Back in the old days, Halloween costumes were worn so ghosts and spirits would think you were 'one of them' and not bother trying to haunt you. If you think that's clever, then bear in mind that without the best Halloween costume, the same spirits and ghosts would have likely brought you back with them to the underworld in a hunt for fresh meat. So basically, the saying about necessity being the mother of invention comes to play hugely when talking about the first Halloween costume ideas.

These days, however, costume ideas have morphed into anything and everything you could imagine, and are as likely to be 'sexy' as they are scary. Are you still looking for last minute inspiration before your Halloween party? Well, these creative Halloween costume ideas, compiled in a list by Bored Panda, are seriously ingenious, and you probably won't have time to pull them off. The ideas though... They show you that if you think outside of the box and are smart about it, the possibilities are literally endless! So get scrolling and start thinking about your own DIY Halloween costume!

#1 My Super Adorable Headless Maya

My Super Adorable Headless Maya

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varwenea 5 months ago

This is so creepy good! Needs to move higher. (Currently #10)

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#2 My Grandpa And Dog

My Grandpa And Dog

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#3 Our Daughter, Claire, Dressed Up As Grandma Completed With A “Granny” Style Clothes, Homemade Wig, Pearls And A Walker Built By Daddy. Claire Walks Well Without Assistance, But Stroles Along With Her Walker

Our Daughter, Claire, Dressed Up As Grandma Completed With A “Granny” Style Clothes, Homemade Wig, Pearls And A Walker Built By Daddy. Claire Walks Well Without Assistance, But Stroles Along With Her Walker

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varwenea 5 months ago

Super cute baby as granny. Kudos for the PVC pipes walker. Nice!

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#4 I Am The Pumpkin King!

I Am The Pumpkin King!

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varwenea 5 months ago

Sally approves!

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#5 Halloween Is Christmas For Us Amputees

Halloween Is Christmas For Us Amputees

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varwenea 5 months ago

Way to embrace it! Brilliant!! You look marvelous.

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#6 Halloween Costume Made From Halloween Decorations

Halloween Costume Made From Halloween Decorations

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varwenea 5 months ago

Stunning and gorgeous! Need a 360 pic to show off the different angles of 3D deco.

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#7 Picasso Painting Halloween Costume

Picasso Painting Halloween Costume

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varwenea 5 months ago

Brilliant! Picasso would have approved!

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#8 My Wife Have Been Waiting For This Halloween Since We First Heard We Were Having Twin Girls

My Wife Have Been Waiting For This Halloween Since We First Heard We Were Having Twin Girls

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Aaron Kara 5 months ago

They do not look happy, or they're playing the characters...either way, they're doing a good job

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#9 Frodo!

Frodo!

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Night Owl 5 months ago

The cutest Frodo ever

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#10 I Think My Aunt Nailed This Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler) Halloween Costume

I Think My Aunt Nailed This Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler) Halloween Costume

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varwenea 5 months ago

She totally nailed it!

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#11 My Daughter’s Wheelchair Made The Perfect Foundation For Her Halloween Costume

My Daughter’s Wheelchair Made The Perfect Foundation For Her Halloween Costume

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Jo Choto 5 months ago

Uncanny resemblance!

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#12 Hijabi Harley Quinn

Hijabi Harley Quinn

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Catherine Hankinson 5 months ago

I think this looks awesome. I love how you've done the "hair" it's really clever. Cosplay is for anyone, anywhere.

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#13 The Costumes We Made

The Costumes We Made

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Angela Turrall 5 months ago

Yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep.

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#14 Mother And Son 'Black Panther' Halloween Costume

Mother And Son 'Black Panther' Halloween Costume

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varwenea 5 months ago

WAKANDA FOREVER!!

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#15 Brought Along My Little Drogon To A Halloween Party

Brought Along My Little Drogon To A Halloween Party

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Lios 5 months ago

Gorgeous!

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#16 My Daughter's Maleficent Costume Made By My Wife And Mother-In-Law

My Daughter's Maleficent Costume Made By My Wife And Mother-In-Law

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FloC 5 months ago

Beautifully made. I like the little Diaval :)

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#17 My Sister Needed A Costume For Her And Her Friends So I Put Together This For Them

My Sister Needed A Costume For Her And Her Friends So I Put Together This For Them

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

ROFL 🤣 😂

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#18 Halloween This Year

Halloween This Year

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WaLe 5 months ago

Just look at that d*ckhead xD

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#19 Our Couple’s Costume

Our Couple’s Costume

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varwenea 5 months ago

I hope you won!

