12 Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by TV

Meaghan Darwish
TV Halloween Costumes 2016

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it's never too early to start planning the perfect party getup for the occasion. And with so many shows to choose from, TV is the number one spot to draw inspiration from. This list brings together some of our top picks for costume ideas this season.

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Stranger Things, David Harbour, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Brown, Winona Ryder

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Stranger Things

There are so many options to choose from here, from the denim and t-shirt wearing group of kids, to Christmas light clad Joyce Byers, ato coffee wielding Chief Hopper. Our favorite Halloween look from Stranger Things, though, might be Eleven's. Find yourself a blond wig, a frilly pink dress, dab a bit of fake blood under your nose and you're good to go. Old fashioned tube socks and white Nikes would help pull of the retro look. Oh, and don't forget the box of Eggos!

Game of Thrones

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The Women of Game of Thrones

There are looks for every kind of costume in this category. If you want to opt for armors, furs, and heavy material, look no further than the fierce characters Arya, Sansa, and Brienne. Looking for a more regal look? Aim to emulate Daenerys, Cersei, and Melisandre. For Daenerys find a long bleach blonde wig, a cool colored dress and a pint size dragon for your shoulder. While Cersei and Melisandre have similar style, aim for dark reddish brown locks for Melisandre and a cropped blond look for Cersei.

Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Alicia KeysTHE VOICE;

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The Coaches from The Voice

Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus join Blake and Adam to create a colorful board of coaches this season. For Cyrus, focus on hair style and don some dark roots and bleached extensions. Add some bold prints, denim and chunky jewelry to complete the look. For Keys, go easy on the make-up because that’s the fabulous look she’s rocking and look for oversized sweaters, hair wraps and large hoop earrings. If you want to channel Adam, make sure you have plenty of arm tattoos, fake or real, and wear some cowboy boots for Blake’s country style.

This look should be relatively easy to pull off as the men primarily wear t-shirts and jeans.

Walking Dead

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Villains from The Walking Dead

Over the course of 6 seasons, many villains have come and gone on The Walking Dead, all with distinct looks.

Negan's look is perhaps the most over-the-top. The most essential aspects would be his leather jacket, the slicked back hair and his blood soaked, barbed-wire wrapped baseball bat, Lucille. The Governor may have the easiest look to pull together with just an eye patch, a black jacket and grey toned clothing.

Looking for something a bit "meatier"? Clean cut, denim and khaki-clad cannibal Gareth is a good choice. Don't forget to carry a hunk of mystery meat around with you to pull off that look, though. And if you want a villainous look that can be done with a group, the wolves are a good choice. Just dirty up your clothes and draw some “W’s” on your forehead.

These ideas will make being a part of The Walking Dead easier, but if you really want a challenge, you could throw a zombie or two into the mix, and maybe use some of Gareth’s leftover meat to top of the gory look.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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The Cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This lovable bunch provides many different directions to go in. You can dress as the Indiana mole women in bland dresses and poofy hair, opt for Kimmy’s garish, yet cute, cardigans and New York style neon sneakers, or go full blown Titus with loud sweaters, sequins and maybe a Barbie doll or two.


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The Villains from Gotham

There are plenty of colorful characters choose from here. Fish Mooney, Edward Nygma, Jervis Tetch and Oswald Cobblepot would make for a fantastic cast of Halloween costumes.

For Fish Mooney, a touch of bright red in your hair and a leather or spandex catsuit should help you pull off the look. Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler, sports big wire rimmed glasses, pressed shirts, and a simple lab coat or a loud wool coat. If you desire a more refined image, look no further than Oswald Cobblepot or Jervis Tetch. For Cobblepot, slick hair to the front of your forehead in spikes, add a little eyeliner to your lower lid and don a slightly disheveled black suit. As for Tetch, a long, wild mane, a fitted suit and top hat should help you complete the look.

PITCH: Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaa

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Ginny Baker and Teammates from Pitch

You can go in two different directions here. Have a San Diego Padres uniform at your disposal for some reason? Congrats, you've completed the look. If not, you can opt for easy and comfortable athletic gear with a Padres cap and maybe a patch sewn on to a t-shirt.

Superstore; America Ferrara, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash

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The Cloud 9 Employees from Superstore

The NBC comedy offers plenty of options for costume inspiration. Aiming for a slightly psychotic look? Pull your hair back into a tight, low ponytail and blue polo shirt and you have a perfect Dina. Style your hair in a smart, yet simple 'do', put on a pair of slacks and you can go as the level-headed Amy or Jonah. All looks should be completed with a blue workers' vest with a Cloud 9 logo and a name tag. If you can’t find a blue vest, you can always buy a cheap t-shirt at the craft store, cut the sleeves off and sew some edges to make your very own Cloud 9 smock.

Scandal, Bellamy Young, Kerry Washington

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The Women of Scandal

Olivia and her team always look like they just stepped off of the professional runway. Fashionable trench coats and pant suits are something most working professionals already have, but maybe add a white hat to finish the look. Or go the White House route and track down a red or black ensemble in the name of Mellie Grant. Still a Scandal fan but don’t have the clothes? Opt for the “Smelly Mellie” look a la Season 4, by donning a bath robe, disheveled sweat pants and a ratty t-shirt while carrying a half-eaten bag of potato chips.

2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings, Caroline Channing

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Max and Caroline from Two Broke Girls

Max and Caroline may have opposite personalities, but their uniforms keep them looking alike. This is a great costume if you are dressing up with a friend, just throw on a short mustard colored dress and a red apron. Make sure to glam it up if you’re going for the Caroline look and opt for darker makeups if you want to emulate Max. Their difference in hair color is also something to consider. Make sure you’re really blonde for Caroline and add some serious height to the do with sparkly hair accessories. Soft curls in dark hair will be the perfect remedy for a Max look.

Lethal Weapon

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Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon

They were once a beloved film franchise, but now the pair has gotten a modern TV makeover. Denim on denim on denim is the answer if you are feeling more Riggs. A button-up dress shirt and slacks with a fedora will do for Murtaugh. Police badges optional, especially if you choose to channel Riggs. The responsible half of the cop duo will be easy for any professional in possession of a suit, while the Riggs look is a little more rugged, old jeans and worn out tops will suffice for the boozy official.

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