ByAnanda Dillon, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, lover of all things fantastical and spooky. "Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive." - Ferris Bueller @AnandaWrites
Ananda Dillon

Halloween 2016 is around the corner and it's time to start brainstorming and prepping costumes for this year's parties and trick-or-treating. It's also time for the Halloween costume industry to reveal what ridiculous knock-offs of pop culture and movie and TV characters they will be offering at lunatic prices this year.

What makes this yearly ritual particularly amusing is that character and title names are sometimes copyrighted by their distributors (though, not always) meaning costume sellers have to get a bit creative with how they describe their wares as they can't use the actual character name, or series or movie title. This makes for a fun guessing game and it's time to play!

Take our quiz to see if you can correctly guess what film, TV, and pop culture icons are being referred to in these knock-off costumes. Just remember, they sometimes use word-trickery to throw you off who it is they are actually ripping off, so look alive!

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Let The Game Begin!

1.)

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Who is this Victorian "WOMEN'S DELIGHTFULLY DREADFUL VAMPIRESS COSTUME" actually impersonating?

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The "vampire" suggestion is the red herring here. But there's no doubt this costume looks to be Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful. I present Exhibit A to confirm that suspicion. Also, the blatant use of the word "dreadful" in the costume title. Though, let's be honest, you could be any Victorian lady villain wearing this outfit.

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Is this really just a "WOMEN'S RED GOTHIC WEDDING DRESS" or do we know her from somewhere?

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So I hope you found this one to be as obvious as I did. As close to Kim Cattrall and Mary in About Time as it might be, the '80s vibe gives it away. What '80s movie features a girl with dark spiky hair and a red wedding dress? Hmm, could it be Beetlejuice? If that's not blatantly Lydia Deetz, then go ahead and call me a sandworm.

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Feels like we've seen this "WOMEN'S CLASSIC BEAUTY COSTUME" in our childhood....

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When it comes to the Disney rip-offs they really can't use names, but we really don't even need the blatant hint of their use of "Beauty" in the costume name to know we're looking at a Belle imposter from Beauty and the Beast. (They have a tendency to give it away with the hair-dos also...)

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Here we have "ADULT COZY BLUEFISH COSTUME" and "ADULT COZY CLOWNFISH COSTUME" and don't they look "cozy"?

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Another case of censored Disney-mentioning. Obviously we're looking at the sexified versions of Dory and either Marlin or Nemo from Finding Nemo. Dory would be glad she wouldn't remember wearing this outfit and even clown fish deserve better than a pair of knee high gym socks.

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This "DARK NORTHERN KING COSTUME" is just playing semantics...

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I mean, could this be anyone other than Jon Snow, the newly dubbed "King in the North" from Game of Thrones? Who do they think they are kidding with this costume? Also, at $90 it's on the expensive side of the knock-off market, but any man who wears this is guaranteed some geek girl attention come Halloween.

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Does this chick in a "WOMEN'S CATCH ME HONEY COSTUME" want to catch 'em all?

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I know, why even bother guessing? I can't even come up with fake possibilities when it's so obvious this chick is Pikachu from Pokémon. Maybe a greater Pokémon fan than myself out there can explain the "honey" part of the costume's title? Otherwise it just seems a bit like creepy foreplay.

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Does this "WOMEN'S DREADFUL NUN PLUS SIZE COSTUME" remind you of anyone?

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While a creepy nun is always a fun Halloween costume, it can't be a coincidence that this year's nun from The Conjuring 2 was a huge hit, earning her a spin-off film, and here we see a similar lady, blacked out eyes and everything. To be fair, the makeup really sells this one. It's possible you could wear this costume and just be a bit of a punk-rock nun.

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Is this chick really a "SEXY POWER PRINCESS" or is this just a word jumble?

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Why a costume would ever need the qualifier "sexy" put before it is beyond me, but here's an easy word puzzle for us. Could this "sexy power princess" actually be the "Princess of Power"? More commonly known as She-Ra. Unless She-Ra has an impersonator out there, it's a safe bet.

