With all the options out there for Halloween, it's hard to narrow down the choices. Do you go classy or trashy? Scary or fun? No matter what you choose, there's bound to be some inspiration you can draw from your favorite television shows. This year of television brought some great female characters to the small screen. Read through our suggestions for some awesome costume ideas, or dress as your own favorite TV character even if they didn’t make our list!
Are you the classy Marnie, or the zany Jessa? Get a bunch of your friends together and dress like the cast of HBO's Girls this October. Each of the main characters has a very particular sense of style, so figure out which of the Girls you click with the most. Go pretty and girly if you want to channel Shoshanna. Think light makeup and girly skirts. If you love looking polished and chic, dress as Marnie. Wear a classic updo and a stylish cocktail dress. If you feel more like Hannah, you should wear lots of layers (leggings, cardigans, etc.) with loud prints like oversized flowers and stripes, and accessorize with a chunky scarf. Jessa has more options than any other cast member, as she wears anything, from maxi dresses to high-waisted pants. She wears dark lipstick, funky accessories (think bangle bracelets and fedoras), and her hair is usually long and flowing. To shop for Jessa, go to a thrift store and find the most ridiculous outfit you can find!
And yes, this is a perfect excuse for re-watching the whole season! These costumes will stand out this year, as anyone who has seen the show will immediately recognize some of the more ridiculous outfits worn by the cast. Don't know what I'm talking about? See Jessa's feathery party outfit below.
Game of Thrones
These costumes are for someone who absolutely loves dressing up. HBO's Game of Thrones is full of complicated characters and elaborate wardrobes, but it's nothing you can't recreate! Hunt through the racks at thrift shops if you want to dress like one of the show's royalty, looking for long gowns and fancy costume jewelry. If you want to dress like a princess or queen, don't forget to do your hair! Most of the women in the show wear their hair down, adorned with clips, flowers, or jewels, but make sure to pin any bangs out of your face. If you're feeling the urge to show your wild side instead, try dressing as Daenerys Targaryen, pictured below. Because, come on, who doesn't want to be a totally fierce warrior queen?
Are you a fan of period dramas? If you love long gowns and romantic language, consider dressing as one of the characters from Downton Abbey. Lady Mary's wardrobe is absolutely spectacular, and you can't go wrong with an elegant gown reminiscent of the 1910's. Long gloves, classic jewelry (think pearls and understated jewels), and a neat, simple updo will complete the outfit. Or maybe your favorite character is the sweet Anna Bates, head housemaid. Either way, your costume will stand out as classic and refined if you draw your inspiration from Downton Abbey.