This year’s Halloween costumes draw from pop culture

Published October 27, 2011, in MSUM’s, The Advocate

Halloween is but a few days away, and with each passing hour, your time to plan a superb costume grows shorter. Plan now, before it’s too late.

If you are on a tight budget, which most college students are, simple clothing items and accessories can be paired together to make a unique and unforgettable Halloween get-up.

A few simple but fun costume ideas can be created with items from your own closet or pieces found in discount and thrift stores, such as Savers in Fargo.

To aid in the quest of costumedom, included in this article are a few of this year’s most popular costume ideas, ranging from lovable dork-wear to notable celebrity silhouettes.

According to Spirit Halloween, one of the largest Halloween costume providers in the nation, the hottest celebrity women to emulate this year are Katy Perry, Snooki and Lady Gaga. In recent years, any member of the reality TV series, “Jersey Shore” is a popular costume as well, unfortunately.

Iconic TV show characters are always a safe bet for attracting attention during dress-up parties or Halloween strolls.

Due to entertainment such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” zombies have made a comeback (did the trend ever really die?)Zombies are taking over the world of vampires and werewolves in popularity this year, so expect to see a large populace of half-baked characters this weekend.

Also, potential zombies have no need to spend an arm and a leg on props. Look around your own home for inspiration. Hairspray, tattered, dirtied clothes and garish makeup will complete the look.

Another popular show on AMC is “Mad Men.” If you feel like sporting Don Draper’s dashing look, style your hair with care and don (mind the pun) a fitted suit and tie. For Joan, the voluptuous office manager, find a ’60s-era dress, red, high wig and some way to fill a few more cup sizes before you leave for your evening out.

If you’re still having an identity crisis – attire-ly speaking, of course – consider buying a tutu, a mask and dramatic white and black makeup. What will those items create? A black swan, of course. If you want to stick with a Natalie Portman-themed costume but are too afraid of your costume flying south and your budget taking a nosedive, more affordable options are available.  Grab a pillow and stick it under a ’90s-style sundress and voila:  You have successfully modeled Portman’s character in “Where the Heart Is.”

Last but certainly not least, at the top of the list is Charlie Sheen. Due to your “big, beautiful warlock brain,” you have a good chance of “winning” the humored hearts of many as you sport the infamous sitcom star’s look of tousled black hair, black-framed glasses and a white t-shirt with jeans. Simple, but it gets the point across.

Sporting an attitude of sheer Sheen arrogance will also leave no doubt in others’ minds as to who you are emulating that evening.

BY MEGHAN FEIR

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