Kelly and Yorkie from "Black Mirror's" Emmy-Winning episode "San Junipero"
Pickle Rick from "Rick and Morty"
Peter and Dylan from "American Vandal"
Elvis and Audrey from "Big Little Lies"
Selina Meyer and Gary Walsh from "Veep"
Lenny Belardo and His 'Roo from "The Young Pope"
Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal from "Game of Thrones"
Baby Jane from "Feud: Bette and Joan”
Starfleet Crew or Tardigrade, "Star Trek”
A Resident of Gilead From "The Handmaid's Tale”
One of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling from “GLOW”
The G.R., Kevin and Nora, or Lion Orgy Member from "The Leftovers"
The Delos Techs from "Westworld"
Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer from "Saturday Night Live"
Paul Reiser (Mr. Getty) from "Red Oaks"
The "Let's Generalize About Men" Squad from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Ash and the Deadites From "Ash vs. Evil Dead"
Janet and Jason, aka Jianyu, from "The Good Place"
Queen Elizabeth II from "The Crown”
Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz from “BoJack Horseman”
The Women of "Twin Peaks," Classic or 2017
Costume Essentials: Floral cardigan and curly hair for Lucy; Twin Peaks deputy’s uniform for Andy; full-on “Wild One” ensemble for Wally Brando.
Why It’s a Great Idea: This takes the couple’s costume to the next logical conclusion if you have a friend, kid, or even pet you want to dress up as Wally Brando.
Costume Essentials: Large glasses, knee-length khaki shorts, pink shirt with powder blue striped sweater for Yorkie; bedazzled jewel-toned jacket, chandelier earrings, multiple bead necklaces, crimped hair for Kelly.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Simply put, they’re the best thing that ever happened to “Black Mirror.” Swoon.
Costume Essentials: Pickle suit, uninflated, thin pink balloons (for rat sinew), kabob skewers (for rodent bones), advanced martial arts skills
Why It’s a Great Idea: Even if you don’t flip around the room or dismember four legged creatures, make it a house rule that every time someone takes a shot, you get to shout “PICKLE RIIIIIIIIIIICK!” Get into the full spirit and be sure to evade any and all questions about your relationship with your family. And if you’re in the greater LA area, call up Danny Trejo and see if he wants to reprise Jaguar. He seems like a cool dude — maybe he’ll come with you!
Costume Essentials: Handheld digital camera, evidence-covered corkboard, spray paint, a loaf of bread.
Why It’s a Great Idea: “American Vandal” is the high school comedy the world didn’t know it needed. Find the Dylan to your Peter (or vice versa) and go on an investigation at your chosen Halloween event. Hang printouts of the cars on the wall, examine the technique, sift through everyone’s social media posts to find key details lurking in the background. (And then, if you’re the Dylan, pull an inexplicable prank before you leave and make sure the party lasts on YouTube well past October.)
Costume Essentials: Depends on the Elvis and Audrey, but sunglasses and pearls seem needed no matter what
Why It’s a Great Idea: The key to a “Big Little Lies” costume, funnily enough, is two people: Though HBO’s empowering limited series served to illustrate what women can do when they come together and take down the man, you kind of need a guy (or a girl) to pull off this layered look. Drawing inspiration from the instantly iconic series finale, you and your boo can grab whatever Elvis Presley costume you prefer and pair it with any Audrey Hepburn character you adore. Now, it would be best to line up with one of the couples in the show — a.k.a. Jailhouse Elvis should be with Eliza Doolittle — but mixing and matching could still work, just in case one of you is a mega Laura Dern fan and the other is all about Adam Scott. So grab your dresses, primp up that coif, and practice your karaoke. Just hope your party doesn’t end in murder.
Costume Essentials: A presidential smile and dress; a suit and an authentic Leviathan
Why It’s a Great Idea: Again, this might work best as a couple’s costume, but if you’re looking to emulate a president everyone can get behind or a bagman who always wants to be behind her (in every sense of the phrase), “Veep”-up! Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer only needs a formal dress and a presidential smile (unless you want to go as Cowgirl Selina), while all Gary needs is his trusted Leviathan and an encyclopedic knowledge ready to be shared in Selina’s ear at the drop of a water bottle. OK, a suit wouldn’t hurt either. Gary is a consummate professional.
