Now that fans have seen Joaquin Phoenix’s makeup for his upcoming film, Joker, there is only one word to describe it: terrifying. The killer clown and Batman’s arch-rival has been played by a bevy of talented actors over the years, and each new iteration of the villain brings a new, spooky twist in the makeup department, making the character the perfect Halloween costume.
Luckily, there is endless Joker material out there if you need inspiration. We’ve rounded up the best makeup from Instagram to try this year based off the Phoenix, Jared Leto, Heath Ledger, and Jack Nicholson’s iterations of the beloved character. Whether you’re a fan of Suicide Squad or The Dark Knight, here’s how to have the best costume in Gotham City. (Just make sure to leave the acid flower and jester cane sword at home.)