The Ultimate Guide to 2016's Hottest Pop Culture Halloween Costumes
With a tidal wave of candy corn and pumpkin spice lattes surging into your life, it's high time to get your costume in order — if you haven't already. Whether you're dressing up with bae, heading out with a group of friends, or making mischief solo, steal some inspiration from 2016's biggest movies and TV shows for the perfect Oct. 31 ensemble.
Abby Yates From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: Aside from the Ghostbusters uniform, you should wear a pair of glasses and your hair in a loose topknot.
- How to act: Confident in your abilities.
Team Cap From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: Get your Captain America/Hawkeye/Falcon/Scarlet Witch/Winter Soldier on with their iconic (and easily purchased) costumes.
- How to act: Like you would do anything to protect what you think is right (even if Iron Man thinks you're wrong).
Team Iron Man From Captain America: Civil War
- What to wear: Black Panther, Iron Man, Black Widow, Vision, War Machine, and Spider-Man make up Team Iron Man, so make sure you suit up in the proper attire.
- How to act: Like you would do anything to protect what you think is right (even if Captain America thinks you're wrong).
- What to wear: A hoodie under a jacket that's riddled with bullet holes.
- How to act: Aloof, and literally indestructible.
Benjen "Coldhands" Stark From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: A cozy black fur ensemble with your hair or wig pulled halfway back. Wear some bluish face makeup to look semidead and very cold.
- How to act: Strong, quiet, and mysterious.
Michonne From The Walking Dead
- What to wear: A dirty tank top to show off your extremely toned arms, a leather vest if you have one, a pair of olive-colored skinny jeans, and a bandana to put just over your forehead to keep all the sweat you'll work up from slaying walkers out of your eyes. Grab a fake katana to complete the look (bonus points if you have two friends willing to dress up as walkers so you can lead them around on a leash all night).
- How to act: Like a badass. Michonne speaks her mind and isn't afraid to (literally) cut down anyone who gets in her way. There's also a softer, jokier side to her, though, so don't spend all of your time brooding.
Barb From Stranger Things
- What to wear: Barb's role in Stranger Things might not be the most robust, but her wardrobe certainly is. Once you've figured out a way to get her short red hairstyle, get a plaid shirt with as many ruffles as possible, high-waisted light-wash (mom) jeans, a thin watch, and some Sally Jessy Raphael glasses. Feel free to tote around a fake notebook or binder.
- How to act: A little bit aloof and uncomfortable in social situations, Barb acts a bit like Nancy's mom throughout the show. Stay away from any pools, and refuse any and all offers of beer, especially if someone asks you to shotgun it.
A Child of the Forest From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: Wear a dark-greenish outfit with vines all over you, and paint your skin the same color as your clothes. Arch up your eyebrows for an otherworldly look.
- How to act: Like you want to help.
Vonny and Bobby From Café Society
- For Vonny: A white dress that buttons up the front and a thin white belt to put at your waist. A short brown wig and a teddy bear will add the finishing touches.
- For Bobby: A tan suit, a short tie, and enough hair gel to craft a Clark Kent-esque swoop.
The Joker From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Pulling from the Joker's signature colors, you're going to need a purple trench coat and black pants. You should also draw some creative tattoos on your body to offset your green hair and red lipstick. Don't forget to channel Jared Leto's version of the character by wearing a full grill.
- How to act: Mentally insane. Better start perfecting your maniacal laugh now.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead From Deapool
- What to wear: A black and yellow bodysuit. Shave your head if you're brave, or wear a short wig. Lots of dark eye makeup.
- How to act: Like a sullen, annoyed teen. Text, but look up like you might be about to flatten someone.
Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps From Zootopia
- For Judy: Gray bunny ears, a bunny tail, and a blue cop uniform.
- For Nick: A pair of orange fox ears and a bushy tail, a green button-down, khakis, and a striped tie.
Dustin From Stranger Things
- What to wear: Dustin's red, white, and blue baseball hat shouldn't be hard to mimic if you buy a plain white hat and some red and blue paint. Once that's done, pick up a curly brown wig, an old-school graphic t-shirt, some brown corduroys, a denim jacket, and a backpack. Also consider getting something to make it look like you're missing your front teeth.