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#20 Harry Potter Family Costume

Harry Potter Family Costume

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Marta Puig 5 months ago

it's absollutely brilliant..look at the face of the baby :3

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#21 Dressed Up As An Anti-Vaxer For Halloween Party. It Was A Hit

Dressed Up As An Anti-Vaxer For Halloween Party. It Was A Hit

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Red 5 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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#22 We All Bark Down Here

We All Bark Down Here

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Ginge 5 months ago

Puppywise the clowndog! Scary!

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#23 My Sister-In-Law Made The Best Costume I Have Ever Seen. Mr. Boogey Man. Ironically, She Is A Therapist And Helps Folks With There Personal Boogey Mans

My Sister-In-Law Made The Best Costume I Have Ever Seen. Mr. Boogey Man. Ironically, She Is A Therapist And Helps Folks With There Personal Boogey Mans

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Ava Ford 5 months ago

This is Halloween this is halloween

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#24 My Name's Borat

My Name's Borat

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Aaron Kara 5 months ago

I dont know what my brain should do with this

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#25 My Friend Didn't Really Have A Name For It, But She Made It Herself

My Friend Didn't Really Have A Name For It, But She Made It Herself

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Wil Vanderheijden 5 months ago

So it's "She who can't be named."

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#26 Well We Were Supposed To Be Cleopatra And Caesar.. Classic Case Of Miscommunication

Well We Were Supposed To Be Cleopatra And Caesar.. Classic Case Of Miscommunication

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Ola Polowczyk 5 months ago

OMG hahahahahahah :D The girl's face

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#27 Portal Halloween Costume

Portal Halloween Costume

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varwenea 5 months ago

Simple and ingenious!

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#28 America In 2018

America In 2018

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Lios 5 months ago

Love the little hand on the statue :)

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#29 My First Full Costume Build. My 7-Year-Old Is Thrilled

My First Full Costume Build. My 7-Year-Old Is Thrilled

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Dolicious 5 months ago

Utinni!

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#30 The Royal Family Aka My Son The Queen

The Royal Family Aka My Son The Queen

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ADHORTATOR 5 months ago

that' s funny :-)

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#31 So My Friend Dressed Up As Buddy The Elf For A Halloween Party And Ran Into This Guy On Campus

So My Friend Dressed Up As Buddy The Elf For A Halloween Party And Ran Into This Guy On Campus

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Mother Mary Helen 5 months ago

AWESOME!!!!

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#32 My Daughter Wanted To Coordinate Costumes With Me, But I Was Already Set With A Deadpool Costume. As A Result, Here Is Negasonic Six-Year-Old Warhead

My Daughter Wanted To Coordinate Costumes With Me, But I Was Already Set With A Deadpool Costume. As A Result, Here Is Negasonic Six-Year-Old Warhead

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Amanda Panda 5 months ago

She looks bada***

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#33 Michael Somehow Found His Way On The Ramp

Michael Somehow Found His Way On The Ramp

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Red 5 months ago

run

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#34 He’s A Lum-Purr-Jack

He’s A Lum-Purr-Jack

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Bethany Carter 5 months ago

And you is a dead human...

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#35 My Husband’s Halloween Costume He Made From Scratch

My Husband’s Halloween Costume He Made From Scratch

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Arietis 5 months ago

Too many ears!

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#36 Costume Contest 2018

Costume Contest 2018

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Marta Puig 5 months ago

that people have the sense of humour to pull out such things is amazing

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#37 My Favorite Beanie Baby

My Favorite Beanie Baby

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glowworm2 5 months ago

I love that you even included her name, date and poem on her heart tag--also, she's in mint condition!

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#38 My Friend Dressed As Everyone's Favourite Neighbour For Halloween

My Friend Dressed As Everyone's Favourite Neighbour For Halloween

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Dolicious 5 months ago

Hey-Diddly-Ho Neighborino!

