That makes the popcorn king a perfect choice for a homemade costume. You want to be easily recognizable otherwise you'll spend all your time explaining who you're "supposed to be."

Lucky for you, Orville's image is just as easy and affordable to reproduce as it is iconic.

Like the Colonel, Orville has gray-white hair, so an inexpensive Santa or old-man wig, trimmed short, does the trick. Black-rimmed nerd glasses, red suspenders and a thrift store blazer and pants top off this look.

To take this costume over the top and be a true success at every Halloween party, pop some bags of microwave popcorn to share with other party-goers.

That's one Halloween look that really pops.

Tippi Hedren Birds Halloween costume

No. 2: Tippi Hedren from "The Birds"

Few directors go together with the thrills of Halloween quite like Alfred Hitchcock. So why not choose to honor The Master of Suspense when designing your homemade costume?

Sure, there's an actual costume available online to turn you into Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Birds," but you don't have to shell out the $50 or work for hours to get this look.

Go to a thrift shop or discount store and look for a greenish blazer and skirt and some cheap black pumps. Next, head to a craft/floral shop such as Michael's and ask if they have any fake bird props, or look online (Anytimecostumes.com, among other sites, sell fake black birds for as little as $2).

Once you've got the props, put on your most freaked-out face and hold up your hands as though you're being attacked.

Trust us, you'll be fending off compliments just like Tippi fought off her winged attackers.

Lady Gaga, 2011 Grammy Awards

No. 1: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has inspired concertgoers to dig out their inner freak, so why not try a Gaga look for Halloween? (If you're a man, this costume idea would be even more fun.)

The Lady herself might wear ridiculously expensive designer outfits, but you can transform yourself into the "Bad Romance" singer on a dime. For costume pieces, think "household goods" - plastic bubble wrap, large garbage bags, etc.

Cut funky shapes out of aluminum foil, glue them to your dress/bubble wrap/garbage bag-turned-dress, wear a blond wig (or spray-paint your hair yellow), and glue or stick some "bling" onto a pair of fabulous dollar-store sunglasses. Get some cheap glittery or metallic makeup from a discount store and let your imagination run wild.

For shoes, check out the thrift stores and look for wedge heels or tall ankle boots. Carry a fake microphone and, just like that, you've got yourself a costume that will turn heads.

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