Costume Essentials: White bedsheet robes, white pope hat, golden crucifix, can of Cherry Coke Zero as a prop; Pal dresses as a kangaroo with ears and a pouch. (Or just carry around a kangaroo stuffed animal.) Why It’s a Great Idea: This is an unusual couples costume that reveals your uncommonly good and quirky taste in television. You can go around christening babies, blessing things, and then conferring with heads of state, or at least people who are dressed like them.
Costume Essentials: Bat wings as dragon wings, baseball cap altered to be dragon head (felt eyes, teeth), blowout noisemakers as the fire, matching pants and top of the following colors: Drogon wears black, Viserion wears white/grey/pale blue, Rhaegal wears green. Funky characters of Daenerys and the Night King riding on the shoulders of Drogon and Viserion. Why It’s a Great Idea: The dragons were the game-changers this year, and to have a dragon civil war would be something to behold. Also, there will be plenty of Khaleesis to sidle up to at parties. Dracarys indeed!
Costume Essentials: Flouncy dress, white facepaint, old-fashioned wig.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Because you don’t just get to say “I’m dressed as Baby Jane from ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.'” You get to say “I’m dressed as Susan Sarandon dressed as Bette Davis dressed as Baby Jane from ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'”! If a person doesn’t get bored and walk away before you finish that sentence, you know you’ve found a new friend.
Costume Essentials: You can literally find any era of Starfleet uniform for sale online, from adult to infant sizes, though there’s always plenty of room to get creative, especially when you consider the fun that “Star Trek: Discovery” has been having this season. (You and your partner could wear matching pajamas like Stamets and Culber! Or with the right mask and a few extra arms, you could be Ripper the Tardigrade!)
Why It’s a Great Idea: Space ain’t boring, you know. What could be more fun than spending the night pretending your job takes you to the final frontier?
Costume Essentials: A red robe with a hood, a white bonnet, and an appropriately downcast attitude. Optional: bruises or a ruined eye to depict specific Handmaids like Offred or Ofwarren. And if you’re feeling more ambitious, there’s always teaming up with a group. Bring some Commanders or Wives or Jezebels into the mix!
Why It’s a Great Idea: Not only will you be simultaneously making a powerful political statement and celebrating one of the year’s great shows, the robe will surely keep you warm in colder temperatures and while not particularly flattering, is likely much more comfortable than your standard sexy cat costume.
Why It’s a Great Idea: The beautiful body-positive attitude of Netflix’s delightful comedy about a real-life troupe of women who became bad-ass professional wrestlers means that there’s no reason to feel like you’re not in good enough shape to don a leotard and sport some attitude. Whether you’re a “Zoya the Destroya,” a “Machu Picchu,” or a “Liberty Bell.”
Costume Essentials: Bleach and the willingness to use it on everything you own; old age makeup; a lion headdress and/or full-frontal nudity
Why It’s a Great Idea: It wouldn’t be Halloween without Ann Dowd’s army of white walkers ominously standing in neighborhoods nationwide, so by all means grab your legal pads and get to smoking. But we’ve got a more timely idea for 2017: Rather than go as any old elderly couple, be the elderly couple of the future! Kevin and Nora, circa 2037, require just a few tweaks to the old age outfits sold in costume shops nationwide. So put that old-age makeup to good use and spend your night dancing to Otis Redding, chasing goats up a hill, and releasing doves of love to little old eskimos. That, or if you’re looking for something a little less romantic, lion orgy costumes look easy enough.
Costume Essentials: Waterproof butcher’s apron, red arm-length latex gloves, innate fear of sentient technology.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Yes, you can dress up as Dolores or the Man in Black, but think of all the quizzical looks you’ll get when people ask you if you’re Scarlet O’Hara or Johnny Cash. Dress up like a Delos tech, adopt some snark and carelessness for no particular reason, get a freshly cropped fade haircut (or a beard, faint combover combo), and cower in fear at any complicated piece of technology in the room. Bonus points if you’re subservient to any android-adjacent character that walks through the door.