- How to act: Dustin is a total scene-stealer, so you should be, too. Get ready to bust out some tricks this Halloween (like cracking your arms in a cringe-inducing way, for instance), and make sure you keep your friends laughing.
Frank and Brenda From Sausage Party
- For Brenda: Well, you're a hot dog bun, so either buy a giant, foam hot dog bun costume, or wear a nude body suit and paint a long black stripe down the middle.
- For Frank: Well, you're a hot dog, so either buy a giant, foam hot dog costume, or wear a brown body suit and paint a yellow squiggle down it to make sure people know you're a hot dog. Add white gloves.
Captain America and Sharon Carter From Captain America: Civil War
- For Sharon: Since she's an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., wear a professional pair of black pants and a light blue button-down. Feel free to add a blond wig and a gun holster.
- For Captain America: Since he's such an iconic character, just pick up his trademark costume (you can always just wear a t-shirt with the Captain America logo on it, too!).
Jesse Custer From Preacher
- What to wear: A priest's cassock, plus a healthy dose of stubble and a cigarette hanging out of your mouth.
- How to act: You're a good person deep down, but you're being corrupted by God's power (literally). When people upset you, just put on your lowest, growliest voice and tell them what you want them to do.
Negan From The Walking Dead
- What to wear: We have a feeling Negan will be a popular costume this year, and for good reason. Slick your hair back, glue on a mustache, and then put on a black leather jacket, a red scarf, dark pants, and a leather glove on one hand, and carry around a baseball bat covered in barbed wire.
- How to act: Negan treats everything he does as if he's center stage, in the midst of a performance. He's simultaneously charismatic and terrifying.
Kilgrave From Jessica Jones
- What to wear: A dapper purple suit.
- How to act: Give people some serious, concentrated looks — you're controlling their brains when you speak, after all.
Ed and Lorraine Warren From The Conjuring 2
- For Lorraine: A long plaid skirt, a ruffly shirt in white or blue, and a vest. Carry a crucifix around as if your life depends on it.
- For Ed: A three-piece gray suit with a plaid tie or some kind of white button-down and sweater vest situation. Try to grow out your sideburns, and bring a Bible out with you.
Amanda Waller From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: A pair of black slacks, a white tank top, a red blazer, and pearl accessories.
- How to act: It isn't enough to just act like you're the baddest boss in town — you need to be the baddest boss in town.
The Shame Nun From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: You can buy a gray nun's costume, or just throw on a long-sleeved gray dress and wrap a gray scarf around your head in the same way she does. To add the finishing touches, wrap a light-colored rope around your waist and carry around a thick book and a bell.
- How to act: Strict and demoralizing. Look down on anyone who's having fun and scream out, "SHAME!" at random intervals throughout the night while ringing your bell.
Tarzan and Jane From The Legend of Tarzan
- For Jane: A torn-up white or light-yellow dress, smeared with dirt. Get yourself a wavy blond wig if you can, and paint a few scratches on your arms so it looks like you've been swinging through the jungle.
- For Tarzan: A pair of dirty, khaki-colored pants, and . . . that's it.
Superman From Batman v Superman
- What to wear: Superman has perhaps the most iconic costume of the group, but the latest iteration of his look is much more modern. You could modify some of the already-existing Superman costumes out there, or build your own with muted spandex and an epic cape.
- How to act: Since Superman is from another planet, he lacks the social graces of most humans. A bit distant, but brave.
Richie and Devon From Vinyl
- For Devon: A low-cut red dress in a silky fabric, platform heels, and wavy brown hair.
- For Richie: A gray or navy suit, with a striped button-down underneath. Be sure to leave the top few buttons open for maximum chest hair exposure.
Poe Dameron From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: A full-length orange jumpsuit with a white vest. Carry around your helmet.
- How to act: Throw up the thumbs up with your best bro. Do everything with purpose.
