20 Public Media Inspired Halloween Costumes

By Cait |

Happy Halloween! Public media is home to some of the smartest, cutest and sassiest characters (we’re looking at you Dowager Countess of Grantham!) and personalities on television and radio! This year, draw your Halloween costume inspiration from the public media personalities and characters you love. Here’s 20 creative costume ideas for the ultimate public media fan.


       1.  Thomas the Tank Engine


Toot! Toot! All aboard.

       2. The Cast of Downton Abbey


Are you from upstairs or downstairs?

       3. Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow


Pretty sure this little guy has no idea that Levar Burton also played Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation during the same time that he hosted Reading Rainbow. Confusing to some loyal viewers who also watched Star Trek: The Next Generation with their parents.

       4. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat


Curious George Family Halloween Costumes

Curious George Family Costume via Pinterest

Trick or treat! This Halloween Costume comes with a healthy, monkey approved snack.

       5. Bill Nye the Science Guy



       6. Ira Glass


This dog also wins at dressing up like Ira Glass. It’s so good, it’s scary.

Ira Glass Dog Halloween Costume via Instagram

Ira Glass Dog Halloween Costume via Instagram user (instagram.com/betty_confetti)


   7. Carmen Sandiego


Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

       8. Julia Child



So many Jooolias to choose from! We’re loving this “Chicken Sisters” Julia Child costume.

        9. Arthur


 Every day when you’re
Walking down the street,
Everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view.
And I say – Hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other.

       10. Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and Elmo


This family definitely knows how to get to Sesame Street.

       11. Mister Rogers


Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

       12. Daniel Tiger


For the new generation of Mister Rogers fans.

13.Your favorite public radio DJ


Show your support for your public radio music station by dressing like your favorite public radio DJ. Slap on your station’s logo to your boom box and you’ll bring the beat to any Halloween party.


14. Bob Ross and his “Happy Little Trees”


Bob Ross Halloween Costume

Bob Ross & his”Happy Little Trees” from The Joy of Painting   via The Life and Times of Lizzie…

 “Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.” – Bob Ross


       15. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford the Big Red Dog




       16. Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop


Just please don’t sing this song.

       17. Word Girl


 Promoting pre-K literacy is a REAL superpower.

       18. Your favorite public radio personality


Gah, the cutest little reporter ever.

       19. Your favorite public TV program


Public TV Halloween Costume

Your favorite public TV show via The Neat Life

 The screen is yours! Show your friends and family your favorite public TV program.

       20. Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus


Undoubtedly, one of public television’s coolest teachers.

Or if you’re looking for the whole Magic School Bus kit and caboodle…

 Magic School Bus Halloween Costume

An alternative Magic School Bus costume via Pinterest

“Seatbelts, everyone!”

Happy Halloween! Will you be wearing a public media inspired Halloween costume today?