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Last-Minute PBS Halloween Costumes

Posted on 27 Oct 2013

It's quitting time on October 31 - and you suddenly have a Halloween event to attend and … no costume. Don't worry we have a few ideas that you might be able to pull directly from your closet! From PBS icons to new Masterpiece favorites (for our sartorialists out there) read on for some great last-minute ideas!

Are you constantly annoyed by others' apparent lack of intelligence? Despite your general messiness, are you always smartly dressed? Consider disguising yourself as the 21st century's only consulting detective. 

Halloween Inspiration - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock 

Slimfit button down shirt + tailored trousers + wingtips + trench coat + blue scarf = Sherlock (Bonus points for "funny hats" and the "purple shirt of sex" - don't blame us for the name; please, take it up with the internet fandom at large.)

Would you describe yourself as an individual of infinite patience, with a love of danger and an unusual fondness for lumpy sweaters? You could make an excellent John Watson!

Halloween Inspiration - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: John


Plaid collared shirt + cableknit sweater + jeans + dress shoes + button-front jacket = John (Bonus points awarded for puffy coats and (imitation) explosive belts).


If you have a fondness for hats, pearls and casual elegance, a Jazz Age "Downton Abbey" look may be in order. Mourn Matthew and chart the estate's future accordingly.

Halloween Inspiration - Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey 

Tea-length skirt + flowing colorblock blouse + boyfriend sweater + long pearl strands + cloche hat + shoes of choice = Crowley fashion

Channel the spirit of the cooking francophile - and treat yourself to a night of hilarious imitations - by assembling a Julia-inspired fashion!

Halloween Inspiration - Julia Child 

Long-sleeved polo + A-line skirt + low heels + single strand of pearls + DIY "Ecole Des 3 Gourmands" pin = Julia Child (Bonus points for chicken demonstrations and personal copies of "The Art of French Cooking.")

The icon to end all PBS icons, Fred Rogers, provides a easy-to-assemble costume we can all remember on our own. Pair with a kind voice and thoughtful investment in the lives of others.

Halloween Inspiration - Mister Rogers 

Cardigan sweater + classic tennis shoes + slacks + solid-colored button down shirt + thin, solid-colored tie = Mister Rogers (Bonus points for advocating for public television and AETN!) 


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.