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Johnny and Baby in Dirty DancingIn celebration of Halloween, we're giving out some treats: tips on how to dress like your favorite movie characters. Count this costume idea as a tribute to a beloved star we just lost.

The Costume: 'Dirty Dancing' mambo partners/lovers Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman

What You'll Need: For Baby, the key is cute: Get a tiny white blouse on the cheap at H&M (or any department store), roll up the sleeves above your elbow and knot the tails in the front to expose your rock-hard midriff. Then get yourself a pair of skin-tight, knee-length jean shorts, pull the waist up above your bellybutton and cuff the legs for authenticity's sake. For Johnny, make everything black and tight and you should be good to go: shiny black shoes, painted-on black slacks, black belt and, of course, that signature black tank top (all of which can be procured at your local Wal-Mart for less than what a dance instructor at a 1960s Catskills resort makes in a day). Carry around a small boom box playing '(I've Had) The Time of My Life' on repeat, and you're golden. Johnny and Baby in Dirty DancingIn celebration of Halloween, we're giving out some treats: tips on how to dress like your favorite movie characters. Count this costume idea as a tribute to a beloved star we just lost.

The Costume: 'Dirty Dancing' mambo partners/lovers Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman

What You'll Need: For Baby, the key is cute: Get a tiny white blouse on the cheap at H&M (or any department store), roll up the sleeves above your elbow and knot the tails in the front to expose your rock-hard midriff. Then get yourself a pair of skin-tight, knee-length jean shorts, pull the waist up above your bellybutton and cuff the legs for authenticity's sake. For Johnny, make everything black and tight and you should be good to go: shiny black shoes, painted-on black slacks, black belt and, of course, that signature black tank top (all of which can be procured at your local Wal-Mart for less than what a dance instructor at a 1960s Catskills resort makes in a day). Carry around a small boom box playing '(I've Had) The Time of My Life' on repeat, and you're golden.

Optional Accessories: If you've got some kickass dance moves, it wouldn't hurt to break those out. Otherwise, the best way to jazz up your Baby costume is by carrying around a watermelon (perhaps of the lightweight fake plastic variety) and, of course, taking every chance you get to utter the following line with equal parts self-loathing and bewilderment: "I carried a watermelon?" Oh, and leave those spaghetti arms at home. For Johnny, you've got two options: If the weather's cold, don his trademark leather jacket (jet black, naturally); if it's warm, do what Patrick Swayze did for three-quarters of the movie and lose the tank top. And remember, whatever you do, never put your Baby in a corner.

Johnny and Baby in Dirty Dancing