Now is the time to get crackin' on these, kiddies. From Flavorwire (where you can see more of these if you still need ideas).
LIZ LEMON AS THE JOKER (30 Rock)
Why come up with your own pop-culture mashup costumes when 30 Rock already has you covered? Liz Lemon’s slow transformation into The Dark Knight’s Joker made for one of the funniest episodes of last season. How better to celebrate the show’s final season than to pay homage to one of its best moments?
Purple wool coat — $44, Overstock.com
Wet ‘n’ Wild Stoplight Red lipstick — $2, Drugstore.com
Black Radiance Truly Black eyeliner — $2, Drugstore.com
Wild Zombie wig — $20, Costume Kingdom
FUTURE WALTER WHITE (Breaking Bad)
Oh, sure, at least someone you know will get his hands on a yellow hazmat suit, slap a Band-Aid across his nose, and show up at the party as Walter White. But you can do him one better — you can be Walter White of the future, the guy we’ve only glimpsed once in a flash-forward that kicked off Season 5 and colored our interpretation of the episodes to come.
Mens Carhartt Sherpa Lined Jacket in army green — $45, Super Casuals
Nerd Glasses — $4, Goggles and Glasses
Gray Halfling Mustache and Beard — $10, Totally Costumes
Scissors (for cutting beard to size)
Fake ID — check local listings
EVIL ABED (Community)
On the only day of the year when you might plausibly want to see what the Darkest Timeline has in store, transform yourself into Evil Abed and attempt to foil all of your companions’ best laid plans. Bonus: Easiest. Costume. Ever.
Mens black button-down shirt — $20, Amazon
Black felt — $3, FactoryDirectCraft.com
Spirit gum — $3, Party City
PYAT PREE (Game of Thrones)
There was plenty to creep us out in Game of Thrones Season 2, but the character we see in our nightmares is Pyat Pree, the warlock from Qarth who steals the khaleesi’s dragons. If you’re really committed to this costume, you’ll want to find someone to dress up as an identical Pyat Pree and freak people out all night by faux-replicating yourself. Just make sure you get that ghostly pallor right!
Lavender quilted robe — $75, Etsy
White mens T-shirt — $7, Jockey
Zombie gray makeup — $1, Wholesale Halloween Costumes
Manic Panic Lip Locked Lip Color in Lethal — $8, Drugstore.com
Bald cap — $9, Halloween Express
Plush baby dragon — $10, Toys R Us
HARE KRISHNA PAUL KINSEY (Mad Men)
Were you surprised when Paul Kinsey returned this year, after a few seasons’ absence, as a full-on Hare Krishna with a terrible Star Trek script and a girlfriend willing to schtup Harry Crane to serve a higher purpose? We sure were. This Halloween, surprise your own friends and pay tribute to Paul by coming for the ladies and staying for the chants.
Mens mock turtleneck in beige — $29, Land’s End
White bed sheet — $11, Target
Mens white cotton scrub pants — $7, Tafford Uniforms
Bald cap — $9 at Halloween Express
Scissors (to cut a hole in the bald cap and pull a bit of your own hair through)
Sheaf of printer paper to carry around as your teleplay
CONSTANCE LANGDON (American Horror Story)
With all due respect (or, uh, whatever) to the bondage-suit rapist, the only American Horror Story character we’d want to dress up as is Jessica Lange’s murderous Southern belle. Call us crazy, but if we see someone on Halloween who thought it’d be a laugh to impersonate a fictional sex offender, we’re running the other way.
Vintage lavender flowered dress — $25, Etsy
Short, curly blonde wig — $19, AliExpress
15mm faux pearl stud earrings — $7, Claire’s
Cigarettes. Lots of ‘em.
And, of course, the costume that you'll be seeing a lot this Halloween...
HONEY BOO BOO (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo)
Hair and makeup: Keep your blush, lipstick, and eye shadow hot pink, and apply the longest false eyelashes you can find. Don't be shy about adding a little (or a lot) of glitter, either, especially around the eyes. For your hair, either opt for a larger-than-life wig with lots of bouncy curls, or do the style yourself by sleeping in sponge rollers. Finish with a teased up poof and loads of hair spray.
What to wear: Pageant dresses are all about sequins, puffy skirts, and tulle. Since the success of Toddlers & Tiaras, many are available in costume form — just remember your lace socks and patent leather heels.
Take it to the next level: Mix up some go-go juice (Red Bull and Mountain Dew) and wear a supersize crown.
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HONEY BOO BOO, version 2
Another way to do Honey Boo Boo, courtesy of ReallyGraceful.