25 Costume Ideas Taken From Your Favorite Halloween TV Episodes

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25 Costume Ideas Taken From Your Favorite Halloween TV Episodes

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | October 24, 2013 | Comments ()


Can’t think of what/who to dress up as this Halloween? Let some of the more memorable Halloween TV episodes of the past few decades serve as your inspiration. Try not to dwell on the fact the actors had makeup and wardrobe departments creating their looks and just go to town. Surely you’ll come up with an ensemble worth of a Pawnee Parks Department or Dunder Mifflin party.

Go topical/just plain cute, i.e., the Parks and Rec category:




Go classic:

(The Office)


(Full House)


Go campy:



Go as someone you know:





Go in drag:



Or, if you’re looking for something a bit different, try …

Bee Arthur (New Girl)


The Bionic Woman (Freaks and Geeks)



Tippi Hedren in The Birds (Roseanne)


Sumo Wrestler (Parks and Recreation)

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Spudnik (Friends)

Giant-headed Baby in a BABYBJĂ–RN (Happy Endings)


Three-hole Punch (The Office)


Lil Wayne on the Prairie (The Mindy Project)


Marie Antoinette and Her Head (Roseanne)


Peggy Flemming (Community)


Slutty Pumpkin (How I Met Your Mother)


Soldier Guy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or Damsel in Distress


(OK, so it’s really only cool if you actually turn into a soldier, and it’s better if you don’t turn into the damsel.)

And bring us home, Britta:

A Squirrel (Community)


Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • Donna SHerman

    You know what I went as yesterday? Dean Pelton. In his devil costume. Pretty much no one got it, but I felt amazing.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Leslie Knope is PERFECT as Lucille Ball. And Bee Arthur was very funny.

  • em.me

    I just watched that episode of New Girl yesterday and I kept thinking"Who is Arthur Bee?" BOY do I feel stupid!

  • chanohack

    Boyfriend and I are going to be the Los Pollos Hermanos chickens. But I'm saving the Westley and Buttercup idea for later.

  • Buellie413

    Darlene's Tippi Hedren is my favorite tv costume EVER. Myaaaax and Penny's baby Bjorn is a close second.

    "ALRIGHT, Ross came as doody!"

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I somehow totally missed Bee Arthur last year. I mean, I saw it and vaguely remember the episode, but that is great. Nick is awesome.

  • tarqueeny

    I LOVE that one from Roseanne with Sara Gilbert (or is it Laurie Metcalf?, can't tell) as Tippi Hendren in The Birds!!!!

  • Mrs. Julien

    One of my closest friends did that a couple of years ago. It went over HUGE.

  • Reigning Cats and Dogs!

  • BuffyloGal

    Coat of Arms.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Thanks a lot, Clown Aubrey Plaza. Now I have a doubly uncomfortable boner since my pants were already extra tight today.

  • CeciliaBedelia

    I wanted to go as ZZ Top Gun(Happy Endings) this year, but I didn't want spend the entire night explaining that I was NOT Duck Dynasty. So now hello Bee Arthur!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    oh Em Geee... I had not seen that Mindy Project. That is hilarious!

  • lowercase_ryan

    Also, Britta Britta's a LOT of things, but she nails Halloween.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Why does everyone guess Michelle Kwan?!?!

  • pfeiffer87

    Just been proven racist by the racist prover

  • SharePointJoe

    The Roseanne Halloween episodes are still some of the best. "Welcome to the tunnel of terror"

  • Three_nineteen

    So, I guess I now know the costume choices for Parks and Rec a month before the episode airs.

  • BWeaves

    Nothing tops Gene Hunt as the Traffic Squirrel in Life on Mars.

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