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#39 Best $40 I Ever Spent

Best $40 I Ever Spent

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Unlikely 5 months ago

yeah I'd be screaming and running the other way if I saw that xD

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#40 My Brother As Edgar Allen Po

My Brother As Edgar Allen Po

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

Punny :D

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#41 So My Wife Did My Son’s Makeup

So My Wife Did My Son’s Makeup

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

Wow, she's good. And the son is very patient

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#42 My Wife And I Announcing Our Pregnancy

My Wife And I Announcing Our Pregnancy

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Rachelle 5 months ago

Are you expecting a mutant, or a male child with large... expectations? Lol.

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#43 I Think My Son Makes A Good Edna Mode

I Think My Son Makes A Good Edna Mode

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Silent Skeleton 5 months ago

this is so well done! Nailed the expression

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#44 Mojo Jojo Costume

Mojo Jojo Costume

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birdhouse 5 months ago

Moooooooooooojo Jojo!

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#45 Friend Of Mine Went As Banksy's "Balloon Girl" For Halloween. Decided To Snap This Photo

Friend Of Mine Went As Banksy's "Balloon Girl" For Halloween. Decided To Snap This Photo

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varwenea 5 months ago

The wind! It's perfect!

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#46 She Won The Halloween Contest

She Won The Halloween Contest

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Dolicious 5 months ago

Haha, great sense of humor!

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#47 Me (Fat Guy In Blue) With My Albatross. The 5 Month Obsession Of Using EVA Foam And PVC Pipe To Dress A 17 Hand High, 2000 Pound Horse As An AT-AT

Me (Fat Guy In Blue) With My Albatross. The 5 Month Obsession Of Using EVA Foam And PVC Pipe To Dress A 17 Hand High, 2000 Pound Horse As An AT-AT

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Sivi 5 months ago

So much treats and oats must have been promised for this.

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#48 Turns Out Drunk People Have A Hard Time With Puns

Turns Out Drunk People Have A Hard Time With Puns

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Dolicious 5 months ago

Philistines, don´t waste your time on them!

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#49 My Daughter Shaved Her Head To Be 011 For Halloween

My Daughter Shaved Her Head To Be 011 For Halloween

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varwenea 5 months ago

That's dedication to the cause!

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#50 Grandpa Is Ready For Halloween

Grandpa Is Ready For Halloween

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Rachelle 5 months ago

This needs more UP votes!!!

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#51 Our Halloween Party Last Night

Our Halloween Party Last Night

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Red 5 months ago

'WHILE EXPRESSING YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS' OMFG

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#52 Went As A Storm Reporter To A Local Halloween Party

Went As A Storm Reporter To A Local Halloween Party

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The Girl on Fire 5 months ago

Hahaha, love this. Now all it needs is people walking normally in the background :p

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#53 My One Year Old Girl As Mental Hospital Ace Ventura

My One Year Old Girl As Mental Hospital Ace Ventura

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JillVille 5 months ago

This is adorable! She wins!

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#54 I’m Your Other Mother, Silly!

I’m Your Other Mother, Silly!

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Emily Alanko 5 months ago

that movie still creeps me out

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#55 Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018

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Silent Skeleton 5 months ago

oH MY GOD CUTEST LIL MEGAMAN

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#56 What Can I Say, Except You're Welcome

What Can I Say, Except You're Welcome

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Molly Tallmadge 5 months ago

CAUSE I"M GONNA NEED THAT BOAT

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#57 Full Costume! It’s The First Time I’ve Thought Someone Of The Silver Screen Looked Like Me

Full Costume! It’s The First Time I’ve Thought Someone Of The Silver Screen Looked Like Me

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Lyndsey 5 months ago

Can't wait to see you kick Thanos's butt.

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#58 My GF's House Party Was Batman Themed. I Present To You Harvey Dent

My GF's House Party Was Batman Themed. I Present To You Harvey Dent

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Hendra Lim 5 months ago

this one is scary enough, up we go

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#59 My 80 Year Old Grandma Wants Opinions On Her Halloween Costume

My 80 Year Old Grandma Wants Opinions On Her Halloween Costume

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Max L. 5 months ago

Alice Cooper !

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#60 Poison Ivy Costume

Poison Ivy Costume

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Pudingovina 5 months ago

The effort she put into this! Awesome costume :)

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#61 Married... With Children Halloween Costume

Married... With Children Halloween Costume

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Lios 5 months ago

The hand goes in the pants!

