While there's nothing wrong with being a sexy George Washington or even throwing a sheet over your head at the very last minute to be a lazy ghost, Halloween offers such a nice opportunity to exude your highest creative self one weekend a year, it's a shame to let it go to waste. But we get it: it's hard. Costumes take thought, effort, money, and the most precious resource of all — time — to pull off. Getting those imaginative juices flowing can present quite the challenge when you've got a million things going on, which is why TV Guide decided to come through with, ahem, a guide to the best TV-inspired outfits early so you can knock that one big little thing off the list in advance.
Some of the best TV shows of 2019 provide killer inspirations for dope H'ween getups, so check out this list to "borrow" some ideas.
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Moira from Schitt's Creek
Queen of all things, Moira Rose (Catherine O'Hara) of Schitt's Creek might not be too pleased to learn her high-concept lewks have inspired Halloween costumes (actually, Moira might be thrilled about that), but there's no denying that her signature kooky getups would get instant recognition (and approval) from those who know. With a shaggy black faux fur shrug, a pirate's booty of costume jewelry, and yes, a statement wig (worn askew, obviously) you'll have Moira nailed, bebe.
ZombieCersei/Daenerys from Game of Thrones
Spoiler alert: Game of Thrones' final season sucked dragon eggs. Still, it'll live on in TV infamy till infinity, making a Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) or Cersei (Lena Headey) homage forever timeless. You can give these iconic characters a 2019 twist by zombifying them; add your best dead makeup to a Daenerys or Cersei costume and you're ready to battle fanboys who'll insist you got something wrong.
Nadia from Russian Doll
Russian Doll gave every hipster and every girl with a Natasha Lyonne crush the perfect Halloween costume that's also the total antithesis of the "slutty (fill in the blank)" look, and it's simple to pull off. Get a black blazer, a wig of fabulous wavy hair and, of course, a spritz of NYC swagger and you're set. Look at you, looking like a boss while transcending time and space!
Steve and Robin from Stranger Things
Fans of Stranger Things -- and come on, who isn't a fan of Stranger Things? — can't go wrong with a Scoops Ahoy costume à la Steve and Robin. This one's great if you're short on time too; everything you need is already packaged and ready to go.
Jules, Rue, or Kat from Euphoria
Venture off the well-trodden Halloween path with an homage to Euphoria, HBO's smash summer series that had Zendaya struggling with substance abuse... and standing next to co-stars in some of the most stunning makeup ever seen on TV. Dazzle the witches and robots at your party with over-the-top statement eyes inspired by Rue, Jules (Hunter Schafer), and Kat (Barbie Ferreira). Nab a palette of exquisite eye shadows in bold colors and pair it with an off-kilter Dolls Kills candy raver look to show your affinity for everyone's fave Gen Z hot messes.
Fleabag (with optionalHot Priest) from Fleabag
Serena from The Handmaid's Tale
No, a Handmaid's Tale costume isn't the most novel idea at this point — that is, if you're doing the iconic red cloak and bonnet that's become synonymous with the show. Donning a teal frock and sleeveless cloak like Serena Joy, though, will set you apart from all the other basic Of-whoevers.
Hazel and Cha Cha from The Umbrella Academy