Deciding what to go as for Halloween can be hard, but coming up with the perfect costume idea for you and your best friend, significant other, or partner can be nearly impossible. If our catalog of celebrity Halloween costumes and our editors’ suggestions have left you wanting, fret no longer: This year, we’ve decided to make things a little easier for you by pulling together 25 of the most iconic pop culture duos across television and film for your decision-making needs. Before you RSVP to all your upcoming Halloween parties, take a look at our couples costume ideas below. (And if you’re partying, don’t forget your mask and to consider outdoor events, as COVID-19 is still very much out there!)
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly
The formula for this one is easy: think “sexy, slightly greasy, and ridiculously obsessed with one another.” If one of you can find a shirt that reads “I Am Weed” and the other one can look absolutely besotted, you’re good to go (and if you do happen to indulge in some cannabis over the course of the night, then, well, it’s just part of your costume).
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Christine Grady
Nobody has been more visible over the last year-plus of the COVID-19 pandemic than NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, and his love story with wife Christine Grady is incredibly heartwarming, provided you’re into medical romance (they literally met at a patient’s bedside). This costume works particularly well if you have a short king partner to tower over in high heels.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
This one is for the lesbians among us only, as I will not stand for anyone else impersonating our unofficial First Lady and First Lady. Time to put that age-gap relationship to good use on Halloween eve—assuming the younger partner can convince the older partner to sign on for a big, spooky night out, of course.
Willy Wonka (the Timothée Chalamet version, natch) and an Oompa-Loompa.
Sure, you could go as the Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, but…why? Timothée Chalamet is right there, and it’s easy enough to cop his style. Should Wonka be dating an Oompa-Loompa, given that they technically work for him at the chocolate factory? Maybe not, but nobody will be thinking about it that hard, I promise.
Jackson Maine and Ally
Perfect for a couple with a campy appreciation for rancher-chic, the main characters from A Star Is Born show their affection through cowboy hats and, of course, love songs. Ally needs a low cut top and leopard print pants while Jackson must have a grubby T-shirt and brown jacket, with slicked back, slightly greasy hair. Everyone gets a guitar.
Justin and Hailey and Bieber
The Biebers are the ultimate millennial couple with accordingly very hip, very “bad” taste (a trend we identified, of course). Known for public displays of being in their feelings, a J&H couples look can be achieved with a beach bum vibe for him (Hawaiian shirt, board shorts, Vans, a shaggy ’do, if you can muster it), and a ’90s-tinged athleisure ensemble for her (sports bra and oversized bomber, scrunchie, visible sport socks). Self-help literature optional!
Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs
This is an excellent if adversarial couples costume, especially if you love the ’80s. If you already have some tennis clothes you’re almost all set: all you need is a tank top and skirt for Billie Jean and a polo for Bobby. Also important, if you can swing it, are a Billie Jean-style wig and two pairs of oversized ’80s glasses (a trip to Goodwill should do the trick). Grab some rackets and pose for photos!
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
Make a nod to Casablanca with a very easy couples costume that can also be unisex, if you want, because everyone looks good in a trench coat! Wear yours belted with fedoras—if you’re sticking to details, have one person wear a shirt and tie underneath and the other, go for Bergman’s crisp white blouse under her practical skirt suit.
Eleven and Dustin
There are several online stores selling Stranger Things costumes, but you could create these looks from any thrift store. For Eleven, a pink dress, tube socks, and blonde wig are all you need, with a dirty face and bloody nose for makeup. Dustin needs a trucker hat on a curly wig, a T-shirt, and a bomber jacket. If you can find someone to play a giant evil alien organism to trick-or-treat with you, all the better.
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
If you have somewhere fancy to go on Halloween night, this Gone With the Wind-inspired costume is swoon-worthy. Wig-wise, dark curls for Scarlett are a must while Rhett needs a debonair mustache. A hoop skirt and a double-breasted suit might be hard to come by in your wardrobe, but if you can hit a costume shop, this couples look is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Pennywise and Child
Sometimes the best couples costumes are the ones that stray furthest away from the traditional ones that are meant for, well, actual couples. If that statement resonates with you, you can stray no further than Pennywise from It and a little child he lures into the sewers. Pennywise is a pretty easy costume to make with a red wig, red nose, white makeup, and a very, very evil face. The kid is even easier—all you need is a yellow raincoat with a hoot, and a child’s innocent love of clowns.
Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley
Pick your favorite Big Little Lies Audrey and Elvis—Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey and leather jacket Elvis, or My Fair Lady Audrey and Vegas Elvis. The possibilities are endless. Or, scrap men all together and wear your sports clothes to be “Big Little Lies Ladies Jogging on the Beach.” We support you.
Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy
If you’re still working on your night cheese, a mousy brown wig paired with square glasses, a hoodie, and a pair of jeans will make you an insta-Lemon. For Jack, all that’s required is a suit–and that you carry around a glass tumbler of whiskey all night long. (The piercing blue eyes of a Siberian Husky are optional.)
Ilana and Abbi
You can easily transform yourself into the Broad City best friends with clothes you already have in your closet. Abbi’s Soulstice uniform can be made from an exercise top and leggings with a matching sweatband; if you’re feeling crafty, you can use a permanent marker to write the logo on your top. The ultimate Ilana costume is equally easy: It consists of cutoffs, a bare midriff, a pair of sneakers, and some wildly teased-up hair.
Benson and Stabler
No heinous crimes need to take place for you to pay tribute to Law & Order: SVU. Formal work clothes paired with badges and holsters will have the guilty parties cowering at any Halloween party you attend.
Lucille and George Michael Bluth
Who says you can’t celebrate Motherboy on Halloween? Re-live the ultimate uncomfortable pageant by donning sailor suits to celebrate Lucille and George Michael’s awkward attempt at winning the annual mother-son dinner dance in Arrested Development.
Buffy and Angel
Fight evil the best way you know how this Halloween by dressing as the hottest couple of the ‘90s, courtesy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy’s key wardrobe choices are a strappy tank and tight pants with a wood stake in hand, and all that’s required for Angel is a signature leather jacket and a hell of a lot of hair gel.
Kimmy and Titus
If you’re still singing “Peeno Noir” at the top of your lungs and clapping your hands at the simplest technology, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Kimmy and Titus are the way to go. For Kimmy, her signature outfit of a floral shirt, pink pants, a yellow sweater, and a backpack will make you stand out from the crowd. And there’s no way you’ll blend in as Titus, a costume consisting of the most outlandish color combination you can find in your wardrobe (or, if you’re fancy, a silk kimono) and a boa wrapped around your neck.
Doug Funnie and Patti Mayonnaise
Anyone born in the late ’80s will tell you Doug was an enormously important figure in their upbringing. Live out your childhood dreams by emulating Patti with a yellow wig, a blue shirt with pink spots (drawn on, sewn on, whatever you’re capable of!), a dark skirt, and pink flats. For Doug, a white shirt with a green vest and a pair of cargo shorts will leave no question as to who you’re meant to be. Both cartoon characters wear sneakers with high socks, but we’ll make that element optional.
Nina and Lily
There are few films as haunting as Black Swan, and Nina and Lily also happen to be the perfect duo to dress up as for Halloween. Both costumes can be composed of tutus, feathers, and tiaras. Just maybe decide ahead of time who gets to be the white swan and who gets to be the black one.
Cher and Dionne
Are you and your BFF diehard Clueless fans? All you have to do this Halloween is find plaid skirt-and-jacket combos: for Cher, yellow, and for Dionne, dark blue with a fancy-looking hat to top it off.
Regina and Cady
There are two Mean Girls-inspired options here: Sexy Santa costumes in honor of the Plastics’ legendary dance routine, or tank tops (boob holes optional) and miniskirts in shades of pink, if you’re feeling more like hangin’ out with the Burn Book at Regina’s place.
Jim and Pam
You can transform into Dunder Mifflin’s most famous couple with some simple work clothes. For Pam, pull back your hair halfway then put on a modest skirt, a white blouse, and a pink sweater. For Jim, it’s all about that floppy hair and a button-down with an optional tie. Don’t forget to gaze lovingly at each other every now and again.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear
Kick your nostalgia up a notch and go as the toys you cherished most both as a kid and every time you watched the tear-jerker that is Toy Story. All you need is a cowboy sheriff kit and some sort of robot costume with wings, and you’ll be singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” in no time.
Daria and Jane
“You’re standing on my neck” remains one of the strangest theme song lines of all time, but that doesn’t mean MTV’s sarcastic-yet-fabulous Daria stars aren’t the perfect Halloween go-tos. For Daria, you’ll need a dark red wig, a green army jacket over an orange shirt, a pleated skirt, huge glasses, and combat boots. And for her goth BFF, a short wig, a black V-neck shirt worn with shorts over leggings, and a light red coat with clunky black boots will have you snarking all night long.
Originally Appeared on Vogue