Four creative Halloween costumes based on 2017's pop culture hits

Because, no, you can't dress up as the kids from Stranger Things again

Emoji, Beyoncé, zombie Taylor Swift, dancing hot dog inspiration.
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Photo illustration by Josh Granovsky

Halloween is one of the best times of the year and Halloween costumes are one of the greatest opportunities to show the world you're more creative than your peers. 

The perfect Halloween costume has some basic criteria. Your costume must show that you’re caught up with current popular culture. You want to seem like a high level of intelligence was used to create your costume, but that you didn't have to put too much thought into it. Most of all, your costume needs to tell the world you're funnier than the next guy.

Here are some costume ideas you can steal from my playbook, since we can't all dress up as Harley Quinn or the Joker again.

The dancing hot dog filter on Snapchat

This little guy took the world by storm earlier this year when he debuted on Snapchat. No one could really understand why he was there, but his unwavering passion for dance quickly won over millennials across the world.

An easy way to dress up as Snapchat's snazziest mascot is to wear all red, a brown vest or rolled-up jacket, and over-ear headphones. If you can get your hands on a normal hot dog costume, add headphones to that and you're golden. If you want to go all in and spend the $80 it’s currently going for, you can buy the costume Snapchat is selling on American Amazon.

Either way, you’re sure to impress and be the life of the party with this costume.

Beyoncé's birth announcement on Instagram

 

A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:10pm PDT

When Beyoncé gave birth to Sir and Rumi Carter this past summer, she obviously couldn't just announce it like a simple plebeian. Beyoncé proclaimed the arrival of her already-more-talented-than-you twins by breaking her own record for most likes on Instagram with the most glorious photo ever taken.

Currently sitting at 10.2 million likes, there’s a large chance that anyone with a phone will recognize you immediately. To pull off this look, find the two most extravagant bed sheets you can and drape them around yourself in the most over-the-top way possible. Bundle up some blankets to create your own fake twins and you'll be almost a quarter as majestic as Beyoncé. Maybe an eighth.

Zombie Taylor Swift

After taking a few years off from the music scene, Taylor Swift literally came back to life with her new, darker style of music. Her first single, "Look What You Made Me Do," is one of the most talked about pieces of music in recent memory — in large part thanks to its bonkers music video. 

One of the most recognizable looks from the video is a partially-decomposed, zombified Taylor Swift. The only materials needed for this costume are a tattered white dress, intense zombie makeup, a blonde wig and a whole lot of dirt. Another look from the video that could also work is bathtub-of-diamonds Taylor, or you could just dress up as a snake.

The emoji movie

After trying, perhaps a little too hard, to bank on the world's emoji craze, this summer saw the release of the horrendous Emoji Movie. The movie was slapped with a 0 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and some of the most scathing movie reviews I've ever read.

Regardless, there’s a perfectly simple way to encompass what this movie stands for in a low-budget costume. Dress up as trash. Kidding, dressing as an emoji is as simple as buying a large yellow shirt from Phase 2 and decorating it according to the face of your choice. Emojis also makes for a great group costume, as there are so many to choose from.

Whatever Halloween 2017 brings you, with these costumes you’ll at least get a few laughs out of people.

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