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Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes

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Halloween is right around the corner and, if you're looking for ideas, Hollywood is rife with killer costume inspiration. Here are a few tips for pulling off Miley Cyrus, the Duck Dynasty gang and more.
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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

While we don't want to be insensitive to Amanda Bynes' current mental state, it would be difficult to throw together a list of the top celebrity-inspired Halloween costumes of 2013 without including the troubled starlet. After all, she's hijacked the headlines for the better part of the year thus far. This one's pretty easy to assemble, ladies — grab a bleached-out wig, give yourself a noogie to get that "just-woke-up-in-someone-else's-driveway" look, toss on a solid-color sweat suit (black and white seem to be Bynes' faves), shellac your lips with some unflattering pink lip gloss and draw on a few facial piercings — we highly doubt you have the desire or gall to go for the real deal. For good measure, slip a packet of matches in your pocket and tweet inappropriate things about Drake throughout the night.

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The Duck Dynasty gang

The Duck Dynasty Gang

If you've yet to watch an episode of Duck Dynasty, crawl out from that rock you've been living under and get your butt in gear. The show's Season 4 premiere in August broke ratings records by drawing in a staggering 11.8 million viewers , making it the most-watched nonfiction cable telecast ev-er. Luckily, dressing like the Robertsons — the family behind the Duck Commander empire — is both easy and inexpensive! First step? Get thee to a hunting depot, posthaste! To pull off portraying Jase, Phil, Si or Willie, you're gonna need a whole lotta camo. Call everyone "Jack" if you're going for Si and randomly enthuse that you are "happy, happy, happy" if you're planning to be Phil. And, of course, you're going to need to go ahead and grow an impressively burly beard and sport a bandana. If you're striving for serious authenticity, you can pick up an armada of accessories like duck calls and koozies from the DD gang by hitting up their DuckCommander.com website!

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

C'mon, y'all... what could strike fear in the hearts of parents more this Halloween than seeing legions of Miley Cyruses twerkin' around town? Following her infamous VMAs performance, we dare to wager she'll be the trendiest celebrity-inspired costume come Oct. 31. If you aren't into heading to the salon in search of Cyrus' punky pixie cut, we don't blame you. You can get just as good an effect by twisting your existing hair into the "We Can't Stop" singer's early-'90s-Gwen-Stefani-meets-Star-Wars'-Princess-Leia mini-buns. Don't worry about wasting money on an outfit — just grab a bathing suit, a sports bra and high-waisted bottoms or some similarly scant ensemble lying around your closet (alternately, a unicorn onesie would do as well). To achieve a truly Miley Cyrus mindset, grab a giant stuffed bear and walk around all night wagging your tongue around... just imagine you're trying to get mustard out of that impossibly hard to reach corner of your mouth. I think it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway — twerking is pretty much a prerequisite for this costume. Giant foam finger optional. Kudos to you if you've got a Liam Hemsworth-esque hottie hanging around to be your arm candy.

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Kimye (and North West)

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Ever since Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were spotted enjoying ice cream together during early dating-dom, pop culture has been riveted by the pair. Are they or aren't they? Is this a publicity ploy? Well, they sure know how to put a rumor to rest — in this case, with news of a little baby bundle of Kimye joy on the way! We watched it unfold on Keeping Up with the Kardashians (and in every gossip mag in existence!), so what better way to cap off a year of Kimye baby-watching than by paying homage to the king, queen and princess of pop culture by dressing up as them? This would, naturally, be a costume best-suited for couples. Fellas, your best bet for coming across as West is to throw on a slim-fit black tee, black leather trousers, a few heavy gold chains and some colorful Nike Air Jordans. Make sure you mean-mug everyone and say obnoxiously cocky things like, "I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it," and, "I am the greatest." Ladies, Kim Kardashian will be kind of fun — glue on some seriously lush false eyelashes, don some fancy designer clothes and sky-high stilettos and, well, you'll likely need to insert a little extra padding in your pants to pull off Kardashian's trademark derriere. As for little North West? Slap a long black (or, hey, blonde would work now too!) wig and some shutter shades on a baby doll and call it a day.

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The "Blurred Lines" video

The Blurred Lines Video

That's right... we're not recommending you dress up as Robin Thicke or Pharrell or T.I. — we're recommending you dress up as all of them for your very own "Blurred Lines" video. This, my friends, is an ensemble costume. Perfect if you're traveling the party circuit as a group, this concept's got a little something for everyone in your social circle. Guys can dress up in snazzy suits or shiny windbreakers. Girls simply need to find a white or flesh-tone two-piece outfit, apply bright red lipstick, add a few layers of gaudy gold jewelry, and then cover their torsos in plastic wrap. Props are the key to making this work, though: items to be carried around include a lamb, giant fuzzy dice, a huge novelty lighter and signs painted with bold red letters that read #THICKE and #BLURREDLINES. Bonus points if you manage to find white fuzzy platform shoes or a taxidermied dog, and mega-bonus points if you construct a gigantic cardboard frame to serve as your video's TV screen.

Photo credit: Amanda Bynes/Twitter/WENN.com, PNP/WENN.com, WENN.com, WENN.com, Star Trak
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