Eight trending costumes for this Halloween
Washington University students may not dress up as ghosts and witches to trick or treat anymore, but between Bauhaus, Halloween-themed frat parties and other holiday shenanigans, there’s still ample opportunity for all of us to get a little creative with our costume choices this year. For the pop culture-savvy of you, here are some topical ideas:
Miley Cyrus—After her controversial performance at the Video Music Awards this year, we’re betting that you’ll see plenty of people sporting her trademark pigtail/bun combo this Halloween. Couples may even go as Robin Thicke and Cyrus, adding a “Beetlejuice”-esque striped suit for Thicke and a homemade teddy bear onesie for Cyrus. These costumes will be just obnoxious enough to get attention at a party.
Pokémon—With the new “Pokemon X” coming out this month, our old animated friends will be on people’s minds. Prepare to get nostalgic over Pikachu, Charizard and Mewtwo costumes. They’ll be popular because they’ll be easy to recreate cheaply by modifying old clothes. Friends can dress up together in an ensemble of their favorites.
The Avengers—Superhero costumes are classic costume party crowd-pleasers. They’re sold in nearly every costume store and are constantly relevant with new movies frequently coming out for each of the characters. Thor may be especially popular this season with “Thor: The Dark World” in theaters soon—though it may be difficult to find the iconic hammer.
Government Bashing Costumes—Politician costumes have always been trendy, but Wash. U. students especially will have fun getting creative with their government bashing costumes due to the recent government shutdown. “The Debt Ceiling,” Congress members and disgruntled government workers might make appearances this Halloween. They’ll be clever enough to start a conversation with just about anyone. Political science majors will likely be drawn to these topical costumes.
Gatsby—Since the Baz Luhrmann adaptation came out this past May and impressed audiences with its visuals, English majors and other literary lovers will be drawn to flashy Gatsby costumes. They’ll be an excuse to dress extravagantly and carry fancy drinks all night. Couples will monopolize on the glamour of a flapper Daisy as well.
The Fox—Foxes may have been a bland costume last year, but foxes have never been as popular as they are now with the explosion of the viral music video of Norwegian duo Ylvis. Those wearing this costume will have an excuse to break out into song all night, so be prepared to hear “What Does the Fox Say?” about a million times.
Breaking Bad—Since the finale of the Emmy Award-winning show and the upcoming spinoff “Better Call Saul,” there may be more than one Walter White or Jesse Pinkman at the party. Their looks are easy enough to recreate with borrowed clothes, so they may be popular costumes for those looking to dress up last minute. There’s even the possibility of group costumes with the rest of the cast from the show.
Game of Thrones—Costumes inspired by this cult fantasy show were Halloween hits last year, and with the upcoming fourth season, Khaleesi, Jon Snow and Joffrey may be a few you’ll see this year, too. But if you’re not comfortable with people shouting “Hodor!” at you all night, better steer clear of this one.