Bomb, Red, and Chuck From Angry Birds
- What to wear: Glue feathers to sweatshirts that are in the same color as these guys, wear an irritated expression, and BAM — you'll be an angry bird.
- How to act: Angry???
Boomerang From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: You'll need a blue track jacket that reads "Captain," a pair of jeans, a gray overcoat, and black combat boots with duct tape holding them together. If you're wanting to go over the top with your costume, you should also consider getting a gold chain and a matching cap for your front tooth.
- How to act: Aside from faking an Australian accent, you should be on edge about everything. Be ready to snap back at any moment just like your weapon of choice.
Hank and Manny From Swiss Army Man
- For Hank: An unbuttoned, red plaid shirt with a plain white t-shirt underneath with khaki cargo pants and dark boots. Throw in some extra bushy facial hair and rips in some of your clothing to really bring it home.
- For Manny: Manny is a corpse, so you're going to want to make your skin look as pale, sickly, and dead as possible. Once that's done, throw on a navy blue suit with a white checkered shirt and dark tie. Smear some dirt on your clothes for effect.
Poussey and Soso From Orange Is the New Black
- For Soso: A prison jumpsuit in a khaki color, a black shoulder-length bobbed wig, and black slip-on sneakers.
- For Poussey: Poussey's look is the same as Soso's, only she usually just wears a white tank top instead of the full khaki shirt, and she rocks a close-cropped haircut. If you want to go the extra mile, make little badges with the character's names on them to stick on your pockets.
Harley Quinn From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: When it comes to Harley Quinn's getup, the devil is in the details. You'll need some blue and red shorts, a baseball tee that reads "Daddy's Lil Monster," and a pair of black and white heeled sneakers. As for accessories, grab a pair of fishnet tights, a studded black belt, and a blue and pink wig. Don't forget your trusty baseball bat!
- How to act: On the verge of insanity. Constantly talk to strangers about your "Puddin'."
Killer Croc From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Aside from covering your hands and face in scales, you'll also need a brown hoodie and black leather jacket paired with some casual black slacks. Go the extra mile by wearing fake sharp teeth.
- How to act: Like a crocodile with killer tendencies. Isn't that obvious? You're a real animal.
Alex Parrish From Quantico
- What to wear: A tight black v-neck, a leather jacket, and your badge on your jeans. Pull your gorgeous, luxurious hair up.
- How to act: Like you're suspicious of everyone around you. Don't be afraid to be the life of the party, but make sure that you always have a watchful eye on your friends.
Trey and Abbi From Broad City
- For Abbi: You might as well wear matching outfits from Soulstice, right? Get a black Nike tank top, write the word "Trainer" across the front, and wrap a blue bandana around your ponytail.
- For Trey: A black Nike tank top with the word "Trainer" like Abbi's with a blue bandana and some eye black. Make sure you pair the top with athletic shorts and sneakers.
- What to wear: Start with a red jumpsuit, but you might want to layer more structured, metallic pieces on top of it. Get that dark red helmet with the lightning bolt details, too.
- How to act: You gotta go fast. Make sure you're dodging around people all night long. Also, bear in mind: The Flash is probably the sassiest of the bunch, so crank it up.
Derek, Hansel, and Valentina Valencia From Zoolander 2
- What to wear: Get wigs to match each character's iconic hairdo, and then wear a monochromatic outfit in either all red, all gray, or all green.
- How to act: Get ready to layer on the crazy as thickly as you do the hair gel if you head out on Oct. 31 dressed as the fashion industry's most hilarious trio.
Cersei Lannister From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: For I-Just-Blew-Everyone-Up Cersei, wear short blond hair, a crown, a long black long-sleeved dress, and some kind of silver designs for your shoulders. If you want to go the extra mile, stick a bunch of fake swords to your back so it looks like you're sitting on the Iron Throne no matter where you are.
- How to act: Cersei always has the best, most cutting comebacks, so make sure you're on your game on Oct. 31. Also, have a glass of red wine to swirl around threateningly at any given moment.
