Some of these costumes are virtually guaranteed to appear at your Halloween party. Others are harder to pull off. But all of them are inspired by the biggest memes of the last 12 months, and they’ll certainly get wearers noticed as they trick-or-treat.
Big Bird: After Mitt Romney’s remarks in the first debate about cutting funding for PBS despite the fact that he “love[s] Big Bird,” there’s been huge interest in Big Bird costumes — they’re flying off the shelves, reports USA Today. They come in two versions: Original and sexy. Twist: Add a “Will Work for Food” sign and you’re unemployed Big Bird.
Pepper Spray Cop: In internet time, the Pepper Spray Cop — an officer who casually pepper-sprayed some handcuffed Occupy protesters — was ages ago. And yes, it doesn’t technically fit under this headline — but since it happened in November 2011, no one got a chance to be the Pepper Spray Cop for Halloween last year, so you’ll have less competition. You’ll need a cop costume and a fake can of pepper spray. Twist: Use a sexy cop costume.
McKayla is Not Impressed: After McKayla Maroney refused to put on a fake smile for her silver medal at the London Olympics, “McKayla is Not Impressed” became one of the iconic images of the games. The costume is easy: All you need is a tracksuit, a scrunchie, a fake silver medal and a scowl.
Binders full of women: The second meme to come out of the debates, Mitt Romney’s remark that he looked at “binders full of women” to find candidates for job openings has been a Halloween costume inspiration ever since the words left his mouth. There are two obvious ways to proceed: If you are a woman, use cardboard to envelop yourself (and maybe a female friend) in a giant fake binder. Or, buy a binder, fill it with photos of women (Republican women, especially), and attach it to your body. Bonus points if you wear a Mitt Romney mask. Even more bonus points if the binder is a Lisa Frank Trapper-Keeper, or the actual MassGAP cover sheet below. Warning: Some Twitter commenters are already calling this one overdone, so proceed with caution.
By the by, your Binders Full of Women costume is already outdated, so please don't,— erin mccann (@mccanner) October 17, 2012
Gangnam Style: Korean rapper Psy charmed the world with his party anthem “Gangnam Style.” And even though the parodies of his song are growing staler by the day, Psy’s outlandish personality and flamboyant dress will lend itself well to Halloween costumes. You’ll probably need to do some thrifting and crafting for this one — a few bloggers have published guides to this costume that may help (you can also buy a Psy-like suit for $111 here).
Potato Jesus: That’s the unofficial internet name of the Ecce Homo fresco of Jesus, “restored” in Spain by an elderly woman, Cecilia Gimenez, who thought she was just being helpful. The monkeylike appearance of the fresco led to many internet parodies. You can attempt this costume with a mask and a burgundy robe, but you’re probably not going to do it as well as this guy.
Tan mom: America may have been appalled by “Tan Mom” — Patricia Krentcil, a New Jersey mom who was charged with child endangerment for allegedly putting her five-year-old child in a tanning booth — but we also couldn’t look away. Months after she became an internet meme, Tan Mom has lightened up considerably. But she’s still an easy costume — just buy bronzer. A LOT of bronzer.
Invisible Obama: When Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair that stood in for President Obama during the Republican National Convention, Twitter erupted with “Invisible Obama” memes. Piggybacking on the popularity of all political costumes this year, your invisible Obama costume only requires you to affix a (lightweight) chair to your body. Or, you could grey your hair, put on a suit and go as Clint Eastwood, pausing to lecture all of the empty chairs at the Halloween party and mutter incoherently.
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy: Zeddie Little had no idea that when he smiled for a photo while running a race in South Carolina, that he would become internet-famous. But his good looks earned him the title “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” and some TV appearances after a photographer posted his image on Reddit and it garnered 1.5 million views in only a few days. How to be “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy?” Shorts, a t-shirt, a number safety-pinned to your shirt and a few friends with cameras to take pictures of your perfect grin. And it won’t hurt if you’re really, really attractive.
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