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53 Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Actually Good

Any of these will win you first place in a costume contest, I promise.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us the best Halloween costumes they've ever worn. Here are the award-worthy results you'll definitely want to copy.

1. Drunk Meredith from The Office:


It’s casual Friday!


2. Dorothy, before and after the tornado:

3. Netflix (and chill):

4. Cap'n Crunch:

I even won my office's Halloween costume contest with this!


5. A container of Nerds:

It took forever to make, but it was so worth it!


6. The Matchmaker from Mulan:

7. Gracie Lou Freebush from Miss Congeniality:

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8. DoodleBob:

9. Paula Deen:

I dressed up as Paula Deen...eating a chocolate-covered stick of butter popsicle, y’all!


10. Lindsay and Tobias from Arrested Development:

Funniest part of the night was when I was alone and three guys dressed as the Blue Man Group happened to walk by me.


11. This DIY Energizer Bunny:

I was really proud of this costume because I made everything! The battery pack was made from an oatmeal container, foil, duct tape, and electrical tape, the drum was an old hat box, and the sticks were microphones from the dollar store.


12. TLC's CrazySexyCool album cover:

This album was the first CD I ever bought. I put a Bluetooth [speaker] in the corner so I could jam out all night long. I LOVED this costume. And Chilli even posted it on Instagram last year. Highlight of my life for sure!


13. Miss Piggy:

14. Banksy's shredded painting:

It took six hours to make that thing functional!


15. A Playboy Bunny:

16. Mugatu from Zoolander, Paramount Pictures

17. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Colonel Sanders:

18. The Golden Girls: / NBC


19. Living pop art:

I even did the makeup myself, which took FOREVER.


20. Spaghetti and meatballs:

21. The magic carpet from Aladdin:

22. Taco Bell's hot sauces:

23. Pennywise from It:

My sweet golden retriever had a little yellow rain slicker to match!


24. Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus:

25. A chick magnet:

26. A DIY loofah:

Smartest costume decision ever! The best part? Spilled drinks brushed right off. 12/10, would wear again.


27. A cat lady:

28. Ping and Mushu:

29. Snooki:

30. Miranda Priestly. That's all:

31. The house from Up:

32. Contestants on Naked and Afraid:

33. Miss Trunchbull from Matilda:

34. A fortune teller:

I gave out sarcastic fortunes through the slot.


35. The legend himself, Guy Fieri:

36. Kenny G:

I handed out CDs of his greatest hits and had a Bluetooth speaker in my pocket that played his songs all day long.


37. Willy Wonka and Violet Beauregarde:

38. Regan and Father Karras from The Exorcist:

39. A Starbucks barista and Frappuccino:

40. Freezing Rose from Titanic:

41. Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan:

42. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who:

We did win the costume contest, in case you were wondering!


43. The cast of Baywatch:

We dress up in a group costume every year. This is my favorite one from a few years back.


44. Elliott, Gertie, and a tiny E.T.:

My husband and I were both born in the '80s and LOVE Halloween.


45. Cruella de Vil:

46. Bob Ross:

47. Russell Brand and Katy Perry:

48. Gene and Beth from Wet Hot American Summer:

49. Fran from Dodgeball:

I practiced saying her full name (Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky) for about a week. The hair took me AGES to take out, but it was totally worth it for the laughs!


50. Carmen Sandiego:

51. A Khal...culator:

52. Ron Swanson and his true love, bacon and eggs:

53. And, of course, Mrs. Doubtfire:

Think you've worn a better Halloween costume? Show it off in the comments below!