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    21 Spooktacular TV And Movie Halloween Costumes Ranked From "Meh" To "Magical"

    It's the spookiest time of the year.

    21. This toasted marshmallow ensemble worn by Rachel in The Kissing Booth 2.

    Rachel in giant toasted marshmallow costume and mini marshmallow headpiece
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    I think we can all agree that the creativity was there, especially when it comes to the mini marshmallow headpiece, but this look was just simply not it. It certainly doesn't help that Rachel doesn't even want to wear the outfit.

    Rachel with mini marshmallow headpiece
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    I do love her makeup and headpiece, but I just don't think this outfit ever needs to be recreated by anyone.

    Rachel with mini marshmallow headpiece and silvery makeup
    Netflix

    20. Naomi's slutty pumpkin costume on How I Met Your Mother that was "carved in strategic places."

    slutty pumpkin costume on how i met your mother
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    While this costume is pretty fun and was created mostly for comedic relief, I can't really get into it. The silhouette is kind of weird, with the bubble dress bottom and the green neck piece.

    slutty pumpkin costume on how i met your mother
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    I think it's just not funny enough, or weird enough, for me to accept it. It's creative enough in theory, but seeing it on Naomi, it just kinda falls flat.

    slutty pumpkin costume on how i met your mother
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    19. Haley's Mother Teresa minidress on Modern Family. Yes, I can admit that this is a very weak costume that should not be rated above last place, but it was just so hilarious I had to give it a few bonus points.

    Hayley white mini-dress and mother teresa headpiece
    ABC

    Watching the notoriously tone-deaf Haley dress as such an iconic humanitarian "back when she was hot" was really a great addition to Modern Family's Halloween episode.

    Hayley white mini-dress and mother teresa headpiece
    ABC

    This outfit is an homage to everyone who thought they could just add an accessory to a cute dress and call it a costume.

    Hayley white mini-dress and mother teresa headpiece
    ABC

    18. Ginny's Britney Spears tribute on Ginny and Georgia. While there is technically nothing wrong with this costume, it's pretty basic and not worth all the hype it got on the show. Like, why did everyone clap when she walked down?

    Ginny in gray sweater, white button down, and black skirt, with pink puff hair ties in her braids
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    This is especially confusing because Ginny was praised for the "unique" costume idea that she came up with for the MANGS. Of all the Britney music video characters they dressed up as, hers was the most meh.

    Ginny in gray sweater, white button down, and black skirt, with pink puff hair ties in her braids
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    TBH, I see this group costume every single year, and Ginny's Britney look is the one that everyone does when it's the day before Halloween and they forgot to get a costume.

    Ginny in gray sweater, white button down, and black skirt, with pink puff hair ties in her braids
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    17. Lindy's hippie costume in Beastly. She looks cute, but it's such a cliche look for the character whose only personality trait is "peace, love, and happiness."

    Lindy in a hippie costume with a scarf, beads, and vests
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    Although the look fits her character, I'm not super impressed by the costume. I wish there was a little more pizzazz to it, or that she brought something unique to the costume.

    Ginny in gray sweater, white button down, and black skirt, with pink puff hair ties in her braids
    CBS Films

    Overall, the outfit looks kind of like the type of clothing Lindy wears everyday, just with a headscarf and some beads. I do love her lacy, crocheted vest and round sunglasses.

    Ginny in gray sweater, white button down, and black skirt, with pink puff hair ties in her braids
    CBS Films

    16. Cady's zombie bride "ex-wife" getup that literally shook the entire Halloween party and almost knocked a drink out of Karen's hand.

    Cady wearing wedding gown covered in blood and veil with fake teeth and wig
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    While I'll be the first one to say I loved the juxtaposition of Cady's costume and the rest of the Plastics in this scene, wearing a wedding dress to see a guy you're interested in is probably not the greatest idea, even if it's just for Halloween.

    Cady wearing wedding gown covered in blood and veil with fake teeth and wig
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    I mean, THE TEETH!!! I feel like without the teeth and that terrible wig I could have let it pass, but it's truly too much of an eyesore for me. But, I appreciate the scene and her dedication to creating a unique costume.

    Cady wearing wedding gown covered in blood and veil with fake teeth and wig
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    15. Wren's casual Dorothy costume in Fun Size that's the perfect amount of low-key and cute.

    Wren wearing checkered blue dress and white t-shirt
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    I love that this costume offers a relaxed and slightly more modest alternative to typical Halloween costumes. There's nothing wrong with dressing as sexy as you want, but if you're not interested in going all out or wearing something more revealing, this costume is perfect.

    Wren wearing checkered blue dress and white t-shirt
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    While this look gets docked a few points because it's not super innovative or thought-out, I love the details, like her rainbow hair ribbon and sparkly red Converse. I mean, who has those sequined Converse just lying around? Her laid-back attitude doesn't fool me; she was WAITING to do this Halloween costume.

