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Fan Art is a common and understandable pastime. But drawing a fictional character dressed as another fictional character? This is actually common too. See Cosplay Fan Art.

This is a Sub-Trope where characters will frequently cosplay for Halloween rather than buying or making generic costumes. The characters commonly appear on a single panel, which usually occurs out of continuity and can happen even if the characters come from a setting without a Halloween holiday. The characters can all cosplay to a single medium and/or cosplay as characters that inspired/influenced their own design.


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  • Promotional artwork for General Mills' 2017 Monster Cereals, seen on the back of the boxes, shows mascots for other General Mills food dressed as either Count Chocula, Franken Berry, or Boo Berry, as well as the monsters attempting to dress as each other.

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  • Abbott Elementary: In "Candy Zombies" the students and teachers are dressed up for Halloween at Abbott. Several costumes reference Marvel Comics characters.
    • Ava is dressed as Ororo Munroe/Storm, complete with white irises.
    • Melissa is dressed up like Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Ashley is dressed obviously trying to emulate Wanda, but her costume doesn't match at all, to Melissa's annoyance.
    • The "villain" is a male student dressed up as the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Thanos. The teachers call him "Baby Thanos". Several overt references to the character are made:
      • He wears candy ring pops to emulate the Infinity Stones.
      • He says "I am inedible" ("I am inevitable"), and when a kid asks him, "What did it cost?" He replies, "Everything."
      • When Baby Thanos pulls round yellow thing resembling a Mind Stone off Mr. Johnson's forehead (who Jacob had mistaken for Vision earlier), Melissa (dressed as Wanda) reaches out with an outstretched arm and shouts, "Nooooooo!"
  • In the Castle Halloween episode "Vampire Weekend," the title character, played by Nathan Fillion, steps back into one of his actor's old roles for Halloween.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, the main group, plus Penny's then-current boyfriend Zach, dress up as the Justice League for a costume contest.
  • Frasier:
    • In "Halloween," Niles hosts a costume party where each guest must arrive dressed as a famous literary character. Niles himself is dressed as Cyrano de Bergerac, Martin is Sherlock Holmes, Frasier and Daphne are dressed as Geoffrey Chaucer and the Wife of Bath, respectively, Roz is O, Bulldog is Waldo, Gil is The Last of the Mohicans, Frasier chats up an unnamed female guest dressed as Eve (and she eventually leaves with a man dressed as Satan), and a guest with dwarfism is mistaken for a trick-or-treater at the door because he's dressed as Frankenstein's monster… and the little girl dressed as Alice next to him really is a trick-or-treater.
    • In "Room Full of Heroes", Frasier hosts a Halloween party where guests are to come dressed as — and acting like — their personal heroes. Frasier is Sigmund Freud, Niles is Martin, Martin himself is Joe DiMaggio, Daphne is Elton John, Roz is Wonder Woman.
  • NCIS:
    • In one Halloween episode, Abby dresses as Marilyn Monroe. Tony and McGee are stunned speechless.
    • In a later Halloween episode, Abby mentions that Vance banned costumes after "last year's Jonas Brothers debacle".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Thunderkitty often wears leopard/cheetah print singlets, unsurprisingly but at New Era Wrestling in October of 2012, her nemesis Cameron Star dressed as Wonder Woman. Since Star was a heel and Thunderkitty was a baby face, the result probably looked backwards to comic book/cartoon fans. A good deal of other wrestlers were in costume too though(Star's partner Damian Cole was some other stars and stripes themed DC character), including some as referees, as if they weren't easily distracted enough.
  • In 2016, Dalton Castle did double duty of promoting shop ROH and saying happy Halloween by dressing in Briscoe Brother merchandise and doing his best impression of Dem Boys. In response to this, Mark Briscoe grabbed a peacock mask normally worn by The Boys who usually follow Castle around.

