It is a documented fact that one of the greatest struggles in any best friendship arrives the day your friend proposes an excellent, totally original best friends Halloween costume — one that just so happens to leave your friend looking amazing and you wearing a stick-on beard/bag over your head/full-body foam rubber replica of the Alamo. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with stick-on beards or full-body foam rubber replicas of the Alamo, mind you. I'm just saying that, in the eternal quest for a cool best friends Halloween costume, we all too often too end up agreeing to a night of joylessly knocking around in an awkward Mrs. Potts costume, while our BFF Belle does Jolly Rancher shots and goes home with a Don Draper. Trust me, I've been there.
So with that in mind, we present the following 21 best friend costume ideas — all of which, in addition to being cool, unique, and interesting, will also leave you and your BFF looking equally adorable/intriguing/terrifying. Keep this list handy, and you will never again have to cave to the pressure to dress up like the Wicked Witch of the West just because your best friend called Dorothy again.
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Day of the Dead Skulls
Half-alive, half-dead, and eerily sexy ... just like the Olsen Twins!
The Sun and the Moon
Sorry about that joke I made in the last costume, Olsen Twins. I didn't mean anything by it! We cool?
BEST FRIEND HEART NECKLACE
Pay tribute to your loving, supportive, long-time friendship, and your passion for '90s jewelry that you bought at Claire's, at the same time.
If there's such a thing as a bad meteorology-related costume, I have yet to see it!
'PRICE IS RIGHT' CONTESTANTS
This costume comes with its own ready-made pick-up line, where you can invite anyone sexy to "come on down" to your Showcase Showdown.
Technically, I think that baby should be dressed as a Duplo, but I'm not here to nitpick.
TONY STARK AND PEPPER POTS FROM 'IRON MAN'
Yes, I said no fake beards, but what if your friend already has a beard? I am trying to plan for all possible variations here, people!
MARIO AND LUIGI
You spend so much time crawling around in the sewers, but you look fresh as a daisy! What is your secret?
BATGIRL AND CATWOMAN FROM THE CLASSIC 'BATMAN' TV SHOW
If any Batmans roll up on you doing that super-annoying Christian Bale voice, you have my permission to give them the BatMiddleFinger.
VENTRILOQUIST AND DUMMY
A costume that is both cute, yet will haunt your nightmares for weeks to come! Isn't this what Halloween's really all about, guys?
CHARACTERS FROM THE BOARD GAME 'GUESS WHO'
One of those magical costumes that takes no effort, yet is super-impressive just because nobody else thought of it.
LAURA PALMER AND AGENT COOPER FROM 'TWIN PEAKS'
Dressing as any Twin Peaks character is a great excuse to eat cherry pie all night, which kind of instantly makes it the best Halloween costume of all time.
Use this evening to give props to the carbonated magic that fuels your friendship.
DOUBLE DAENERYS from 'Game of Thrones'
This is what you really want, not some bullshit where one of you is the dragon and then sulks about it all night. Just do it! No one will mind!
DEER AND HUNTER
Hey, I can see that you're working out some deep-seated issues with your costume, and that's fine.
MARY POPPINS AND BERT
A wonderful costume for those who tend to break out into song after a few drinks. Now it's not "totally annoying," it's just "part of the costume."
'BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S,' THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK
Great for BFF pairs where one of you is fixated on Audrey, and the other likes to tell everyone "you know, the book is really different."
KATNISS AND PRIM from 'The Hunger Games'
You can then recycle this costume in a few weeks for Mockingjay's opening night. Look at you guys! You're so practical!
SERENA AND BLAIR from 'Gossip Girl'
I personally think that enough time has passed for this to be a fun retro throwback kinda thing, so it works on TWO levels.
JIGSAW AND VICTIM FROM 'Saw'
If you're in the market for a genuinely scary Halloween costume, do it right, like this; don't just smear yourself in fake blood and tell everyone that you're a zombie. You're better than that!
JACK AND WENDY TORRANCE FROM 'The Shining'
Could anything possibly be spookier than the horror of ghostly possession and murder, fused with the horror of late '70s fashion? If so, I have yet to experience it.