Slipknot From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Other than braiding your hair, you should be dressed in black from head to toe and have some hiking gear tied around your chest.
- How to act: March to the beat of your own drum and don't take orders from anyone.
Rey From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: A dirty beige tunic with a leather belt at the waist and brown boots. Carry a staff and bring along a BB-8.
- How to act: Brave and confident, but like kind of a loner.
Ezekiel From The Walking Dead
- What to wear: Ezekiel hasn't made his big arrival on the show yet, but if you're a fan of the comic books or you watched the season seven trailer, you know that not only is he nearly here, but his look is also pretty iconic. If you want to get a head start on the character, get yourself: gray hair, a long coat, fingerless leather gloves, a shirt with a fun print on it, a wooden staff, combat boots, and a tiger stuffed animal (in honor of Ezekiel's pet tiger, Shiva).
- How to act: Project an eccentric and flamboyant attitude. Try and force your friends and loved ones to refer to you as "King."
Matt Murdock and Karen Page From Daredevil
- For Karen: A blond wig, a printed shirt or sweater, and a pencil skirt.
- For Matt: A blue button-down, dark pants, red-tinted glasses, and a white cane. If you'd rather be his alter ego, opt for a tight dark red shirt, pants with black accents, and his mask.
Jim Hopper From Stranger Things
- What to wear: Halloween retailers have plenty of different versions of cop costumes, so if you search for one in a khaki color, like a state trooper, your Hopper costume will be complete. Grow out or paste on some five o'clock shadow if possible, and maybe carry around an empty beer can for good measure.
- How to act: Picture your most hungover, irritable moment, and then try to keep that attitude going all night.
Amy, Kiki, and Carla From Bad Moms
- What to wear: Break out the drab gray pantsuit you only wear to interviews to get Amy's look, and improvise with the clothes you and your friends have to achieve Kiki's and Carla's very different (and very hilarious) styles.
- How to act: Fed up and ready to let loose.
- What to wear: First of all, you need to find a way to get that godly mane and beard. If you haven't grown one yourself, it's time to get hunting. Pair the look with lots of silver armor, and don't forget your trident.
- How to act: Angry and brooding. Aquaman is not here to have fun or mess around. Don't be afraid to enter nearby pools, bathtubs, and other miscellaneous bodies of water.
Dory, Marlin, and Hank in Finding Dory
- What to wear: Hopefully you're into face paint, because Dory, Marlin, Hank, and any of the other characters in Finding Dory will take a bit of a transformation.
- How to act: Dory is forgetful (duh), Marlin is paranoid, and Hank is basically a grouchy grandpa in septopus form.
Mickey and Gus From Love
- For Mickey: An oversize, unbuttoned plaid shirt with a red bodysuit tucked into high-waisted jeans.
- For Gus: Thick-rimmed glasses, a band t-shirt, and a short-sleeved plaid shirt with jeans.
Erin Gilbert From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: Match your Ghostbusters attire with a brown wig with bangs.
- How to act: A little shy but definitely not afraid of ghosts.
Newt Scamander From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- What to wear: The magic here is in the accessories. To really get that Scamander vibe, you want a stunning blue trench coat, a cute bow tie, a wand, and an old-fashioned suitcase. Be sure to add coordinating fashion elements like that vest, formal shoes, slacks, etc.
- How to act: You're a mysterious one, and you've definitely got a secret or two up your sleeve.
Eleven From Stranger Things
- What to wear: There are a few versions of Eleven you could be (Government Prisoner Elle, Hamburger-Eating Elle, etc.), but let's stick with the most recognizable. If you're not planning on shaving your head (pause and think about how much time it'll save you in the morning before deciding), get yourself some kind of flesh-colored skull cap or a bad blond wig. Then, find a high-necked baby-pink dress with a white collar, a blue jacket, striped knee socks, white Converse, and a chunky black watch. As a bonus, dribble some fake blood out of your nose and carry around an empty box of Eggo waffles.
- How to act: Since Eleven barely speaks throughout the series, you're off the hook for having to say anything out loud until Nov. 1. Practice staring intently and trying to move things with your brain (and be sure to let us know if you succeed).
