Here's A Whole Bunch Of Halloween Costumes To Help Inspire Yours

Different people have different ways of measuring when fall is about to hit. For some, it's when the leaves start to change. For others, it's when Zara moves its sweaters to the front of the store. For others, it's the first day that pumpkin spice comes back into the rotation. But for a very special breed of human, it's when you see your very first Halloween costume idea roundup of the year. And for you, it's that ti-iiime.
While you could go the easy route and buy a costume, we're partial to homemade ones. And not to toot our own horn, but we're pretty good at piecing together weird costumes here at Refinery29. Our staffers start planning early (like, now-early), help each other out with the hard DIY parts, and offer guidance on whether a costume is going to get you more awkwardly silent reactions than laughs. We collected some of the most impressive costumes from the Refinery29 family to get you thinking about how you can really knock it out of the park this October. Feel free to steal these ideas directly, or just let these inspire your own eureka moment.
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Photo: Courtesy of Piera Gelardi.
The ultimate surrealist couples' costume.

Left: Feeling Myself
Our Executive Creative Director & Co-founder Piera Gelardi bought silk gloves on eBay, stuffed them, and pinned them to a jumpsuit.

Right: The Son of Man
Our CEO & Co-founder Philippe von Borries is a fan of both René Magritte and fresh produce.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Chun.
Here's designer Jennifer Chun as April O'Neil and the rest of the Ninja Turtles. Says Chun, "Surprisingly, there was a lot of competition out there and other Ninja Turtles were pretty impressed. It was funny to see groups of Turtles all coming up to each other checking out each others costumes and asking one another how they achieved the shell, masks etc. It was pretty competitive and so nerdy."
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Photo: Courtesy of Zooey Purdy.
Fruit Punch
We know a knockout when we see one.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elyssa Starkman.
Twitter Beef
When ISN'T there a social media feud afoot? This costume will always be topical.
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Photo: Courtesy of Anna Gray.
Model Anna Gray went as Bjork last year.
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Photo: Courtesy of Erin Donnelly.
Here's our writer, Erin Donnelly as Boy George. She says, "The makeup took ages, including a trial back home in Texas weeks before which resulted in my toddler niece getting a Culture Club makeover and waltzing down the stairs to 'Karma Chameleon' with huge black eyebrows."
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Photo: Courtesy of Laurel Pantin.
Beavis
With a little face paint and some spray-on hair color, Laurel Pantin transformed herself into our favorite '90s TV hero.
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Photo: Courtesy of Marin Moore.
Leslie Knope, Pawnee Goddess
Parks & Recreation may be over, but the Pawnee Goddesses live on.
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Photo: Courtesy of Angela Pham.
Bill Cunningham
Says photographer Angela Pham about her costume, "I thought I was above the whole hackneyed 'sexy' take on Halloween, so I chose to dress as my professional idol, Bill Cunningham. The extreme discomfort of donning a bald cap and lugging a camera prop all evening made me wish I opted for 'sexy kitty' instead."
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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Bourdet.
Here's our former health and wellness editor Kelly Bourdet as a very on-brand hysterical Victorian woman holding a vintage vibrator.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elyssa Starkman
Ice Bucket Challenge
A still life version of the 2014 challenge that went viral.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aurea Sanabria
Carmen Miranda
Bonus: You've got a snack handy at the end of the night!
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Photo: Courtesy of Piera Gelardi.
Lead singer of Marie & The Guillotines
Our executive creative director Piera Gelardi tailored her costume around the party theme "Purple Reign: Prince & The Revolution meets Marie Antoinette."
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Fashion Bat
Well, what else were you going to do with that sheer maxi dress you only wore once?
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Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Auster.
Rose from Golden Girls
This is an excuse for digging through the $5 rack at your favorite thrift store.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Trenkle.
Black (and White) Swans
On pointe.
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Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com.
Salt-N-Pepa
And Spinderella! And, a werewolf...
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Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.
Marilyn Manson
When Natasha Poly commits, she commits.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elana Fishman.
