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10 Halloween Costumes to Avoid This Year

Can you believe that Halloween is already upon us?! If you haven’t picked out your costume already, then there’s two basic rules you should follow before you decide on the perfect one:

  1. Don’t be cliche
  2. Don’t be offensive

To help ensure that you don’t make a fool of yourself during your Halloween festivities,  we’ve compiled a list of 10 costumes that should be avoided at all cost!

1. Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn has always been a popular choice for Halloween, but her popularity has risen to a totally different level since the Suicide Squad trailer was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con.

Any variation of Harley Quinn (including Arkham Asylum) is just going to be unoriginal, overdone, and just plain meh this Halloween.

You may think I’m merely making an assumption here, but I recently spent some time at New York Comic Con, and, shit you not, if I took a shot for every Quinn cosplay I saw, I’d be deader than dead. Literally every other woman was dressed up as Quinn.

So… lest you want to become the joke of the party, avoid dressing up like Dr. Harleen Quinzel this year.

Exception: Gender bender Quinn.

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2. A Knockoff

If you’re not sure what I mean by this, then just to any costume store and look at the costume titles. A Mario (Super Mario Bros.) costume is normally labeled under “plumber costume”,  and Katniss Everdeen is simply “archer lady.”

These costumes always just end up looking cheap, and super fans of the original character will always point out to you what’s wrong with your costume.

If you plan on going this route, then make sure to pick up some RC Cola on your way to the party!

Exception: Home made character costumes. Those are always charming, and while they may not be precise, they highlight your mad costume making skills and are excellent conversation pieces.

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3. Power Rangers

There is usually always a group of friends at the Halloween party who thought that dressing up like Power Rangers would be a great idea.

In reality, you’ll find that not only are these costumes overdone, but they’re annoying.

Men, be prepared to make some people super uncomfortable when your your junk is center stage in that flimsy fabric, and women, make sure you invest in Spanx (unless you want to go totally commando, because ALL undergarment lines will show) and be prepared for the absolute nightmare that is bathroom breaks. Pro tip: don’t break the seal.

Exception: Dressing up as a Power Ranger in armor form. Now THAT’S badass.

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4. Cultural Costumes

Innocent as your intentions may be, the chances are pretty high that you’ll offend someone with your super cute Native American costume.

Save yourself an earful and avoid all cultural costumes completely.

Exception: Tonto from Lone Ranger. Because Johnny Depp.



5. A Hashtag

Do I even have to explain why you should avoid this costume? #NO


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6. Sexy Versions of Unsexy Things

I personally do not like dressing up all sexy for Halloween, but I have absolutely nothing against women who do. If you have a killer body, show it off in a sexy costume, by all means! Halloween is designed for role playing and imagination (even if you are leaving none to it).

But there needs to a line drawn when it comes to what is considered sexy.

Let’s do a quick rundown of what’s sexy and what’s not, just to give you a basic idea of what to avoid:

Black Widow: Sexy!

Sesame Street Characters: …ew

Wonder Woman: Super sexy!

Dora the Explorer: WTF is wrong with you?

Honestly, if it wasn’t sexy to begin with, then don’t try to make it that way.

Exceptions: Honestly, I don’t know.

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7. Caitlyn Jenner

Seriously? Don’t be that dickhead at the party who thought this was a good/funny idea.

Caitlyn may be all over the news and tabloids these days, but dressing up like her as a joke, lighthearted as it may be, is actually extremely insulting not only to her, but to the transgender community as a whole.

Use some common sense and courtesy and leave this tasteless costume on the shelf to wither and die.

Exception: Just don’t.

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8. A Nurse

You’ll feel hot and confident wearing this costume, but the reality is that it’s just sooo overdone.

It’s the typical choice, and that’s not a good thing.

Oh, and what’s even worse than the standard nurse costume? The nurse costume with syringes for alcohol shots. Talk about trashy.

Exceptions: Nurse Joy from Pokemon, unsexy zombie nurse.

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9. Donald Trump

Political costumes are a perennial favorite and are often overdone in general, but if you are going this route and want to stand out from the crowd of faux candidates this Halloween, then you might want to avoid dressing up like Donald Trump.

His high profile nature, eccentricity, and ridiculous hair all make him a popular costume choice, so expect to see him on Halloween more than any other would-be presidential candidate.

Instead, why not try dressing up like a stoner version of Bernie Sanders or something? Just spitballing here.

Exceptions: Oh, I don’t know, zombie Trump?

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10. Elsa (or Anna)

I love Frozen as much as the next gal, but just let it go already (lame pun absolutely intended).

This costume is way too popular, and honestly, there are plenty of other Disney ladies who need some love.

Maybe try dressing up as Merida? Or what about Mulan? Jasmine? There are way too many options!

Exceptions: I think having everything zombified is the ultimate exception.

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What other costumes should be avoided this Halloween? Let us know in the comments! And for more costumes to avoid, check out last years list!

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Costumes to avoid this Halloween

You spent hours shopping in the stores and online looking for the perfect, modern, socially relevant Halloween costume, and finally your searching has paid off! You’re feeling confident, looking absolutely amazing and are ready to show that Halloween party what you’re made of.

Yet when you get there, things are looking spookily familiar. Turns out, you’re not the only one who had that perfect, modern, and socially relevant costume idea. Now the scariest part of your Halloween isn’t that creepy, realistic zombie in the corner who must have hired the makeup team from The Walking Dead, or the mystery of what actually is in the punch bowl, but the constant comparisons to another person’s costume.


Don’t be a cliche this Halloween! Here’s a list of some Halloween costumes for guys and gals to absolutely avoid this year.


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This Halloween season we’re sure to see plenty of Robertson-would-be’s. All you need is camouflage pants, a semi-dirty black shirt, and a full, scratchy fake beard and voila – you’re a redneck millionaire. Add a blue plastic cup full of iced tea (or at least a drink costumed as iced tea),and then you can be the goofy, loveable and at times incoherent Uncle Si. It’s no secret that the world is in love with Duck Dynasty right now, and the costume itself is actually really easy and inexpensive. But that’s why you need to avoid it. In fact, many party stores and costume retailers are already carrying their own versions. Sure, it’s a great, crowd pleasing costume, but if you’re going to be out in public with many other costumed characters, you might want to reconsider this one.

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Continuing on with the TV costume trend, the notorious, fictional drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is another addition to this year’s costume ‘don’t’ list. Fan’s are still reeling from the recent series finale of the enormously popular AMC series Breaking Bad, so this Halloween we’ll definitely get to see many different variations of Walter White, including the basic bald caps and glasses to his crystal meth making safety gear.




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An obvious inclusion, as well as a perennial favorite. Whether it’s the basic cat ears and whip, Michelle Pfeiffer’s messy stitched getup, Halle Berry’s original take, or a vintage take with Arkham City’s sexy yet functional suit, you can’t hit a Halloween party without seeing some variations of Gotham City’s sexy anti-hero, Selina Kyle.


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A lot of pop stars utilize wacky, colorful get-ups in their performances, which makes recreating that as a costume extremely fun. The problem is, most of the time people have the same idea, and Halloween gatherings tend to look more like the VMA’s or a look-a-like convention. So while your Nicki Minaj costume may be supreme, chances are someone else is channeling her as well. Expect to see plenty of Nicki’s, Lady Gaga’s, Kesha’s, Katy Perry’s and, a perennial, Amy Winehouse’s this Halloween season.



Know of some more cliched costumes that we should add to the list? Let us know down below in the comments!

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