13 of the Best Knock-Off Halloween Costumes

12:43 October 28, 2019
By: Christian Willbern

For many clothing design companies, Halloween can be a cash-cow. However, if the cheap polyester-blend isn't any indication, they would like to get as much bang for their buck. That's why these companies have come up with an "artful" way to get around paying licensing fees of famous things or characters. Here are some of the best Halloween knock-off costumes.

1. Hard Outlaw

Ahh, yes, the Summer White Claw craze is brought back to life in the form of a costume. However, to avoid licensing fees, costumedesign company Yandy has decided to call their outfit "Hard Outlaw."Because there ain't no laws when you're drinkin' the Hard Outlaws.

2. Sidekick Bros

If you're a fan of video games, then you've definitely heard of the classic "Sidekick Bros." These Super Mario Brothers knock-offs from Spirit Halloween features largely over-sized overalls andanatomically incorrect gloves.

3. Misfit Hipster

Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) became all the craze after Suicide Squad was released. Costume company Leg Avenuereleased their take on the comic book character, titled, "Misfit Hipster." Here she's sporting red and blue tights with a shirt that reads #jokesonyou. Too bad the joke is on them.

4. Juice Demon

Someone say "Beetlejuice" three times because he needs to see this. "Juice Demon" is a wonderfully terrible knock-off of the classic 1990 horror movie. Get it today from your local Halloweenstore! (hair and dignity not included)

5.Pubescent Frog of Silent War

Now, I have to hand it to the company that makes this costume. It takes a lot of brainstorming to come up with the "Pubescent Frog of Silent War," a knock-off of the famous T.V. show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They went the extra mile to walk around that licensing fee.

6.Red Dead Beetle Bride

AnotherBeetlejuiceknock-off! This is Yandy's"sexy" take on Winona Ryder's brides dress in the film. They probably wanted toavoid conjuring the evil spirit; saving money was a small bonus.

7.Unusual Events

What's one way to get around licensing fees?
Thesaurus.com! Or that's what this company did. This Stranger Things knock-off wig is based on the character "Eleven's" hair during the first season.

8. Wolf Clan Warrior

Game of Thrones is a groundbreaking show for many reasons, but mostly for its complete lack of sympathy towards killing off characters. However, there were a few that stayed alive through the eight-season series. Who could ever forget Wolf Clan Warrior,the true King of the North?

9. Notionless

Notionless: a cult classic! Starring Alicia Silverstone as Cherb. This costume is Costume Culture by Franco's knock-off of Cher's iconic outfit in Clueless. Anotherlaugh-out-loud thesaurus.com off-brand costume.

10. Naughty Napping Princessa

Prepare to have your childhood memories sullied. Leg Avenue's "Naughty Napping Princess" is an X-rated spin on Belle's dress from Beauty and the Beast.

11.Spooky Family Matriarch

The Addams Family movies are a cornerstone of the Halloween holidays. Get in the spirit with the Spooky Family Matriarchcostume from Yandy's! Don't be surprised if you see a sexy Cousin Itt costume coming soon.

12. Deep Sea Sirena

A little Shakespearean twist on a knock-off's name is somewhat refreshing. This is Leg Avenue's "Deep Sea Siren," an off-brand adult Ariel costume from The Little Mermaid.

13. Hermany Grinder

Last, but certainly not least, the Hermany Grinder: The Top Student at Chogborts knock-off! Although this costume was made by Obvious Plant, a prank gift company, company owner Jeff Wysaski actually left this and other fake costumes in Halloween stores.

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