The 11 types of costume you're most likely to see at your Halloween party

Oct 18 2016, 4:14 am

Congratulations, you’re hosting a Halloween party! Everyone will come to your house to see you and destroy everything, and depending on how it goes, you will either be lauded as a hero or forever known as “Lame Party Person.”

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Of course, it’s not a Halloween party if costumes aren’t mandatory — and it’s not a costume party if these 11 costumes don’t attend in all their stupid glory.

The edgy political costume

“Get it guys? A name tag that says, “Ben,” and I’m covered in gauze! Ben-gauze-y! Wait, come back.”

The guy trying really REALLY hard to be scary

Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

Yes this guy has spent a small country’s GDP making his costume as gory as possible. In fact it’s so on point that he’ll almost definitely be nominated in the costumes and makeup categories at next year’s Oscars. Will definitely bore you with the intensive three-month process of crafting his costume, and jump out from behind a corner at least three times during the night to make sure you get the full effect.

The gross one

“No, it’s funny! It’s the swimsuit from Borat! Remember Borat? My wife!” Yes there’s always one at every party, the dude who couldn’t decide what to wear so decided to wear as little as possible. Ewwww.

The pop culture reference

A simple and heartbreaking truth: Simpsons costumes don’t translate well to real life.

The cat(s)

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No time? No sh*ts left to give? Slap on a pair of cat ears and black tights and you’re good to go — as long as you’re okay looking like the eleven other people who had the same plan.

The pun

The author of this piece may or may not have painted the Mac volume symbol on a white t-shirt and gone as an “audio Jack.” No, really.

The racist one

Putting a sombrero on and going as a “Mexican” does not count as a costume, but it is a quick and easy way to let everyone know you’re a piece of human garbage.

Image: YouTube screencap

Image: YouTube screencap

The “on purpose” lame one

Nothing says “easy breezy cool guy” like writing “this is my costume” on a t-shirt. Combine with the pop culture reference (e.g. three-hole-punch Jim) for maximum effect.

The Trump costume

Yes we know there’s an election on. Yes we know Donald Trump is terrifying. Yes we know you’re a liberal who’s only subversively co-opting his image. No you’re not the first person to think of it.

The overly complex one

Image: betto rodrigues /

Image: betto rodrigues /

Did you really need to use up all the cardboard in the Metro Vancouver area to go as Optimus Prime? Did you really need to spend hours crafting infinite details of the Autobot’s outerbody in case someone checked you for accuracy? The answer to both of these questions is of course no.

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