Streampix Watch: Ten Scary Halloween Costumes Inspired by Movies and TV

How's this for a Halloween costume? Dennis Hopper in "Easy Rider." (Columbia Pictures)

Forget about dressing up like Honey Boo-Boo’s beauty pageant trailer trash, Walter White’s yellow hazmat suit, Piper Chapman’s orange prison suit or Sandra Bullock’s zero “Gravity” space suit.  Just make sure you don’t repeat Julianne Hough’s faux pas and try to go blackface if you choose to be Solomon Northrup in “12 Years a Slave.” If you’re still stuck for inspiration, we say look no further than Streampix for the following 10 brilliant movie and TV-inspired ideas about how to scare the bejeezusout of your neighbors and, at the same time, impress them with your filmic knowledge.

How about dressing up as Peter Fonda’s drug-running rebel motorcycle rider Wyatt in “Easy Rider”? All you need is some vintage aviator shades and a stars-and-stripe-festooned helmet to complete the ensemble. Or you can opt for the walrus mustache and bandana of his cohort, the late Dennis Hopper’s Billy, by handing out tabs of acid to trick or treaters instead of those miniature Milky Ways.

If you’re looking to go old school, there’s no better way to show off those manly thighs than to don a breastplate and a pair of short shorts and make like a gladiator back in Roman times. Hey, it earned Charlton Heston an Academy Award for 1959’s epic movie “Ben-Hur,” along with 10 other Oscars.  You can always update the ensemble and pay tribute to the late actor’s NRA roots by carrying a water gun.

Then there’s always Arab chic. Get an old bed-sheet, fashion it into a headdress and a cloak, add some crystal blue contact lenses and voila, you’re another Oscar nominee as Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s epic, Academy Award-winning “Lawrence of Arabia.” Of course, given today’s uneasy Middle East relations, you could be asking for trouble, so by all means tell them you’re not made up as the late Yasser Arafat.

Get out the glove, the ankle-high glitter pants, white socks and maybe attach a propofol gas mask to hit the streets as Michael Jackson. He’s been dead now four years, and you know what they say about comedy being tragedy plus time… And if that’s not enough, you can always use the 2010 documentary, “Michael Jackson: The Inside Story; What Killed the King of Pop?” as a reference point if you’d rather wear a Dr. Conrad Murray costume instead, which would consist of a stethoscope and prison stripes.

Why not crack out the gray-haired wig, floor-length gown and carving knife, wrap yourself in a shower curtain and go as Norman Bates’ lovable mother to celebrate Gus Van Sant’s 1998 frame-for-frame remake of “Psycho.” Hey, if Vince Vaughn can channel Anthony Perkins and  Anne Heche be Janet Leigh, what’s stopping you?

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Nothing says Halloween more than a yellow hard hat and blue overalls. Why not take your wrench and dress up as Bob the Builder? And if you’re over the age of, say, four, take a peak at “Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig,” where Bob tries to build an amusement park and discovers dinosaur bones in the process. It may not be scary, but your kids will appreciate the effort.

This one’s easy. All it requires is a half a white mask and an ability to sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s note-twisting libretto for “Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall,” a live performance celebrating the show’s 25-year anniversary. Of course, you always run the risk of people mistaking you for Jack Huston’s demi-faced killer Richard Harrow in “Boardwalk Empire.”

Crank out that orangutan costume gathering dust in the closet and drag along a six-pack in tribute to Clint Eastwood’s 1978 bare-knuckle brawling epic “Every Which Way But Loose,” which co-starred Clyde as his beer-guzzling simian sidekick.

This one doesn’t require much more than some butt padding, fish lips and a Twitter account if you want to be Kim Kardashian, which is both a trick and a treat, at least for Kanye West. Or maybe you want to wear a Bruce Jenner mask. Now that’s some scary shiznet. At any rate, do your homework by viewing episodes of the hit reality TV series, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

All you need is a pair of dorky nerd glasses and some braces on your teeth to emulate America Ferrara’s Emmy-winning stint as “Ugly Betty” in the hit show of the same name, where you can also parade as a fashion casualty. By the way, whatever happened to America Ferrara anyway?


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