Costume Essentials: Ill-fitting suit, ugly tie, bags under your eyes, podium (could just be a sandwich board, or you can go all-out with a Segway. Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls to illustrate your point. Leave your integrity at home.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Unisex costume. Make a mockery of someone who made a mockery out of the truth.
Costume Essentials: White short shorts, white shoes, white calf-length socks, a white polo, and a neon headband (for fun!)
Why It’s a Great Idea: Is that an ‘80s tennis instructor? Well, with shorts that short, a wooden racket, and a headband so neon it makes George Michael cringe, I think that’s gotta be an ‘80s tennis instructor. Who would go to a Halloween party in 2017 as an ‘80s tennis instructor? Maybe we should ask him. Hey, man, so… Oh, it’s from a show? “Red Oaks?” Is that an old show? Oh, it’s on right now? It’s streaming? Huh. OK, well, good for you, buddy. Enjoy the obscurity.
Costume Essentials: Pastel skirt/blazer combos, ‘80s hair accessories, triangle earrings, make blatant/accurate/incisive assumptions about 3.6 billion people
Why It’s a Great Idea: On their own, the individual folks from West Covina could be hits. (Just think of group costume of Darryl, Heather, and Father Brah.) But grab some cues from any of the show’s great musical sequences and you might have a hit. Take aim at the patriarchy with three of your closest friends and bring a cordless bluetooth speaker in case anyone asks you to do the choreography. (And bring plenty of hairspray.)
Costume Essentials: Your boomstick, a chainsaw, and makeup
Why It’s a Great Idea: The ageless horror icon is perfect for any fan, considering how long Bruce Campbell has been busting out the boomstick. So if you’re approaching the age where you might need a man girdle to fit into your outfit, that’s cool. So’s a baby who might be a member of the deadite army. Put the two together, and you’ll be the coolest parent/kid duo on the block. Just don’t forget the chainsaw.
Costume Essentials: Mandarin-collared white PJs or rust-colored track suit for Jason’s monk attire; brightly printed blouse with bow accent under a matching vest and skirt combo, preferably in a cool color palate for Janet. Carry food packed w/ punny names. Perpetual smiles and love in your heart.
Why It’s a Great Idea: They’re two of our favorite and yet underrated characters on “The Good Place,” and their cheery attitudes will be delightful to have around. This couples costume will be a hit.
Costume Essentials: A cardigan/sweater set, pearls, tartan skirt, big-ass crown.
Why It’s a Great Idea: The Netflix drama outfitted Claire Foy in some truly stunning ensembles, but there’s something relatively iconic about her tentatively putting on her crown while otherwise looking like any average young woman in the 1950s. Because after all, Elizabeth might have been royalty, but she was still also a person.
Costume Essentials: Gopher mask, lobster claws, giant printout of the California State Seal, disdain for radical changes in the gubernatorial election process
Why It’s a Great Idea: The main characters of BoJack are a fine group costume idea any year. (If you can pull off the yellow face paint to be Mr. Peanutbutter in a couple’s costume, you’ve transcended to another Halloween plane.) But for Season 4 newcomers, few characters made as lasting an impression as Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz, Governor of California. Even if you don’t have Andre Braugher’s silky pipes (because let’s face it, no one does except for Andre Braugher), you can make a big show of having to switch between various arm appendages throughout the night. Make those handshakes awkward. Lament at your inability to scoop anything out from the chip bowl. Fumble with the TV remote. Become Woodchuck.
Costume Essentials: Log, cardigan, and glasses for Log Lady; White wig, vibrant clothes, matching multi-colored nail polish, cigarettes and vodka martini for Diane; putty to cover eyes and cute PJs and bathrobe for Naido; eye patch and gold shovel for Nadine; waitress uniform for Shelly or Norma; elegant ‘30s-style gown with elaborate collar, jewelry and vamp-ish makeup, topped with a fascinator for Señorita Dido (carry a gold ball); pink showgirl dress for Candie, Sandie or Mandie
Why It’s a Great Idea: While there will be countless Agent Coopers, Dougies, and Evil Coopers out there on Halloween, this year’s revival actually created some fun female characters that actually stayed alive!