Vampires and zombies on Halloween are over, so what's next?
First it was ninjas, then pirates that were the obsession of hip kids on Halloween (and ok, pretty much any time). Vampires and zombies were the creepy crawly obsessions of the last few years, but Twilight ruined vampires and nerds ruined zombies. So what's the cresting wave of cool for this year's Halloween wear?
What monster will 12-year-old girls next become obsessed with? What creature will hipster-nerds dress as en masse for their drinking excursions? We think one of these ideas might be the next big obsession among the spooky-hearted.
It's about time the third part of the classic horror trio got its 15 minutes of costume fame. And with Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman coming out in '10, you'll be a trendsetter with your cute little wolfie ears and fake claws. Since werewolves rip off their clothing in transformation, making this costume inappropriately sexy is a snap.
The ultimate real-world horror, Nazis are mass-murderers at worst and bone-chilling bigots at best. Bonus: you can either go as a classic Nazi (black leather trenchcoat, jack boots) or as a modern skinhead Nazi (green flight jacket, rubber bald head, jack boots). Either way, make sure you cover up until you get to the party, and be prepared to do some explaining even once you're inside.
Raise awareness of our economic hard times by dressing as a homeless person. The costume is cheap because it's probably already in your closet. Bonus: like zombies, stumbling around like a drunk person will look totally natural in this costume, so it's a great pick for a big pub crawl.
They were inexplicably big in the '70s and '80s; it's about time for a comeback with the ironic hipster crowd. Some big plastic ears, a fake nose, a fright wig, and you're good to go. Update the look with a laptop and you can be an internet troll. Added bonus: They're from Scandinavian mythology, so it's a national trend that will start in Minnesota.
Perfect for these recessionary times, the mummy is the perfect cheapskate's costume: All you need to pull off the look is a roll of toilet paper and some dirt. Plus, mummies' lurching style of movement is very similar to that of the old-school zombie, so bar-crawlers could make an easy transition.
Mary Shelley's original monster could speak both French and English, was aware of class and power struggles in society, was oddly pro-vegetarian, and could speak on politics and philosophy. By the time he made it to Hollywood cinema he had become an angry man child. After years of moaning for brains, it's time for a monster with some intellectual weight.
It's an easy costume. Grab a lab coat, throw a stethoscope around your neck, and offer people drugs. Preferably the fun ones. A guaranteed hit at any party, and since most people who care about their Halloween costume past age 10 are nerds anyways, it should come naturally.
First off, they're horrifying. But as a bonus, they hide your bulging body and keep you warm during Halloween blizzards. And just like Zombies, they can become "cool" and "ironic" just as a majority of your friends don't think they are funny anymore. Plus your chances of getting laid on Halloween skyrocket when you wear a blanket with sleeves. Seriously, think how many women you could fit inside that thing.
Photo by terren in Virginia
A delightfully nostalgic throwback to the cutesy costumes of your childhood, the pumpkin will remind those around you that you're fully in touch with your inner child. Plus with a big round orange shell around you, nobody will notice the beer belly. Difficulty: can you imagine having an entire pub crawl of pumpkins? You'd only be able to get five people in the door 'cause they'd all be bumping into each other.
Photo by mrflip
Now that nobody cares about NASA like they did in the '80s, the spaceperson is primed for an ironic comeback. You get to move in slow motion like you're on the moon, and all those hoses on the back? We have two words for you: backpack keg. Just tell everyone you're serving "moon juice" and you'll be the life of the party.
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