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Halloween Costumes That Need To Stop

HizkiailNovember 8, 2021

Catwoman

Wonder Woman is to Superman as Catwoman is to Batman. This is basically just taking the “sexy kitty” thing and giving it some purpose. On the one hand, that actually makes the cat costume more reasonable (as well as explaining why people think cats are meant to be sexy). But on the other hand, this is just as overdone as the cat costume itself. We’d still rather take this one, though.

Catwoman
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But if you really must choose a character that is attractive and is also superhuman, there are so many options. Off the top of our heads, we can think of Poison Ivy. She’s just as bad, not nearly as overdone (though coming close to it), and you can really make the costume a work of art (Catwoman is literally a body suit).

Harley Quinn

On the other side of things are those who choose to dress up as villains. This actually kind of fits the theme of Halloween more, in our opinion, though seeing as it’s the one time a year where wearing a costume is normal and encouraged, we definitely think you can be whatever you want. That being said, if you’re going to be Harley Quinn, maybe you want to choose someone that no one else is going to be.

Harley Quinn
Flickr/Taymtaym

While Harley Quinn used to be something of a cool character once upon a time, it has become way too common and after Suicide Squad, we kind of just want to forget these characters.

Power Rangers

The Power Rangers were really cool… when we were kids. This costume just kind of feels a little off-putting. If you’re going to get dressed up with your friends as this crime-fighting team, we’d have to advise against it. In the first place, we’d be a little surprised if you found enough people who actually wanted to wear these costumes and also the full set seems a bit overpriced.

Power Rangers
Flickr/Pat Loika

Why not let your kid who’s probably obsessed with the show dress up like this with your friends? We’re sure there are a bunch of other cool costumes that your group can try out.

Scooby-Doo Gang

If you were thinking we meant something like the Scooby-Doo gang, you’d be wrong. This one is starting to cross the line of how overdone things can get. While this was definitely a really cool costume to don in the 1970s and 80s, we feel that after five decades of these costumes people would figure something else out to wear. Maybe you should split up and search for clues to that mystery, eh, gang?

Scooby-Doo Gang
Flickr/Clinton Steeds

And listen, if we’re feeling this way about it, how do you think those people who lived before “Scooby-Doo” even came out feel about it? Just think about that one.

The Wizard Of Oz

And if we’re going to talk about costumes that have been done for decades, we can’t not talk about all of the “The Wizard of Oz” costumes out there. This one is exactly 30 years older than Scooby-Doo, so if you think that Scooby-Doo is overdone, think about how many people must have done this in the past 80 years. Let us tell you, it’s a whole lot of people.

The Wizard Of Oz
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We love “The Wizard of Oz”, but it’s become too much of a given. We want to see your creativity, not your obvious love for the movie and its cast… at least, we assume you love it. Who doesn’t?

Disney Princesses

This is one of those things that you might want to leave your daughter some room for. Maybe as a collaboration with your kid, this could be cute, but if you’re doing this alone then you might want to consider doing something else. For one, it’s a bit creepy the number of people who take these beloved characters and turn them into some sexy version of themselves. It’s also just too overdone.

Disney Princesses
Flickr/Ewen Roberts

We want people to take some of the more obscure things or even the newer Disney characters that have been coming out. We don’t want to see your fallback costumes when you’ve run out of time to think.

Bob’s Burgers

There was a time when this show was one of the funniest shows on TV. But since then, it’s kind of fallen into obscurity. We don’t exactly know what happened; we’re sure that they’re still airing new episodes, but somehow we’ve just stopped seeing it. Still, this is another one of those overdone costumes that we hope to see a little bit more out of them. And we actually have some good ideas.

Bob's Burgers
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For one, you could be the kids when they dressed up for Halloween. That’s pretty funny! Or, even better, an obscure character that no one thinks about, like Teddy! We love that guy. (And by obscure, we mean no one chooses him for Halloween. We know Teddy’s pretty well known.)