Nancy From Stranger Things
- What to wear: If you don't have long brown hair, get yourself a long brown wig and pin it back on both sides of your head. Then, pair it with a cutesy striped sweater or button-down (buttoned all the way up, naturally), and a high-waisted skirt or jeans. If you go for a skirt, make sure you wear it with white tights and flats. Keep in mind Nancy's cool accessories, which include her homework, notebooks, and a bat.
- How to act: By the end of season one, Nancy proves herself to be not only book smart, but street smart as well. Be the girl with the plan on Oct. 31.
Jillian Holtzmann From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: Along with your Ghostbusters outfit, you'll need a pair of yellow sunglasses and a blond wig. Don't forget to tease the front of your hair.
- How to act: Extremely quirky.
Patty Tolan From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: For the outfit, you'll need a light-brown jumpsuit, black gloves, black boots, an orange book bag, and a matching belt. You can also embellish your getup with a Ghostbusters logo on your sleeve and two stripes across your chest. Personalize the look with a gold necklace that reads, "Patty."
- How to act: Hilarious. Bust out jokes any chance you can get.
Steve Harrington From Stranger Things
- What to wear: So you want to be the popular guy, huh? Tuck a striped, long-sleeved polo into some belted khakis and rock a pair of brown loafers. Feel free to pop the collar.
- How to act: Charmingly cocky is Steve's MO, so don't be afraid to get your flirt on.
Arseface From Preacher
- What to wear: Wear a nice blue shirt and khaki pants, but let's be real, the star of this costume is the arse on your face. Get creative at the craft store.
- How to act: You're a kind soul plagued with regret. You have a past that you're afraid to let people know about, so you go overboard trying to be helpful. You may or may not be living in hell.
The Waif From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: A short blond wig and some variation of gray pieces of clothing layered over each other. Feel free to carry a long wooden staff or fake dagger around with you in case you come across anyone dressed as Arya.
- How to act: To quote Jean Ralphio, the Waif is the WORST. She's rude as hell and will betray you at any moment. For instance, if one of your friends asks you to get them a drink, do so, but before you to hand it over to them, chug the whole thing while looking them dead in the eye, and then shoot them your meanest smile. Also, only refer to your friends and family as "the girl" or "the boy." They'll really enjoy that, we promise.
Tommen and Margaery From Game of Thrones
- For Margaery: Wear a long dirty-blond wig with your hair parted down the middle or done up beautifully. If you're going for Margaery's time as a prisoner of the High Sparrow, just wear a plain, loose-fitting tan sack dress. If you're going for OG Marg, put on a beautiful blue gown as elegant as your updo.
- For Tommen: See if you can find a robe or tunic in a gold/light-colored brocade fabric. Don't forget to wear a short blond wig, a golden crown, tall black boots, and a facial expression that suggests you hate your mother.
The Bennet Sisters From Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- What to wear: If you combine a floor-length dress in neutral shades of white, brown, or green with a cardigan, a bonnet, and a fake machete, the result will be the ass-kicking Bennet sisters.
- How to act: Prim and proper, but ready to slice the head off a zombie at any moment.
Enchantress From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Think Britney Spears's "I'm a Slave 4 U," only much darker. You'll also need a long black wig and a crescent-shaped headband.
- How to act: Like you're being possessed by an ancient witch.
Wonder Woman From Batman v Superman
- What to wear: You know the classic Wonder Woman look, but the modernized version is a bit darker. Get your hands on a shield, a lasso, and some arm cuffs. As for the armor, it's very reminiscent of a gladiator, so if you don't want to settle for any old premade costume, collect the pieces yourself.
- How to act: Like a total badass. This woman doesn't take sh*t from anyone.
Carol Aird and Therese Belivet From Carol
- For Carol: A curled blond wig, a fur coat, a pink scarf to wrap around your head, and a tight, knee-length dress or skirt.
- For Therese: A brown, chin-length wig, a light-colored shirt or sweater, and a plaid skirt.
