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20 Creative Public Media Inspired Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! Public media is home to some of the smartest, cutest and sassiest characters (we’re looking at you Dowager Countess of Grantham!) and personalities on television and radio! This year, draw your Halloween costume inspiration from the public media personalities and characters you love. Here’s 20 creative costume ideas for the ultimate public media fan.

1. Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine via Pinterest

Toot! Toot! All aboard.

2. The Cast of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey via All Things Delightful 

Are you from upstairs or downstairs?

3. Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow

Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow via Costume Works

Pretty sure this little guy has no idea that Levar Burton also played Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation during the same time that he hosted Reading Rainbow. Confusing to some loyal viewers who also watched Star Trek: The Next Generation with their parents.

4. Curious George, The Man in the Yellow Hat and a Banana   

Curious George Family Costume via Pinterest

Trick or treat! This Halloween Costume comes with a healthy, monkey approved snack.

5. Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy via Thrive


6. Ira Glass

Ira Glass from This American Life via Oh Happy Day

This dog also wins at dressing up like Ira Glass. It’s so good, it’s scary.

Ira Glass Dog Halloween Costume via Instagram user (

7. Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego via FreshBooks

Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

8. Julia Child

Julia Child via Project Domestication

So many Jooolias to choose from! We’re loving this “Chicken Sisters” Julia Child costume.

9. Arthur

Arthur from Arthur via Tumblr

Every day when you’re
Walking down the street,
Everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view.
And I say – Hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other.

10. Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and Elmo

Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and Elmo from Sesame Street via Pinterest

This family definitely knows how to get to Sesame Street.

11. Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood via Protect My Public Media

Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

12. Daniel Tiger

Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood via Pinterest

For the new generation of Mister Rogers fans.

13.Your favorite public radio DJ

A DJ via Camille Styles

Show your support for your public radio music station by dressing like your favorite public radio DJ. Slap on your station’s logo to your boom box and you’ll bring the beat to any Halloween party.

14. Bob Ross and his “Happy Little Trees”

Bob Ross & his”Happy Little Trees” from The Joy of Painting   via The Life and Times of Lizzie…

 “Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.” – Bob Ross

15. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford the Big Red Dog

Emily Elizabeth and Clifford the Big Red Dog from Clifford the Big Red Dog via babycenter. Blog


16. Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop

Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop from Lamb Chop’s Play-Along via Huffington Post

Just please don’t sing this song.

17. Word Girl

Word Girl via Pinterest

Promoting pre-K literacy is a REAL superpower.

18. Tom Ashbrook or your favorite NPR personality

Mini Tom Ashbrook via Harvard School of Public Health

Gah, the cutest little reporter ever.

19. Your favorite public TV program

Your favorite public TV show via The Neat Life

The screen is yours! Show your friends and family your favorite public TV program.

20. Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus

Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus via Buzzfeed

Undoubtedly, one of public television’s coolest teachers.

Or if you’re looking for the whole Magic School Bus kit and caboodle…

An alternative Magic School Bus costume via Pinterest

“Seatbelts, everyone!”

Happy Halloween! Will you be wearing a public media inspired Halloween costume today? Tell us in the comments below!

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