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Homemade Halloween costumes that'll knock your socks off

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

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These days, one of Halloween's greatest treats is gawking at other people's costumes. Start planning for next year now by getting inspiration from some of this year's super-impressive (mostly) handmade costumes worn by normal people.

Judging by the viral Verizon Star Wars commercial, we're all really a bunch of sci-fi geeks on the inside. This father-son duo rocks an adorable take on the lightsaber-toting characters with homemade Obi Wan and Yoda getups. Nerdy they may be, but cute they are, young padawans.

This mom gets major brownie points for carting around that giant "stagecoach" all night and doing so while rocking a very convincing fairy-godmother ensemble.

Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without watching Ghostbusters (at least once), which may be why we think these Ghostbusters II–inspired costumes of the Statue of Liberty and the evil painting of Vigo the Carpathian are epic.

Need an affordable but fun option for the whole family? Think Middle Earth and go as a bunch of hobbits. This outfit can be pulled together on the fly, mostly with things you already have at home — well, operating under the assumption you like to wear earth tones. Just don't forget the hairy feet!

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