Wade and Vanessa From Deadpool
- For Vanessa: Either a short spiky brunette wig with streaks of color, or a long curly brunette wig. Add a tiny and tight black miniskirt, skimpy tank top, and thigh-high stockings with black booties. If you get cold, throw on a red plaid jacket.
- For Wade: Rock Deadpool's classic red and black costume, obviously.
- What to wear: A dark plaid button-down, a leather motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans, and tough black boots. Wear a dark wig and fingerless gloves.
- How to act: Scowl and sulk a lot, and reluctantly help people only if you have to.
The Crew of Star Trek's Voyager From Star Trek Beyond
- What to wear: Here's a great recycling option: whip out your Star Trek uniforms from Comic-Con, and just use them again this Halloween. Don't forget to cast a Krall!
- How to act: Brave as hell, and really into space.
Tulip From Preacher
- What to wear: A black leather jacket over a cropped top or bra, jeans, and some cool sunglasses.
- How to act: You're a badass who doesn't take sh*t from anyone. Flex your Southern accent and flirt around.
Joyce From Stranger Things
- What to wear: Joyce has a more low-key '80s mom look than the rest of the parents on the show, so all you'll really need is a thin dark jacket, a striped shirt or chunky turtleneck sweater, and flared jeans with a shaggy brown bob hairstyle. If you really want to hammer home the fact you're dressing up as her, consider bringing a rubber axe or a piece of cardboard painted with the alphabet out with you. You could even go one step further and wrap part of your body in colorful Christmas lights.
- How to act: Tense. Very, very tense. To really nail your portrayal of Joyce, walk around whatever Halloween party you're attending while yelling, "WILL!" and "Where's my boy?! Find my boy!" over and over again.
Batman From Batman v Superman
- What to wear: You can build your own Batman costume or buy a premade one and spruce it up. The most important components are a very long and dramatic cape and a badass bat helmet.
- How to act: Dark and mysterious. You're in charge, and you're the nightmare that lurks in the shadows. Just creep around people like a crazy person all night and you'll be good.
Ravenna, the Huntsman, Sara, and Queen Freya From The Huntsman: Winter's War
- What to wear: Do you have a tall, blond, ridiculously ripped male friend? Is he into hand-to-hand combat and does he own a few leather vests? Then he might make the perfect Huntsman to your Sara, Queen Freya, and Ravenna.
- How to act: Pick a side, because this group isn't exactly on the greatest terms.
Cyborg From Batman v Superman
- What to wear: Much like the other members of the Justice League, you have to get that armor together. Since Cyborg is a bit more robotic, the more mechanical you are, the better. And if you can find a way to get that glowing eye, more power to you.
- How to act: Like a member of the team who's ready to kick ass, take names, and have a good time doing it.
Sandy and Danny From Grease Live!
- For Sandy: A curly blond wig, tight black jeans, an off-the-shoulder black top, and red heels. Add red lipstick and hoop earrings to really nail it.
- For Danny: Hair slicked back to the extreme, a tight black t-shirt, and tight black jeans.
Lyanna Mormont From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: A black turtleneck under a fluffy black fur and black leather gloves. Part your hair in the middle and pull it halfway back.
- How to act: Don't say a lot, but when you do, speak with authority and finality. Hold your hand up to silence the prattle of others.
The Lady Mutants From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Mystique, Storm, Jean Grey, and Psylocke costumes are the perfect way to be strong, empowered mutants on Halloween (psychic powers not included, sadly). Make sure your hair matches theirs (i.e., respectively slicked back and bright red, a white mohawk, long and strawberry blonde, and brown with purple streaks).
- How to act: Each character has a unique personality, so you have some homework to do.
Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
- What to wear: Take a page out of Rihanna's book and strap a fake shell to your back to be the best group of crime-fighting reptiles NYC has ever seen.
- How to act: Joke around constantly, and get incredibly excited at the scent of pizza.
Rick Flag From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: A military uniform with fingerless black gloves and facial hair.
- How to act: You're just a regular guy that got mixed up with the wrong crowd.
