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Incredible Halloween Costumes Inspired by Famous Works of Art

Culture-hounds take heart: Halloween doesn't have to be all Honey Boo Boos and internet memes

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As Woody Allen said, “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” And it seems there’s no day of the year when that’s more true than Halloween. But culture-hounds take heart: Halloween doesn’t have to be all reality TV stars and internet memes. Here are seven timeless costume ideas inspired by great works of art.

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh:

Van Gogh Halloween Costume, Self Portrait

Image courtesy of James Birkbeck

Self-Portrait, 1889; Vincent van Gogh; Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Whistler’s Mother, James McNeill Whistler:

Whistler's Mother, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Tony Brannon

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1

Whistler’s Mother (Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1), 1871, James McNeill Whistler. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer:

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Logan Brumm

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665, Johannes Vermeer. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Roy Lichtenstein:

I… I’ll think about it” meets “M-Maybe.”

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Costume

Image courtesy of Tony Aceves.

Son of Man, Rene Magritte:

Son of Man, Rene Magritte, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Nate Vandermeulen

Flower Chucker, Banksy:

Banksy Flower Thrower Costume

Image courtesy of Jason McDowell

Banksy's Flower Thrower

Image courtesy of Flickr user Jonas K.

Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez:

Post-botched restoration attempt.

Costume by Reddit user Spinjump; Image courtesy of Reddit user OhioUPilot12. H/T Huffington Post.

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