    Red sequined converse
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    14. Bianca and Pippa as Serena and Blair in this meta Gossip Girl Halloween look that made me question all of reality. While seeing the new Gossip Girl cast dress up as the old one was very weird, I can't fully appreciate this look because both girls chose Serena and Blair looks that I didn't particularly like the first time around, and certainly didn't like the second time.

    Bianca and Pippa in gold wedding dress and silver cotillion dress
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    Pippa's choice of wearing Blair's cotillion dress is a bit meh, and I would have preferred to see one of Blair's different looks, like her red ballgown or gorgeous blue wedding dress (yes, I know what I've said about wedding dresses, but it doesn't count if it's not white, OK?)

    Bianca and Pippa in gold wedding dress and silver cotillion dress
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    And I've notoriously HATED Serena's gold wedding dress, so I certainly didn't need to see it recreated on Bianca. Overall, the idea was creative, but it wasn't for me.

    Bianca and Pippa in gold wedding dress and silver cotillion dress
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    13. Leslie Knope's Rosie the Riveter costume in Parks and Recreation. Comfortable, easily identifiable, and seriously in character, this costume was a great pick for Leslie.

    Leslie in blue jumpsuit and red bandana as rosie the riveter
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    The cute bandana and bold red lip help tie this look together. While it's not my favorite look of all time, I can respect the fact that it's so on brand for Leslie and that she clearly put some effort into it.

    Leslie in blue jumpsuit and red bandana as rosie the riveter
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    She looks cute and comfy, and this is the perfect look for those who are more interested in attending a chill party at their friend's house than hitting up the clubs.

    Leslie in blue jumpsuit and red bandana as rosie the riveter
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    12. Alex's costume on Wizards of Waverly Place. This may be controversial, but I actually liked this look a lot.

    Alex in orange shirt that says "costume"
    Disney Channel

    It's funny, unique, and fits her character perfectly. Unfortunately, it's not much of a costume, so I can't rate it particularly high.

    Alex in orange shirt that says "costume"
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    But she does get some points for even going out and purchasing a shirt that says "costume" on it, because she could have just worn her regular clothes and called it a day.

    Alex in orange shirt that says "costume"
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    11. Georgia's stuffed olive outfit from Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging that certainly set her apart from the rest of the crowd.

    Georgia in stuffed olive costume and red beanie
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    While I'm probably not going to be wearing this costume anytime soon, mostly because of the logistics of getting through doors in that olive shell, I LOVE how unique her idea was and her dedication to creating the coolest olive costume out there.

    Georgia in stuffed olive costume and red beanie
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    I hate her friends for bailing on their group costume last minute and not even letting her know, but she has nothing to be embarrassed about. This costume was "the business."

    Georgia in stuffed olive costume and red beanie
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    10. Kelly as Katy Perry in The Office. This is the one time where I actually thought the wig added to the costume.

    Kelly wearing green wig, clown polka dot dress, and mini hat
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    I love the little hat, the bow tie, and the ruffled polka-dot clown dress.

    Kelly wearing green wig, clown polka dot dress, and mini hat
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    The main reason why I can't fully fall in love with this costume is because I had no idea who she was at first. I thought she was some modern clown with a small hat, and did not recognize this as Katy Perry. This could totally be a personal problem, but I think if she had a candy print dress like in "California Gurls" it would have worked better.

    Kelly wearing green wig, clown polka dot dress, and mini hat
    NBC

    9. Sam's princess ballgown from A Cinderella Story. OK, I know I'm going to get some hate for this one, but I'm not a fan of Sam's iconic dress, which is why I couldn't rate it any higher. I understand that she had to look like Cinderella for the storyline and that the tomboy character deserved her princess moment, but I feel like wearing a wedding dress may be a bit far for a high school dance.

    Sam in wedding ballgown and white mask
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    While I absolutely fell in love with her look when I first saw the movie in 2004, I feel like the gown did not age very well. I do love the mask though, even if it's literally the smallest mask in all of history and would be 0% able to hide her true identity. Did anyone else notice that Shelby recognized her immediately?

    Sam in wedding ballgown and white mask
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    The sequined/beaded bodice with the lace neckline is what really ruins it for me. Plus, refer to #18 regarding my thoughts about wearing wedding gowns to meet boys during Halloween.

    Sam in wedding ballgown and white mask
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    8. Abby's modern Wonder Woman from Love, Simon that looked planned and casual all at once.

    Abby in red top, american flag shorts, and wonder woman accessories
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    I mean, the headpiece, the necklace, the whip, and the shiny gold belt really brought the outfit together. She gave the classic superhero her own twist and is looking amazing!

    Abby in red top, american flag shorts, and wonder woman accessories
    20th Century Fox

    She's even wearing the bracelets! I like that the individual pieces look like items you would have in your house, but together you can immediately tell what her costume is.

