Halloween Costumes Inspired By 10 Film, Lit and TV Characters

Liz Doupnik
Halloween Costumes Inspired By 10 Film, Lit and TV Characters
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Crunch time for Halloween costumes is fast approaching, and there’s no better way to throw together a cool, creative ensemble than to look to your favorite characters from movies, books, and TV for inspiration.

Here, we rounded up some clever costume ideas that are both simple to execute and easily recognizable. Check them out and let us know who you’re planning to be this year!

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Down to get a little dark? Consider dressing up as our favorite angst-ridden character, Margot Tenenbaum from the classic flick "The Royal Tenenbaums" (as played to perfection by Gwyneth Paltrow).

What You'll Need: Red hair barrette, fur jacket, striped polo dress, and angsty black eyeliner.

Photo: Touchstone Pictures 2001/

When "Great Expectations" hit the silver screen in the late '90s, we fell for the character of Ms. Dinsmoor (the reinterpreted, scorned lunatic of the book's Miss Havisham). We're considering this one for ourselves -- check out those accessories! 

What You'll Need: Printed kimono, layers of pearl necklaces, serious cocktail rings, flipped hair and flaking, dramatic makeup.

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox 1998/

"101 Dalmatians" villain Cruella DeVille may require you to play with a streak of hair dye, but it's totally worth it because you'll get to stay wrapped up in a warm coat all evening. 

What You'll Need: White-and-black floor-length fur coat, gray hair dye, a cigarette holder.

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures 1996/

If you haven't seen "Clan of the Cave Bear," hightail it to Netflix immediately. There's plenty of costume inspiration to found in Daryl Hannah's fur-clad character.

What You'll Need: A suede skirt, neutral toned sheet/blanket, a fur (faux or otherwise!) scarf

Photo: Warner Bros. 1986/

With all the retro references swirling around the collections, recreating January Jones' "Mad Men" character Betty Draper should be a cinch.

What You'll Need: A-line midi skirt, fitted sweater set, pearl necklace, patterned silk scarf, serious attitude.

Photo: Lionsgate Television/

Remember childhood story, Madeline? Her adorable navy cape and hat are just screaming to be revisited this Halloween.

What You'll Need: Royal blue cape, white ankle socks, loafers, yellow pork pie hat with ribbon, and an adorable French accent.

Photo: Ludwig Bemelmans/

"True Blood" sweetheart Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin) may be a vampire (and drama) magnet, but she totally rocks that waitress outfit.

What You'll Need: Tight white T-shirt, black shorts, apron, homemade Merlotte's emblem, and a little blood on the neck for good measure. 

Photo: John P. Johnson, HBO 2008/

It seems like just about everyone is vibing on the 1970s right now and Penny Lane — Kate Hudson's beloved character from "Almost Famous" is the decade's poster girl — from her wavy locks to her John Lennon sunglasses.

What You'll Need: Bell bottoms, shearling fur coat, tinted sunglasses, lightweight crop top, a curling iron

Photo: Columbia Pictures 2000/

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the classic film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is always an easy (and high-style) option. 

What You'll Need: A little black dress, pearl necklaces, elbow-length gloves, and an old-school cigarette holder.

Photo: Jurrow-Shepherd 1961/

We loved Angelina Jolie as the 1980s supermodel Gia in the award-winning HBO flick. Whether you want to go with a slightly-creased model uniform or full-out editorial looks, there's plenty to pick from.

What You'll Need: High-waist jeans, oversized white button-down, disheveled makeup or an over-the-top 1980s dress.

Photo: HBO Pictures 1998/

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