Funny Halloween costumes from movies and TV

BY Jen T. Tuazon

Many movie and TV characters dress in hilarious costumes for their Halloween scenes. Here are some of the silliest, most creative, and just downright funny Halloween costumes from movies and TV.

12. The Mindy Project (TV, 2012)

Morgan Tookers, played by Ike Barinholtz, dressed as a urinal on The Mindy Project.

Morgan Tookers, played by Ike Barinholtz, on The Mindy Project.

Morgan Tookers as a “Urinal”
When it comes to Halloween, Morgan Tookers believes “Funny costume trumps sexy costume.” His idea of a funny costume? A urinal, which he describes as the “pinnacle of wit, funny, topical, and edgy.” His other costume ideas include a condom, a butt, a tampon, Ace Ventura, and sperms.

 

11. Mean Girls (Movie, 2004)

Karen Smith, played by Amanda Seyfried, dressed as a mouse on Mean Girls

Karen Smith, played by Amanda Seyfried, on Mean Girls

Karen Smith as a  “Mouse”
Asked what she was dressed as for Halloween, mean girl Karen Smith pointed to the ears on her head and gave the now pop culture-classic reply: “I’m a mouse, duh!”

 

10. Cougar Town (TV, 2010)

Bobby Cobb, played by Brian Van Hault, dressed as the Windy Guy on Cougar Town

Bobby Cobb, played by Brian Van Hault, on Cougar Town

Bobby Cobb as “Windy Guy”
With the upturned umbrella, raised hair, and a necktie suspended horizontally, Bobby Cobb  just nailed his Windy Guy costume!

 

9. Philadelphia (Movie, 1993)

Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington, dressed as a lawsuit on Philadelphia.

Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington, on Philadelphia

Joe Miller as a “Lawsuit”
Only Denzel Washington, who plays lawyer Joe Miller in the movie Philadelphia, can get away with such a lazy costume: he slapped on copies of “laws” on his suit and declared himself a lawsuit!

 

8. Beavis and Butthead (TV, 1995)

Butthead dressed as nachos on Beavis and Butthead

Butthead on Beavis and Butthead

Butthead as “Nachos”
When trick-or-treaters Beavis and Butthead are refused treats for not wearing costumes, Butthead throws melted cheese all over himself and goes as nachos. Nachos rule indeed!

 

7. Modern Family (TV, 2012)

Steve, played by Colin Hanlon, dressed as a sugar Daddy on Modern Family

Steve, played by Colin Hanlon, on Modern Family

Steve as a “Sugar Daddy”
Party guest Steve proved to Cameron Tucker (played by Eric Stonestreet) that people still come up with witty costumes for Halloween.

 

6. E.T. (Movie, 1982)

Beloved alien E.T. dressed as a ghost on E.T.

Alien E.T. and friends on E.T.

E.T. as a “Ghost”
Halloween was the perfect time to sneak the alien “E.T.” out of the house. Covered in a white blanket, E.T. was able to wander the streets freely as a “ghost.” So simple, so ingenious, and so adorable!

 

5. The Late Show with David Letterman (TV, 2012)

A trick-or-treater dressed as a dental floss stick on The Late Show with David Letterman

A trick-or-treater on The Late Show with David Letterman

Trick-or-treater as a “Dental Floss Stick”
One of the annual skits on the Late Show with David Letterman is the “New Halloween Costumes” segment where trick-or-treaters  knock on a fake door dressed in unique and hilarious costumes, such as this green (and gross!) dental floss stick.

 

4. The Late Show with David Letterman (TV, 2012)

A pair of trick-or-treaters dressed as Martin Scorsese's eyebrows on The Late Show with David Letterman

A pair of trick-or-treaters on The Late Show with David Letterman

Trick-or-treaters as “Martin Scorcese’s Eyebrows”
In trying to help the audience guess the costume, David Letterman described it as “a bit of film-making magic right on your doorstep. Film buffs will know this immediately.” Who can forget the acclaimed director’s scary eyebrows?

 

3. The Late Show with David Letterman (TV, 2010)

A trick-or-treater dressed as Justin Bieber's hair on The Late Show with David Letterman

A trick-or-treater on The Late Show with David Letterman

Trick-or-treater as “Justin Bieber’s Hair”
David Letterman has featured many funny Halloween costumes over the years, including a pair of Crocs, an ingrown toenail , twisted wires behind a computer, Heinz ketchup sachet, and Cindy Crawford’s mole. But by far the funniest has to be pop star Justin Bieber’s iconic hair.

 

2. The Karate Kid (Movie, 1984)

Daniel Larusso dressed as a shower on The Karate Kid

Daniel Larusso, played by Ralph Maccio, on The Karate Kid

Daniel Larusso as “Shower”
Hands down one of the most memorable scenes in movie history: Daniel Larusso dressed as a shower for the Halloween school dance. One just can’t get enough of the creativity of this costume!


1. The Office (TV, 2009)

Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, dressed as Facebook on The Office

Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, on The Office

Jim Halpert as “Facebook”
Jim Halpert’s aversion to putting on costumes leads to his wittiest non-effort by far: he writes the word “book” across his face and goes as “Facebook.” But his creativity backfires when he is mistaken by a co-worker as “Bookface,” to which Jim’s classic reply was: “Yes, I’m the popular social networking site known as Bookface.”

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