Michael Myers’s Ghost, Halloween
Nobody ever accused Michael Myers of being a party animal. But his total lack of personality is a real drawback for this sheet/ghost costume, worn in the original 1978 Halloween — especially since the donning of Bob’s glasses seems to indicate a sense of humor, or at least an interest in jazzing up the most boring of Halloween costumes. But no luck; Mike just stands there like a slab of wood. And then he kills Lynda, so a bad holiday guest overall.
Donna’s Mermaid, Beverly Hills 90210
There’s no question that Donna Martin’s mermaid costume, worn in this second-season episode of 90210, is gorgeous and impressively detailed. A little too detailed, in fact — her convincing fins ultimately render her unable to dance, walk, or even go to the bathroom. And all of those activities are fairly essential for a memorable Halloween night.
Bill’s Bionic Woman, Freaks and Geeks
Likewise, Bill Haverchuck gets the details right when dressing up as Lindsay Wagner’s title character from the three-season action series. But there’s a certain age for dressing in drag, and the high school years ain’t it — particularly when you’re a frustrated outcast. (And nothing against the great Martin Starr, but he does not make a pretty lady.)
Cady’s Zombie Bride, Mean Girls
Once again, a fine costume, poorly timed — at least in terms of assisting Cady’s rise to the top of the Plastics, who know that “In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.” Her killer creep-out costume would be a giant hit at a party when she was either a decade older or a decade younger, but as high school boy bait, it’s a buzzkill.