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How to Come Up with the Best Halloween Costume

In a costume rut? This year, dream up a cool outfit that's equal parts trick and treat.


  • Step 1: Try a play on words Try a play on words. While puns are usually the territory of the damned, a clever turn of phrase can inspire a witty, unique costume.
  • Step 2: Pull from current events Pull from current events. Use celebrity gossip, politics, movies, local news items, or other cultural happenings as your inspiration.
  • TIP: Make costumes that personify nonhuman events like weather systems, newsworthy animals, and economic trends.
  • Step 3: Go as a group A group costume can save you and your friends from the pressure of coming up with your own costumes. Pick a fun, offbeat theme, and revel in the camaraderie.
  • Step 4: Embody an abstract concept Pick an abstract concept or emotion, and dress accordingly. Since no one knows what "happy" or "physics" actually looks like, there's no right answer.
  • Step 5: Make it a challenge Turn costume creation into a challenge! Set a time or dollar limit. Only use items you find in your basement. Dare yourself to shop in a single store, and make it one that doesn't sell costumes.
  • Step 6: Incorporate a puppet Whether you create an elaborate costume around a puppet, or the puppet simply stands on its own, it's always fun to have everyone say hello to your little friend.
  • Step 7: Keep it simple Want to be a golfer? Throw on a newsboy cap, and hold a putter. Sometimes simplicity is king.
  • FACT: In 2007, over five-and-a-half million adults dressed up as a witch for Halloween, making it that year's most popular adult costume.

You Will Need

  • Creativity
  • An awareness of current events
  • A group of friends
  • A puppet

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