    Abby in red top, american flag shorts, and wonder woman accessories
    20th Century Fox

    7. Regina's classic bunny look from Mean Girls, complete with the fluffy boots and cuffs.

    Regina wearing silver leotard, fluffy white boots, bunny ears, and tail
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    OK, don't hate me, but I kind of dig this look. I love the simple makeup and the rhinestones at the corner of her eyes.

    Regina wearing silver leotard, fluffy white boots, bunny ears, and tail
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    Plus, the matching white cuffs, fluffy ears, bunny tail, and boots pull everything together. Hate her all you want, but you have to admit that she's got some good taste in clothes.

    Regina wearing silver leotard, fluffy white boots, bunny ears, and tail
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    6. Ross's "spud-nik" getup from Friends. Yes, I know this isn't the most reasonable costume, but just look at the absolute joy on his face when he walks in to show off his look to his friends.

    Ross as spudnik on friends
    NBC

    It's punny, it's unique, and it's a little bit nerdy, so it gets all the points from me.

    Ross as spudnik on friends
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    I mean, just think about it. If you saw someone wearing this at a Halloween party, wouldn't it absolutely make your day? I know I would be talking about it for the rest of the year.

    Ross as spudnik on friends
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    5. Buffy as an 18th-century noblewoman in a gorgeous pink gown in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    Buffy wearing pink 18th century gown
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    I love Buffy as a brunette in this costume! Not only is this dress beautiful, but it totally channels my childhood dream of being a princess and wearing a poofy ballgown.

    Buffy wearing pink 18th century gown
    The WB

    I love the lace on the sleeves and the two-toned pink color scheme. Buffy looks amazing, which isn't surprising because the only thing that slays more than her vampire-killing skills is her fashion sense.

    Buffy wearing pink 18th century gown
    The WB

    4. The party as ghostbusters in Stranger Things. Not only did they all make these costumes themselves (with a lot of help from their moms), but they have "working" proton blasters.

    Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas in Ghostbuster costumes
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    The dedication! The commitment! The proton packs!

    Lucas in ghostbuster costume
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    Plus, this costume was a great way to show how much the party stood out from the rest of their middle school peers when they showed up to school in costume while everyone else dressed normally. Who you gonna call?

    Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas in Ghostbuster costumes
    Netflix

    3. Jules as Juliet and Rue in a tuxedo featuring gorgeous glittery makeup and a Baz Luhrmann–inspired wardrobe in Euphoria.

    Jules in Juliet costume and Rue in tuxedo
    HBO

    If you don't like this costume, I hate to say it, but you're just wrong. Rue's silver eye makeup and androgynous tuxedo make a show-stopping combo that has me crying. She's the perfect amount of glam and grunge. If you're not sure what Rue is dressed as, don't worry — you're not alone. It's been speculated that she's either Marlene Dietrich from Morocco, or Jack from Titanic.

    Rue in tuxedo and sparkly eye makeup
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    I love Jules' feathery wings and flowy white dress. Euphoria is known for its iconic makeup looks, and Jules certainly doesn't disappoint. This scene may have been the beginning of the end for Rue and Jules, but they are serving some serious looks while they crash and burn.

    Jules in Juliet costume
    HBO

    2. Cheryl and Toni as Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in Riverdale. OK, this duo dressing up as an iconic villain power couple is everything I didn't know I needed.

    Cheryl and Toni dressed as Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn
    The CW

    This traditional Harley outfit looks so good on Toni, and I'm happy she went in this direction rather than for the "Daddy's Lil Monster" costume that everyone wore after Suicide Squad released. I would have preferred that she rock her regular hair rather than wear the wig, but that's just my personal preference against bad Halloween wigs.

    Cheryl's gorgeous rendition of Poison Ivy is amazing! I love the leaves crawling up her body and the long flowy tulle train. She took Poison Ivy and made it fancy, which is so on brand for Cheryl's personal style.

    Cheryl dressed as Poison Ivy
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    1. And finally, Shelby, Madison, and Caitlyn as Charlie's Angels in A Cinderella Story. Yes, Sam's dress was iconic, but Shelby's costume was a million times better, IMO.

    Shelby, Madison, and Caitlyn as Charlie's Angels in A Cinderella Story
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    Shelby's mini shorts and silky open-front top are so chic and stylish, and her hair and makeup complement the look perfectly. Plus, the lace-up thigh-high boots make this outfit a 15/10.

    Shelby, Madison, and Caitlyn as Charlie's Angels in A Cinderella Story
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    Madison's fur-trimmed minidress and Caitlyn's vinyl two-piece are to die for. I wish my friend group could coordinate as well as this on anything.

    Shelby, Madison, and Caitlyn as Charlie's Angels in A Cinderella Story
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