(PCM) In October, there are three types of people: those who will not be dressing up for Halloween, those who have been planning their costume long before the first witch decoration of the season was placed on the lawn and those who, well, are still mulling over what they should be.
Considering All Hallow’s Eve is just over a week away, we thought we’d help those of you who may find yourself in the last group and throw a few costume suggestions your way. Whether you’re going trick-or-treating or heading to a spooktacular bash, these TV-inspired costumes are sure to be a fun way to show your love for a show, a character and a holiday!
This year has been filled with some incredible series and characters, old and new, and these are some of the most unique and recognizable. Hey, even if you find yourself near someone less pop culture savvy, you know, someone who doesn’t know who you are, it’s a good way to get the word out about the show, right?
From new hits like Arrow, Revolution and Go On to fan-favorites like Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time and Supernatural, we’ve got quite the list for you:
The newest superhero to takeover our TV screens already has millions of us tuning in week after week. So, who wouldn’t want to feel a bit like Oliver, the Green Arrow? With just a pair of dark pants, a green hoodie and a bow and arrows hanging on your back, you, too, can feel the power on Halloween. It also requires you keep the hood up the entire evening and put green make-up across the eye level of your face. Be sure to let us know if you are able to actually prevent anyone from knowing who you are with this look. We’re quite curious.
By Halloween, there will have only been six episodes aired thus far and yet as the biggest breakout show of the Fall TV season, nearly everyone could recognize Charlie’s post-electricity apocalypse wardrobe. Brown boots, brown pants, blue tank top, brown leather jacket and a toy crossbow (just in case you don’t have a real one laying around) will do the trick. Feel free to shoot a toy crossbow arrow at anyone who tries to call you Katniss.
Believe it or not, CeeLo is not a fictional TV character, but that doesn’t keep him from our list. While it may be hard to move around if you try to incorporate the show’s spinning chair, there are other ways to identify yourself. Be sure to rock an all-red, all-white or all-black outfit (track suits also acceptable), sunglasses, a silver chain and attach a pink parrot to your shoulder or hold an angry-looking white cat the whole night.
Whether you love her or hate her, we all need to realize she’s just a little girl. With that said, she does indeed change her clothes every day, opting to wear pretty normal kids’ clothing. So to stand out as the redneck tyke, embrace your inner pageant princess and rock as much pink, bling and tutu as possible. Of course, curl your hair, too, and don’t forget a tiara – we all know HBB is a winner. And totally beauitmous.
How many holy tax accountants do you know? That’s right, just Cas! His never changing ensemble – basic suit, blue tie and the staple trench coat – is as identifiable as a name tag to anyone who knows the show, but if you want to drive home the look, go ahead and add in a pair of angel wings. Want to have some extra fun for the evening? Fail to understand any references to pop culture.
Remember when everyone wanted to go out as Britney Spears from her “Crazy” music video? This is pretty much the 2012 equivalent, which comes with a new addition of snark if you take on the personality as well as the outfit. Just find yourself a yellow dress – preferably of the mustard shade and preferably a bit on the dirty side – and a red apron and you are set to wait. Speaking of, stick a notepad and pen in your apron for good luck.
Suit up! There it is. One of the legen – wait for it – dary catch phrases of none other than Barney Stinson tells you exactly how to look like him on Halloween. Put on your best suit and tie and maybe carry around a glass with a little bit of alcohol in it (if 21+) and you’re all set. It’s that simple. Yeah, we’re questioning why Ted is always reluctant to suit up right now, too.
Well, Sue employs a slightly different type of “suiting up.” Track suits, here we come! No matter the color combination, as long as you can find yourself a full Adidas track suit, there is no mistaking who are you. And, yes, it has to be Adidas. Whistle, stopwatch and/or megaphone are all optional.
Okay, so, this may not be a costume to take on if you don’t have the time to find the proper get-up. After all, it is a man in a dog costume. But hello, it’s a man in a dog costume! If you can find a human-sized dog costume, this character is nearly tailor made for fans to don the role on Halloween. The floppy ears are a must, though, as is the black nose make-up.
Jess manages to pull off quirky hipster without being a quirky hipster. Are you up for the challenge? She’s never one to wear the same outfit twice, but she’s got a unique sense of style that can be fun to emulate if you find the right pieces. Okay, maybe we’re not sure if we mean dressing up Jess or Zooey Deschanel, but honestly, at this point in Zooey’s career… we kind of think of them as the same person. In a good way. Still, we recommend you also don some glasses, carry (and enforce!) the D-bag jar and walk around singing “Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!” because, well, why not?
Don’t have that much time to plot out a costume? Well, just another reason to love Gordon Ramsay! With so many shows on TV, a contestant from MasterChef makes the perfect simple costume because you still get to say you have a specific costume, but all you really need is a white apron! Feel free the draw the MasterChef logo on it for good measure and if you still feel like you need something extra, grab a cart and fill it with some ingredients! Done and done!
Member of Sons of Anarchy, Sons of Anarchy
You could say biker, but where’s the fun in that? No, on Halloween you don’t just want to be a biker, you want to be a member of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club. Put on some jeans, a biker jacket – ideally one with a back that you can make resemble the SOA logo – a helmet and some sunglasses and you’re scary kids already. Need a specific character? Alright, wear some plaid under that jacket and be Jax.
XO Sam Kendal or Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Last Resort
Another relatively simple costume, but it’s clearly a specific look. Technically you could say you’re a member of the Navy, but it’s much more fun to have a back story like your nuclear submarine was bombed on by its own country. So, put on that all-blue getup, iron on a few patches, find a plain brown belt and don’t forget a watch! You’ve got a wife to get home to, XO! And you’ve got a father who needs you, Lieutenant!
Anyone from the Fairy Tale World, Once Upon a Time
Whether it’s the Evil Queen, Snow White, Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Grumpy, the Blue Fairy or the Mad Hatter, the show provides no shortage of fantastical characters that will make you feel a part of the magic of fairy tales and Halloween! It will provide a slight variation on the usual princess costumes and make you stand out in the crowd. If you would like to rock a little Storybrooke, though, we recommend being Emma… that red jacket is sharp and all her own!
“Transitions” Therapy Group, Go On
If you’re looking for a group costume, look no further than the wonderfully strange crew from the best new comedy of Fall 2012. Individually, the members may not be all that distinguishable, but together, well, that’s when they are at their best! If Anne, Yolanda, Owen, Mr. K, George, Sonia, Fausta, Danny, Lauren and Ryan showed up at your door, wouldn’t you be impressed? This one may require not just the right outfit, but a degree of staying in character all night, but we think it’d be worth it. Have some extra fun with it by sharing stories with people or giving some advice.
What are you going to be for Halloween? What other TV characters do you think would make for great costumes? Sound off below!