13 Under The Radar Halloween Costumes Modeled After Cult Movie Characters

Lo-tech solutions for a last-minute world. As cobbled together with t-shirts and a visit to your local thrift shop.

1. Goose from “Top Gun”

Year: 1986

What You Need: dog tags, mustache, aviator shades, Firebirds sweatshirt, board shorts, athletic tape wrapped at the wrists, flip-flops.

Best Quote: “Come on, Mav, do some of that pilot shit!”

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2. Tony D’Annunzio from “Caddyshack”

Year: 1980

What You Need: cigarette dangled at a lazy angle, Bushwood CC t-shirt, golf glove (right hand), black slacks, thin brown belt, messy mop of black hair.

Best Quote: “What do you got in here, rocks?”

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3. Darla Marks from “Dazed And Confused”

Year: 1976 (via 1993)

What You Need: red, crescent-shaped earrings, Seniors 77 t-shirt, ketchup cannons, striped or plaid shorts, knee-high tube socks, running sneaks or trainers, resting bitch face, an air of entitlement.

Best Quote: “Wipe that face off your head, bitch.”

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4. Bob Wiley from “What About Bob?”

Year: 1991

What You Need: Don’t Hassle Me I’m Local t-shirt, orange life jacket (about $12 on Amazon), Bill Murray hair, plastic goldfish (his beloved pet, Gil) in a jar roped around your neck , olive green-ish cutoffs, clunky black shoes.

Best Quote: “There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t. My ex-wife loves him.”

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5. Dave Stoller from “Breaking Away”

Year: 1979

What You Need: open-fingered gloves (beige or white), Cutters t-shirt, black cycling shorts, red helmet with #34 on the side (use paint or electrical tape to dial in the details), black Nike sneakers, compression wrap below the right knee, road rash artfully applied on the left arm, shoulder, and leg.

Best Quote: “Buon giorno, papa!”

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6. Nigel from “This Is Spinal Tap”

Year: 1984

What You Need: cigarette, some sort of crazy mullet wig (use hair dye to match the color), Green Skeleton t-shirt (cut into a tank top), black jeans, black leather jacket, guitar (optional but will help sell the look).

Best Quote: “This is my exact inner structure, done in a tee shirt. Exactly medically accurate. See?”

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7. Cameron Frye from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Year: 1986

What You Need: black suspenders AND belt (your pants will never fall down again), khaki-colored khakis, Caduceus t-shirt, black dress shoes, Red Wings hockey jersey (optional), crippling insecurities leavened with neurotic self-doubt.

Best Quote: “Call me sir! Goddamn it!”

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8. Gene from “Wet Hot American Summer”

Year: 1981 (via 2001)

What You Need: purple bandana, goatee, blue tank top trimmed at the waist and with a pronounced v-neck, chef’s apron, blue jeans, clunky shoes, a can of mixed vegetables, dick cream.

Best Quote: “Well, it is. But see if you can follow me here… it …isn’t.”

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9. Stiles from “Teen Wolf”

Year: 1985

What You Need: moxie, an entrepreneurial spirit, What Are You Looking At Dicknose t-shirt, red belt, electric blue or turquoise pants (these should be tight, mind you), running sneakers, black sunglasses, Members Only jacket (optional), foppish wig.

Best Quote: “Can you do that anytime you want?”

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10. Coach Steroid from “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”

Year: 1979

What You Need: stopwatch, clipboard, whistle, medal, gray sweatpants, Chuck Taylor sneakers, Vince Lombardi High School t-shirt, curly hair.

Best Quote: “GEE!”

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11. Carey Mahoney from “Police Academy”

Year: 1984

What You Need: fro hair, One In The Oven ringer t-shirt (cropped at the arms and waist), sexy cut-off jorts, Adidas sneakers, suitcase (optional), pershing-style police hat, gumption.

Best Quote: “Sir. Look, sir, new pants.”

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12. Ron Slater from “Dazed And Confused”

Year: 1976 (via 1993)

What You Need: scally cap, arches eyebrows, wig, Pot Leaf shirt, green jeans or cords, Chuck Taylors, joint (you’re on your own for that…).

Best Quote: “Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man.”

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13. Jack Burton from “Big Trouble In Little China”

Year: 1986

What You Need: mullet wig, Fu Manchu tank top, faded blue jeans, motorcycle boots (with pant leg tucked inside), knife, Intratec Tec 9 machine gun (cap tip: IMFDB.com), reflexes, shoulder muscles, Harley Davidson trucker cap.

Best Quote: “I’m a reasonable guy. But, I’ve just experienced some very unreasonable things.”

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