Since many TV series celebrate Halloween with a spooky episode, it makes sense that shows incorporate fun celebrations. Characters often wear fun, creepy, or creative Halloween costumes that are guaranteed to provide viewers with a better understanding of the character’s personality.
While many TV shows only boast lackluster outfits, some TV Halloween costumes have become iconic and beloved parts of their respective series. As a result, the best, most outlandish, or most imaginative costumes help the TV show’s Halloween episode stand out.
10/10 Ned Flanders As The Devil Is A Different Side To His Personality
The Simpsons has boasted a long history of “Treehouse of Horror” episodes that reimagine Simpsons characters in popular fictional horror tales. Unfortunately, many of these reimaginations cannot be considered Halloween costumes since they are treated as canon within The Simpsons‘ horror episodes.
Nevertheless, Ned Flanders shocked viewers and his fellow characters when he appears as the Devil in several “Treehouse of Horror” episodes. In addition to turning the typically kind, overly-friendly Ned Flanders into an evil character, some fans think this version of Ned is far more interesting.
9/10 Lexi Howard As Bob Ross Was Refreshing
Lexi Howard dressing up as Bob Ross in Euphoria‘s second season is undeniably special. Ever since Karen Smith popularized the random, overly-sexual Halloween outfit in Mean Girls, such costume choices for female characters have become commonplace across TV series and film.
However, Lexi’s Halloween costume cleverly rebuffs this tradition. Lexi’s Bob Ross was played up for laughs as numerous Euphoria characters asked who she was supposed to be. Lexi choosing to dress as Bob Ross rather than something sexualized is a beloved part of Euphoria and cements why her character is so popular.
8/10 Bill Haverchuck As The Bionic Woman Was Fun
Freaks And Geeks
In the irreverent coming-of-age sitcom Freaks and Geeks, Bill Haverchuck dressed up as the Bionic Woman. While his friends went with more conventional Halloween costumes like the eccentric comedian Groucho Marx and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bill chose to go as the Bionic Woman, which was an odd but fun choice for a teenage boy.
Not only did Bill’s costume add some much-needed comic relief in an otherwise distressing episode, his outfit also showed just how passionate Bill is about the things he enjoys. Fans loved how on-brand this costume choice was.
7/10 Sandy Cheeks As A Pet Goldfish Is Hilarious
SpongeBob SquarePants is primarily known for the amusing antics its protagonist finds himself in, but the cartoon often sneaks in some particularly witty humor. A prime example of this occurs in the Season 1 episode, “Scaredy Pants,” when Sandy Cheeks dresses up as a pet goldfish for Halloween.
While seeing Sandy’s head shaped like a goldfish is incredibly outlandish and funny, much of the comedy comes from Squidward asking her what she was supposed to be. Since pet goldfish are an odd concept for sea dwellers like Squidward, audiences can appreciate Sandy’s costume even more.
6/10 Leslie Knope As Rosie The Riveter Cements Her As A Beloved Character
Parks And Recreation
Some of the best Halloween costumes in TV shows are impactful because they embody who the character is. A perfect example of this can be seen in the Parks and Recreation Season 5 episode, “Halloween Surprise.”
While “Halloween Surprise” boasts plenty of amusing costumes, like Chris Traeger dressing as an old man, the best outfit was Leslie Knope’s interpretation of Rosie the Riveter. Since most fans of Parks and Recreation adore Leslie for her unwavering commitment to stand up for what’s right, it made sense to see her dress up as an icon of female empowerment for Halloween.
5/10 Abed Nadir As Batman Speaks To His True Appreciation Of Pop Culture
While Halloween episodes are not always hits, fans of Community always looked forward to seeing how the study group would celebrate Halloween. There has been no shortage of imaginative ways the gang has commemorated the spooky season, from Troy and Abed dressing up as Calvin and Hobbes to in-depth, campy reenactments of scary stories the gang shares.
One of the biggest laughs to come out of the sitcom’s Halloween episodes was Abed dressing up as Batman in the Season 3 episode “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism.” In the episode, Abed seeks justice against whoever broke his limited-edition The Dark Knight DVD while staying fully in character as the solemn, stoic Batman.
4/10 Charlie Brown As A Ghost With Too Many Eyes Is A Classic TV Halloween Costume
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Fans may have enjoyed Peanuts‘ comic strips in the newspaper or celebrating the holidays by watching Peanuts holiday specials. Most audiences are sure to have fond memories of the franchise’s endearing characters. From the ongoing football gag between Charlie and Lucy to the monotone trombone sounds that symbolized the Peanuts gang’s parents, there is a lot to love about the staple pop culture franchise.
While Peanuts‘ Halloween episode boasted several fun costumes, one memorable, absurdly campy costume was Charlie Brown’s ghost with too many eyes. To make matters worse for the accident-prone Charlie, his ample trick-or-treating solely yielded rocks.
3/10 Rosa Diaz As The Bride Of Frankenstein Showed Her Personality
Since many TV show characters become iconic for their staple wardrobes, it can be jarring to see them dressed in anything else. This was certainly the case for Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Rosa Diaz. The tough, hard-to-read detective is best known for her sharp wit, black leather jacket, and curly black hair.
Because of this, many fans were shocked to see Rosa dressed up as the bride of Frankenstein in the Season 1 episode “Halloween.” While Rosa remained her charismatic and mysterious self, seeing her dressed up in a Halloween costume peeled back one of the many layers of her personality.
Friends was special for its effortless ability to make viewers care about a central cast of inherently flawed characters, from a charmingly clueless ladies’ man to an obsessive, competitive woman. Although the ’90s sitcom hasn’t aged as well as viewers would have liked, some aspects and jokes are still beloved.
A perfect example of this is the absurd costumes the friends wore during Halloween episodes, like Ross Geller’s punny but ineffective potato satellite he proudly called “spud-nik.” Many jokes came from other characters not understanding his obscure pun and how Ross lacked the self-awareness of what his costume looked like to others.
1/10 The Party As The Ghostbusters Speaks To How Close The Four Friends Are
After four seasons of Stranger Things, many viewers have come to the conclusion that Season 2 wasn’t as compelling as the show’s groundbreaking first season or the compelling but tragic storylines of Seasons 3 and 4.
Despite the dislike for the second season, fans loved seeing the Party show up at Hawkins Middle School dressed as the Ghostbusters while everyone else was dressed in their ordinary clothes. This heartwarming scene was one of the first moments that the Party realized how lucky they were to still have Will by their side after the events of Season 1. Fans ove the ’80s nostalgia of Stranger Things, so the Ghostbusters reference was memorable.