10. Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas, “Ghostbusters,” Stranger Things 2
The gang of spooky Stranger Things are the epitome of the perfect group costume with the ’80s Ghostbusters outfits. Top off the look with homemade Proton Packs and ghost traps for an especially accurate (and adorable) costume.
9. Frank Reynolds, “Spider-Man,” It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Frank (Danny DeVito) can make just about anything funny, and this ragtag DIY Spider-Man costume —complete with goggles — is no exception. Plus, it helps to note DeVito’s iconic turn as the Penguin in Batman Returns, so the switch from DC to Marvel is a nice touch.
8. Quinn, “Magenta,” Glee
The “Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode mixed ’70s horror-rock classics with modern updates, including Quinn (Dianna Agron) belting a memorable rendition of “Time Warp” as Magenta, complete with a frizzed wig and maid costume. Scary never looked so good.
7. Troy and Abed, “Calvin and Hobbes,” Community
Best friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) pair perfectly as famed comic pals Calvin and Hobbes.
6. Leslie Knope, “Rosie the Riveter,” Parks and Recreation
Spunky goddess Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) perfectly pulls off the classic Rosie the Riveter outfit while embodying the powerful message. The beloved character’s get-up even spurred “Knope We Can” posters — just grab a candy corn waffle and you’re all set!
5. Jim Halbert, “Facebook,” The Office
Everyone remembers Jim’s (John Krasinski) classically minimal “three-hole punch” costume. Yet this even lazier (and arguably wittier) look adds the irony of an antisocial take on social media. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a little more of Jim in their lives?
4. Ted, Marshall, and Lily, “Lady and the Tramp and Spaghetti,” How I Met Your Mother
Ever feel left out with all the couples costumes? Can’t find a pepper to match your salt? Opt instead for a brilliant third-wheel outfit that embraces the trio mentality! Hopeless romantic Ted (Josh Radnor) awkwardly accompanies soulmates Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) as the oft-forgotten bowl of spaghetti that Disney’s Lady and the Tramp use to kiss. Genius.
3. June Bug, “Jacked O’Lantern,” black-ish
Who doesn’t love a punny look? June Bug (Michael Strahan) as a jacked Jack o’ lantern (aka basically early 50 Cent) is not only easy to construct but also has that unexpected word-play that is rare to find in a good Halloween costume.
2. Mitch and Cam, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” Modern Family
Leave it to the royal family of sitcoms to portray the British Royal family. Each year, Modern Family nails its Halloween episode (think Manny as Dalton Trumbo in the bathtub) but Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) went all out for a spot-on timely take as It-couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All hail Mitch and Cam!
1. Tina as “Nun of Your Business,” Bob’s Burgers
Every Bob’s Burgers Halloween episode contains DIY kids costume inspiration, and Tina’s perfectly witty and slightly stand-offish “nun of your business” get-up is a favorite. It’s so easy to replicate, you’ll have the smartest outfit at any Halloween party you attend. Honorable mention: Louise’s “dragon with a girl tattoo.” Or just rewatch every Halloween Bob’s Burgers episode — you’ll thank us later.
Some of the best episodes of shows each season are holiday-themed, and Halloween is no exception.
This year, instead of just dressing up as your favorite character, why not look to that characters' own costume choices?