Halloween was made for couples costumes.
The plug and the socket, Thing 1 and Thing 2, the list goes on and on. I LOVE Halloween; and take great pride in planning my costumes. Two years ago, my brother and I dressed up like Beavis and Butt-Head. Last year was supposed to be our crowning achievement: he as Curious George, me as The Man in the Yellow Hat. I spent weeks preparing my costume.
Then, tragedy struck: My brother's flight from Los Angeles was delayed and he missed the party in New York. And that's how I ended up at a Halloween costume party dressed as Teen Wolf in a baseball jacket and my wolf spirit hoodie.
Don't let this happen to you! There are plenty of great couples costumes you can pull off on your own, in the event that you have shitty luck like me and plan a Halloween costume for two only to suddenly be a party of one. Here are some costumes that will be cool as hell even if your friend gets the flu, your boyfriend dumps your ass, or your brother's flight is delayed. Never again will I be caught wearing eyeliner as whiskers, sipping cabernet in seething distress.
Dale Cooper and Bob, Twin Peaks
Sure, if you can be the show's villain, Bob, and have someone else willing to go as FBI Detective Dale Cooper, that would be pretty tight. But Bob is still a sick costume by himself. Who doesn't love a totally frightening villain in a Canadian tuxedo? Dude can definitely stand on his own.
What you'll need: A jean jacket, jeans (a jean jumpsuit can serve as an alternative), a long gray wig, and terrifying smile
Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat
My brother royally screwed my costume up by not showing up for the Halloween party. But if the tables had been turned, Curious George would have been absolutely fine rolling stag.
What you’ll need: A monkey suit and a red T-shirt (bonus points if you get a yellow fabric pen and write "George" on the shirt)
Pikachu and Pokémon player
If you're going as Pikachu and one of the catchin' kids, I commend you. But if Ash gets sick (or a side chick), at least you will still look fabulous and totally on-trend this Halloween.
What you'll need: This amazing costume
Liz Lemon and Kenneth or Jack
Liz Lemon will truly never not be a funny costume. If you've got Kenneth or Jack to throw in the mix, that's cool; but you can rock a Liz costume by yourself and still be the coolest person at the party… unless someone else is Liz Lemon, and has managed to get their date to actually show up.
What you'll need: A navy blazer, glasses, a horizontally striped T-shirt, and a bag of Sabor de Soledad or Cheetos
Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus
Would it be a lot fucking cooler to have your boyfriend dressed as the Magic School Bus, completely made of cardboard, paint, and heart? Yeah, that would be amazing, but it's OK if your boyfriend sucks and dumped you last minute because you're MS. FRIZZLE AND YOU DON'T NEED NO MAN.
What you'll need: A bun with a pencil in it and a dress covered in planets and stars (you can take a navy or black dress and paint them on using these)
If you don't have a Sally to make your costume complete, it's fine. I mean, think about Jack. He was single for hundreds of years before he met Sally and he was still the greatest Pumpkin King of all.
What you'll need: This face-painting tutorial, black jeans, and a black tuxedo shirt
For all my nerds out there, you know what I mean when I say this is the costume to end all costumes. Obviously it's about 500 times more badass if your girlfriend dresses up in a cardboard box you painted to look like the Tardis, but no one is going to rain on your parade tonight, Doctor.
What you'll need: A plaid jacket, red bow tie, white button-down, black jeans, and a wand with some silver paint on the end (the screwdriver, duh)