I think I speak for all of us when I say that literally the hardest part of being in a couple is choosing a good couples Halloween costume. How do you pick a costume that reflects both of your unique personalities, but is also instantly recognizable to others, and also won't give you a rash from all the cheap Lycra? It's as challenging as figuring out where to have sex while visiting your significant other's family.
And this frustration goes double for folks in long term relationships. After a few years together, you’ve long ago blown through all the really obvious “Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein/Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” type stuff, and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel with costume ideas like "Matching Tea Cozies" or "Guy and Girl Who Have Been Dating a Really, Really Long Time."
But before you give up and plunk down $50 for the latest movie tie-in costume (or, God forbid, try to recycle your Robin and Miley costume from last year), check out our collection of funny couples costume ideas below. They're virtually guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd, will definitely make you look adorable, and, most importantly, shame every store-bought Elsa and Olaf in the room. And isn't that what Halloween is really about?
SPARTAN CHEERLEADERS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
A great way to express your love for each other, while also expressing your love for classic era Will Ferrell.
JUNO AND PAULIE from JUNO
Warning: Do not wear this adorable costume anywhere near your parents, unless you want to spend all of Halloween fielding questions about why a teenager can have a baby, and yet you, a grown woman, continue to deprive your parents of desperately-needed grandchildren.
FREDDY VS. JASON
Sometimes, Halloween costumes help us deal with the everyday frustrations that build up in even the healthiest of relationships.
You know the old saying: The couple that covers their entire bodies in green face paint together, stays together.
NORMAN BATES AND MARION CRANE FROM PSYCHO
Seriously. Sometimes you both just need a single night where you pretend to murder each other in order to be chill for the rest of the year about whose turn it is to take the trash out.
PIRATE AND PARROT
Bonus points if you dress up as Marshall and Lily as the pirate and parrot.
PHIL AND LIL from Rugrats
Yeah, it's sort of creepy if you think about it ... so just try not to think about it.
Maybe if you dress up like this, you can finally explain to me what the hell this emoji is supposed to be.
WEDNESDAY AND PUGSLEY FROM THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Finally! A clever couple's costume that allows you to lightly celebrate your dark side, yet does not require wearing creepy rag doll face paint.
DOUBLE DARE CONTESTANTS
Don't let the fact that this show has been off the air for 14 years keep you from living your dream of throwing slime on your beloved's head.
SQUINTS AND THE LIFEGUARD FROM THE SANDLOT
Send a strong message about your favorite '90s-movie-set-in-the-'60s/'70s with this costume. But beware: If you guys come across a group dressed as the girls from Now & Then, you will be required to engage them in battle to the death. There can be only one!
JACK AND COKE
Let the world in on the real secret behind your long-lasting, fairy tale romance: booze, and plenty of it!
RON BURGUNDY AND VERONICA CORNINGSTONE FROM ANCHORMAN
This costume is not only a great way to pay tribute to one of the big screen's most enduring love stories; it's also a great way to get your daily suggested intake of calcium.
SILENT FILM STARS
You don't have to learn to Charleston to pull of this costume, but it would help.
MARGE AND HOMER SIMPSON
Pro tip: Dress your dog up as Bart, and proceed to totally and utterly win at life.
ZACK MORRIS AND KELLY KAPOWSKI FROM SAVED BY THE BELL
Finally! A reason to wear those stone-washed jeans that the saleswoman at Urban Outfitters told you were totally on trend for fall (she was a liar, sorry).
SOAP AND SPONGE
You're not grinding on the dance floor; you're merely lathering.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
You're not "engaging in a totally inappropriate and gross PDA," you're just being a sandwich!
ELVIS AND PRISCILLA PRESLEY
If it's good enough for Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky, it's good enough for you. Uh huh, thank yeh very much!
CARL AND RUSSELL FROM UP
If you're in the market for a couples costume that will make people feel gently melancholy all night, you can't do much better than this. Plus, you can hide snacks in the backpack.
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