The days in October are ticking away, which means you are running out of time to get your
Halloween costume ready! If you don't have any ideas yet, don't worry, because we've got lots of inspiration from pop culture. There are musicians and characters from buzzy movies and TV shows that we think would make great costumes, and we have ideas for exactly how you can pull each of them off. This set of suggestions is for the ladies, but stay tuned for costume ideas for guys and couples too.
Skeeter From The Help
What to wear: A super curly wig, '60s cat eye glasses, and a vintage dress. Carry around a notebook and pen.
How to act: Sassy but sweet, and super inquisitive. Write down anything interesting anyone says. Pepper your speech with lots of "sirs" and "ma'ams."
Photo courtesy of Disney
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Pan Am Stewardess
What to wear: A white blouse under a retro blue skirt suit, white gloves, little hat, and sensible heels. If you have a vintage Pan Am bag, all the better.
How to act: Very ladylike and polite; don't forget to salute often.
Photo copyright 2011 ABC, Inc.
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Katniss Everdeen From The Hunger Games
What to wear: Black shirt, olive cargo pants, a hooded jacket, and boots. Strap on a pack for your bow and arrow, fasten your hair into an efficient braid — and don't forget your Mockingjay pin.
How to act: Brave, but like everyone around you is trying to kill you.
Photo courtesy of Lionsgate
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What to wear: For Lady Gaga's male alter ego, throw on a wrinkled black jacket and pants, with a white, preferably grease-stained t-shirt underneath. Get a short black greaser wig and a costume cigarette.
How to act: Speak in a vague New Jersey accent, interrupt people, and don't stop puffing on your cigarette or sipping on your whiskey glass.
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Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger
What to wear: A short, tight dress, high heels, hoop earrings, and a long dark wig. Long red nails complete the look.
How to act: Judgmental, but like you know what's best for everyone. Tell anyone who has curly hair to straighten it, anyone who is wearing flats they should be wearing heels, and if they balk, just yell "THAT'S WHY YOU'RE STILL SINGLE!"
Photo courtesy of Bravo
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Jess From New Girl
What to wear: Retro black plastic glasses, flats, and either a vintage-looking girlie dress or a cardigan and a mini skirt. Top off with a long, dark curly wig with bangs.
How to act: Break into song whenever possible, and act generally crazy.
Photo courtesy of Fox
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Pregnant Bella From Breaking Dawn
What to wear: Accelerate Bella's Breaking Dawn pregnancy with a big baby bump, and don a T-shirt that says "Vampire Baby on Board." Carry around a cup of red Kool-Aid with a straw in it. Wear a wedding ring too — that's a honeymoon baby.
How to act: Protective of your belly, but weak and pretty freaked out.
Photo courtesy of Summit
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What to wear: A sequined tuxedo jacket over a white button-down shirt, and black stretchy pants pulled over a big fake baby bump. Throw open the jacket and rub the belly every time you enter a new room.
How to act: Unbelievably happy — and don't forget to throw your microphone around like it ain't no thing.
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Max From 2 Broke Girls
What to wear: A mustard yellow dress with a red apron, big earrings, and red lipstick. Carry a notepad to begrudgingly take meal orders.
How to act: Snap your gum and don't take any guff from anyone. You don't have time for this.
Photo courtesy of CBS
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Lisbeth Salander From The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
What to wear: Lots of black! Rock a hoodie under a leather jacket and sling a black messenger bag around you. Wear a ton of black eyeliner, cut a short black wig into a sharp, asymmetrical haircut, and affix fake piercings to your face. If you take off your jacket, make sure you've got a dragon tattoo hidden under there.
How to act: As introverted and hostile as possible, but don't speak much.
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures
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What to wear: Long dark wig, a purple tank, and a colorful backpack.
How to act: Like you're having fun fun fun fun. Oh, and never stop singing "Friday."
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Daenarys From Game of Thrones
What to wear: A white wig pulled halfway up, a low slung skirt, and a teeny tiny top you've cut from burlap. Finish off with some fingerless leather gloves.
How to act: Quietly confident.
Photo courtesy of HBO
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Emma Frost From X-Men: First Class
What to wear: A '60s-inspired tight fitting white jumpsuit and white boots, a blond wig, and diamond accessories.
How to act: Cold as ice.
Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
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Kathy Beth Terry
What to wear: For Katy Perry's nerdy character, put a denim vest over a pink turtleneck, and wear a mismatched skirt, socks, and shoes. Pick up some big, unflattering glasses, tape the bridge, and wear your retainer in public if you have one.
How to act: Like an excited dork.
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What to wear: To be the YouTube sensation and "Gucci Gucci" singer, fashion a headband into Minnie Mouse-esque ears, give yourself some exaggerated cat eye liner, and toss on some doorknocker earrings with your midriff top. Fake tattoos are a plus.
How to act: Like you don't have to listen to anybody, especially fancy people wearing designer labels.
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