How To Be 2018's Best TV Characters This Halloween

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There are few outlets more ripe for Halloween costume inspiration than television. There's a reason a new show is always trending on Twitter or breaking the internet over on Reddit. Everyone loves to talk about TV. When you're planning a Halloween costume, that's precisely what you want: something instantly recognizable or an outfit that will get a conversation started.
Thankfully, quite a few new series — or TV episodes — of 2018 have popped enough that they'll fit perfectly into your Halloween plans. Really into enormous, feminine gowns with a hint of danger behind them? There's both a TV assassin and a creepy HBO mom for that. Do you prefer cozy cuts of denim for Halloween? Some teen shows are waiting to inspire you.
Keep reading to find out which new series will be your perfect costume inspiration, and exactly how to recreate your must-have small-screen looks.
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Villanelle In Killing Eve

Honestly, no other character will supply more Halloween inspiration than Villanelle (Jodie Comer, leading Emmys snub). As an international assassin, she sported everything from a sexy nurse outfit to a massive fuzzy coat throughout season 1 of her BBC America thriller. But, of course, if you’re going to be Villanelle, you need that pink dress for your costume — the humongous, frilly one from Killing Eve’s second episode, “I'll Deal With Him Later.”

What you need for the costume: A huge pink ruffled dress like this one, black boots, a black bra or tank top, an updo, and a pained, bored expression.
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The Preaker Women In Sharp Objects

Speaking of diaphanous-but-bizarre pink gowns, you could also pick one up for a Sharp Objects costume. If you’re going to be anyone from HBO’s Southern gothic murder mystery, the obvious choice is Adora Preaker-Crellin (Patricia Clarkson) of breakfast gown fame. But, all three of the Preaker women would also make a good group costume.

What you need for the costume:

For Adora: A flowing pink gown like this one, morning heels, some light-colored barrettes, and a threatening expression.

For Camille Preaker (Amy Adams): All black clothing. So much black, rumpled clothing.

For Amma Crellin (Eliza Scanlen): When you see the finale, you’ll know exactly what you need to do.
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The Queer Eye Guys

If you’re lucky enough to have exactly four other friends who also love heart-warming reality TV, welcome to your best possible group costume: the Queer Eye guys. Thankfully, the men of the Fab Five have such unique senses of fashion, this will be super easy to recreate.

What you need for the costume:

For Antoni Porowski: A Strokes or A Little Life-related t-shirt like this one, medium-wash skinny jeans, an avocado, and an affable expression.

For Bobby Berk: Some sort of bowler hat, a button-up with a bow tie, and blueprints. So. Many. Blueprints.

Jonathan Van Ness: Luscious locks, luscious lounge wear.

Karamo Brown: A bomber jacket, duh.

Tan France: A printed short-sleeve button down, French-tucked.
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Alyssa & James In The End Of The F***ing World

Netflix’s The End Of The F***ing World was one of the best shows of 2018, hands down. Luckily, you can remind everyone of this fact come October 31 with an extremely easy, thrift store-friendly costume idea: Alyssa (Jessica Barden) and James’ (Alex Lawther) big post-murder transformation.

What you need for the costume:

For Alyssa: Any '90s-style floral babydoll dress, a super blonde wig with blunt bangs, and a huge brown jacket that could easily belong to someone’s dad.

For James: Any brightly colored Hawaiian shirt and some medium-wash boyfriend jeans.
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The Riverdale Cast In The Musical Episode

Tired: Going as the Riverdale cast for Halloween.

Wired: Going as the Riverdale cast in-costume as their Carrie: The Musical characters for Halloween. Especially since those Riverdale musical episode 1970s looks couldn't have been more Halloween-ready. Characterception!

What you need for the costume:

For Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) as Sue Snell and Chris Hargensen: A 70s-appropriate sweater, mandatory high-waisted, light-wash bell bottoms, a brown belt, and a barrel-rolled blonde or brunette wig, depending on which Riverdale teen you're going for.

For Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) as Norma: A rainbow tee, a red cap, and those mandatory high-waisted, light-wash bell bottoms.

For Cheryl Blossom in her own full-blown Carrie White moment: A pink satin prom dress and either a crown and sash, or a bunch of fake blood, which you will need to drench yourself in. Possibly a candelabra, depending on your dedication.
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Tom & Greg In Succession

Succession is the show that snuck up on all of us, and, at this point, it’s highly likely TV fans everywhere will still be in the throes of the Roy family chaos come October. So, celebrate the absolute best members of HBO’s most monstrous family — Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) and Tom (Matthew McFayden), of course — on Halloween. Preferably from that time they tried ortolan.

What you need for the costume: One friend, business suits of your chosen styling, and, most importantly, a cloth napkin like this one right here affixed to the tops of your heads.
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Sabrina Of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

This is preemptive, as we won’t meet TV’s brand new Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) until the very end of October when The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina premieres on Friday the 26. That doesn’t mean you can’t start stocking up on the essentials for a costume that will surely be all the rage come Halloween.

What you need for the costume: For now, a retro red coat like this one and a blonde lob. When the series drops, expect some more macabre, shocking options.

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