7 Pop-Culture Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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7. Snapchat Ghost

What you need: white sheets

Remember in the days of your youth, when white sheets would magically be transformed into the perfect ghost Halloween costume? This year, don’t just be any random spooky ghost – be a Snapchat ghost! As the app has gained popularity, the little dancing ghost icon has become an easily-recognizable figure. All you need is the standard white sheets-turned-ghost costume, but when people ask you what you are, give a little dance, and ask to take a Snapchat picture with them. Who knows, maybe you’ll break the record for longest Snapchat story!

6. Miranda Sings

What you need: red lipstick, a purple pullover, and red joggers
2015 was the year of the Youtubers, as many branched out from behind the screen and came up in personal to their fans, whether in the form of a book, a speaking tour, or launching their musical careers. One Youtube star known for slaying the game is Miranda Sings, a comically egotistical character portrayed by Colleen Ballinger.
Let your inner Miranda Sings free by donning red lipstick (carefully splattered all over your face) and her infamous assemble of a purple sweatshirt and red joggers. Warning: you will be asked to sing by anyone blessed to come into your presence, and you should warn them of your extreme talent. It’s the only Miranda thing you can do.

5. Taylor Swift’s Cats

What you need: a bestie, eyeliner, and the sassiness of Meredith!
Taylor Swift’s a pretty famous lady in Hollywood, but her cats have made an acclaim of their own. Why just be a normal cat, when you can highlight the sass and personality of Taylor Swift’s furry felines, Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson? Grab your bestie, some eyeliner, and white clothing to channel your inner Swifty’s silly pets, and get ready to have a fun night!

4. Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

What you need: professional clothing and the perkiness of Amy Poehler!
Let’s be real – Leslie Knope is our life goals, whether we want to admit it or not. Channel your inner #GirlBoss by rocking a blazer, dress, and political buttons explaining your love for Knope!Be sure to treat yourself by having some candy to celebrate – making Knope proud.

3. Shia LeBeaouf

What you need: black shirt and black pants, and a desire to motivate people
Shia LeBeaough came back into the limelight when he released a video titled “Just Do It”, in which he reads “motivational quotes”, a.k.a sayings from Nike apparel. Get ready for a motivational Halloween by walking up to your friends in a black shirt and black pants, and empowering them to “Just Do It!” Don’t forget the hand motions!

2. The Extra Gum Commercial

What you need: a guy and a girl, pack of Extra gum
If you haven’t seen the totally tear-jerking Extra gum commercial, check it out here:

Recreate the commercial that made everyone cry by grabbing your man and a pack of gum! All you need are casual clothes, and when people ask what you are, pull out a gum wrapper with one of the pictures on it. Bonus points: singing the song featured in the commercial, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Instant cuteness!

1. 50 Shades of Grey

What you need: Panatone paint samples, available at most home department stores
No doubt about it, 50 Shade of Grey slayed and sizzled this year. Whether it was the incredible soundtrack with voices like Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd filling the tracks or the steamy relationships we couldn’t get enough of, the movie was one of the top-grossing movies of 2015. This year, why not recreate it (minus, of course, the handcuffs and the R-rated behavior).
All you need is to go to your local home department store, grab different shades of grey paint samples, and put tape them all over you! You’ll literally be 50 Shades of Grey! (insert drum noise here).
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Julia Darling (Julia Schemmer) is a first-year student at the University of California, Riverside, pursuing Political Science/International Affairs. When she's not studying, she is involved with student government, performing spoken word, or watching one too many episodes of Scandal. Julia aspires to become an international human rights lawyer, foreign correspondent and diplomat in the Middle East upon graduation.

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