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.