Fitness Instructors

You know the kind. The instructors from those vintage workout movies. The ones where there are huge groups of people all working out together. This costume, we’ve noticed, is done a lot more by men than by women. If it’s irony your looking for, all you’ve found is overdone-ness. And besides, there are male costumes for that sort of thing. We get it, you’re a physically unfit male who’s cross-dressing. Yawn.

Fitness Instructors
Flickr/Ed And Eddie

On the other hand, if you can dress up and do a perfect recreation of the workout video that was synced to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” we would support you 110%.

Stranger Things Characters

You guessed it: overdone. And that’s pretty sad, actually, since “Stranger Things” is a relatively new phenomenon. But as with all things good, people immediately take the idea and tire it out. Let’s be honest, you can’t expect that people would wait a few years before dressing up as these characters. Still, we’re sad to say it, but the Elevens with their Eggo Waffles and all of the boys around her have got to go.

Stranger Things Characters
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Although, if we’re going to be fair, the image above is actually one of our favorite looks. There’s just something so nerdy about it and if anyone gets a pass it’s these guys.

The Office Characters

If you think we’re going to say this one is overdone, you wouldn’t exactly be wrong, but you wouldn’t be totally right either. When it comes to the characters of “The Office” it really just comes down to the look of it all. It’s boring. There, we said it. You’re literally dressing up as people who work in an office. You look no different than the random people we see on the street every day.

The Office Characters
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And if you are dressing up as the office characters dressing up as other things, then congratulations, you’re obscure, but that still doesn’t save your costume from being drowned out by others.

Nurse

This is one of the most common things we see every year. It’s either this or witches. When it comes to choosing a costume, don’t you feel like you want to be something spooky or at least something that you’ve never seen before? On the other hand, with the current climate, this would be the perfect costume to go with that mask you should definitely be wearing while you’re out on Halloween.

Nurse
Instagram/monicasampson_

That being said, make sure that your coronavirus-inspired attire is meeting up with quality standards. You shouldn’t theme it on the pandemic itself. That can be really insulting to the people who have had it or lost loved ones.

“Sexy” Versions Of Things

You can literally be sexy any other day of the year. Not only is this a holiday that’s mostly made for the kids’ sake, but dressing up in something and making it “sexy” is not what you should be doing to save your costume. If your costume is boring, there are so many other things you can do with it to make it better. You can turn it into a pun, for example.

"Sexy" Versions Of Things
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Combine two things that sound like each other and you’ll have plenty of people asking what you are. Then when you say it, you’ll get a whole bunch of laughs and feel much better (and get more attention) than your other costume.

“Zombie” Versions Of Things

The same thing can be said for the zombie version of certain costumes. Many people will turn their character into an undead version of themselves just to make their costume look a whole lot better. It doesn’t work that way. A lot of the time, the thing you’re doing doesn’t make any sense. And it gets a whole lot worse when you do that while dressing up as a recently deceased celebrity.

"Zombie" Versions Of Things
Instagram/hollywood.thrill

If you want to give your costume some spice, why not try turning them into a superhero instead? Nobody ever tries that and it could be a really cool project and costume idea.

Rick Sanchez

As much as we love “Rick and Morty”, this costume is getting kind of old. We mean that both figuratively and as an intentional pun. Rick, while being the most interesting, funny, sad, and intricate character of the series (honestly, the list goes on), we do feel that people need to choose something else. Unless, of course, you can match the level of sarcasm and cynicism that his voice actor, Justin Roiland has been able to give him.

Rick Sanchez
Instagram/bunnybii

We think it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to pull that off, so maybe leave this one off the table for now. Though if you can meet those standards, by all means, we could use a real-life Rick… we think?

Pickle Rick

And if you were thinking of being Pickle Rick because that was a huge craze for a while, we advise you not to be. Now, more than ever, “Rick and Morty” has a whole lot of potential characters for you to dress up as. After the latest season, we think that you should instead focus on Bird Person, Evil Morty, or even Mr. Nimbus if you’re so inclined.

