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Your Halloween treat: South Florida-inspired costumes

Fright Night is almost here, and you still haven't gotten your costume figured out?

Have no fear. We've got a treat for you: five South Florida-inspired looks that are sure to knock 'em dead at the neighborhood Halloween party.

The presidential candidates, zombies and gypsies may be the hottest national trends going this season, but South Floridians are known for marching to their own beat — especially with so many interesting personalities to mimic right here in our backyard.

The best part: Most of the elements for these costumes are likely already in your closet. Last year, Americans spent more than $2 billion on Halloween costumes alone. That's so 2011.

Save the money for the candy, and hit the trick-or-treat trail as one of these South Florida favorites:

Jimmy Buffett

Strutting through Margaritaville as the king of the Parrotheads is easier than it looks with these items plucked from your home or closet.

The essentials:

Shorts, preferably khakis or board shorts

Obligatory Hawaiian shirt, the more garish the better

Guitar thrown around the shoulder (inflated works, too — or take the one from your Guitar Hero game)

Glasses — sun or clear, doesn't matter

Sandals or flip-flops (just watch the pop-top)

Optional extras: Stuffed parrot for the shoulder; bottle of Landshark beer

Scott Rothstein

South Florida's most notorious Ponzi schemer has made enough headlines in the past couple of years to make this costume instantly recognizable.

The essentials:

Watches, as many as you can fit on each arm, the bigger and tackier the better

Thick chains and rings

Jailhouse blues (gotta keep your look up-to-date)

A coat and tie (a throw-back to his old life)

An incessant grin

Optional extras: A buxom blonde on your arm, dressed in matching jailhouse blues; a few very large body guards dressed in black and wearing dark sunglasses, with police badges.

LeBron James

Any Heat fan who followed the "Big 3" through their championship ride will want to put their team paraphernalia to good use, and what better way than dressing the part of its leading scorer.

The essentials:

No. 6 jersey

Terrycloth headband, white or black in color

Obligatory basketball, orange in color

Geek glasses (he's helped make them chic)

Basketball sneakers

White basketball shorts

Temporary tattoos to cover both biceps

Optional extras: Pencil in a black beard and mustache, and chew on the end of a clear plastic mouth guard that sticks out halfway

Katherine Flores (aka Tatu Baby)

The Miami tattoo artist became a household name with Spike TV's hit show, "Ink Master," and a Tatu Baby-inspired costume in her likeness is sure be a crowd-pleaser.

The essentials:

Sleeveless mini-dress with plunging neckline, black in color (leather if you have it)

Lots of temporary tattoos to cover arms, legs and neck (don't forget the colorful ones)

Thick mascara and lipstick

Long, curly locks (either a wig or with a curling iron)

Optional extra: Borrow the toy hypodermic needle from your kid's play doctor kit to simulate the tattoo gun

Rick Ross

To effectively impersonate the larger-than-life rapper, you really only need three things.

The essentials:

Heavy, full beard

Big, dark sunglasses

Thick gold chains around the neck (and we mean THICK)

Optional extra: Tattoos on the hands and arms; microphone, gripped around the tip

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