10. Superman or Wolverine
Superhero costumes vary depending on the movies released that year, but they remain consistently popular nonetheless. Halloween 2012 bore witness to depictions of the "Man Who Broke the Bat" along with Black Widow and Nick Fury costumes. This year's blockbuster superhero costumes are as simple as a one-piece bodysuit or a few aluminum claws and a tank top, so you'd better believe that Superman and Wolverine costumes are likely to appear in abundance.
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The popularity of the original Netflix series and the simplicity of a prison jumpsuit make this costume an easy go-to for women looking to opt out of Halloween sex appeal. Brown and orange scrubs can be found at any wholesale uniform store for around $20. However, be wary of a party where the majority of the chicks empathize with life in a correctional facility!
|Beware of "authentic" prisoner costumes.|
Keeping up with the theme of "crime pays" in terms of Halloween karma, Aaron Hernandez costumes are likely to be spotted given their relative ease of assembly. Parties comprised of football fans are likely to have at least one Hernandez mimicker around. After all, what's scarier than a testosterone-loaded, murderous tight end? Just make sure to confirm those lookalikes are wearing costumes before you crack those prison jokes.
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For the political aficionados, pairing business casual wear with tennis shoes may be the easiest way to depict your political hero or anti-hero, depending on your beliefs. Google Trends shows a spike in October in searches for Wendy Davis, the Texas state Senator who held a filibuster in June to oppose a legislative bill concerning reproductive rights. Power to them. Just make sure to avoid those who feel the need to talk all night to stay "in character."
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Zombie costumes have been a Halloween favorite since long before the release of The Walking Dead and World War Z, and there's nothing wrong with that! What better way to justify drunken stumbling than by wearing zombie face paint? Be sure to put some effort into your zombie makeup, however, because the competition continues to steepen.
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The flapper get-up appeals to those oriented to historic glamour, thereby making it the coolest antiquity of fashion. Compilation can include a dress, a long pearl necklace, and feathered headband, all of which are easily acquired. I could rant about how unimaginative and lame I find this costume to be—not to mention ironic given the present growing disparity of wealth rivaled only by the "roaring twenties"—but I'll save that for another blog. With the theatrical release of the The Great Gatsby, you're likely to encounter flappers this Halloween. You can thank Martin Scorsese (who produced the film) when you find yourself trapped in a dull conversation with that insufferably boring cutie donning 1920s-era socialite apparel.
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Emilia Clarke's character really kicked ass in season three of HBO and G.R.R.M.'s Game of Thrones. With Daenerys capturing more series limelight, expect to see at least one Mother-of-Dragons costume this Halloween. Just make sure you know who has read the books before conversing with anyone about it, to avoid spoilers! Oh, and there can never be too many of these cosplays.
Those wishing to evoke a laugh from popular culture are likely gravitated toward renting a fox suit this year. Google Trends shows the keyword phrase "fox costume" skyrocketing in October 2013. Be prepared for your Halloween party to look more like a gathering of furries.
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Vince Gilligan's masterpiece resonates in popular culture as one of the darkest television series in history. With the show having just concluded, you can bet many costumers will pay homage by wearing hazmat suits and other show-inspired costumes this Halloween. Too many hazmat suits in one place will make your local bar look like a company happy hour for the Springfield Power Plant in The Simpsons.
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1. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke
Ugh. Google Trends shows alarming statistics to believe that Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke costumes will litter the streets this Halloween. Think twice before you and your significant other leave the house resembling the VMA's most notorious music act. Is the cold autumn night really worth the stale joke? Why not zombify your celebrity costumes?
|Do the right thing.|