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#62 My Wife Went To A Pirate Themed Charity Bowling Event But Decided Last Minute She Didn't Want To Dress Like A Pirate Since She Figured Everyone Else Would Be. So She Went As A Cannon

My Wife Went To A Pirate Themed Charity Bowling Event But Decided Last Minute She Didn't Want To Dress Like A Pirate Since She Figured Everyone Else Would Be. So She Went As A Cannon

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Red 5 months ago

she really blew that out of the water didn't she

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#63 As A High School English Teacher, I’m Excited That Halloween Falls On A School Day. I Can’t Wait To Teach While Dressed As Arwen From “Lord Of The Rings” This Year. I’ll Take The Book With Me And Hopefully Inspire A New Generation To Read This Classic

As A High School English Teacher, I’m Excited That Halloween Falls On A School Day. I Can’t Wait To Teach While Dressed As Arwen From “Lord Of The Rings” This Year. I’ll Take The Book With Me And Hopefully Inspire A New Generation To Read This Classic

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The Girl on Fire 5 months ago

You look beautiful! And I especially like how it looks you were basing it off the character as described in the book, not the movies.

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#64 My Boyfriend And I Went As Bob Ross And A Happy Little Tree

My Boyfriend And I Went As Bob Ross And A Happy Little Tree

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Shelley Kidby 5 months ago

Bob is smiling down from heaven on you,

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#65 Mom’s Spaghetti

Mom’s Spaghetti

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varwenea 5 months ago

Super cute. Could use a bit of red dye on the yarn for sauce. 😀

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#66 Omfg

Omfg

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LouLou Bella 5 months ago (edited)

If they don't get this, they're too young for you bro

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#67 Here To Guard The Galaxy

Here To Guard The Galaxy

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Pandamand2 5 months ago

"I am Groot."

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#68 My Dad And I As The Dude And Walter

My Dad And I As The Dude And Walter

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Max L. 5 months ago

Woah, nailed it !

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#69 Channeling My Inner David Bowie As The Goblin King From Labyrinth

Channeling My Inner David Bowie As The Goblin King From Labyrinth

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birdhouse 5 months ago

I find this oddly sexy.

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#70 My Drax Halloween Costume. I Was Standing Really Still When I Took It

My Drax Halloween Costume. I Was Standing Really Still When I Took It

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incoherent screaming 5 months ago

THE BEST COSTUME ON THIS ENTIRE WEBSITE AND THE ENTIRE WORLD

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#71 My Son’s Costume This Year Made By My Wife. About $20 Worth Of Fabric, Cardboard, And 2 Shower Rings

My Son’s Costume This Year Made By My Wife. About $20 Worth Of Fabric, Cardboard, And 2 Shower Rings

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Pretty Pangolin 5 months ago

Brilliant plague doctor.

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#72 Really Proud Of This. Made My 5 Year Old Wonder Woman An "Invisible Plane" For Halloween

Really Proud Of This. Made My 5 Year Old Wonder Woman An "Invisible Plane" For Halloween

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Bobbi Newell 5 months ago

Love it! Excellent use of PVC!

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#73 The Only Thing I Had To Ruin Was A $7 Pair Of Jeans. And My Beard, Too, I Guess

The Only Thing I Had To Ruin Was A $7 Pair Of Jeans. And My Beard, Too, I Guess

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varwenea 5 months ago

Totally worth ruining the beard!

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#74 The Wet Bandits Halloween Costume

The Wet Bandits Halloween Costume

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Chrystal Swope 5 months ago

The sticky bandits

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#75 My GF And Me As Hermione And Hismione

My GF And Me As Hermione And Hismione

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Dolicious 5 months ago

Hismione xD

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#76 We Didn’t Do Too Bad

We Didn’t Do Too Bad

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BusLady 5 months ago

You did perfect. Now make me a hamburger, guys.

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#77 This Boy's Mom Made His Halloween Costume. He Truly Is The Man Of Steel

This Boy's Mom Made His Halloween Costume. He Truly Is The Man Of Steel

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Jaguarundi 5 months ago

Good parents are not commonplace, GREAT parents are the rarest of all!

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#78 Never Half-A** Two Things.... Whole-A** One Thing. My Buddy Was Perfect

Never Half-A** Two Things.... Whole-A** One Thing. My Buddy Was Perfect

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Lauren 5 months ago

Ron Swanson, a legend.

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#79 Ruth Vader Ginsberg

Ruth Vader Ginsberg

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