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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:

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

Whistler’s Mother, James McNeill Whistler:

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Whistler’s Mother (Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1), 1871, James McNeill Whistler.
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:

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

Roy Lichtenstein:

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Son of Man, Rene Magritte:

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(Image courtesy of Nate Vandermeulen)

Flower Chucker, Banksy:

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(Image courtesy of Flickr user Jonas K)

Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez:

Post-botched restoration attempt.

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

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