Last Minute 2011 Movie-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas From Your Friendly Movieline Editors

There are mere days left until Halloween, and you're still scrambling for a costume that reflects your savvy Movieline-reading film knowledge? The perfect outfit that screams, "Look at me, I watch more movies than you, plebian sexy fill-in-the-blank!" Movieline's staff have culled a litany of costume ideas for you, inspired by indie art films and big Hollywood hits alike, either from this year at the movies or from the future. Dive in to find the greatest relevant Halloween costume ideas of the year!

halloween_madonna200.jpgContagion Jude Law

How ghetto was Jude Law's self-made biohazard suit in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion? So ghetto that you can easily craft a copycat costume from materials already in your home! All you need are medical/dishwashing gloves/oven mits and clear plastic bags. But be careful -- you could easily out-costume Law's onscreen get-up (or asphyxiate) and that would not be fun. Remember, the genius of this costume is that it would never protect anyone against a virus that kills within 24 hours. Extra credit if you pass out fliers, find a pair of crooked fake teeth and can figure out a way to drink all night without removing your bag helmet. - Julie Miller

Also see: Contagion Matt Damon

Cheap, easy and effective: Just get a shag wig and a down parka, and then anytime someone asks who you are, just shout back, "Can I talk to her? Where is she?! WHAT HAPPENED TO HER???" - S.T. VanAirsdale

halloween_madonna200.jpgBryce Dallas Howard in The Help

Another easy-peasy movie costume idea! Hit up a vintage store for a period sheath. Do your hair up like a good '60s housewife. Smudge a bit of chocolate fudge on your mouth, and walk around all night holding a piece of chocolate pie murmuring crazypants ideas about social propriety. - Jen Yamato


Girl group outfit time! Find matching pink godawful bridesmaids dresses; don your best stankfaces. Bring Brazilian BBQ carry-out. Pop a squat in midday traffic. Accessorize with puppies and girl talk. - JY

halloween_madonna200.jpgBernie the Gorilla in Zookeeper

But what you really want to be is everyone's favorite T.G.I. Friday's-obsessed gorilla from the only movie to ever feature a T.G.I. Friday's-obsessed gorilla. Right? The good news is that the costume is easy: Just locate a novelty gorilla costume, an XXL lime-green polo shirt and a T.G.I. Friday's menu. (Movieline does not condone chain restaurant menu theft but it does condone precise Halloween costumes based on characters from Happy Madison productions.) The bad news is that you might sweat through the fur. Bonus points if you can keep up a Nick Nolte-style rasp and then end the night by sharing your innermost secrets with a zookeeper (or friend dressed like a Zookeeper) while reclining on the top of a stolen van. - JM

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  • The WInchester says:

    This year, I'm going to a party as Judge Dredd, and halfway through the party, I'm going to have the director replaced, but issue a vague "It was the plan the whole time" press release.
    (And no, the mask will not come off. But there may be some "I AM THE LAAAAWWWW" utterances)

  • AS says:

    Well, you already know I've got my scorpion jacket pre-ordered. But since it's not shipping till december I'm definitely rockin the Michael Fassbender look (no prosthetics required 😉

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Pics or it didn't happen!

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Pics or it didn't happen! Um... wait. NM.

  • juliet says:

    where are the pictures? I want to see them.

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