Halloween is coming! While many may have their costumes already, and even sported them to multiple Monster Mash’s throughout the month, those who still have no clue what costume to don this year, have no fear. All one needs to do is look to what’s trending now in the field of pop culture and entertainment. While some of the selections below may require a store bought costume, some may be easy enough to throw together last minute from items in your closet.
So far, this year has seen a variety of movies featuring our favorite Marvel and DC Comic characters. With the release of The Avengers (May 2012), The Amazing Spider Man (July 2012), and The Dark Knight Rises (July 2012), there’s no shortage of superhero costumes stocking the shelves. No matter age or gender, there’s something for every comic book fan, whether you opt for an authentic skin tight outfit, or a simple mask and cape.
Costume inspiration can also come from the smaller screen. There are many recognizable television characters and themes that fans can easily put together straight from their closet. Slacks and suspenders can turn men into gangsters from Boardwalk Empire. Attire resembling business men and housewives of the 1960s can pass for characters from Mad Men, and a simple pair of khakis and button-down shirt with black gloves or vigilante serial killers like Dexter.
Break out the curlers and your favorite glittery party dress to honor Honey Boo Boo; grab our favorite sunglasses, tie that bow tie, and ride the pony Gangnam style like PSY; go Hunger Games chic like Katniss or a Capitol resident. Pop culture is full of costume inspirations, so there are many ways to get creative this year.
Being so close to electing a president has at least one advantage, costume ideas. Yes, you can go as Obama or Romey, but you can also use their policies for inspiration. Big Bird is one popular costume this year, sparked by Romney’s views on public television. Some may also opt to disguise themselves as a binder full of women, inspired by another one of Mitt’s debate remark.
Zombies are in the news, in best-selling books, and all over television and movie screens, so it’s only natural that they make an appearance trick-or-treating as well. Just be careful if you decide to wear the costume after the holiday. Those who are preparing for the end of the world and a possible zombie invasion may not find your costume entertaining at all.