Hit pop culture Halloween costumes from the media
Ripped-straight-from-the-headlines costumes make their own kind of scary Halloween statements, even if those headlines come straight from TMZ or People.
Fake News: Insider reports a mini dress of newspaper clippings stamped "Fake" in big red letters sold by costume retailer Yandy.
Pregnant Kylie Jenner: You may not be unique, but you'll be in good company in one of Yandy's $60 pregnant Kylie Jenner costume.
Hef and a Playboy bunny: 2017 claimed the life of Hugh Hefner. Sure, dressing as the dapper (if elderly) Hef and a Playboy bunny is a time-honored Halloween tradition, but this year's news adds a morbid touch to the Playmate (Yandy, $80) and Hugh Hefner (Target, $40) couples costume.
Dancing hot dog from Snapchat: The wildly popular dancing meme from Snapchat makes a hot pop culture Halloween costume. You can pick up a $40 hot dog suit from Target, but you must supply the over-the-ear headphones yourself.
Handmaid: Hulu's 2017 hit, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," is a dark metaphor for the current civil rights and political climate. A handmaid ensemble is easy to pull off for one or a group, from thrift store finds or ready-made purchases like the $64 version from Azure Costumes.
La La Land: Another great couples' idea from the Pinterest people, and if you can jitterbug and whatnot, all the better. For the snarkiest, include a "Moonlight" costume in the group as a nod to the 2017 Best Picture Oscars mix-up.
April the Giraffe and her baby from Animal Adventure Park: With giraffe costumes and make-up running wild on Pinterest (up 1,200 percent from last year, unless someone made a typo), what a great time to dress as the ever-pregnant and finally a mom April the Giraffe. Depending on your companions and physical condition, you may want to go for pregnant April, during her eternal labor, or with her offspring.
Kinder, gentler pop culture costumes
Groot: According to Pinterest, searches for this soulful, leafy "Guardians of the Galaxy" character's costume have gone up 133 percent in the past year. It's a more involved costume than most, with those branches and all, but it has the prime advantage of also having a baby costume option: Baby Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
Bob Ross and Tree: That's a happy tree, mind you, a perfect foil to 2017's political and environmental strife. And hey, Pinterest reports 25,000-plus saves on the costume idea.
Unicorns: Rainbows and sparkles will be in the forecast for Halloween 2017 trick-or-treating and costume parties for sure, with searches for unicorn costumes up 110 percent this year on Pinterest. According to Quartz, "The draw seems to be childlike positivity and magical thinking, allowing people see themselves and the world through rose- (and cobalt-) colored glasses."
"My Little Pony": With the 2017 release of the "My Little Pony" movie, the animated characters should give you plenty of sweet costume options for every optimist on the block. Just be sure your costume has a pony name and a birthday on Equestria.