Which Halloween costumes are already played-out?

Palincostume_lI’ll admit, I was watching the VP debate and thinking to myself, I have wire-rim half glasses, I could rock the partial updo, now all I need is a sharp red suit….But after perfecting my Sarah Palin accent, I came to terms with the fact that I would be one of a thousand VP hopefully notstrick-or-treating for moose pelts and off-shore drilling. There’salways a crop of annual costumes that are over-played long beforeOct. 31 rolls around, and with this year’s heated election on everyone’s mind, that Obama and/or McCain mask youbought for Halloween should be used instead as decoration at your Election Day party, five days later.

Another one we’re already sick of seeing is the Joker, as played bythe late and better-than-great Heath Ledger. Everyone saw The Dark Knight(once or thrice), and we were all wowed by his performance, but donningthe duds, makeup, and accent is not only a little morbid, it’ssuperfluous. No one could be a better Batman villain than Ledgerhimself, and didn’t you use up all of your face paint when you dressedup for the movie premiere anyway?

So who or what are you guys not dressing up as for Halloween this year?Ever fall victim to the "great idea!" costume only to find out thateveryone else had the same thought? Joe the Plumber and Joe Six Packwill be popular picks, but what about a sexy Joanne the Plumber or JaneBoxed Wine — equally overdone or just plain clever?

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  • Jessica

    But what happens when combine Sarah Palin AND the Joker? :P http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/shopping/68202/costumes-fit-for-a-maverick

  • Vicky

    I didn’t do this, but when “D*ck in a Box” was played over and over again for a year, I knew a few people who wanted to dress up like that for Halloween. In fact, a couple of my friends did dress up like that and went to a bar and saw a whole bunch of other people in the same costume.

  • OBAMA 08

    OMG, Jessica, that is AWESOME!!! Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    what about christian from project runway? just strut around in black and say “fierce” a la amy poehler in snl. brillz? maybe.

  • Chris

    Coked-up Amy Winehouse knock-offs will prolly come out in huge numbers.

  • Em

    I also considered dressing as Sarah Palin this year, but decided that costume woul dbe TOO terrifying, even for Halloween. “Hopefully not” is right! Maybe I’ll be a slutty pumpkin or a hanging chad.

  • Em

    P.S.- Thanks for that hysterical picture, Jessica!

  • Ep Sato

    You can bet there’ll be 100 idiots who’ll dust off their old Indiana Jones hats from Elementary school and using them again this Halloween.
    Ironically, GOOD superhero costumes are less frequent? I think this is because those costumes tend to require more homework. For example, a well done Iron Man suit would be cool, but who’s got the time? On the other hand, it’d be easy to go as the Hulk (paint oneself green, wear purple shorts, rip up your t-shirt, head out), but no one does it. Maybe there’s no love for Marvel heroes? Spiderman’s pretty easy, but rarely seen on grown ups.
    Austin powers and Dr. evil got overplayed in their day. Sarah Palin costumes aren’t original, though I’d think it were cool if I ran into someone dressed as “caribou barbie” or for another girl in a stars n stripes bikini dress as Palin (so long as she’s got the shotgun).
    This year I still haven’t chosen, but next year’s costume is going to kick butt!

  • Sabrina

    I have friends who are going as Bristol & Levi. I think they plan to hand out abstinence pamphlets at our party…
    I can’t decide if they’re being creative or if there will be hundreds of Bristols & Levis this year. I guess we’ll find out on Friday!
    Ricky’s in New York (which is like Spencers meets Trade Secret meets sex shop, for those who don’t live here…) was FULL of Palin stuff as of yesterday. The animal-skin bikini version, skirt suit version, pageant version, wigs, glasses, etc.

  • Jelana

    Sabrina, I was going to go as Bristol: big pregnant belly, Wasilla High “Skool” t-shirt, shotgun strapped to the back, etc. I changed my mind because I was worried about too many other Bristols.

  • JL

    Ellen Page and Michael Cera from Juno.

  • Joe

    What about characters from Mad Men. Clever and classy. And an easy costume.

  • Bearfan

    I was going to go as Obama, but I could not find fake ears big enough.

  • Catherine

    To Ep Sato: My friends an I had an Halloween Party last year and the theme was superhero…and I can tell you it was amazing: guys in tights and one completely blue girl posing as Mystic!! It was awesome!!

  • B Ro

    Jessica, that is phenomenal! I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared.

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