Nerdy costumes for best friends or couples:
1. Dr. Who and TARDIS: Choose your favorite doctor (the eleventh doctor in the case of the reference image) and find a blue dress to add details to.
2. Walt and Jesse -Breaking Bad: While this duo has been a little more common, I include it in the list because it's a super simple Halloween costume to put together, especially if you're crunched for time or money.
3. Pokemon trainer and Pokemon: The trainer Ash and his favorite Pokemon, Pikachu, are a familiar pairing, but don't be afraid to mix it up! There are numerous trainers and gym leaders to choose from (including Erica, May, Guy, or even Team Rocket) and hundreds of Pokemon now too! Choose your favorite and get creative.
5. Kiki and Tombo: Anyone enjoy Hayao Miyazaki's works as much as I do? Dress up from Kiki's Delivery Service. (Potsu and Sheeta from Castle in the Sky would be another great option too).
6. Banjo and Kazooie: Another Nintendo classic that doesn't receive quite enough recognition.
Nerdy costumes for groups:
1. Tetris: What's more nerdy than a bunch of Tetris blocks running around?! Besides, this group ensemble couldn't be easier to construct!
2. Mario & friends: You've seen Mario and Luigi and Peach...what about the whole gang at once? Get your buds together and recreate this classic Nintendo cast. Bonus points if your group adds in a theme such as MarioKart or Mario Tennis.
3. Despicable Me: Once again, minions like to roam free, but when have you seen the other main characters come to life in costume? Easily put together outfits for Gru, Edith, Vector, and Margo too.
5. Characters from Clue: Enjoy murder mysteries and fancy parties?
6. Planeswalkers: Do you and your friends walk the Multiverse? Dress up as the legendary planeswalkers from Magic the Gathering -Jace, Liliana, Elspeth, Ajani, Nissa, Chandra, Gideon...
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Sponge Bob
Link and Navi from the Legend of Zelda
Disney princesses, heroes, or villains
Westley and Buttercup from the Princess Bride
Lego minifigures (the options are endless here)
King Arthur and his knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Your favorite witch(es) and/or wizard(s) pair/party from Harry Potter (how about Tonks and Remus?)
Princess Lolly and Lord Licorice from Candyland
Fry and Leela from Futurama
Fast-food chain mascots
Atreyu and Empress from Neverending Story
Ms. Frizzle and her students (or the bus) from the Magic School Bus
Anyone (duos or groups) from Game of Thrones -many options here again
A royal flush, or perhaps just the king and queen of hearts
Wreck-it-Ralph and Felix Fix-it and/or Vanellope
No Face & Chihiro from Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Chell and GLaDOS from Portals
Astrid and Hiccup (plus other trainers or dragons) from How to Train Your Dragon
Lilith, Gaige, Salvador...any of the vault hunters from Borderlands
Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural
Halloween costume tips and tricks:
1. Halloween & Convention Spirit - Remember to just have fun! It's about spending time with your best bud, significant other, or group of friends. Don't get too caught up on the tiny details; enjoy deciding on outfits, shopping around for supplies, and getting artsy.
2. Get creative -Don't be afraid to mix things up! Have a favorite character that you feel has already been done? Mash them with another genre or style! Take your favorite Disney princess and turn her into a warrior...Take your favorite superhero and recreate them in the style of one of your favorite artists...Do an actual costume mashup (i.e. Finding Captain Nemo or Charlie Chaplin Brown).
3. Shopping - Some of the best places to shop for Halloween costume pieces and accessories are often overlooked. At the top of this list would have to be your local thrift store (i.e. Salvation Army or Savers). They have all kinds of goods ( at great prices) perfect for recreating characters and designing outfit pieces. I would also recommend checking out the dollar store. You can't be the prices, but it may take some imagination (see my Squirtle outfit to the right! I created that outfit from the Dollar Tree using only $5!). Finally, if you're on Facebook, search for online groups in your area that have to do with 'online garage sale/rummage sale/trading etc.' Great place to pick up things for a good deal again.
4. Research -Once you decide on a costume, don't be afraid to search around the internet for specific tips and tricks related to your costume. Reference images are a must, so be sure to hit up Google images. instructables.com is another great site for finding costume tutorials.
While I can't describe in detail how to make each of the above costumes (don't we all wish we had more time ;) ), I'd love to help you guys out! Have a specific character in mind but struggling with the design/build? Leave a comment below and I'd be happy to throw out specific ideas and techniques.