But those costumes also turn out to be major sources of Zonks.
This year, we dealt with 'Raising Hope' already and its use of Batman and Robin costumes.
Luckily most of the shows I saw either dealt with costumes based on classic archetypes (Frankenstein's monster, witches, and angels), movies and musicals - or both ("Phantom Of The Opera", "Aliens", and "Rocky Horror Picture Show") or real people (Burt Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Justin Bieber, a couple of Gagas, and Peggy Fleming you racist!)
But there was one costume Zonk that was based on a TV show which should have been sharing the same TV dimension as the show that featured the costume: at 'The Office' Halloween party for Dunder-Mifflin in Scranton, Pa, Meredith Palmer was dressed as Sookie Stackhouse, the elfin waitress from 'True Blood', while the costume for Andy Bernard was meant to suggest Sookie's vampire lover, Bill Compton.
There were a couple of other ones for their "Costume Contest" which could have been considered, but "Blackula" (as Michael thought Daryl was) is a movie, "MacGruber" is both from Skitlandia and the movie universe, and Popeye and Olive Oyl are from the Tooniverse, the movie universe, and the comic strip universe - true multiversals.
But it's "Bill and Sookie" that needs the splainin.... I can only figure that with all that has happened over the last three years in Bon Temps, Louisiana, the notoriety of Bill and Sookie must have made the newspapers or some reality show on cable outlet, some kind of true crime investigation.
And that's how both Andy and Meredith learned about the people who inspired their costume choices.
What I want to know is - why was Meredith dressed as Sookie and not Erin? Were we supposed to read something into that?
And before you ask - having Pierce Hawthorne of 'Community' dressed as Captain Kirk of 'Star Trek' was not a Zonk. There's a rational splainin (rational enough for Toobworld anyway) as to why a character from 400 years in Toobworld's future would be known as a TV character today.