Elisa Esposito and/or The Asset from “The Shape of Water”
Literally Anyone (or Everyone) from “Baby Driver”
Joe Bang!! from “Logan Lucky”
Georgina from “Get Out”
The Boss Baby from “The Boss Baby”
Miss Farnsworth and Her Students from “The Beguiled”
Officer K and Rick Deckard from “Blade Runner 2049”
Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs from “Battle of the Sexes”
Tonya Harding from “I, Tonya”
Ingrid Thorburn and Taylor Sloane from “Ingrid Goes West”
Hank Marlow from “Kong: Skull Island”
Logan from “Logan”
Pennywise from “It”
A porg from “The Last Jedi”
Costume Essentials: A white sheet; a willingness to accept your small place in the infinite continuum of time and space.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Offering a fresh spin on the most classic Halloween costume of them all, the silent protagonist of David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” is the perfect choice for anyone interested in maximum impact with minimum effort. In fact, this timeless outfit is best served by staying home on Halloween, staring wistfully at trick-or-treaters from behind a window or watching helplessly as they rummage around your house. For added effect, bury a Mr. Goodbar in the walls of your house and spend most of the evening trying to dig it out.
Costume Essentials: A floor-length pink blouse, a green belt, an insatiable hunger for capitalism.
Why It’s a Great Idea: More than just a (darkly ironic) opportunity for vegetarians to show some pride in their dietary choices, dressing as the sinister CEO from Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” would be a great way to gauge how many people are actually watching Netflix’s original movies. Bonus points for anyone who accents their costume with a pig, a hippo, or a very demented Jake Gyllenhaal.
Costume Essentials: A, uh, Wonder Woman costume. Also, a burning desire to bring down the patriarchy.
Why It’s a Great Idea: What’s better than Wonder Woman? A zillion Wonder Women. Just because Diana Prince is sure to be the year’s most popular film-related Halloween costume doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear her with pride. That being said, there are ways to stand out from the crowd while showing your Amazonian pride. One idea: Give a nod to “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” and kink things up with a lo-fi, homemade riff on the character. Or you can dress up as the iconic “Awkward Framing Device Wonder Woman” by rocking a bowler hat and a pair of round glasses and carrying around the print-out of a “thank you” email to Bruce Wayne.
Costume Essentials: 12 friends and a very high-brow audience (for starters).
Why It’s a Great Idea: The year’s best squad costume, these 13 characters — all of whom receive their own vignette in Julian Rosefeldt’s fragmented examination of 20th Century manifestos — might only be familiar to a certain crowd, but your cinephile friends will probably explode when you roll into the party as a baker’s dozen of Blanchetts. And pulling this off might not be as difficult as it seems, so long as everyone takes care of their own look. There’s even room for someone to drop the ball, as the 13th Blanchett never actually appears on screen, she just lights a fuse while quoting Karl Marx.
Costume Essentials: A two-tone wig, a very dark pair of sunglasses, and an unlikely friendship.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Imitating Agnès Varda is always a great idea, but she’s never been as much of an inspiration as she is in the new documentary “Faces Places,” for which she teamed up with visual artist JR and drove around the French countryside taking enormous photographs of the working-class people she met along the way. These two are a cinematic duo for the ages, and they’re also ideal costumes for couples who like to bicker adorably. Just don’t forget to bring a Polaroid camera when you go out for the night — and if you run into anyone dressed up as Jean-Luc Godard, make sure to let him know that he’s a dirty rat.
Costume Essentials: A red Ecko jacket, a black hoodie, a scruffy beard, and a really twisted sense of what it means to do right by your loved ones.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Like a modern Sidney Lumet story that’s been shot entirely in blacklight, the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time” takes New York City crime thrillers back to the streets, and it gives Robert Pattinson the role of a lifetime in the process. An antsy bank robber who just wants to do right by his challenged brother, Connie Nikas is the perfect look for anyone who likes their Halloween long, dark, and full of bad decisions.
Costume Essentials: A grey body suit, a blue cape, the swagger of the gods.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Literally every character in “Thor: Ragnarok” could make for an all-time Halloween costume, but only one of them gives you the chance to dress up as the physical embodiment of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Costume Essentials: A red hairband/jacket/shoes, a blue blouse, little scars along your neck, a fish-man to fall in love with.
Why It’s a Great Idea: “The Shape of Water” may not hit theaters until December, but movie fans the world over have already fallen in love with the couple at the heart of Guillermo del Toro’s latest fairy tale (and it’s not as if your costume will be easily confused for the characters from all those other period romances about mute janitors who lust after humanoid fish monsters). Of course, one part of this costume is much easier than the other, but there’s no need to despair: If you’re flying solo or lacking the prosthetic wizardy required to bring a merman to life, simply accent your Elisa Esposito outfit with a goldfish and stare longingly — but silently — into its beady little eyes all night.
Costume Essentials: Earbuds, shades, some very attractive friends, and a need for speed.
