The Best Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Hit TV Shows and Movies

Oct 28 2022 - 9:55am

It's OK to admit it: you already want to be your favorite TV show or movie character IRL, so why not make that dream a reality this Halloween [1]? Whether you want to be Ariel from "The Little Mermaid," [2] Wednesday Addams [3] from "The Addams Family," or even Woody (or Jessie) from "Toy Story," bring your onscreen icon to life when you transform into them with a DIY [4] costume that you can make with clothes and accessories you already have in your closet.

No need to splurge on new items. Channel your character's cool, quirky, or unique style in a totally original (and cheap [5]!) way for spooky season. Most costumes from movies or TV show Halloween costumes already have wildly cool looks (basically everything worn on "Mean Girls [6]" and every "Clueless" outfit ever), so dressing the part will be easier than you imagined.

Finding easy character costumes to replicate this year should be a breeze with TV shows and movies like "Stranger Things [7]," "Black Panther [8]," "The Umbrella Academy [9]," Star Wars, and more. Ahead, take a peek at the best DIY Halloween costume ideas for some of the most legendary TV and film characters to grace our screens.

— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano

The Detention Crew From "The Breakfast Club"

Elliot and E.T. From "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

The Ghostbusters From "Ghostbusters"

Garth and Kat From "Saturday Night Live"

The Women Prisoners From "Orange Is the New Black"

Beetlejuice From "Beetlejuice"

The Wilderness Girls From "Troop Beverly Hills"

Dionne and Cher From "Clueless"

Han Solo and Princess Leia From "Star Wars"

Regina George From "Mean Girls"

Jack Skellington From "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Peter Pan and Wendy From "Peter Pan"

Darla From "Finding Nemo"

Mia Wallace From "Pulp Fiction"

Elle Woods From "Legally Blonde"

Wednesday Addams From "The Addams Family"

Cruella de Vil From "101 Dalmatians"

Romy and Michele From "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"

The Plastics From "Mean Girls"

Twisty From "American Horror Story"

Margot Tenenbaum From "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Hermione Granger From "Harry Potter"

Mary Poppins From "Mary Poppins"

Velma From "Scooby-Doo"

Wonder Woman From "Wonder Woman"

Pink Ladies From "Grease"

Squints and Wendy Peffercorn From "The Sandlot"

Marty McFly and Doc Brown From "Back to the Future"

Neytiri From "Avatar"

Gomez and Morticia Addams From "The Addams Family"

Effie Trinket From "The Hunger Games"

Danny and Sandy From "Grease"

Rapunzel From "Tangled"

Kim Possible From "Kim Possible"

Holly Golightly From "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Harley Quinn From "Suicide Squad"

The Golden Girls Crew From "The Golden Girls"

Ms. Piggy From "The Muppets"

Indiana Jones From "Indiana Jones"

Erica Sinclair From "Stranger Things"

The Child From "The Mandalorian"

Ashley O From "Black Mirror"

Mia Thermopolis and Lilly Moscovitz From "The Princess Diaries"

Lola and Bugs Bunny From "Space Jam"

Ariel From "The Little Mermaid"

Sabrina Spellman From "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

Fleabag From "Fleabag"

Chip and Joanna Gaines From "Fixer Upper"

Archie From "Riverdale"

Dora the Explorer From "Dora the Explorer"

The Terminator From "The Terminator"

Carmen Sandiego From "Carmen Sandiego"

Joel Goodson From "Risky Business"

Detective Pikachu From "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"

Zero From "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Agent M and Agent H From "Men in Black: International"

Jessie From "Toy Story"

Dorothy From "The Wizard of Oz"

Billy From "Stranger Things"

Moana From "Moana"

Jasmine From "Aladdin"

Black Panther From "Black Panther"

Roxanne From "A Goofy Movie"

Woody From "Toy Story"

Snow White From "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

Alexis and Moira Rose From "Schitt's Creek"

Belle From "Beauty and the Beast"

Klaus Hargreeves From "The Umbrella Academy"

Batwoman From "Batwoman"

Dwight Schrute From "The Office"

Tiana From "The Princess and the Frog"

Thor From "Thor"

Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala From "Star Wars"

Clark Kent From "Superman"

Cher From "Clueless"

Aladdin and Jasmine From "Aladdin"

Tiana and Prince Naveen From "The Princess and the Frog"

Slytherin Student From "Harry Potter"

Winnie the Pooh From "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"

Veronica Corningstone and Ron Burgundy From "Anchorman"

The "Scooby Doo" Crew

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