10 fun reality TV-inspired Halloween costume ideas

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Halloween is creeping ever closer; Have you decided on a costume yet? Cast your worries aside and turn bravely toward the most entertaining inspiration around: reality TV! Put the humdrum ghosts and goblins to shame with a scene-stealing getup that will garner attention and spark conversation at any Halloween event. Here are 10 easy costume ideas to be the king or queen of the Halloween reality TV scene:

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

There is a lot of flexibility here. You can go as Alana (aka Honey Boo Boo) in either her day clothes -- busting out of a pair of cutoffs with pigtails in her hair -- or do full pageant glitz complete with hair (shh! It's a wig!), eyelashes, and sparkles. If Alana isn't your favorite, you can always pack on some pillows and go as her mother, Mama June. Either way, people are sure to redneck-ognize!

"Long Island Medium"

If you decide to impersonate Theresa Caputo, the "Long Island Medium," for Halloween, you need to pull off more than just the costume; you'll have to include the character. For the costume, all you really need is some poofed-up blonde hair and seriously long nails. Then you need the act: an evening spent wandering around, communicating with spirits, and giving readings. It is Halloween, after all!

"Dancing With the Stars"

You have to be in good shape to pull this one off! Head to Goodwill (or the mall if you're feeling spendy) and find the tightest, slinkiest dress they have. Then cut it up a bit to make it even sexier, add some sequins, slip on a pair of heels, and get ready to tango!

"Hillbilly Handfishin"

If you want to be one of the guys on "Hillbilly Handfishin," your costume will be relatively simple. Take an old white T-shirt and soak it in muddy water, then dry (or you can skip this altogether and just go bare chested). Then pull on some blue jeans and get yourself a few big ol' rubber fish. You can stick those fish on your hands, your feet, or just carry them around in your pockets. Yee-Haw!

"Jersey Shore"

What better way to pay homage to the final season than dress up as your favorite Jersey guy or gal. You can do big hair, a short dress, and a baby in tow for Snookie. Guys can grease back the 'do, put on a tight tee, spray on a tan, and add some gold chains. All you need is a fist pump to complete this look.

"The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette"

If you don't want to go overboard, dressing as the Bachelor or Bachelorette may be for you. Just put on a cocktail dress or suit, and purchase a lovely long stem red rose (for the Bachelor) or a red rose boutonniere (for the Bachelorette) to carry around. This is also a great way to meet people as it gives you the perfect pick-up line for the evening: "Will you accept this rose?"


An oldie but still a goody, "Survivor" has been watched by millions of viewers for more than 10 years. It's also an easy, yet unique, Halloween costume. Put on some dirty, worn clothes to show you've been roughing it, buy some "Survivor" swag, pick up a tiki torch to carry around, and voila! You're a "Survivor" castaway!

'Breaking Amish"

This hit TLC show has put the Amish in the television spotlight. It's not the most glamorous costume, but at least you will be comfortable. Ladies needs a plain blue dress; guys need some simple black or brown pants with a basic blue or white shirt. The head covering is key -- black hats for the guys and white Amish bonnets for the gals. Now get to work on learning to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

"Abby & Brittany"

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so why not? These brave young conjoined ladies stepped into the spotlight with confidence, personality, and flair. This is a look you only want to attempt with a very close friend, as you will need to smush together in one shirt and a singular very big pair of pants. Then have fun -- Abby and Brittany clearly do!

"The Crocodile Hunter"

Gone but not forgotten, Steve Irwin was one of a kind, and you will be too if you dress up as him for Halloween. Pull on your khaki shorts, a matching tan top, and find a stuffed crocodile to carry around as your mate. Now just get the accent going and, crikey, you're "The Crocodile Hunter"!
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