Every October, you may find yourself asking the same question you did as the year before: "What should I be for Halloween?" With seemingly endless options, we understand that it can be tough to choose. But after years of dressing up as a witch or a cat, perhaps it's finally time to think outside the box. Actually, it's time to draw inspiration from the box—aka your television! Any of these TV show costumes would be a creative option to try out this year. This list is filled with small screen characters you know and love, including Frank Reagan from Blue Bloods, Olivia Benson from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS. But don't worry, there are plenty of characters not from popular police procedurals on this list too, including Mike Baxter from Last Man Standing, Randall and Beth Pearson from This Is Us, and Lily Tucker-Pritchett from Modern Family.
Whether you just need a costume for yourself, an outfit you and your significant other, an ensemble for you and your best friend, or even a getup for your little one, there are plenty of different TV show Halloween costumes that will work for any trick-or-treater or Halloween party attendee. And it's so simple to put together these costumes too. All you need to do is follow our guide and purchase a few inexpensive items for October 31—or go all out and splurge. (You may already have some costume pieces and accessories hanging in your closet though.) And even if you don't see your favorite character here, you can still get costume inspiration for another TV show.
Eleven, Stranger Things
Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
No, Daenerys didn't end up taking the throne, but the Mother of Dragons was still a force to be reckoned with.
Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones
Of course, Khaleesi needs her king. Although the Dothraki king succumbs pretty early on in Game of Thrones, he's arguably one of the most popular characters. (Especially thanks to the portrayal by Jason Momoa.)
Frank Reagan, Blue Bloods
Play the NYPD Police Commissioner for a day with this ensemble inspired by Tom Selleck's character on Blue Bloods. To really feel like you're on the police procedural, make sure you eat a hearty Reagan family dinner before heading out to your Halloween party.
Dwight Schrute, The Office
Everyone will get a kick out of this costume inspired by Dunder Mifflin's finest. Have your best bud dress up as Michael Scott, and you'll make the perfect pair.
Rachel Green and Ross Geller, Friends
Grab your lobster and dress up as one of the most beloved couples to ever appear on prime time television. Bonus points if you actually get the "Rachel" haircut (or wig) and have your partner carry around a toy dinosaur.
Olivia Benson, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Although some actors come and go on any given TV show, Mariska Hargitay has portrayed Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU for a whopping 20 years. She started on the series way back on season 1—and we hope she stays for many more to come.
Mike Baxter, Last Man Standing
If you're a dad to all daughters, Tim Allen's character, Mike Baxter, is the perfect costume for you. You definitely won't have to do much to get into character.
Madeline Mackenzie, Big Little Lies
The best thing about playing Reese Witherspoon's role on Big Little Lies? Her outfits are so stylish, you can rewear them any day of the year.
Randall and Beth Pearson, This Is Us
The relationships on This Is Us are a major part of the plot line, and Randall and Beth's marriage is one of the most relatable. They're there for each other through thick and thin, and always come out stronger because of that.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS
Penelope Garcia, Criminal Minds
To celebrate the show's final season, get all dolled up as one of the quirkiest characters, Penelope Garcia. Her outfits are always bright and bold, so you can really have fun with it.
Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy
Paging Dr. Grey! You could even turn this idea into a couples costume by having your partner dress up as McDreamy.
Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Modern Family
Not only is this Modern Family-inspired outfit super cute, but it's also really comfortable. Plus, your little girl can wear it way beyond a single night of trick-or-treating.
Dr. Shaun Murphy, The Good Doctor
George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld
It's been more than 10 years since Seinfeld aired it's final episode, but these two will always be an iconic TV show character duo. If you have two more pals that need a costume, they can go as Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer.
Sheldon Cooper, Young Sheldon
How dapper is this outfit? Your son will look absolutely adorable!
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