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Madea Halloween costumeHalloween is approaching, and we're giving out treats: tips on how to dress like your favorite movie characters.

The Costume: Tyler Perry's Mabel Simmons AKA Madea, a no-nonsense, hardcore grandmother easily prone to violence and threats for comic relief.

What You'll Need: The best part about going as Madea for Halloween is the simplicity and ease with which you can quickly transform into the brash grandma. To start, you'll want to get a flowery shirt three or four sizes too big, available here or wherever else fine grandma clothes are sold. Madea Halloween costumeHalloween is approaching, and we're giving out treats: tips on how to dress like your favorite movie characters.

The Costume: Tyler Perry's Mabel Simmons AKA Madea, a no-nonsense, hardcore grandmother easily prone to violence and threats for comic relief.

What You'll Need: The best part about going as Madea for Halloween is the simplicity and ease with which you can quickly transform into the brash grandma. To start, you'll want to get a flowery shirt three or four sizes too big, available here or wherever else fine grandma clothes are sold. If you can find one with frills attached, even better. Next up is the skirt. In her numerous appearances, Madea has showcased a number of colors but you can't go wrong with your basic grey, as long as it ends south of the knee and reveals nothing. For footwear, go with a pair of white bobby socks topped off with some white Keds.

Now that the basics are down, it's time to grandma up. Hair is essential, of course, so you'll need the finest wig money can buy. We've searched high and low and recommend this one as the follically closest to the popular character. Finally, there's the glasses. Don't expect you can just pick up a cheap pair of regular-sized glasses and call it a day. That's the easy way out; you need to grab these. They take up half your face and will most likely be annoying to wear all night, but are you trying to be comfortable or look authentic?

And finally, depending on your gender, you may need to get two of Madea's most noticeable features. We'll keep it G-rated but if you need them, go here.

Optional Accessories: By now, you should have the look down pat. But face it, there's going to be a lot of Madeas this year. ('Madea goes to Jail' grossed over $90 million alone.) You're going to need to go the extra mile. That means getting the fake press-on nails, gaudy brooch, and hastily applied makeup. (Despite the authenticity, we wouldn't recommend getting a fake gun and waving it around in public. Some people may get the wrong idea.) But of course, the most important assets to becoming Madea are those intangible qualities that you can't buy in any store: a ton of confidence and the ability to beat the crap out of anyone on a moment's notice. You're on your own for those.