Unless you're a Halloween aficionado, you probably haven't started putting together your costume yet. Good news! We have some great ideas you and your friends (or family) can use to hit the party circuit or wow your neighbors in your unending quest for candy!
Remember, your gender, size, hair color — none of it matters. Halloween is all about playing dress-up so go for the gusto. Boys can be girls and girls boys. There's no reason not to expect a complete role reversal for any of these costumes, as long as you're having fun!
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston)
See the photo above. Face it. It's not every day of the year that your neighbors are going to be happy to see two meth cooks showing up on their doorstep demanding candy. But with the ever-present Breaking Bad withdrawal still overtaking your fellow countrymen, now is the perfect time to take advantage. Suit up in yellow, don a pair of headphones covered in orange and the odds are in your favor you'll be the most welcome drug dealers on the Halloween circuit.
2 Broke Girls
Candy corn is orange and yellow. So are our first two TV-inspired costume choices! Coincidence? I think not. It's Halloween, where else would you expect to find 2 Broke Girls other than begging door-to-door for candy? Brown hair, blonde hair, boots, pumps and costume jewelry set off these groovy '70s throwback waitress uniforms in colors only meth dealers and Halloween can love. You can be Max (Kat Dennings) or Caroline (Beth Behrs) and if your group expands beyond that, they never seem to be at a loss for stragglers, so yours can grow, too!
Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and his Companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Thrift store finds, slicked-back hair and a motorcycle wouldn't hurt to help to complete this ensemble. As much fun as it would be tote around a full-sized TARDIS to really drive it home, using a British accent should seal the deal.
Mike (Billy Gardell) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy)
Sure, you could go with Mike in plainclothes, but that would take some of the punch out of the costume. You can find a children's police badge, put it on a blue shirt and hit the streets. Plus, Melissa McCarthy is one of the biggest talents in entertainment. Can't lose!
The Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and The Black Canary (Caity Lotz)
If you don't normally have leather in your wardrobe, nobody's going to hold it against you if you go for all black. Just get those masks right. Black around the eyes for the Green Arrow and a genuine black mask for the Black Canary. A green hoodie, a blonde wig and some black gloves will have you saving lives in no time flat.
Young Samantha and Carrie from The Carrie Diaries
They were fashion icons in their adult years, but throwing back to the '80s will be even more fun as young Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) and Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb). Any outfit from the decade will do; the more eclectic, the better!
Any of the Orphan Black ladies
Shown in the photo are incarnations Sarah, Alison and Cosima, but there are at least three others that we know of already — all played by the incomparable Tatiana Maslany. She looks so different as each character that you and your friends can easily pull off being as few or as many of them as you want. The more that go, the better you'll look!
The Draper family
Hey, mom! Are you taking Halloween off this year and sending dad out with the kids? Why not dress them all up Mad Men style? Daddy can look splendid as Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and your little ones can surely fit the molds of as many Draper children as you need. Heck, borrow one from the neighbors if you need a complete set! Using this photo, you can even give them lessons on how to look baffled as they contemplate heading up to the house for candy.
Bonus: Easiest costume — Under the Dome
Do you have a bubble umbrella? Done! Just continually walk up to your friends and press your hands against it, pretending to scream as if they can't hear you. Boom! Easiest costume in the world. Thanks, CBS and Stephen King!
There are so many ideas you can take out of your closet, your attic or discover at the local thrift store that only require a little effort and a lot of imagination. Run down your favorite list of TV shows, get to work and have a fabulous Halloween!
Breaking Bad image courtesy of Frank Ockenfels/AMC; Two Broke Girls image courtesy of Darren Michaels/Warner Bros; Doctor Who image courtesy of BBC America; Mike & Molly image courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS; Arrow/Black Canary image courtesy of Jack Rowand/The CW; The Carrie Diaries image courtesy of Patrick Harbron/The CW; Orphan Black image courtesy of BBC America; Mad Men image courtesy of Jamie Trueblood/AMC; Under the Dome image courtesy of CBS