Tube Talk: Celebrate Halloween by dressing up as a TV character

By Paula Hendrickson

Contributing Writer

Halloween is nearly here, which means millions of people are trying to decide what they want to be for Halloween. From trick-or-treaters to grown-up party-goers, finding the right costume can be fun. Don’t panic. There’s still time to plan a great costume, and if you need a little inspiration, just turn to the nearest TV.

Perhaps the most frightening trend I’ve heard of this year is the “Eight is Too Much” Kate Gosselin wig. Her hair—short, spiky and dark in back, but longer, sleek and blond in front—has drawn (mostly negative) attention for some time. Add in eight kids and Jon and Kate’s public free-for-all of a divorce, and Kate could make an ideal Halloween costume.

Maybe you’d prefer being a classic TV character like Lucy Ricardo, Fred Flintstone, or even a Red Shirt from Star Trek. Or perhaps you want to go as a current TV character—maybe someone from Lost or CSI. The possibilities are endless. (Which reminds me: If you’re a Nathan Fillion fan, don’t miss the Halloween episode of Castle. I have it on very good authority that you’ll love Rick Castle’s Halloween costume.)

If you or someone you know looks like any of the characters on the CW series Gossip Girl, you (or they) could win Gossip Girl Season 2 DVDs and an invitation to participate in an in-studio “cast photo” at WGN-radio’s downtown Chicago Showcase Studio on Halloween.

When WGN weekend overnight host Nick Digilio’s Gossip Girl-obsessed wife told him he resembled the character Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick, Nick—who also loves the show—decided to be Chuck for Halloween. Soon, they started wondering how many other people look like characters from the show, and before you know it, Nick and his staff had planned the Gossip Girl look-alike contest.

So are you a Serena? A Blair? Dan? Another Chuck? Maybe you look like one of the parents. Maybe you don’t really look much like any of the characters, but think you can make yourself up to resemble one.

To enter, all you need to do is go to Nick’s page at the WGN Web site:,0,3729134.htmlstory and follow the instructions to upload a photo of yourself dressed up as a Gossip Girl character. Tell them why you think they should select you. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19. They will post photos of their favorites so people can vote.

Contestants getting the most votes will be invited to the Showcase Studio, located on the ground floor of the Tribune Tower on North Michigan Avenue. It’s impossible to miss, since the studio’s large window overlooks Michigan Avenue.

If you’re planning on dressing as a TV character for Halloween, let us know which character you chose, and why.

Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, Television Week and TVGuide. Send in your suggestions to

From the October 14-20, 2009 issue

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