It’s one of the best times of the year! Halloween season (yes, Halloween gets its own season)! Since we are in the boating lifestyle, here is a list of ideas for nautical-themed Halloween costumes! Throw a party on your boat and invite everyone to dress up as their favorite nautical theme.

  • Sailor/Popeye – Start pumping iron now and eat your spinach! Grab some blue pants, a black shirt, a red bandana, a dixie cup, and a pipe, and you’re all set to go! Draw on some tattoos with a little eyeliner (or a sharpie if you’re feeling adventurous). Find yourself an Olive and you have one heck of a costume.
  • Fish and fisherman – Perfect couple costume for the fisherman (or fisherwoman) and their mate. All you need is your “fishing uniform” (rain coat and boots?), a rod, and a partner who will be your best catch.
  • Boat – Why not just be a boat? This is the perfect costume if all you have handy is a cardboard box and some rope. Fashion a boat out of the cardboard box, attached some rope to it so you can hang it from your shoulders, and get out on that water!
  • Ocean creatures – Be a lobster or a squid or an octopus or a shark! Or be all four at once. (If you do decide to be all four at once, please send us a picture!)
  • Pirate/pirate skeleton – Arrrggg matey! Put on that eye patch, sheathe that sword, and practice your best pirate voice. Or, you could go bare bones and just wear a hat with your skeleton costume—skeleton pirate!
  • Titanic (group costume) – This is a great costume for you and your two or three closest friends. Take three or four cardboard boxes, paint them like the titanic, add some smoke stacks, strap them to your shoulders, and then run around all night bumping into things and shouting “Who’s the king of the world?” The only potential problem with this is that you absolutely cannot leave the other pieces of the Titanic behind, so make sure you go with people you like!
  • Poseidon – You’re the God of your boat, so why not step it up a notch and be the God of the Seas for Halloween?
  • Ursula – For all of the Disney fans out there who are tired of dressing up as a Princess, you can be the best Disney villain out there. Plus, you get to paint your body purple. What could be better than that?
  • Captain Ron – This list wouldn’t be complete without a Captain Ron reference. All you need is an eye patch, a t-shirt with the sleeves, sides, and neck cut out (and then stretched within an inch of its life), a sweet captain’s hat, some red plaid shorts, and long wild hair. Or, you could go the easier route and just wear a red speedo. It’s really up to you.
  • No Bananas on Board Sign – We all know that bananas on board are a huge no-no. Why not put your DIY skills to use and make your own No Bananas sandwich board costume. This is the perfect time of year to let people know you aren’t messing around when it comes to boats and bananas.

If you are more into scary costumes, just add zombie or mummy to the beginning of these ideas, and you are good to go. Who wouldn’t want to see a zombie Captain Ron?

Come up with your own nautical-themed Halloween costume ideas and let us know what they are in the comments below!

And check out the delicious Jekyll and Gin cocktail and chocolate covered strawberry ghosts.

Have a safe and spooktacular nautical-themed Halloween!

Jekyll & Gin Glowing Cocktails


  • 3 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • 1 handful ice
  • tonic water


  1. Mix gin, lemon juice and grenadine in a cocktail shaker; pour into a large glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with tonic water. Garnish with a glow stick (optional).

Strawberry Ghosts


  • 1 (16 oz) package Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating
  • 24 Fresh strawberries
  • Mini chocolate chips


  1. Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package.
  2. Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface.
  3. Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik Coating, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the "tail" of the ghost; slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry.
  4. Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing up.