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Is the lady in this "WOMEN'S ROAD RAGE WARRIOR COSTUME" really all that rage-y?

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I guess putting the words "road" and "warrior" together would have been pushing a lawsuit, so this fearsome lady is a "road rage warrior" instead. Or maybe she's Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. Yeah, I'm going with that one. Rage, fury...they could have at least tried a bit, right?

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I'm not sure "WOMEN'S GOTHIC DARLING" was the character description used in the script for this Halloween favorite character.

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I guess maaaaybe if you weren't alive in the '90s, or maaaaybe if you don't like dark humor, or maaaaybe if you don't pay attention to classic black and white television shows could I excuse you from not immediately knowing this reference. This $50 dress (wig not included) is very clearly the most famous dark little girl ever to be written: Wednesday Addams. The real "gothic darling" behind this costume would resent the cutesy nickname.

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This "WOMEN'S CUTE FURRY SPACE CREATURE COSTUME" is being a bit liberal in its interpretation of the characters it's based on.

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First off, if you do wear this costume and call yourself the bear from The Revenant or a Gummi Bear from the cult Disney TV show, muchos kudos for you. However, that is not what this costume is trying to be. The "space creature" part of the title really gives it away, as inaccurate as it is. This is apparently an Ewok loosely imagined from Star Wars. Even though Ewoks don't live in space. But whatever.

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Those who like to mix holidays may know who this "PLUS SIZE CHRISTMAS GIRL COSTUME" actually is.

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Applicable to both Halloween and Christmas, this is a multi-use costume, however don't be fooled, the wig isn't included. Without the wig you've got a cute and festive outfit. With it, this "Christmas girl" is obviously Cindy Lou Who from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The oversized front teeth are a necessary touch as well.

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Admittedly, the title of this costume DOES give it away if you know it's missing an accent: "ADULT POKE BALL DRESS"

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Unless you've been hiding in a hole, you know a Poké ball when you see it, even if disguised as a cutesy woman. This costume will do well if PokémonBounding becomes as popular as DisneyBounding has become. To be fair, though, this one is probably a bit of a cheat as it appears that they're using the actual Pokémon logo on the bottom of the dress — so perhaps it's an officially sanctioned costume.

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Just what every kid dreams of being, a "CHILD ENGLISH NANNY"

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Please, costume company, please. No kid walked up to their mother this year and said, "Mom, I want to be a drab English nanny for Halloween." They probably asked to be Mary Poppins. Though I in no way mean to demean those little girls who just like a solid grey skirt suit. Sometimes you just gotta dress like a turn of the century London governess, you know?

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This "DRAGON QUEEN WOMEN'S COSTUME" doesn't appear to be some kind of Maleficent, so...

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I'd love to see someone wear this as it comes pre-packaged: just the tunic, leggings, and cape. No hair or boots. THEN we might have a mystery on our hands. But as marketed here, there is no doubt this is the Mother of Dragons, our favorite Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Meereen. But ONLY if she's got the hair. She and the Jon Snow guy from up above should go to their Halloween parties together.

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Last, could this "PURPLE ROCK LEGEND COSTUME" really represent anyone other than who we think it does?

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They didn't get the guitar quite right, but we know a Prince Purple Rain costume when we see one. We're still reeling from the pain of knowing a costume like this now indicates an homage to a man who truly is the stuff of legend. If you want to emulate Prince, he'd probably be more than honored, but don't call him a "purple rock legend" like he's a flavor of musician. Whether in name or symbol, this man deserves all the credit.

So how'd you do? Probably the easiest quiz of your life, but also a lesson on marketing, avoiding lawsuits, and generally manipulating language for profit. All great skills to have.

Your next lesson in manipulation is how to reverse-engineer it: Take generic costumes, slap a character/movie/brand name on them and charge lots of money.

Like this:

A skeleton isn't just a skeleton if you reference a movie with the same costume.
A skeleton isn't just a skeleton if you reference a movie with the same costume.

Happy money spending and candy eating season all!

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