From pirates to lifeguards, nothing beats a classic Halloween costume. It isn’t that we don’t enjoy going above and beyond for the annual holiday (i.e., dressing up like Harley Quinn—pink/blue hair included), but there’s something oddly nostalgic about chasing our kids around the house while wearing a simple witch costume and chanting, “I’m melting!”

We compiled a list of 39 classic Halloween costumes, which are accompanied by fictional references from your favorite TV shows and movies. Keep reading for all the deets.

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1. '50s girl

Inspired by: Grease (starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing)

Tell me about it, stud.

Get the look: Kidcostumes adult poodle skirt with printed scarf ($20); BengPro retro costume accessories ($15)

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2. Football player

Inspired by: Remember the Titans (starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris)

Now go run a mile.

Get the look: Sports Unlimited integrated football pants ($35); Wild Horse custom football jersey ($40)

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3. Firefighter

Inspired by: Station 19 (starring Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon)

Bring on the heat.

Get the look: Aeromax adult firefighter suit (from $66)

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4. FBI Agent

Inspired by: FBI (starring Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Ebonee Noel)

Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity.

Get the look: Smart People Clothing FBI jacket ($35); Livhò aviator sunglasses ($15)

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5. Lifeguard

Inspired by: Baywatch (starring David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth)

CPR certification not required.

Get the look: Dixperfect one piece bathing suit (from $16); BLARIX whistle and lanyard ($13); Ever Ready first aid fanny pack ($9)

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6. Boxer

Inspired by: Million Dollar Baby (starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman)

Fists up.

Get the look: Sioro bathrobe (from $14); Sanabul punching bag gloves ($30)

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7. Vampire

Inspired by: Dracula (starring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners)

It’s not the size of your fangs, it’s how you bite.

Get the look: Rubie's Costume Co. Transylvania vampire costume ($45); CoolJoy vampire teeth ($9)

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8. Mouse

Inspired by: Mean Girls (starring Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams)

We’re a mouse. Duh.

Get the look: Miqieer long silky dress ($15); Skeleteen mouse accessory set ($10)

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9. Zombie Bride

Inspired by: Mean Girls (starring Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams)

Adam Samuels-approved.

Get the look: Fun World Costumes zombie bride dress (from $23); Beautyself silver grey costume wig ($19); Mehron Makeup coagulated blood ($8)

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10. Undercover officer

Inspired by: Men in Black (starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino)

The best kept secret in the universe.

Get the look: P&L 2-piece suit jacket and pants set ($90); Joopin polarized sunglasses ($11); Skeleteen secret spy earpiece headphones ($7)

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11. Witch

Inspired by: The Wizard of Oz (starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)

Warning: Avoid buckets of water…or else.

Get the look: Forum Novelties classic witch costume (from $14); Mehron Makeup green face and body paint ($12)

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12. Lion

Inspired by: The Wizard of Oz (starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)

Who you calling a coward?

Get the look: Funny Party Hats lion ears and tail set ($27); Elope fingerless costume paws ($10)

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13. Scarecrow

Inspired by: The Wizard of Oz (starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)

If we only had a brain cornfield…

Get the look: Rubie's Store adult scarecrow costume (from $25)

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14. Tin man

Inspired by: The Wizard of Oz (starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)

Oil not included.

Get the look: Rubie's Store adult tin man costume (from $43)

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15. Clown

Inspired by: It (starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard)

*Spots red balloon*

Get the look: Rubie's deluxe Pennywise costume (from $41); Binggle Pennywise mask ($27)

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16. Cheerleader

Inspired by: Bring It On (starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford)

There must be some Torros in the atmosphere.

Get the look: Cheer Fantastic uniform (from $85); Lunea-Wo canvas sneakers ($15)

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17. Ballerina

Inspired by: Black Swan (starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel)

Because we’ve always dreamed of starring in The Nutcracker.

Get the look: Kranchungel embroidered corset ($16); v28 tutu skirt ($9); Floral Fall crown ($13); Stelle ballet tights ($7)

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18. School girl

Inspired by: The Princess Diaries (starring Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo)

An excuse to break out your Lisa Frank merch.

Get the look: French Toast pleated skirt ($15); Beninos simple shirt ($20); Patiky criss-cross bowtie ($9)

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19. Bunny rabbit

Inspired by: Legally Blonde (starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair)

What, like it’s hard?

