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Alexandria DuPriest of Phenix City, Ala., writes: "I chose this costume because everywhere I go people tell me I look like America Ferrera. Along with that, I just love the show! I thought it was the perfect costume for this Halloween."
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"D– IN A BOX"
Robert LeNormand of Metairie, La., writes: "Justin Timberlake shocked the nation last year with his Saturday Night Live hit video 'D– in a Box.' We parodied the video with simple items found around the house. The act was the best part. The Halloween costume party we attend every year was a blast."
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ROCK OF LOVE STARS
Rebecca Culhane of Mitchell, S.D., writes: "Last Halloween, my husband and I decided to go as the cast of the first season of Rock of Love. With the help of my sister and a friend, we pulled it off with flying colors. Our Bret, Jess, Heather and Lacey costumes were a hit!"
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Amanda Magarian of Beverly Hills, Calif., writes: "I dressed up as Lara Croft for Halloween last year. My mom and I threw this together in the final hours leading up to a big Halloween party I was going to. The results were an absolute hit!"
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MARILYN & JOE
Mandi Tools of Gainseville, Fla., writes: "I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe and my boyfriend dressed up as Joe DiMaggio. I love old movies and my boyfriend is a former collegiate baseball player and a huge Yankees fan, so it was only natural for us to go as one of history's most famous couples."
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GUNS 'N ROSES
Kathy Dec of Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., writes: "My husband and I love Guns 'N' Roses (Slash and Axl). With a few accessories and a look in our closet, we thought we pulled it off rather well!"
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THE CAST OF NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
Jackie Johnson of Portsmouth, Va., sends in this pic: "[We were] the cast of Napoleon Dynamite, she writes.
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THE OFFICE CAST
Alaina Klasi of Rockford, Ill., writes: "We dressed up as the cast of The Office! Dwight, Michael, Jan, Angela, Meredith, Pam and Jim [were all there.]"
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PETE & ASHLEE
Allison Terry of Milwaukee writes: "Me and my boyfriend decided to dress like Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson. I bought a blonde wig and hat and wore most of my own clothes. My boyfriend bought a brown wig and we cut it so it looked like Pete Wentz's hair, then he borrowed clothes and jewelry from me and my roommate. Everyone loved it!"
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CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW
Lauren Shrewsbury of Seattle writes: "My boyfriend Rudy is a dead ringer for Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean. Even his friends didn't recognize him at first!"
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AMY WINEHOUSE AND THE ORBITZ GIRL
Amanda Tibbits of Minneapolis writes: "This year, I dressed up as Amy Winehouse and my best friend was the Orbitz gum girl. People are still talking about our costumes!"
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MADONNA, MADONNA, MADONNA!
Melissa Petryszyn of New York City writes: "My four friends and I dressed up as 20 years of Madonna: "Like a Virgin," "Express Yourself," "Human Nature," "Music" and the most recent, "Hung Up,"] complete with new baby David Banda."
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AL & PEG
Kristin Rudolph of Green Bay, Wis., writes: "My fiancé and I dressed up as Al and Peg Bundy from Married with Children. Everyone knew who we were because of my ridiculously large hair!"
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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (AND BUSH)
Chelsea Bearden of Atlanta writes: "My fiancé and I dressed as Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) and his bush. I glued leaves all over my dress and wore brown tights that looked like stems. He wore scissor gloves and the complete outfit. We ended up winning best dressed at the party!"
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Meghan Scully of Toronto writes: "Me and my boyfriend dressed up as Claire Bennet and Peter Petrelli from the television show Heroes! It was awesome. Save the cheerleader, save the world!"
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Kate Sims of Fairfax, Va., writes: "My husband and I went as David and Victoria Beckham. He wanted to be comfortable ... and I wanted a blonde wig! People loved it!"
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Jen Smart of Port Chester, N.Y., writes: "My husband Dave and our friends Al and Karine dressed up like the crew from Reno 911!. Dave had the most revealing costume as Lt. Dangle! He wore the shortest shorts ever!"
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Nina Tiari of San Francisco writes: While she went as Coco Chanel to a party this year (left), pal David Mohammadi went as Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and Rachel Lorenz dressed as Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Work it!
