Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. So, this October, Flavorpill is helping you out with easy, weekly DIY costume guides tackling four different pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.
This week, we kick things off with our guide to TV-related costumes, featuring a whole lot of contemporary shows, from Mad Men to 30 Rock, and one supremely worthy retro series.
Mad Men: Pregnant Trudy Campbell
Peter Campbell and his smug, proper wife, Trudy, are two of the campiest characters on Mad Men — which means that they absolutely lend themselves to Halloween costumes. So far, our favorite Campbell fashion moment of the season has been super-pregnant Trudy trudging around in enormous lingerie.
Pink ruffle maternity chemise – $50, Babies ‘n Bellies
Beach ball – $2, Amazon
Note: For couples, it would be easy to add a Pete Campbell costume to Trudy’s. All you need is slacks, a dress shirt, a sport coat, a tie (at least one of these items should come in a bright, preppy color or pattern) and copious amounts of hair gel.
True Blood: Eric, Sookie, and Bill’s scandalous Rolling Stone cover
This season brought a dizzying array of characters and costumes… but the most talked about True Blood getups (or, more accurately, lacks thereof) of 2010 appeared in the central love triangle’s blood-covered Rolling Stone cover. Truly risqué trios only need apply.
1 sheer women’s body stocking – $28.95, Discount Dance Supply
2 sheer men’s body stockings – $29.99 apiece, Comfilon.com
Fake blood (make it yourself)
Saved by the Bell: A.C. Slater, ballerino
Zach Morris gets all the Saved by the Bell nostalgia love, but let’s face it: A.C. Slater was the one with the most memorable hair. In fact, someone has even gone so far as to make a Slater-branded wig. For extra cool points, dress up as Jessie’s ballet-dancing dream Slater, in that fetching unitard!
A.C. Slater wig – $12.95, T.V. Store Online
Men’s unitard in black – $30.60, Dancex.com
30 Rock: Flashback Liz Lemon
As Vulture recently demonstrated, there are many eras of Liz Lemon flashback style to choose from. But our favorite is obviously teenage volleyball player Liz with puffy mullet, giant glasses, and gym suit, whose coach mistakes her for a lesbian. A great alternate use for the A.C. Slater wig!
A.C. Slater wig – $12.95, T.V. Store Online
Big, brown geek glasses – $7.95, eBay
Gray/red ringer T-shirt with “White Haven H.S.” emblazoned on the front – $15 (custom), Softball America
Red gym shorts – $14, 6pm.com
Bored to Death: Jonathan Ames in bondage gear
In the season premiere of Bored to Death, our hero goes undercover once again — this time as a client at a dungeon. His smartly casted dominatrix is none other than Amazon woman Kristen Johnson. For maximum effectiveness, you’ll need to run around crowded city streets and make urgent calls from pay phones in broad daylight while wearing this costume. Oh, and considering this outfit is kind of a pricey one, you may want to steer clear unless you plan on using it in the future…
Leather zipper hood – $58.43, Fetish Home
Men’s leather catsuit – $299.95, Bound in Leather
Glee: Sue Sylvester does Madonna
When Glee devoted an entire episode to Madonna last spring, even Jane Lynch’s evil cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, got in on the act. We loved her new and improved “Vogue” video, but we think the moment above, in which Sue tries on Madge’s notorious cone bra over her signature red track suit is just begging to be ripped off.
Womens Adidas track suit – $66 (so far; auction ends 10/6), eBay
Black cone bra – $44, Amazon
Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and MasterChef: Angry Gordon Ramsay
So, Gordon Ramsay has about a million shows on TV now, and they all feature one common gimmick: He gets mad and screams at people on every episode. Has anyone else noticed how red in the face he gets?
Chef shirt – $19.95, Amazon
Spiky, blond wig – $16.11, Costume Craze
Red makeup (apply liberally to entire face) – $9, SaveOnCrafts
Jersey Shore: Snooki as novelist
Celebrate the absurdity that is Snooki’s newly announced book deal with this Snooki-as-scholar getup.
Leopard-print halter mini-dress – $24.50, Wet Seal
Glittery, 5-inch heels – $19.99, LaLaLingerie.com
Snooki wig – $14.50, Party City
Black geek glasses – $3.95, Amazon
Ostrich feather quill pen – $10, Mystic Convergence