18 photos of TV stars in Halloween costumes to get you in an October mood

Need some inspiration for a Halloween costume? Look no further than 'The Love Boat' and 'Lassie.'

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Halloween is a wonderful holiday, but it does come with its unique dilemmas. "What am I going to wear this year?" And, "What candy am I going to eat first?"

Well, we can help you a bit with the first question. At the same time, we can look back at some charming behind-the-scene pictures from television's past. For decades, Halloween episodes have been a staple of fall TV. People just love to dress up — even those who have to dress up every day for a living.

Here are some Halloween promotional photos from classic shows, featuring pirates, devils, felines, Zorro, witches and other assorted ghoulies.

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Captain Stubin stayed with the whole sea captain theme, naturally, on The Love Boat.

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Jon "Timmy" Provost looks genuinely giddy to be sporting this plastic costume for a 1962 episode of Lassie. The dog is ready to carry the candy.

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Speaking of famous child stars, Jay North, best know as Dennis the Menace, and Angela Cartwright of Lost in Space turned up on the doorstep in a 1960 episode of The Dinah Shore Show.

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Bob Newhart has a devilish look for Newhart. Of course, it was all a dream in the end.

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Classic Universal horror movie actors reprised their infamous roles for a wonderful episode of Route 66, "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing." Click the link to stream it for free right now.

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Luke Perry looks ready for The Untouchables, while Ian Ziering goes for the swashbuckling look on Beverly Hills, 90210. Stream it now on MeTV.com.

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George Lindsey, best known as Goober from The Andy Griffith Show, brings candy corn to corn pone on Hee Haw.

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Johnny Depp appears to be practicing for a Taxi Driver reboot on 21 Jump Street.

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The Little Rascals know a thing or two about tricks and treats.

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Michael Fishman cozies up next to a jack-o'-lantern on the set of Roseanne.

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Considering the show is about witches, Bewitched had to celebrate Halloween…

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… heck, the cast members were always ready for a costume party.

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Ditto for The Addams Family. Though they are a little more festive here with decorative gourds.

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Paul Lynde, of Bye Bye Birdie and Hollywood Square, was also a veteran of Bewitched. He brought that Salem know-how to an episode of his own The Paul Lynde Show.

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Linc might be too cool for costumes on The Mod Squad, but Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton) is purr-fect as a tiger.

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Nancy McKeon, Billy Jacobi and Linda Lavin dress up for a 1981 Halloween episode of Alice.

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Marla Gibbs goes Harpo Marx for an episode of The Jeffersons.

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Who says you can't celebrate another favorite holiday on Halloween? Tracey Gold makes a perfect Easter bunny on Growing Pains. Be whatever you want to be!


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