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SHARON & OZZY
Heather Gaut of Nappnee, Ind., writes: "My friend Ryan and I went to a bar dressed as Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Everyone loved our costumes . I think we got a little feel of what it's like to be them! It was definitely a big hit."
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AMY WINEHOUSE & GWEN STEFANI
Dolli Gold of Akron, Ohio, writes: "My daughter, Gayle Carter, said 'No, no, no!' She was a great Amy Winehouse. Her sister, Liz, was equally as good in her Gwen Stefani outfit."
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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Jana Lomax of Denver: "We love Wes Anderson films. This year we had all the components to make a great Tenenbaum Family."
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LIL' JON & BORAT
Julien Decanali of Queens, N.Y., writes: "I've always watched Ali G and people used to say that I resembled him, so what would be an easier last-minute costume than to get a wig and mustache and put on a gray suit? My friend Jean dressed up like Lil' Jon. Everyone loved us. Very nice!"
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Ann Tonggarwee of Washington, D.C., writes: "I've always wanted to be Tina Turner for Halloween. When I saw this 'crazy caveman' wig in the party store, I knew that it would make me 'Simply the Best'!"
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Christina van Koppen of Woodstock, Ga., writes: "My girlfriends and I had a blast at the lingerie store recreating the Fembot costumes [from the Austin Powers movies]. The hardest part was choosing the lucky guy who got to be Mike Myers. Why did we choose this costume? Who doesn't want to be a Fembot?!?!"
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MARY-KATE & ASHLEY
Anna Elinsky of Solon, Ohio, writes: "My best friend and I have always loved the Olsens so we decided to be them this year! We were a hit."
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BRITNEY THROUGH THE YEARS
Danielle Norcross of Palm Beach, Calif., writes: "My girlfriends and I, 10 total, dressed up as Britney Spears from every phase she's been through. We did the school girl, the red catsuit from 'Oops! ... I Did it Again,' the sparkly 2000 VMAs, the 'I'm a Slave 4 U,' the flight attendant from the 'Toxic' video, the pink wig, and the "Gimme More" Britney. It's the most Britneys anyone has ever seen at once!"
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Rachel Martin of Berkeley, Calif., writes: "My husband works for an international development nonprofit that sends him places like Haiti and the Republic of Congo to do hard-to-explain projects related to 'biofuels' and 'carbon sequestration,' so our friends joke that he must be working for the CIA. We decided to fuel their suspicions this year by dressing up as Mr. amp Mrs. Smith. We're pictured with our kids, Frances, 3, and Earl, 10 months."
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Britnee Conboy of Vancouver, Wash., writes: "My husband, Matt, dressed up like Gene Simmons, and I was his rock-star girlfriend. We were getting such a kick out of it, because everyone was grabbing his butt everywhere we went! We won every Halloween contest out there! He is pretty hot!"
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THE 'IT' GIRLS
Katherine of Dayton, Ohio, writes: "This year my three roommates and I dressed up as the 'rehab crew,' made up of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan. With the exception of LiLo's alcohol monitoring bracelet, our costumes were not homemade."
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Jennifer Thomas of Knoxville, Tenn., writes: "I bought the vintage '60s dress and the wig on eBay. The shoes I got at Goodwill and I bought a huge fake diamond ring. I have been obsessed with Elvis ever since I was a little girl. When I was younger [I] saw the movie Elvis and Me on TV and I have been fascinated with Elvis and Priscilla's love story [ever since]. Dressing up like Priscilla is fun because I am so enamored with her."
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Michelle Catambay of San Jose, Calif., writes: "We celebrated my sister's birthday/Halloween in San Francisco. She requested musicians from any genre. I wanted to be someone I thought no one would dress up to be this year, and decided Ginger Spice. With the wig, the makeup, the dress and a couple of peace signs, I pulled it off!"
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A GAGGLE OF STARS!
Monica Lopez of San Bernadino, Calif., writes: "My boyfriend, Donovan, is a deejay so doing a little Run-DMC was fitting. I went with the ghost of Marie Antoinette because I loved the movie with Kirsten Dunst. My cousin Jerina is so glamorous she instantly became Madonna's Material Girl. Her boyfriend, Ben, became Prince the minute he put on his homemade purple suit."
