Halloween is just around the corner, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for a night of costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.

But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're dodging g-g-g-g-ghosts! to look at costumes based on Scooby-Doo!

Option 1: Norville "Shaggy" Rogers




I'm not going to lie, folks: The Scooby-Doo costumes are maybe the worst licensed costumes I have ever seen. Shaggy, at least, is pretty on model, largely because "green shirt, brown pants" is a pretty difficult look to screw up unless you're actively trying to be terrible (see Daphne, below). Of course, the flipside to that is that it's a pretty easy look to find without shelling out thirty bucks for a licensed costume, so who exactly is this for? Who's out there going "Hey, I have a green shirt and brown pants, but they're not itchy and flammable"?


Option 2: Velma Dinkley




I feel like I should note that the costume does include glasses that are a little blockier and design-accurate than the ones the model is sporting here, but it doesn't include the socks, so you're on your own trying to find kneesocks that match a road-sign orange polyester turtleneck.

Also worth noting: The costume site I've been browsing uses this picture of the Velma costume for their "Chat with a costume expert now" ad that pops up in case you need help picking out an off-model Thor suit. Don't lie to me and tell me you're going to let me talk to Velma, Costume Site. That is just cruel.


Option 3: Scooby-Doo




Definitely a sex thing.


Option 4: Monsters




Surprisingly, the best-looking Scooby costumes on the market are the vinyl masks based on the monsters, which do a pretty great job of capturing that flat Hanna Barbera aesthetic from the original show. Unfortunately, they don't come with a second mask that you can wear beneath so that you can have your friends dramatically pull the first mask off to reveal that the Creeper was actually Mr. Carswell, the bank manager!


Option 5: Daphne Blake




Now this s**t is just infuriating. Wrong color, wrong cut, wrong boots -- Daphne doesn't even wear boots! -- and that scarf is straight garbage. Seriously, did they not know what Daphne looked like when they made this? She's a Hanna Barbera cartoon character from the '70s, so it's not exactly like she has a really complex design that's easy to screw up, but here we are, with a costume that gets literally everything wrong. It's like they just had a one-line written description from a child ("Daphne wears a dress + has red hair") and did not actually have a picture of a character that only exists in pictures. F-, costume makers.


Option 6: Fred Jones




Oh my God.

Son, that halfassed ascot-tying job is embarrassing us all. Have some f**king pride in yourself next time you show up to the costume shoot.