Get the look: Lingeriecats bunny girl outfit ($33); Jacobson Hat Company bunny ears headband with fluffy tail ($6); Capezio soft transition tight ($14)

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20. Pirate

Inspired by: Pirates of the Caribbean (starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Xavier Alexander)

Ahoy, matey.

Get the look: Smiffy's high seas pirate costume ($48); Jacobson Hat Company pirate hat with braids ($16)

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21. Doctor

Inspired by: Grey’s Anatomy (starring Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.)

Grab your person.

Get the look: Paramed scrubs set uniform (from $13); Paramed classic dual head stethoscope kit ($24)

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22. Ringmaster

Inspired by: The Greatest Showman (starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron)

Take your seats, ladies and gents. The show is about to begin.

Get the look: Fun shack circus costume outfit ($40); Betheaces Aurora World plush lion ($24)

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23. Hippie

Inspired by: That ’70s Show (starring Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis)

Totally groovy.

Get the look: Joe's USA tie-dye T-shirt (from $16); Kulywon fringe vest (from $11); SunnyPro Store retro round sunglasses ($13)

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24. Nun

Inspired by: The Sound of Music (starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker)

Auf Wiedersehen, darling.

Get the look: Rubie's Costume nun outfit (from $18)

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25. Cowboy

Inspired by: Westworld (starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris)

Howdy, partner.

Get the look: Wrangler Riggs long sleeve shirt (from $25); Western Express cowboy hat (from $28); Smiffys cowboy costume hostler with belt ($16)

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26. Robot

Inspired by: Westworld (starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris)

Bonus points for stellar robot dance moves.

Get the look: Morphsuits creepy monster costume ($50)

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27. Alien

Inspired by: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote)

Warm and practical.

Get the look: Ghoulish Masks Area 51 mask ($20); Utopia blanket ($23)

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28. Astronaut

Inspired by: Toy Story (featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles)

To infinity and beyond.

Get the look: Disguise inflatable costume ($53)

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29. Runner

Inspired by: Juno (starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner)

You may already have these pieces in your closet.

Get the look: Soffe running shorts ($15); Aeropostale polo shirt ($10); Suddora yellow sweat band ($7); Pareberry tube socks ($10)

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30. Nerd

Inspired by: Napoleon Dynamite (starring Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries)


Get the look: South Horizon Vote for Pedro shirt ($20); WebDeals aviator eyeglasses ($6); Alluara afro wig ($22)

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31. Exterminator

Inspired by: Ghostbusters (starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver)

Who you gonna call?

Get the look: Rubie's Store costume with inflatable backpack ($24)

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32. Nanny

Inspired by: Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson)

A jolly holiday, indeed.

Get the look: Smiffys nanny costume (from $35); Elope Mary Poppins hat ($25)

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33. Devil

Inspired by: Hocus Pocus (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones)


Get the look: FunWorld Gothic Devil Costume (from $19)

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34. Mummy

Inspired by: Hocus Pocus (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones)

Bonus points for sewed lips.

Get the look: Wishu Long frock coat (from $33); Rubie's Edward Scissorhands wig ($17)

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35. Sailor

Inspired by: Stranger Things (starring Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Millie Bobby Brown)

Ahoy, matey!

Get the look: Fun Shack sailor costume ($28); Fun Party Hats white sailor hat ($18)

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36. Cat

Inspired by: The Bachelorette (starring Katie Thurston, Connor Brennan)

Connor Brennan (AKA Connor B.) may not have won Katie Thurston’s heart, but he sure is memorable.

Get the look: Fun Costumes adult black cat (from $45)

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37. Huntress

Inspired by: Hunger Games (starring Jennifer Lawrence)

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Get the look: InCharacter huntress costume ($34); Morris bow and arrow ($13)

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38. Ghost

Inspired by: Scream (starring Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich)

Do you like scary movies?

Get the look: Fun World ghost face costume ($45)

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39. Genie

Inspired by: Aladdin (starring Will Smith)

Wonderful, magnificent, glorious, punctual!

Get the look: Mehron face and body paint ($7); Joerica gold jewelry ($18); CandyHusky gypsy pants ($22)

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