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  • Used as Downloadable Content in the original Sonic Adventure 2, but not its Nintendo GameCube remake.
  • In the Halloween Town levels of Kingdom Hearts, Sora gets a unique, vampire-themed costume complete with Cute Little Fangs.
  • Halloween Mode in Team Fortress 2 allows the use of exclusive items only available during full moon nights and, well, Halloween.
  • The Dead or Alive franchise usually gives new Downloadable Content for Halloween. Obviously, a lot of it is Stripperiffic / Sexy Whatever Outfit.
  • Reaper, Ana, Soldier: 76, Mercy, Junkrat, Roadhog, Symmetra, Pharah, Zenyatta, Reinhardt, and Bastion all get in the Halloween spirit with their skins during the Halloween Overwatch update.
    • Additionally, the Halloween Comic features a few of the game's cast at a Halloween Party (presumably at Watchpoint: Gibraltar or another Overwatch base). In it, Reaper, Mercy, Junkrat, and Roadhog wear the costumes featured in their in-game skins (the Headless Horseman, a witch, Dr. "Junkenstein", and Junkenstein's monster, respectively), and Cassidy/McCree dressed as Van Helsing, Ana as a pirate, and Torbjorn as a viking. Interestingly, Soldier: 76 and Reinhardt's costumes in the comic are different from their in game skins (the former as Evel Knievel (which, coincidentally, is identical to his Daredevil: 76 skin), and the latter getting two costumes: a Naval Captain at the party, and the king of the castle in the story he tells).
  • Cave Story+'s Halloween Mode is filled to the brim with references. Sue dresses as Princess Peach, Kazuma dresses as Jason Voorhees, Curly dresses as Samus Aran, Kanpachi dresses Darth Vader, Misery is dressed like Morrigan, Sue also gets a look based on Felicia during the Undead Core fight, the Doctor is dressed like Dracula, and... King is dressed like V, even though it makes him look utterly silly. Furthermore, the grassland jellies are a dead ringer for Metroids, the ghost-like enemies in the same area look like Cactaurs, the roaches in the Labyrinth are also dead-ringers for Xenomorphs (even the eggs), and the big bugs in the Egg Corridor are dressed like Kamina. Ballos' first form is also pretty much Astaroth.

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  • Gaia is quite fond of this for its Halloween events, and the art changes every year. (With the exception of the past few years, where everyone recycled their costumes). It started out in 2004, with Agatha as Slimer, Meridith as Darth Vader, and Moria as Freddy Krueger. Other famous examples include Edmund as James Bond, Liam as Hannibal Lecter, Sasha as Samara, Ian as Jigen, Vanessa as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Agatha as the most terrifying thing you've ever seen in your life.
    • While the majority of shopkeepers didn't indulge in this trope for Halloween 2009, it did bring us Edmund as Batman. In the midst of the event, the Dernier* Cri crew returned with Brennivin as Andy Warhol, Kanoko as fellow RIG character Hatsya, and... Radio Jack Sparrow.
    • Exapanded in 2010, with Nicolae as Alex, Moria as The Major, Kanoko as Hermione, Radio Jack as Pikachu, Ian as Goku, Rina as Chibitalia, Becky as Lady Gaga, Peyo as Max, Louie as Uryu Ishida... and the list goes on from there.
  • At the Halloween of the Whateley Universe, Team Kimba went as characters from Tenchi Muyo! since Tennyo cannot keep from looking like Ryoko. No one told Phase that Generator made a Sasami costume for him to go in.

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  • Sam & Mickey:
    • Stacie often dresses as Tinker Bell.
    • In "Halloween", Yasmin dresses as Barbie, though Barbie mistakes her for several other personalities before she puts on her mask. Additionally, Snow White and Belle dress as each other.
    • The Spooky Stories miniseries has Skipper dress as Barbie.
    • The Barbie Cooking Show (Halloween Edition) ha Skipper and Yasmin dress as Lani McKenzie and Dora the Explorer, respectively.

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