With autumn just around the corner, people are thinking about pumpkin flavored foods, raking fall leaves and planning the perfect Halloween costume. While the first two are relatively easy tasks, the third may require a bit more effort. Fortunately, now is the perfect time to start your Halloween plans for a unique outfit this year. If you want to go beyond ghosts and zombies, here are some creative ideas to get started.

Movie Costumes

One reason so many people dress up as pumpkins or clowns is that they are easy to recognize. However, when thinking about costumes, it is worth noting that there are a lot of fun options from the big screen that might make for a recognizable festive get up. Movie costumes can be especially versatile, considering the full range of movies. Of course, there are classics from horror movies like Scream or Friday the Thirteenth, but you can also get more creative and pick iconic characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, Katniss Everdeen or Obi-Wan Kenobi. Even kids can get in on the action with fun selections like Emmet from The Lego Movie or Woody from Toy Story. The best part about a lot of these options is that they are easy to recreate with things you already have in your closet, making them unique and affordable.

TV Costumes

Like movie costumes, TV inspired ensembles are easy to put together and fun to put on display. With a pair of scrubs, you can easily impersonate your favorite doctor from Grey's Anatomy. A nice suit and an fake FBI badge can make you Mulder or Scully. You could pick up a bomber jacket and a cigar and make the rounds as Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica. The options are limitless and can be catered to any budget or age.

Viral Costumes

Clearly, pop culture has a lot of options for dressing up, but in this increasingly digital world, be sure to remember other quirky sources of inspiration. If you are stumped for ideas, just look at the latest stories trending on your newsfeed. Maybe you want to make a version of the ALS ice bucket challenge or the blue/gold dress fiasco. These ideas take a little creative work, but they will certainly make you a talking point at any Halloween gathering.

No matter what you choose, there is plenty of time to prepare a unique Halloween costume this fall.

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