Britney Spears Through The Ages
Grab a bestie, and practice those syncopated arm dance moves.
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Photo: Courtesy of Connie Wang.
Bon Bon Candy
Our fashion features director made her costume out of pillows, a tube top, and gold foil.
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Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Husnik.
Mike Tyson & His Pet Tiger
Please do not attempt to replicate with a real animal.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alida Brandenburg
Bloody Tampons
For some light (or heavy) fun.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rebekkah Easley
Bambi
A solid option for those who've mastered contouring.
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Photo: Courtesy of Parker Chambers.
Garden Gnomes
This is much creepier than we expected.
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Photo: Courtesy of Erin Donnelly.
Erin dressed up as Kenny Rogers and her mother went as Dolly Parton. She said, "My mom happened to be visiting when my friends decided we should all go out. My mom's a blonde from Texas with erm, certain attributes I did not inherit, so Dolly seemed like a low-fuss costume. Unfortunately, I was asked if I was a "Wolf Man," got beer in my fake, spray-painted beard, and had to watch in horror as every 20-something guy in the pub hit on my mother, a married grandmother."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Whitney.
Wet Hot American Summer
Two of our favorite characters: Gene and Can of Vegetables.
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Photo: Courtesy of Claudia Sosa.
Corpse Bride
Tim Burton characters are always encouraged during Halloween.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Buxton.
Bugs Bunny & Marvin The Martian
Yep, that plume on top of that helmet is made with a dish scrubber.
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Photo: Courtesy of Meredith Vass.
Scream Queens
Silky robes, resting bitch faces, and a secret agenda.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elyssa Starkman
Sharknado
To quote the movie poster, "Enough said!"
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Photo: Courtesy of Emily Curl.
Whip & Neigh, Neigh
Good luck if you get separated from your pals, but this is a group costume that comes with its own dance move.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sara Coughlin.
Grady Twins
This is a great way for you and a fellow bridesmaid to get an extra wear out of a dress.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sam Nodelman
Poison Ivy
With a hot-glue gun and a yard of store-bought plastic ivy, you, too, can create a custom poison vest.
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Photo: Courtesy of Marin Moore.
Boo & Sully
A cute couple's costume, if you don't mind the fur.
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Photo: Courtesy of Meredith Vass.
Slash & Axl
Grab a bottle of Jack Daniels to complete this look, team.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aurea Sanabria.
Ursula
Instead of a Disney princess this year, be a Disney witch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Piera Gelardi.
Ziggy Stardust
A great option for those who already have an enviable vintage collection.
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Photo: Courtesy of Claudia Sosa.
Miss Argentina & Beetlejuice
That's a deep cut right there.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Buxton.
Rainbow
Prepare to debate the merits of indigo all evening.
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Photo: Courtesy of Serena Kerrigan.
Weed
Illegal in 46 states.
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Photo: Courtesy of Meredith Vass.
Effie Trinket & Seneca Crane
May the odds be ever in your favor.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aurea Sanabria.
Selena
A true goddess.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jeremy Jankowski.
Miley Cyrus
Sure, this might not be #relevant this year, but we can think of a few looks from 2016 Miley that'd warrant a similarly over-the-top take.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aaron Halevy
Ron Burgundy, Bad Luck, Bull Fighter Gwyneth Paltrow
Yes, that is a little ladder on top of her head, and a $2 bill and broken mirror hanging around her neck.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aaron Halevy.
A Lichtenstein
You're a piece of work, you know that?
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Photo: Courtesy of Marin Moore.
Sonic The Hedgehog & Tails
The white gloves really make this costume.
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Photo: Courtesy of Connie Wang.
Skankis Khan, Baberaham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Hoe
Because puns.
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Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com.
Instagram
Of course, the platform looks a little different these days, but with a cut-out sandwich board and the expectation of lots of photobombing, you'll be all set.
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