9 Comic book costumes inspired by The CW

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Need ideas for your Halloween costume this year?

Why not try one of these comic book costumes inspired by characters from shows on The CW. You could save the day as your favorite DC superhero or solve mysteries as one of the students from Riverdale.

1. Supergirl

Costumes price: Party City, $29.99 and up

When to watch: 

Supergirl airs Sunday at 8 on CW 43

About the show: At 12 years old, Kara Zor-El escapes doom on planet Krypton to find protection on Earth with the Danver family, where she grows up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learns to hide the extraordinary powers she shares with her cousin, Superman.

2. The Flash

Costumes price: Party City, $29.99 and up

When to watch:  The Flash airs Tuesday at 8 on CW 43

About the show: At 11, Barry Allen’s life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Orphaned Barry later becomes Detective Joe West. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learning the truth about his mother’s death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession – a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention – causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed.


3. Arrow

Costumes price: Party City, $39.99 and up

When to watch:  Arrow airs Monday at 8 on CW 43

About the show: When presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in the Pacific, he hides the changes the experience had on him, while secretly seeking reconciliation with his ex, Laurel. By day he picks up where he left off, playing the carefree philanderer he used to be, but at night he dons the alter ego of Arrow and works to right the wrongs of his family and restore the city to its former glory.


4. Archie Andrews

Costumes price: Party City, $49.99 and up

When to watch:  Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 on CW 43

About the Archie: 

Archibald “Archie” Andrews (portrayed by KJ Apa) is the son of Fred and Mary Andrews and the boyfriend of Veronica Lodge.

Archie is a student at Riverdale High School, a budding musician, and a football player for the Riverdale Bulldogs. His team number was number nine, given to him by Coach Clayton. This number was originally Jason Blossom’s jersey, and so Archie took it upon himself to retire the jersey in Jason’s honor and took the number seventeen in its place. Archie used to be the Captain of the football team but decided to defer his status as captain to Reggie Mantle after he felt more of an affinity with his music. Archie has been best friends with Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper since childhood. Betty develops feelings for Archie, in she ends up revealing to him. However, he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings and decides to stay just friends with Betty, which causes minor temporary strain in their relationship. He instead is drawn to the new rich girl named Veronica who had just moved to Riverdale from New York following the arrest of her wealthy billionaire father Hiram Lodge after he committed fraud and embezzlement.

5. Betty Cooper

Costumes price: Party City, $29.99 and up

When to watch:  Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 on CW 43

About the Betty: 

Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper (portrayed by Lili Reinhart) is the daughter of Hal and Alice Cooper, sister of Polly Cooper and half-sister of Charles Smith, the girlfriend of Jughead Jones and the aunt to Jason and Polly’s twin babies.

Betty is a student at Riverdale High School and longtime best friend of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and a new girl, Veronica Lodge. She is also a River Vixen at Riverdale High, as well as an editor for the school’s newspaper, The Blue and Gold. Betty’s family life was very tense, as her mother was extremely controlling, which led to her sister having a mental breakdown and being sent to live in a group home. Though her parents claimed this was caused by Polly’s disastrous relationship with Jason Blossom, Betty knew better. As the only remaining daughter in the Cooper household, she was placed under immense pressure by her mother to be perfect in every way.

6. Josie McCoy

Costumes price: Party City, $19.99 and up

When to watch:  Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 on CW 43

About the Josie: 

Josephine “Josie” McCoy (portrayed by Ashleigh Murray) is the daughter of Myles and Sierra McCoy.

Josie is a student at Riverdale High School and was both the lead singer and guitarist of her band, Josie and the Pussycats. After she secretly made the decision to pursue a solo career, Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine disbanded the group. Her father who was a man of music, gave her the name Josephine, after the late singer Josephine Baker. Because of this, she often struggles to gain his approval while also trying to impress him. Unlike her father, Josie’s mother Sierra is far more encouraging of her talents, especially where her band and music are concerned. They both enforce “black excellence”, especially when the choice of the band members are concerned.

7. Jughead

Costumes price: Party City, $12.99 and up

When to watch:  Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 on CW 43

About the Jughead: 

Forsythe “Jughead” Jones III (portrayed by Cole Sprouse) is the son of F.P. and Mrs. Jones, brother of Jellybean Jones and the boyfriend of Betty Cooper.

Jughead was a sophomore at Riverdale High School but following the arrest of his father F.P. Jones, the leader of the Southside Serpents, he was placed into foster care and, as a result, had to transfer to Southside High. While attending the gang and drug-infested high school, he re-opened the school newspaper, The Red and Black, where he was an editor, alongside new recruit, Toni Topaz, the newspaper’s photographer, with Robert Phillips, their adviser until his arrest. However, with the closing of Southside High, Jughead has since returned to Riverdale High. He is a close friend of Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper, with whom he’s in a relationship with. He is also a member of the Southside Serpents, which he recently joined following his father’s arrest, despite being advised against it, which he has yet to be reprimanded for.

8. Veronica Lodge

Costumes price: Party City, $29.99 and up

When to watch:  Riverdale airs Wednesday at 8 on CW 43

About the Veronica:

Veronica Cecilia Lodge (portrayed by Camila Mendes) is the daughter of Hiram and Hermione Lodge and the girlfriend of Archie Andrews.

Veronica is a student at Riverdale High School. In addition, she is the leader of the band Veronica and the Pussycats and a member of the River Vixens. She moved from New York to her mother’s hometown of Riverdale due to her father’s arrest and subsequent incarceration. She struggles to find the truth behind her father’s loyalties and intentions, as she fears what will happen once he is released from prison and back home with them. Meanwhile, she’s also trying to reform herself into a better person.

9. Black Lightning

Costumes price: Ebay, $80.00 and up

When to watch:  Black Lightning airs Tuesday at 89 on CW 43

About the Black Lightning:

As a younger man, Jefferson Pierce donned the suit of a vigilante and protected the streets of his city, but he believed he’d left those days in the past. He learns that life doesn’t always work out as planned when his daughter, Jennifer — a star student who is determined to achieve justice at any cost — gets recruited by a street gang. In order to protect his family, Jefferson sees no choice but to once again become Black Lightning.

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