Why It’s a Great Idea: “Baby Driver” may not be geared for the same sort of midnight madness that fuels Edgar Wright’s other films, but the surprise summer hit is perfect for anyone looking to add some swagger to their Halloween. Baby himself is easy as pie (just don’t get so hyped on “Bellbottoms” that you bowl over a pack of small children as you shift and squelch your way towards that last peanut butter cup). Bats and Buddy only require a lot of leather and the attitude that comes with it. Darling and Debra are tough on their own, but essential to making this one of the best group ideas of the year. And if you happen to own a red Subaru WRX, you owe it to everyone in your neighborhood to make this happen.
Costume Essentials: A striped jumpsuit, some bleach, a hot mess of prison tattoos, and an inexhaustible willingness to say “in-car-suh-ray-ted” in a super intense Southern accent on command.
Why It’s a Great Idea: “Logan Lucky” may not have been the game-changing late summer smash that it should have been, but rascally safecracker Joe Bang!! has nevertheless emerged as a blue-blooded American icon. With the right voice work, a studied cackle, and a prop arm hidden behind you’re back, you won’t even need any help from the Logan boys to steal the spotlight this Halloween. Just be sure to stay away from any pneumatic tubes and you’ll be fine.
Costume Essentials: A maid’s outfit, a demonic passive-aggressive smile.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Nothing on screen this year has been scarier than Betty Gabriel’s possessed maid shaking her head: “No. No no no no no no.” With a little bit of practice, you too might be able to personify the systemic evils that percolate beneath the most terrifying horror film of 2017.
Costume Essentials: A baby, a baby-sized suit, an understanding that your child will hate you for this one day.
Why It’s a Great Idea: There are only so many movie-themed costumes that work for the adorable little human you just made, and Boss Baby is definitely one of them. It may not be the most creative choice in the world — it fact, it may be the least creative choice in the world — but everyone on your street will get it immediately. Even better, you don’t have to dress up at all (please think twice about rocking the purple and green shirts that the parents wore in the movie, as there’s a fine line between cute and tragic). Just remember: Cookies are for closers.
Costume Essentials: A lot of frilly dresses, a half-gallon of fake blood, Colin Farrell.
Why It’s a Great Idea: A violent rejoinder to the skimpy getups that tend to dominate the season, the 19th Century ladies of Miss Farnsworth’s School for Abandoned Southern White Girls are not as prim and proper as they seem. These “vengeful bitches” would make a killer group costume for anyone who happens to have six sisters and a hunky boyfriend, but “The Beguiled” is also fine inspiration for those flying solo; all you need to capture the essence of Miss Farnsworth is a pair of hungry eyes and a hacksaw.
Costume Essentials: A leather jacket, a lazy friend, and some deep existential concerns about what it truly means to be “alive.”
Why It’s a Great Idea: You know that friend who doesn’t really want to do anything for Halloween, but just can’t say no to a lifetime’s worth of free candy? This is for him. He doesn’t even have to dress up or pretend that he’s happy to be there! For added effect, don’t tell people who you’re supposed to be unless they sign an NDA.
Why It’s a Great Idea: At a time when Bobby Riggs is practically the President of the United States, “Battle of the Sexes” reminded us that nobody has ever wiped misogyny off the court quite like Billie Jean King. Wonder Woman might be all the rage this Halloween, but some tennis whites and the right early-’70s eyewear are really all you need to show off your service game.
Costume Essentials: A sequined and skin-tight nylon dress, a cigarette, a metal rod, and an alibi.
Why It’s a Great Idea: After 20 years of being nothing but a great idea for a Halloween costume, Tonya Harding is finally get her second shot at stardom thanks to Margot Robbie’s transformative lead performance in the upcoming biopic, “I, Tonya.” Go for the gold by ditching the irony and embracing America’s not-so-sweetheart with the sincere affection she may (or may not!) actually deserve.
Costume Essentials: Red overalls, a yellow shirt, an iPhone, and a hint of desperation.
Why It’s a Great Idea: An inspired choice for anyone who wants to spend Halloween with their bestie (and could use an excuse to be on Instagram all night long), the pathologically superficial girls from “Ingrid Goes West” couldn’t be better suited to a holiday about pretending to be someone you’re not. Just be sure to incessantly document the evening on social media, and don’t stop until every single one of your followers knows that you’re having the best Halloween ever. #Blessed, indeed.
Costume Essentials: A really dirty flight suit, a beard, a bone of some kind.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Because you’ve spent the last 10 years going as John C. Reilly’s character from “Step Brothers” and your friends are starting to get worried. Time to mix things up. King Kong may have been the main attraction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ blockbuster reboot, but Mr. Hank Marlow — who’s been stranded on Skull Island since World War II, and has clearly lost his mind somewhere along the way — is every bit as memorable.
Costume Essentials: Scruff, claws, and a death wish.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Potentially the year’s best father-daughter costume, Logan also works solo for anyone who’s always wanted to dress up as Wolverine but didn’t have enough yellow spandex or hair gel to pull it off. Got six claws, a dirty mouth, and a few empty bottles of Jack? This is your time to shine.
Costume Essentials: Clown makeup, a red balloon, a willingness to permanently traumatize young children.
Why It’s a Great Idea: Not that people really needed another reason to be terrified of clowns, but the blockbuster success of “It” has certainly reaffirmed our collective fear of these circus performers, with Pennywise emerging as one of the year’s scariest orange-haired monsters (an unusually competitive category in 2017). For maximum effect, spend the night lurking in a suburban gutter.