It’s my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing; the air is getting crisp. Holiday season is almost upon us, and to me, it all starts with Halloween. This is the most fun time of year, where kids and adults can exercise their imaginations and create a costume for one day of fun. For some, planning a Halloween costume can take months. For others, it’s whatever they have on-hand. Either way, dressing up for one day a year can be a fun way to express yourself and change up the day-to-day grind. In case you’re hitting a mental roadblock with costume planning, here are a few ideas for Halloween 2018:
Some of my favorite costumes I see every year are those that take a popular meme and turn it into a reality. It’d be cool to see a ‘moth lamp’ meme or ‘grumpy cat’ meme live in the flesh. There are so many good ones from which to choose, many of which could be challenging to put into a costume. Hence why, when you see one done well, it’s a real crowd pleaser!
In these times, it’s always great to be reminded of the amazing females that have made big changes in the world. One of my favorite costumes from a Halloween party last year was Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Yes, Halloween is about having fun and dressing up, but why not throw in a message if you’re feeling like it, too? I look forward to seeing the Joan of Arcs, Hellen Kellers, Serena Williams, and more.
When in doubt, go ‘80s. I mean 1980s, but 1780s and 1880s would be neat, too. With popular shows like ‘Glow’ and ‘The Goldbergs' highlighting the best part of the 1980s: the fashion, inspiration is always easy to find. Bonus points: this route is great for the DIY’er that can head to the thrift store and put together their own costume in a crunch.
Popular Familiar Characters
Whether it’s from a classic book, movie, or some other reference, familiar characters are always fun to see on Halloween — especially those that you don’t see too often, or that are nostalgic for you. For example, as a child of the ‘80s, I absolutely love seeing costumes like Teen Wolf, Punky Brewster, or Madonna. Anything that takes me back to my childhood. Other popular characters at the time are great, too. Pennywise from ‘It’ will likely be a big one this year. Harry Potter, Mister Rogers, and Stranger Things references are sure to pop up as well.
I’m biased toward a couple specific video games, but Fortnite costumes will definitely be a popular one this year (guessing Skull Trooper will be the most worn one.) Dead by Daylight costumes would be awesome to see, too. Other popular ones that come to mind are Mario and Luigi, and Link or Zelda from The Legend of Zelda. The plus with these costumes is that many people might already have them for cosplay events.
And finally, horror. My favorite type of costume. After all, isn’t that what Halloween is all about? Spooky, scary stuff? You can’t go wrong with a classic scary costume either. These are the costumes that to me, require a lot of great makeup application, but done right are the best costume. Sure, you can buy a Jason Voorhees mask and call it a day, but if you really want to go hard this Halloween, create your own horror character or copy an already existing character so accurately that it’s frightening.
Hopefully this list provides a little spark of creativity in your Halloween costume planning. Tweet us @ThinPigMedia with your Halloween costume idea for 2018!