Scully and Mulder From X-Files
- For Scully: A chin-length red wig, a black blazer, a black pencil skirt, heels, and a white button-down shirt. Add an FBI badge to make sure everyone knows who you are.
- For Mulder: A black suit and a brown wig. Carry around a badge with his character's name, or a poster that says "I Want to Believe."
Deadshot From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Deadshot is basically DC Comics's version of Deadpool. Aside from your shooting gear, you'll need a red Under Armour shirt, black pants, and matching boots. You should also consider getting a bald cap.
- How to act: You're one sharp shooter with a strong hatred for anything Batman-related.
El Diablo From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: A white tank, black jeans, and tons of fake tattoos, specifically one that resembles a skeleton on your face.
- How to act: Like a quiet man with a fiery spirit.
The Team From Everybody Wants Some!!
- What to wear: Get some old-school baseball tees, white jeggings (unless, of course, you have baseball pants), baseball hats, and striped athletic socks to perfect this team's vintage uniforms.
- How to act: Easy going, fun-loving, and ready to score.
Resurrected Jon Snow
- What to wear: Nothing but a loincloth and the pallor of man who's been dead for a few days.
- How to act: Um, like you just woke up from being dead for a few days. You know, excited, but also kind of disillusioned by the nothingness? Like that.
General Hux From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: A perfectly fitting futuristic black suit with gloves and a wide belt. A red wig.
- How to act: Scowly and concerned; you're part of the dark side, after all.
Conner 4 Real From Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
- What to wear: A green letterman jacket, a bow tie, and cool jeans. Rock a pair of dark, serious shades and grab a microphone.
- How to act: Whip out your dance moves and your best verses — this is your time to shine.
Kevin From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: A short-sleeved button-down, khaki pants, a navy vest, a maroon tie, and glasses without lenses.
- How to act: Like an airhead. Rub your eyes through your glasses occasionally.
Ramsay Bolton From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: Black pants, black leather gloves, a black jacket, and a long cape with fur at the collar. Wear a brown wig, and to add a special touch, carry around a few dog stuffed animals or a shield with the Bolton sigil on it.
- How to act: We take back what we said about the Waif — Ramsay is actually the worst. He's more annoying and despicable than Joffrey, so amp up those tendencies, and remember to fawn over any dog you pass on the street.
Kylo Ren From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: Black leather pants under a long, hooded black robe. Cover your face in a black mask, but when you pull it off, shake out your glorious hair.
- How to act: Like you're being pulled by two different sides constantly. Also, kind of a pouty brat.
Lemonade's "Hold Up" Beyoncé
- What to wear: A ruffled yellow dress and a black bra. Crimp your hair and, of course, grab a baseball bat (with "Hot Sauce" written on it).
- How to act: Get that bat and go to town. Except, like, maybe don't actually break a bunch of cars, OK?
- What to wear: A dark-red and black suit with weapons attached to your whole body.
- How to act: Keep the dirty jokes coming. It's really a great excuse to let the expletives fly.
Captain Phasma From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: Just pull your old Darth Vader costume out and spray-paint it silver.
- How to act: You're a woman of few words. Point your gun and get things done.
Rick and Co. From The Walking Dead
- What to wear: If you're interested in channeling your inner zombie-killer, The Walking Dead costumes are relatively easy to execute. Rick, Michonne, Glenn, and the rest of the crew basically rock normal clothes that are just covered in various patches of blood and guts. If you go as Negan, though, you've got to wear a black leather jacket and carry around a bat.
- How to act: A varying mix of terrified, ballsy, or verging on insanity.
Melisandre (Old Edition) From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: Well, there's not much to this costume, so that's a plus. The true, old version of Melisandre is butt naked, so get yourself a body suit that matches your skin tone and a stringy white wig. If you can use makeup to draw on a few wrinkles, you'll nail it.
- How to act: Exhausted and over life in general. Refuse all offerings of food, and avoid mirrors.
Claire and Jamie From Outlander
- For Claire: A long plaid skirt in shades of green and brown, a white tank top, and a brown, long-sleeved knit sweater. Add a curly brown wig.