Pickle Rick
Instagram/ladykitzcosplay

The point is, out with the Rick and Pickle Rick, and in with the cool, new, and more relevant characters. Sure, Rick and Morty are always relevant, but not if you want a cool Halloween costume.

Regular Hogwarts Student

If you own a Hogwarts robe and you’re planning on just throwing it on and carrying a wand around with you, please don’t. That’s basically the same as doing Harry, Ron, or Hermione (which are totally overdone, by the way) except with a whole level of laziness added to it. Yes, we get that you have memorabilia from the movie, but seeing as you probably also go to other themed events where the attire is appropriate, you might want to try something new.

Regular Hogwarts Student
Instagram/lisanne.cc

But if you really must use your “Harry Potter” apparel, then you might want to think about actually giving your costume some literal character. Go the extra mile and be someone no one else usually is from that universe.

Spider-Man

We couldn’t leave The Amazing Spider-Man off of this list if we were to include Superman or Batman. While Spider-Man is probably the most on-them character amongst superheroes, we think that he may have had too much time in the spotlight. Actually, thinking about it, if you can recreate a costume that the Tom Holland Spider-Man wears (like the really cool Iron Man suit he receives from Tony Stark) that would be doing a huge service.

Spider-Man
Instagram/ptarachnid

Basically, unless you’re planning on going all-out with your Spider-Man costume, you shouldn’t be our favorite web-slinger. But please do try to go all out because shooting webs on Halloween seems like a given.

Avengers Characters

The same can be said for pretty much any Avenger. The thing with the Avengers is that pretty much every character you see there is going to be way overdone on Halloween. But, like we were saying with Spider-Man, if you can go the extra mile and be a more obscure version of said character, then do it. People love it when old Halloween costumes come better than ever before.

Avengers Characters
Instagram/hawkeye.cosplay

And if you’re going to be the one who creates a Marvel-ous costume that no one can compare to, you’re going to feel like the star of the party.

Trump

We get it, Trump is a funny man to dress up as. Whether you’re going to do it to make fun of him or you’re doing it in support of him, you should probably leave that idea behind. Even though we can say there is an ample amount of things you can do with the costume, we have to go ahead and say that it’s best not to bring politics into the fray.

Trump
Instagram/fancydresscom

Not everyone is going to like the idea, and if you want to enjoy your holiday you should take that advice. Please don’t bring politics into Halloween. Leave him in the past.

Daenerys Targaryen or Other Game Of Thrones Characters

“Game of Thrones” was certainly a huge phenomenon. It was one of the most-watched shows of all time and for good reason. A few of us were late to the party and we’re in shock that they somehow got away without any spoilers while watching the whole show in anticipation of the final season. And that’s where this costume comes into play. It was the last season that really did us in for this costume.

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The final season just put such a bad taste in many people’s mouths that no one really wants to see it anymore. Daenerys is really the only character with a costume that isn’t just fantasy clothing, but this goes for all of them really.

Anything Transphobic

We’re not saying you can’t dress up as your favorite female character if you identify as male or vice-versa, we just think you need to have a little common sense when it comes to your choice of costume. Don’t wear the costume “to be trans”, wear it because you appreciate the character. There are so many cool gender-bending ideas you can do as well if you want to be a male version of your favorite woman. Just please, for the love of God, don’t be offensive.

Walmart

That up there is what you don’t want to do. This was a costume from Walmart that had to be taken down because it literally used an offensive term right in the title.

School Girl

This has got to be one of the laziest ideas we’ve seen so far. Dressing up in a school uniform and being a school girl is… well, how is it different than any other day? Maybe you don’t have a school uniform and you’re doing this in an effort to make a costume out of it, but it just feels so uncreative. We’re not sure how we feel about an anime-style school girl either.

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The bottom line is don’t do it. People will literally think you’re dressed up like a normal person. You want to be the one who wows with a costume that has people asking questions.