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Joe Henderson of Chesapeake Beach, Md., writes: "I dressed up like Nick Nolte [in his infamous mugshot.] I made the costume myself, and yeah that's my REAL HAIR. Pretty wicked!"
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THE VILLAGE PEOPLE
Becca Loscheider of Minneapolis writes: "[It] never fails that 'YMCA' blares through the speakers at every Halloween party. We decided to have our own girly versions of the infamous group!"
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MY NAME IS EARL
Lyndsy Di Nardo of Brookfield, Wis., writes: "My husband and I dressed as Earl and Joy this year, from the show My Name Is Earl!" He even has the list of deeds in his pocket – let's hope they racked up some good karma!
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Jamie Maggio of Rockville Centre, N.Y. , brought back the Britney of 2000 (left), while Dana Mastermaker of Buffalo, N.Y., said "Gimme More" (center) and Holly Passalaqua of Hollywood celebrated Spears post-rehab. "Any way you look at it, you just gotta love all the Britneys!" Passalaqua writes.
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SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES
Kristin Zurmuehlen of Burlington, Iowa, writes: "My husband and I dressed as real-life couple Jesse James and Sandra Bullock from Miss Congeniality. Everyone tells me I look like Sandra when they first meet me. We ended up winning several costume contests in our area. It was the most memorable costume for me."
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Natasha Dara of Austin, Texas, writes: "I took advantage of knowing I'd be the only Indian girl [at my Halloween party] and thought I'd see if I could pull off being a gold-laden Aishwarya Rai [the Bollywood star]. Two people guessed it, so that was enough for me!"
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Lordelyn P. del Rosario-Dacanay of Mariposa, Calif., writes: "My soon-to-be 4-year-old son, Jonah, is famous in our small town for his rock star impersonations during Halloween. He has been Elvis (2004), Jimi Hendrix (2005), and last year he was Prince. He dressed in a purple jacket, [had] a guitar in the shape of the Artist's symbol, and he even had 'chest hairs.' Our little rock star is always a hit."
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PRINCE & BORAT
Roger Cullman of Toronto, Ohio, writes: "I've been dressing up for Halloween as Prince since '94. Every year I find something else to incorporate into my costume. Prince has had so many different looks over the years, but the one I emulate best is his Purple Rain era. I'm pictured here at a Halloween party at a Toronto club in 2006 with my buddy Borat."
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THE BROKEBACK BOYS
Jessica Ridenour of Seal Beach, Calif., writes: "My husband and I dressed up as the characters from Brokeback Mountain because we loved the film and the costume was virtually effortless!"
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THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR
Whitney Setser of Ashville, N.C., writes: "My roommates, Laura, Amanda and I just love The Girls Next Door. We never miss an episode! So last Halloween, because we were going to a costume contest and rock 'n' roll show, we decided to dress as Kendra, Holly and Bridget. Anytime we'd walk around the venue alone, someone would come up to us and ask, 'Where's Holly?' or 'Where's Bridget?' "
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Lyman Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., writes: "There was a '90s-themed Halloween party [and] I went as Kurt Cobain. I chose Kurt because he was a huge icon as well as one of my favorite musicians. I bought the wig and cut it. The clothes I already owned."
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Heather Hunt of Atlanta writes: "I needed a quick and easy costume for last year's company Halloween party so I dressed up like Michael Jackson with Blanket. I know [it's] a bit outdated, but [it] still was funny."
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Johnny Willcut of Kalispell, Mont., writes: It wasn't even Halloween, but "my wife, mother-in-law, friend and myself dressed as the Osbournes in 2003 as part of what is known as the Polar Bear Plunge – a New Year's Day jump into Flathead Lake. It has been an annual tradition since 2000."
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Katie McCormack of Minneapolis writes: "Last year I was Lucille Ball for Halloween. [I had a] navy polka dot dress, red wig, apron – the whole nine. Only problem? Everyone thought I was Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life!"