It's pretty easy to come up with ways to take your favorite television character and turn it into a kick-ass Halloween costume these days, but so much more goes into this upcoming holiday than "just" dressing up. And if you're planning to decorate your house for the trick-or-treaters-- or for a party of your own-- it isn't enough to tear up some cotton balls and make cobwebs or peel grapes and leave them in a bowl as eyeballs. If you're dressing like Sue Sylvester or Ron Swanson or Don Draper this year, you're going to want to make pop culture decor to match. And what better way than with some television-inspired carved pumpkins?
Look, I'm not so good at art, and I don't make any pretenses about that. So I admit: I want to cheat. And thankfully television and its characters have become so popular and a part of our daily lives and celebrations that these retailers have embraced them as a part of the Halloween imagery, right alongside "classics" like witches and werewolves and ghosts.
Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils sells cut-outs to help you perfect the pop culture faces-- be it animalistic Angry Birds or the supernatural from True Blood or even the kid-friendly Sesame Street dwellers.
You might already be familiar with ZombiePumpkins.com, but I bet you didn't realize that every year they add new images and samples based on what is newly popular. Gone are the smiley/scary face pumpkins and in its place are veritable artistic portraits of everyone from America's favorite serial killer (Dexter Morgan) to zombie hunter Walter Grimes to donut lover Homer Simpson and returning TV fave Sarah Michelle Gellar. Some designs are admittedly way more advanced than we may be, but they have patterns for that!
And following in their footsteps, CableTV.com is offering stencils to a few favorite Archer characters like the man, the myth, and the legend himself, as well as his lady love Lana Kane. The best news here is that it's free and downloadable right now.
But TV.com may take the cake this year. Not only are their stencils also free and downloadable, but they even have one for our favorite new television character (villain or otherwise!), Constance from American Horror Story. And you know, featuring a Vampire Diaries hottie is a bonus for them, too.