- For Jamie: A billowing white shirt and a green, plaid kilt with Jamie's striking red curls.
The White Queen, the Mad Hatter, and Alice From Alice Through the Looking Glass
- What to wear: Rock the White Queen's all-white ensemble (white wig and dress, silver crown and jewelry), the Mad Hatter's orange-and-pink-themed outfit, or Alice's latest look (blond wig and a silk shirt or dress under a button-up vest). Feel free to go old-school blue-dress-white-apron-Alice if you prefer!
- How to act: The White Queen is calm, cool, and collected, while Alice is more impulsive and outspoken. The Mad Hatter is . . . mad.
"Formation" Video Beyoncé
- What to wear: A truly huge black hat that covers your eyes, tons of silver necklaces and bracelets, and a tight black dress.
- How to act: There are not a lot of acceptable situations in which to use the double bird, so take advantage of it.
The Mountain (Zombie Edition) From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: Unless the person reading this is Shaq, we're going to go ahead and assume you're not nine feet tall, so don't worry about your size. This costume is a little tough, though, considering the undead Gregor Clegane rocks a full suit of golden armor. You can always wear a gold long-sleeved shirt and pants, and then just buy a helmet if you want to keep things simple. Just make sure you make any visible skin look like the gray, rotting flesh of a corpse.
- How to act: Totally silent and totally terrifying.
Four and Tris From Allegiant
- For Tris: A short blond bob parted down the middle, with black skinny jeans, a black tank top, and some temporary bird tattoos. Get some lace-up black boots and a military jacket in gray camo print if possible.
- For Four: A pair of black jeans, and a gray or black t-shirt and boots. Feel free to add Four's tattoos, or a swipe of blood on the side of your face (he gets in a few scrapes, OK?).
Katana From Suicide Squad
- What to wear: Aside from your sword, you should don black leggings, a white tank top, a black leather jacket, and black combat boots. You will also need a white mask and a red sash to tie around your waist and shoulders.
- How to act: Incredibly stealthy with a hint of badass. Have a conversation with your sword every once in a while.
Finn From Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- What to wear: A black shirt and a beat-up brown leather jacket. Wield a lightsaber.
- How to act: Amiable and confident, but maybe a little overconfident.
The Kids From Stranger Things
- What to wear: Check out this step-by-step breakdown for how you can achieve each Stranger Things character's exact look.
- How to act: Naïve, hopeful, and ready to stand up for your friends no matter what comes your way.
Rachel From The Girl on the Train
- What to wear: A big, tweedy coat with a scarf, jeans, and fingerless gloves. Carry a bag for all your little booze bottles.
- How to act: Disheveled, at least a little drunk, and mildly hysterical.
These Murderous Female Creeps From The Purge: Election Year
- What to wear: Pair some skimpy bustier tops with brightly colored tutus as well as some scary masks emblazoned with "kiss me" to nail their sexy-scary attire.
- How to act: Absolutely batsh*t.
The High Sparrow From Game of Thrones
- What to wear: Honestly, you could just cut holes in the side of a large potato sack for your arms and you'd have something akin to the High Sparrow's raggedy dress. If you don't have a potato sack lying around (understandable), just throw on your baggiest, drabbest light-colored clothes and get yourself a white wig. Go barefoot if possible, and feel free to carry a book around with the Faith of the Seven's seven-pointed star carved into it (or better yet, ask your friend to wear a black robe and paint the symbol on their forehead and follow you around all night).
- How to act: Cocky and self-assured.
The Dude Mutants (Dudants?) From X-Men: Apocalypse
- What to wear: Can you imagine how cool a Quicksilver costume would be (for instance: gelling your silver hair back to make it look like you're running at top speed)? Whether you dress up as him, Cyclops (red sunglasses), Nightcrawler (blue face paint), or Angel (silver wings), you know your outfit is going to be a winner.
- How to act: Quicksilver is a joker, and Cyclops is a cocky, well-meaning jerk. Nightcrawler is timid and sweet, while Angel is a mean-spirited villain in over his head.