22 Best DIY Public Media Inspired Halloween Costumes

By Derry |

It’s coming down to the wire and if you are still hunting for that perfect Halloween costume, look no further. Check out these DIY public media inspired Halloween costumes (some are easier than others) and get inspired by the characters and personalities you know and love, both old and new — perfect for the public media fan in you!


       1. Ms. Frizzle & the Magic School                Bus


Mrs. Fizzle and the Magic School BusMs. Frizzle, Liz and the Magic School Bus from The Magic School Bus via Crafty Morning

Not even the Magic School Bus can outshine Liz, the lizard.

       2.  Super Why!


SuperWhySuper Why! via Kayla Aimee Writes

“Hip hip hooray! The Super Readers saved the day!”

       3.  Curious George


Curious GeorgeThe Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George via Coolest Homemade Costumes

The Man in the Yellow Hat better hang on tight to that curious monkey.

       4.  Mister Rogers


Mister RogersMister Rogers from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood via Oh Happy Day

Mister Rogers in his Neighborhood of Make-Believe.


       5. Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop


Shari Lewis and LambchopShari Lewis and Lamb Chop from Lamb Chop’s Play-Along via Life Absorbed

Lamb Chop is for kids of all ages.


       6. Bob the Builder


Bob the BuilderBob the Builder via TCPalm

“Can we build it? Yes, we can!”


      7.  The Teletubbies


TeletubbiesTeletubbies via Pinterest

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po!


        8. NPR Fan


NPR HipsterNPR fan via Pinterest

Can’t get enough of this little hipster.


       9. Julia Child


Julia ChildJulia Child from The French Chef via eatwellwithjanel.com

Julia wrestles with a chicken in her kitchen, above, and pictured with husband, Paul below (apron and all!).

Paul and Julia ChildJulia and Paul Child via Fix Fabulous

       10. Cat in the Hat


Cat in the HatCat in the Hat from Cat in the Hat Knows All About That via Seekers of Happiness

Looks like Cat in the Hat has a lot of tricks up her sleeves this Halloween.

       11. Peg + Cat


Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat via Pinterest

Quite the problem solving duo.

        12. Bob Ross


Bob RossBob Ross from The Joy of Painting via katherinemaries.com

“All you need is the desire to make beautiful things happen on canvas.” – Bob Ross

       13. Arthur


ArthurBuster, Muffy and Arthur from Arthur via Words Kill, Words Give Life

HEY, HEY, what a wonderful kind of day!

        14.  Word Girl


Word GirlCaptain Huggy Face and Word Girl from Word Girl via Pinterest

Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face get ready to fight crime together.


       15.  Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes from Sherlock via Pinterest.

This costume is anything but elementary, my dear Watson.

        16.  Tom Ashbrook


MiniTomAshbrook-414x500Tom Ashbrook from On Point via Harvard School of Public Health

Doesn’t take much to transform into your favorite public radio host, but hard to be as cute as this one.

       17. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey via Austin Modhouse

This group is looking good in their Downton Abbey inspired garb.


        18.  Thomas the Tank Engine


Thomas the TrainThomas the Tank Engine from Thomas & Friends via Sony Little Box

This mom made her son’s Halloween dreams come true!

       19.  Clifford


CliffordEmily Elizabeth from Clifford The Big Red Dog via Browsing Bookshelves

My, Clifford, what a big foot you have.

        20.  Angelina Ballerina


Angelina BallerinaAngelina Ballerina via Stitch Scrap Sew

Such a cute little mouse.

       21.  Your favorite PBS NewsHour anchor or reporter


NewsHour Hat Cam

Put a logo on a mic or don this NewsHour hat cam

       22. King Henry VIII


King Henry VIIIKing Henry VII from Wolf Hall via Threads

So young, yet so regal…


       Also, never forget when T. Swift dressed up to be interviewed on NPR.


Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift as “pegacorn” via NPR Tumblr