Vague Decade Costumes

Okay, scratch that last one. THIS is the laziest attempt at a costume we’ve seen so far. Grabbing whatever tie-dye you have in your closet and going out as a “hippy” or some other arbitrary fashion statement isn’t really a costume at all, it’s a theme. Maybe if you’re trying to save some money we can let it slide, but if the goal is to be cool then you can do a whole lot better than this.

Vague Decade Costumes
Instagram/matteo_diviesto

There has to be something else you can do that doesn’t involve the clothes that you already wear on a daily basis. Worst case, borrow some things from a friend.

The Witches From Hocus Pocus

It’s one thing to be a witch for Halloween (pretty cliche if you ask us) but it’s another thing to be the witches from “Hocus Pocus”. Yes, it is our favorite movie to watch on Halloween as well, but that’s precisely why we want to advise against it. There are not only a lot of people who do this, but it really doesn’t stand out from other witches and we’re going to watch the movie later, so you don’t have to be hasty.

The Witches From Hocus Pocus
Instagram/meraki.hair.lounge

Honestly, though, if you’re really itching to be this or any other Halloween character, it’s your choice. We just think you can stand to stand out from the crowd and do something new.

Suggestion 1: The Tiger King

If you think this show is too old to do a costume for, think again. We believe that this outfit deserves a second shot considering the fact that we’ve been put through the runner because of the pandemic. While it might not be as relevant in a social context anymore, we believe that it’s still fresh enough in people’s minds to deserve another shot at being this year’s Halloween costume.

Suggestion 1: The Tiger King
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And if you’re not keen on being Joe Exotic, then you could probably go as Carole Baskin, though that might be harder if you aren’t that good at impersonations.

Suggestion 2: Mr. Nimbus

If you really want to do something from Rick & Morty (because let’s be real, this show is super relevant right now) you should consider being Mr. Nimbus. Many of the other characters are overdone and while Evil Morty and Bird/Pheonix Person might also be a good choice, Evil Morty is still a Morty costume at the end of the day and Bird Person is a bit harder to do and less colorful if you want your outfit to wow. ​

Suggestion 2: Mr. Nimbus
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There are also tons of other characters to choose from, but this character really made a splash (pun intended) at the start of the season. Pretty much any character that’s not Rick and Morty and the immediate family is a good choice.

Suggestion 3: Scarlet Witch And/Or Vision

This is not only a great option but also the perfect thing to be if you want a couple’s costume. These two characters became extra successful in part due to the super-popular show Wanda Vision (as well as obviously being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and would be the perfect costume for this Halloween. It may take a lot of makeup and outfit work to get the job done, but it’s well worth it.

Suggestion 3: Scarlet Witch And/Or Vision
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And if you haven’t watched Wanda Vision yet and you’re a big fan of Marvel, then you have to go see it. Then you’ll understand why it’s a good time to dress up as them.

Suggestion 4: Squid Game Grunts

This is a great option whether or not you’ve watched the show (which you most likely have) and it works especially well if you are a group of three as there are three tiers of grunt to choose from: There are the circles which are the lowest ranking guard, then there are the triangles at mid-tier duties, and then there are the squares who seem to manage them all.

Suggestion 4: Squid Game Grunts
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Alternatively, you can also dress up as the man in the cool mask who appears frequently, or you can dress up as the less popular VIPs that show up (though they’re gross, so unrecommended).

Suggestion 5: Literally Any Anime Character

Some of the most popular shows this year have come from overseas, specifically from Japan in the form of anime. The upcoming second half to one of the most popular animes of all time, “Attack on Titan” is due for release this January and we’re sure there will be tons of people going as their favorite character from that show. Others include “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations”, “Jujutsu Kaisen”, “My Hero Academia”, and much, much more.

Suggestion 5: Literally Any Anime Character
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You might even be so inclined as to go dressed up as Sora from “Kingdom Hearts”. Though this technically doesn’t count as anime, he was developed by Disney and the popular JRPG maker Square Enix 20 years ago this year and was recently announced as the final character for one of the most popular games out there “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”.

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