The matching costume: Find a friend and go as a couple that makes sense together. Examples include a pair of dice, a salt and pepper shaker or coffee and a donut.
The trend costume: Politics and pop culture seem to influence the trend costumes that vary from year to year. Last years presidential election spurred Sarah Palin and Barack Obama impersonators. This year, I sense vampires will make a big comeback with the Twilight phenomenon.
The creative costume: A kid I know is dressing up as a “pirate cat” this year. When I asked him where he got this idea, he responded, “Well, I like pirates and I like cats!” Frankly, I think this is a wonderful idea. Combining two of your favourite things to make one amazing costume — pure genius!
The risqué costume: As Lindsay Lohan’s character in Mean Girls put it, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
The minimalist costume: Put on a mask and you’re good to go — the biggest impact with the least amount of effort.
The funny costume: Usually something inventive. It’s always humorous to create literal costumes such as the deviled egg (egg with devil horns and tail), killer bee (splatter fake blood on the letter B and don’t forget your machete) or a couch potato (potato sitting on a couch).
The religious costume: Religious figures such as nuns and priests as well as biblical characters like Adam and Eve seem to entice party-goers.
The stereotypical costume: Traditionally scary costumes like witches and ghosts, this category also includes the angel and devil duo as well as the infamous pumpkin.
The gender costume: Especially prevalent in elementary school — all girls dress as Disney princesses (Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty) and all the boys are super heroes (Bat, Super, Spiderman).
The gory costume: It doesn’t even matter what you dress up as, just pour on as much fake blood as you can!